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by Dr. Thomas Morison, DC
Do you remember the opening to the 1970s TV series the Six Million Dollar Man? “We can rebuild him. We can make him better than he was. Better. Stronger. Faster.” When it comes to our health, some men would like to be bionic and always able to perform at peak capacity. While being bionic might be a stretch (pardon the professional pun), maximizing your current level of fitness is not. Really. Diet and exercise are key, of course. Yet, how we bounce back from that weekend round of golf or the 10K we ran also plays a part. To that end, most men are content to limp through injuries or figuratively “rub dirt on it”. While that may be the “macho” thing to do, it does keep you from maximizing performance. Chiropractic offers a conservative care/preventative approach that can prevent or minimize nagging injuries. Chiropractic also delivers a drug-free, wellness model that increases energy and enhance mood, certainly key factors in achieving optimum performance. In addition to overall wellness, chiropractic remains the go-to for two of the biggest obstacles that can keep men from reaching their optimum performance: neck and back pain. And while most men are not keen on going to the doctor, more and more are seeing the benefit of chiropractic. In fact, a recent Gallup poll of men and women revealed:
and more than 1/4 of them would choose chiropractic care first for back or neck pain. Even more importantly than getting you back on the playing field faster, chiropractic care also addresses many other major men’s health issues:
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Erectile dysfunction Prostate problems Anxiety and depression Carpal tunnel Osteoporosis Osteoarthritis Asthma Headaches (including migraines)
Unfortunately, the biggest men’s health issue remains men themselves. Men not taking a proactive approach to their health and well-being is the biggest men’s health issue out there today. Adding fuel to this fire is the enormous stress involved with the roles men are asked to fill: Husband; father; son to aging parent or parents; provider (sometimes the sole provider). The conditions stress can cause can lead to the most serious issues men (and all people) face— cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes.
chiropractor for neck or back pain;
So, how do you get men to take better care of themselves? The answer to that question lies in education and information and the bottom line. In terms of men’s health, the bottom line is this: Chiropractic care, combined with a healthy diet, will improve and reduce the frequency of injury and, subsequently, visits to the doctor. And that’s something all men can get behind.
• More than 1/2 of all U.S. adults have visited a chiropractor,
Dr. Thomas Morison is a member of the Chiropractic Society of Rhode Island and a practitioner at Northeast Chiropractic in Providence, RI. For more information, visit www.richiro.org.
• Two-thirds (61 percent) of adult Americans believe
chiropractors are effective at treating neck and back pain;
• The majority (57 percent) of adults are likely to see a
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