Category Archives: chiropractic

Why Do Kids Need Chiropractic?

Most misalignments (subluxations) occur in children’s spines due to some very common scenarios. In the normal birth process the doctor uses the head to pull the child out of the birth channel creating the potential for misalignment of the neck. Then during learning how to walk, falling off of couches, playing sports, wrestling with siblings, a child undergoes thousands of events that have the potential to subluxate a spine. Since pain neurology is developing often these go unnoticed for years since symptoms are not occurring.

In 2015 a study done by European Osteopaths that revealed that between 91-94 of 100 infants evaluated 6 days to 6 weeks after the birth process had spinal misalignments. The study also noted that the longer the birth process, the more areas were misaligned.

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Facts about Low Back Pain

Having low back pain can impact daily lives.

It is one of the most common pains that people complain about. The pain can range from a dull to sharp ache that makes it hard to move. But did you know that anyone can get low back pain? Below are some fast facts about lower back pain that you need to know about.

  •  More than 1/3 of American adults claim that low back pain affected their lives in engaging different tasks. Activities that are mostly affected by low back pain include exercise (38%), sleep (37%) and daily living (39%) in general.
  • Around 72% of Americans who suffer from low back pain use pain medications to relieve symptoms. However, 55% use cold or heat packs as home remedy in treating low back pain.

Chiropractic Helps When Car Accidents Happen

A car accident can vary from a mild bump to a more severe accident

where the entire car is damaged, also damaging the lives of the
individuals found inside the car at the time of the accident. FindLaw
reports that on average, a total of $277 billion of damage accounts for the cost of car accidents within the United States alone each year. The severity of a car accident often determines the amount of damage done to the road, the car, the environment where the accident happened and, of course, the individuals contained within the car. It is reported that the most common types of injuries obtained through a car accident includes:
• Head injuries
• Back injuries
• Neck injuries
• Chest injuries

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Understanding Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain arises from the shoulder joint but it can also be caused by pain on the surrounding area particularly the neck, diaphragm, and the heart. This is called referred pain. It is a common symptom in hospital care. Since shoulder pain shares overlapping features, it is important to properly assess it and look for red flags that can lead to better diagnosis and treatments.
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Facts About Neck Pain

Neck pain is one of the most common types of pain that affects the
American population. In the data released by the Center for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), neck pain attributes to 15.1% of
sufferers in the country.
Neck pain does not affect a particular demographic but data suggests that women are more likely to experience neck pain than men. Demographic studies also indicate that adults who are over the age of 65 are also more likely to suffer from neck pain due to osteoporosis. Below are other interesting facts that you should know about neck pain….
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How Chiropractic Can Be Helpful During Childhood Development

How Chiropractic Can Be Helpful During Childhood Development

Children need chiropractic because misalignments  (subluxations) occur in children’s spines as early as the birthing process.Then during learning how to walk, falling off of couches, playing sports,  wrestling with siblings, a child undergoes thousands of events that  have the potential to partially dislocate a spine.

The administration of Chiropractic techniques is observed in millions of children around the world.

Many growing children have been able to benefit from these techniques and have been able to gain support for several musculoskeletal conditions.

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What is Wellness Chiropractic?

There are two different types of chiropractors that see patients-pain relief and wellness.  Pain relief chiropractors are focused solely on getting you pain and when that occurs they release you from care and you are on your way.  Wellness chiropractors are focused on getting to the root cause of your problem that is causing you pain or dis-ease. Lets look at the difference.

Pain relief chiropractors focus is on getting you out of pain.  They use a variety of tools outside of adjusting to get relief.  The care plan is directed towards getting you out of pain and once that has happened you are released from care with a call me when you need me.  Often the patient doesn’t know that the problem hasn’t fully been corrected and that over time the subluxation pattern will return back to its pain generating state. Then the patient has two choices:  go back to get adjusted or say that chiropractic doesn’t work.  Most people come in for pain relief don’t get me wrong.  Isn’t that what we have been brought up on take Tylenol for quick relief, no pain no problem, take aspirin for those normal headaches?  Who has normal headaches  I haven’t had any headaches for years!  But what if there was more to chiropractic?

Wellness chiropractic is what we focus on at Discover Life Chiropractic.  We have taken the approach that most patients don’t want to be on the revolving pain train;  get out of pain, go a few months, come back in pain, get adjusted, and repeat the cycle.   Wellness chiropractic is focused on detecting your problem that is causing your pain and directing our energy at fixing the problem.  This may involve chiropractic, exercise, massage, posture correction, referrals to other healthcare professionals, nutrition, and weight loss.  By using computerized technology we can image your nerve system and posture to look underneath the surface and see if chiropractic is the answer or one of the answers.  Then we can design a program of chiropractic care and ancillary services that are focused on correcting the cause of your problem.  Then our patients have tools outside the office to self manage their problem on a daily basis.  Wouldn’t you want to help yourself be healthy.  This is why we exercise, diet, manage our stress it helps us become healthier over time.   Our patients are more successful, happier and spend less time and money in my office. Check out our video testimonial page and You Tube videos.  Happy patients with life changing results.  This is why our office is named Discover Life Chiropractic.

Your Posture is Killing You

Most people have poor posture and just assume that it doesn’t impact them.  It is just something that happens and they will deal with it later.  They don’t know when it started and often think that exercise and stretching will fix it.  This blog will examine where posture comes from and how it’s impacting you.

One of the most common misconceptions about posture is that I can just sit straighter and it will go away.  Poor posture is a result of poor habits over a lifetime.  It starts when you are little and put in front of a t.v.  It continues in today’s society when you are sitting in front of a computer, texting, driving, sitting in chairs at work, at home etc.  Once you start to lean forward, flex your head in front of your shoulders, gravity takes over.  Now gravity is pulling you down and your postural muscles are struggling to counteract this.  Over a short period of time, in some cases weeks the nerve system learns that this is normal posture and starts to reinforce this pattern.  If nothing is done to counteract this posture then our nerve system stores this image as normal and then we battle it for the rest of our lives.  We try to sit straighter, work out, change our chairs, and still have poor posture.  Chiropractor’s and our office Discover Life Chiropractic are postural specialists.  We work with the nerve system to reprogram your nerve system back to its factory settings (head over the shoulders when viewed from the side, head over pelvis when viewed from the front).  With a combination of chiropractic adjustments and postural exercises we can retrain your nerve system back to proper posture.  Then we provide a support system called wellness care because you are going back to the lifestyle that created this so patients get periodic check ups to make sure they are staying at optimal posture alignment.

Why is posture important?  Here are some stats from our posture class we teach.  You are 50% more likely to die sooner if you have a jutting head posture, the more height you lose in life the faster you die, if you lose 3cm then you increase your risk of dying 64% and heart attack risk 43%, you increase your risk of stroke, decrease your oxygen intake and since your brain uses 20% of your oxygen you negatively affect it, potentially leading to dementia etc.  At Discover Life Chiropractic we have patients in their 70’s regaining height, decreasing blood pressure, gaining mental clarity,  improving posture scans, and normalizing paraspinal muscle activity.  We continually monitor these tests to make sure you are maximizing your ability to live a longer more productive life.