Flynn Clinic

567 Corporate Drive
Houma, LA 70360
985-223-3811

EVERYONE WANTS TO BE WELL - RIGHT?

I would think that everyone would want to make a conscious choice to be healthier.  Some will choose to see a chiropractor for pain symptoms and to improve their health.  Current statistics show that approximately 7-10% of the population regularly visits a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.). A recent Report to Congress on chiropractic care for Medicare featured a patient survey indicating that 60 percent of respondents, who received chiropractic treatment, had a complete or substantial relief of symptoms with 87% percent reporting levels of satisfaction at an 8 or higher on a 10- point scale.  Similar findings were found ten years ago in a Department of Defense demonstration project which resulted in  chiropractic treatment now being available in many Veteran Hospitals and at military treatment facilities across the country.

Chiropractic care can be found alongside other medical treatments at the US Olympic training facility and at all Olympic games caring for our elite athletes. The Saints, as well as all other pro-football teams have chiropractors.  Most college and high school sporting teams have a chiropractor they work with regularly.

So what does a chiropractor do?  Following a health history their exam will focus on your structural system - responsible for about 70% of your body systems.  They will concentrate on the function of the joints, mainly the 24 moveable vertebrae that make up the spine.  The D.C. will explain the nervous system and the relationship of structure and function. Skilled in manual methods they will evaluate the motion of joints, which often includes the extremities, and perform safe and effective manipulation techniques to improve structural balance with "adjustments." Specific therapies may be indicated for soft tissue symptoms that may be in spasm and/or inflamed and they may also guide you through active care therapy and rehab.

The chiropractor will also want to discuss your lifestyle.  Posture is important and your sleeping, standing and seated positions will be evaluated. Gravity plays a big role with the head, neck and back with poor posture contributing to structural imbalance that is stressful on the pain sensitive joints of the body.  

The D.C. will want to learn about old or new injuries, and any trauma to the body as the result of sports, falls and accidents, to include those in a motor vehicle. Advice by a doctor of chiropractic will include proper lifting, stretching and strengthening. They will ask about what medicine (prescribed and over the counter) you are taking and how often.  The D.C. will discuss with you sound nutrition and the importance of water to hydrate all body systems and especially the shock-absorber discs in the spine.  They will want to know about any bad habits and will stress good habits to include exercise.

The D.C. will work with other health care providers in your care and refer for further examination and testing when necessary.

In the new health care legislation there is a provision in the Affordable Care Act of 2010 calling for hundreds of millions of dollars to be targeted for a national strategy that will focus on prevention and include nutrition, exercise and stress management. Chiropractors are very supportive of these measures and a D.C., who also holds a PhD., was just appointed to the Board of Governors of the newly created Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute that will make recommendations.

Today, one of every six dollars is spent on health care in America. Experts expect that by 2015 Americans will be spending one of five dollars on health care.  A government report also estimates that by 2015, both government and private health care will be over $12,000 per person - double the figure of $6000 in 2005.

Something has to change and yes, change sometimes is not easy. Unhealthy lifestyle habits are contributing to the major health concerns of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and obesity.  The new provisions in health care will be all about encouraging healthier choices and for individuals to take an active role in preventing disease, reversing the course or minimizing the damage caused by unhealthy living.

Among the recommendations that I hope these funds are used for include; teaching Americans to listen to their body symptoms, and when possible avoiding drug use because of side-effects; helping Americans get control of their weight with advice on nutrition to go with messages that will inspire Americans to exercise more and follow the example of those who do exercise regularly and are better and healthier for it. I hope to see positive advice to include optimism as a choice of attitude.

We have complete control of only one thing - our thoughts. Dr.Stephen Covey, in his popular book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People says this, “Next to life itself the power to choose is our greatest gift - the essence of being human is the ability to choose our own thoughts."

Chiropractic care promotes moving right, eating right and thinking right.

Make choices to improve your health and wellness!

 

J. Michael Flynn DC
www.drmikeflynn.com http://www.drmikeflynn.com/

 

 

 
The Fit Life
Spring Issue 2011 - the Fit Life Magazine
 
DR. J. Michael Flynn
 
 
The life we live is often shaped by chance, experiences and events which are directed by the choices we make and the attitudes we embrace. It is encouraging to see a magazine like The Fit Life  receive wide distribution in our community. The information provided is important.  A life of fitness is a goal we should all be striving for everyday. 
 
We should be reading more and watching television less. We should be moving more and sitting less. Statistics tell us that as a society we are overweight, undernourished, dehydrated, highly stressed, overmedicated and plain old out of shape. All of this contributes to one of every six dollars in the U.S. economy being spent on health care. The good news is that you can choose to do something about it.
 
First thing is to decide that you want to live a fit life. Understand fitness is a life-long commitment and will require discipline, persistence and the courage to pick yourself up when you falter. Know that, with repetition, it can become a habit.
 
 
Following these "fit habits" will be of value to you.  Be sure and share them with those who count in your life.
 
* Get in the habit of drinking more water. Staying hydrated is REAL good for you.  It flushes toxins and much more.
 
* Get in the habit of eating and drinking something nutritious  every morning.  No excuses.
 
* Get in the habit of eating fruits and vegetable each day - maybe the best way to protect your  health.
 
* Get in the habit of exercising- this is a must.  Our heart and lungs require exercise.  Walk, dance, run - take aerobic or yoga classes - just get moving.
 
* Get in the habit of getting your rest.  Fitness begins and ends with a good night's rest. Do not sleep on your stomach.
 
* Get in the habit of breathing deeply. Try inhaling, holding and exhaling - each one for four seconds intervals.
 
* Get in the habit of reading labels?  There are some chemicals and other ingredients that you should not be putting in your body. Trans-fats are just one of many. Be informed.
 
* Get in the habit of avoiding substances that are toxic to your body.  Be smart about what chemicals you are ingesting or breathing.
 
* Get in the habit of recognizing that you are in control of what you are thinking about - an attitude of optimism and positive expectation is your choice and fits a healthy lifestyle.
 
* Get in the habit of regular visits to your doctor and dentist.   Consider scheduling to see a chiropractor for healthy living advice. A chiropractic adjustment might be just what you need.
 
If you need support in your fitness quest consider investing in a personal trainer.  I  know a lot of personal trainers and they know their business.  They can help you determine what you need in your personal fitness and the best way to get there. They will also inspire you with goals that you can be proud to reach.
 
 Just never give up until you are fit for life. Today's choices shape tomorrows future. Choose well.  Have the attitide that "if it is to be, it is up to me." 
 
Dr. Flynn regularly speaks on healthy living and is available to visit with your organization. 
 
 

Be ready to provide your medical history, which will be essential for preparing a course of treatment for you. Medical records, such as diagnostic test results, or imaging results, such as X-rays and MRIs, also will provide important information about your condition.

Certain things in your health history are particularly vital to a chiropractor. This information could provide important clues that will allow your chiropractor to properly diagnose your problem. Such clues include whether you have or have had:

  • Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis
  • Circulatory problems (poor circulation could be a sign that you have a subluxation, for example)
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Infections, especially those affecting your spine
  • Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains, or disc injuries
  • Joint disorders such as arthritis
  • Sleep apnea

Be prepared to answer such questions as:

  • Did the onset of your pain immediately follow an injury?
  • Is there anything you do that improves or worsens the pain?
  • When and how did your pain start?
  • Where is the pain centered?

The physical exam

Here's what to expect:

The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure.

Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition. You may be asked to:

  • Bend forward, sideways, or backwards – Misaligned spinal vertebrae can sometimes be detected during this exercise.
  • Flex and extend your leg – This is a test for signs of sprain and helps determine the integrity of your joints (also called the "Yeoman's Test").
  • Grip something such as a rubber ball – Your grip strength is vital for showing signs of muscular or nerve damage.
  • Lie down and raise one leg – This is often referred to as the "Thomas Test," in which the chiropractor gently pushes on your raised leg to check for hip joint mobility.
  • Stand and raise one leg – This test can sometimes show whether you have sciatica, a nerve disorder in your lower back. Another test may involve pushing on your raised leg to determine whether you have pain, inflammation, or imbalance in the joints between your spinal vertebrae. (This is also called the "Psoas Muscle Test.")
  • Stand or sit – Posture can sometimes show whether you have misalignments in your spine.
  • Walk a straight line – This test measures your gait, and helps to determine if you have a normal walking pattern.
  • Walk in Place – Abnormalities in the way your pelvis and spine coordinate can be seen during this test.

Next, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may follow. These tests may include MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, blood work, and other laboratory tests.

The chiropractor may also consult with you about making important lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation to improve your chances of healing faster or preventing further injury.