Exercising for Heart Health: The More the Better

To Your Health
March, 2021 (Vol. 15, Issue 03)

By Editorial Staff

If you’ve ever heard the story of the avid jogger who dropped dead of a heart attack, or the extreme marathon runner who still got cardiovascular disease, you may have wondered: Is there a limit to how much exercise I should do? The short answer, according to new research, is no. Certainly even the fittest of the fit can experience a heart issue, but this study involving more than 90,000 adults found that over a five-year period, the people who engaged in the most vigorous-intensity exercise (top 25 percent) reduced their heart disease risk by 54-63 percent.

And the risk reductions don’t apply just to vigorous exercise: People in the top 25 percent in terms of all intensities of exercise (moderate to vigorous) also reduced their risk by 48-57 percent. Study findings appear in the journal PLOS Medicine.

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Now you may be wondering, But those people are also healthier in general, right? True, but the researchers accounted for this, adjusting for factors that could influence heart disease risk, such as whether participants smoked, were overweight or obese, and drank more than moderate amounts of alcohol. Higher levels of exercise still correlated with lower rates of heart disease.

Your doctor can tell you more about the health benefits of consistent exercise and help outline a program suitable to your goals and health needs.

Start Pain Relief Early With Chiropractic

To Your Health
April, 2019 (Vol. 13, Issue 04)

By Editorial Staff

When it comes to spinal pain, it’s a big mistake to limit the conversation to adults. In fact, anyone at any age can suffer spinal pain, which makes chiropractic care essential for people of all ages. What’s more, research shows that even in adolescent, teen and young adult populations, chiropractic is effective at relieving pain.

Case in point: a study published in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice that evaluated chiropractic management of younger people (ages 10-24) with spinal pain. All study participants had spinal pain in one or more of the four regions of the spine (cervical – neck; thoracic – upper- / mid-back; lumbar – low back; and sacral – bottom of the spine / tailbone).

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Patients showed “statistically and clinically significant improvement on the numeric rating scale (NRS) in all four spinal regions following chiropractic management,” which included spinal manipulation and other techniques commonly performed by chiropractors under their scope of practice, including mobilization, soft-tissue therapy and other modalities. Simply put, chiropractic relieved some or all of their pain.

By the way, while this study evaluated children as young as age 10, research also suggests chiropractic care is effective – and necessary – for children at any age, including infants. Birth / delivery trauma, childhood falls, poor posture, excessive sitting / slumping and a variety of other life events can cause spinal pain. Talk to your doctor to learn more about how anyone can benefit from the power of chiropractic!