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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Benefits of Chiropractic: Drop Kick Annoying GERD to the Curb

Benefits of Chiropractic: Drop Kick Annoying GERD to the Curb

Don’t let annoying GERD continue to put a damper on your culinary adventures. Drop kick it to the restaurant’s curb instead with the benefits of chiropractic care! How is that possible? Believe it or not, there is a verifiable connection between the spinal column and the human digestive system. Let’s quickly look at a few studies that will help prove our point: Over the years, a large body of evidence has been built up around the spine’s connect to a person’s digestive tract. The research tends to center on the lumbar region but the thoracic and cervical vertebrae have also been proven to play a role in incidents of GERD among certain members of the population. Case in point, a December 2008 study that in The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association indicated that manipulation of the thoracic and cervical spine in infants has the potential to reduce pediatric GERD. Studies focusing on the lumbar region’s connection to GERD instead include, but are not confined to the following: Journal of Spinal Disorders & Techniques (March 2015) Neurogastroenterology & Motility (Oct. 2013) European Spine Journal (Feb. 2012) Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research (Dec. 2011) Journal of Biomedical Research (Aug. 2011) What all of these studies indicate, whether directly or indirectly, is that manipulating the musculoskeletal system in the right way will likely halt severe heartburn in its tracks. The reason rests inside the spinal column itself. The human spinal column is made up of nerves and bones that work in concert with soft tissues. If the bones go out of alignment, they cause the soft tissues to become misaligned as well. In addition, the misalignment may pinch or otherwise disrupt the autonomic nervous system, which controls gastric secretions and other elements of the digestion. Chiropractic care resolves those issues thereby eliminating heartburn and other digestive problems too. To find out if the advantages of chiropractic care will solve your family’s heartburn problems, please contact a chiropractor for an evaluation. Image courtesy of Cooldesign/...

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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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Chiropractic for Children: More Beneficial Than You May Think

Chiropractic for Children: More Beneficial Than You May Think

Are you one of many Americans who think that chiropractic care is only for car accidents or other adult injuries? If so, you should think again. Chiropractic for children is becoming more popular among parents who want to take a step past reacting to symptoms after kids get sick to helping kids stay healthier before they get sick. According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association also known as the ICPA, chiropractic care for kids is a great way to ensure that they start out with the best chance at fighting off infection and healing from injury even before it happens. Even with the gentlest births, coming through the birth canal is pretty tough on a baby’s spine. Some parents opt to get their kids checked and adjusted just hours or days after birth. So, how soon is too soon to get your kids under chiropractic care? The ICPA recommends chiropractic care even in the womb! Don’t worry, they aren’t recommending adjusting baby before he or she comes into the world. Instead, expectant mothers should consider getting adjusted to give their babies the best conditions for optimal development. As this article states, an imbalance in the pelvic bones of a pregnant woman restricts the baby’s positions during pregnancy adversely affecting his/her developing spine and cranium. Older kids benefit from chiropractic care, too. Chiropractic for children can help kids heal from trips and falls, or even just wear and tear from regular participation in sports. The American Chiropractic Association confirms that chiropractic care for these issues is safe, effective and non-invasive. Getting kids to the chiropractor also helps keep their immune systems strong. The nervous system and immune system...

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Ask a Chiropractic Care Provider: Is Myotherapy Massage a Good Thing?

Ask a Chiropractic Care Provider: Is Myotherapy Massage a Good Thing?

Myotherapy, also known in many chiropractic care circles as trigger point massage, has been a part of the wellness landscape since the mid 1970s. The woman behind its introduction and widespread acceptance was renowned fitness expert, Bonnie Prudden. On a side note, she’s the same woman, who along with Dr. Hans Kraus, helped convince former U.S. President, Dwight Eisenhower to create the President’s Council on Youth Fitness. Today, her legacy not only continues on through the council, it may be felt at local chiropractic offices too. Some chiropractic care providers have onsite massage therapy teams that utilize Prudden’s time tested techniques to help people manage their chronic fatigue and musculoskeletal pain. Are you wondering which techniques she developed and why they’re revered among members of the chiropractic care community? Please allow our chiropractic care experts to share a little insight extrapolated from their years of experience providing people with chiropractic care: Prudden’s techniques all stem from the idea that our muscles contain literal roadmaps of spots that have a cause and effect relationship with the rest of our bodies’ components. To illustrate further, think about when a person’s so called “funny bone” gets whacked hard with an inanimate object. As soon as the impact is made, the ulnar nerve begins to send a tingling sensation coursing through that person’s arm. Well, the area where the impact was made would be considered a trigger point of sorts Sending pain speeding through the human body is not all that trigger points can do. They may also influence our bodies’ circulatory, lymph and tissue repair systems as well as its range of motion. As such, Prudden took that knowledge and found ways to use those spots’ inherent nature to improve a person’s wellness. Basically she taught chiropractors how to manipulate those areas with their hands or other tools to cause a desired effect. That hoped for outcome may be a reduction in pain and edema or something else. To continue learning more about these trusted massage techniques and find out firsthand just how helpful they may be, please contact a local chiropractic care provider to set up an appointment Image courtesy of Stock...

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