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How Much Is a Pound of Cure Worth?

When we talk about medicine and medical doctors, we are not denigrating them as adversaries of chiropractors or chiropractic care. It’s not a case of either one or the other. The two may go hand in hand, and often do,

Both are healing sciences, but the chief difference is that one is preventative in nature and purpose, more about bolstering our immunity and keeping disease away than treating disease that is already there.

‘Medicine is the best at treating the symptoms of disease after it’s already present We will all need it at some point in our lives and I am grateful that we have the best medical doctors in the world in our country,” says Dr. Brad Butler, Chief of Staff at the Oakland Spine & Rehabilitation Centers in Oakland and Wayne, NJ. “However, medicine is limited because it’s mainly centered on either early detection of disease or treating the disease after it’s already present.”

We are essentially prisoners in a high-priced healthcare system that is run primarily by medicine. The treatment of existing disease is a lot more expensive than preventing disease and adopting healthy lifestyles.

Prevention Best Option of All

There is a big push in medicine toward early detection, which is just another justification for drugs and surgery, chiropractic professionals believe. Finding disease early when it is most treatable is certainly better than dealing with it in an end-stage scenario. However, the best option of all is to prevent disease before it can happen.

A growing number of medical doctors are seeing the light by using preventive approaches in their practices, including educating patients on nutrition and healthy habits like exercising, refraining from tobacco use, moderation in alcohol consumption and overeating.

A big part of preventative medicine is to motivate the patient or individual to adopt the practices that would prevent diseases that might otherwise occur with continued poor lifestyle choices.

For example, as many as eighty percent of American adults suffer from back pain. Do you wait until the pain is so great that potent drugs and surgery are the only options?

Poor Richard (a.k.a. Benjamin Franklin) admonished us that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” That pound of cure was costing each of us on average of $10,348 per person in 2016 for health care. The per capita cost for prescription drugs alone, as of the spring of 2018, was about $1,500, according to a study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

If the medical doctors can see the toll this is taking it is truly a time for dramatic changes in health care.

—Call us today at (201) 651-9100 for an appointment at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy…

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Diversity Typifies Today’s Chiropractors

If you think of chiropractors as all doing pretty much the same thing, you need to get out more. The truth is that, much like the medical profession, there are many different approaches in practice, procedure and specialization.  

Cardiologists don’t do the same thing as urologists and their differences in diagnoses and treatments extend to divergent parts of the body. The same may be said for chiropractic medicine.

There is what is known as relief care, which is usually associated with a traditional chiropractor who specializes in spinal manipulation and other basic modalities. Relief care reduces spinal pressure in chronic cases, lessening pain and stiffness while increasing mobility. This is for people who need immediate relief and visits are generally more frequent, reports Dr. Brad Butler, Chief of Staff at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy in Oakland and Wayne, NJ.

Another kind of chiropractor is one who follows the model of “spinal correction” which includes additional techniques to bring the spine back to a normal structural state. A typical patient might be someone who is afflicted with a chronic back condition over a prolonged span of time without receiving treatment. This may result in serious spinal damage that requires more of a therapeutic approach through multiple sessions.

Multiple Treatments in One Setting

Neck PainFinally, there are chiropractic rehabilitation offices where multiple techniques, modalities, and even other disciplines such as physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and advanced technologies can be used.

“This is the model we utilize because I feel it’s giving the patient the overall best opportunity to heal and recover from more chronic and advanced spinal conditions,” Dr. Butler noted.

Whatever the state of your health, whether you are seeking immediate relief or preventative or maintenance treatment over the years, chiropractic care is the nonintrusive answer. Maintenance care may come after recovering from injury and subsequent rehabilitation.

Consider all the conditions that may be treated where multiple modalities are available that may not have been available from your father’s chiropractor. They include but are not limited to: chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, headaches and migraines, tennis elbow, herniated discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, follow up to failed back surgery, low back, mid back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica, scoliosis, spinal stenosis, sprains, strains and sports injuries, whiplash and car accident injuries and even allergies and asthma.

Modern chiropractors rely on a battery of equipment that essentially makes them technicians, including various tables that are effective for treatment of different conditions plus ultrasound, cold laser, acupuncture and activator adjusting tools for expanded patient care.

So all chiropractors are not alike and neither are the conditions they treat and the modalities they use.

 

 

Misconceptions about Chiropractic

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Still Striving to Improve Effectiveness

According to the American Chiropractic Association, an estimated 35 million adults and children go to chiropractors for treatment every year. That is more than one of every ten people living in the United States based on the 2017 population estimates of the U.S. Census Bureau.  The same source tells us that patients of chiropractors go to that specialist more often than they do to their family doctor each year.

The latter seems to give credence to the allegation that once people start going to a chiropractor, they are somehow hooked into going to one for the rest of their lives. At last report, chiropractors are not on any list of known addictions. The truth is they give regular annual checkups and schedule patient appointments based on their health needs like the family physician.

The fact that so many Americans go to chiropractors in pursuit of achieving optimal health is, in itself, a statement of trust and confidence in a profession that has contended with many myths since the first acknowledged chiropractic adjustment in Iowa in 1895. The idea that chiropractors “adjust” instead of “treat” may have had something to do with the skepticism, but there is no question that some 80,000 chiropractors in the United States are an integral of the mainstream healthcare system.

The primary definition of adjusting is “to move or change something so as to be more effective.” The medical definition of treatment is a bit more obtuse with no reference to its intended results: “The application of medicines, surgery, psychotherapy, etc, or to a patient or a disease or a symptom.”

In other words, treatment promises nothing in itself while adjusting strives to improve effectiveness.

It’s about Improving Effectiveness

BBB A+ RatingSince people in pursuit of healthcare are accustomed to being treated when they go to a doctor or a hospital, most chiropractors now tend to include “treat” and “treatment” in their lexicon. Yet their objective is still about improving the patients’ conditions. making them more effective than they were before.

People with chronic issues, whether back pain, a pinched nerve, tendonitis, sciatica or fibromyalgia, do tend to return regularly because of the relief it delivers. However, there are many patients who are fully recovered after seeing a chiropractor one, two or three times.

Probably the first hurdle chiropractors had to surmount in gaining acceptance was they only work on backs and that all chiropractors are pretty much the same. The accent is on preventive health care with an emphasis on improving joint function.

Much like the medical profession, there are many different styles of practice. A traditional chiropractor typically uses just spinal manipulation or some basic modalities. Others form more advanced modalities of spinal correction with the goal of returning patients structurally to where they were when healthy. Finally, there are chiropractic rehabilitation offices where multiple techniques, modalities, and even other disciplines, such as physical therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture, and advanced technologies, are used.

Some patients prefer “maintenance care,” which means they choose to come to a chiropractor regularly because it makes them feel better. If that’s an addiction, it is one of the few healthy ones.

 

—Call us today at (201) 651-9100 for an appointment at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy.

Making Smart Decisions on Joint Health

It has never been a more important time than now to be an educated consumer when it comes to joint health. In previous generations, perhaps as recently as your parents, bad backs, knees, hips, and other joints have relegated those in their forties, fifties and sixties to decades of restricted mobility.

There are so many options, so many decisions to make, that will affect the quality of your life for years to come, that will determine whether you get to live happily ever after.

Consumers will have to be more informed than ever in conquering, or a least living with, joint and back pain.

Educated consumers have to choose what is best for them.  Joint pain is a growing dilemma and it isn’t going anywhere.  Patients have to decide whether they want to treat what’s causing the problem — which is almost always a mechanical issue— or whether they what to wait until significant deterioration occurs and choose their fate?

Knee and hip surgery and replacements are becoming commonplace, with the latter already among the most routinely performed surgeries, approaching 10 million men and women with these implants. Many of them are young enough that they may face replacements of their replacements 20 to 30 years down the road.

Then there are those millions of Americans with ongoing back pain. Those who suffer with it are getting younger, and it is already the leading cause of disability in adults under the age of 45. And, yes, spinal implants of sections of vertebrae are already here.

Medicine has evolved into more treatments of the consequences of these conditions, but only physical therapy and mechanical adjustments can treat the mechanical dysfunction that created the problem in the first place.

It is also true medical advances will continue and that they will become less invasive and less traumatic at doing the same old thing — treating by masking the effects of the ailment once prevention or structural rehabilitation is no longer feasible.

Stimulating Bodily Repair

Mechanical treatments like chiropractic care and physical therapy are superior because they stimulate the body to repair itself, at the same time recovering the initial painful condition and redirecting it on a more healthful trajectory.

Joint pain leading to disability is a dilemma for a growing number of Americans in their forties, fifties, sixties, and seventies. That means increasing millions of people are soon going to have to make choices, including surgery, physical therapy, chiropractic modalities and even stem cell treatment in the coming decades.

According to researchers at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an estimated 15 million people in the United States suffering from severe joint pain.  Going by the pain scale many doctors use— with zero representing no pain and 10 being the worst possible pain— anything seven or higher is in the severe range.

Then there are those in the moderate range of four to seven on the scale, many of whom will shortly be suffering severe joint pain. Now is the time for them to start making educated decisions.

—Call us today at (201) 651-9100 for an appointment at Oakland Spine & Physical Therapy.

Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: A Good Night’s Sleep May Save Your Life

A Good Night’s Sleep May Save Your Life

Good sleep quality for men may mean the difference between life and death. In this study, researchers analyzed long-term data on more than 823,000 men in the United States and found that men under the age of 65 who slept just three to five hours per night were 55% more likely to develop fatal prostate cancer than those who slept seven hours nightly. Study author Dr. Susan Gapstur adds, “If confirmed in other studies, these findings would contribute to evidence suggesting the importance of obtaining adequate sleep for better health.” American Association for Cancer Research, April 2017

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Yoga may help those with major depression.

Sudarshan Kriya yoga focuses on rhythmic breathing exercises that aim to place the mind into a deep, restful state. A new study finds this yoga discipline may prove to be an effective drug-free approach to treating anxiety and depression symptoms. The study found that compared with participants in a control group, those with major depressive disorder who completed an 8-week breathing-based yoga program experienced significant improvements in their anxiety and depression symptoms. Research fellow Dr. Anup Sharma adds, “With such a large portion of patients who do not fully respond to antidepressants, it’s important we find new avenues that work best for each person to beat their depression. Here, we have a promising, lower-cost therapy that could potentially serve as an effective, non-drug approach for patients battling this disease.” Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, November 2016

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Dr. Brad’s Weekly Health Update: Your bedtime habits could be sabotaging your sleep

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Your habits just before going to bed could be sabotaging your sleep.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends avoiding the following: over-the-counter medications that contain pseudoephedrine, which can be found in common cold medicines; texting, watching TV, or spending time on the computer shortly before bed; indulging in a greasy, fattening, salty bedtime snack, which can be stimulating and trigger nightmares; and drinking caffeine beyond the morning, as it can stay in your system for as long as twelve hours. National Sleep Foundation, October 2016

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Introducing babies to eggs and peanuts before their first birthday may help decrease their risk of food allergies

Introducing babies to eggs and peanuts before their first birthday may help decrease their risk of food allergies.

A review of 146 studies found that babies fed eggs when they were 4 to 6 months old and children given peanuts between 4 and 11 months of age had lower risks for allergies to those foods during childhood than kids not exposed to eggs and peanuts early in life. Dr. Matthew Greenhawt, an allergy specialist at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora concludes, “Delay of introduction of these foods may be associated with some degree of potential harm, and early introduction of selected foods appears to have a well-defined benefit.” Journal of the American Medical Association, September 2016

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