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Kansas Governor proclaims October 2018 as National Chiropractic Health Month

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Kansas Governor proclaims October 2018 as National Chiropractic Health Month in Kansas


October 19, 2018


Jeff Colyer, MD, Governor of Kansas, has declared October 2018 as National Chiropractic Health Month (NCHM) in Kansas. During NCHM 2018 this October, the Kansas Chiropractic Association joins the American Chiropractic Association in promoting the benefits of movement to overall health as the prevention of back pain. This year's theme, "Move 4 Life," encourages people to move more now so they will be able to move better later and avoid chronic and painful conditions associated with sedentary lifestyles. 

Research shows there is a worldwide pandemic of increasing inactivity. In the U.S., only about half of all adults gets the recommended amount of physical activity, putting them at greater risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes as well as falls and low back pain.

"The bones, muscles and joints that make up our body's musculoskeletal system require regular movement to stay healthy and function properly. As we age, we are more at risk of developing low back pain and joint problems if we do not get enough physical activity," said ACA President N. Ray Tuck, Jr., DC. "With their nondrug approach, chiropractors help people move better by relieving back and joint pain and improving joint function."


The full text of Governor Colyer's proclamation is below. 







WHEREAS, Chiropractors are physician-level providers who focus on the whole person in their conservative approach to pain management and health care, and have particular expertise in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions; and


WHEREAS, Chiropractors recognize through research and clinical experience that a sedentary lifestyle can diminish joint health, wellness and longevity; physical activity not only helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and even some cancers, it also strengthens our bones and muscles and helps reduce the incidence of low back pain; and


WHEREAS, Low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions and is the single leading cause of disability worldwide; years lived with disability cause by low back pain have increased worldwide by 54 percent between 1999 and 2015 - primarily because of the increase and aging of the population; and


WHEREAS, Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest nondrug, noninvasive therapies available for the treatmetn of low back pain and other musculoskeletal complaints; and

WHEREAS, The American College of Physicians' low-back pain treatment guidelines released in 2017 promote the use of noninvasive, nondrug treatments such as spinal manipulation as a first line of defense again back pain, and groups such as the Joint Commission and the CDC also promote the use of nonpharmacologic approaches for pain treatment before drugs and surgery; and


WHEREAS, National Chiropractic Health Month 2018 serves as a reminder to all citizens of Kansas that conservative, noninvasive, non-drug treatments for pain such as chiropractic services/spinal manipulation combined with an active, healthy lifestyle may lessen or eliminate the need for riskier, potentially addictive treatments (such as prescription opioid pain medications) and help keep people healthier and active into their senior years:


NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEFF COLYER, M.D., GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF KANSAS, do hereby proclaim October 2018 as


National Chiropractic Health Month


in Kansas and urge all citizens to join in this observance.

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