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Chiropractic Care & Backpack Safety

Back pain is prevalent among adults, however it is not uncommon among children either. More and more young children and teenagers are suffering from back pain – the use of overweight backpacks is a contributing factor – according to the American Chiropractic Association. Yet, this new back pain trend among youngsters isn’t all that surprising when considering the disproportionate amounts of weight they carry in their school backpacks every day.

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Chiropractic Is an Essential Part of Your Team

Did you know that all 32 U.S. professional football teams use chiropractors to help keep players healthy and in the game?

Dr. Merckling of Merckling Family Chiropractic can treat musculoskeletal conditions such as neck and back pain, hamstring and quadricep strains, whiplash injuries, and more. For football players (and anyone else who needs a clear head and focus on the job) chiropractic’s non-drug approach can help diminish the need for prescription pain medications, such as opioids.

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The Prevalence & Patterns of Chiropractic Use

The Many Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Seeing a chiropractor has many health benefits from reduced stress and better sleep to alleviating back and neck pain naturally. A substantial portion of US adults utilized chiropractic services during the past 12 months and reported associated positive outcomes for overall well-being and/or specific health problems.

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Chiropractic Care Is Covered by Most Health Insurance Plans

There’s No Reason to Live with Back Pain

It’s a fact – most health insurance plans now offer chiropractic care as a benefit. Another fact… each year, 30 million Americans seek chiropractic care. That’s a staggering 10% of Americans in need of chiropractic treatment.

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Long-Term Opioid Use is a Major Post-Surgery Risk

Chiropractic Should be Your First-Line Option for Drug-Free, Non-Invasive Pain Management

Post-surgery opioid use is an increasingly common & under-recognized complication. Patients may overestimate safety of prescribed medications for their back pain or other discomfort after surgery.

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Tension vs. Migraine Headaches & Chiropractic Care

A tension headache can be described as a feeling of tightness and dull aches around the head or behind the eyes. During a tension headache, people often experience aching head pain, tenderness on the scalp and neck, and pressure across the forehead or on the sides and back of the head. These kinds of headaches are more common with women than men, and usually occur when spinal bones in the neck do not support the head properly.

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Why Millennials Need Chiropractic Care

Millennials’ View of the Opioid Crisis

So, exactly how easy is it for millennials to get their hands on the very drugs fueling today’s opioid crisis? Easier than you might think.

According to a new national poll released by the American Psychiatric Association, 46 percent of millennials surveyed said illicitly obtaining such drugs would be a cinch in their neighborhoods – a far higher number than other adults questioned.

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Backpack Safety – Get Your Child’s Spine Ready for School

Heavy Backpacks, School Sports & Hours of Homework Can Place a Strain on Your Child’s Back

It only takes a few moments, but a spinal check-up can ensure there are no underlying problems that can lead to serious back pain, neck pain or worse. Dr. Merckling can provide needed care and recommend simple exercises to keep backs strong and healthy throughout the school year.

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What is the True Cost of Pain? – Part 6 of 6

To truly understand the cost of pain in America it helps to have some understanding of how many or us are suffering from chronic pain, what it is costing us to treat ourselves, the impact of the opioid crisis, and what alternatives to prescription opioids we have. This is the sixth in a 6-part series examining the Cost of Pain.

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Relieve Pain from Herniated and Bulging Discs with Chiropractic Care

You may think a bulging disc is the same as a herniated disc, but there is a difference. With a herniated disc, a crack occurs in the outer layer of the disc affecting a small part of the disc that allows the soft inner material of the nucleus pulposus to rupture out of the disc. However, a bulging disc bulges outside the space it normally occupies between your vertebrae, affecting a much larger part than a herniated disc. Both conditions affect the intervertebral disc, a spongy, oval-shaped disc that acts as a shock absorber. The purpose of the discs is to cushion the vertebrae, which contributes to flexibility and helps protect the spinal cord.

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