Why Teens Need Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Why Teens Need Chiropractic & Acupuncture

Why shouldn’t all people, regardless of age, be living a healthy and happy life? Most people know how important chiropractic and acupuncture can be to help maintain a healthy body, free of interference, but some don’t realize how much these physical medicines can benefit teens and kids.

Why young people need help:

A recent study has shown that neck pain, and mid and low back pain, start early in life and that the lifetime prevalence increases rapidly during adolescence to reach adult age at 18. This makes it very important to be sure you have regular check-ups early in life to help prevent possible lifelong problems. Research found that pain would often start in one location and then move to multiple locations. By age 11, lifetime prevalence of spinal pain was approximately 86%. Over as little as a two years pain was able to move from infrequent to more frequent.

These are good reasons to see your chiropractor and acupuncturist, and a reason all in the profession should be seeing children and teens in their practice. These professions also help serve families with their wellness philosophies.

Teen Habits:

Many teens are susceptible to alcohol and drugs. Teens also need to know the importance of nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits as they are coming of age.

  • More than half of all high school students consume alcohol.
  • Approximately 4,500 underage drinkers die each year, with many thousands more visiting hospitals for illnesses and injuries related to alcohol.
  • More than 2.1 million teens abuse prescription drugs annually.
  • Research suggests that young athletes use substances more frequently than non-competitors. Some of the most commonly abused prescriptions being vicodin and oxycontin.

The Wellness Lifestyle:

As chiropractors and acupuncturists we look for ways to heal the body without the use of drugs and surgeries. When we see a case that needs further intervention we quickly get the patient the help they need. Educating young people on the dangers of abuse, and the importance of a wellness lifestyle is an important step in helping them make better choices later in life. Giving patients the facts on what the negative effects of abuse can do to their bodies and long-term health is an important message regardless of age.

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Other Related Health Topics:

Immunity Boosters

Chiropractic Care

Why Drink Water?

Reducing Inflammation

Getting Outdoors with Allergies


Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.



Dangers of Binge Drinking

Latest Research On Binge Drinking: The Dangers

A new nationwide analysis of excessive alcohol consumption (binge drinking) was released with disturbing results. The death toll is found to be just slightly less than 88,000 deaths per year in the United States. The new study was published last week in the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, and looked at the human cost of drinking in the US.

The common causes of binge drinking deaths being measured were drunk driving accidents, liver cirrhosis, and other alcohol-related causes of death (54 in all!).

The study defined binge drinking as five or more drinks of alcohol in a row for men, and four or more for women. Remember that the National Health Service (NHS) recommends not drinking more than 3-4 units of alcohol for men, and 2-3 units for women per day. A standard 175ml glass of wine is considered approximately 2 units. A pint of beer is about 2 units. A 25ml serving of hard alcohol (40% ABV) is about 1 unit.

71% of these deaths were contributed to men and 69% of these deaths involved working aged adults (20-64 years old). California’s alcohol related death rate was slightly above the average per state at 29.1 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Remember: Binge drinking is extremely dangerous. It is easy to unknowingly cross the line from casual to binge drinker. The loss in life, quality of life, and cost to the US for deaths related to alcohol use is great. Weigh the consequences and benefits before drinking, because although small to moderate alcohol consumption may be considered beneficial to your health, binge drinking can be life threatening. Make sure you know how much is too much. If you have questions, or need help, please contact a health professional.

Further Reading:

Calculate alcohol units

Red Wine

Liver Detox

Daily Nutrition with Supplements


Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.


REF: LA Times “Death toll from alcohol tallied”


Is it good for me?



Dr. Yeargin, is it good for me?

 Red Wine

 Most people have heard reports in recent years about the positive effects red wine is supposed to have on our health. But what exactly is it good for, and how much is a good thing?

The consumption rate that is most beneficial is one drink for women and a maximum of two drinks for men per day (this is 5 ounces of red wine that contains about 12% alcohol).  Studies show that drinking red wine before or during the evening meal is associated with the strongest reduction in adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

This light to moderate consumption has been shown to be associated with decreased risks for coronary artery disease, total mortality, diabetes mellitus, stroke, and congestive heart failure.

Studies have shown that light red wine consumption decreased overall mortality when compared to absentee or those who departed from this drinking pattern.

Remember, however, that high levels of alcohol consumption are associated with increased cardiovascular risk, reversible hypertension, and increased risk of stroke. As well as being a frequent cause of atrial fibrillation and the third leading cause of premature death in the US (only behind smoking and obesity). Once you take that third drink for the night, you may be doing more harm than good!

Remember that for the full health benefits of red wine, be sure to drink the recommended amount. If you are someone who does not consume alcohol, it may be best not to start. The risks associated with drinking may outweigh the benefits in certain cases.


This information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.



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