MORE ACCESS (IE, INSURANCE COVERAGE) TO CAM/CHIROPRACTIC INCREASES USE OF CAM/CHIROPRACTIC
Access increases use. Access via insurance coverage brings about use. Use increases better clinical outcomes for Nashua back pain and neck pain patients. In 2016, Oregon made a plan to try to curb opioid prescriptions for back pain by making complementary and alternative medicine approaches available to Medicaid patients. The result? An increase in use of CAM: acupuncture from .3 to 5.6%, chiropractic .3 to 11.1%, massage from 1.6 to 14.8%, PT/OT from 6 to 17.7%. (1) That outcome was in one state. Nationally, the Veterans Health Administration is also putting effort into making these care options more available. The VA is a large healthcare system. Via survey, veterans convey their wish for access to these approaches. With access, veterans reported high usage: 52% used any of these CAM methods, 44% massage, 37% chiropractic, 34% mindfulness, 24% meditation, 25% yoga. (2) Globally, in spite of COVID lockdowns and restrictions, patients with spine-related issues had access to input regarding their spine conditions by way of the Global Spine Care Initiative which steers doctors and patients for spine pain care via live and telehealth appointments. (3) There is growing access to spine care globally, nationally, and locally!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his utilization of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a Vietnam veteran in Australia experience back pain relief.
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VITAMIN B AND EXERCISE Benefits: SPINE, MIND, BONE
B vitamins are vital for mood, energy, focus, concentration, digestion, and healthy heart muscle, skin, and hair. A deficiency in B vitamins may display itself as constant stress, depression, or chronic fatigue. (4) A study that compared the consumption of tryptophan and/or vitamin B6 foods and exercise in depressed and non-depressed young people found that lower physical activity levels (in steps, duration, and intensity) were associated with greater levels of depressive symptoms. (5) An exercise and fortified milk intervention exposed improvement in vitamin B-12 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels to bolster bone formation and resorption. (6) This is positive considering treatment and prevention strategies for osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the destruction of cartilage, the connective tissue produced by chondrocytes. Physical activity is known for its ability to counter OA by modulating vitamin B6’s effect on the IL1β inflammatory cytokine of OA. (7) B vitamins exhibit a crucial role in body and mind functions. Eat some salmon, chicken, eggs, leafy vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, and Greek yogurt, and talk with your Nashua chiropractor at Moriarty Chiropractic about other means to boost your exercise and vitamin B levels.
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