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» The Snow Will Fall
» DCs Forge Closer Ties at Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference
» Broccoli's Artery Cleaning Effects
» Chiropractic Care For Insomnia?

The Snow Will Fall


 It’s that time of year again.  The days are short, the leaves have fallen, and it gets frigid at night.  Those combined point to one thing that is certain, it will eventually snow.  Are you prepared?  You have your shovel and salt ready?  If not, there isn’t much time to waste. 

Being ready to perform that dreaded snow removal is only half the battle.  You must work up the courage to get out in that cold air and move that shovel over and over and over.  Then you look back and all the work is covered up by that fresh snow that is falling.  (So frustrating).

One thing you never think about during this activity is “Wow, I hope I don’t get hurt while shoveling snow”.  However, we have that in our office all the time.  Here are some tips to help avoid the dreaded low back pain post snow shovel

  • Use your legs—It’s much easier at the time to just pick up that heavy snow at the end of your shovel with your back muscles, but that stress alone is enough to hurt yourself. Use your legs when lifting saves you a lot of pain later that night
  • Don’t move so much snow- Instead of trying to impress your neighbor with how big your shovel piles are, be smart move less snow. Believe me it will be there for the next scoop.  Overstressing your muscles will have your neighbor laugh at you the next day when you are walking like you rode a horse for a few days straight.
  • Ergonomic shovels- While they may be a little more costly at the beginning of the season, they are well worth the investment. These shovels help keep your spine in a more neutral position to allow you to keep shoveling instead of having to hire a snow removal company because you cannot move.
  • Take your time- Believe me, the snow will still be there, who knows maybe the next day it will be melted away, but it’s not worth trying to kill yourself with the shovel.

I hope some of these tips help


Yours in health,

Dr. Bauman, D.C.


Author: Dr. Andrew P. Bauman, D.C
Source: CCSP
Copyright: Chiropractic Centers of Short Pump 2019

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DCs Forge Closer Ties at Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference

Members of the chiropractic profession forged a new spirit of cooperation and understanding during the Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference (ICSC), which took place Nov. 8-9 in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Organizers of this first-of-its-kind event hope to enhance patient outcomes as well as increase integration of manual therapies for back pain in the wake of the ongoing opioid crisis.  ICSC was organized and hosted by the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) with the support of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) and the Academy of Orthopaedic Physical Therapy (AOPT), which represent three of the major provider groups of non-drug manual therapies for pain.  Manual therapies such as spinal manipulation have received increased attention and support in recent years by major health care organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Family Physicians for their ability to effectively manage many cases of back pain and in some cases reduce or alleviate the need for prescription opioids.  Research shows that back pain is one of the most common conditions for which opioids are prescribed.  "The chiropractic profession was honored to take part in the Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference," said Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, vice president of the American Chiropractic Association.  "We are committed to working together with our colleagues in physical therapy and osteopathy to raise awareness and promote integration of non-drug manual approaches."  "Providers of manual therapies have an unprecedented opportunity to positively impact the lives of millions of people who struggle with back pain. Together, we can find ways to improve what we do and to communicate better with patients.  The Interprofessional Collaborative Spine Conference was an important step in that direction," said Julie Fritz, PT, PhD, FAPTA, associate dean for research at the University of Utah College of Health, who helped plan the conference.

Author: American Chiropractic Association.
Source: Acatoday. November 12, 2019.
Copyright: American Chiropractic Association. 2019

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Broccoli's Artery Cleaning Effects

Heart Disease is the number 1 killer in America as well as other parts of the world. Aside from the obvious exercise and physical activity, diet also greatly affects one's risk for developing heart disease. New research indicates that broccoli and other green leafy vegetables can provide a natural defense against heart disease. British researchers recently discovered that broccoli and other brassicas turn on a protective protein in the arteries that in effect, prevent the arteries from clogging with fatty plaques, especially in the most vulnerable parts of the arteries most prone to clogging. While additional research is in the works, these preliminary findings drive home the importance of eating plenty of green leafy vegetables on a regular basis.

Source: Arteriosclerosis Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. September 3, 2009.
Copyright: LLC 2009

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Chiropractic Care For Insomnia?

A recent literature review found some interesting evidence suggesting that chiropractic care may have certain benefits for those suffering from insomnia. In the review, researchers evaluated some 15 studies that met their criteria. Their findings suggested that many of the therapies utilized by certain chiropractors including cranial manipulation, physio and manual therapies as well as mind-body therapies may have benefits for insomnia sufferers. However, no studies have been directly conducted to specifically evaluate and support these findings but based on these previous studies, it may be worth additional investigation.

Source: Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Vol 9, Issue 3. September 2010.
Copyright: LLC 2010

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