May 2022 Health Newsletter

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We are in May, 2022!  There have been several patients coming in with Tempromandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw pain and clicking issues recently.  This is often associated with migraine headaches and pressure at the base of the skull and behind the ears.  There have also been ear issues which include pressure and discomfort to vertigo or tinnitus of various degrees of loudness. The relationship of the neck, the jaw, and the ears is a complicated one and one seems to impact the other in tension or tighness, and various types of pain.  I have several patients who see me after a visit to the dentist to get their TMJ reset if significant dental work is done or sometimes the act of holding the mouth open for a cleaning or a filling can fatigue those sensitive muscles of chewing with sustained pressure to hold the mouth wide open for seveeral minutes.  I also see it in car crashes where the head "whips" back and the TMJ is the secondary "whipping motion" a few milliseconds later.  This is referred to as "mandibular whiplash" as the jaw quickly moves back when the head gets thrusted backwards.  This gets more complicated when someone gets hit from the side and the jaw shifts to one side and injures the TMJ.  I had a young woman come in recently who had two migraine headaches over the weekend and the normal pain meds did nothing so she came in to get adjusted.  Adjusting her neck and upper back and the Occipital and Temporal bones of her skull and the TMJ, stopped her migraine headache as she was coming upright on the table. She comes in specifically for those headaches when she cannot stop them with her medications

I am still working on the UnitedHealthCare policies regarding the "equality language" of the "Unfair Claims Settlement Act", ARS 20-461.  This regulatory act requires equal treatment for MD, DO, and DC providers based on your injury or complaint being covered under your policy.  When you have a $45 co-pay for Chiropractic but a $25 co-pay for Medical care for the same diagnosis, that is a violation.  The Department of Insurance has been allowing this for over 15 years, and no one seems to care that you have to pay more for Chiropractic care, when it can be the most effective treatment for your neuro-musculoskeletal care.  I have written about it before, and it continues today.

A problem I have been having with UnitedHealth Care seems to be corrected as last October, they changed me as the participating Tier 1 covered provider, to my office name, Active Care Chiropractic, Inc., and made me out-of-network. We are dealing with their deductibles early in the year but this is not easy to resolve as they had to modifyeverything that had to be done through a "provider portal" as I directly contacted someone to talk about this concern. The co-pays are very close to our adjustment charge so that is not a significant limiting factor.  I am still working to get the payment corrections for last October and Novemeber.

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 website which shows the office and the instruments we use.


Current Articles

» Noticing More Joint Pain Lately? Blame It on Stress
» Headaches Affect Nearly Half Of All Adults
» More Green Tea, Less Cancer?

Noticing More Joint Pain Lately? Blame It on Stress

What most everyone already knows is that the recent pandemic was stressful, and what a lot of people are noticing is more joint pain as of late. What most don't realize is that this stress could be connected to their joint pain.

Pandemic or not, stress can result in or contribute to joint pain. The good news is that chiropractic care can help with joint pain, and even help your body let go of stress.

How Stress Triggers Joint Pain

Back in the day, stress was a survival mechanism. Nowadays? Not so much. We're so caught up in having to work, pay bills and manage our household (including kids, pets, spouse, etc.) that all that stress energy doesn't have enough of an outlet to get expended. When we’re stressed, we can develop headaches, stomach issues, sleep issues and yes, even joint pain.

What's happening is that stress makes you tense up. Your body primes itself for fight or flight even though there isn't a saber-toothed tiger that’s about to try and eat you. When there’s no fight or flight to expel that energy (or a good workout regimen), stress remains in your body, alters your posture, and can physically manifest in many ways, including joint pain.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Joint Pain

Since every patient has unique healthcare needs, chiropractors will evaluate your health history and current state to determine the best course of action for your joint aches and pains. 

A chiropractor's goal is most commonly multifaceted–reduce stiffness and tension, return normal flexibility and function, and restore blood flow as well as reduce pain. By identifying and treating those problem areas, stiffness and limited joint motions can be restored and normal function and blood flow can be returned. 

The better we feel the more we tend to move. The more we move, including the movement of those affected joints, the more blood and nutrients flow throughout our body and into our joints. As a result, the body can begin to relax, range of motion improves and pain can begin to dissipate. In fact, many patients report immediate pain relief.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Stress

Chiropractors aren't a replacement for counselors or psychotherapists. Instead, they strive to help your body physically release and reduce stress. Oftentimes, reducing and removing the physical effects of stress can help reduce and remove the stress itself. 

So while there is a strong emotional side to stress, remember that there's a physical side as well, and your favorite chiropractor is here to help. 


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Headaches Affect Nearly Half Of All Adults

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that headaches have enormous costs to society and are hugely widespread throughout the world. According to the report, 47 percent of all adults have some sort of headache disorder. In the European Union (EU) alone, it's estimated that 190 million days are lost from work annually, solely due to migraine headaches. One in six women and one in twelve men are affected by migraines making it the most expensive brain disorder in the United States and EU with an estimated total annual cost of $229 billion. Doctors of chiropractic are highly trained to diagnose and treat a number of headache related disorders. In fact, many causes of headaches are soft-tissue based and can be successfully managed with safe, natural chiropractic procedures. If you experience headaches, no matter how severe or subtle, don't continue to suffer. Call your licensed doctor of chiropractic today for a professional, thorough consultation and/or examination.

Source: Reuters. May 3, 2011.

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More Green Tea, Less Cancer?

A recent medical study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that women who drink green tea at least three times a week enjoy an overall 14% reduction in risk of colon, stomach and esophageal cancers. The study, conducted by the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, followed 69,000 Chinese women for over a decade. Women who drank green tea often and for long periods of time experienced lower cancer risks. Those who said they'd regularly had green tea for at least 20 years were 27% less likely than non-drinkers to develop any digestive system cancer and were 29% less likely to develop colorectal cancer. While the exact reasons the beverage may help resist cancers is unknown, researchers point out that green tea contains a compound known as EGCG and other antioxidant chemicals that may help cells resist the damage that can lead to cancer and other diseases. However, the study discounted a direct cause and effect relationship between green tea consumption and lowered incidences of cancer, pointing out that the test subjects were generally more health-conscious. None of the participants smoked or drank regularly and nearly all of them exercised regularly. The researchers conclude that clinical studies would be required to prove causation, and suggest that anyone considering green tea as part of an anti-cancer regimen consult first with their doctor.

Source: Am J Clin Nutr November 2012 Vol. 96 No. 5 1056-1063

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