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Back Pain Is Biggest Cause of Ill Health

Back pain is the biggest cause of ill health in the world: Issues cause more 'years lived with disability' than any other condition 
  • Lower back aches cause more years lived in pain than any other ailment 
  • Major international study finds neck pain is also a major cause of ill health 
  • Time spent sitting while hunched over phones and computers is blamed
  • Other sources of ill health in Britain include falls, depression and diabetes 

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AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

If you are one of the millions of Americans that suffer from back pain the American Medical Association has written an article for you.  The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) has published an article aimed at back pain suffers.  The article suggests that patients seek chiropractic and other conservative back-pain treatment before taking more invasive measures, surgery should only be considered when other conservative methods fail.  

According to the JAMA, conservative alternatives like Chiropractic care should be the first “line of defense” because they are safer and more efficient in relieving pain.  This recommendation reinforces what the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) teaches patients, as well. Chiropractic should be the first line of defense against musculoskeletal pain.

The JAMA’s recommendation came soon after a study published by the medical journal Spine where sufferers of lower back pain all received standard medical care and half of the participants additionally received chiropractic care. The researchers found that in standard medical care plus chiropractic care patients, 73% reported that their pain was completely gone or much better after treatment compared to just 17% of the standard medical care only group.

Because chiropractors are neuro-musculoskeletal experts, they are well equipped to manage and prevent low-back pain.  In an interview about the JAMA article, ACA President Keith Overland, DC, said that he and his colleagues at ACA were encouraged to see chiropractic suggested for back-pain treatment. He confirmed that in many cases, back pain can be alleviated without the use of drugs or surgery, “so it makes sense to exhaust conservative options first.”

And chiropractic makes sense for reducing health-care costs as well. Dr. Overland went on to say, “Research confirms that the services provided by chiropractic physicians are not only clinically effective but also cost-effective, so taking a more conservative approach at the onset of low back pain can also potentially save both patients and the health care system money down the line.”

If you have back pain, follow the advice of these reputable medical communities. See a chiropractor first.

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If you are experiencing back pain, headaches, fatigue or other pains, call Realief Chiropractic today.  

Back To School With Your Chiropractor

Your child has gone back to school and probably has a new backpack for the new year.   You may not realize it, but backpacks could cause your children health risks and back pain.  

To insure your child's safety you need to make sure your child’s backpack weighs no more than 5 to 10 percent of his or her body weight.  Anything above this weight will cause your child to begin bending forward in an attempt to support the weight on his or her back rather than on the shoulders, by the straps. 

When packing the backpack, make sure that pointy or bulky objects are packed away from the area that will rest on the child’s back.  An uneven surface rubbing against your child’s back could cause pain.

Make sure your child is using both shoulder straps, not just one.  A backpack slung over one shoulder disproportionately shifts all of the weight to one side, and can cause not only neck and muscle spasms, but also low back pain.  Make sure those straps are padded well. 

Shoulder straps are adjustable.  It is important to adjust the pack to fit your child's body.  Too tight and it could cause over extension, too loose and it could cause misalignment.  The backpack should be snug, but not restrictive. 

Three backpacks that we suggest are:

The North Face Big Shot II Backpack 
AirPacks Ergonomic Backpack by Core
Osprey Packs Code 32 Backpack

Most importantly, Talk to your children about the proper use of backpacks and help them understand why this and other ergonomic issues are important.  A child who is educated early in life will apply this knowledge later in life. As a result, your child will be happier and healthier. To learn more about how you and your family can benefit from chiropractic care schedule an appointment at our office.