October 2021 Healthy News from Executive Chiropractic of Iowa Monitoring Pain Leads to Improved Pain Relief and Not Being Sedentary Helps Too

The West Des Moines chiropractic back pain treatment plan is guided by patient feedback on how their pain is.

MONITORING PAIN and ASKING QUESTIONS HELP PAIN RELIEF

Your West Des Moines chiropractor grasps how disturbing back pain may be for our spine-related pain patients. A study that explored the topic of whether focusing on pain for low back pain patients - by asking them questions about their pain on a weekly basis – affected the patients in a negative way. The result: regular pain monitoring did not prove to be a bad thing.  It may have even been helpful! The low back pain intensity scores at 12 months’ follow up were lower for the patients who were monitored than the scores of patients who were not monitored weekly! (1) Our chiropractic treatment plan which incorporates spinal manipulation - 90% of which is delivered by chiropractors in the US - is directed by your input about your pain experience. We ask you about your pain at every West Des Moines chiropractic visit and alter your treatment frequency and type as you improve according to the 50% Rule like visits are reduced by 50% when 50% relief is attained and treatment protocol may change from protocol 1 (single segment, one motion) to protocol 2 (single segment, all ranges of motion, may include more segments as tolerance testing allows). We can talk more about these protocols if you want. A little focus on pain goes far in terms of pain relief!

Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the central role the patient’s pain experience and feedback plays in the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management.

Executive Chiropractic of Iowa presents research touting the benefits of exercising twice a day – 30 minutes each time – instead of once a day (60 minutes) for older adults.  

TIP OF THE MONTH:  Don’t Be Sedentary

A sedentary West Des Moines lifestyle at any age is not good. As we age and want to enjoy our older years, we cannot let ourselves be sedentary. Grow old actively! Researchers compared how and when non-active older adults exercised – 60 minutes in the morning or 30 minutes each in the morning and evening found significant improvements in lower limb strength, large gains in walking speed and daily activities, improvements in cardiorespiratory fitness, and enhancements in agility as demonstrated by TUG (time-up-to-go from a seated position) test results in both groups. There were slightly better results in the 30/30 group suggesting that there may be an advantage to breaking up afternoon sedentariness with exercise. Physical activity exercise for older adults is key for physical as well as mental and psychosocial health. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa urges our chiropractic patients to not be part of the 31% of the world’s population who are thought to not presently satisfy recommended physical activity levels. (2) Let’s see what activity is best for you!

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Make your next West Des Moines chiropractic appointment today! We’ll see you then and be sure to ask you how your pain is and how active you are! We are here for you!

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