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Dr. Juan Nunez – Chiropractic & Wellness

What Type of Education and Training Do Chiropractors Have?

July 26th, 2011

Chiropractors are educated as primary contact health care practitioners, with an emphasis on musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment. Educational requirements for doctors of chiropractic are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions. The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an  accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency which is fully recognized by the U.S. Department
of Education.

A Few Interesting Facts Regarding Back Pain

July 18th, 2011

Low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States.
Back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitation in people younger than 45 years old.
Most cases of back pain are mechanical or non-organic—meaning they are not caused by serious conditions, such as inflammatory arthritis, infection, fracture or cancer.
Approximately one quarter of U.S. adults reported having low back pain lasting at least one whole day in the past three months2, and 7.6 percent reported at least one episode of severe acute low back pain within a one-year period.
Low back pain is also very costly: approximately 5 percent of people with back pain disability account for 75 percent of the costs associated with low back pain.5
One-half of all working Americans admit to having back pain symptoms each year.
Approximately 2 percent of the U.S. work force is compensated for back injuries each year.

Americans spend at least $50 Billion per year on back pain—and that’s just for the more easily identified costs.

 

(Reference:  acatoday.com)

Interesting Health Facts!

July 7th, 2011

Dogs can sense cancer and low blood sugar.

Excessive cleanliness is bad for your health. A little bit of germs helps your body’s immune system.

The risk of getting a heart attack is higher on Mondays and during three days after your doctor diagnoses you with the flu or another respiratory disease.

Washing your nose with salt water can help you avoid a lot of allergy symptoms.

People who enter their home through the back door by the kitchen eat 15% more than those who enter through the front door.

A lack of animal protein is bad for your brain.

Social Networking (facebook) is good for your memory.

The newest and most expensive drugs are not necessarily the healthiest.

Almonds, avocado and rucola stimulate sexual desire and increase fertility.

(courtesy of Fun Factz: Health)

Celebrate National Chiropractic Health Month and Get TechnoHealthy

July 6th, 2011

2011 Observance This October to Promote Healthy Use of Modern Technologies; Planning Kit Available Online

This October, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) will once again lead the nation in celebrating National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM). This year’s theme—“Get TechnoHealthy!”—and activities focus on how doctors of chiropractic can help the public stay healthy and injury free while toting the gadgets they love or working long hours in front of a computer.

The excessive use of mobile devices and incorrect posture while using smart phones and other gadgets or while sitting in front of a computer can lead to neck, back, wrist and even thumb pain, in addition to other musculoskeletal issues. The problem is becoming so widespread that earlier this year a spokesperson for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that musculoskeletal injuries remain one of the biggest workplace health and safety problems in American industry.

“National Chiropractic Health Month offers us an opportunity to educate the public on the potential injuries associated with extended technology use, which is a growing public health issue, and also raise awareness of how chiropractic care can help people prevent and treat these conditions naturally.” said ACA President Rick McMichael, DC. “Our bodies are made to move—not to maintain the same stooped-over posture for long periods of time or to repeat the same motions endlessly. Doctors of chiropractic can teach patients how often to take breaks and how to stretch and exercise to prevent pain and injury.”

To kick off the celebration, ACA has created an online planning kit for doctors of chiropractic, as well as state chiropractic associations, chiropractic colleges, Student ACA (SACA) chapters and anyone who wishes to participate. The kit contains information and resources that will assist participants in planning and implementing NCHM activities at local and regional levels. Certain resources are exclusively available to ACA members.

For more information on how to participate, visit www.acatoday.org/NCHM.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA), based in Arlington, Va., is the largest professional association in the United States representing doctors of chiropractic. ACA promotes the highest standards of patient care and ethics, and supports research, legislation, insurance reforms, and public awareness activities that contribute to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.