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Dr. Juan Nunez – Chiropractic & Wellness

Bipartisan Group Urges Pentagon to Examine Chiropractic Provider Status

August 23rd, 2011

Fifteen Members of House Defense Panel Advocate for Fair, Equitable Treatment of DCs in Military Health Care System

In an effort strongly supported by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), 15 members of the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee have requested that the Department of Defense (DoD) address disparities in its treatment of doctors of chiropractic.

In an Aug. 5 letter to Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, the bipartisan group noted that pay and job classification disparities have resulted in doctors of chiropractic (DCs) who treat patients at military treatment facilities (MTFs) being compensated at much lower rates than providers with comparable, or even lesser, training, skill sets and responsibilities. They urged Woodson to examine the more equitable system used by the Department of Veteran Affairs health care system to integrate chiropractic and adopt a similar approach.

The group also pointed out that institutional bias against doctors of chiropractic among DoD health care officials has resulted in the active-duty military patient population having greater difficulty accessing chiropractic care and in unnecessary restrictions placed on DCs in performing their services. To address this, the legislators asked Woodson to evaluate the current supervisory procedures of DCs and to give serious consideration to having a DC as the chiropractic service leader for each branch of the military, as is the case with other specialty groups in TRICARE, the military’s health care system.

“I would like to thank congressmen Mike Rogers and Dave Loebsack for spearheading this effort,” said ACA President Dr. Rick A. McMichael. “The benefit provided by doctors of chiropractic to our brave men and women in uniform is integral to their recovery from injuries and their overall health and well-being. Impeding DCs from providing this care is a disservice to our troops.”

“The Association of Chiropractic Colleges applauds this expression of support by members of the House Armed Services Committee for continuing the full integration of the services provided by doctors of chiropractic  into the DoD,” said ACC President Dr. Richard Brassard. “We are optimistic that this strong letter will spur positive change.”

In addition to Rogers (R-AL) and Loebsack (D-IA), the letter was signed by Reps. Todd Aiken (R-MO), Robert E. Andrews (D-NJ), Roscoe G. Bartlett (R-MD), Madeleine Z. Bordallo (D-GU), Hank Johnson (D-GA), Walter B. Jones (R-NC), Larry Kissell (D-NC), Frank A. LoBiondo (R-NJ), Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), Tim Ryan (D-OH), Jon Runyan (R-NJ), Bobby Schilling (R-IL) and Niki Tsongas (D-MA).

Chiropractic is currently available to active-duty personnel at only 60 MTFs (see official DoD website on chiropractic here). The full text of the letter can be found here.

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 that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Survey: Chiropractic Care Outperforms All Other Back Pain Treatments, Including Medication

August 8th, 2011

ACA Suggests Conservative Care Before Prescription Drug Use

In a new survey, chiropractic care outperformed all other back-pain treatments including prescription and over-the-counter medications, deep-tissue massage, yoga and Pilates. According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), this news reinforces the use of conservative care options as a first line of defense against pain.

The survey, released by a leading consumer product rating and survey publisher in late July, found that 65 percent of those surveyed using chiropractic care for back pain said it helped a lot. Only 53 percent of respondents using prescription medications found them as helpful.

Additionally, about half of those surveyed who are using deep-tissue massage, yoga or Pilates said those treatments helped a lot, and only 28 percent of respondents using over-the-counter medications reported that they helped a lot.

Current evidence-based guidelines support the use of conservative care such as chiropractic for conditions such as chronic lower back pain. In 2007, the Annals of Internal Medicine published low back pain guidelines developed by the American Pain Society and the American College of Physicians. Those guidelines recommended that, for patients who do not improve with self-care, doctors should consider non-pharmacologic therapies such as chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture.

The issue of pain relief has gained visibility recently with the release of a government report which found that while the use of some illegal drugs has diminished, the abuse of prescription medications has sharply increased–particularly prescription opioid pain relievers such as Oxycontin and Vicodin. The report points out that unintentional opioid overdoses (once almost exclusively the fate of heroin abusers) are today increasingly caused by prescription painkiller abuse.

“As this latest survey helps to demonstrate, chiropractic care is an evidence-based and effective treatment that can prevent patients from resorting to powerful drugs with potentially harmful consequences,” said ACA President Dr. Rick McMichael. “I urge health care providers, whenever possible, to recommend drug-free, conservative care interventions for their patients before prescribing medications that may be associated with negative side effects. Patients deserve to know their options.”

Doctors of chiropractic provide drug-free, non-invasive treatment for many types of painful conditions, including acute and chronic back pain, neck pain, joint pain and headaches. For more information about chiropractic care, or to find a doctor of chiropractic near you, visit the American Chiropractic Association’s website.

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 that contributes to the health and well-being of millions of chiropractic patients. Visit www.acatoday.org.

Chiropractic Care Provides Relief for Headaches

August 8th, 2011

Headaches are unpleasant whether frequent, infrequent or life-stopping like migraines. No-one wants them. Most people suffering from headache turn toward discomfort alleviation medications. Though medications are efficient in suppressing the symptoms, the headache keeps running its marathon in your head. I want to recommend you to take a look at what could be causing your headache and not just mask the symptoms with medications.

You do not dump a weed by cutting of its branches or pulling out one or two leaves; you uproot it! It’s the same with all bodily aches associated with diseases and other causes. You have got to treat the issue in total and avoid hacking aimlessly at the symptoms. This is the area of wellness experience where chiropractic care stands proud of other remedies for discomfort alleviation and especially for headaches.

Understanding your headache: Types and triggers

Depending on whether your headache is caused by underlying medical issues, a headache may be classified as primary or secondary headache.

First headaches are customarily migraines, tension-generated headaches, cervicogenic (identified by discomfort on the side of the head) and cluster headaches. 90-95% of all headaches are of the Primary kind. These are caused by lifestyle abnormalities like stress and muscle stress in the neck, higher back and scalp, sleeplessness, blood sugar levels, consistent terrible posture and absence of proper movement and exercise.

Secondary headaches are only 5-10% of all headaches experienced by folk. They stem from underlying conditions like pressure on the brain or skull due to tumors or head injury and occasionally infection. These are advising signals about other difficulties.

Chiropractic Care for treatment of headaches

Chiropractors believe that:

– There is a dynamic relationship between lifestyle, environment and health.

– The close relationship of the centrally-located spinal column and the nervous system and the capacities of the body.

– The human body has the power to recuperate given the help to right subluxations made by external or internal causes.

When patients present to my office for the treatment of headaches, I consider their medical history; question about their way of life, typical routine activities, and diet.

I perform spinal adjustments, especially in the neck region in the case of cervicogenic headaches, to alleviate stress and improve spinal function. I also treat the surrounding muscles that attach on the spinal joints to take pressure off the joints. Tension headaches also respond well to chiropractic adjustments.

General advice for a headache-free life

– Keep yourself well hydrated – drink plenty of water, avoid diuretic drinks like alcohol, tea and coffee.

– Moderate exercising is fantastic for everyone; aerobics or walking.

– Take stretching and movement breaks between inactive working hours.

– Sleep well and eat non-inflaming food.

Headaches are not standard. You don’t have to live with them. With straightforward life changes and chiropractic routine you can anticipate a headache-free future. As more patients who approach chiropractors have found drug care is accompanied by complications over time and treats pain only at the symptom level. The fundamental cause remains concealed and triggers recurring headaches.

Today’s surveys and countrywide studies suggest that patients undergoing chiropractic treatment experience sustained decrease in frequency of headaches than those patients on drugs for a similar.

(reference: Dr. Juan Nunez & www. easymedicaltips.com)