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Month: August 2013

Long story short, it has to start with prevention.


“It’s time to start talking about prevention”


(From Burden of major musculoskeletal conditions-Bulletin of the World Health Organization 2003)

Societal impact of musculoskeletal conditions-

Musculoskeletal conditions have a major impact on society due to their frequency, chronicity, and resultant disability.

Work disability

Musculoskeletal complaints are a major cause of absence because of sickness in developed countries they are second only to respiratory disorders as a cause of short-term sickness absence (less than two weeks) Musculoskeletal complaints are the most common medical causes of longterm absence, accounting for more than half of all sickness absences lasting longer than two weeks in Norway

Statistics on sickness absence in Norway show that of people who took sick leave for longer than four days because of musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, 33% had low back pain and 20% neck and shoulder disorders, but only 3% had rheumatoid arthritis. Musculoskeletal complaints also are common reasons for people claiming disability pensions, along with mental disorders and cardiovascular disorders. In Sweden, up to 60% of people on early retirement or long-term sick leave claimed musculoskeletal problem as the reason. In Norway, low back disorders were the most common reason for people claiming disability pensions

Utilization of health care services

Musculoskeletal complaints are the second most common reason for consulting a doctor and constitute, in most countries, up to 10–20% of primary care consultations In the Ontario Health Survey, musculoskeletal complaints were the reason for almost 20% of all health care utilization. They were the most expensive disease category in the Swedish cost of illness study, representing 22.6% of the total cost of illness; the greatest costs were indirect costs related to morbidity and disability. The total direct cost for use of health services that results from musculoskeletal conditions was 0.7% of the gross national product in the Netherlands, 1.0% in Canada, and 1.2% in the USA. The indirect costs of musculoskeletal conditions (loss of productivity and wages) were much greater than the direct costs, corresponding to 2.4% and 1.3% of the gross national products of Canada and the USA, respectively.

Future trends

The impact of musculoskeletal disorders on individuals and society is expected to increase dramatically.

Take care,

Dr. Travis Heckes, Overland Park Chiropractor

Hanging with the Right Crowd

You’ve probably set goals to improve your lifestyle and get your health on track this year. The question is, are you hanging out with the right people to succeed?

There’s a saying that goes ‘if you want to be happy, hang out with happy people.’ The same can be said for being HEALTHY. Ever notice the people who hang out at the Chiropractor’s office? They’re generally heath conscious and excited about life. Most of them didn’t start off that way. at some point they decided to maintain their spines like other happy, healthy Chiropractic clients and eventually became happier and healthier people themselves.

If you’re resolved to being more sick, more tired, in more pain and more medicated, then hang out at your local pharmacy or hospital. On the other hand, if you’re committed to renewing your health and improving you life, then spend more time with people who can get you there. We’ll be hang out at the Chiropractor’s office.

Take care,

Dr. Travis Heckes, Overland Park Chiropractor

Bag Full of Rocks

Imagine that you are floating in a swimming pool on a nice summer day, you have floaties on your arms and you don’t have to do anything, just float and relax. This is what wellness should be like- just floating along.

Now imagine that you have a back pack on and there is a rock in it, you can still float, but you are sinking lower. Now add some more rocks and you are really having to work to stay afloat. More and more and you are on the verge of drowing.

This is illness and those rocks are all of life’s stressors. The foods you eat, the thoughts you think and even the way you move effect you more than you ever may realize. Negative stressors can lead to headaches, back pains, allergies, fatigue and many other types of declined health. You can try to swim harder and harder with the weight constantly pulling you down. Or- you can do something, maybe try removing some of the rocks.

Chiropractic is an important part of the wellness lifestyle. You can live healthier and we can help.

Take care,

Dr. Travis Heckes, Overland Park Chiropractor

A lot to love about Chiropractic

There’s a lot to love about Chiropractic- the science of nerve system function, the art of adjusting spines back into proper alignment. But the best part is the Principle that supports it all.

Medical doctors address various body parts, psychologists analyze your thoughts and clergy tend to matters of the spirit. But no one profession addresses all three- your physical, mental and spiritual health like Chiropractic. When Doctors of Chiropractic clear you nerve system with an adjustment, not only does you physical body improve, but so does your mental focus, ability to handle and process stress and to express your true self.

Chiropractic is the right thing at the right time. While the resolution of Headaches, Neck or Back pain and restoration of physiologic function are nice side effects of Chiropractic- the thing we love the most is when you become whole again.

Take Care,

Travis Heckes D.C., Overland Park Chiropractor

Goldilocks and the Three Bears- more than just back pain

Remember the lead character in Goldilocks and the Three Bears? She didn’t settle for too hot, or too cold – too hard, or too soft. She kept trying until she found what was JUST RIGHT. When it comes to fighting disease, your body innately strives for the same thing.

Disease is nothing more than your body performing too much or too little of something. If your thyroid is UNDER active, you have hypothyroidism. If your lungs OVER react to dust in the air, you experience asthma. If your heart pumps too HARD, you have high blood pressure. Health on the other hand is when your body is clearly directed by its inner wisdom to produce, adapt, regenerate, secrete, eliminate, filter and metabolize to a degree that’s JUST RIGHT.

Chiropractors recognize that no doctor, pharmacy or research lab on the planet can live up to the awesome task of keeping EVERYTHING in your body working JUST RIGHT. Only innate intelligence, the immeasurable genius within you, is capable of handling that job. The best we can do as Chiropractors is to remove the stress that gets in its way. When we do, we know innate will only settle for what’s JUST RIGHT inside you.

Take Care,

Travis Heckes D.C., Overland Park Chiropractor, www.comfortchiropractoroverlandpark.com