• Why Are Chiropractors So Against Pills?

    photo credit to e-Magine Art If you have ever seen a chiropractor, acupuncturist, or massage therapist, chances are you were on the hunt for pain relief that didn’t come from a pill. You are not alone.

    There are levels to the medication debate. On one hand, medications can knock out inflammation fast and keep it away. But on the other hand, narcotics can be addictive and eventually damage your organs. We all know that too much ibuprofen can cause ulcers, so what’s the solution? Some would say, nontraditional or holistic medicine.

    What’s so bad about a pill?

    photo credit to Victor You might be surprised at how much of your body’s aches and pains derive from the spine. In fact, low back pain is the #2 reason for doctor visits . But the problem with going to a primary care doctor for back pain is that they are limited in what they are trained and permitted to do: x-ray you, refer you to a surgeon or physical therapist, and prescribe pain killers. You see, medications only affect the symptoms, not the cause. Chiropractic seeks out the cause of pain and eliminates it at the root. If you numb your pain with a medication, it will likely return. With chiropractic, your pain problem is usually resolved so that the pain never returns.

    Now, it’s not that these medications don’t work. If you are suffering from an injury that has not developed into chronic pain, a narcotic can give your muscles the break they need in order to heal. But the problem lies with the word “narcotic.” What chemicals (or drugs) are you pumping into your body? Some opioid narcotics actually contain lab-produced,pharmaceutical-grade heroin. And if you do suffer from chronic pain, repeated intake of narcotics or steroid injections can lead to addiction, as this news report suggests . How do we avoid these long-term problems?

    Why Chiropractic Might Be the Cure

    Why risk getting addicted to your painkiller when going to a chiropractor can have the same effect—without any drugs? Chiropractors manipulate the spine so that its bones line up properly, giving your muscles and spinal cord the same break that a painkiller does. And the effects of an adjustment extend beyond your current injury into preventing other problems.

    Chiropractic care treats more than just your back. MedlinePlus describes chiropractic treatment as affecting “the nerves, muscles, bones, and joints of the body.” So if your pain—or chronic pain—is in your skeletal, nervous, or muscular systems, more than likely a chiropractor’s office is where you need to be. That covers a whole lot of the body!

    What’s so holistic about chiropractic?

    photo credit to  bixentro The revolutionary part about chiropractic, or any nontraditional doctor for that matter, is the holistic nature of it. Essentially, holistic means that the focus is on your entire body, not just the current problem. The reason chiropractic works is that repeated spinal adjustments will correct your current problem, and then some. In fact, plenty of the typical chiropractor’s patients aren’t there to make their pain go away—they’re there to prevent it.

    When is your next chiropractor appointment?

    Do your body a favor and make an appointment with a holistic doctor like a chiropractor the next time you have pain in your body. This will save you the risk of addiction, the piling up of chemicals in your system, and pain down the road.

    Do you have a chiropractic testimony? Tell us—and our readers—how holistic treatment has helped you. Without your experiences, no one will know how effective this treatment can be! We answer all of our readers’ comments, so fill in the box below and get us talking about holistic treatment!

  • Biometric Screenings the Key to Long Life?

    photo credit to Army Medicine Has your health insurance company offered a free biometric screening lately? The newest trend in reducing costs to health insurance companies (that’s right—to them, not you!) includes a yearly measurement of your weight, blood pressure, and other elements. And these screenings benefit you, too.

    In fact, biometric screenings are not just beneficial, they are important. Do you go to the doctor for yearly checkups? Probably not. These screenings can detect basic problems that you would miss in daily life, such as high blood pressure. They do not replace your doctor visits, but they can still save your life.

    photo credit to Tom French What is it?

    If you have health insurance through your job, biometric screenings are usually free and offered on-site at your work place. Every workplace varies, but normally you will receive instructions (such as a printed handout) on how to sign up a few weeks in advance. In a biometric screening, you will go through several quick tests:

    • Blood pressure
    • BMI (body mass index), derived from height and weight
    • Cholesterol
    • Triglyceride
    • Glucose

    Yes, this means you will have your finger pricked (or blood taken at your elbow), but the temporary pain is worth it to find out what health problems you might be at risk for. To learn more about each part of the screening, 1st Class Training offers a guide . It only takes a few minutes to go through, and the benefits to you are not just restricted to knowledge about your health. Check out this FAQ list for even more about these tests.

    photo credit to  Andrew Magill Biometric Screening Benefits

    If you complete a biometric screening, your health insurance website has a page where you can enter the information. You will find a link for “health assessment”, or something similar. If you fill in the information from your screening (some insurance companies will log this info for you—just ask at the screening), you will usually receive a credit to your insurance anywhere from $25 to $500 or more. If these tests indicate that you may eventually develop health risks—which is why health insurance companies offer them—the team who tests you will know immediately and can recommend a trip to the doctor. This wellness website offers more information on the benefits of a biometric screening.

    What if my health insurance doesn’t offer this?

    If you don’t have health insurance through your job, you may not have such easy access to a biometric screening. But not to worry. You can easily request one at your doctor’s office, meaning the cost to you would be a simple a trip to the doctor. Since the main goal of these screenings is to measure your current health and set you up for health coaching if you are on the wrong path, it makes sense to get a biometric screening no matter the source of your health insurance.

    What about your health screening?

    Biometric screenings can be the key to keeping up with your health, especially if you don’t take regular trips to the doctor. If you hear word that a biometric screening is being planned at your work place, sign up. It is worth it not only for the insurance credit, but the monitoring of your health.

    Have you attended a biometric screening at work? Tell us about it! Has a biometric screening affected your lifestyle? We want to hear how the screenings are going for you and those in your life. Leave a comment below, and we will be sure to answer—we love having conversations with our readers!