Some back pain is caused by non-preventable factors (traumatic accidents, congenital defects, tumors), but some back pain is preventable. Suggestions on how you can prevent back pain include:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight.
  • Remain active.
  • Avoid prolonged inactivity and/or bed rest.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
  • Sleep on a mattress of medium firmness to minimize pressure and to curve in your spine.
  • Lift with your knees, keep the object close to your body, and do not twist while lifting.
  • Quit smoking! Smoking dehydrates your body and impairs blood flow, resulting in oxygen deprivation to spinal tissues and a decrease in spinal disc height (degenerative disc disease)
  • Work with your Doctor of Chiropractic to ensure that your work space is ergonomically correct.

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  • 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
  • Low back pain is the fifth most common reason for all physician visits in the United States.
  • 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; therefore, they can not be properly treated with medication.
  • Back symptoms are the most common cause of disability for individuals under the age of 45.
  • 20% of all American military medical discharges are due to low back pain.
  • More than 20 million Americans will seek Chiropractic care this year.
  • In the Western world, 85% of people will be disabled by back pain at some point during their lives.
  • Nearly 30% of the U.S. population aged 18 and older have used a Chiropractor.
  • WCB studies indicate a 45-55% saving in overall costs when treatments are provided by a Chiropractor instead of a Medical Doctor.
  • 9 out of 10 Chiropractic users feel their treatment is effective.
  • 58% of those using Chiropractic considered it an essential part of their health care package.
  • Chiropractic patients were 3 times more satisfied with their care than patients of family practice physicians.

Is Chiropractic treatment appropriate for children?

Yes, children can benefit from Chiropractic Care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort which can also lead to more serious problems with age. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient, It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.

Are Chiropractors allowed to practice in hospitals or use medical outpatient facilities?

Doctors of Chiropractic provide care in hospitals and other multidisciplinary health care facilities and often use outpatient clinical facilities for their non-hospitalized patients. Hospital privileges were first granted in 1983.

Do insurance plans cover Chiropractic?

The majority of all insured Americans have coverage for Chiropractic services in their health care plans.

What type of education and training do Chiropractors have?

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 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. In total, the chiropractic curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience.

How is a Chiropractic adjustment performed?

Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The Chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function.

Why is there a popping sound when a joint is adjusted?

Adjustment of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints that makes a popping sound. it is exactly the same as when you "crack" your knuckles, the noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint that results in gas bubbles being released.  

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Do you suffer from headaches? If so, you are not alone. Nine out of ten Americans suffer from Headaches ranging from dull occasional to severe throbbing. Some headaches may even cause nausea and vision changes. Headaches have many causes such as foods, environmental stimuli, and behaviors. About 5% of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems and 95% of all headaches are primary headaches, such a tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease so there for the headache itself is the main concern.

What do you do when you suffer from a headache? Do you continue with your day and hope it goes away, lie down, or do you take an over the counter medication for relief? If you answered yes to any of the questions above please know that there is a better way to treat your headaches... Chiropractic Care!

What can a Doctor of Chiropractic do to treat a headache?

A DC may do one or more of the following if you suffer from a primary headache:

  • Perform a spinal manipulation to improve signal function, to improve vascular flow which will increase the amount of oxygen going to your brain and to alleviate stress
  • Provide nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps supplementation
  • Offer advice on posture, exercises and relaxation techniques
  • Physical therapy such as muscle stimulations, pulsed ultrasound and decompression therapy
  • Acupuncture may also be performed if deemed necessary by doctor and patient

How can acupuncture help?

Acupuncture can offer powerful relief without the side effects that prescription and over-the-counter medications can cause. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine have been used to relieve headaches and migraines for thousands of years and is a widely accepted form of treatment for headaches in our society. Dr. Tankersley has been treating patients with acupuncture for primary or migraine headaches since 1993 with excellent success rates.

Zilmax- A beed improvement technology used to add weight and value to the entire US beef industry.

Fact or Fiction?

Zilmax is a pharmaceutical feed supplement that enables an animal's natural metabolism to more efficiently convert feed energy to lean, healthy, delicious beef. Million of head of cattle have been supplemented with Zilmax, providing beef for hundreds of millions of people, with zero human safety issues or animal safety issues.

FACT

85% of all feed lots use Zilmax which is designed to improve production efficiencies in both steers and heifers during the last 20 days of the feeding period prior to harvest. Zilmax-fed cattle showed an improvement in carcass weight gain of 24-33 pounds. The additional beef from two Zilmax supplemented cattle supports the annual beef consumption for one US consumer.

CAUTION

Zilmax has been used globally for over fourteen years, in countries including South Africa, Mexico, Canada, USA and South Korea. Zilmax is NOT for use in animals intended for breeding. DO NOT allow horses or other equines access to feeds containing Zilpaterol. DO NOT use in veal calves. The active ingredient in Zilmax is Zilpaterol Hydrochloride. NOT FOR USE IN HUMANS!  You should wear eye protection, skin protection, gloves, and respiratory protection when handling Zilmax. Animals receiving Zilmax may exhibit increased respiratory rate as well as elevated levels of creatine phosphokinase and creatinine.

Dr. Recommendations

It is recommended that you purchase your beef, pork and chicken from a locally sourced vendor that feeds only grain and grass to their animals and uses little to no antibiotics for the best tasting and safest quality meat.

Do you suffer from nighttime leg cramps?

If so, have you found anything that helps relieve the pain? Taking over the counter medication is a common way of dealing with nighttime leg cramps; unfortunately, you will continue to toss and turn in your bed for 30-45 minutes as you wait for the medication to take effect. While all along you more that likely have one of the best leg cramp remedies sitting in your kitchen: MUSTARD!!!

Causes of Cramping

Nighttime leg cramps can have a variety of causes. The most common being a shortage of minerals, such as calcium and magnesium in your body. A shortage of acetic acid can also cause cramps. The body uses acetic acid to produce acetylcholine, which is essential for leg muscle contractions. This is why mustard is effective for leg cramp relief. Mustard contains acetic acid.

Daily Prevention

Yellow Mustard is the only kind of mustard documented to relieve nighttime leg cramps. When nighttime leg cramps occur, take a teaspoon or two of yellow mustard. The mustard should take effect almost immediately, allowing you to easily get to sleep. The immediate relief is believed to be turmeric, which is used to give mustard its yellow color. Turmeric has many anti-inflammatory properties which are believed to be the cause of immediate relief. If you find yourself to be taking mustard on a regular basis to relieve nighttime leg cramping please consult your doctor. Constant leg cramping could be an indicator of a more serious medical problem. Your body needs 5,000 IU(international units) of vitamin D with a good multi-mineral daily to help prevent nighttime leg cramps.