And so comes major reasons why teachers and employees in schools NEED Chiropractic!
Here the top 3 reasons why!
Everyone knows that teaching is one of the most demanding and stressful professions. And most are probably aware that a majority of teachers are feeling a high level of stress. Still, we may have been underestimating the magnitude of the problem, according to a new study by the University of Missouri (MU).
Keith Herman and Wendy Reinke, both professors in the MU College of Education, and doctoral student Jal’et Hickmon-Rosa found that 93 percent of elementary school teachers report that they are experiencing a high stress level. The study was recently published in the Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions.
The researchers asked 121 teachers who taught kindergarten through 4th grade in an urban Midwestern school district to complete self-report measures on their levels of burnout, stress, efficacy, and coping. The teachers were asked such questions as “How stressful is your job?” and “How well are you coping with the stress of your job right now?” The researchers then linked the resulting data to the behavioral and academic outcomes of their students. They found that high teacher stress levels were usually associated with poorer student results, such as lower grades and frequent behavior problems.
“Proper spinal alignment is the first step for reducing stress,” said Tucson Chiropractor Joe Utash. “When the spine is misaligned, the nervous system is unable to properly send messages through the body. Better spinal alignment means better communication and increased system efficiency.”
Chiropractic adjustments release muscle tension, soothe irritated spinal nerves and improve blood circulation—changes that can often alert the brain to switch off the fight-or-flight response so the body can return to a more relaxed state. A chiropractor can also recommend nutritional supplementation, rehabilitative exercises, deep-tissue massage, relaxation techniques and postural changes to help patients manage stress.
Chiropractic and HRV – Heart Rate Variability
There is a retrospective study (looking back over time) where individuals received consistent chiropractic care up to one year and how this altered their HRV. Baselines were taken of all patients and then objective measures (HRV) were monitored throughout their care plan. It was shown that every patient received an improvement in their HRV showing immediate and long lasting neuophysiolocial changes affected by chiropractic care. Some patients were even able to elicit a change in HRV, bringing the values to levels more consistent with younger or athletic individuals. (1)
Slips, falls, strikes and strains top the list of injuries school employees in general are most likely to suffer. Combined, they comprised more than 75 percent of school employee injuries.
Studies show that chiropractic care for work-related MSK conditions not only allows patients to return to work faster than standard medical treatment, but also provides substantial savings in overall healthcare costs while reducing the risk of recurrence. Chiropractors have the expertise to effectively treat MSK conditions caused by prolonged sitting, as well as other work-related mechanisms of injury. Moreover, part of the management plan will focus on establishing a return-to-work plan with the patient and identify self-management strategies.
Boost Immune System
Yep – it’s that time again – passing GERMS around!
For many years chiropractors have claimed that spinal adjustments can help improve the overall health of an individual. There is a growing body of scientific research to support this contention.
*Ari Cohn, DC. Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ September 30, 2008
But did you know the true science of Chiropractic was to help battle Thoughts, Trauma’s and Toxins?
When it comes to toxins at school, there are warning signs of toxic contamination, such as:
- Fumes and foul odors
- Moisture damage
- Patches of mold and musty smells
- Vermin, pests and insects
- Excessive dust or dirt
There are three main ways a toxin can enter the body: ingestion (swallowing), skin or eye absorption and inhalation (breathing it in). The health effects can be acute (immediate) or chronic (long term).
Such exposure can cause any of the following:
- Severe headaches and blurry vision
- Frequent bloody noses
- Persistent skin rashes
- Loss of memory and drifting mental focus
- Stomach cramps and nausea
- Ear, nose and throat irritations
- Muscle spasms and numbers
- Depression anxiety or difficulty sleeping
- Fertility problems or birth defects
- Cancer or another catastrophic illness
In his 1910 text, The Chiropractor’s Adjuster, D.D. Palmer identified the causes of vertebral subluxation as the Three T’s— thoughts, trauma and toxins. Since that time, we have expanded our understanding of how these factors impact our body’s function, but the basic concepts Palmer laid down for the profession he founded have survived the test of time.
What we understand now is that subluxation is more than a spinal bone out of place and pinching a nerve, as was once thought. While this may be true in a small percentage of cases, a subluxation involves changes throughout the nervous system, and not just in the nerves exiting at the level of the misaligned segment.