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September 2016 Health Newsletter


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» September is Pain Awareness Month
» Massage Therapy
» Ideal Weight Loss = Safe, Rapid Results
» Save on Acupuncture
» High Watt Laser Therapy - Relief Available Today
» Heat-Related Sports Injuries: When Athletes Are At Greatest Risk
» Are Trampoline Parks Safe for Kids?
» Preventing Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries: Proof That Bike Helmets Really Work

September is Pain Awareness Month

Chronic pain affects an estimated 116 million American adults - more than the total affected by heart disease, cancer, and diabetes combined, according to a recent Institute of Medicine report.

Allsup, a nationwide Social Security disability representation company, helps thousands of people with chronic pain obtain their SSDI benefits each year. To salute those who persevere, Allsup is distributing free posters for Pain Awareness Month in September and explaining how chronic pain is evaluated in the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims process.

SSDI is a payroll tax-funded, federal insurance program established in 1954. It provides a monthly benefit for people who have worked in the past, paid Social Security taxes and are unable to work for a year or more because of their disability

"Pain is a major consideration in many claims," said Ed Swierczek, Allsup senior claimant representative. “In fact, there are court cases throughout the country that state the effect of pain on a person’s functioning must be considered in the evaluation of a disability claim.”

The Social Security Administration is required to consider pain and the limitations it causes when evaluating a disability claim. However, before pain may be considered, a medically determinable severe impairment must be established and the established impairment must reasonably be expected to produce the pain.

For example, individuals with lupus often experience pain in their joints or muscles, or in the form of migraines. Systemic lupus erythematosus is included in the SSA’s Listing of Impairments and is considered a medically determinable severe impairment. Another common example is lower back pain due to a condition that meets the SSA listing of disorders of the spine.

"Because pain is subjective, the presence of a medically determinable severe impairment lends credibility to the pain,” Swierczek said. “It is important for individuals to inform their treating physicians each time they experience pain, and to document the presence of the pain at each office visit, if the pain is present."
When evaluating a disability claim, the SSA must consider whether pain is severe enough to significantly limit a person’s ability to perform basic work activities. These activities include:

  • Walking, standing, sitting, lifting, pushing, pulling, reaching, carrying or handling
  • Seeing, hearing and speaking
  • Understanding/carrying out and remembering simple instructions
  • Responding appropriately to supervision, co-workers and usual work situations
  • Dealing with changes in a routine work setting

The SSA also considers:

  • The location, duration, frequency and intensity of the pain (or other symptoms).
  • Factors that precipitate and aggravate the symptoms.
  • The type, dosage, effectiveness and side effects of any medication the individual takes or has taken to alleviate pain (or other symptoms).
  • Treatment, other than medication, the individual receives or has received for relief of pain (or other symptoms).
  • Any measures, other than treatment, the individual uses or has used to relieve pain (or other symptoms—e.g., lying flat on his/her back, standing for 15 to 20 minutes every hour or sleeping on a board).
  • Any other factors concerning the individual’s functional limitations and restrictions due to pain (or other symptoms).

"The most important thing to remember is always let your doctor know what your symptoms are, be it pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, etc.," Swierczek said. "This not only documents your claim, but gives your doctor important information that he/she needs to provide treatment."

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Chiroeco.com. August 31, 2011.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2011


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Massage Therapy

Summer is busy. Life can be stressful. Get all those knots and kinks worked out, keeping you at your best to be able enjoy all this season has to offer.

Relax and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul.

Give your loved ones the thoughtful gift of massage therapy. It's the perfect way to show you really care.    

SOLUTIONS MASSAGE THERAPY is the cure for aches, pains, stress, and so much more! 
Call Tory Curtis at 303-667-9762 or visit www.solutionsmassage.com to schedule your appointment today.

New clients, mention this ad and receive $5 off your first massage.

 

 

 

Author: Tory Curtis, LMT
Source: Tory Curtis
Copyright: Tory Curtis 2018


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Ideal Weight Loss = Safe, Rapid Results

Now is the time to make 2018 your best year yet. 

YOUR HEALTH IS OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE! Reach your weight loss and health goals quickly and safely. 

Start today to learn a new healthy lifestyle!

Our medically developed diet program focuses on weight loss, followed by a smarter nutritional education to support better lifestyle changes.

Ideal Protein has ranked #1 on the "The Most Popular Diets of 2015" list by DietsInReview.com, the largest and most trusted diet resource on the web. Ideal Protein has jumped 12 places from it's #13 postition in 2014, beating out competition from diet programs Weight Watchers, NutriSystem, Optifast and Medifast.  

Did you know that by losing just 10% of your body weight, you could significantly improve your health?
The Ideal Protein weight loss program works! The best success comes from following all 4 phases of the program, including maintenance. This helps ensure a long term result. Call us if you would like a refresher or to restart.
All dieters have the option of receiving daily email tips from Ideal Protein. Please let us know if you would like to receive them (or if you have difficulties viewing them). Valuable resources!

Please call for more information about upcoming class dates. 

There is no cost for the classes, but we do request a call to reserve your place. Space is limited, so call now. We'd love to have you join us whether you are new to the program, or you would like to join us to receive some new ideas.

Please call 303-205-0501 for more information.
A private consultation on weight loss is also available for $25.

We have a generous supply of the delicious NEW Ideal Protein products. Nacho Cheese or Sweet Chili Dorados, Bacon & Cheddar Omelet Mix, Mushroom and Parmesan Couscous Risotto, Chocolatey Caramel Mug Cake and more...along with Bleu Cheese, Honey Dijon, Balsamic, and Classic Italian Salad Dressings.

Call 303-205-0501
Additional information available at www.idealprotein.com

Author: Robert C. Nelson, DC, PC
Source: Ideal Protein
Copyright: Robert C. Nelson, DC, PC 2018


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Save on Acupuncture

Fed up that nagging pain and you're not sure where to turn? Look no further.                  

Add acupuncture to your treatment plan, and enjoy many benefits!

We suggest a series of at least three acupuncture treatments to begin with, yet many patients report pain relief and enhanced well being with their very first session.

  • Call us today at 303-205-0501 to set up your acupuncture appointment and receive a discount when done in conjunction with your adjustment. Mention this ad to receive a discount.

 

Author: Dr. Robert C. Nelson
Source: Office Specials
Copyright: Dr. Robert C. Nelson 2018


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High Watt Laser Therapy - Relief Available Today

 

Amazing Results & Advanced Pain Relief with Laser Therapy  

  Medical lasers have become an integral part of many clinical procedures. The new higher power systems are able to treat a wider range of disorders. This new high watt Class IV Laser is a non-surgical, painless, drug free treatment option for many conditions such as:

  • Low Back Strain
  • Bulging, Fused or Slipped Discs
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
  • Arthritic Conditions
  • Post Surgical Recovery
  • Headaches, including Migraine
  • Sports Injuries (Pulled Hamstrings, Calves, Etc.)
  • Plantar Fascitis
  • And many more joint, muscle, circulatory and inflammatory conditions

There is no discomfort during treatment, simply a deep, gentle warmth as your body's cells respond to the light. There are no known side effects; it is a noninvasive therapy with long-lasting results.

We are very excited to offer this Advanced Pain Relief.
The goal is reducing pain, restoring function and improving lives.

Contact us for your consultation and appointment. Call 303 205-0501 today.

Author: Dr. Robert C. Nelson
Source: LiteCure Lasers for Life
Copyright: Dr. Robert C. Nelson 2018


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Heat-Related Sports Injuries: When Athletes Are At Greatest Risk

Football season for high school and college students typically starts in September, one of the hottest months of the year around the US. A recent study conducted at the University of Georgia found that the likelihood of heat-related injury in athletes increased exponentially during this time of year. 

2 Times When the Risk of Sports Injuries Are the Highest

According to the study, researchers found that there were two times during training when athletes were at the highest risk for injuries.
 •  Within the first 3 to 14 days of practice, but the rate was much higher during the first three days
 •  On days seven and eight of pre-season training when athletes began practicing twice each day. 

Seventy-four percent of the college athletes evaluated suffered from heat cramps, while 26 percent suffered from a combination of heat syncope (fainting) and heat exhaustion. The highest risk came when outdoor temperatures were greater than 82 degrees. 

Common Symptoms of Heat-Related Sports Injuries

Coaches, trainers, parents and athletes should all be on the lookout for injuries related to higher temperatures. Symptoms include: 
 •  Heat Cramps: Involuntary spasms within the larger muscle groups. 
 •  Heat Exhaustion: Heat cramps, copious sweating, nausea, vomiting, headache and weakness. 
 •  Heat Stroke: Headache, rapid heart rate and breathing, nausea, vomiting, and altered behavior or mental state. 

Chiropractors: Helping Prevent Heat-Related Injury in Athletes

Chiropractors, as well as sports trainers, play an important role in preventing sports injuries during the summer training period. They can educate athletes on the importance of adequate hydration and rest. Additionally, they can demonstrate relaxation and flexibility techniques that can be used to relieve muscle spasms. When athletes and their sports medicine team, including chiropractors, work together they can prevent injuries and have a productive and healthy football season.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Journal of Athletic Training, online August 9, 2016.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Are Trampoline Parks Safe for Kids?

When a new trampoline park opens up, emergency rooms and pediatric centers nearby are sure to notice an increase in related injuries. The safety concerns of trampolines are no secret, accounting for over 100,000 injuries each year.1  These injuries can range from mild to severe, from sprains and bruises to life-threatening spine and neck injuries. There's even a recoil injury doctors are all-too-familiar with: it’s called a "trampoline fracture," which is a tibial fracture commonly caused by having more than one jumper on a trampoline at once.2 Bur recent research illustrates that trampoline parks create even more risk than their standalone counterparts. First, they are built to accommodate many jumpers, and although parks' rules dictate only one jumper per "section," these rules are often broken. The hard supports between sectioned components of the trampolines themselves pose a serious risk as well, and they are common culprits for high-impact injuries after a fall.  At trampoline parks, jumpers are more likely to collide with others, more likely to sustain dislocations, and more likely to require hospital admission than jumpers on home trampolines.3  If a child is going to jump on a trampoline, practicing good safety skills like supervised, netted jumping with only one jumper at a time, as well as appropriately managing any injuries in the event of an accident, is the best way to keep safe them during these activities. And over half of injuries sustained from trampoline activities are soft tissue injuries,4 highlighting the importance of proper injury treatment and care.  For non-life threatening spinal and soft tissue injuries, treatment by a doctor of chiropractic is an excellent, effective, and safe way to heal an injury, strengthen the body, and protect from re-injury.
References: 
1. http://www.livestrong.com/article/347980-statistics-on-trampoline-injuries/
2. http://radiopaedia.org/articles/trampoline-fracture
3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27482060
4. http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2016/07/28/injuryprev-2016-042071

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: http://injuryprevention.bmj.com/content/early/2016/07/28/injuryprev-2016-042071
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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Preventing Severe Traumatic Brain Injuries: Proof That Bike Helmets Really Work

There has been a debate over the years about whether bike helmets really do that much to prevent injuries. Advocates claim that wearing a helmet while riding a bike can save lives. Skeptics, however, don’t think that this type of protective gear does that much to prevent head injuries, let alone death.  Recently, a study was conducted at the University of Arizona to determine just how effective helmet protection really was for riders.

3 Ways Bike Helmets Protect Riders

During the course of this study, over 6000 bike accident patients were evaluated. Researchers found that helmets did, in fact, protect riders in three important ways. Helmets protected riders from: 
1. Severe Traumatic Brain Injures (TBIs)
2. Facial fractures
3. Death, even after a brain hemorrhage.

The Great Debate: The Numbers Prove That Helmets Are Beneficial

The figures gathered during this study are proof that helmets do a good job of protecting riders. For instance, wearing a helmet reduced the odds of severe traumatic brain injuries by over 50 percent. The likelihood of death after a bike accident was reduced by almost 45 percent in helmeted riders. And, these riders were over 30 percent less likely to experience facial fractures.  While not all helmeted riders are going to avoid traumatic brain injuries after an accident, helmets can reduce the probability of severe injury and death. The numbers speak for themselves; helmets do much to protect the rider. 

Chiropractors Can Be Strong Advocates for Rider Protection

Chiropractors are promoters of health and want to do all they can to help their patients live a happy, injury-free lifestyle. One of the ways they do this is by educating their patients on injury prevention, which includes the use of bike helmets.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: The American Journal of Surgery, online July 29, 2016
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2016


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