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Benefits of Chiropractic Care in Forward-Neck Posture

You. Yes…. You!

There is a chance that you are tilting your neck forward right now while holding your phone/laptop and reading this blog post.

There is also a chance that you just realized it and you tried to straighten your neck. Good!

You are not the only one. We live in a revolutionized and digital world where technological devices like phones and laptops play a very important role in our daily lives. With them, people have created social media empires and established businesses that have totally changed the way we carry out conventional activities. Advanced studies have even revealed that over 50% of people would carry their phones first in cases of fire outbreaks.

Yet, despite its wide usage, there has been a growing concern about the effects associated with this practice, as research has continued to give evidence of the effects that it brings.

A person spends 2 to 4 hours every day on an average reading or texting with their phones, and this figure is even higher for youths. This invariably means that they are going to spend at least two hours tilting their neck forward to look at their screens, leading to 800- 1400 hours of cervical spine stress every year.

What is Forward Head Posture?

           As the name implies, Forward Head Posture (FHP) is the steady loss of normal posture due to the forward bending of the head, thereby increasing the pressure on the shoulders and the neck. Not only does it cause a lot of discomfort and pain, but it creates tissue damage over time. In the past, FHP wasn’t really a thing. The absence of the normal neck curve wasn’t a serious physical problem except if the patient has spondylosis.

But things may have gotten out of hand.

The muscles of the neck and back are forced to work extra hard to keep your head in a forward position. This creates stiffness and severe pain over time.

Several effects come with FHP. Some include:

  • Wear and tear of the tissues: When the head tilts forward, there is an increased weight on the shoulder by some pounds. This loss of the normal curve of the cervical spine causes wear and tear that results in stresses that can cause degeneration and could ultimately require surgery.

To be able to eliminate or reduce stress on the spine, the individual must maintain good posture, which is defined as the alignment of the ears with the shoulders. Proper posture also enhances the level of serotonin and testosterone and increases feelings of balance and power. You can guess that poor posture does the exact opposite, as it affects every human activity by negatively affecting the endocrine system.

  • Excessive pressure on the neck: Research has shown that every 15 degrees of forward-head tilting results in increased pressure on the neck and shoulders, adding an extra weight of about 27 pounds. So, if the average angle a person tilts when looking down at a phone is about 60 degrees, imagine the excessive weight that the neck bears every time it bends. This will ultimately lead to wear and tear of the joints, and eventually, spinal degeneration.  

Other symptoms of Forward-Head Posture (FHP) include:

  • Headaches
  • Fibromyalgia: a rheumatic condition that consists of muscular pain, stiffness, and tenderness at specific places
  • TMJ pain: TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint, and it is otherwise referred to as the jaw joint. When TMJ is not properly placed or aligned, it can harm other joints and muscles.  
  • Depression
  • Tingling: This usually occurs in the upper limb
  • Fatigue
  • Negative behavioral habits amongst children
  • Aches and pain
  • Asthma: a respiratory condition that is characterized by difficulty in breathing.

And finally,

  • Hindered blood flow (which is considered the most dangerous)

How does proper posture aid the flow of blood?

Research has continuously provided evidence of how maintaining the right neck curve can increase the flow of blood. Looking at some of the strongest structures in the world, a major characteristic among them is that they consist of arcs. These arcs act as the force which sustains these structures (they include bridges and doorways) and their designs are the factors that determine its longevity. The same is true with the human body.

The structure of the human body consists of arcs, and the spine is considered the most important arc of them all. This spine is made up of several arcs that make it stronger and last longer. Whenever there is a loss in the normal spinal curves, it exposes the discs and bones to unwarranted degeneration. It also affects a person’s physical appearance. This happens over a long period, mostly due to improper posture.

The dangerous part about it is that loss of the spinal curves is linked to a reduction in vertebral artery hemodynamics. This means that there is a reduction in the amount of blood that flows to the brain and certain parts of the body. People with loss of neck curve usually experience disability, nerve tension, and a poor quality of life in general. The pressure also creates the foundation for the formation of bone spur and osteoarthritis as the neck muscles and tissues tend to work much harder to make up for the inadequacy.

So maybe the question on your mind is… How can I prevent, eliminate or reduce forward neck posture and its effects?

There are basically three ways:

  • Chiropractic care: This is one of the most powerful ways of treating FHP and back pain, as experienced medical practitioners continuously recommend it based on previous results. Chiropractors are considered the most effective medical practitioners when it comes to spine alignment and posture issues.

Chiropractors are mostly concerned with the musculoskeletal system.

That is, they deal with the pain that results from the misalignment of muscles, bones, and joints, or when the tendons and ligaments are not properly placed.

It doesn’t matter the kind of job a person does. Anybody can be affected by a slight disturbance in his/her musculoskeletal system.

  • Maintaining the right head posture: This is the most obvious one. By keeping the head properly aligned, you prevent or eliminate unnecessary stresses on the neck and shoulder. You can start by raising your phone a little bit when used in subsequent times.
  • Developing the right posture habits: This is extremely important. Maintaining proper posture aligns the bones and joints, prevents stress on the neck curve, reduces abnormal wear and tear of the discs and bones, and saves energy. A major sign of poor posture is back pain, and there are a lot of factors that can contribute to it such as obesity, pregnancy, stress, weak postural muscles, and even high heeled shoes.


To start, you must continuously be aware of your posture whether you are sitting, standing or lying down. When sitting, place both feet firmly on the floor, and avoid crossing your legs. When standing, relax your arms and pull your shoulders back with your knees slightly bent. When lying down, sleep with your back well stretched on the right mattress.

Okay. So how does it work?

Brilliant question.

Chiropractic care bases its system on the fact that a person’s total health is associated with the alignment of the spinal cord, which is a major component of the central nervous system (CNS), the system that processes pain.

The human body is made up in such a way that all parts are closely knitted together and connected. A misalignment in any part of the body can create several hazardous effects in other parts of the body, even parts that are not related.  The job of a chiropractor is to help patients to properly align their bodies through several spinal adjustments and allow the free movement of muscles and bones. When there is no restriction or obstruction in the musculoskeletal system, the pain reduces.

Chiropractors tend to solve the underlying problem rather than just touching the surface by healing only the symptoms. They pay attention to the nature of the spine by continuously observing the structure and motion of the spine.

What does a typical Tacoma chiropractic care appointment look like?

The beautiful thing about chiropractic care approach is that it influences the patient’s entire body. Chiropractors are specially trained to use certain non-invasive techniques to observe the body of a patient and the areas that need attention.

During the appointment, the patient may go through an examination, receive treatments that can align the body parts, or receive medical advice on the various lifestyle modifications that can be made to alleviate the pain (these may include posture, diet, etc.).

To enhance the effects of the chiropractic treatments, home or rehabilitative exercises may also be prescribed for the patient.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

The chiropractic care industry is consistently flourishing due to the several benefits associated with it. They include the following:

  • Chiropractic care is a holistic approach: Unlike some medical approaches that tend to solve only the symptoms or the affected areas, chiropractic care is a holistic approach. It not only aligns the spine and other areas properly, but it also helps the patient to evaluate their lifestyle choices, such as their diet, sleep, levels of physical activity, stress, etc. This way, they tend to influence the patient’s health way beyond the pain.
  • It is medicine-free: This is one of the reasons why chiropractic care is widely used amongst people. Most patients tend to familiarize themselves with drugs, whether they are prescribed or gotten over the counter. But chiropractic care provides drug-free pain relief, as it focuses more on sustaining a healthy body than treating the symptoms. Although there are various procedures that chiropractors use on their patients, none of it is as dangerous as surgery and only a few patients complain of side effects.
  • It is not dangerous: This is another top reason why chiropractic care is very popular. Despite the several techniques chiropractors use, none of them are as dangerous as undergoing surgery. In most cases, the patients get treated during a single appointment and can head back home in time for dinner!
  • It improves the patient’s posture: After all, what is the need for aligning the spine if the patient constantly maintains a wrong posture? Chiropractic care ensures that you maintain a proper posture, no matter the form you are in.
  • It promotes ergonomic ideas: In today’s world, we have been indoctrinated in the sitting culture. We sit at desks in our offices for long periods. Kids sit in class for long hours as well. We sit at every slightest opportunity and mostly with our heads tilted down towards our phones, and this is extremely harmful to our spinal health. Chiropractic care promotes ergonomic ideas by encouraging people to make small changes in their homes or offices to help them reduce the stresses on their neck curves.
  • Enhances mental health: It comes as no surprise that chiropractic care enhances the mental state of a person. Although much research hasn’t been done to link the effects chiropractic care has on mental health, it is assumed that since chiropractic care enhances the nervous system, it enhances the brain.

This approach focuses more on helping a person to achieve a balanced and healthier life, which includes eating the right foods and exercising often, which are key factors in maintaining mental health and clarity.

  • Flexible treatment plans: The beautiful thing about chiropractic care is that its treatments can be customized to suit the patient’s needs, unlike traditional medical procedures. If the patient is disabled or has a painful body part, the chiropractor knows exactly what to do in such cases. They create chiropractic adjustments plans that are unique to each patient
  • They are not just for FHP and back pains: The chiropractic care industry has gone beyond merely reducing neck and back pains. They now proffer effective solutions to health conditions such as ear infections, menstrual disorders, gastrointestinal infections, infertility problems, etc.
  • Chiropractic care saves you money: Healthcare is a luxury to a lot of people these days. With the uncertainty of the economy, who doesn’t want to save money? If you go through the normal medical procedure, you may end up going for several appointments, buying so many drugs and paying off a lot of bills. But by opting for chiropractic care, you tend to have fewer appointments, thereby spending way less than you are supposed to. Plus, you will be able to get a lot more information from a chiropractor than you normally would. Sounds like a fantastic idea!
  • It improves the quality (and quantity) of your sleep: There is a growing number of people experiencing sleeping disorders in our time than ever before. By reducing pain and aiding relaxation, chiropractic care has shown to help people sleep better by enhancing the quality, and invariably, the quantity of their sleep.
  • It’s the best pain treatment you’ll ever find: Research has shown that chiropractic care has proven to be more effective in relieving pain than conventional methods. Plus, it comes at low risk, as patients have no fear of invasive procedures or allergies.

What could be better than this? Contact us today to set up an appointment and start correcting Forward Head Posture.

About Headaches

We all experience various forms of headaches at different points in time. Most times, the most convenient form of relief is to take painkillers. Other times, just a little bit of rest, and taking some water helps to calm a headache. However, headaches cause distress and can leave you unable to carry out important tasks. There are people who usually get bothered when they begin to experience frequent headache attacks and attribute it to a more serious cause. Most of the time, however, headaches do not do any serious damage.

WHAT CAUSES HEADACHES?

While a headache generally affects the head, numerous types of headaches have been identified, each with its own symptoms and severity.

Medical scientists have identified a total of four different types of headaches, including the symptoms, causes, and diagnosis of each.

  • Tension HeadachesThis is the most common type of headache and usually feels like pressure around the head. Tension headaches can also appear as constant aches around the head. The focus of the pain is usually around the back of the head, the neck and at the temples on the head. These headaches are usually not too severe, and they are not likely to have a large impact on the quality of life or the ability to perform certain tasks. Tension headaches can usually be treated with aspirin, Tylenol or ibuprofen; although an array of other over-the-counter drugs are also available to assist with the relief of such a headache.
  • Sinus HeadachesThese headaches are usually caused by sinus. Infection can occur when sinuses become inflamed. A fever accompanies sinus headaches on most occasions. The condition can be treated with numerous types of medication, including decongestants, antibiotics, and antihistamines.
  • Migraine headachesThis headache is basically unilateral in nature. It usually causes throbbing pains. Carrying out routine physical activity can cause a migraine to escalate. Migraines may be anywhere from moderate to severe. When a migraine strikes, you may get nauseous and experience vomiting episodes. Sensitivity to elements such as light, as well as sounds and smells usually accompany migraines. An episode of migraine could last anywhere from a few hours into days. Beta blockers are usually given to migraine patients to stop headaches from occurring.
  • Cluster headachesThis headache type is kind of distant. Cluster attacks usually come with one-sided pain. Each attack determines what side gets affected. It usually comes with a very severe pain that feels like a stab. Short episodes may last for just a couple of minutes, but cluster headaches can stay as long as three hours before resolving itself. It is normal to have this headache reoccurring severally in one day or throughout the entire week. The pain can escalate if you lie down. Sufferers of this headache usually experience a watery eye and nasal congestion depending on what side the headache attacks. Alcohol consumption is known to trigger cluster headaches.

HOW TO GET RID OF HEADACHES

Dealing with the pain that comes from headaches can be achieved using a wide range of options. There are anti-inflammatory medications (no steroids), for example, to help with that. Antidepressants are usually given to migraine patients to stop headaches from occurring. There may be times when medications do very little to alleviate persistent headaches. Check out these alternative approaches that could actually prove effective in your fight against headaches –

Biofeedback

Biofeedback involves the monitoring of body functions like blood pressure, the tension in the muscles, the temperature of the skin, as well as heart rate, with the use of electronic sensors. The patient gets feedback via sounds. Another way of sending feedback to the patient is through the use of computer images. The objective of biofeedback is to help patients learn to control their body responses in order to stop headache pains. This remedy is suggested by studies to be very potent when it comes to migraines and tension headaches.

Acupuncture

Your body’s energy flow is realigned by inserting needles under your skin. This is what acupuncture is all about. Acupuncture is touted as an effective preventative measure against acute migraines. It is also believed to come with far lesser side effects when compared to drug treatments. Individuals who experience tension headaches may also benefit from acupuncture.

Massage

Rubbing your temples can provide you with temporary relief from headaches. You could also go for a professional massage to your back as well as neck and head. Massage sessions frequently can help to prevent the regular occurrence of migraines, according to studies. It can also promote better sleep.

Meditation

By applying a wide range of meditation techniques, you can quiet your mind and shield it from distractions like pain through focused attention. Studies are being carried out to determine whether meditation techniques can help to reduce the rate at which migraines occur and their level of severity. A study involving migraine patients revealed that the frequency of headaches was significantly reduced as a result of spiritual meditation while helping to improve tolerance for pain. The results were better when compared with muscle relaxation as well as secular meditation.

Yoga

Is it possible that yoga can provide relief for headaches? A study involving migraine patients was carried out to determine whether yoga could help relieve migraines. Participants who took part in yoga experienced reduce migraine occurrences and felt less anxious. Yoga involves a combination of meditation, physical postures, as well as breathing exercises, in order to restore balance to the entire being.

Relaxation

Relaxation exercises such as breathing deeply, making use of mental imagery, and listening to soft music is a very good way for individuals to unwind and probably experience relief from headaches. The role of relaxation exercises in tackling headaches requires more research. There is a wide range of relaxation techniques that can be applied. Exercises such as lying still, taking in deep breaths, reciting mantras, and more can help to consciously relax the muscles.

HOW CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP RELIEVE HEADACHES

Chiropractic is actually a very good alternative to popping pills for headaches. It is one of the better solutions to getting rid of headaches. According to research, spinal manipulation could help to effectively treat tension headaches as well as neck related headaches. Spinal manipulation is a technique that is usually used by chiropractic doctors. In 2014, a JMPT report was released where it was discovered that some of the primary interventions that are associated with chiropractic care help to improve acute neck pain as well as chronic neck pain conditions with evidence of increased benefits in different instances.

A JMPT study carried out in 2011 revealed that chiropractic care, together with spinal manipulation, helps to improve migraines as well as cervicogenic headaches.

If you are experiencing primary headaches, chiropractic doctors may be able to help you. There are techniques and procedures that can be initiated by a doctor of chiropractic. Here they are –

  • Your doctor of chiropractic may carry out spinal manipulation as well as other chiropractic adjustments as a way of improving spinal function in order to relieve your system of built-up stress.
  • You will get proper nutritional advice from your doctor of chiropractic. There might be diet change recommendations together with the prescription of the vitamin B complex.
  • You will also get professional advice on relaxation techniques, ergonomics, as well as exercises that can help you. If you apply the advice that you get, you should experience some level of muscle tension relief, especially in the neck as well as upper back.

Chiropractic doctors undergo intense training to ensure that they are properly equipped to provide assistance to patients in a wide range of ways which are more complex than providing treatment for pain in the back region. Their knowledge about the relationship between the spine and the entire human body empowers them to take the right steps to help eliminate these problems.

Final thoughts

Headaches come in different kinds and have different triggers. This guide helps you understand headaches better and how to find relief if you are currently battling with one.

Chiropractic: An immune system booster

Chiropractors can relieve pain very easily and, at the same time, they can help prevent future pain. 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 regularly, 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.

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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 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. And, that rose to 7.06% through 2002 in America alone. Now, WHO reports that 5% of all worldwide population is suffering from this illness. Those numbers are 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. Then, 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 chiropractic 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 affects immediate relatives. Or anxiety could just be caused by recent traumatic events. The brain’s chemistry is pretty complex stuff and even simple things like not getting enough sleep could throw you off your game and make you 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. You biology folks out there 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. These all come 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 IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome). There 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. It concluded that psychological treatments do indeed have a much more significant effect on physical ailments than 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?

it can be argued that chiropractic care should be higher on your agenda when dealing with anxiety and depression. 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 underlying issue of situational 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 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

Stress How can I live with it?

Stress  We all have it, live with it, ignore it, hope it will go away, or resign ourselves to it.  Society knows about it, my patients know about it but most everyone doesn’t know what to do about it.  Stress is defined as change either positive or negative.  So when we change our environment our ourselves it creates stress in our life.   There are positive stressors(eustress) or negative stressors(distress) in our lives.  Positive stressors make us better e.g. going to the gym to work out, taking a new position at work etc.  Then there are the negative stressors just read the paper and you know what I’m talking about.  These are the ones that create problems in our lives and diseases in our bodies.

In our office we break stress management categories into three types; physical, emotional, and chemical.  Physical is gravity, posture, birthing, injuries, slips and falls, etc.  Chemical is food we eat, things we drink, drugs we take, exposure to cell phone radiation, electromagnetic radiation and household chemicals.  Emotional stress is everything you think about that isn’t working for you  job, mortgage, relationships, academics, athletics, etc.  There is an old saying that what you think about you bring about.  Dwell on the negative and that’s what keeps coming into your life.  Read the book THE SECRET if you want more on this idea.  The reality is we are always going to have stress so what can we do.  This is where chiropractic steps in.  Your nerve system is the system that determines stress and the appropriate response.  Think about your favorite food. Can you see it, already start to taste it.  Your nerve system has this memory and already salivary glands are producing saliva, digestive system changes are happening all because your nerve system took an idea and triggered an action.  When you work out your blood pressure should go up and when your done it should go down.  This is if your nerve system is functioning at 100%.  But what if you have a misaligned vertebrae(subluxation) to the nerve that goes to your heart.  Now when you work out your blood pressure goes up and then stays up because your body can’t receive the signal that tells your blood pressure to go down.  Then you live like this for a decade or two( since most kids are subluxated by 2-3 years old).  Then you go to the doctor, get diagnosed with high blood pressure, take medication, and live with it for the rest of your life, dealing with the secondary effects of a body that’s overstressed.  (Here’s a question to think about- Is blood pressure an effect of stress or a cause. If its an effect then isn’t it better to treat the cause?)  Subluxations blocked the normal response so then the body just responded to the info that it had.  IF the subluxation was removed in this scenario then the blood pressure drops and the patient live medication free.  This type of incorrect response to stress occurs hourly in subluxated people who comprise over 85% of the population.  My job as a chiropractor is to remove the subluxation and allow the body to correctly adapt to the daily stress you put your body through.  Your job is to minimize the stress your expose yourself to and have systems in place-adjustments, exercise, massage, acupuncture, to help de-stress yourself.

Dr. David Hendrickson