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Mesquite, TX - October 25, 2019 - Today, Mayor Stan Pickett presented a special proclamation to area chiropractors in recognition of National Chiropractic Health Month to attention to the important issue of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
The proclamation read:
WHEREAS, chiropractors are physician-level healthcare providers who focus on the whole person as part of their hands-on, non-drug approach to pain management and health promotion, and who have special expertise in the prevention, care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal conditions and injuries; and
WHEREAS, more than one in two adults in the United States, or about 124 million people each year, report experiencing a musculoskeletal condition; and
WHEREAS, fifty-two percent of people living with musculoskeletal disorders say that it interferes with their activities of daily living, including their ability to work. Low back pain alone contributes to 264 million lost workdays each year; and
WHEREAS, the direct and indirect costs of musculoskeletal conditions, which is estimated to be $200 billion annually in the U.S., puts a tremendous burden on society; and
WHEREAS, low back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions for which opioids are prescribed, putting patients at increased risk of overuse and addiction; and
WHEREAS, chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest non-drug, noninvasive therapies available for the treatment of low back pain and other musculoskeletal complaints.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Stan Pickett, Mayor of the City of Mesquite, do hereby proclaim the month of October 2019, as:
National Chiropractic Health Month
in the City of Mesquite, and encourage all citizens to support observances that raise public awareness concerning low back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions and to take steps toward better musculoskeletal health.