The American Chiropractic Association Has Endorsed the bellicon® Fitness Trampoline

For the first time ever, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has endorsed a piece of exercise equipment. The ACA is the largest professional chiropractic association in the United States. The endorsement is a signal that the organization has confidence that the product is worthwhile and beneficial.

About the bellicon® Fitness Trampoline

The ACA has endorsed four versions of the bellicon® Fitness Trampoline. These include:

  • The bellicon® Classic fitness trampoline
  • The bellicon® Premium fitness trampoline
  • The bellicon® Plus fitness trampoline
  • The bellicon® Basic Bungee Mini-Trampoline/Rebounder

As we mentioned above, these are the first fitness products ever to earn an endorsement from the American Chiropractic Association.

The first bellicon® trampolines were launched in Cologne, Germany, in 1995. They have replaced the traditional metal springs of the earliest trampolines with a patented bungee suspension. The bungee cords are custom-formulated and provide bellicon® trampolines with unique features that make them stand out from trampolines made by their competitors.

According to the people at bellicon®, their trampoline design “has been engineered to maximize fitness and health benefits while using a low-impact performance that’s gentle on your body.” The trampolines have a unique design and unmatched quality, making them the industry standard of excellence for more than 20 years.

How Does the American Chiropractic Association Evaluate the Products It Endorses?

Because this is the first time that the ACA has endorsed a piece of fitness equipment, it may be useful to understand how they choose and evaluate the products they endorse.

According to the ACA, endorsements are given only to the products they decide are of the highest quality. Every product they endorse is put through a complete review and analysis that includes extensive testing and evaluation by a review board. The members of the board are doctors of
chiropractic with specific expertise related to the product being considered.

Evaluations must also receive final approval from the ACA’s Board of Governors. Even after a product has been evaluated and endorsed, the ACA reviews the product regularly to make sure that it continues to meet the same high standards it had when the endorsement was first approved.

Other products that have received a coveted endorsement from the ACA include:

  • Flexispot, which makes ergonomic desks and workstations
  • Stressless, a furniture manufacturer that makes comfortable, supportive chairs and sofas
  • Moonrock, which manufactures ergonomic school bags for kids

Why Did the ACA Choose to Endorse bellicon®?

According to the ACA, they chose to endorse the bellicon because of its customizable and safety features, which they say set it apart from similar products on the marketplace. The ACA prioritizes the safety and comfort of patients.

When the ACA made its evaluation of bellicon®, it noted that the mini-trampoline is unique, being the only exercise trampoline with a suspension that is available in multiple resistance strengths. That’s a feature that allows each customer to enjoy performance and comfort that are ideally suited to their weight and fitness level.

They also noted that the variability and customization mean that people who use bellicon® trampolines can adapt them to suit a variety of health problems. As you might expect, the specific health issues cited were those that are commonly treated by chiropractors, including issues involving:

  • Spinal alignment
  • Proprioception
  • Lymphatic circulation
  • Muscular imbalances
  • Bone density

They also mentioned in their evaluation that bellicon® mini-trampolines are larger and sturdier than the other mini-trampolines that are available. The sturdiness and larger size equate to greater stability, increased user-friendliness, and optimal comfort for the person using the trampoline.

In their official statement, ACA President Robert C. Jones, DC, said: The American Chiropractic Association is pleased to endorse quality products such as the bellicon® fitness trampoline, which features an innovative design and variability that enhances performance as well as safety for users.

When the ACA made its announcement, bellicon® USA CEO Phillip von Kunhardt said: We at bellicon® are very proud that our product has been so helpful to so many people, especially those who are most in need of care. We are grateful for the ACA endorsement and hope that it inspires even more people to enjoy all of the health and fitness benefits that the bellicon® has to offer.

People who are eager to try the bellicon® Mini Trampoline can do so with confidence, secure in the fact that the ACA has tested it and is happy to recommend it.

Chiropractic Care Contributes to 50% Reduction in Opioid Prescriptions

A new study from the Yale School of Medicine at Yale University found that chiropractic care has contributed to approximately a 49% reduction in opioid prescriptions issued in the United States. The opioid epidemic has become a huge problem. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die in the United States of opioid overdoses every day. Medical expenses associated with opioid addiction and overdoses cost the country approximately $78.5 billion.

What Are the Findings from the Yale School of Medicine?

The Yale study results were presented at the American Academy of Pain Medicine’s 2019 annual meeting. Among the findings that the researchers announced included one that marks a milestone for chiropractors and their patients.

The researchers found that patients who had visited a chiropractor to alleviate musculoskeletal pain and conditions associated with it were 49% less likely to be prescribed opioid medications than people who sought care from other healthcare providers.

The gap between chiropractic care and traditional healthcare providers come as no surprise to people who understand chiropractic, which has always emphasized holistic and non-invasive treatment over drug prescriptions and surgeries.

The Yale researchers selected several studies that examined more than 60,000 patients for their analysis. The research was funded by the NCMIC Foundation and other organizations. The goal of the study was to compare the results of chiropractic treatment and mainstream medical treatment to see how their treatment of pain differed.

The results are certainly encouraging for chiropractors. They confirm what chiropractic patients have known for decades. Most people do not require addictive medications to alleviate pain, and in many cases, a course of chiropractic adjustments and treatments can be enough to minimize or eliminate pain and allow patients to return to their normal activities and lives.

What Do Clinical Guidelines Say?

As the opioid epidemic has become increasingly serious, both lawmakers and medical providers have been working to find solutions that help patients with serious pain issues while minimizing the risk of addiction.

For example, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its prescription guidelines for opioid medications. Previously, the guidelines required caution only with high-risk patients. Now the guidelines:

  • Encourage doctors to find non-pharmacological solutions for pain
  • Recommend lower doses of opioids when they are deemed necessary for pain management
  • Suggests risk assessment for all patients, not just those who are considered to be high-risk
  • Provides recommended dosages for opioid drugs

In addition, they have recommended non-pharmacological options – which include chiropractic care – as “front line” treatments for pain management.

In October of 2018, the United States Congress passed bipartisan legislation to provide treatment and support for opioid addiction and to regulate the proper disposal methods for unused opioids.

The new guidelines and legislation are designed, in part, to discourage doctors from prescribing opioids when other, more conservative, treatment options are available.

Another benefit of the new guidelines is that experts hope it will drive down the cost of prescription opioids for those who truly need them. While opioids have been dangerously overprescribed, they are sometimes the best course of action for patients with cancer and other terminal illnesses that cause acute and otherwise recalcitrant pain.

How Can Chiropractic Treatment Help?

Chiropractic treatment offers patients with acute or chronic pain a non-invasive and holistic treatment method that doesn’t require addictive opioid medications or risky surgery. Chiropractors in many cases receive more classroom and clinical training than medical doctors. They learn to take a patient’s lifestyle and general health into account as they develop an individualized treatment plan.

Chiropractors have increasingly become the first treatment option for many patients who are experiencing lower back and neck pain. Their training and experience make them uniquely qualified to alleviate pain without putting their patients at risk of addiction.

In addition to treating back pain and neck pain, chiropractors often treat osteoarthritis of the hands, hips, and knees, which has been commonly treated with opioids in recent years. They can also help with sciatic nerve pain, whiplash, and pain in the extremities.

Looking forward, there’s reason to hope for more partnerships between mainstream physicians and chiropractors. The goal in every case should be to alleviate the patients’ pain in the least invasive and most holistic way possible.

Conclusion

Opioid drugs have a place in pain management, but they have been overprescribed and overused – two mistakes that have led to our current problem with opioid addiction. In the future, we hope that the benefits of chiropractic care will become clear to doctors and patients alike.

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