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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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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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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