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It was reported in October of 2010 by Wrong Diagnosis that approximately 1 in 6,16.54% or 45 million Americans get headaches yearly, with many people suffering daily. While the statistical numbers vary based upon your source of information, it can be agreed upon that headaches are very common and shared among Americans at an epidemic rate. Taking into account that a single pill for many Americans to treat a headache can cost as much as $43, according to Consumer Reports Health Best Buy Drugs, the overall cost to our economy totals billions of dollars and we need to focus not on the treatment of the effects, but the root of the cause.

When you suffer from headaches, it affects every facet of your life and you search for immediate answers. Most often it is a medication, either over-the-counter or prescription as evidenced by the amount of money spent as previously reported.

Nelson et al. (1998) reported on randomized clinical trials that took place over an 8-week course. The results showed there was minor statistical differences in outcomes for improvement during the trial period for chiropractic care, amatriptyline and over-the-counter medications for treating migraine headaches. It was also reported that there was no statistical benefit in combining therapies. However, the major factor is that in the post-treatment follow-up period, chiropractic was 75% more effective in the reduction of headaches than drug therapy.

Medications and other forms of invasive care are often necessary and it is critical for a trained doctor to perform an accurate history and physical and when indicated, advanced diagnostic testing (CAT scans, MRI's, etc.) to ensure there aren't more serious underlying complications. However, based upon the results of the research provided by Nelson et al. (1998), it should be chiropractic first, drugs second and surgery last to render better outcomes with less potential side effects.

These studies along with many others conclude that a drug-free approach of chiropractic care is one of the best solutions for patients seeking safe care for headaches and migraines.

By drcrooks
January 22, 2011
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Another snow storm and 6 inches of snow to remove Snow shovelers need to prepare themseves to prevent injury while performing this mundate task. Avoid repetitive bending and twisting while lifting the snow. A snow shovel full of wet snow can weigh more than 10 pounds. Push the snow straight ahead and don't throw it. Bend your knees and let your leg muscles do the work. Take frequent breaks to avoid fatique and injury. Wear layers of chothing to stay warm and wear boots with a good tread to avoid falling. Stop if you feel chest pain or shortness of breath.

Using some common sense and shoveling snow the right way can save your back.

By drcrooks
December 27, 2010
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A new study published in the December 2010 issue of JMPT reviewed the cost of care for common back pain conditions initiated with chiropractic and medical doctors as the first treating physician. Tennessee Blue Cross Blue Shield claims were reviewed retrospectively and it was determined that paid costs of low back care were 40% lower when care was initiated with a doctor of chiropractic compared with a medical treatment. Even when risk-adusting each patient costs to account for severity, paid costs for chiropractic patients were 20% lower than medical patients. This study demonstrates the value of chiropractic care at a critical time, when the Congress is attempting to reform our health care system and contain runaway costs in the United States.

By drcrooks
December 23, 2010
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Vigorous excercise before breakfast, produces the best results in preventing and treating diabetes, says a recent study from Leuven, Belgium, One of three Americans will become diabetic because of a high-calorie, high fat diet that leads to the cells of our bodies to stop responding to insulin. This is furthur compounded by lack of regular cardiovascular exercise. Over a period of time high blood sugar levels damages cell membranes leading to heart attacks, strokes, blindness and kidney damage. Fat is also deposited in your body and you gain weight. When you exercise after fasting, this prevents fat from being deposited in the muscles and helps muscles to make more glycogen or stored sugar for fuel. It has not been established whether athletes should train on a low carbohydrate diet because reduced stores of sugar in the muscles and energy for training may be counteracted by the gains of fasting.

By drcrooks
December 21, 2010
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On this first day of winter, it is time to think about the inevitable task of snow shoveling. Bad body mechanics can strain the lower back resulting in painful injuries to the muscles and joints. Use a shovel with a curved or adustable handle and a plastic blade. Pace yourself and when removing deep snow remove a few inches at a time. Take a break every 15 minutes. Bend at the hips not the back. Lift with your leg muscles keeping the back straight. Avoid repetitive reaching and twisting.





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