Chiropractic for Children: Give Baby’s Spine the Attention it Deserves

Chiropractic for Children: Give Baby’s Spine the Attention it Deserves

When a baby is first born, many parents like to examine their little darlings from head-to-toe. Oftentimes, they run across physical characteristics that give them cause for concern. For example, they could be watching the baby and notice that its spine seems to be unusually curved. Afterward, they may wonder if the curve is normal or something that requires chiropractic for children or other medical intervention. Rest assured that like all other parts of a baby’s body, the spinal column will change over time. The curve we mentioned earlier is something that generally happens in utero to all healthy infants. It is a natural occurrence that serves several, helpful functions. For instance, it typically aids babies in achieving their respiration, digestion and temperature regulation needs. It also allows the baby’s body to develop without any undue stress being put on to its musculoskeletal system. From the moment of birth until baby takes his or her first steps, much will happen to the spinal column and surrounding areas. As such, early chiropractic care has the potential to help reduce stress on the baby’s musculoskeletal system and ensure that everything continues growing in the right direction. Chiropractors are also experts at identifying which infant and toddler products may help verses hurt a child’s spinal development. For example, there are car seats, prams, baby slings, strollers, cribs and carriers that may do baby’s spine more harm than good. The same may be said for high chairs, booster seats, swings, jolly jumpers and ride-ons that children often use during the early years. As such, expectant parents may want to speak with chiropractors before making nursery purchases or adding requests to their favorite gift registries. The majority of chiropractors are often all too happy to make baby product recommendations before and after a child’s birth. Image courtesy of Taoty/...

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Spinal Manipulation May Help Women Cope with Common, Female Woes

Spinal Manipulation May Help Women Cope with Common, Female Woes

We’d hazard a guess that there isn’t a woman in America who enjoys going through premenstrual syndrome every month. After all, who wants to experience abdominal pain, edema, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, sleepless nights and more? We can’t single out one person. And to top it all off, many women also find that the over-the-counter medications and do-it-yourself solutions simply don’t work. There is a bright spot though. Spinal manipulation is very effective at reducing or eliminating symptoms of premenstrual syndrome for a number of ladies. The reason is simple. A woman’s reproductive organs and menstrual cycle are impacted by nerves located in the spinal cord. For instance, nerves in the sacrum and thoracic region control vaginal muscles, ligaments, pain sensors and secretions. Other nerves in the spine contribute to lower back pain, hormone level fluctuations, edema, energy loss, insomnia and headaches. And thanks to several premenstrual syndrome related studies, we can prove our assertions too. In March 2013, the Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association published a study that explored how the menstrual cycle impacts ligament laxity. When ligaments are lax, other parts of the body (e.g. bones) are likely to shift, thereby causing at least temporary nerve irritation. Understandably, irritated nerves in the areas that control the female reproductive system are apt to bring on, or exacerbate, symptoms commonly associated with premenstrual syndrome. Oftentimes, using spinal manipulation is the ideal way to soothe aggravated nerves. And it should be noted that over the years, there have been other PMS studies that support our claims. Examples include research previously published in the Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy, American Journal of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation and the Epidemiologic Reviews. Keeping all of that in mind, women with a history of premenstrual syndrome related problems should consider contacting a chiropractor. Depending on the individual’s overall health history, spinal manipulation may provide long sought after relief from cyclical woes. Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

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Chiropractic Care for Veterans: Battling Pain with Spinal Manipulation

Chiropractic Care for Veterans: Battling Pain with Spinal Manipulation

Last year, in a widely publicized move, the National Institutes of Health decided to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs on a joint project. The project was designed to look at the growing problem of opioid use among military men and women with chronic pain. In the process, they were to focus on non-pharmaceutical, alternative therapies. Chiropractic care was, and continues to be, one of the items up for consideration. Chiropractic Care is a Proven Pain Reliever Chiropractic care has long been proven to help people with chronic back pain. As such, an increasing number of military men and women are now asking their insurance providers and primary care physicians for chiropractic referrals. There have even been studies supporting the treatment’s value. For example, it 2012 researchers proved that chiropractic care helps military personnel diagnosed with degenerative disk disease. Consequently, many primary care physicians are responding favorably to military members’ requests for chiropractic care referrals. Military Personnel Have Options The insurance industry’s response, however, has been a mixed bag. As it stands now, neither TRICARE nor CHAMPVA will pay for chiropractic care but that hasn’t stopped Veterans, active-duty personnel and their families from seeking help. They’re simply paying for chiropractic care in other ways. For example, it may be possible for Veterans and active-duty personnel to use the following payment methods: Private Pay (e.g. Cash, Check, Debit and Credit) Long-term Care and Private Insurances Health Credit Cards and In-house Financing Veterans and active-duty personnel seeking confirmation of which payment options are accepted in their respective areas should consider reviewing their policies and speaking with area chiropractors. After careful policy review, professional consultation and the presentation of indisputable proof that chiropractic care works, it may be possible to change insurance providers’ minds. Some Veterans, active service personnel and their families may also want to consider becoming advocates for chiropractic care. It is widely hoped that advocacy efforts will cause insurance companies to change their position and reimburse service personnel for their medical expenditures. To learn more about chiropractic care and how it may benefit military men and women, please click here. Image courtesy of Cooldesign/...

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Should Spinal Manipulation Be Used to Treat GERD?

Should Spinal Manipulation Be Used to Treat GERD?

Up until recently, GERD or gastroesophageal reflux disease was one of the last things that someone would ask a chiropractor about. However, studies completed within the last few years have revealed that there is a connection between the all too common digestive disease and the human spine. One of the ground-breaking studies appeared in a back issue of Neurogastroenterology & Motility magazine. It pointed out that spinal nerves are impacted by unresolved GERD, which has led some to speculate that spinal manipulation may help people living with the disease. Doctors have long believed that undue pressure on the abdomen is one of the leading causes of GERD. That’s why the disease is often linked to conditions like obesity, weight gain and pregnancy. They all put pressure on to the abdomen. However, injuries to certain areas of the spine have the ability to do the same. This has been indirectly noted in cases where people complain of abdominal pain related to health problems like spinal tuberculosis and thoracic disc prolapse. In many cases, it is the thoracic spine and its related nerves that are to blame. It is a section of the spinal column that runs from the area near a person’s shoulder blades to the start of the lower back. So in theory, spinal manipulation and other chiropractic treatments may help relive abdominal pressure, thereby reducing incidents of GERD. Of course more research will need to be conducted in this area to be sure. In the meantime, patients who have not found relief using traditional forms of GERD treatments may want to consider giving chiropractors a chance. They can assess the person’s body to determine if there is a problem with the thoracic spine and provide treatment, if applicable. They may also be able to ease spinal nerve sensitivity, which has already been scientifically connected to the disease courtesy of the study that we mentioned earlier. To learn more about spinal manipulation and its impact on the abdomen, please reach out to a Indianapolis chiropractor listed here. Image courtesy of cooldesign/...

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Myths about Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors Treat more Than Just the Back

Myths about Chiropractic Care: Chiropractors Treat more Than Just the Back

Chiropractors are thought of as doctors people visit only whenever they have back problems. In fact, one of the biggest myths about chiropractic care is that chiropractors treat only the back. There are several health problems that can be treated with chiropractic care, and here are a few of the most common ones we handle. Arthritis Pain Many times, arthritis pain is brought about by spine and/or joint dislocations. Correcting these dislocations can help alleviate arthritis pain by reducing the amount of pressure there is on the joints. It can also reduce the amount of fluid that’s built up inside the joints, in addition to increasing your range of motion. Headaches The American Chiropractic Association reports that spinal manipulation can be an effective treatment for eliminating chronic headaches that begin in the neck. Muscle tension in the neck is the primary cause of these headaches, and tends to occur in those who lead sedentary lifestyles. Foot and Ankle Disorders Foot problems are often the result of a sprain or injury that does not heal well due to a structural problem with the feet or ankles. As such, some common foot problems that may respond well to chiropractic treatment include: Metatarsalgia Morton’s neuroma Plantar fasciitis Tarsal tunnel syndrome Asthma and Allergies When vertebrae are misaligned, they can irritate other nerves and organs throughout the body, including the lungs. Nerves that extend from the upper back to the lungs are more susceptible to asthma and allergy triggers, which is why many patients report a dramatic improvement in their symptoms after obtaining chiropractic care. Some have even been able to reduce or eliminate the amount of medication they need to control these disorders. These are just a few of the conditions that can be treated with chiropractic care. To find out more, contact us. Image courtesy of Cool Design/...

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is the technique of natural healing. The focus is on maintaining your health naturally so that your body is able to resist disease. A chiropractor can evaluate you during an initial consultation. The visit will include a case history, a physical examination, x-rays and a laboratory analysis. Chiropractors do not do invasive surgery or use pharmaceutical drugs. Information about the benefits of chiropractic care is below. Relaxation: Chiropractic adjustments make you feel relaxed. They relieve the tension in your muscular, nervous and skeletal systems. Once your body is in balance, you will feel less stress. Improved Posture: Chiropractic care pinpoints where your spine is not moving correctly. It also looks at your stance, tilting and curvatures to assist you with standing stronger. Pain Relief: The premise is to address the root cause of your pain. A practitioner typically relieves back, neck and shoulder pain. An adjustment to your spine also can treat pain in your hips and knees. Immune system: Chiropractic adjustments may boost the coordinated responses of your immune system and your nervous system. Scientific research points to an immune system enhancement effect from just one spinal adjustment. Range of Motion: If your neck seems stiff or inflexible, a spinal manipulation may increase your neck range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments are very beneficial. When you have an injury, poor posture, sprains and strains your muscles tighten up and the joints sometimes become locked. The lack of movement is obvious if you feel pain and stiffness. You can loosen Joints that are mildly stuck by doing stretches and range of motion exercises. Moderately stuck joints usually need help to restore their normal motion with chiropractic adjustments. If you have severely stuck joints it is extremely painful and it is a good idea to set an appointment for an evaluation. Image courtesy of Stock Images/...

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