Healthy Chiropractic News February 2021 MORE ACCESS (IE, INSURANCE COVERAGE) TO CAM/CHIROPRACTIC INCREASES USE OF CAM/CHIROPRACTIC Access increases use. Access via insurance coverage brings about use. Use increases better clinical outcomes for Fort Wayne back pain and neck pain patients. In 2016, Oregon made a plan to try to curb opioid prescriptions for back pain by making complementary and alternative medicine approaches available to Medicaid patients. The result? An increase in utilization of CAM: acupuncture from .3 to 5.6%, chiropractic .3 to 11.1%, massage from 1.6 to 14.8%, PT/OT from 6 to 17.7%. (1) That result was in one state. Nationally, the Veterans Health Administration is also working on making these care options more available. The VA is a large healthcare system. Via survey, veterans express their desire for access to these CAM techniques. With access, veterans showed high usage: 52% used any of these approaches, 44% massage, 37% chiropractic, 34% mindfulness, 24% meditation, 25% yoga. (2) Throughout the world, despite COVID lockdowns and restrictions, patients with spine-related issues had access to input regarding their spine conditions via the Global Spine Care Initiative which directs doctors and patients regarding spine pain care via telehealth and live appointments. (3) There is expanding access to care for spine pain patients globally, nationally, and locally! Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Joel Dixon on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his use of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management to help a Vietnam veteran in Australia experience back pain relief. Fort Wayne CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: VITAMIN B AND EXERCISE Benefits: SPINE, MIND, BONE B vitamins are so important for mood, energy, focus, concentration, digestion, and healthy heart muscle, skin, and hair. A deficiency in B vitamins may show itself as constant stress, depression, or chronic fatigue. (4) A report compared the intake of tryptophan and/or vitamin B6 foods and exercise in non-depressed and depressed young people. The researchers discovered that lower physical activity levels (in steps, duration, and intensity) were associated with higher levels of symptoms of depression. (5) An exercise and fortified milk intervention revealed improvement in vitamin B-12 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels to strengthen bone formation and resorption. (6) This is beneficial in light of treatment and prevention strategies for osteoarthritis (OA). OA is the destruction of cartilage, the connective tissue made by chondrocytes. Physical activity is known for its ability to offset OA by modulating vitamin B6’s effect on the IL1β inflammatory cytokine of OA. (7) B vitamins exhibit a crucial role in the functioning of mind and body. Eat some salmon, chicken, eggs, leafy vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, and Greek yogurt, and talk with your Fort Wayne chiropractor at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc about other means to enhance your exercise and vitamin B levels. CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Thank you for having confidence in Fort Wayne chiropractic care for your healthcare needs and welcoming our chiropractic care into your life. We look forward to seeing you at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc for your next appointment! Schedule your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment today! "This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."