We have all been there: tossing and turning through the night, solving all of the world's problems except your own, and watching some digital clock tell you how close you are to having to get up and start the day physically wrecked. There are even times when I have had an epiphany about some problem that I have tried to solve, but mostly I watch the time pass by checking my iPhone periodically.
Many of us lead fast-paced lives. We have responsibilities at work, in the family, with friends, at church, in professional associations, at school, etc. Hours are long, but we push ourselves because we are goal oriented and deeply afraid of failure or missing a deadline. Stress management is something other people do who have more time on their hands than we do.
This week's work has included sixty-six Department of Transportation (DOT) physicals. One of those necessitated some research and discussion that I think worthy of sharing here.
Drivers of commercial vehicles (large trucks, buses with more than thirty-five seats) must pass a basic physical exam to ascertain a minimal degree of health at regular intervals. The presence of diabetes is an important factor in determining a driver's fitness to drive.
Question: Do I really need x-rays before treatment?
Almost daily we get a phone call from a prospective patient. Understandably, they want to know if we can treat the condition they have or think they have, and they want immediate relief (I do, too!). Right after the discussion of cost, in which they often discover we are more reasonable than the provider in their insurance network, there is usually a question about necessity of x-rays.
"For every PhD, there is an equal and opposite PhD." – Wilson's law
There was a recent folderol in the news about a study supposedly linking the use of omega-3 fatty acids and prostate cancer. It attracted my attention because I have recently written about the use of omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oils in decreasing and controlling cholesterol (see my patient education blog, www.IrisCityChiro.com). Many studies have found these nutrients more efficient than cholesterol busting drugs, and certainly they are much safer.
Believe it or not, school time looms close again. Gone are the days when we got out at the end of May for a carefree vacation until Labor Day.
I carried my books to and from school on my bicycle, a high-tech three-speed. Weight got to be more of an issue as I got older because at some point the books got thicker. Today, over 40 million kids carry book-laden backpacks daily. Thousands of emergency room visits annually document back strains related to carrying the packs.
The weather is warm and the rain is plentiful. People are tending yards and gardens feverishly as the grass and plants grow as fast as we can care for them. Along with this bending, twisting, lifting, sweating, gripping, pulling, etc., come the aches and pains of wear and tear on the gardener's body. It is noteworthy that the green thumb is attached to back, arm, and leg muscles.
Gardening is fun and rewarding , however, and as your chiropractor, I need to find ways to keep you doing what excites you. My philosophy here is "happy = healthy." So, here are some tips: