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How Chiropractors Can Fix Plantar Fasciitis

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With nearly 2 million American’s dealing with plantar fasciitis, it’s a very common problem that requires attention. Sadly, though, many people ignore their symptoms and discomfort until it becomes debilitating or until they have more time to get treatment. But, treating and alleviating plantar fasciitis can be as simple as seeing a Chiropractor and you can even take steps (no pun intended) to help prevent it from returning.

The feet are the foundation of the body. Problems with your feet are akin to having a sinking or cracking foundation in your home. It’s a chain reaction that influences how the rest of the body operates, but discomfort can also cloud your mind and negatively impact your mood and productivity, too. So how can you tell whether you have plantar fasciitis? read more

“WHYOTY” April: Enter to Win a Pair of Brooks Shoethotics® at Facebook.com/FootLevelers!

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MEDIA ALERT: To celebrate 65 years of relieving pain and improving patient outcomes, Foot Levelers launched an exciting, year-long patient sweepstakes:Where Have Your Orthotics Taken You?” (“WHYOTY”). There’s a prize for every month; April’s was recently revealed to be a pair of Brooks Shoethotics®. Brooks are the go-to shoes of serious runners; our Brooks Shoethotics combine this exceptional brand with Foot Levelers custom-made orthotics built in.

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Whether it’s running their first marathon or walking to the mailbox pain-free, patients who post their photos and/or videos of them “in action” with their orthotics to Foot Levelers’ Facebook page are entered to win a fabulous WHYOTY prize each month.

“My Foot Levelers took me hiking through an old volcano on the island of Hawaii!” said Danielle Evans of Michigan, January’s winner. “I never travel without them. Two foot surgeries and metal in my feet have made me so thankful for the support they offer my three arches (or lack there of), the lightweight design, and soft foam inserts. I had tried ones from my foot doctor who did my surgeries and the hard inserts made my feet hurt worse! Foot Levelers orthotics are a life changer!”

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Another submission from WHYOTY contestant Claire Welsh!

It’s easy for patients to enter WHYOTY. Here’s how:

1) Posts a photo or video to our Facebook page of an activity in which you’re wearing Foot Levelers orthotics or orthotic footwear.

2) Say a few words about what’s happening and where.

3) Each post, post like, and post comment equals entries into a monthly sweepstakes. At the end of the month, we announce the winner!

The more you post, and the more your friends “like,” share, and comment on it, the greater the chance of winning that month’s prize! read more

Media Alert: Kent S. Greenawalt to Speak at Groundbreaking Event in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

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Greenawalt to Address Global Healthcare Leaders, Media in Washington D.C. This Week at the World Federation for Chiropractic’s (WFC) Biennial Congress. The Launching of a New F4CP Campaign — “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic.” — May Be “The Most Significant Meeting in the History of the Profession”

Foot Levelers’ Chairman and CEO Kent S. Greenawalt will deliver opening remarks on behalf of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) on March 14th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. next week. Greenawalt, who is also the founder and Chairman of the Foundation,

will speak on a topic that could not be more urgent or relevant today: the opioid epidemic in America, an ongoing tragedy with staggering implications on communities, families and the American healthcare system. Chiropractic, Greenawalt says, can lead the charge in reversing the horrifying trend.
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5 Questions About Chiropractic

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Happy Birthday Chiropractic!

Thank you to all those Chiropractors out there making a difference every day!

We’re running all kinds of cool birthday specials for docs… If you’re a D.C., give us a call  at 800.553.4860 to learn more!

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Chiropractic Rocks: Tell a Friend!

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88% Agree!

88% percent agree chiropractic a good value for the money!

Chiropractic and Coverage: What’s the Story?

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Countdown to the U.S. Open!

It’s almost time for the U.S. Open! Golf + Chiropractic are a natural fit–just ask defending champion Jordan Spieth! FL’s ParFlex custom-made orthotics are research-proven to help on the green, too–learn more here!

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“Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids”

There is a solution to the opioid epidemic! foundation for chiropractic health logoOur friends at The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) just released a new positioning paper, “Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids,” which talks about the value of a conservative, drug-free approach to chronic pain–especially for back and neck pain, headaches, neuro-musculoskeletal conditions and more.

The paper follows up on recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control  (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which urge a shift away from opioid use in treating chronic pain. Nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2014, a number that has tripled since 2000. The opioid epidemic is a very serious problem. That’s “ten 9/11s every single year.”  For comparison, about 5,000 die annually from cocaine overdose.

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We know that Chiropractic offers a safe and powerful alternative for treating both chronic and acute pain.  Again and again, research proves positive outcomes, cost effectiveness, and high patient satisfaction rates.

We applaud the Foundation for this powerful statement. You can read it in full here.

Related: Learn how custom orthotics can solve numerous health issues that are responsible for causing pain – pain that helps fuel the opioid problem.  

Chiropractic: The Safe Choice for Pain

Drug companies are making a killing off us–nearly 30,000 Americans have lost their lives due to opioid overdose. Learn more here.

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Chiropractic Helps Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Levelers + World Federation of Chiropractic Team Up for a Weekend of Learning in London

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To our European docs: Save the Date! August 6-7 in London!

Foot Levelers is thrilled to be teaming up with the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) for a weekend of learning and networking in London. The event is open to Chiropractors of all U.K. and European associations and is a great opportunity for DCs to earn 10.5 hours of CPD credits before the GCC August 31 deadline.

Register here!

 

Foot Levelers in Oslo, Norway This Weekend!

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Members of Team Foot Levelers are in Oslo, Norway this weekend for the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU)’s annual convention, what is sure to be an exciting two days of learning, connecting and educating for European DCs.

Our CEO Kent will be speaking to a packed house on Saturday about building bridges within (and beyond) Chiropractic. As a tireless and lifelong advocate of the profession, he should have plenty of good stuff to share on that topic.

Stay tuned for shots from the big event!

Adjustments: Are They Safe?

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Becoming a D.C.: What Does It Take?

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Careers in Chiropractic

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The Story of Our Founder (Plus a Birthday Shout-Out!)

Today is Foot Levelers’ CEO’s birthday–Happy Birthday Kent!–which got us reminiscing about Foot Levelers’ humble beginning, all the way back in 1952. The company, after all, was started by Kent’s father, the renowned Chiropractor Dr. Monte H. Greenawalt, who at that time was not all that well-known–he was fresh out of Chiropractic college, just starting his practice from the basement of a bank in Dubuque, Iowa.

Foot Levelers is literally in Kent’s blood, so sharing the company, and family, story seemed a fitting way to honor him today. It’s a pretty remarkable story, and we hope you enjoy it.

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It was 1942, and World War II was raging. A young man from Iowa, Monte H. Greenawalt, wanted to help, so he signed up for the Army.

But Monte’s preparations didn’t go as planned. As part of his pre-service requirements, he required vaccinations. Tragedy struck. A tainted batch killed many young men, and Monte was left paralyzed, forced to lie in an iron lung for six months.

Doctor after doctor told his devastated family that Monte would live the rest of his life as a paraplegic. His mother wouldn’t hear it. She eventually sought out a local Chiropractor, who was able to restore her son’s mobility.

monte_kentOur founder, Dr. Monte H. Greenawalt, with his son Kent, who’s our Chairman and CEO today (he’s bigger now)

“They carried him in and he walked out,” Monte’s mother would later recall.

Monte’s path was now clear. Though he had planned to study medicine after his enlistment, his personal experience with the power of Chiropractic changed all that. In 1948, a newly minted Dr. Monte graduated from Lincoln Chiropractic College.

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An early version of our custom-made orthotics

As a young Doctor practicing in Dubuque, Dr. Monte began to notice a pattern: patients with foot problems, especially, were returning to him with the same back, joint, knee and hip problems they started with—his Chiropractic adjustments just weren’t holding. Dr. Monte referred these patients to a podiatrist, but their problems persisted. In fact, many got worse. If a foot device could make his patients’ problems worse, he wondered, could it also potentially make these problems better?

Dr. Monte began to experiment with orthotics, and through trial and error, developed a formula based on 16 unique measurements of the foot. His patients began to feel better, results improved; his adjustments held longer. The referrals started flowing in, and eventually Dr. Monte’s little garage workshop couldn’t handle the demand. Foot Levelers moved to an old dairy; years later, the company relocated across the country to Roanoke, Virginia–making it easier to reach patients with its products quicker–and that’s where it remains, with Monte’s son (our birthday boy) at the helm. Sadly, Dr. Monte passed away in 2007.

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Kent S. Greenawalt, just a few years later 😉

Today Foot Levelers is the #1 provider of custom-made orthotics for Chiropractors all over the world. We’ve helped millions of patients overcome pain and improve performance. Kent has overseen incredible growth and innovation for the family company as President and later Chairman and CEO– like his dad, he’s a tireless advocate of Chiropractic, a multi-patent-holding inventor, and a committed philanthropist.

If you have pain, we want to help you–it’s what Foot Levelers has been about from day one. You can find a Chiropractor who offers our products here, and read more about how orthotics can help your symptoms here, here and here.

 

Chiro is Growing! Have YOU Visited a DC Lately?

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Check out this news from the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP): a recent Gallup Poll states an estimated 33.6 million U.S. adults (14 percent) saw a Chiropractor within the last 12 months – that’s big jump from the roughly 20.6 million reported in a previous study.

Why the growth? Experts at the F4CP say the Americans are becoming more confident in the profession. (Hat tip to the foundation folks–they work tirelessly to get the word out about the benefits of Chiropractic. We’re proud that it was founded by our CEO and Chairman, and includes Chiropractic leaders from all over the country.  You can learn more about the foundation here).

chiropractic symbolThe research also showed that 51 percent of U.S. adults had seen a Chiropractor during their lifetime–but that unfortunately, misconceptions remain.  The majority of people don’t know that Doctors of Chiropractic must complete a minimum of seven years of college education, for example, which includes clinical patient management. Or that aspiring DCs must also pass rigorous national and state boards.

In reflecting on the study, executive VP for F4CP Dr. Sherry McAllister said: “We are addressing the information gap that may be preventing individuals from seeking Chiropractic care, and reaffirming the message that care provided by a DC is not only safe and affordable, but also covered by most insurance plans. Americans can trust their Chiropractors to successfully address their health concerns without the use of drugs.”

Have you visited your DC lately? From high blood pressure to sports performance to headaches and back pain, Chiropractic can help. Don’t have a Chiropractor yet? Find one near you here.

Popping a Daily Aspirin for “Health”? (What Manufacturers Don’t Want You to Know)

Popping a daily aspirin for purported health reasons is a growing trend–but not a good one.  In a recent survey, 52% of respondents who were middle age or older said they took to “prevent heart disease.” Unfortunately, there’s very good science that says for most, the risks outweigh the benefits.

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While aspirin thins the blood, which can help prevent blood clots that lead to stroke and heart attack, long-term aspirin use can increase the risk of ulcers, stomach bleeding, even brain bleeding! What’s more, research suggests that for most people, the chance that aspirin will prevent a first heart attack is about the same as the chance that it will cause serious damage.*

The same survey found that 43% of those popping a daily aspirin are doing so without their provider’s knowledge (yikes!).

Drugs are not the answer to prevention.  Go for natural, conservative care instead, through healthy eating, daily exercise, and regular Chiropractic care. Not sure where to start? Your healthcare professional can help you develop a regimen that’s right for you.

*The Food and Drug Administration only recommends aspirin for those have already had a stroke or heart attack, or for those at extremely high risk–and always under the care of a health professional.

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