Denver Chiropractic Center Recent research update

Here are some important recent findings from different areas of health and well being.

Mental Attitude: Money Can’t Buy Happiness. Once a point of being able to meet basic needs is reached, the effect of money on happiness levels off. More money leads to marginal gains (at best) or even less well-being as people worry about “keeping up with the Joneses.” American Psychological Association, July 2011

Health Alert: Medical Bills And Bankruptcy? Most people who are driven into bankruptcy by illness and medical bills actually have coverage, but it’s such inadequate coverage that it doesn’t keep themfrom financial ruin. They face huge premiums, co-payments, deductibles and things that aren’t covered by their insurance. Minnesota News Connection

Diet: Food Labeling. A recently enacted law requires restaurant chains with at least 15 locations to provide calorie data on menus and menu boards. At McDonalds, there was a 5.3% drop in average calories per purchase, and at KFC, a 6.4% drop. British Medical Journal, August 2011

Exercise: Exercise For The Brain. Aerobic exercise and strength training plays a vital role inmaintaining brain and cognitive health throughout life. A review of 111 recent articles suggests aerobic exercise is important for getting a head start during childhood on cognitive abilities. Physical inactivity isassociated with poorer academic performance and results on standard neuropsychological tests, while exercise programs appear to improve memory, attention, and decision-making.

These effects also extend to young and elderly adults, with solid evidence for aerobic training benefiting executive functions, including multi-tasking, planning, and inhibition, and increasing the volume of brain structures important for memory. Journal of Applied Physiology, July 2011

Chiropractic: Chiropractic Patients Most Satisfied. With regards to patient satisfaction, a survey ofmore than 14,000 consumers rated chiropractic #1 among all health care providers. Consumer Reports, May 2009

Wellness/Prevention: Are Vacations Worth the Effort? Each year we save up for them, but do they do us any good? According to Dutch psychologist Jessica de Bloom, holidays help us recharge our batteries and perform at a high level. The Psychologist, August 2011

Quote: “I start where the last man left off.” ~ Thomas A. Edison

Active Release: Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition that affects the bottom of the foot. It’s common in runners, but also people who stand a lot and walk a lot. We use Active Release to treat the muscles of the foot, calves, and shins. This often allows restoration of normal mechanics and resolution of pain. While this treatment  approach has been 90% effective at Denver Chiropractic Center, sometimes ref for orthopedic eval is required. If you or someone you know is suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, have them call us 303.300.0424.