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Low Back Pain

About 85 percent of the population will experience disabling low back pain at least once during their lives! That’s almost all of us. The problem is so bad that at any one time according to one researcher, 6.8% of the U.S. adult population is suffering from an episode of back pain lasting more that two weeks.(1) That’s a lot of bad backs. The estimated cost of this problem is over $50 billion a year.(2)

The medical approach is at times necessary-even back surgery has a place. But according to some studies, most spinal surgery for acute lower back problems should be rarely performed.(3) Many people who have had back surgery report a recurrence of their symptoms within a year or two of the operation and may return to the operating table. In some cases the surgery makes no difference whatsoever, and in some cases it does give long-term relief.

Chiropractors have helped millions of people with low back problems, often saving them from pain, disability, drugs and surgery. The chiropractor’s purpose is to make your spine and its nerves, discs and muscles healthier, stronger and more stable by correcting your vertebral subluxations. Anyone suffering from a back problem should see a chiropractor to make sure there are no subluxations and to have them removed or corrected if found. This may make the difference between a life of ease, health and comfort or a life of pain, disease and disablity.

"Scientific studies that have been done by medical physicians comparing chiropractic care with medical care and physical therapy non-surgical care of the back and neck show that doctors of chiropractic relieve chronic and severe pain, both immediate and long term, in one half the time it takes medical physicians not trained in chiropractic procedures…controlled empirical studies can and have been conducted. There are now in excess of 60 scientific studies which demonstrate the value of manipulation…manipulation (adjustment) is a most effective and cost-effective form of treatment for dysfunctional problems in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines." (4)

Quotes Of The Week

"Since most of us spend our lives doing ordinary tasks, the most important thing is to carry them out extraordinarily well." Henry David Thoreau

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us." Helen Keller

Athletic Peak Performance

Would you like to swim faster lap times? Reduce your golf handicap? Or, maybe you would like to improve your tennis game. You can! And, you can do it without changing your current nutrition or training program. How? Well…read on!

Not too long ago, a group of athletes were recruited to participate in a study. A variety of sports activities were represented and none had ever had any chiropractic care! Half of the participants were place on a chiropractic evaluation and care program. The other half continued with their normal activities.

The group receiving chiropractic care was instructed not to change their habits-other than the chiropractic care provided during the twelve week study. Here’s the result: The chiropractic athlete was able to perform 16.7% better from his original athletic abilities!

Think about it. No change in diet. No change in exercise. No change in activities. Just the addition of chiropractic and they could outperform their previous abilities by almost seventeen percent!

Why Do Children Need Chiropractic Care?

Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Later, learning to walk, ride a bicycle, and other childhood activities can cause spinal problems. While a bandage and some comforting words can help a skinned knee, the unseen damage to the child’s spine is the unique domain of a chiropractic doctor. Many childhood health complaints are brushed off as "growing pains" can often be traced to the spine. Regular chiropractic checkups can identify these problems and help avoid many of the health complaints seen later in adults. Chiropractic has been shown to be helpful with scoliosis and many other so-called "normal" childhood health problems. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to a child’s spine. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and seem healthier than other children.

If a friend or a child you know would like a consultation please call my office and schedule a time.

Dr. Catherine Maloof
(949) 581-6543

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  1. Deyo, R.A. Description epidemiology of lower back pain and its related medical care in the United States. Spine, 1987, 12(3), pp.264-268.
  2. Low Back Pain, the $50 Billion Problem. Conference sponsored by the Institute for Low Back Care. Minneapolis, MN: Abbott Northwestern Hospital, September 30, 1982  
  3. Acute low back problems in adults. Clinical Practice Guideline No. 14. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Public Health Service Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Rockville, Maryland, Dec. 1994.
  4. Meade, T.W. Dyer, S. et al. Low back pain of mechanical origin: Randomised comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. British Medical Journal, June 1990, 300 pp. 431-437.