Health Report, November 7th, 2014.

The 1918 influenza pandemic has been labeled as one of the most devastating outbreaks in the history of the world, with deaths estimated between 20 and 40 million people.

Over 675,000 American citizens lost their lives due to this epidemic. Why is this information significant? National figures show that 1,142 chiropractors cared for 46,394 influenza patients during 1918, with a loss of 54 patients – one out of every 859. In New York City, 950 out of 10,000 cases died with medical methods while 25 out of 10,000 died using drug-less methods. Yes, the medical profession was seeing a majority of the worst of the worst; however, one of the greatest statistics backing chiropractic care comes from the state of Oklahoma. There were 233 cases in which the medical doctors had cared for patients and eventually pronounced them as “lost” or beyond hope… chiropractors took care of all 233 with only 25 deaths. In order to achieve these dramatic results, you must not only get adjusted, but also make healthy changes in your lifestyle so your body can at least have an opportunity to heal. A few simple steps can maximize the effects of your adjustments. Eat more green, leafy vegetables with every meal, take a 20 minute walk outside every day, and have a more optimistic view on life. The purpose of our office is to reach as many people as possible in their quest for natural health. Will you help us with our purpose? Do you know people who need to boost their immune system? Talk with a staff member today!

On Tuesday, November 11th, we will be holding our next home health care class at 6:30 pm here at the office. We want to help our patients feel better and be able to help others by showing you ways to help your body hold adjustments through reducing pain and stress. This class is especially important for our new patients and long term patients who haven't had this training in awhile so need a refresher. We welcome everyone to our class but we do ask that you are registered ahead of time so we can make sure there is space and enough dinner for everyone. Bring as many people as you can to this exciting and helpful class and help us help others by giving the gift of information and health. Just let us know how many people to expect and lets make it a party!

Join us for our doctor supervised workout class! We will be having Dr. Moss show you the proper ways to work out in order to rehabilitate and/or prevent injury to yourself. Class space is limited so make sure you sign up today! You can come by yourself but bringing your work out partner is always more fun. This class will be held on Saturday, November 8th, from 10-11am at Fitness World Ankeny, located behind our office. If you are interested in joining us, please let Wendy know.

"Regular chiropractic adjustments go hand-in-hand with good health." ~ Peter Fonda

Volume 13 - Issue 13

People who think that Chiropractic care is all about adjusting the musculoskeletal system might be in for a bit of a surprise. According to a world-wide survey of Chiropractic patients, more than 40 per- cent of patient visits were initiated for the purposes of health enhancement and/or disease prevention. This statistic comes from a recent survey aimed at finding out why people engage the services of a chiropractor. Researchers set out to explore the extent to which consumers seek wellness care from chiropractors, especially when their practice methods are known to include periodic evaluations and interventions to maintain wellness and to prevent disease.

Survey data on Chiropractic usage was collected from 1,316 patients in 27 different offices and clinics in the United States, Europe and Australia. Each person completed a one-page survey regarding their reason for seeking care. “Optimizing health” and “preventing disease” were indicated by over 40 percent of the people surveyed as their reason for being in the chiropractor’s workplace. It was interesting to note that the results of this survey varied to a great extent from earlier findings presented by the World Federation of Chiropractic in April 2004.

This survey indicated that less than 5-10 percent of patients sought care for non-musculoskeletal conditions. One reason presented by researchers for this significant increase in wellness and disease prevention visits had to do with better patient education and awareness of Chiropractic methods. Another had to do with the fact that the surveys were completed in the offices of chiropractors who practice a particular form of evaluation and treatment known as the Sacro Occipital Technique. Sacro Occipital involves a complete spinal evaluation based on research that all provable illnesses stem from a distortion or a partial dislocation in the back.

Researchers considered the possibility that patients in this setting could be better educated to the prevention possibilities Chiropractic affords than other patients. If this point of the more informed consumer is indeed true, researchers suggested that Chiropractic educators and promoters should take note. Creating more awareness in consumers and emphasizing the fact that a chiropractor could play a significant role in a person’s life as a primary care physician are important pieces of information to get out to the public.

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