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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 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.

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.

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.