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Dear Patients and Friends,


First of all I want to wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.  Like the rest of you, Carol and I have been enjoying  the beautiful autumn days here in Tucson. What place in the world could be nicer? Many of you are very thoughtful and kind to periodically ask me about Carol's health.  Carol has made a marvelous and miraculous recovery.  She continues to get better every day.  Hopefully she will be back in the office early next year to help with patient care.


The office will be closed during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend from Nov. 21-25.  We wil be back in the office on Monday, Nov. 26.  I want to welcome back all of our snowbirds.  We have missed you and look forward to seeing you back in the office.


Dr. Craig Brue





In my every day practice I see patients making some very common health mistakes.


1.  Patients often have great results with their care and then decide to quit coming in because they "feel better."  It always amazes me (and discourages me), that a patient  decides to quit doing the one treatment that helped the most.  Sometimes patients want to see "how they get along" without chiropractic care.  This is like deciding to not brush your teeth because you just had your teeth cleaned.  Not a good idea.


2. When back pain returns, some patients think that chiropractic care didn't really help them in the first place.  Patients often return to pain pills for recurring pain. This is the truth about back pain:  back pain is manageable, but it isn't always curable.  Discs don't grow back and arthritis doesn't go away.  Periodic care is often necessary to prevent and manage recurring back and neck pain.


3.  Some patients choose not to return to the office because there is a small financial cost for periodic treatment.  If you think preventive chiropractic adjustments are expensive, just get sick and see how much more that will cost.


4.  Some patients want immedicate and permanent results.  They want the magic pill, the magic shot, the magic surgery, or the magic adjustment that will cure them forever.  Know this:  There is no magic cure for recurring back pain.  Most patients need periodic spinal adjustments to effectively manage back pain.


Would you like to know the worlds' best exercise to prevent and manage back pain?  The answer:  a short walk.  Simply walk into my office and get an adjustment.  You'll be glad you did.


Happy Thanksgiving,


Dr. Craig Brue




Current Articles

» How Chiropractic Care Can Help the Nervous System Reduce Pain
» If You Suffer from Anxiety or Depression, You May Have a Higher Risk for Stroke

How Chiropractic Care Can Help the Nervous System Reduce Pain

If you are wondering how to reduce pain, especially in the low back, consider chiropractic care. A recent study has shown that "high-velocity lumbar manipulation," a type of spinal adjustment used by chiropractors, is effective at pain reduction for acute and subacute low back pain.

How to Reduce Pain with Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments
How does "high-velocity lumbar manipulation", aka spinal manipulation, help with pain reduction? It has to do with the nervous system. The human nervous system has two main complimentary branches: the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.  Now, you may have heard that the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) is our "rest and digest" system. For this reason, it gets stressed a lot in holistic professions such as yoga, where the PNS is credited for helping reduce stress.  The sympathetic nervous system (SNS) is responsible for our "fight or flight" response. You might get the wrong impression, then, that the sympathetic nervous system is somehow bad or won't help us feel better. However, when it comes to pain relief, the activation of the SNS can actually reduce pain.  The study showed that high-velocity lumbar manipulation activates the sympathetic nervous system and thus provides pain reducing benefits.

Chiropractic Care for Fast Pain Relief
Do you have low back pain? Looking for help? If you want to know more about how to reduce pain through chiropractic care, contact us today.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: JMPT June 2018. Volume 41, Issue 5, Pages 405–412.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018

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If You Suffer from Anxiety or Depression, You May Have a Higher Risk for Stroke

A new study from researchers at the University of Edinburgh has shown that adults who suffer from mood disorders may have a higher risk for stroke or heart attack. The long-term study, published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes, followed nearly 222,000 people older than 45 for almost 5 years. None of the participants had a stroke or heart attack in their medical history. Among men age 45-79, those who had experienced a moderate amount of psychological distress before the study began were 20% likelier to have a stroke and 28% likelier to suffer a heart attack, as compared to men without mental disorders. Men who suffered psychological problems at high levels were 44% likelier to suffer a stroke and 60% likelier to suffer a heart attack. The rate of stroke and heart attack for women was slightly different. Among the same age group, women who had suffered moderate psychological distress were 28% likelier to suffer a stroke and 12% likelier to suffer a heart attack. Meanwhile, women with very high levels of psychological issues were 68% likelier to suffer a stroke and 24% likelier to suffer a heart attack. Researchers note that the study wasn’t meant to definitively prove a connection between mood disorders and heart attacks/strokes. However, they say it's possible that mood disorder symptoms can affect the body negatively, such as increasing inflammation in the circulatory system, though more studies are needed.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, online August 28, 2018.
Copyright: ProfessionalPlanets.com LLC 2018

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