Prescribing Trends: Not a Pretty Picture

There are safe, cheap effective alternatives for all chronic conditions people suffer with. We need to split modern medicine into two parts.

The American ER is top notch. 

Prescribing patented chemicals to suppress the symptoms of chronic decay is not you best option. Ask me for details.

“Spending on prescription drugs in the Unites States has risen nearly 6-fold since 1990, reflecting substantial increases in treatment of chronic conditions and subsequent polypharmacy. As many as 45% of Americans have at least 1 diagnosed chronic condition, and 60% of the most prescribed medications were for hypertension, high cholesterol levels and diabetes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 11% of the US population and 40% of people older than age 60 take 5 medications or more.”

 

Prescribing Trends: Not a Pretty Picture.

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Massage at Harmony Health and Wellness

Things are really coming along around the new clinic. If you have not been in yet it has been at least 3 months since we moved, so it’s probably time for a tune up to get ready for winter.

Along with your spinal tune-up I would like to suggest a session with one of the talented massage therapists now available at Harmony Health and Wellness. Regular use of massage therapy goes a long way towards stabilizing an injury and improving your overall energy, health and well being. I have worked with massage therapists my entire career because their work with the muscles really help people hold my adjustments. I am currently working with several top notch therapists at Harmony Health and Wellness.

Leah has been with us since 1998. She teaches at a local college and is available Saturday mornings and a few shifts during the week. Jill is our newest therapist. She may be new to us, but she is certainly a veteran therapist and it really shows. Ken has recently changed careers and is very excited to work with you. Call Christina at 816-436-9355 to schedule your massage today!

Chronic low back does better with regular chiropractic care

Original article here

Abstract

 Study Design. A prospective single blinded placebo controlled study was conducted.

Objective. to assess the effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy (SMT) for the management of chronic non-specific low back pain (LBP) and to determine the effectiveness of maintenance SMT in long-term reduction of pain and disability levels associated with chronic low-back conditions after an initial phase of treatments.

Summary of background. SMT is a common treatment option for low back pain. Numerous clinical trials have attempted to evaluate its effectiveness for different subgroups of acute and chronic LBP but the efficacy of maintenance SMT in chronic non-specific LBP has not been studied.

Subjects and Methods. 60 patients with chronic, nonspecific LBP lasting at least 6 months were randomized to receive either (1) 12 treatments of sham SMT over a one-month period, (2) 12 treatments, consisting of SMT over a one-month period, but no treatments for the subsequent nine months, or (3) 12 treatments over a one-month period, along with “maintenance spinal manipulation” every two weeks for the following nine months. To determine any difference among therapies, we measured pain and disability scores, generic health status, and back-specific patient satisfaction at baseline and at 1-month, 4-month, 7-month and 10-month intervals.

Results: Patients in second and third groups experienced significantly lower pain and disability scores than first group at the end of 1-month period (P = 0.0027 and 0.0029 respectively). However, only the third group that was given spinal manipulations during the follow-up period showed more improvement in pain and disability scores at the 10-month evaluation. In the no maintained SMT group, however, the mean pain and disability scores returned back near to their pretreatment level.

Conclusion. SMT is effective for the treatment of chronic non specific LBP. To obtain long-term benefit, this study suggests maintenance spinal manipulations after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.

(C) 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

My new video defining the word PAIN

Hey everyone!  Long time no see.  🙂  I hope everyone had an awesome summer, I know I did.  Hanging out with my wife and children is the best experience of my life.  I can’t get enough of it.  Hey, I whipped up a new video and would really appreciate your feedback.

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Acupuncture defined

Acupuncture

The above link takes you to the Acupuncture introduction page on www.harmonyhealth.com.  From there you will be able to navigate through over 40 pages of detailed information regarding this facinating procedure.  I have had several people asking for information about acupuncture so I wrote the following brief discription and posted it on my website.

A Chinese medical treatment based on the understanding that living bodies pulse and flow with an energy that is beyond the limited spectrum of the human eye similar to microwaves, or radiowaves.  Further, ALL diseases of the body begin with a disruption of this energy field that if left uncorrected will manifest as an ailment of the physical body.  After thousands of years of research a modern acupuncturist understands and uses a complex map of this energy field and by stimulating specific points, he can alleviate stagnation, and realign this energy field which will very shortly manifest as a decrease in pain and restoration of function in the bodies tissues.  Acupuncture is commonly used to control pain and to treat other conditions such as allergies, hypertension or addiction withdrawal. Acupuncture is one component of an overall program of Chinese medicine that is very similar to the modern wellness movement happening in America today.  

DrD