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. 
 
 

Eighty percent of Americans experience one form of back pain or another during the course of their lives. More men over the age of 45 are disabled by back pain than any other condition. It is the third most common reason for surgeries. Because of this, people complaining of back pain cannot be easily diagnosed. This is because the spine is such an incredibly complex structure of bones, muscles, nerves, joints, tendons, and ligaments. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of these structures can often trigger an episode of pain.

Lower back pain is often caused by a muscle strain. The erector spinae, or large paired muscles in the lower back that help keep your spine erect, can become inflamed and spasm. In more serious cases, the pain may be caused by a degenerative condition, such as arthritis, disc disease, or disc herniation.

A degenerative disc condition can sometimes cause a chain reaction of other events in your spine. When a disc is not in its proper place, or is malformed from disease or some other condition, it can allow additional undue pressure on other healthy structures, such as neighboring discs, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons.

Rest, ice or heat therapy, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine, such as aspirin, are often the first course of treatment for mild lower back pain. This allows your muscles to return to their normal position and begin to heal.

Because the thoracic spine is the sturdiest part of the spine, it is less prone to injury. That said, upper back pain, while less common than lower back pain, is often caused by irritation of the muscles or a problem with a joint. Other less common causes of upper back pain include herniated or degenerative discs.

However, rest for a sore back should be kept to no more than two weeks. Otherwise, the muscles in the lower back begin to atrophy and can become significantly weak, leaving you open to further undue pain and injury.