Exploring Patient Satisfaction
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:04 PM

A recent study sought to assess satisfaction with specific aspects of care for acute neck pain and explore the relationship between satisfaction with care, neck pain, and global satisfaction.  It found that individuals with acute/subacute neck pain were more satisfied with specific aspects of care received during spinal manipulation therapy or home exercise interventions compared to receiving medication. 

Nebraska: New Law Allows Chiropractors to Work on Animals
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 04:28 PM

Nebraska:  Veterinarians aren't the only people who can work on four-legged family members.  A new state law changed that rule.  Previously the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services contacted animal chiropractic practitioners after reading  stories in the newspapers about animal treatments. HHS said he was practicing illegally unless a veterinarian was present during each therapy session.

Now, after years of legislative hearings and monthly meetings with the state veterinary board, the dream finally become a reality.  “It’s always been a turf battle. Vets have said, ‘We don’t want to do it, but we don’t want you doing it either.’  The new law says physical and massage therapists, acupuncturists and chiropractors can now be licensed animal therapists.  Gov. Dave Heineman signed it.  

Why Young People Need Chiropractic Now More Than Ever
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 02:53 PM

According to a recent study published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders,1 "It is now widely acknowledged that neck pain (NP), mid back pain (MBP), and low back pain (LBP) (spinal pain) start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult levels at the age of 18."

The study notes that by age 11, "the lifetime prevalence of spinal pain was 86%." The authors also found that "the two-year incidence of spinal pain varied between 40% and 60% across the physical locations. Progression of pain from one to more locations and from infrequent to more frequent was common over the two-year period."

These findings strongly support the importance of chiropractic care for children and teenagers. But there is another reason.

Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014 11:19 AM

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently signed a proclamation declaring October 2014 as “Oregon Chiropractic Health and Wellness Month.”

“A seven-year prospective follow-up study analyzing 70,274 member-months of patients managed by doctors of chiropractic resulted in an 85 percent reduction in drug costs, 62 percent reduction in MRIs and surgeries, 60.2 percent reduction of, in hospital admissions, and a 59 percent reduction in hospital stays,” writes Kitzhaber.

The proclamation comes as University of Western States (UWS) celebrates 110 years of leadership in educating health care professionals. The university, founded in 1904, was the first educational institution offering a doctor of chiropractic degree in Oregon. The university has expanded over the past 110 years and now offers a master’s degree in exercise and sports science with four new concentrations, human nutrition and functional medicine and diagnostic imaging; and a massage therapy certification program.

Lifestyle Study Finds Significant Heart Benefit
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Tuesday, September 23, 2014 04:54 PM

Adhering to a healthy diet and lifestyle could prevent as many as four out of five heart attacks in men, according to a population-based, prospective cohort study of Swedish men.

Practicing just two of five low-risk behaviors -- a healthy diet and moderate alcohol consumption -- was associated with a relative risk of 0.65 for myocardial infarction (MI) compared with men who practiced none of the low-risk behaviors.  Following all five low-risk factors -- refraining from smoking, being physically active and having no abdominal adiposity, in addition to the other two -- was associated with a relative risk of 0.14.  "This combination of healthy behaviors, present in 1% of the men, could prevent 79% of the MI events on the basis of the study population," researchers said.  Programs that target men and encourage them to adhere to these behaviors -- even just two of them -- could have a large impact on the burden of disease.

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