October 2021 Health Newsletter

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October is a great time in the greater Phoenix area. Actually the entire State is beautiful this time of year.  As cooler temperatures and the seasonal changes occur, we transition from summer to the cooler "summer's coming", through Christmas and the New Year.  The lawn is growing more slowly and I will have some rest from the mowing and trimming projects over the next few months.  The change allows more people to get outside and walk or ride a bike.   

I continue to question the "science" regarding those who have had Covid-19 and developed natural immunity from the virus.  Why are people expected to get a vaccine when those same people have developed their own natural immunity to the disease from a previous exposure.  The recent reports regarding the vaccines now suggest only a couple months of strong protection from having the shot, but it declines rapidly.  The media and Big Tech are not talking about this and even censor this discussion.  With hundreds of US physicians recommending the use of Quercitin Zinc, hydroxychloroquine, and Ivermectin as tools to decrease the impact of the virus for those who have been vaccinated and those who have not, vaccine manufacturers are developing their own forms of prophylatic supports to decrease the impact of the virus as so many are having "break through" reocurrances of Covid-19 varients. There continues to be a considerable effort by many to downplay the impact of these low cost prophylactic measures with a singular focus on a vaccine, that may protect you for 2 months?   Why would someone who had the virus and has long term immunity be force to leave a job.  We are going to have a severe shortage of Doctors and Nurses, engineers, teachers, government workers and the military service people, due to the demand for a shot when many have already had the virus.  It doesn't make sense. Just my opinion and concerns.

I attended an October Arizona Association of Chiropractic sponsored seminar in Scottsdale regarding patient management.  It was interesting as the discussion involved the difference for "medical necessity" of care versus "chiropractic necessity" of care.  Insurance coverage of treatment involves a medical diagnosis and coding related to treatment to get someone out of pain.  No pain and there is no "medical necessity of care".  As many of you have learned, I am able to identify areas of involvement at a sub-acute level, where you are unaware of the subluxation prior to me testing and finding the areas of involvement and when I touch or treat the area, there will be pain or soreness where you were unaware.  I hear it every day. "I didn't know that was sore" is a common statement I hear as I work the full body evaluation I do each time you come in.  As that was not a "complaint" when you came in, that is not a medical area of concern but a chiropractic one.  Medicare would not cover treatment to those areas as they would be seen as supportive care or maintenance care and Medicare does not cover preventive care for any problem treated by a Chiropractor.  It is very confusing for many Seniors as Medicare covers only sibluxaztion of the spine, which includes the base of the head, neck, upper, middle and lower back/sacrum and the pelvis.  Any extremity issues need to be related to the nerves of the upper back and neck or the lower back and Sacrum as they connect to the shoulders, elbows and hands or hips, knees, and ankles/feet.  It is complicated to work in the system that has so many limitations or restrictions.  As a profession, Chiropractic has worked hard over the years to change the rules to allow "full scope of practice", but the medical, physical therapy, and insurance companies typically oppose change that supports the use of Chiropractic care.  It is about money, power and market share.

When people forget or miss an appointment without notifying us in a timely manner, we are unable to schedule someone on the waiting list to allow them to get the care they need, so two patients are not getting the care they need. We will be charging a $30 missed appointment charge if you miss or cancel an appointment without a 24 hour notice.  We have not wanted to enforce this policy but the number of missed appointments is increasing and people are not getting proper care.

We are working hard to keep everyone safe and Coronavirus free in our office.  We try to be available at your scheduled time and limit the opportunity to have you near any other patients as you move through the office.  Thank you for telling others about us.  Don't forget to tell anyone interested in coming to us for care that they can learn about us from our www.tempechiro.net website which shows the office and the instruments we use.

We hope you enjoy the research articles.

Current Articles

» ‘Keep Moving’ During National Chiropractic Health Month
» Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?
» Yoga May Improve Common Heart Ailment

‘Keep Moving’ During National Chiropractic Health Month

The American Chiropractic Association and doctors of chiropractic nationwide are promoting the benefits of movement during National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) 2021 this October. This year's theme, "Keep Moving!" highlights how moving more can enhance our physical and mental health.  Many people have learned the hard way over the past year that lack of movement and physical activity can lead not only to weight gain but also achy joints, back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. In a 2020 survey, ACA members cited stress as another factor contributing to an increase of musculoskeletal problems since the beginning of the pandemic. Making an effort to move more throughout the day can improve physical health and stamina as well as mental health by reducing stress and anxiety—helping us all to keep moving through challenging times.  During NCHM 2021, chiropractors will provide information on the benefits of movement, recommended physical activity levels, and share advice on how people can incorporate more movement into their daily lives.  "With their expertise in musculoskeletal health, doctors of chiropractic have helped many people to keep moving over the past year, including those with physically demanding front-line jobs," said ACA President Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD. "Chiropractors are a resource for anyone who seeks a natural approach to pain relief, health promotion and physical fitness."  This October, learn more about chiropractic and find tips on how to “Keep Moving!” on ACA’s consumer website, www.HandsDownBetter.org. You can also follow the conversation on social media with the hashtag #KeepMoving!

Author: American Chiropractic Association
Source: Acatoday.org

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Is Chiropractic Care Safe for Children?

Children are different than adults. Their growing bodies have different needs, and children require a different medical approach than their adult counterparts. Pediatric medicine, therefore, specializes in treatment tailored specifically to the needs of children, whether those needs are dental, orthopedic, or emotional. Chiropractic care is no exception, and can be an incredibly beneficial component of a growing child's care. This month, the American Chiropractic Academy (ACA) published a statement that "pediatric chiropractic care, when administered properly, is effective, safe and gentle." This statement came on the heels of a report last month from the Chiropractors' Association of Australia (CAA) about the demonstrated safety of childhood chiropractic care in Australia. Both the ACA and the CAA illustrated the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for children in scientific literature. Large studies from the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics show that serious adverse events in pediatric chiropractic care are extremely rare. Furthermore, chiropractic treatment has been investigated as an effective approach for colic in infants, as well as for suboptimal breastfeeding. A cross-sectional survey of 956 chiropractors in Europe revealed that pediatric chiropractors also treat gastrointestinal, immune-related, and neurologic conditions. There is overwhelming evidence that with proper application, chiropractic care for children can be a safe and effective treatment for many conditions. Most chiropractors have pediatric patients, and extensive specialized training in pediatric chiropractic care ensures the best possible outcomes. Children rely on a robust healthcare team for their best overall health, and chiropractors are a valuable member of that ensemble. Strict regulation, rigorous training, and precise guidelines ensure that children are receiving the best, safest chiropractic care to support their optimal well-being.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ACAToday.org. June 1, 2016.

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Yoga May Improve Common Heart Ailment

The University of Kansas Medical Center recently reported that regular yoga classes appeared to decrease occurrences of a common heart condition known as atrial fibrillation in patients, as well as decreasing stress and improving their overall well-being. Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a condition in which the heart's upper chambers quiver chaotically instead of contracting normally. The attacks are painful and often prevent the patients from enjoying regular activities. People with AF are often prescribed drugs such as beta blockers to help control their heart rate and rhythm, but the medicines don't alleviate symptoms for all patients. The American Heart Association estimates that about 2.7 million people in the U.S. have the heart condition. The new study included 49 people who'd had atrial fibrillation for an average of five years. Researchers began by tracking study volunteers' heart symptoms, blood pressure and heart rate, as well as their anxiety, depression and general quality of life. The participants then went to group yoga classes at least twice a week for three months, again reporting on their symptoms and quality of life. All of the patients were on stable medications throughout the study period. The patients reported a 50 percent drop of AF occurrences, which was also confirmed by heart monitors. Anxiety scores declined from an average of 34, on a scale of 20 to 80, to 25 after three months of yoga. Reported depression and general mental health improved as well. The researchers pointed out that the classes may make their arrhythmia "more tolerable" and reduce visits to the emergency room when symptoms flare up. However, the classes were not suggested as an alternative to regular medical care.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Am Coll Cardiol. 2013. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2012.11.060

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