At least 80% of the American public will at some point suffer from back pain. Anywhere between $16 and $50 billion is wasted on medical expenses and lost work time annually due to back pain.
While it is true that thousands of people go to chiropractors across the country everyday for back pain, many of whom find relatively quick, affordable relief, IT IS NOT TRUE THE CHIROPRACTIC IS AN EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR BACK PAIN.
The fact is, some of those people would have experienced relief whether they received chiropractic care or not. For some, massage, acupuncture, hot/cold therapy or exercise might have been equally effective. Others would probably have felt better in time with no treatment at all. Unfortunately, what seems to work today may not work tomorrow. For many years the medical community suggested two weeks in bed for back pain. Today it is commonly understood that more than two days of bed rest can often make back pain worse. We realize not that as the muscles that support the spine are not used, they become weaker and less able to do their job. The variety in what constitutes effective treatment can partially be explained by the fact that the causes of back pain are as varied as the sufferers themselves.
Eighty percent of all low-back pain originates in the muscles, ligaments or discs. Some pain is caused by sheer overuse of muscles, whether it be by repeated use or by asking a muscle to do more than it is capable of in a single situation. Some back pain is caused by joint conditions - inflammation, arthritis or degeneration. Another leading cause of back pain is the herniated disc. However, interesting enough, 20-30% of people with herniated discs and back pain actually have discomfort for a reason other than the disc condition. This is noteworthy inasmuch as many of these people go on to have surgery for the disc which is not the cause of their pain. Still, other pain is caused by unrelated disease in the back area such as kidney or digestive problems or even cancer.
So with the variety of causes of back pain, you may be wondering how any one thing can be effective. For example, how aspirin works to relieve pain is yet unknown. If we don't know that, how can we know that there is not a less toxic or even cheaper means by which we can do the same thing? Or for that matter, how can we know that this unknown mechanism is not harmful to the body in some significant way?
While chiropractic is not a treatment for bad backs, it is good for the overall health of the body. Whenever you do anything that is good for your overall health, your whole body benefits. When you get a good night's sleep, you are more energetic, more coordinated and more clear minded. Exercise, diet and rest obviously play a significant role in lessening back pain, not because they are effective treatments, but because they are good for the body. They promote health. Likewise, while back pain may improve under chiropractic care, it is not because chiropractic is good for bad backs. Chiropractic is good for your whole body. So have your spine checked regularly whether or not you have back pain or not. You'll love the results!
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There are various types of health care available to individuals. All health care fits into one of these categories. Each one has a place and value in the health care delivery system as we know it today.
The most common and most widely practiced type of care is crisis therapy. There is a wide range of procedures that fits into this system. Taking an aspirin for a headache, putting hot or cold packs on a pulled muscle or even emergency surgery or a heart transplant would fall into this category. The procedures may vary and the severity of the condition may vary greatly, but the objective is the same: to relieve the symptoms or the life-threatening effects of an illness or injury. This type of approach makes up the majority of the practice of orthodox medicine.
The second type is early detection. This has come into popularity within the medical profession relatively recently. With the advent of HMOs and other similar programs, those in the field of medicine are finding that early detection of a disease saves more lives, enables the doctor to treat the patient with more conservative procedures and is less expensive to the insurance company. Unfortunately, this early detection approach is often mistakenly referred to as a "wellness program" or a "health maintenance program." It is not. It remains a disease treatment program. Early detection under most circumstances is naturally far superior to crisis therapy. If heart disease can be detected and treated conservatively before the need for a coronary bypass or a heart transplant exists, the patient is obviously much better off. Early detection is important, and it may prevent early death or needless suffering, but it is not disease prevention.
Disease prevention, then, is the third type, and obviously a superior one. Early detection by definition means that the disease is present. Realize, however, that thousands of people die each year having recently had thorough medical examinations that gave no indication of any illness, let alone a life threatening one. The practice of medicine has concentrated its efforts primarily on the first two types of health care and other than vaccination, has done very little in the area of disease prevention. More recently, researchers in the area of nutrition have theorized the relationship between certain diets and the prevention of certain diseases. Needless to say there is much controversy and much disagreement in these areas. There appear to be so many variables and so many other factors that effect an individual that drawing substantive conclusions is extremely difficult. For example, people who cut cholesterol out of their diet may still experience heart problems. Conversely, those who take in high levels of cholesterol may never experience heart problems. The controversy extends to smoking. There are people who never smoke and yet die of lung cancer. There are others who chain smoke all of their adult lives with no evidence of cancer. It appears the best that can be said about this third approach, that of disease prevention, is that it can lessen the tendency toward a certain disease. But it falls short of the fourth approach.
Health maintenance is by far the best approach but unfortunately the least practiced and least understood. Disease prevention and health maintenance may appear to be the same thing but they are very different. The primary difference is in the attitude of the individual. Disease prevention involves doing specific things to prevent specific diseases, whereas health maintenance involves one's overall attitude toward life and health in general. A person worried about preventing heart disease will cut out cholesterol. However, a woman concerned about maintaining her health will eat good food in the proper quantity, will exercise for her body regularly, will maintain her body with a good nerve supply by seeing her chiropractor regularly, and doing all the other things necessary for good health, like getting proper rest, avoiding excess stress, etc. Disease prevention is usually a result of worry over the disease ("there's a history of heart disease in my family"). Health maintenance is a positive approach toward health and life in general. People involved in a program of health maintenance do not expend their energy worrying about disease. If they like eggs they eat eggs recognizing that by keeping their body healthy the cholesterol in eggs is not going to cause a heart attack. These are the people who truly enjoy life and get the maximum out of it.
As we stated earlier, each approach has its place. Each one is needed under the present level of health that exists. But ideally, health maintenance, if practiced by the majority of people, would lead to less need for the other three approaches.
Did you know that stress is a leading cause of illness? Stress can cause anxiety, depression and even sleep difficulties. It can also trigger physical pain, especially in the back. Our emotions can cause muscle tension, affecting the function of our spine. Back pain often results from this mind-body connection.
If neglected, back pain can become chronic. Which in turn limits our ability to engage in physical activities. The resulting social isolation can produce depression, adding still more stress, becoming a vicious cycle.
What's the best way to reduce emotional, physical and chemical stress? For starters, be grateful. Look for the silver lining in difficult circumstances. Journal your thoughts. Talk to a trusted friend. Exercise and take time to relax. Breathe deeply, improve your diet and of course, get adjusted. Chiropractic care can help reduce nerve system tension, improving your ability to tolerate stress.
If you're looking for a chiropractor in Santa Barbara or the surrounding areas schedule a consultation with Dr Kori - Chiropractic. His calming disposition will set you at ease. He is a human potential specialist and trusted by many to guide them to health and their best LIFE.
Video on The Value of Chiropractic care
The more you know about anything, the better value you can receive from it! Listen as Reggie Gold, D.C. explains how to get the most from chiropractic care. His entertaining and logical speaking style makes for an enjoyable couple of minutes that will impact your life for years to come.
Your natural IT System
In today's virtual world we all know the importance of a healthy I.T. system. This Information and Technology (IT) infrastructure is necessary for our homes, offices, and the communication between our loved ones to function properly. Wired and wireless, we count on this I.T. system every minute of every day.
Within you, your Nerve System acts as your natural I.T. system to keep your body functioning properly by supplying your cells with innervation. Innervation is defined as the "distribution of nerve fibers to an organ or body region." Innervation is essential for the health of every cell, tissue and organ of your body. More than 45 miles of nerves connect your brain to your skin alone. Innervation between your brain and your heart, lungs, kidneys, and muscles relay up to three million messages every second. This essential innervation monitors both your inner and outer world and adapts you to your environment.
With the right training, IT can even help you execute the perfect golf swing or climb a mountain. Unfortunately, our tendency is to neglect our internal I.T. system until it breaks down. This is not a healthy choice! When it comes to your health, healing, or maximizing your health potential, there are some important things that you must know about IT.
Life is not possible without this Essential Innervation. In his book Healing and the Mind, Bill Moyers found that immune system cells stop working when innervation is removed. We have all heard stories of people who have suffered brain or spinal cord injuries whose lives were cut short or whose bodies completely stopped functioning because they were paralyzed. Researchers are working tirelessly to find solutions to replace IT when it is lost. IT should not be taken for granted, ever.
When Innervation is interfered with by vertebral subluxation only partial function is possible. Research out of the University of Colorado found that pressure on the nerve system equivalent to the weight of a dime can reduce nerve transmission. Stretching a nerve by 6% can decrease the strength of its impulse by 70%. Interference to IT can cause immediate symptoms from colic in a baby to allergies, breathing difficulties, headaches or any type of pain. Because of the vast nature of the nerve system, the symptoms can mimic many diagnoses, even unexplainable ones. Because the focus is on removing the Interference to IT rather than just making a localized pain or condition feel better, the body can begin to heal itself right away.
Your body can function normally with proper Innervation. Every cell, tissue and organ can interact in a healthy way with accurate signals and messages being sent and received. Your ability to adapt to stress, digest food, eliminate waste, and perform daily tasks becomes second nature. With IT, you may even be able to walk and chew gum at the same time since IT works without you even thinking about IT.
When you Optimize IT, you can achieve optimum health and peak performance levels and push your body to its limits. We see this in top performers and athletes, and every day people like you who run marathons or participate in Iron Man, Tough Mudder or other extreme activities. Innervation is essential to life, healing, health and vitality. Even if you are not planning to participate in any high level fitness workouts, make the health of your natural IT system your top priority!
Thanks to Eric Plasker, DC for this article
You are constantly putting stress on your spine
That's why we run Dr Kori - Chiropractic in Santa Barbara the way we do.. quick visits, no appointments, convenient hours, and affordable per visit and membership rates.. so you can your family can get regular ongoing chiropractic care so you can be your best.
Just exactly what conditions or diseases can a chiropractor cure?
Well really a chiropractor can't cure anything. The question should be re-phrased to say, "Exactly what conditions or diseases can be caused totally or in part by vertebral subluxation." And, as we said eariler a vertebral subluxation interferes with virtually every function of the body, so it can be a contributory cause of virtually any sickness or condition. Every vertebral subluxation is extremely serious. This is why when this was recognized over 100 years ago the profession of chiropractic was formed for the sole purpose of addressing and bringing about the correction of these vertebral subluxations that can not only cause disease conditions, but many other malfunctions in the human body as well or imperfections of performance.
Thanks to Reggie Gold, DC for this article
Chiropractic and the NFL
Did you know that all 32 teams in the National Football League offer their players and personnel chiropractic services as part of the "medical team" for managing and preventing injuries? According to league sources, this distinction is a benchmark for the profession and demonstrates the vital role that chiropractic care plays in optimizing athletic performance.
According to Spencer H. Baron, D.C., DACBSP, Miami Dolphins team chiropractor for the past 14 years, "The robust need for chiropractic care in the NFL has been deeply driven by the players' desire for peak physical conditioning and not simply for injuries." He continued, "From the earliest years of full contact football, their bodies are subject to structural stress that doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are specifically trained to care for. Many DCs who provide their services to professional athletes travel with their respective teams throughout the season, treating players up until game time, during the game and sometimes immediately following."
New Orleans area chiropractor Rob Lizana, who treats many of the players of the Super Bowl Champion Saints, even moved with the team when they relocated to San Antonio, TX following Hurricane Katrina. According to retired, Saints All-Pro wide receiver Marques Colston, the need for chiropractic is widespread: "I always see Dr. Rob for chiropractic care on game day to get my body balanced, flexible and ready for action. I see him several times a week for rehab and to recover faster from the last game."
Former Heisman trophy winner Reggie Bush has been receiving chiropractic care since playing football in high school and during his collegiate years. Said Bush, "I look at chiropractic care as important to keeping me healthy and at the top of my game."
Saints former wide receiver, Lance Moore also relied on chiropractic care to be game-time ready. "Not only did my chiropractor get me back on the field, but he helped me to stay on the field. My body just feels much better overall because of the care I've gotten," said Moore.
Numerous professional athletes are outspoken about their experiences with chiropractic care, including NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, who is the spokesman for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating the public of the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. Rice continues to attribute his longevity and performance to the benefits of chiropractic: "I did a lot of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiropractor made all the difference."
You don't have to be a professional athlete to benefit from chiropractic. Dr Kori - Chiropractic in Santa Barbara, CA is willing to work with athletes of all sports and ages to help them perform at their best.
There is no process that does not require time
Our lives are determined by our habits. Our habits are the daily and weekly activities we do over time. Our habits shape our lives over years of repetition. In order to change the quality of our lives, we must change the process of our habits and sustain them through time.
When people become members of our practice, they begin the powerful process of making chiropractic a weekly habit. Through this habit, over years (time), their bodies live less with vertebral subluxations and manifest a fuller expression of life. The importance of this habit cannot be overemphasized. We cannot predict how the body will function better, but logic tells us that the body will be stronger in every way with chiropractic as a weekly habit (process) over time. This makes chiropractic a powerful investment with literally no downside.
The quality of our lives is the result of every choice we have made, our choices become habits and habits make the life we lead.
Excerpted from "33" by Dr. David Serio: The Principle of Time, Joe Donofrio, DC and Mark Romano, DC
Dr. Kori Mortenson, DC is a chiropractor in Santa Barbara, CA. In his spare time he enjoys tango dancing, running, biking, hiking, kayaking... just being active.
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