(NewsUSA) - Remember how mom always reminded you about your posture? Turns out she was right.
Years of poor posture, we now know, puts undue pressure on the spine and supporting muscles and ligaments that can result in everything from back pain to muscle strain to degenerative arthritis. And many of us make things worse on a daily basis.
Research has found that common things like stress, obesity, incorrect posture while sleeping, walking and working, and -- yes, all you fashionistas out there -- wearing high-heeled shoes can contribute to poor posture.
And the back pain alone that often follows hurts us in more ways than one. "Americans spend at least $50 billion each year (seeking relief from) back pain," notes the not-for-profit Foundation for Chiropractic Progress. "And it's one of the most common reasons for missed work."
If you just read those stats while seated, here's a quick checklist to see if you're maintaining the correct posture:
* Relax shoulders and keep forearms parallel to the ground when working at a keyboard.
* Don't cross your legs.
* Use a footrest if your feet don't reach the floor.
For those who are past the checklist stage, know that the federal Agency for Health Care Policy and Research almost twenty years ago recommended spinal manipulation provided by a doctor of chiropractic as a "safe and effective, drugless" treatment for sufferers of low back pain.
"Old habits die hard," says Ron Kirk, DC, an avid supporter of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress and founder of Straighten Up America (straightenupamerica.org). "But a doctor of chiropractic can recommend exercises to strengthen core postural muscles and can help you choose proper postures to reduce your risk of injury during activities."
For more information, visit www.yes2chiropractic.org.
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(NewsUSA) - A recent 15-year research report comparing the Public Dow Index companies' revenues to their stock price by the Private Company Index (PCI) seems to show how there is too much money chasing too few stocks, leading to unparalleled public market stock price increases.
"The study shows how the continued supply of investment capital keeps pushing stock prices higher -- beyond the indexed revenue performance of the underlying companies," said Stephen H. Watkins, CEO of the PCI (www.PrivateCompanyIndex.com).
If you look at the indexed data, for the first time in nearly two decades the indexed stock price is above the indexed revenue of the Dow Index Companies, which means investors are buying up stock and elevating its price well above the relative top-line revenue performance.
What's worse is that despite the influx of capital driving indexes and stock prices higher for public companies, private companies, which generate the economic and employment growth of our nation, are forgotten by investors.
Bryan Larrison of Hyde Park Wealth Management agreed. "Our U.S. capital markets need to expand beyond the 3,500 actively traded stocks, and into product offerings that bring new businesses and new investment opportunities for investors."
There are 26 million companies in the U.S., but only 500,000 have annual revenues between $5 million and $250 million. These privately held companies have capital needs above what friends and family can offer, yet operate below the level to attract Wall Street investment banks. To this point, it has become almost impossible for small businesses to attain the capital they need to grow. And there's opportunity.
Enter Entrex (www.entrex.net), a company that creates a global capital market system for entrepreneurial companies by aligning revenue performance for investors through their patented "Top Line Income Generation Rights Certificates" -- or TIGRcub Securities.
Entrex learned through its PCI, a compilation of historical revenue performance of a cross section of U.S.-based privately held companies, how vibrant the growth of this area is.
Entrex supports nationwide brokers who help entrepreneurial companies with their capital needs through its TIGRcubs, which it believes are a "right-sized" investment product delivering fair returns to investors and appropriate cost of capital to companies.
Learn more at Entrex.net and PrivateCompanyIndex.com.