Month: May 2003

New national studies show combined HRT boosts stroke, dementia

By David Williamson / UNC News Services

CHAPEL HILL — Last March, a multi-center national study made headlines by concluding that taking a combination of the hormones estrogen and progestin did not improve the quality of life for women who are free of menopause-related symptoms but did expose them to a slightly higher risk of heart attacks, strokes and breast cancer.

For that reason, many medical scientists began recommending against the combined therapy in the absence of such symptoms, saying the risks of estrogen plus progestin outweighed the benefits.

The latest findings from Women’s Health Initiative studies provide new evidence that the combined hormone therapy significantly boosts the risks of dementia and strokes in postmenopausal women while not improving what scientists call “global cognitive function” — how the brain works.

“The strength of the findings last year, as well as the new ones, is not only the large number of study participants, but also that they were randomly assigned to receive daily estrogen plus progestin or placebo,” said Dr. Gerardo Heiss, professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

The Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS), which showed roughly a doubling of dementia among those in the treatment group, involved 4,532 women, while the new stroke investigation involved 16,608.

As a member of its steering committee, Heiss helped design the overall Women’s Health Initiative study, which is producing useful data for numerous ancillary studies. He is co-author of the stroke report, whose lead author is Dr. Sylvia Wasserthiel-Smoller of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Drs. Sally A. Shumaker and Stephen R. Rapp of Wake Forest University are first authors of the WHIMS dementia and global cognitive function studies, respectively.

“What is new in the WHI paper on stroke is that we now include all the strokes with 5.6 years follow-up, adjudicated by neurologists with 258 patients instead of the 212 published last year,” Heiss said. “The refined classification by neurologists allowed us to analyze the findings by types of stroke.”

Heiss and colleagues found estrogen-plus-progestin therapy boosted the risk of strokes caused by clots but not by bleeding, he said. They found a 44 percent increase in ischemic stroke but no evidence of increased risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

“There was no subgroup of women who were not at increased risk of stroke if they were taking the combination therapy,” he said. “The increased risk occurred in both in women with hypertension and those without it, although it appeared later in those with normal blood pressure and in those at low risk of stroke at baseline.”

Stroke risk was also elevated in the combination therapy group among women with vasomotor symptoms, Heiss said.

“Overall, this paper indicates that the increased risk of ischemic stroke among women who were taking the hormone therapy is consistent with the reported increased risk in coronary heart disease and also with dementia attributable to an increased propensity to small strokes and cerebral infarcts (blood flow blockages).”

UNC participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study, a substudy of the WHI Hormone Program, as one of the clinical examination sites, he said. Under the direction of Carol Murphy as principal investigator, the UNC site enrolled and examined 254 women aged 65 and older, as one of 39 sites involved in that investigation.

Because of the potential harm and lack of benefit found, we recommend that older postmenopausal women not take the combination hormone therapy to prevent dementia, and we hope doctors will incorporate what we’ve learned in their recommendations to women,” said lead author Shumaker. She and colleagues found that after four years of follow-up, 61 women were diagnosed with dementia, including 40 among the 2,229 in the hormone group compared with 21 among the 2,303 who received an inactive substance known as a placebo.

In an accompanying commentary, Dr. Christine Yaffe of the University of California at San Francisco said more than a third of women and 20 percent of men aged 65 and older eventually will develop dementia. As the U.S. population ages, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is expected to quadruple over the next 50 years at great cost to families and society.

Until discrepancies between earlier observational studies suggesting a benefit of estrogen on dementia and the new, more rigorous randomized trials suggesting harm are resolved, “the findings in this issue of JAMA underscore that hormone therapy should be prescribed only for temporary use to treat menopausal symptoms.”

The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute sponsors the continuing Women’s Health Initiative investigations. Wyeth-Ayerst Research Laboratories supplied the drugs.

Source: University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
Related Links…
Birmingham News: New flaw found in hormone therapy
Mercury News: Study finds new hormone dangers @ 6:37 am | Article ID: 1054129046

National Chiropractic Care Week

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

It’s National Chiropractic Care Week in Australia.

The theme of the week is “Chiropractors Answer Back” and the Chiropractors Association of Australia is aiming to get across to the public that chiropractic care is far safer than drugs or surgery for the relief of back and neck pain, headaches and other muscular-skeletal conditions.

According to an article in the Ballarat Courier, chiropractor Dr. Fiona Dean said many people didn’t realize the benefits of chiropractic care. “Many people still think of us as bone crunchers and it’s important to get across to people that we use gentle movements to adjust them,” she said. “It’s not painful, many people find they get instant relief while it might take a little longer for others.” Dr. Dean stated, “Chiropractic care is safe for people of all ages.”

It was also reported that demand for chiropractic care within the last five years has increased three fold with nearly 200,000 Australians visiting chiropractors each week.

What is Chiropractic? (from the Chiropractors Association of Australia website)

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissue and organs throughout the body.

Chiropractic doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine.

Subluxation, meaning the less than a total dislocation, and Complex, meaning consisting of more than one part.

Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and a philosophy of natural health care based on your inborn potential to be healthy.

Ballarat Courier, Australia: Chiropractors speak out about profession

For more information about chiropractic in Australia visit: @ 7:30 am | Article ID: 1053441043

Asthma Cases Double in U.S.

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Over the past 15 years, cases of Asthma in the United States have doubled. Asthma now affects some 15 million Americans and according to some sources, those numbers are underestimated. A recent article on states that asthma is the most common of chronic childhood diseases.

According to one article, there are two factors which play a part in whether you’re likely to suffer from asthma: a cleaner living environment and genetics. Some families do have several asthma sufferers but what of those that don’t? If this were true how would we explain a family of 5 living in the same environment yet only one suffers from asthma? If the environment is a cause why doesn’t everyone have it?

The inside-out approach. It would make more sense to me that the body’s inability to respond to its environment is more likely at cause. If the environment caused asthma we would all suffer from it.

According to one article, many doctors believe that ones increased susceptibility to allergies and asthma may be linked to the idea that children are leading healthier lives in cleaner living spaces. The article states that our bodies typically grow resistant (via innate intelligence) to allergies while fighting off childhood infections and diseases. But if children are facing fewer childhood infections as they grow up, it may leave them more susceptible to increased incidence of asthma.

A good point is made here which is that our bodies grow resistant when exposed to germs and outside agents. What then happens to the body that is feed antibiotics, numerous childhood vaccines, and other powders, pills and potions? Does this increase or decrease ones ability to adapt and respond to the environment in which we live?

The developer of Chiropractic, Doctor B.J. Palmer said, “The master maker of the human body did not create you and then run off and leave you masterless. He stayed on the job as Innate, as the Fellow Within, as nerve transmission controlling every function of life, as Spirit from Above-Down, Inside-Out, expressing, creating, exploring, directing you in every field and phase of experience so that your home is truly the world and the world is your home.”

This is a fine way of saying that our bodies are divinely designed to interpret, respond and adapt to our environment from the inside out. It all begins from within. Not surprisingly though, the medical approach continues to be from the outside-in. One individual mentioned in an article used to take “fistfuls of medicines that weren’t always effective” but today “controls” her asthma by taking newer and improved medications.

From the outside in or from the inside out, it’s your choice. Asthma Now Afflicts 15 Million Americans Childhood Asthma Underdiagnosed @ 9:24 am | Article ID: 1053361461

Stroke Report Proves Media, Medical Bias Against Chiropractic, Says World Chiropractic Alliance

CHANDLER, Ariz., May 16 /PRNewswire/ — The media feeding frenzy following a May 13 study in the journal Neurology is a glaring example of how the news media is manipulated by the medical industry to help destroy chiropractic. That was the conclusion of the World Chiropractic Alliance (WCA) after a relatively insignificant research report was given massive publicity this week.

In 1990, in Wilk vs. AMA, the American Medical Association was found guilty of conspiring with other medical organizations in a “lengthy, systematic, successful and unlawful boycott” designed to eliminate chiropractic as a competitor.

According to Dr. Terry A. Rondberg, WCA president, the news media has become a co-conspirator in medicine’s war against chiropractic. “Newspapers, magazines, the Internet, television and news shows are using press releases from the medical and pharmaceutical industries without bothering to ask questions about the validity of the research,” Dr. Rondberg accused. “The court ruling prevents the AMA from attacking us openly, so the campaign by the medical industry has gone underground, with the media doing the bulk of its dirty work.”

The Neurology study, which was publicized in the print and broadcast media around the world, involved interviews with just 51 stroke victims. Although there was no definitive evidence linking them to chiropractic and the researchers admitted the strokes in question — called Vertebral Artery Dissection (VAD) — were extremely rare, news headlines screamed that chiropractic causes strokes. “Such irresponsible journalism is further degrading the integrity of the news media at a time when its credibility is already strained to the breaking point,” Rondberg said.

Numerous prior studies, some involving thousands of patients, contradict the Neurology findings. “Documents on the WCA website contain references to numerous research studies showing the alleged link between strokes and chiropractic is completely bogus,” he added.

Timothy Feuling, president of Chiropractic Benefit Services, which insures chiropractors for malpractice, says the company hasn’t had a single claim involving a stroke in years. “It’s almost unheard of. The reason chiropractors pay relatively little for malpractice coverage is that chiropractic is extremely safe.”

In contrast, “most interventions by allopathic physicians have a higher complication rate than chiropractic interventions,” said Philip Lee, M.D., a co-investigator of a research survey presented at the American Heart Association’s 19th International Joint Conference on Stroke and Cerebral Circulation.

In addition, studies such as the Neurology report fail to prove any real link between strokes and chiropractic care. “The fact that a temporal relationship exists between two events does not mean that one caused the other,” explained chiropractic researcher Christopher Kent, D.C.

The World Chiropractic Alliance also condemned the media and the medical industry for failing to distinguish between “spinal manipulations” and chiropractic adjustments. A report in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, noted that “manipulations” administered by medical doctors, osteopaths, physiotherapists, and others had been incorrectly attributed to chiropractors.

The media’s double standard was made obvious by the unwarranted publicity given to the Neurology study. Medical treatment and drug errors account for more than 100,000 deaths each year, according to a report in the April 1998 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. Another 350,000 adverse drug reactions occur in U.S. nursing homes each year, many of which are fatal. “Yet, the media practically ignores these statistics in its rush to promote medical treatment and drugs,” Rondberg charged.

The reason for the harassment by the medical and pharmaceutical industries is evident. Chiropractic offers a drug-free, cost-effective way to improve health by correcting vertebral subluxations, which interfere with normal nerve function. The shift to chiropractic from medicine cuts deeply into M.D. pockets. “Millions of people are turning to chiropractic for their health and wellness care,” Rondberg explained. “That’s millions of dollars that won’t go for risky medical treatment or expensive drugs. The medical and drug industries have a strong incentive to scare people away from chiropractic.”

Money may also be a prime reason why the media is such a willing partner in the campaign against chiropractic. Drug companies and other medical firms spend more than $3 billion yearly to fill newspaper and magazine pages, saturate radio and television airwaves, and blanket the Internet with ads.

“When you depend on the medical and drug trades for much of your income, it’s easy to fall into the trap of being their lackeys and using their propaganda without asking hard questions,” Rondberg pointed out. “If the news media ever hopes to regain its credibility, it needs to re-examine its practice of sensationalizing reports that attack chiropractic. The WCA challenges the news media to do some real investigative reporting and tell the truth about the ongoing campaign against chiropractic by the medical and drug industries.” Stroke Report Proves Media, Medical Bias Against Chiropractic, Says World Chiropractic Alliance @ 7:27 am | Article ID: 1053354477

Want your Chiropractic Practice to Grow

by Dr. Sharon Gorman, Chiropractor

If you want your chiropractic practice to grow you need to stop using the term “I’m Busy.” When you are busy there is no room for growth. That word limits you. If you are busy then you are telling the world that you are maxed out.

It’s like the story of the bucket. If you have a bucket full of water and you try to put more water in the bucket it will flow over the top. Same with your practice. If you are at your capacity then you will not grow. You can wish to grow. You can pray to grow. If your bucket is already full then it won’t matter how many new patients you get your volume might increase temporarily but it will not stay there. If you want to have a larger practice you have to enlarge your vision and your capacity to serve. You have to start looking for ways to streamline your chiropractor practice. You might need more support staff. You might need to change the time you spend with each patient. You might have to more aggressively advertise either internally or externally.

There are so many changes that you can make though none of them are near as important than the changes that you need to make between you ears. In your mind you need to make your bucket bigger and since your mind believes what you tell it the first step is to start seeing yourself with room to grow. Can you picture yourself with more energy flowing out of you? If you can’t then you probably aren’t ready to grow. If you are afraid to be busier than it is very likely that you won’t get busier. If you use the term busy than you are limiting your growth. If you are bored in your practice and you are ready to serve more than you are in the position to make that happen especially if you are willing to do the things that you will have to do to make that happen. The what to do will flow simply if you can see it in your minds eye. You will create in your reality what you have going on in your head. The doing part is a lot easier than then seeing it part.

Why do you want your practice to grow? If you don’t have good answers to this question you probably won’t make your bucket bigger either. Some people have to experience pain with their bucket the size it is now before they are willing to do what it takes to make their bucket bigger.

A great way to start is by looking at how busy you think you are. Stop using the term busy. It makes me tired to think that I am busy. It is emotionally draining. Why would I want to set up my life in such a way that I think that I am too busy? The term stops the flow.

I’ve heard that if you want something done give it to someone who is busy to do it because obviously they are a do-er. They see themselves as productive yet if they were too busy they probably won’t get too much done because that feeling often paralyzes us and gives us an excuse to not accomplish as much as we are capable of.

In that context I want to be considered busy or a do-er. I am a do-er. I get things done. I create a world that I love to live in. I am never too busy. I am always looking for opportunities to serve and make a difference.

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You can search for more chiropractic articles and content including the author Sharon Gorman, Chiropractic Salaries, blog related salary content, and marketing topics. @ 6:55 pm | Article ID: 1053136551

Step Nineteen to a Hundred a Day

by Dr. Rick Wren

Step #19 to a hundred chiropractic patients a day (Have consistent promotional activities), is actually Advanced Success Principle #9. They take alot of time and fore thought, so most doctors do not do them. Promotions break the monotony of daily practice and create a vacuum. You want the daily volume on your party day to be at least 25% higher to show you and your staff that you have room for growth (“creating a vacuum”). You should plan ahead and make yourself commit to them no matter what.

Promotions should be scheduled at least every 2 months. They should be done in such a way to generate momentum, synergy, and love.

Our first promotion of the year is in February for Valentines day. We will collect donations for the Oklahaven’s Children’s Chiropractic Center. This Center has a 38 year history of taking care of children with very severe problem’s even when they do not have insurance or money. Alot of these families owe 100,000 or more to the Medical establishment when they come to the Center. They take cases like cerebral palsy, birth defects, and etc. The Center is run by Dr. Bobby Doscher who is like the Mother Theresa of Chiropractic.

The doctor should hand out flyers to each and every patient and personally request that the patient buy a small heart for $5 or a large heart for $10. The hearts with the patients name on it is posted on our decorated board in the reception room (it is the same board used for several other promotions). Each donation allows the patient to get in our drawing for a $100 credit to the patient’s account. The doctor also invites the patient to the Valentines Party which should be scheduled as an extra visit just for the health of it (3x come 4x that week) and that visit is on us. We start promoting it the 4th week of January. Last year we collected over $600 and plan do to do better this year.

We play the Oklahaven video tape which shows before and after results with very ill children. It really touches patient’s hearts. Contact them by email at [email protected] or you can call them at 405-948-8807. Check out their website at The more that register to help the better.

My planned promotions for the year are:
March – St. Patrick’s Day Party
April – Easter / Bunnies for Nursing homes
May – Mother’s Day on Friday / Flowers
June – Beach Party / Paper goods drive / Father’s Day on Friday / Key chains
July and August – Referral Race (6 weeks) With Final Lap Party / Celebrate winner
October – Halloween Party and Costume Contest
November – Thanksgiving food drive / Final Day Party
December – Christmas toy drive / Final Day Party

If you search for my name “Rick Wren” you will find several write ups on different promotions. I would
encourage you to print up all the messages and put them in a notebook for you to have reference to. I would also download the attachments and place them in the notebook also. Each and every promotion requires alot of energy by the doctor and staff or it will be a flop. Plan ahead and be excited about the future results.

Remember, you have to give to receive and the more you love your patients, the more they will love you.

Hope to see you in Anaheim in 3.5 weeks ( ).
LLL, Dr. Rick Wren (Founder of the Society of Chiropractic Masters and Parker Team Teacher) @ 10:53 am | Article ID: 1053021233

Autistic Spectrum Disorders in California

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

A report was released by the state of California Department of Developmental Services yesterday with findings of a 97 percent increase in Autism cases during the past four years. For those of you interested in more information regarding this report, it is titled… Autistic Spectrum Disorders, Changes in the California Caseload: 1999-2002. When I locate a direct PDF document link I will include it here.

View the article, California Autism Rates Double, for several related links on this topic. I also found quite a bit of information on U.S. Congressman Dan Burtons website. On the topic of Autism, Burton had this to say, “If we want to find a cure, we must look to the causes. We must do this now before our health and education systems are bankrupted, and before more of our nation’ children are locked inside themselves with this disorder.”

According to information on the website, the state of California is now adding 11 new cases a day, 7 days a week to its Autism caseload. Once considered a rare disorder appearing in as few as 1 in 10,000 births, autism is now the number one disability entering California’s Developmental Services system.

Here are several links…
Healthcare: Autism
Have Government Agencies Ignored Autism Link? – Autism, vaccine link considered

From the above link…
Liz Birt, an attorney with Burton’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and Wellness, said that during the 1990s, the U.S. childhood vaccination schedule exposed some children to 125 times the federal limit on mercury exposure set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Birt said the CDC and the FDA have been slow to admit the damage the vaccines may have caused because key officials want to keep their jobs and vaccine manufacturers do not want the liability.

“It all comes down to money,” Birt said. @ 4:26 pm | Article ID: 1052954806

California Autism Rates Double

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The state of California Department of Developmental Services released a report on Tuesday with findings of a 97 percent increase in Autism during the past four years.

Numerous media outlets reported this week with details from the report (links below) and I have put together a summary of information I have collected.

According to the reports, the number of kids in the state of California being treated for autism doubled between 1998 and 2002. There is no end in sight to the growing trend as researchers still do not know what causes autism, a nervous system disorder that disrupts the ability to communicate and socialize with others.

While scientists continue to search for a cause, theories abound, including the possibility that childhood immunizations may be involved. While none (that I could find) of the U.S. reports made any mention into a possible relationship of mercury-based thiomersal found in various childhood vaccines, UK headlines read… “Fears over UK vaccines after US reports link to autism.” (link below)

From the UK news… “A preservative blamed for triggering cases of autism, but which is used routinely in vaccines for hundreds of thousands of children across Britain, is unsafe according to a major investigation on behalf of the US government. For the first time, the American authorities have said that mercury-based thiomersal is hazardous and they have accused drug companies of failing to adequately test the product for side-effects.”

Other causes suggested include environmental toxins, food additives and possible causes in the womb such as a mother’s immune response to common infections that could affect the developing fetus.

The stunning 97 percent leap in four years has made Autism more common then several other childhood disorders. Once a rare disorder, cases of Autism now out number those of children diagnosed with childhood cancer, diabetes and Down syndrome.

It’s not just California. While the state has one of the most comprehensive reporting systems for tracking the disorder, numbers from states such as Georgia, Minnesota and Massachusetts suggest even higher prevalence rates of Autism. Other countries noting rising numbers of autistic children include Great Britain, Japan, Australia and Israel. In Scotland, a UK report states that Autism cases have risen by 1600% in the past 10 years.

This is certainly a global phenomenon.

Autism rate doubles among state’s kids – Scientists mystified by ‘frightening’ rise of disability
Scientists mystified by ‘frightening’ rise of disability – California autism diagnoses continue increase, study says
Autism cases seen to double since 1999
Autism numbers soar in California
Fears over UK vaccines after US reports link to autism – Exclusive: Call for ban on ‘hazardous’ additive
Vaccine link supports families’ fears – Mercury-based preservative may be cause of autism rise @ 10:00 am | Article ID: 1052931659

Leadership in Chiropractic and Life

by Sharon Gorman, D.C.

I have had sort of a revelation this week. I realized that I am a leader. When I was younger I always prided myself in being very independent. I thought that if I wanted something done right I would have to do it myself. That was my way of controlling situations and creating the results that “I” wanted.

As my life expanded into several offices and a husband and several kids I then couldn’t get everything done myself anymore so I had to let other people do things for me. I seemed to be trying to juggle too many balls at the same time. I found this pretty difficult because I still thought that no one could do it as good as I could and that I was sacrificing the quality of the accomplishments because I could have done it better if I could have done it all. I couldn’t. I guess I resented that and some of the people around me because they couldn’t measure up. I was leading them begrudgingly as a compromise that I made in order to get everything that “I” wanted to get accomplished accomplished. I sort of dragged them along with me on my journey. I wished that I didn’t need them but I did need them so I learned how to more effectively manage them. I learned to empower and have people accountable. I found that to be the key, yet privately I still wished that I could do it all myself and still fulfill my dreams.

Somewhere in the last week or so I have realized that the most important part of my growth and my usefulness in this world comes from being a leader and not in the actual work that I can single handedly produce. My role here on earth is to serve God by serving man. I wondered why I needed other people to help me create my vision and all of a sudden it has become very clear. All these responsibilities and people are perfectly in place to teach me how to rise up and be a leader. I have been a leader for years and all of a sudden I see myself as a leader. By the nature of the beast being a chiropractor is being a leader and I’ve been a chiropractor for a long time and a leader for a long time yet today it seems so clear that I need to step up. I need to lead from a position of strength. Not from a position of default. I was ashamed that I needed other people to help me realize my dreams and now I see how the whole challenge is part of the divine plan for me – – – and you.

I used to think that it was my role was to give to people be it patients, family, other Chiropractors etc. etc. If I am going to be of more use to God and the people around me I need to allow them to contribute back to me. Because I am a leader is no excuse not be human. I need to allow myself to be vulnerable enough and open enough with the people in my life that they can contribute back to me then and only then can I be whole and continue to give at the level that I want to give. Giving is safer than receiving because I have the control or imagined control over the situation. To not allow people to contribute to me is to cut myself off and to cut off the safety pin cycle and it will subluxate my life.

Leaders inspire others to realize their potential. Am I allowing people to express their creativity and aliveness while being in my leadership? Am I holding a clear vision of the purpose of our relationship? Am I nurturing and being nurtured? Am I healing and healing them? Is the world being enriched by the product of our mutually beneficial relationship? Is the product of the team far superior to the product that I could produce as a lone ranger? My arrogance sometimes says no yet as I grow as a leader I see where the combined effort is far more useful to the world as I inspire others to be leaders and live God’s will for me rather than my own. I want to keep it small and safe and God wants me to evolve and be able to continue to serve. If I fatigue than I am no use to anyone even myself. To “enlarge my territory” I need to surrender to this lesson. I am a leader. I can’t keep anything I don’t give away. @ 1:00 pm | Article ID: 1052251220

Oh My Aching Back

By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

The other day I hurt my back. Some people find it amusing that a chiropractor could hurt their back and let me assure you, it does happen. It was about twenty past six in the morning and I was in my regular Monday morning step class. We were doing lunges off of the step to the rhythm of some dance song. I wasn’t satisfied just doing ordinary lunges, no; I had to do lunges with a twist. Now this is something I would not recommend to anyone which is one reason why I am writing this today.

Twist – lunge – twist – lunge – twist – pop. It wasn’t really a loud audible and thinking back I probably felt it more than I heard it. Are you familiar with the experience? Both the feeling and the sound came from the base of my spine and I felt an immediate weakness in the area of my sacrum and low back. It didn’t stop me from completing my sets though. In fact, I continued on, as the feeling in my spine became a dull throb. I finished up my work out with about 15 minutes of abs (not as intense as I normally would) and then I jogged the two miles home from the gym.

By the time I had made it home my back was really hot and beginning to stiffen up. I had spent the past half an hour thinking about that one dumb move that I made while doing those lunges that caused all my pain. That’s the second reason I am writing this.

You see, day in and day out people come into the office (often the new ones) and say, “Doc, I was just bending to pick up a piece of paper. How come my back when out?” I will always ask them about any activities they may have done that day and just as importantly, I ask them about their activities during the past several days. As far back as I can remember, I cannot recall a single case in where the piece of paper was the cause of the problem.

Living in a beach community, we attract many weekend (and weekday) workout warriors. The bike path by our Chiropractic office goes for miles in several directions. It is not uncommon for someone to remember that they went for a 16 mile bike ride the day before the piece of paper incident and they had not been on a bike ride of such a distance in nearly two months.

So I was getting a lesson I suppose, because I had somehow forgotten about all the other activities that led up to my injury. Let’s go back seven days to see what else I did. The weather around here has really been getting nice and the office is only two miles from my house so on Monday morning I decided that instead of driving I would ride my bike to the office for the next week. I didn’t think of this as exercise as much as I did a way to clear my head in the morning and just as important to clear my head on the way home from the office each evening. It’s amazing what a 15 minute ride on a classic Schwinn cruiser can do for your mental state.

Monday mornings I run, so I ran to the gym which is about two miles, did a one-hour step class, and ran back home, got ready to go to the office, and jumped on my bike for the ride to the office. This was the first time on my bicycle since probably December of last year so it had certainly been more than two months in my case. I remember thinking when I arrived at the office that even the casual bike ride can be a workout if you haven’t done it in some time. I followed this routine each day of running to the gym, working out for about an hour, running back home, riding my bike to the office, and then riding back home. By Thursday I definitely felt some additional stress on my body especially in the lower sacral region. I remember thinking to myself though that I felt strong and my back would be fine as long as I paid attention to form.

The cycling wasn’t the only thing that I did different during the week. With all this HIPAA stuff going on, I was motivated to rearrange the front office area. We have a new seven foot high locking steel file cabinet that I decided on Sunday would be better on the other side of the room. Of course I had to first move our other file cabinet which is only five feet high and full of files so I had to move that as well. I could’ve waited till Monday when someone was there to help me but I felt good because I had taken Saturday off and had plenty of energy. I huffed and puffed until I got everything just where I wanted it. Looking back on the week this was probably the one activity that I should’ve had assistance with. But haven’t you done this? I know people in our office have because when I ask what else they did besides pick up that piece of paper I often hear about the rearrangement of living room furniture, the cleaning of the garage, the detailing of the family cars, along with the 16 mile bike ride.

So all of these activities were involved and played a role in my experience Monday morning. It was not just the lunges; it was a combination of putting physical stress on my body that at some point reached a threshold resulting in subluxation (a blown fuse in the circuitry).

I got adjusted Monday morning after about two hours of seeing patients (I was really sore and stiff now). I also got adjusted later that afternoon. Not because it hurt, but because my body had been adapting to the new posture that it had been experiencing since the morning and I was again out of alignment. I skipped Tuesday morning and Wednesday morning at the gym but was back in the office and got adjusted again on Wednesday (I also rode my bike). Thursday I was back in the gym, back to the running, and in the office. I can still feel something in my low back however I know that I’m healing well and my body has responded well to the adjustments I’ve had this week.

Throughout the week I had no ice, no Tylenol, or Advil, aspirin or any other medication. You may be thinking that I could not have hurt my back that bad if I was able to continue on activities or not require any therapies. My thoughts on that are that it could have been quite bad had it not been for several things. One, I receive Chiropractic care on a regular basis regardless of symptoms. It has been my personal experience that regular Chiropractic care helps dramatically reduce the incidence and length of injury if and when it does occur. I also run and average of 15 miles per week and would consider myself in good health which helps my body respond and adapt to outside influences. However, sometimes we still overdo it.

Had I not been receiving Chiropractic care along with the combination of regular strenuous exercise, it is my opinion and experience that this injury may have been far more severe and would have possibly lingered on for quite some time. I have found that those receiving regular chiropractic care along with regular strenuous exercise respond far better to injury and illness than those that are lacking one or both activities in their lives.

So the next time you’re picking up that piece of paper and your back goes out, think back on the daily activities and what you’re doing to either prevent or create such injuries in the first place. As Dr. B.J. Palmer would say… “Chiropractic: Premiums Small – Dividends Large”

Best of health to you and yours. @ 10:17 am | Article ID: 1051895823