by: Dr. Ron Repice
Medical Moment: Spinal Deteriation
A Special Tip About
Avoiding Something Called Spinal Deterioration
We treat patients of all ages in our office, and our goal here is to help patients and their neighbors lead a healthy, long, pain-free and active life. Here’s why I am saying that in this write up today. As we age, (and we are all doing it) we experience limited mobility and activity. This restricted movement can have negative effects on a person’s health, making it more difficult to keep in shape plus stay active. There have been countless studies showing that consistent activity can help us not only maintain our physical well-being, but it can also prevent against things like Alzheimer’s and depression. In short, staying “active” is good for your body and mind!
A new study from researchers at the University of Iowa found that chiropractic care can help older people stay active and healthy. I’m sure you’re aware of this, but I just wanted to comment on this so you might know someone that is older that needs our help.
In the report, the authors looked at the data provided by the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), a huge database that documents the health records of Medicare patients. The researchers looked specifically at patient reports of function, activity levels, and self-reported health outcomes in patients who visited their chiropractor and compared them to people who did not visit a doctor of chiropractic.
The researchers found that the individuals who engaged in some form of chiropractic care regularly had fewer functional limitations, less difficulty engaging in activities such as lifting and walking, and a lower number of doctor’s visits and hospitalizations. They concluded that chiropractic had a “protective effect,” safeguarding them against physical deterioration.
The authors said: “This study provides evidence of a protective effect of chiropractic against 1-year declines in functional and [self-related health] among Medicare beneficiaries with spine conditions, and indications that chiropractic users have higher satisfaction with follow-up care and information provided about what is wrong with them.”
Chiropractic care has been shown to be beneficial for many different kinds of spinal pain and dysfunction, and this study I just mentioned shows that regular chiropractic care can also help keep you moving and active as you get older. If you suffer from back pain or have some other health problem that’s slowing you down, call our office today for an appointment. We’ll be happy to keep you moving and functioning a lot better!
Additionally we now offer Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), which is our 3 minu
te Cold Air treatment that may be a great benefit in easing body aches and pain, as well as joint pain such as the Knee and Shoulder.
We can be reached at: 239-658-COOL (2665)
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Weigel PAM, Hockenberry JM, Wolinsky FD. Chiropractic use in the Medicare Population: prevalence, patterns, and associations with 1-year changes in health and satisfaction with care. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37:542-551.