September 2021 Health Newsletter

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Hi everyone,

What do you bring to your appointment? What obstacles will we have to overcome to help you feel better? We are all taught very early that we have little responsibility for our own health. The doctor will take care of us. Nothing could be further from the truth. ALL procedures, medications, surgeries, chiropractic adjustments, physical therapy exercises, massages, etc. are simply tools to help your body to heal itself. None of those tools cure, fix, or heal you. Your body does that, with the aid of those tools. 

Are you overworked, overweight, out of shape or sedentary? Do your consume alcohol, smoke, or eat junk or fast food? Do you get enough sleep, do you make time to play? Your answers to these questions should give you insight into how much any health care provider can help/aid you to become healthier.

We Americans are an indulgent society. We prefer to enjoy our food, drink, movies, games, recreation, and hobbies which may not always be in our best interests. These choices often lead us to have illnesses, diseases, or injuries that require us to seek out tools to help us feel better without making changes to eliminate the behavior that caused the situation in the first place. One of our best ways to avoid responsibility is by taking medication. It's easy. It makes us healthy, right? Did you know that there were approximately 4.22 billion prescription drugs dispensed in the US in 2019? It was estimated that over 360 billion dollars would be spent on these prescription drugs in 2020. Yet, we rank 35th in the world in terms of overall health. That means there are 34 countries on this planet that are healthier than we are, in spite of the 4.22 billion drugs dispensed in one year at a cost of over 360 billion dollars! Something is wrong.

So, back to my original question. What do you bring to your appointments? Health doesn't come in a prescription bottle. It doesn't come from a needle, a scalpel, a stretch, an adjustment, a vaccine, a massage, or an expectation that someone else will fix you and take care of you. Health comes from within your own body. Your lifestyle dictates your response to ANY treatment option you choose. You and your health care provider are a team. We need your help to reach our mutual goal of restoring your health and quality of life.

Do you know anyone suffering with a disc problem? Many people may be leery of surgery due to COVID and the Delta variant and are suffering or relying on addictive pain medications. We can help. Our non-surgical spinal decompression program has helped many people alleviate their pain and avoid drugs and/or surgery. Call us for information and share our website with anyone who needs our help. There is a tab dedicated to the DRX9000 program at Open the link below to get more information:


Are you feeling good but want to get adjusted to stay that way? We offer affordable maintenance/wellness chiropractic care packages. Call us at 763-427-0820 for details. 

As always, please pass this newsletter on to your friends, family, and co-workers who may find the information beneficial. 

Dr. Tracy


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» Vitamin D and Calcium for a Longer Life?

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Author: Tracy Andrews
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Chiropractors Play An Essential Role In Auto Accident Injuries

Chiropractors are arguably the best medical professional to see after you’ve been in an auto/motor vehicle accident. They're extensively trained in treating soft tissue injuries, including the most common auto accident injury: whiplash. Additionally, chiropractic methods are drug-free, natural, non-invasive, and focus on treating and rehabilitating the root cause of what hurts - the injured soft tissue itself.

Auto accidents are violent and almost always unexpected. The extent of occupant injuries can be minor to extreme and everywhere inbetween depending upon the many variables at play. Pain and other symptoms can be severe and immediate, but can also be insidious and not immediately noticed for days, weeks or even months post-accident. This makes obtaining a professional evaluation - a chiropractic evaluation - after any motor vehicle accident a necessity.

Your chiropractor will evaluate you from head to toe to determine the full extent of your injuries, if any. They can identify soft tissue injuries and discover painful areas that were previously unidentified and unnoticed. They can also swiftly develop an effective treatment protocol to get you back on the road to being healthy and pain-free. The sooner you get evaluated, the sooner you can receive the essential care your body and soft tissues need, giving you less downtime and a more optimal outcome.

For those without legal representation, the majority of chiropractors have existing relationships with law firms that can assist in your case, if appropriate. If legal representation has already been obtained, the majority of chiropractors will still gladly provide you with the essential medical care you need while dealing directly with your current attorney and legal team.

So if you have been involved in a recent or past auto injury accident, please reach out to our office today so we can get you out of pain, effectively heal and rehab any soft tissue injuries, or at minimum, evaluate you to perhaps simply put your mind at ease.


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Can Your Mental Workload Affect Your Muscles?

It's no secret that hard manual labor can have an effect on the body. But a new study suggests there may be a connection between musculoskeletal disorders and mental workload, too.  How does mental stress affect our bodies? Research published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics investigated bank workers' mental workload against pain throughout nine different musculoskeletal regions. The results demonstrated that the more subjective mental workload the employees experienced, the higher their musculoskeletal pain, particularly in the neck and back. Over time, we are beginning to understand the relationship between mental stress and musculoskeletal pain. Last year, a similar study was conducted on hospital nurses, revealing similar results, suggesting that increased mental stress leads to increased musculoskeletal pains.  For doctors of chiropractic, this research highlights a philosophy that chiropractic care has always embraced: the importance of holistic care. Exceptional and effective chiropractic care relies on a comprehensive approach that sees the body as a complete entity. Through a multifaceted approach including physical therapy, spinal manipulation, massage, nutrition, and more, chiropractic care helps individuals manage both their pain and their lifestyle to improve and eliminate discomfort from the source. Particularly for those with mentally stressful jobs, good posture can be easy to forget about, for instance. Emphasis and instruction on proper techniques and form for employees who stand or sit at a computer for long periods of time is an excellent example of preventing musculoskeletal aches and pains from developing. By taking appropriate breaks and learning tips and methods for minimizing physical and mental stress at work, a doctor of chiropractic can help guide stressed out workers towards a holistic method of resolving their mental and physical fatigue.

Source: J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2016 Jul-Aug;39(6):420-6.

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Vitamin D and Calcium for a Longer Life?

A review of several studies involving over 70,000 older individuals found that people who take vitamin D and calcium together may live longer than people who do not. The study, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, found that participants taking the supplements were 9% less likely to die over a three year period than individuals taking a placebo. Participants were administered 20 micrograms of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium per day; both well within the guidelines suggested by US health officials. The reasons for the decline in mortality were unclear, although a decline in both hip fractures and cancer were suggested. Lead researcher Lars Rejnmark, of Aarhus University in Denmark, noted the effect as being comparable to the benefits of blood pressure medications and cholesterol-lowering statins. There was no effect noted by taking vitamin D alone.

Source: The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, May 17, 2012.

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