Healthy News May 2020

Continued West Des Moines chiropractic care fosters back pain relief.

WHY SEE YOUR CHIROPRACTOR AFTER THE PAIN IS GONE? TO KEEP IT GONE!

Patients often ask how long they must come for chiropractic care at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa. In the end, their relief determines this. For some the end of care is decided together, patient and the West Des Moines chiropractor. For others, when the pain is gone, they are gone. The patients decide for themselves. And when there’s no pain, it makes sense to stop care. Only there may be a special factor to consider: If back pain is bothersome and keeps you from doing the things you want to do, continuing chiropractic care on a regular basis (aka “maintenance care”) whether you are hurting or not is beneficial. In a randomized control trial of 319 such patients, maintenance care dropped the number of days with pain in acute episodes and increased the duration of pain-free days for patients with recurrent and persistent low back pain. (1) Back pain is not often cured. It is like a bruise on an apple. It will not simply disappear. The bruise is now a more susceptible part of the apple. With back pain, the no-pain period is definitely refreshing, and continued chiropractic care via a West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan set together can only help prevent more and/or more painful back pain occurrences. Some patients ask for maintenance care after suffering with several episodes of West Des Moines back pain. Some set up a schedule right away to avoid waiting for the pain and having to begin again. Whichever patient type you are, Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is the West Des Moines chiropractic care partner to see!

West Des Moines exercise benefits patients with non-specific back pain and pre-back surgery patients though it is not often prescribed as much as opioids. 

West Des Moines CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: Exercise Benefits Before Back Surgery and for Non-Specific Low Back Pain

A 16-week study of supervised resistance training with varying low, moderate and high intensity exercise during the week helped patients with persistent non-specific low back pain. How? By improving pain, daily function and disability, energy level, muscle strength, sleep, and perception of physical activity as beneficial. (2) Those are encouraging outcomes! Sadly, in the year before back surgery, only 34.8% of back pain patients had physical therapy (PT), 34.1% experienced at least one PT visit with exercise, and just 14.6% experienced a minimum of 6 exercise therapy visits. 84.4% were prescribed at least one opioid prescription fill with a mean of 6.1 unique fills each. (3) Conservative, non-drug care combining spinal manipulation and exercise are worthy pre-back surgery efforts. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is ready to do this with you!

Listen to this PODCAST with chiropractic back pain specialist, James Cox DC DACBR, developer of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management, and a PODCAST with spine surgeon, David Hanscome, MD, on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as they discuss the conservative approach to dealing with West Des Moines back pain.

CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa

Schedule your next West Des Moines chiropractic appointment now with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa for non-drug and non-surgical management of your back pain. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is your spine care and back pain management partner!

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