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Top Advantages of the Chiropractic Adjustment

Top Advantages of the Chiropractic Adjustment

The chiropractic adjustment has been found safe and effective in treating a wide range of health problems including headaches, joint pain, and backaches. It also helps to improve the overall quality of the patient’s health and life by relieving systemic problems associated with the central nervous system and muscles. Here are some of the other primary benefits of chiropractic treatment.

The chiropractic adjustment is one of the most trusted and popular alternative, non-invasive, non-medical and holistic treatment approaches available today. It is also commonly referred to as spinal manipulation, chiropractic manipulation, or manual manipulation. In a chiropractic adjustment, the Doctor of Chiropractic applies pressure to the spine in order to mobilize the vertebrae, minimize the subluxation, enhance function, improve range of motion, and alleviate nerve irritability.

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Chiropractic treatment has been found safe and effective in treating a wide range of health problems including the ones listed below.

Advantage #1 – Immune System

When there are obstructions or barriers with the signaling pathway that connects the immune system and the central nervous system, the body’s natural defense mechanism and healing ability are impaired. A chiropractic adjustment can greatly help in getting rid of such obstructions without the need for medication or surgical operation, thus stimulating the immune system.

Advantage #2 – Sports Performance

Professional athletes and even non-athletes can benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractic adjustments will not only help improve functionality in everyday life, but also helps enhance athletic and physical performance.

Doctors of Chiropracitc

The sports-specific Doctors of Chiropracitc can not only help you alleviate a multitude of sports injuries, but they can also teach you effective techniques that can help you avoid injury, maximize athletic performance, minimize inflammation, enhance joint function, shorten recovery time, and alleviate pain, strains, and sprains.

Advantage #3 – Migraine and headaches

Next to neck pain and back pain, headaches are considered one of the most common reasons why patients visit a chiropractor. If you are suffering from a frequent headache, tension, or migraine, a Doctor of Chiropracitc can be of great help. A chiropractor is an expert when it comes to removing the irritation to your nervous system that is the cause of most headaches, neck and back tension, as well as muscle tension.

Advantage #4 – Pregnancy

It is common for pregnant women to experience chronic back pain and muscle spasms during the course of their pregnancy. This is because of the increased weight and the change in weight distribution on the joints and pelvis. Muscles spasms and back pain are not only disturbing; they also increase the chances of more painful and challenging labor and delivery.

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A chiropractor will help balance ligaments, muscles, and the pelvis to eliminate pressure on the uterus, thus minimizing spasms and pain leading to an easier pregnancy and delivery.

Advantage #5 – Neck and lower back pain

Chiropractic adjustment has been found more effective than any other approach used in dealing with neck and lower back pain. It was also found to be more affordable and cost-efficient than physical therapy and general medical care.

According to the British Medical Journal, a clinical study was done in 2003 involving 183 patients who were suffering from neck pain. Patients were randomly selected and assigned to undergo either medical care, chiropractic care, or physical therapy for 52 weeks. The result of the study revealed that patients who received chiropractic care recovered faster. The total cost for the chiropractic care was also just one-third of the cost spent by those patients who received general medical care and physical therapy.

Aside from the above-mentioned benefits, chiropractic care is also helpful in relieving other health problems including scoliosis, allergies and asthma, frozen shoulder, neurological conditions, sciatica, anxiety, vertigo and dizziness, Bell’s palsy, insomnia, ADHD, colic, acid reflux and ear infections. It also help improve the overall quality of the patient’s health and life by relieving systemic problems associated with the central nervous system and muscles.

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How Can Chiropractic Care Help During Pregnancy

How Can Chiropractic Care Help During Pregnancy

Pregnancy has long been associated with various musculoskeletal pains including back and neck pain. If you are like most of the pregnant women out there who are wondering if there are any ways that can help you reduce or eliminate headaches, neck pain, and backache during pregnancy, this post is perfect for you.

Pregnancy can be a happy and exciting experience, but with so much joy also comes some not-so-pleasant experiences like fatigue, morning sickness or nausea, headache, neck pain, and backache.  If you are like most of the pregnant women out there who are dealing with similar pregnancy issues, you might also be wondering if there are any ways that can help you minimize or eliminate their effects both on your health and your life. Read on to find out.

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Back Pain and Pregnancy

Pregnancy has long been associated with various musculoskeletal pains including back and neck pain. During pregnancy, your body undergoes hormonal and weight changes which greatly affect your posture and the structure of your spine and nervous system.  As your body changes, your muscles need to work harder to maintain proper posture, and more stress is put on your joints leaving them more susceptible to injury, causing you pain.

Accommodating for a growing baby will also bring your center of gravity forward causing compression of nerves and stretching of abdominal muscles.  In addition, the ligaments and joints in the pelvic area loosen, to prepare for delivery of the baby, which increases the likelihood of injury and/or other pregnancy complications. All these can lead to long term poor posture, back pain, as well as misaligned spine or joints if not corrected.

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How to avoid or reduce risks to back pain during pregnancy?

Certain ways are proven to help avoid or reduce risks to back pain during pregnancy. Among these are as follows:

  • Get regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your spine functioning as it should to reduce back pain, neck pain, and headache.
  • Do regular exercises approved by your doctor and designed for your specific needs.
  • Eat a nutritiously balanced diet to fuel yourself and your baby while keeping weight gain to an appropriate amount.
  • Observe good posture all the time regardless of whether you are lying down, sitting, or standing.
  • Get in the water or go swimming. The water naturally relieves and minimizes stress on aching back and joints.
  • Try to sleep on your side, instead of on your back.
  • Get a prenatal massage. Massage is known to help relax and ease muscle discomfort and pain.
  • Avoid using uncomfortable shoes or high heeled footwear that doesn’t provide enough support.
  • Use a maternity belt that is strong enough to support your lower abdomen.
  • When picking up things, don’t bend forward as this can strain your lower back. Do it in a squat position instead.
  • Get a good amount of rest especially during the last trimester.

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

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How can chiropractic care help you during pregnancy? Although the connection between chiropractic and pregnancy is often overlooked, there are many good reasons why you should consider seeing a licensed chiropractor.

A regular visit to a chiropractor can help you address various discomforts due to pregnancy. The chiropractor can help make your journey towards motherhood a more exciting and pleasant one. During the pre-conception stage, chiropractic adjustments can help prepare your body by making it balanced, supple, and strong.  During pregnancy, regular chiropractic adjustments will help to ensure that the biomechanics of your spine and hips are at the optimum condition, as well as proper position of the baby, allowing you an easier and faster labor and delivery and a more pleasant and comfortable pregnancy.

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Does Your Child Have a Bad Back?

Does Your Child Have a Bad Back?

Natural health care, including chiropractic care, isn’t just for adults! In fact, using natural healing techniques for children is every bit as beneficial for them as it is for their parents. Nevertheless, the idea that children, even newborns, would see a chiropractor to get adjusted is a stretch for some. Why would a parent bring them in? How would a child benefit? What would prompt the need for chiropractic care?

Here are a few reasons:

  • Birth trauma. Even so-called natural childbirth methods can take a toll on a baby’s spine. Cesarean Section can be even more so.
  • Colic. Lacking the ability to explain their discomfort, babies cry. And cry! Many experience extraordinary relief with chiropractic care.
  • Ear infections. Mechanical tension in the upper spine can compromise the inner ear and eustachian tubes, becoming fertile ground for infection.

Gentle, Effective Care

Children seem to enjoy their adjustments. Besides requiring a lighter touch than the ones you receive, most infants respond quickly. They rarely have the build up of scar tissue that we often see in adults with long-standing problems.

Do you know a child that could benefit from today’s safe and natural chiropractic care? Resolving these problems early can avoid problems later on.

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The Shock Absorbers in Your Spine

The Shock Absorbers in Your Spine

They bulge, herniate, degenerate and tear, but they don’t “slip.” Discs, along with the curves of the spine, serve as the “shock absorbers” of your body. Lower back pain may be the result of herniated discs and other disc problems. Separating each vertebra, they create the necessary spacing for nerves to exit the spinal cord to service the organs and tissues of your body. Rings of fibrous tissue called the annulus contain a soft jelly center.

Here’s a look at two common disc problems.

Bulging Disc

A weakened area of the annulus can allow the softer center of the disc to bulge out like a balloon. This can put pressure on nearby nerves. Bulging discs respond well to chiropractic care. With improved spinal function we’ve seen many cases in which surgery was threatened, resolve nicely.

Herniated Disc

A herniated or ruptured disc tends to be more serious. It can occur anywhere in the spine, but seems most common in the lower back. This is when part of the soft center pushes out through a weakened area due to trauma or degeneration, putting pressure on the spinal cord.

hiropractic care, along with simple exercises, such as walking, increased water intake and improved nutrition offer a natural, non-surgical resolution for many disc problems.

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Why Good Posture is Important

Why Good Posture is Important

If you ever experience tension or pain across the upper back or shoulder blades, get frequent headaches, have low back pain and are inflexible, you probably have poor posture.

Posture and Your Muscles

Poor posture shifts the body weight unevenly to some muscles, making them chronically tight and sore, while others get weak from under-use. Imbalanced muscles create un-even pull on the bones of the spine, shoulders and hips, causing misalignment and spinal nerve stress. That nerve stress leads to even tighter muscles, and the vicious cycle goes on and on. This is a common pattern in people with fibromyalgia, headaches, shoulder pain and upper back pain.

You can break this cycle in part by improving your posture – sit and stand up straight. However, that alone can’t undo the alignment problems that developed gradually from years of poor posture.

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Chiropractic adjustments can correct the spinal problems and relieve the nerve pressure and stress, allowing the muscles to start adapting and get more flexible so you can more easily straighten up.

Remember, you didn’t get that way overnight, and changing takes time, too.

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What Type of Care Do You Choose?

What Type of Care Do You Choose?

We often hear the words “health care” in the news. But usually, they’re talking about “sick” care—care that is administered to someone who already has symptoms of an illness or injury. Often, “health care” refers to the heroic efforts we see in the media and on television to save a person’s life using drugs or dramatic surgery.

But true health involves what we do on a regular basis to stay healthy, the proactive approach we use to ward off life-threatening illnesses and disease. True health is a state in which your body works as it was designed. And it may actually have very little to do with how you “feel.” For example, if you eat tainted fish and you respond with an upset stomach and then vomiting, your body is actually functioning properly (health) and ridding itself of toxins, even though you don’t feel very well.

How to Stay Well Naturally

There are several things you can do to create a proactive approach to stay well
and enjoy optimum health:

  • Regular exercise – when was the last time a doctor gave you a prescription for exercise? Yet it is one of the most proactive things you can do.
  • Proper nutrition – Many of us do not eat the healthy foods we need to ensure our overall health. We skimp on fruits and vegetables and load up on added sugars and bad fats.
  • Adequate rest – Proper sleep balances your body’s hormones, slows down the aging process and decreases risk factors associated with many illnesses.
  • Chiropractic care – Keeping your nervous system in tip-top condition helps keep other systems and organs of your body working at their best.

Adopting a proactive approach to health is like brushing your teeth twice daily to prevent dental problems. While rescue measure healthcare may look heroic on television, the real “heroes” practice true “health” care every day of their lives!

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Is Your Head Posture to Blame for Neck Pain?

Is Your Head Posture to Blame for Neck Pain?

You feel exhausted at the end of the day. Your neck always hurts. You have frequent headaches, and maybe even fibromyalgia. Have you wondered if head posture could be the cause?

All About Forward Head Carriage

When your head is positioned correctly, the opening to your ear is centered over your shoulder. If your ear opening is off center and is located to the front of the shoulder, you have forward head posture, also known as forward head carriage. For every inch that your head is off center, extra unnecessary weight is exerted on the muscles in your neck and upper back, making them work harder just to keep your head up!

Unfortunately, today’s lifestyle contributes to this condition far too often. Workers hunched over their computers all day, children watching television and playing video games, cradling the phone between your ear and your shoulder and driving in the car for long periods of time can all cause forward head posture. Left untreated, this condition can cause disc compression and poor health.

How You Can Help Yourself

Consider the following when it comes to correcting forward head posture.

  • Receive regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic care has shown to be effective in reversing forward head posture, reducing pain and preventing further deterioration of the spine.
  • Get up and stretch every 15-20 minutes if you sit at a desk during the day.
  • Limit the amount of time you spend watching television or playing video games.
  • Focus more on your posture, making sure you are sitting up straight with your head in an upright position.
  • Sleep on a cervical pillow to maintain the proper curve in your cervical spine.

If you’re concerned about forward head posture and you have neck or back pain, headaches, muscle weakness, or fatigue, consider contacting us for an appointment.