Nutrition and exercise are considered as the greatest ways to maintaining your general well-being. All common treatments stem from the same place. Nutrition can be maintained through a consistently healthy diet. In our everyday lives, we all get busy. Eating out or even eating foods that are less healthy can appear to be quicker and more affordable at times. Nutrition is vital to the natural well-being of the body. Meal prep and planning are positive ways to counter eating out or eating less healthy foods. Setting aside a time to weekly and daily prepare and eat nutritious foods is a vital part of one’s overall health.
Use moderation! Remember that you don’t have to take away eating the occasional piece of cake. Most diets can be very strict but don’t always need to be. Keeping a healthy amount of foods rich in lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is a great way to maintain balance. Use your best judgment when selecting what to eat but remember you only have one body. It’s vital to treat it right.
Most medical associations and physicians today will recommend 30 minutes of exercise each day. If this is not happening, see your medical professional before beginning any exercise regiment.
Starting off exercises with stretching is an excellent way to ensure you don’t cause injury. If you are just beginning to exercise it is a good idea to start with light walking and keeping your heart rate higher than normal. Doing the basics will keep your body healthy for many years to come.
If you are limited by your range of motion due to injury or other. Your chiropractor may recommend common treatments and stretches that help you regain more mobility in those areas.
Auto accidents, no matter how small, can cause serious damage to your spine. Even those who do not report injury or pain at the time of the accident can experience pain or misalignment later on. Auto accidents can produce problems that linger for many years.
Chiropractic can correct this misalignment in your spine, even if you do not know it is there. If you have recently been in an auto accident, consult a chiropractor whether you are experiencing pain or not.
Another common treatment associated with chiropractic is back pain. Many people relieve their back pain by taking pain medication. However, this can often make the back pain worse. Treating the cause of the pain is the best way to relieve it. Often times, this is caused by one of two things: the spine isn’t moving correctly, or the discs between the vertebrae have been damaged. Both of these things can be corrected with adjustments.
In Western medicine, treating back pain goes something like this: rest (which can prolong the pain) medicate (which can help you ignore it, thereby making it worse), treat it with therapy (which can injure it further) and perform surgery (a drastic measure). A chiropractor can determine the cause of your back pain, which could be a number of things. Commonly, the cause is a misalignment of the spine. This can cause the patient to not only have back pain but can also affect other parts of the body since the spinal cord is linked to many functions in the body. A visit to the chiropractor can help relieve the pain in your back in as little as one adjustment.
What happens to someone with carpal tunnel syndrome? The wrist houses a kind of “tunnel” through which nerves run up to the hand and fingers. Sometimes, the tunnel can collapse, creating painful pressure on the nerves. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
A slight shift in the spine may cause the other joints in the arms to misalign, causing the painful collapse of the tunnel. Chiropractic can repair this through adjustments and alignments.
Symptoms: Pain in the ears (babies often tug at their ears when they are in pain), fever, drainage of thick liquid, trouble sleeping and/or hearing.
While ear infections commonly afflict children, adults can get them as well. Either way, chiropractic can be an effective common treatment for ear infections. Ear infections occur when natural drainage of mucus in the middle ear becomes blocked. When this happens, the middle ear becomes a haven for bacteria and viruses. While antibiotics treat the symptoms of an ear infection, they often leave the cause untouched. Children (and adults) prone to ear infections may need an adjustment in their spine. Often times, this minor adjustment can prevent further infections from occurring.
Symptoms: the simplest explanation of fibromyalgia is a widespread pain. This can include fatigue, anxiety, depression, trouble concentrating, headaches, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome, tenderness, swelling, painful menstrual cramps, deep muscle aches, and more.
While many people with fibromyalgia feel too fatigued to exercise, it can help. Even starting small will lead to increased energy and decreased pain. Water-based exercises and slower paced movements such as tai-chi have been shown to help, and are also very low-impact.
Another thing that will help? You guessed it, chiropractic. Fibromyalgia affects every part of your body in most cases. The spine also affects every part of your body in some way. Studies have shown that fibromyalgia is related to abnormalities of blood flow to the brain, thereby causing the brain to interpret pain in various places throughout the body. Adjustments that can relieve tension in the spinal cord can help. With adjustments, those suffering from fibromyalgia can find relief and start to lead normal lives again.
Most people experience headaches from time to time. There are many different reasons that people can get headaches. Headaches can happen if you are dehydrated, ill, or your general wellness is decreased. They can also be caused by misalignment of the spine. Sometimes, headaches can be caused by a problem in the lower spine. Because of this, the upper spine shifts to compensate, throwing off the balance of the head, causing frequent headaches.
While headaches are common, they are not normal. You don’t have to live with them. Consult a chiropractor and, after an assessment, they can determine the cause of the headaches. If the cause is misalignment, a simple adjustment could be all that is needed.
For those who have experienced a pinched nerve, you know the pain can be excruciating and can also radiate to other places in the body. Large nerves that branch off from the spinal cord go through nerve openings. When misalignment blocks these nerve openings, the functions of these nerves can be impeded since the brain sends all commands through the spinal cord.
A “pinched nerve” feeling can occur due to one of two things: a compressed lesion, which is the actual pinching of a nerve, or a facilitative lesion, which is the stretching, twisting, or chafing of the nerve root. The facilitative lesion is more common, and the soft nerve tissue rubbing on the hard bone can be quite painful.
Adjustments, which are done by a chiropractor after a thorough examination, give your spine the little nudge it needs to put itself back into position. When your spine alignment is once again correct, the pressure on the pinched nerve will be relieved.
Symptoms: fatigue, menstrual cramps, mood swings, and bloating. PMS, or premenstrual syndrome, affects millions of women. At times, the symptoms these women experience can be debilitating.
While no official study has been done, experience suggests that subluxation in the lumbar spine may have a negative effect on the female reproductive organs. An adjustment may relieve pressure on the nerves that control those organs.
Chiropractic can be beneficial during all stages of pregnancy, including pre-conception and post-conception.
If you’re planning to get pregnant, a pre-conception adjustment can prepare the spine for the journey to come. It can keep the spine balanced and ready to carry the weight that it will soon hold.
During pregnancy, there is a great deal of extra pressure on the spine and the muscles surrounding it. There are ways to safely adjust and balance your spine during pregnancy to help your body adjust to the changes that are being made.
Often, people rely on chiropractic for balancing and alignment just prior to giving birth, which is known to help reduce the risk of complications during labor.
After birth, chiropractic can be beneficial to both baby and mother.
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It originates in the spinal cord and runs down through the buttocks and into the legs. Sometimes, a trauma can occur. The trauma may not be severe or even noticeable, but it causes the discs between the vertebrae to bulge. This creates crowding and pressure on the sciatic nerve, which then radiates down into the leg. Due to the size of the nerve, this is extremely painful and can make walking, sitting, standing, and lying down painful.
A consultation and thorough examination can help a chiropractor determine where the source of the issue is and how to help it.
Scoliosis is the unusual sideways curvature of the spine. This can occur at different degrees, but there are three different kinds of scoliosis: congenital (genetic predisposition), habitual (caused by habits and behavioral routines), and idiopathic (other unknown causes).
Scoliosis can cause pain and discomfort in the spine. In some cases, scoliosis may not be completely reversible, but posture and curvature can be improved through a series of adjustments. If these adjustments are started during childhood, muscles can be trained to support the spine differently.
In between each vertebra is a disc made of cartilage which allows for space for the nerves to exit the spinal column. At times, these discs can become traumatized and “slip,” causing a great deal of pain.
The term “slipped disc” conjures an image of a whole disc actually sitting slightly out of its place in between 2 vertebrae. However, a slipped disc is actually a bulging, protruding, wedged or herniated disc.
Slipped discs can occur from improper lifting, bending, turning, etc. Remember, if you are lifting something off the ground, the safest way to do so is to bend at the knees and lift with your legs; never bend at the waist to lift something from the ground.
Chiropractic can, after a thorough examination, help correct the slipped disc.
Everyone has stress in their life. Between careers, families, school, and everything else we do, we’re bound to get stressed about all that we have going on in our lives. Many people tend to carry stress in the muscles surrounding their spines. The tension in the muscles can pull the vertebrae out of alignment. As you may have already learned, misalignment can cause a large variety of problems. If you have a great deal of stress in your life and are having health issues, see a chiropractor. A simple adjustment may be all you need.
Whiplash occurs when the head is snapped forward or backward very quickly. This is what usually happens in an auto accident. Even minor fender-benders can cause whiplash. In a major accident, the vehicle absorbs most of the impact. In a minor accident, however, the people in the vehicle will absorb most of the impact.
You might not even know you have whiplash. Some people don’t experience pain until as much as a week after their accident. Neck pain, headache, and even pain in the arms and hands can occur.
Symptoms: Unfortunately, there aren’t many symptoms of osteoporosis. Many people are unaware that they have it until they have an x-ray was done, usually in conjunction with a broken bone. Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones. Bones become porous, much like swiss cheese.
Osteoporosis is not reversible, but it is preventable to an extent. A diet rich in calcium can keep bones strong through adulthood. Women are at a greater risk for osteoporosis, so they, in particular, should try to decrease other risk factors. Along with higher calcium intake, regular exercise and not smoking can help decrease the chances of osteoporosis.
So how can chiropractic help? As there is some pain associated with osteoporosis, visits with a chiropractor can help. It can also help maintain mobility and range-of-motion.
Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the bones becomes worn down or wears away completely. This is not reversible, but the pain associated with it is treatable.
A chiropractor can help with pain management by introducing exercises that strengthen the muscles around the joints. This can help support the joint better. Schedule a consultation to see what we can do for you.
Is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Some common causes of Plantar Fasciitis are due to improper foot support, high or low arch, wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, standing for long periods of time, obesity, and other causes.
If you are wondering how chiropractic care can help with feet pain, it’s very simple. Housed within the spine is the spinal cord which is part of the central nervous system and most of the body’s ailments and pains are closely or directly related to the spine. Chiropractic care has a wide range of common treatments for the body.
Traditional medicine may treat the pain and inflammation with medication. Surgery may even be suggested for specific common treatments. However, Chiropractic care offers a less invasive and overall more natural range of common treatment options. Adjustments and other treatments work for the body to naturally treat the underlying causes of pain and inflammation felt with plantar fasciitis.
Colds are common enough that everyone feels the same way when they catch a cold right?
For some there is an easy way, habitually healthy people practicing habitually healthy habits, like:
– 30 minutes of daily physical activity or regular exercise is highly recommended.
– Maintaining excellent hygiene such as washing hands after visiting the restroom and taking care of cleaning door handles and rails (When possible avoid excessively placing your hands on public door handles and rails.)
– A rich and healthy diet of eating foods like fruits, whole grains, veggies, and lean proteins will boost the body’s immune system. This will help the body fight off any viral or bacterial infections.
– Getting in regular visits to your chiropractor. Your chiropractor can help you maintain a general wellness by keeping alignment with your spine as well as remove potential issues or re-injury.