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Chiropractic: An immune system booster

Chiropractors can relieve pain very easily and at the same time, they can help prevent future ones, what else could you possibly hope for?

CHIROPRACTIC CARE – THE MOST EFFECTIVE PROACTIVE TREATMENT OUT THERE

The Immune System is one of the most complicated systems in our human body. It’s so complicated that humans have yet to touch the surface when it comes to knowledge about the system. Regardless, we’re going to try our very best to help you, the readers, understand the intricacies of the immune system through the help of a metaphor.

Let’s say that a person has two kids; one kid is good, which will be called a good immune system according to our metaphor. Then, there will be the kid that goes bad, or, the bad immune system. Basically, the good kid got a ton of love and attention from his parents, he was looked after, taught in a really good school, gifted all the best stuff on Christmas, etc.

Hence, the good kid was given all the means to form a life-worth living. He eventually got married, started a family, grew old and eventually died of old age in his bed, probably at the age of 90. But, then there’s the bad kid that got zero attention to his family and started looking for some comfort through drugs and became an addict in his teenage years. While the good kid was out thanking the lunch lady for the food, the bad kid was buying drugs from the corner bathroom. He ran away from at the age of 17 and never came back.

In order to set the bad kid on the right track and give him some part of his ruined life back, you’d have to sort of press the reset button. The first step to press that button would be to get rid of his addiction.

You’d have to get him signed up at some rehab center that can help him overcome drug addiction. Once the rehab center does its work, the bad kid turned good will now need constant group therapy sessions where he can discuss his problems. If he doesn’t get those sessions, there’s a really good chance that he relapses and falls back to his bad habits. You might not understand this right now, but the bad immune system and a spoiled kid have more than a few things in common.

So, basically, if you exercise regular, stay active and take care of your posture, your spinal cord will be properly aligned and you won’t suffer from a bad immune system. However, if you neglect all three of these things and don’t pay any attention to your spinal cord, your immune system will become more like the spoiled kid and be led astray. In order to bring it back on track, you will probably need drugs or even surgery at times.

But, these treatments are only a temporary solution. There’s always a chance that the bad immune system could relapse, which it mostly does unless there’s a proper treatment plan introduced to it. And, this frequent treatment plan is something called chiropractic care.

The immune system, or the immunity is directed by the human organs then enforced by cells through the blood. The immunity of the body is mediated by the chemistry of the hormones which is measured by the nervous system, which in turn is controlled by the spinal cord. Since the hormones are directly controlled by the spinal cord, it’s important to keep your back straight and in good shape. Though once your immune system is sober, you’re going to need something to keep you on the right track. And that something is called Chiropractic Care.

So, basically, chiropractic care is similar to group therapy. You might not like it, but it’s what will keep you alive and kicking through those doors. You need to attend therapy regularly, otherwise you might risk yourself getting back to those habits and have to do everything all over again. Chiropractic care works practically identically. Once you’re sober, ergo once you’re healed those initial problems, you’re going to need something regular that keeps you off the drugs. Chiropractic care isn’t just a temporary solution that will relieve the pain you’re feeling at the moment. It’s something more permanent that is mean to last a lot longer than your average treatment.

Chiropractic care readjusts the spine to make spinal adjustments and a recent study in 2011 proved that proper adjustment in your spinal cord increase the production of immune-increasing antibodies called IGA.

This is just one of the tons of benefits of chiropractic care. This is such a diverse field of medical healthcare, that even so many decades practicing this medical care, it’s still in its infancy, however, this doesn’t mean that the treatment cannot be utilized. Chiropractic care is completely drug free.

All you’re going to be doing is asking a chiropractor to align your spine back to the way it was before. After that, it’s purely up to your body to continue on with the natural healing process to get the body back to fighting shape. But, whatever the case might be, we can say without a shadow of a doubt that recovering from spinal problems would never be a problem if you start including chiropractic into your schedule regularly.


LOW-IMPACT ACCIDENTS AND ITS PRIMARY TREATMENT

A huge portion of the population in the world is never involved in any major motor accidents (thankfully). However, minor accidents like fender-benders happen pretty much every single day.

They aren’t particularly harmful if you’re wearing a seat belt and probably the only damage you think you’ll suffer is a few bucks to get the bumper replaced.

However, that isn’t the only expense you’re actually paying. You might only be spending a few bucks for repairs, but as a matter of fact, there’s problems being born that will cost you far more than money. Even these minor accidents can cause something called Whiplash Damage.

While Whiplash Damage might not be as severe as life-threatening car crashes or completely render you immobile, it’s still something you want to stay far away from. We’re going to go through a little bit about minor accidents and whiplash damage down below and finally end with the perfect solution to these ailments. Let’s get right into it…

Major Cause of Spinal Problems

You might think that major injuries like trauma, broken bones, etc. would be the most common cause behind spinal problems. But, as a matter of fact, most back problems are caused by minor damages to the spinal cord over an extended period of time. These micro-traumas might not be as devastating, or even cause small amounts of discomfort immediately, but their effect in the long-term is really threatening to your health and well-being. The thing is that “slamming the brakes” is probably the worst thing in the category of minor accidents. Worn out axels and tires of a car can also cause consistent minor trauma. And, no matter how minor they might be, the body does indeed have a reaction to them.

These minor trauma accidents have shown signs of degeneration, early aging and wear and tear in the spine. The surprising part is that, unlike literally every other physical injury, the patient actually has no idea how or when the injury could have taken place. Those patients have trouble pin-pointing the exact time that they could have suffered those injuries. The truth is that this isn’t even possibly. They didn’t face those injuries at one time, they suffered those injuries over the course of months, even years. Low-impact vehicle accidents can actually cause serious injuries like disc degeneration, bulges and protrusions.

Research Indications

A research was conducted to study the difference between healthy subjects and whiplash victims. Two hundred participants were part of the research, hundred belonged to either category. The participants were aged from 18-53 years with an average age limit of 35 years. The group of healthy individuals included people that had never been involved in any low-impact accidents nor did they ever show any symptoms of containing such an injury. The other category was the exact opposite. It belonged to people that not only had suffered from such an injury, but the injury had taken place in the past 12-14 weeks. The results of the study can be summed up through the following table:

  100 Healthy
Subjects
Minor Trauma
Victims
Disc Herniations 2% 28%
Frontward Range of Motion 50 degrees 25 degrees
Backward Range of Motion 60 degrees 35 degrees
Loss of Good Neck Curvature 4% 98%

The study definitively concluded that folks that are involved in frequent low-impact accidents are soon to be patients of severe medical conditions. These spinal issues, even though they might not be painful enough to “be worthy” of a treatment, need to be addressed before they get a chance to evolve into a major problem. These problems are usually painless but they take a fair bit of time to transfer into permanent problems after they take their toll on the body’s natural defense mechanism and regeneration process. There’s no other possible physical injury that develops are gradually and as tremendously as spinal injuries. And, if you don’t believe us, start believing the numbers. Folks who are involved in a series of minor accidents lose more than 50% of the total range of motion in their spine, lose 25% of neck curvature and suffer from fourteen times more disc herniations as compared to normal folks that haven’t been in an accident recently. If these numbers did indeed prove to be alarming and you want to make sure that such a problem doesn’t come up in your life, then there’s one very simple solution to all your ailments. And, that solution is chiropractic care.

The Solution

So, if you’re also suffering from such an injury, the only solution is to get the only treatment in the world meant to treat problems right before they have a chance to affect your body; and that is chiropractic care. Chiropractic care has the power and the means to ensure that you don’t suffer from long-lasting effects of even the most severe of accidents. Chiropractors can help you regain range of motion, completely halt the process of degeneration and improve the central nervous system as well. It doesn’t matter whether you were a victim of a life-threatening car crash, or a minor accident, chiropractic care, in addition to regular drugs, will help you recover substantially quickly. Moreover, chiropractic care also ensures that the problem being treated doesn’t relapse a year or two later. Chiropractors usually recommend certain exercises or activities that could very easily be enough to prevent any problems later on in your life. As we said before, chiropractic care is one of the only proactive treatments out there in the world. No matter how severe the injury might be, chiropractors can make you life that much easier.

Can Mobile Devices Really Take a Toll On Your Health?

We’ve all had parents that say how mobile phones are ruining our health.

The internet has even made a meme out of our parent’s tendency to blame our smartphones for every small disease. Your parents may not be right about your phone causing that running nose. But, according to recent research, but it’s definitely capable of doing a lot worse.

This recent white paper breaks down and analyzes the key aspects of the study: “Assessment of stresses in the cervical spine caused by posture and position of the head” as published in the Surgical Technology International Journal in 2014. Using mobile phones was always said to have medical consequences like weakening the eyesight. But, as a matter of fact,

those problems are nothing compared to the effects of using a smartphone on your posture.

This study was conducted to see how exactly a mobile phone could alter your body’s structure.

The study was based on a simple concept:  People bend their head in a forward direction while on their phones. Constantly using that unnatural position can cause severe physical difficulties and modify bone structures in an undesirable way. And billions of people are falling prey to this epidemic every single day.

This uncontrollable use has been producing an alarming amount of pressure on the tissues of the cervical spine of the users. That pressure causes unwanted spinal problems and bone misalignments. The results of this study were extremely astonishing. It showed that using our mobile phones could be the root cause behind constant backaches and bone problems.

The real objective behind the research was to discover the magnitude of the force applied on the cervical spine as the body is contorted forward while using a mobile device.

For this specific study, the head weight was supposed to be 13.2 pounds, which is the average weight of a human head.

However, this number does not remain constant and seemingly fluctuates when a person is using his/her smartphone. The weight on your shoulders is amplified when your head is aligned at a certain degree:

  • 0° changed the weight from 13.2 pounds to 23-25 pounds.
  • 15° degree added another 27 pounds.
  • 30° increased the total weight by 40 pounds.
  • 45° increased the weight by 49 pounds.
  • 60° added a huge 60 pounds on the cervical spine.

Our heads are bend completely at an angle of 60° when using our mobile devices. That means that the weight on your spine and neck is the maximum it could possibly be. These weights, applied for just a couple of hours each day, could completely misalign your whole cervical spine and cause a long list of severe issues, some of which were discussed in the study.

The study defined proper posture as a posture where the ears are perfectly aligned with the shoulders and scapula when retracted. At the same time, poor posture occurs when the head is always tilted in a forward position and the shoulders are drooping forward at the same time.

  • Increased pressure on the cervical spine can often lead to degeneration and surgeries. However, with proper alignment of the spine, these issues can be dissipated.
  • A higher testosterone level increased serotonin, and a decrease in cortisol are all signs of a proper bone structure. While a poor posture results in a reduction of testosterone level and serotonin and an increase in cortisol.

The study also put out certain analysis:

  • An average person spends up to four hours of their day with their neck bent looking at a mobile device.
  • This adds up to 1400 hours of extra stress on the cervical spine per year.
  • High school teens may spend an extra 5000 hours annually with their head bent forward.

Technology is seemingly ruling every single aspect of our lives. and the younger a person is, the more hours they are on their smart phone every single day. This is extremely alarming. The current 2-4 hours of tilted heads is already dangerous enough to ruin the quality of life for most people.

People are spending 700-1400 hours a year, on average, with their head drooped downwards. They are staring at a screen and reading messages or sending out tweets. This ends up creating a poor posture which negatively impacts every process going on inside the body. Poor posture also declines your body’s performance through the endocrine system. Poor alignment of your spine can also result in adverse effects on your testosterone, serotonin and cortisol levels.

The Solution

This research has concluded definitely that while we can’t control or limit the use of mobile devices, we can indirectly counter poor posture. There is an increased need for medical practitioners that can help with fixing a person’s posture. These medical practitioners are chiropractors. They are the world’s defense in the war with the epidemic known as bad posture. Chiropractors do not just relieve patients from temporary pain. They also aim to make the patient’s life easier and more convenient.

Chiropractors can teach exercises to strengthen the spine.  They spread awareness regarding the major cause of the spinal misalignment, so the patient doesn’t have to visit the doctor’s office again for the same exact problem. In short, chiropractors are the key leaders that can help men, women, and kids suffering from spinal problems and improve their posture to help them lead a healthier and prolonged life. So, to sum up the conversation, listen to your parents, they may not hold medical degrees, but they can be right sometimes.

Chiropractic Care – The Best Decision?

Is Chiropractic Care Really the Answer Everyone is Looking for?

Anyone suffering from a long term ailment realizes that good health is one of the most important aspects in anyone’s life. It’s one of the only things money can’t buy. You could possibly argue that spending a ton of cash and paying for the very best medical care in the world could get you good health, but you’d be wrong. There are illnesses that can’t be fixed. And when you find yourself in a similar predicament, you realize that the choices you made in the past that led to this moment.

You could save thousands of dollars from doctor appointments by maintaining better health. You could have less frequent healthcare consultations if you maintain your health, and make decisions that are good for your physical fitness in the long term. You would have the freedom of a healthy life If those said choices were made appropriately to support your well-being.

What Decisions Do People Usually Resort to?

Folks often fear for their safety and the safety of their family and, as a response, invest in expensive health insurances and consider them ‘a way out’ in case anyone gets sick. That is a good decision to some extent. Decent health insurance means that you’ll be able to  give your family the best medical care in the time of need. But, what if you were to change your lifestyle and mold it into something that prevents that ‘time of need’ from surfacing entirely? Isn’t that a fair strategy to lead a healthier life and treat the symptoms before they even start to appear?

Difference Between ‘Healthcare’ and ‘Sick care’

These two terms may seem similar, but they’re completely different from each other. Sick care is the type of treatment you receive after you get sick and the disease is diagnosed. Health Insurance only covers the treatment after the disease has surfaced. Therefore, they only pay for sick care. To understand this better, let’s use a small example: You lose feeling in your leg every now and then. The agency won’t pay for the treatment at this stage of the disease. But, once your leg goes entirely numb, then they’ll sweep in and reimburse you for the treatment.

However, when it comes to healthcare, the case is totally different. Healthcare treatment will start way before the problem has a chance to completely set in. This method is proactive and solves issues before they arise.

Chiropractic care could be featured in both categories; it can get rid of problems before and after they have arrived. However, chiropractic care is one of the only treatments in the world that not only gets rid of your current problems but also teaches your body to avoid those problems completely in the distant future. Spinal and bone misalignment happen over time, and they do indeed relapse if the patient is not careful. Chiropractic care is a comprehensive treatment that prevents degeneration. It also improves system function, whilst ensuring that the same problem never resurfaces again.

Chiropractic Care – The Treatment the World Needs

There’s an old saying that proclaims that a healthy heart has thousands of wishes, goals, dreams, and ambitions. But, when the person is suffering from a sickness, he/she can carry only one. A person’s health is worthy enough to be well looked after, but people often misunderstand the true definition of health. People spend both more attention and money on their cars as compared to their health. They take their cars to the cleaners every week and get it serviced regularly every other month. But, when it comes to dentists, physicians, nutritionists, and chiropractors, people rarely have the time or money. You need to assure regular maintenance for your posture and spine in the same way you regularly refill the fuel in your car. Chiropractic care is an extremely powerful tool that only requires you to attend sessions and stay in peak conditions without any medicinal drugs. Chiropractic care not only assists you with bone alignments, but it also affects other parts of the body, fixing illnesses such as gastrointestinal issues, fertility issues, menstrual discomfort, and ear infections.

Chiropractic care may seem like something that’s a few steps too far away from modern day science, but as a matter of fact, it’s not. There have been numerous studies conducted to test whether or not chiropractic works. Every study concluded that the overall health of people that participated in regular chiropractic care was significantly better as compared to the people that didn’t.

The best part about chiropractic care is that it doesn’t have to act as an alternative to your current medical program. If you’re already on some sort of medication or other treatment, you’re fully allowed and able to have that treatment accompany chiropractic care. Since both medication and chiropractic are proven scientific treatments, using them together only enhances their individual effectiveness.

Closing Thoughts

Chiropractic care is such a diverse and comprehensive treatment than most folks give it credit for. A chiropractor is a highly skilled practitioner who can do so much more than simply helping to alleviate pain. Chiropractic care repairs spinal position which improves the functionality of the nervous system, which in turn, maximizes mobility and creates a noticeable change in your day to day activities. Ask any expert, chiropractic care and good health go hand in hand. While good health is achievable through numerous other tested and proven ways, chiropractic care is one of the easiest of those ways. The treatment doesn’t target the symptoms, it targets the root cause of the problems and rectifies it to solve the symptoms. This is the most appropriate way for a person to completely heal and recover 100% health. There’s one thing that you guarantee. A healthy and prolonged life starts with regular chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care and Depression

Chiropractic Care Helps with Depression

The 21st century is a pretty tough time to live. A few decades back, depression was so rare it wasn’t even classified as a disease. People lived happy and stress free lives with their family and friends. But, ever since the dawn of the internet, depression has become extremely common; and if we dare say, mainstream. A single tweet could ruin your whole life, but even if you manage to somehow escape the evil internet, you’re met with abusive parents, bullies at school, torturing employers and cheating spouses. Even the American Journal of Psychiatry reported that rate of depression in adults was 3.33% in 1992 which rose to 7.06% through 2002 in America alone. Now, WHO reports that 5% of all worldwide population is suffering from this illness.

If we look at the number, they’re just devastating. Anxiety is the most common mental issue in the United States. Translating this to actual numbers, there are 40 million adults suffering from anxiety and depression. That’s almost a fifth of the adult population in the whole country. The population spends billions trying to counter depression, but it just ends up becoming an addiction to anti-depressants till the person slowly gets pushed deeper down the void of self-destruction.

This post is to present a certain way to counteract depression. It’s not meditation or medication, it’s all about something called chiropractic care. You’re probably thinking, “I’ve heard chiro is just realignment of bones. How can something so physical help with a mental illness like depression?” Before we get into that, it is important to understand the link between the mind and the body.

What is the Cause Behind Anxiety and Depression?

Anxiety and depression are two things that don’t exactly have one cause. These mental health issues are a result of several different reactions inside the human body which induce that hopelessness in our minds. Other than that, there has been research suggesting that anxiety is also a genetic condition that effects immediate relatives. Or anxiety could just be caused by recent traumatic events. The brain’s chemistry is pretty complex stuff and even mere stuff like not getting enough sleep could throw you off your game and make your feel depressed. Or, the root cause could be fairly simple; a pain or underlying medical condition that is agitating your mind and body.

There’s a certain part of the brain that is called the cerebellum. For all of you biology folks out there, you probably know what it does. The cerebellum is located at the base of the skull and it’s one of the most critical components of the brain. It controls emotions, limbic centers, posture, balance, coordination, speech and even a person’s thought process comes right from the cerebellum. And if the cerebellum is disturbed by some pain or illness in one part of the body, it reacts to that pain by sending depressing thoughts rumbling through the brain.

To further get into the relationship between the body and the mind, we could refer to a certain research discussing a disease known as IRS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). Theirs is medication available to treat this disease, but most physicians prefer a more indirect approach. They recommend certain changes in our everyday life that could help sort out the illness naturally. The drug-free treatment includes things like hypnotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy. The research went further into this issue and discussed mind body interaction and concluded that psychological treatments do indeed have a much more significant effect on physical ailments as most physicians might think. This research might not have a significant amount of new news for IBS patients, but for folks struggling with mental depression, this study is proof that their problems could just be because of a misaligned spinal structure. And, if that is the case, then the solution is pretty simple.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help With Anxiety and Depression?

If nothing else seems to be working, then chiropractic care should be the very next thing on your agenda. Are you suffering from a stiff neck, fatigue or back pain all the time? Then the depression could be a reaction to the physical symptoms. A chiropractor can help alleviate all of these minor issues while also getting rid of the result that is the depression. Chiropractors know all the advanced procedures from realigning spinal structures to removing pressure off of nerves. If you need to understand what a chiropractor does in simple terms, think of your nerves and spine like a highway and the pains like cracks in the road. A chiropractor fills up those cracks in such a way that the traffic can flow smoothly without any interruption or hesitation. Ergo, a chiropractor ensures that there’s no process being halted due to misalignment in your body.

Curing depression and anxiety is just the tip of the iceberg. Chiropractic care can help improve your lifestyle in a lot of ways. Here are a few things chiropractic care could do for you.

  • Solves the problem where people have trouble maintaining there balance. This is really beneficial for old folks that are clumsy while walking.
  • Chiropractic care gets rid of migraines. Chiropractors are one of the best alternatives to standard migraine meds.
  • Chiropractic care is great at reducing inflammation throughout the body.
  • Chiropractic care is game-changing for people with blood pressure problems. Instead of walking or exercising, they could simply drive up to a chiropractor and reduce blood pressure naturally.

Conclusion

You might feel like your life is terrible and there’s no getting out of it. No amount of anti-depressants or social interaction is helping you. If this is indeed the case, then chiropractic is exactly what you need to improve your life. Why not go in and get a check up and see if there is a chance that chiropractic can help.

Chiropractic Care –A Viable Alternative To Opioids

Chiropractic Care  is A Viable Alternative To Opioids

Before we actually get into the main body of this article, we should take a few minutes to rethink the meaning of the word ‘opioid’. Sure, you could use the word drugs, but that wouldn’t cover exactly what opioids are.

So, basically the term is pretty diverse. Opioids mean everything from your typical painkillers prescribed for back pain to illegal drugs smuggled from Afghanistan.

What is the Real Reason Behind Opioid Use?

If we roll back a decade or two, people used drugs purely for the pleasure. It wasn’t for any medical reason, it was purely to get high. There are millions doing the same today as well, but a lot of addicts are actually hooked on stuff you could get from your local pharmacy. All you need is a doctor’s prescription and voila! You have an endless supply of those yummy painkillers.

But, there’s another aspect to this as well. There’s a small population out there that doesn’t really use opioids for fun or because they got addicted to them after some chronic pain. They get addicted to drugs because they don’t have a choice. They need to pop those painkillers every few hours or their pain becomes unbearable. And, when they’re taken off their painkillers, their withdrawal is much worse than any addict’s. So, if you’re also someone being forced to use pills for pain, then chiropractic care is just what you’re looking for.

Do We Really Need to Replace Opioids?

Yes, opioids do the job pretty well. But, that does not mean that they’re a good way to get rid of pain. If you look at the numbers, they’re extremely alarming. According to a research by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention[1], more than 33,000 people died from opioid use in 2015 alone. A great portion of these deaths were caused by regular prescription drugs. And, on average, these prescription drugs that take the lives  of 91 Americans every day.

The American College of Physicians has posted several guidelines recommending drug-free measures to counter pain. In their study, they recorded that the first line approach should be drug-free solutions. They suggest opioids only when absolutely nothing else is working. And, when they were asked what the most effective drug-free treatment was, their reply was chiropractic care.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care is absolutely game changing and the research is there. A recent study named The Association between Utilization of Chiropractic Services and Use of Prescription Opioids Among Patients With Low Back Pain[2] recorded the relation between chiropractic care and prescription opioids in residents of New Hampshire suffering from back pain. This state was picked because medical data was easily accessible and the place is known to have a high percentage of opioids addiction. In 2015, the state had the second highest rate of ODs in the United States.

The research looked at insurance claims from the database provided by the Department of Health and Human Services of New Hampshire. Patients from the age of 18-99 had at least two clinical visits due to complaints of back pain in a three month period. Patients with cancer were not a part of this study.

The next step was to categorize the people that used chiropractic care; the Recipients and the ones that didn’t, Non-Recipients. The study analyzed 13,384 subjects that were divided into these two groups. Then, the data was compiled for 2013-2014 and the numbers are pretty convincing.

  • 19% of Recipients used prescription drugs while 35% of Non-Recipients did the same.
  • The cost of opioids used by the Recipients was 74% less than Non-Recipients that did the same.
  • At the same time, the annual cost for clinical services utilized by Recipients was 78% less than Non-Recipients.

The research concluded that New Hampshire residents between the ages of 18-99 suffering from back pain were 55% more likely to use chiropractic care instead of relying on opioid prescription.

Aside from the science, chiropractic care doesn’t just get rid of the pain. It increases the overall quality of your life tremendously. Here are a few other benefits of chiropractic care.

  • Getting proper chiropractic care has the same effect on blood pressure as high blood pressure medications[3].
  • Chiropractors can help alleviate all types of neck and lower back pain.
  • Scoliosis is a condition where the spine curves abnormally. This can limit your movement and even cause breathing problems sometimes. There aren’t many options for scoliosis, but chiropractic care is one of the only therapies that have been effective.
  • Sciatica is a condition where a certain nerve is damaged or pressure. The condition is practically the same thing as when you sleep on one arm and wake up with it being completely numb. Chiropractic care can help get a lot of this pressure off of the nerves and allow it to function appropriately.
  • Greatly reduces inflammation in all parts of the body.
  • Migraines are often caused as the mind’s response to chronic pain somewhere else in the body. By getting rid of those pains, you’ll be getting rid of those migraines too.
  • Vertigo is a condition common after a head injury or concussion. The pain might go away, but it takes a permanent toll on your balance. Meaning that you recover completely, but still stumble a little bit from the aftermath of the concussion, called vertigo. Once again, there aren’t solutions for vertigo patients, but chiropractic has been seen to improve balance by a tenfold.

The Final Verdict – Opioids or Chiropractors?

Any way you think about it, opioids are not a good option. They cost a lot more monetarily, they take a toll on your mental and emotional health as well as worry the people around you. If you’re taking pills solely for pain management, give chiropractic care a shot. It has worked for millions of others and just maybe it will work for you.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29470104

[3] https://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure#1

The Tyranny of Heavy Backpacks – The Health Problems and the Solution

Heavy backpacks are one of the major problems for kids in schools today. Little kids have to drag around huge bags filled with bulky books, while teenagers just need a book or two to get through with their day. 90% of children say that back pain due to heavy bags was “bad” or “very bad” for them[1].See the problem?

These kids don’t have the strength to carry such bags and end up developing severe back problems. In this post, we’ll be discussing the problems that may rise due to heavy backpacks and follow it up with a completely natural solution. But, before we jump into the main subject, let’s talk a minor detour to talk about which backpacks qualify as a heavy one.

What Should Be the Size of Your Kid’s Backpack?

Basically, the American Academy of Pediatrics reports that the recommended weight should be less than 10% of the child’s own weight while the maximum amount is 20%. This means that if your child weighs 40 kg, ideally, their backpack should be 4 kg, but it could go on to 5 kg. But, anything above that means that you’re putting your child at risk of severe chronic pain at their current age and later in life as well.

What Health Problems Could Rise Because of Heavy Backpacks?

There are a variety of different problems, here’s just a few of them.

  • Kids that wear backpacks over a single shoulder, mainly because they think they look cool, are putting all that extra weight on just one arm. This makes that side lean more as compared to the other one and put themselves at a risk of straining their shoulder and neck.
  • Heavier backpacks will lead to bad posture. If your kid is wearing a backpack for even 15 minutes each day, they could potentially harm their spine and misalign their posture.
  • Backpacks with tight and small straps dig into your shoulders. While this may seem like something that doesn’t do more than create mere irritation, it could interfere with circulation and put unnecessary pressure on the nerves.
  • Other than the direct effects, a big backpack could injure your child indirectly too. For example, they could trip because of heavier bags while passing through narrow places like the aisle of a school bus.
  • Heavy backpacks can greatly affect a person’s balance. And, if your kid is put off balance, they will probably have to live with that impairment.

This is just a tip of the iceberg. If we carried on, we’d probably find a couple dozen stuff that goes wrong when a little kid carries around an enormous backpack. This probably emphasizes the importance of making your child’s bag lighter. Here’s a few things you could do to achieve your goal.

  • Advice your kids to wear both straps.
  • Use thick padding on the bags.
  • Ensure even distribution of weight.
  • Changing to a rolling backpack.
  • Teach your kid to put the backpack at a higher surface to easily wear/remove it.
  • Secure the straps. A simple sewing machine will do the job just fine.
  • Make sure that the bag isn’t loose. Don’t let it lie below the lower back.
  • Keep a close eye on the kid’s daily lessons and only let them carry books that they will need that day. Try your best to eliminate all the unnecessary weight.
  • Teach your child to organize the backpack in such a way that the heaviest books are at the very back so the weight doesn’t pull your kid backwards.
  • A chest belt will secure the bag and will make the content feel lighter.

But, if you already notice signs of improper postures and several of the other effects listed above, don’t worry. There’s a really easy to solution to ensure that the effects don’t last for very long. And, the answers you’re looking for is something called chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care for Kids

Yes, chiropractic care is also useful for kids. You might have seen seniors visiting chiropractors to improve their movement, but some kids also need this care to prevent future problems. There are chiropractors specially trained to treat kids, so don’t worry about the therapy hurting your kid instead of helping him.

What Can Chiropractic Care Do For My Kid?

It’s pretty straightforward, if your kid has a misaligned posture, or pretty much any problem because of a heavy backpack, a chiropractor will be able to fix them. You won’t just be getting rid of your child’s pains, you’ll be improving their quality of life. And, if you continue with chiropractic care throughout their life, you’ll be automatically making them healthier for when they step into the later parts of their life. Just to sum up the conversation, here’s all you need to know about how chiropractic care can improve your kid’s life.

  • Concentration: Is your child having trouble concentrating? The most probable reason is their bag interfering with the nervous system in the neck region. This impairs a person’s ability to concentrate and in the near future, this condition will be diagnosed as a case of ADHD. Chiropractic care paired with a healthy diet can repair this issue.
  • Proper Growth: Early structural and postural problems can cause lasting problems such as scoliosis. The structural issues damages the nerves in such a way that the body can’t grow normally, leading to stunted or heightened growth. Appropriate care will heal the child’s impaired structure and allow them to grow as nature intended for them to.
  • Sleep: Most kids struggle with sleeping problems. But, do you realize that sleeping problems are actually a reaction of your body to the stress on your nervous system? By relieving some of that stress through chiropractic, your child will actually have a much regular sleeping pattern.

Closing Thoughts

At the end, we’d like to say that even if your child isn’t showing a symptom per se, that doesn’t mean they won’t benefit from chiropractic care. Chiropractors are actually a proactive solution that’ll knock down a huge amount of the problems before they even have a chance to develop. Just book a few sessions for your child, we guarantee they’ll feel better immediately.

[1] https://www.webmd.com/back-pain/news/20040813/heavy-backpacks-can-hurt-student-backs

Chiropractic Care and Its Effect On Your Sleeping Patterns

Sleep is an essential part of life. That is common knowledge. Saying so is equivalent to saying that the sky is blue, the ocean vast and water transparent. It is an irrefutable fact of life.

There is a reason for it. Most people may be aware of the fact that sleep is important for one’s health. But, the fact remains that they do not know the magnitude at which lack of adequate sleep affects the body’s ability to work.

Sleep revitalizes our brain and prepares us for the new day. In fact, it is the only reason we are able to function every day. The inability to achieve an adequate amount of sleep on a regular basis has extremely detrimental effects on one’s health. But that is not all. If your irregular sleeping patterns persist for a while, the probability of you suffering from one of the following increases, quite a lot:

  • Depression
  • Heart disease
  • Decreased immunity
  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes

What’s the Most Common Way People Are Dealing With Sleep Loss?

In this day and age, where keeping up with the pace of the world around you is more important than to get a good night’s rest, choosing work over sleep is inevitable. Now, while it is true that the only way to combat the detrimental effects of lack of adequate sleep is to regulate your sleep patterns, dealing with the issue that is keeping you awake in the first place is a good start. But, you should learn to put your mind at ease before you go to sleep every night in order for that to be effective,

Currently, millions of people around the world flock to the nearest pharmacies with doctors prescriptions containing names of hefty drugs that have the potential to knock them out cold with just one dosage. According to a study published in 2015, it was reported that Americans spent an estimated amount of $41 billion on sleeping aids alone. What’s worse is the fact that this figure has the potential to rise to a staggering $52 billion within the next 5 years [1]. This shows that the issue of achieving a good night’s sleep is prevalent for people, but they are still unclear on the ways to achieve it.

Chiropractic – Same Effect, Lesser Side Effects

Just like the various issues that ail an individual and keep a good night’s sleep at bay, there are various ways to ensure that you fall sleep and stay asleep throughout the night and reap the full benefits of your 7 hour sleep cycle. While people may fool themselves into believing that they are more than capable of functioning on anything less than 7 hours of sleep, rest assured that their lack of sleep will catch up with them sooner rather than later.

With that being said, one of the most recommended ways to deal with the issue of sleep loss without losing yourself in a pharmaceutical haze is chiropractic care. Not only is it being hailed a miraculous solution, but there is legitimate research being published about it constantly. A research of 221 chiropractic patients was conducted to see whether chiropractic care helped with sleep and a mind-blowing 98% reported that they were witnessing much better sleeping patterns [2]. Here’s how chiropractic care can help with your sleep.

Releasing Hormones

Chiropractic spinal adjustment can release some very specific sleep related hormones which help people sleep better. A person can improve their hormone chemistry by adjusting the misaligned areas of the spine. This also makes one capable of improving spine mobility and its coordination with the nervous system.

Realigning the Spine Helps Neurons

The copious amounts of neurons that lace the spinal cord not only protect the spinal cord from injury, but it also directs the functions of the nervous system. So, a newly fixed misaligned vertebra can not only fix your posture and help with your back issues, but it can also keep the transference of static type message transduction to other organs and tissues in the body. This transduction is primarily responsible for the release of sleep hormones that help an individual sleep soundly all night.

Treating Subluxations

Chiropractic care can also aid with the areas of interference within the spine. These areas are called the subluxations and are responsible for hindering the body’s way of communicating through hormones. Subluxations restrict the communication between the spine and the brain, thus crippling half of the communication in the body. This affects the potential within our body to communicate, perform all tasks at maximum capacity and even interfere with the natural healing process of the body. Thus, with the help of an in-house chiropractor, you can insure a good night’s sleep.

Treating Chronic Pains with Chiropractic

Sleep can be a huge problem if you’re facing some sort of chronic  pain. This is especially true in the case of patients with issues in their back. How can you possibly lie on the bed and sleep soundly when there’s a throbbing pain in your back? Chiropractic care can relieve most of those pains, or at least reduce their severity to the point where they’re bearable.

Closing Thoughts

The numbers are there, the research is there. There’s tons of evidence saying that chiropractic care helps with sleep and absolutely none that’s saying the opposite. So, we encourage everyone to at least try out a few sessions and see how the effects are almost instant…

 

[1] https://www.consumerreports.org/sleep/why-americans-cant-sleep/

[2] Jamison, JR. Insomnia: does chiropractic help? – J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2005 (Mar-Apr); 28(3): 179-86

THE BENEFITS OF HOLISTIC CHIROPRACTIC CARE

Modern science would want you to believe that it has all the answers to every single disease out there. However, contrary to popular belief, science doesn’t have all the solutions to most of the conditions people have that are related to their spine and their posture.

Holistic chiropractic care can be a great alternative for people that are suffering from pain, spine misalignments and nervous system issues. Holistic Chiropractic Care Tacoma is absolutely amazing and the results have been proven from hundreds of cases in the past. There are many folks on the internet where the person was suffering from back pain, misaligned bones and even a misaligned posture. Holistic care was able to rectify all of these problems without any modern medicine or invasive surgeries.

To help you understand exactly how holistic chiropractic care is good for you, we’ll talk about the differences between this method and modern medicine.

How Is Holistic Care Different From Other Types of Medicine?

There are many variations between these two techniques, but almost all of them can be incorporated into three major points.

  • In holistic care, the chiropractor will aim to heal every part of the body instead of just treating the part that is currently problematic.
  • If you’re already using modern medicine, you could also use holistic care. The two complement each other and produce amazing results that neither of them could on their own.
  • Regular Chiropractic care can act as a proactive treatment that can heal the body and prevent problems from surfacing in the future.

Pros of Holistic Chiropractic CareTacoma

Dr. Dave, a Tacoma Chiropractor, is trained to do things differently as compared to regular doctors. His job is to focus on the whole body and treat the root of the problem. If you’re having back pain, he won’t give you an x-ray and a few pain killers. Instead a holistic chiropractor will work on your whole body to understand what caused the problem in your back.

This happens because chiropractors aim to fix your entire body instead of just the part that is troubling you. This might seem a bit unnecessary, but it will save you from future problems. Holistic care is more of a permanent solution as opposed to medicine that may make the problem return with a vengeance after a few weeks.

There are quite a few benefits of chiropractic care that medicine fails to provide. Some participants lose weight, feel limber and feel more balanced. On the other hand, medicine can have side-effects instead of having these small benefits. So, we’re pretty sure that it’s clear as to what you need to do.

If you’re currently using modern medicine, we encourage you to give holistic care a shot. We don’t recommend just abandoning modern medicine. You can use both to see how holistic care boosts your health. And, maybe in the near future, you’ll switch completely to this method.

HOW CAN TACOMA CHIROPRACTIC CARE HELP NECK PAIN?

Our neck, which is scientifically called the cervical spine, is one of the most flexible parts of the body. The neck also supports the entire mass of your head, which is almost 12 pounds. So much weight on seven small vertebrae means that it is very easy to get your neck injured. Even standard everyday activities or incorrect postures can damage your neck and cause severe pain. This pain may not even allow you to turn your head properly and that is why you should see a chiropractor ASAP.

Are Chiropractors in Tacoma Even Helpful?

Research posted in the 2007 issue of the Journal of Manipulative and Psychological Therapeutics showed that researchers looked into nine cases that supported the evidence that chiropractic can be more effective as compared to standard medical care. The patients were feeling much better after a chiropractic sessions and in just a few weeks, they were able to completely eliminate their pain.

Visiting a Tacoma Chiropractor

A chiropractor will determine the source of the problem and ask you common questions to understand your posture. For instance, he will ask questions like which side you sleep on, how long do you spend in an office chair, etc.

Then, the doctor will use a little bit of science and perform exams that will make you move around so that he can understand exactly what part of your neck is causing the problem. Other than your neck area, the chiropractor will also go in-depth and try to detect misaligned bones in your spine as well as your shoulder area. If this information isn’t enough, chiropractic care centers also have standard x-ray scanners. If the basic exams don’t work, there are x-rays to help the doctor point out the main problem.

Neck Adjustments

A neck adjustment is a procedure completed by hand where the chiropractor will perform precise stretches to your neck. The doctor will improve the mobility of your spine and restore the previous range of motion. The patient may detect instant relief from the pain as well as any pain and soreness that was experienced in the past.

One session is not enough in most cases. Dr. Dave will design a special treatment plan for each patient. This will include a schedule for visits as well as exercises for you to do at home.

Closing Thoughts

If you think that your neck pain can be alleviated with proper chiropractic care, then you’re welcome to visit Discover Life Chiropractic. We’re one of the leading names in chiropractic care with hundreds of customers as proof that our practices are improving lives every day. We assure you that our chiropractor will change your life by their advanced methodologies to take your mobility to the next level.