Thursday, April 22, 2010

Pass (on) the salt...

In the news:

Here's an idea, police your overall salt intake yourselves!
Here are some figures you may be interested in:

  • Total daily allowance of Sodium: 1500-2400mg
  • More than 11% of all the sodium intake is from what you add in food preparation
  • More than 70% is added in the processing of many food products

A tax on increased salt in the production of food may be a step in the right direction. We need to be more realistic when policing ourselves and our loved ones as to our own habits.

Decreasing your risk for disease and disability can be as simple as getting the right information about how to make proper nurtition and increased physical activity a part of your life.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Back In Action

Back pain is among the leading causes of disability and is a very common issue treated in physical therapy clinics. A recent article published by the AP highlights several different approaches for the treatment of back pain. It is concluded that there are differing opinions about the most effective treatment.

However, we do know that before a surgical approach, more conservative measures should be taken. The best evidence points to a comprehensive program of postural reeducation, core muscle strenghtening and techniques to ensure the balanced relationship of the hips and spine.

In the general sense, once patients have a surgical procedure to fuse a level of their spinal column the levels above and below are asked to take on more stress and abnormal amounts of mobility in order to compensate for the loss of motion. If this newly stabilized segment is not treated with care, more surgeries are down the road.