Benefits of Long-Term Chiropractic Care

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Benefits of Long-Term Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustments and treatments serve the needs of millions of people around the world.

 

Adjustments offer effective, non-invasive and cost-effective solutions to neck and back pain, as well as a myriad of other medical issues.

Have you ever stopped to wonder how many of us suffer from neck and back stiffness or pain?

Apart from the obvious discomfort, simple daily tasks such as driving a car, crossing a busy street and picking things up from the floor can become all too challenging for individuals experiencing such pain.

As anyone who has experienced pain would know, having restricted movement can be debilitating and unfortunately, our busy world doesn’t allow for us to stop.

 

Some of the benefits of long-term chiropractic care include:

  • Chiropractors can identify mechanical issues that cause spine-related pain and offer a series of adjustments that provide near immediate relief. Following appointments, patients often report feeling their symptoms noticeably better.
  • When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, they can help restore movement in joints that have ‘locked up’. This becomes possible as treatment allows muscles surrounding joints to relax, thereby reducing joint stiffness.
  • Many factors affect health, including exercise patterns, nutrition, sleep, heredity and the environment in which we live. Rather than just treat symptoms of the disease, chiropractic care focuses on a holistic approach to naturally maintain health and resist disease.
  • Chiropractic adjustments help restore normal function and movement to the entire body. Many patients report an improvement in their ability to move with efficiency and strength.
  • Many patients find delight in the results chiropractic adjustments have on old and chronic injuries. Whether an injury is, in fact, new or old, chiropractic care can help reduce pain, restore mobility and provide quick pain relief to all joints in the body. Such care can help maintain better overall health and thus faster recovery time.

Have you ever noticed that when you are in pain and unable to perform regular or favorite activities, it can put a strain on emotional and mental well-being?

For example, the increased stress from not being able to properly perform a paid job. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on physical health with increases in heart rate and blood pressure. The domino effect often continues with sleep becoming disturbed, with resulting lethargy and tiredness during the day. Does anyone really feel up to exercising in this state?

Chiropractic care is a natural method of healing the body’s communication system and never relies on the use of pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery.

Doctors of Chiropractic work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. Should your condition require the attention of another healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.

 


To find out more and to see how chiropractic care can help you personally, give us a call to schedule your free initial consultation.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder

Do these shorter, darker, and chillier days make your mood cloud over this time every year?

You’re not alone!

Roughly up to 20 percent of Americans report feeling tired or sad with the fewer hours of daylight in the late fall and winter months. With colder temperatures and crisp, blustery winds, it’s easy to give in and hit the snooze button one more time instead of dragging yourself to the gym before work — or, make a date with your couch, warm blankets, and Netflix instead of bundling up and getting dinner with family and friends.

While many people can still function even if they’re feeling a bit melancholy, for some, winter brings a clinical form of depression called Seasonal Affective Disorder, commonly (and ironically) referred to as SAD. Researchers estimate that at least 5% percent of the population experiences SAD symptoms during the shorter days of late-fall and winter, such as fatigue, overeating, loss of interest in activities and difficulty concentrating.

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to feel better and boost your mood if you’re experiencing an energy dip.

Here are some of the best-recommended ways to combat Seasonal Affective Disorder.

 

Rise and shine

The sun is rising earlier, so get up with the chickens, so to say. Bundle up and go for a morning walk around the block, to soak up some of that early morning sunshine.

Same as it ever was

Sticking to a normal routine helps keep your mood and day in balance. Don’t deviate from it if you feel blue, that’s your key to knowing you need to follow through. Don’t neglect your favorite activities just because it’s cold or getting dark early.

Garbage in garbage out

Don’t fall prey to loading up on sugar and comfort foods this time of year. Most people opt for sugary sweets because it gives them a temporary lift in mood, but come spring you’ll regret it with extra weight. Remember, you are what you eat!

Light it up

Consider getting light therapy or buying your own full spectrum UV light box. Research has shown that light therapy helps at least 50% of people who suffer from SAD. The bright light emitted from these devices helps the body awaken in the morning and decreases the hormone melatonin that keeps us asleep at night.

Hit Play

We don’t mean on the DVD player – get outside and enjoy yourself with loved ones this winter. From a friendly snowball fight with friends to cross-country skiing, ice skating, snowshoeing, or a simple hike on a groomed Metroparks path, get out there and find joy in wintertime activities.

Relax

A little downward dog might help lift you out of your funk. Try starting yoga or meditation to get your mind and body some uplifting energy this low light and energy season.

Prepare for take-off

If you have vacation time, book yourself a trip! Quality downtime and vacation are important to recharge and boost your mood. Studies show that people even experience pleasure and stress release from anticipating vacations. While you count down the days until your warm and sunny holiday, find ways to enjoy and be happy with the winter wonderland in your own backyard.

Get Adjusted

Studies show that getting chiropractic adjustments can help alleviate symptoms of depression. 

Our moods are regulated by our body’s chemistry; this chemistry in your organs, as well as your brain, are all regulated by the nervous system. Misalignment of the spine can cause pressure in the area of the brain stem which can cause interference neurologically and chemically.

Often people turn to medications that are used to alter their brain chemistry, but those looking for a non-medication therapy often find that re-aligning these vertebrae can do wonders for their mental state.

 


If you struggle with serious and continuous depressive symptoms, be sure to reach out to your healthcare provider to discuss your condition and options for treatment.


 

If you would like more information about the use of chiropractic care to deal with SAD, please contact us today!

Core Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up.

But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options?

Let’s take a look!

First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.”

We have three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.

The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord, and it’s essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing (sensory division) and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs and upper extremities from which the information originated (motor division). 

For example, hiking on a mountain trail or simply walking requires constant input to and from the CNS so we can adjust our balance accordingly and not fall. These “sensory-motor pathways” are essential and allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) includes a similar sensory/motor “two-way street” system relaying information back and forth from our toes/feet/legs and fingers/hands/arms to the spinal cord (CNS). And if this isn’t complicated enough, we also have “reflexes” that, for example, allow us to QUICKLY pull our hand away from a hot stove to minimize burning our fingers.

Reflexes allow the information to “skip” the brain’s processing part so quicker reactions can occur.

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions that basically “run” our automatic (organ) functions like breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal output, and more. There is constant communication between the ANS, PNS, and CNS that allow us to function in a normal, balanced way… unless something disrupts them.

There are obvious conditions that interfere with this communication process that includes (but are not limited to) diabetes (with neuropathy), frost bitten or burned fingers, peripheral nerve damage from conditions like carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, and/or pinched nerves in the neck, mid-back, low-back spinal regions, as well as conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre Syndrome, after a stroke (spinal cord or brain), and after trauma with resulting fractures where nerve, spinal cord, and/or brain damage can occur. These are “obvious” reasons for delayed or blocked neurotransmission.

There are many other less obvious injuries or conditions that can result in faulty neuromotor patterns and nerve transmission of which chiropractic services can benefit.

The “subluxation complex” is a term some chiropractors use to describe the compromised nerve transmission that may occur if a nerve is compressed or irritated due to faulty bone or joint position along the nerve’s course. Reducing such nerve compression typically allows for a restoration of function. A good illustration of this is a patient who suffers from a herniated disk in the neck with numbness and tingling down the arm to the hand. The goal of treatment (for all healthcare professionals) is to remove the pinch of the nerve.

To realize this goal, Doctors of Chiropractic utilize spinal manipulation and mobilization in addition to other non-surgical, non-drug approaches that may include exercises, nutritional advice, home-care such as a cervical traction unit, and other anti-inflammatory measures (ice, modalities like low level and class IV laser, electric stimulation, pulsed magnetic field, and more).

Given the minimal side-effect risks and well-reported benefits, it only makes sense to try chiropractic FIRST and if you’re not satisfied, your doctor will help you find the next level of care.

Want to see if Chiropractic is right for you? Schedule your free no-obligation consult today!

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Reposted with permission from Chiro-Trust.org