2016 Blogs

What Does Gallup Polling Say About Chiropractic?

Posted by on November 3, 2016

Background:

In September, the Gallup Organization conducted its annual study of the opinions of U.S. adults towards chiropractic care. More and more people are visiting chiropractors, and their take on the value of the care receive is very positive. Specifically, almost 36 million people visited a chiropractor during the prior 12 months, and approximately 89 percent said that they would recommend it to family or friends.

Gallup’s Results:

In general, the study found that chiropractors are more likely to take time to educate their patients than other practitioners, as well as to advise them as to available options. Here are some of the specific findings:

*71 percent of U.S. adults who sought professional care for neck or back pain have been to a chiropractor

*97 percent of past year chiropractic users are likely to see a chiropractor if they have another episode of neck or back pain

*88 percent of recent chiropractic patients agree that the quality of care they received was good value for the money

*80 percent of chiropractic patients agree that their chiropractor genuinely cares about them

Take Home Message:

I think that the most important finding in this study was that almost all – 97 percent – of those adults who had previously seen a chiropractor for neck or back pain would return if their symptoms came back. It just doesn’t get any better than that!

Yours for Better Health:

Jon Mills, DC

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817-581-0123

www.MillsChiro.com



Can Brittle Bones in the Elderly be Prevented? An Advisory for Parents.

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The Time to Ward Off Brittle Bones is During Adolesence

We all think of bone health and osteoporosis as issues for the older set, but a study this month in the journal Pediatrics maintains this is not the case. About half the skeleton’s density is developed during childhood and puberty, making bone health critical during those stages. Laura Bachrach, a pediatric endocrinologist and co-author of the study put it this way, “The time you want to work on this is through childhood, especially in adolescence, so you can have the healthiest bones possible.”

What’s the “Take Home” Message

There are three keys to bone health: 1. Get enough calcium. 2. Get enough vitamin D. 3. Engage in regular weight-bearing exercise. Be sure your children, grandchildren and you yourself are up to snuff in these three areas.

What are the Specifics?

Let’s look at the above recommendations in more detail:

Calcium: You need a lot! Children under 9 should get 800 milligrams a day; older children 1,300 mg; most adults 1,000 mg; and women age 51 and above as well as pregnant or lactating ladies and men age 71 and above should get 1,200. An 8 oz glass of milk has only 300 mg, so most people should either drink three or four glasses per day, or else they should supplement with a pill. If you choose to supplement, the best form of calcium is calcium citrate.

Vitamin D: Sunscreen is good for the skin, but bad for the bones! Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, but sunscreen prevents its formation within the body. The recommended amount is 600 units per day. If you or your child use sunscreen religiously, it is a good idea to supplement.

Weight-bearing exercise: Swimming doesn’t count here. Walking does. Even better is lifting weights – or carrying hand weights while you walk.

Yours for Better Health,

Jon Mills, DC www.MillsChiro.com 817-581-0123


Can Chiropractic Prevent Falls in Older People?

Posted by on September 8, 2016

Can Older Folks be Kept From Falling Through Chiropractic Care?

A March 2016 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics (JMPT) found that, yes, improved sensory and motor abilities related to preventing falls improved among older adults who received chiropractic care over a period of 12 weeks. These results confirmed earlier studies that had found the same result. Furthermore, overall quality of life for those receiving regular chiropractic care also improved.

What’s the “Take Home” Message

It would be difficult to underestimate the importance of preventing falls in the elderly. Falls account for more than 80% of injury-related hospital admissions in people over 65, and they are the leading cause of injury-related death for this group.

Perhaps one of the best things you can do to prevent injury and prolong the life of an older person is to see to it that they see their chiropractor regularly

How Was the Study Conducted?

Sixty adults older than 65 were randomly divided into two groups: 30 individuals received chiropractic care for a period of 12 weeks, and the other 30 did not.

What Abilities Actually Improved?

There were four abilities evaluated between the chiropractic group and the control group: 1. Ability for the participant to sense the position in which he or she was holding their ankle. 2. Ability to step quickly from one step to another in response to a flashing light. 3. Ability to stand without swaying with one’s eyes closed. 4. Ability to tell apart a prolonged flash from a shorter flash of light while an auditory beep was being sounded at the same time.

All four of these abilities improved with the group receiving chiropractic care, as well as their reported quality of life.

Yours for Better Health,

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Jon Mills, DC www.MillsChiro.com 817-581-0123



Are spinal problems interfering with your sleep? If so, perhaps we can help.

Posted by on August 23, 2016

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Can Chiropractic Help Knee Problems?

Posted by on June 20, 2016

Yes, chiropractic can help reduce or remedy knee problems. Cox Chiropractic Technic, which we practice in our office, has a therapeutic protocol developed especially for knee issues. It has been shown to be effective in reducing or eliminating knee pain.

We also offer both ultrasound and electric stimulation, both of which can be helpful for knee issues.

How does Cox Technic Work Regarding Knees?

Cox Technic employs flexion, distraction and decompression treatment on a specially-designed table. It was developed primarily for treatment of spinal complaints. However, by making a few changes to the standard spinal protocol, the Cox Technic table can also be employed effectively to treat the knee with the same beneficial motions of flexion, distraction and decompression.

Why Mills Chiropractic?

We are one of only two certified Cox Technic practitioners in the greater DFW area.

Yours for Better Health,

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Jon Mills, DC

www.MillsChiro.com

817-581-0123



Medicare Covers Chiropractic?Cox technic

Posted by on May 10, 2016

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Is Chiropractic Covered by Medicare?

The answer is: Yes and No… Medicare covers an adjustment to the spine, but that’s it. On a first visit to a chiropractor, an examination must be performed according to generally accepted standards of care. But the exam is NOT covered by Medicare. An X-ray might be necessary; but it is NOT covered by Medicare. Other forms of therapy might also be required; but they are NOT covered by Medicare…You get the idea.

Every day 11,000 senior citizens become eligible for Medicare. The irony of this is that most of these individuals must surrender coverage for many services provided by a chiropractor that were covered under their previous insurance plans. About 80 percent of non-Medicare insurance plans do indeed cover other services provided by a chiropractor.

What Can I Do About This?

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) is mounting a campaign to remedy this shortcoming in Medicare coverage: The National Medicare Equality Campaign, and it is the ACA’s most important legislative effort. It proposes amending Medicare so that seniors will be covered for all services allowed to be performed by a chiropractor under the scope of practice allowed by the state in which he or she practices.

Where Can I Go to Make My Voice Heard

Visit the website www.acatoday.org/equality and get more information about the Medicare Equality Campaign and to sign their petition asking your elected representative to change this law so that seniors are allowed to have ALL of their chiropractic care FULLY COVERED by Medicare.

Yours for Better Health,

Jon Mills, DC

www.MillsChiro.com

817-581-0123


Can Aspirin Prevent Cancer?

Posted by on April 27, 2016

The Wonder Drug That Works Wonders

Aspirin, as a pain reliever, seems to have lost favor to newer drugs; Tylenol and Ibuprofen have caught on in its place. Although aspirin is very effective at relieving pain, perhaps because it has been around for so long, it is less-favored as a pain reliever nowadays. The ancient Egyptians used a natural variation of the aspirin in 400BC, and the German drug firm Bayer synthesized aspirin and began selling it worldwide in 1899. While it is less often used as a pain reliever, aspirin, because it is a blood thinner, has regained its popularity but in a different area: as a preventative against heart attacks and strokes. Recent studies have shown another very significant benefit: aspirin may protect against the spread of cancer after treatment. Since heart disease is the number one cause of death and cancer is number two, aspirin has some extremely important potential benefits.

What About Cancer?

Very recently – April 20, 2016 – the Public Library of Science published a review of research conducted world-wide about the possible reduction of the spread of cancer after treatment – what’s called metastases – and whether this spread could be reduced by simply taking low-dose aspirin. The results were positive. The conclusion was that aspirin taken as part of the treatment lowered the likelihood that cancer of the breast, prostate, and colon or rectum would spread to other areas. Death rates for patients suffering from these cancers were also reduced.

What’s the “Take Home” Message

There are two important points concerning aspirin: First, if you have a higher risk of heart problems or stroke, consult with your doctor about taking a coated, low-dose aspirin each day. Secondly, if you have been or are currently being treated for cancer, ask your doctor about the wisdom of taking aspirin to prevent metastases.

Yours for Better Health,

Jon Mills, DC www.MillsChiro.com 817-581-0123


Worried About Diabetes?

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A Common Illness among Americans

According to a 2014 study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12.3 percent of our adult population suffers from diabetes, and perhaps a third of these do not know they have it. You may have heard of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Whereas Type 1 is hereditary and unpreventable, Type 2 is far more common, making up 95 percent of all cases. The good news is that Type 2 can largely be warded off through diet, exercise and weight management. As you might expect, the large number of people who are overweight has led to a dramatic increase in the cases of Type 2 diabetes, especially among children.

Why Should a Person Care?

Diabetes, if left untreated, can lead to a host of terrible consequences: with amputation of a foot, heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness occurring frequently among untreated diabetics.

How Can Someone Prevent Type 2 Diabetes?

The critical consideration in preventing Type 2 diabetes is weight control, but also very important are diet and exercise. Certain items very common in our American diet should be avoided. A table known as a glycemic index lists these foods. Also, strength training helps to maintain and build muscle mass, which have been shown to combat the illness.

How Can I be Tested?

A simple blood test can determine if you’re diabetic or pre-diabetic. Ask your doctor for an A1C blood test.


Yours for Better Health,

Jon Mills, DC

www.MillsChiro.com

817-581-0123


The Graston Technique

Posted by on February 9, 2016

An Addition to our Doctor’s Bag
A recent addition to our treatment methods is Graston Technique, a type of care that uses six specially-designed stainless steel instruments that are molded to conform to various contours of the human body. By treating the soft tissues surrounding the joints, Graston Technique can increase the effectiveness of a chiropractic regimen.

What Can Graston Help?
Graston Technique is especially effective in helping both chronic and acute injuries to joints and muscles heal faster. It is used by the training facilities of almost every major league football, basketball and baseball team to help players recover fully and more rapidly. During the past 22 years, Graston practitioners have developed extensive, well documented treatment programs for all areas of the body.

How does Graston Work?
During injuries and overuse, muscles, tendons, ligaments and other soft tissues become deformed. Using the patented Graston Instruments, these tissues can be returned to their proper orientations. Doing so promotes faster healing, reduces inflammation and scar tissue, as well as lessens the need for anti-inflammatory drugs. Even problems that have existed for a long time can often be reversed.

Is Graston Well Known?
Graston Technique is a well-respected method of therapy that is part of the curriculum in 45 colleges and universities. There are over 22,000 chiropractors, physical therapists and occupational therapists who have been trained and certified in the technique.

If you would like to know more, visit the Graston Technique web site.


Yours for Better Health,

Jon Mills, DC
www.MillsChiro.com
817-581-0123