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Healthy News - January 2021

The work continues for coverage of chiropractic care for the benefits it offers Manahawkin chiropractic patients. 

CHIROPRACTIC BENEFITS AND COVERAGE

Federally directed insurance coverage for chiropractic care is more likely to restrict chiropractic despite the benefits chiropractic delivers to recipients. For example, chiropractic care for Medicare recipients visiting chiropractors for back pain is only covered for spinal manipulation despite no evidence demonstrating a rise in serious risks associated with chiropractic care of neck or back pain for these Medicare patients. Actually, research has demonstrated that chiropractic care improved the time of recovery, reduced the number of back surgeries in a year, reduced opioid-linked disability, shrank the number of falls and traumatic injuries, reduced the decline in activities of daily living and disability over time, and reduced costs and medical doctor visits for low back pain. (1) Another case in point is that despite new professional and insurance guidelines for clinical decision-making regarding back pain care, the Federal Employees Compensation Act still requires x-rays for chiropractic care to be reimbursed for care. (2) Rather than imaging today, other less costly and more effective ways are research-documented to figure out if spinal manipulation is appropriate. Researchers are so experienced that they are now able to predict which low back pain patients will respond to spinal manipulation as a nonpharmacologic intervention recommended in clinical care guidelines today and by how much contingent upon factors like medication and exercise expectation, pain frequency, height, gender, extension ability, response to STarT Back Tool questionnaire. (3) The benefits of chiropractic care continue to expand and to be recorded, ready to be acknowledged by insurers like they are already acknowledged by Manahawkin back pain and neck pain recipients. Manahawkin Chiropractic Center provides pain-relieving care despite the payment system.

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Clint Dickason 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 patient struggling with sciatic leg pain find relief. 
 
Manahawkin health benefits from glucosamine use include reduced overall early mortality and mortality from cardiovascular issues.

Manahawkin CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH:
Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Not Just for The Disc Anymore!

Taking glucosamine/chondroitin supplements is ever more reported positive. A new paper explains that using this combination decreased overall risk of early death about as efficiently as regular exercise. (The authors do not recommend not exercising though!) (4) Another study of 77,510 supplement users discovered that people who took glucosamine (alone or with chondroitin) had a significantly lower risk of death. Further, current users had a significantly lower risk of death from cancer. (5) Even more specifically, regular use of glucosamine was associated with a significantly lower risk of total cardiovascular disease issues and death, coronary heart disease and stroke. (6) Manahawkin Chiropractic Center has indeed seen the beneficial use of glucosamine and chondroitin to care for degenerated discs associated with back pain and neck pain. These additional benefits just raise the bar for the benefit of glucosamine and chondroitin. Are you taking yours? Let us talk at your next Manahawkin chiropractic visit!

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