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How Chiropractic Helps A Functional Short Leg Functional short leg is a fairly common condition that typically occurs due to inflexibility or muscle weakness at the pelvis, ankle, and foot complex. Runners sometimes experience the condition when running over certain surfaces that are unstable or not level. It can also occur due to wearing inappropriate footwear. This condition can cause pain in the lower spine, hips, buttock, and legs. If
Tension Headache Tension headaches occur as the most prevalent types of headaches, occurring more often in women than in men. Research shows that 48 percent of women and 38 percent of men suffer from tension headaches. Each year, patients spend more than $2 billion on over the counter headache medications. In fact, people spend a lot of money and effort seeking remedies for headaches. Remedies such as prescription medication to
Healthy Foods Fight Arthritic Inflammation Arthritic inflammation pain can be debilitating. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), between the years of 2010 and 2012 an estimated 22.7 percent or 52.5 million adults in the United States alone were diagnosed by a doctor with arthritis. Mostly, rheumatoid arthritis ra, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, gout, or fibromyalgia. Also, during that time, almost 50 percent of adults 65 or older were diagnosed
Benefits of Chiropractic for Infantile Colic If you have ever cared for an infant with colic, you know how frustrating and helpless it can make you feel. It is so hard to see a little one in such obvious discomfort and you can’t help them no matter what you do. When you have a baby who experiences frequent infantile colic it can be heartbreaking. An infant is so small and
5 Things Chiropractic Patients Ought to Know About Text Neck Syndrome Remember how your mom always said, “Nothing in life is free”? Well, she was right. High-tech handheld devices and smart phones advancing at the speed of light are a modern convenience unlike little else, but the advantages of communication at our fingertips come with a price: text neck syndrome. Here are 5 things chiropractic patients ought to know about
Benefits of Chiropractic for Elderly Patients The aging process can usher in a variety of conditions and health issues that are confined mostly to the elderly. Chronic pain, arthritis, loss of mobility, and other issues can occur as a person gets older, but senior citizens are finding that chiropractic for elderly patients provides some great benefits to improving these conditions. Chiropractic Can Provide Better Range of Motion Regular chiropractic treatment
Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Children Chiropractic care for children has been proven safe and effective for mutiple conditions. Chiropractic is traditionally considered by many to be a treatment for adults. Most parents do not think of Doctors of Chiropractic as the first place to start for healthcare. Especially, when their children become ill, experience pain or injury, or struggle with chronic problems. However, research shows that the it can
4 Ways Chiropractic Care Helps Improve Your Overall Health & Wellness Chiropractic care has been increasing in popularity over the last few years. The medical community is recognizing its value for treating many conditions, as well as improving your overall health and wellness. There was a time when chiropractic was used only to treat back pain. However, studies now show that it can be used to effectively treat a wide
How Chiropractic Helps People Who Suffer from Plantar Fasciitis You feet are important. When you consider what your feet go through, taking 8,000 steps over the course of a day, according to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association (IPMA), it’s easy to see how 75 percent of all Americans will have some type of foot pain at some point in their lives. Plantar fasciitis is a common and very painful foot
How Chiropractic Helps Those That Suffer from Iliotibial Band (ITB) Syndrome Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is a very common injury among runners. The chances of it becoming a chronic condition are reduced when diagnosed early and if treatment commences immediately. ITBS responds very well to chiropractic since it involves the pelvis and related muscles. When pelvic mechanics are not functioning properly, the muscle doesn’t work efficiently. Thus, flexibility and mobility
Migraines: Natural Relief with Chiropractic Care One of my primary reasons for going to Chiropractic College in the first place was because I had migraine headaches and sports-related injuries that were helped by Chiropractic Care. If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know that it’s more than just headache pain. The debilitating pain can be accompanied by nausea and other symptoms – and it’s more common than you may think.
5 Health Benefits of Walking That Every Chiropractic Patient Should Know The case for walking in order to achieve better health is not new. Doctors and fitness experts have been touting walking benefits for decades. When you walk, you engage more than 200 muscles – this includes your pelvis and spine. This makes it an exceptional complement to chiropractic treatment. However, if you aren’t convinced, these five compelling reasons why
Weight Loss Tips We all know and understand the importance of maintaining a healthy weight. Weight loss can be a long hard journey. Some individuals do quite nicely at managing their pounds with seemingly little effort, while other struggle constantly. A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that 78 million American adults suffer from obesity. A person who has sustained an injury or suffers
Nutritional tips for better health. Our nutritional tips will help you live a healthier and more energetic life. Chiropractic care effectively and naturally treats a multitude of conditions and diseases. The overall premise is to return the body to its natural alignment by removing subluxations, which takes care of the root cause of many problems. Spinal adjustments, however, aren’t necessarily the Holy Grail for total health. It’s essential for chiropractic
https://youtu.be/ioS1_4xluBo 6 Tips If You Are A Victim of a Car Crash Few instances shatter our world into pieces more quickly than an auto accident. Never expected, a wreck causes bodily injury, stress, and, in some cases, dealing with a law firm about ongoing financial litigation issues. Unfortunately, there are vast number of vehicles on the road today, many with a weakness for distracted driving. This combination of drivers dramatically
5 Reasons Whiplash Sufferers Should Choose Chiropractic Care Our neck is a busy body part. It holds our head up, turns it, and allows us to see, hear, and speak in the direction we choose. Even with all it’s importance tasks, the neck is actually fairly delicate. There are many ways everyday motion can injure the neck. In most cases, whiplash side effects include: acute to chronic pain, decreased mobility, and varying
How Chiropractic Care Benefits Football Injuries There is no doubt that full-contact football is a rough sport. At times, it can be downright brutal, especially on the body. Consequently, the sport sees a multitude of traumatic injuries. Some injuries are serious, including head, neck, ankle, knee, and spinal. Chiropractic care is quickly becoming a popular, practical method for treating football injuries. In addition, chiropractic care can manage football injury-related pain.
Is Chiropractic Care the Answer to Your Child’s Chronic Ear Infections? “Mom, it hurts. It hurts!” Parents of children suffering from ear infections are all too familiar with this cry. Tugging at their ears, crying, and trouble sleeping are all signs of a middle ear infection, also called otitis media, in your little one. If your child has a ruptured eardrum they may have fluid draining from their ear canal.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help Tennis Elbow Even if you have never stepped foot onto a court, or played a racquet sport, you may end up with tennis elbow. Tennis Elbow is also known as lateral epicondylitis. It occurs along the muscle that allows extension of the wrist. It can be an extremely painful condition that can linger for weeks. Some cases can even last up to 12 months. What
3 Differences in Sprains & Strains Treatment & Chiropractic Sprain and Strain, which injury is it or is it both? As experienced chiropractors, we like answering the questions we receive from our patients. A common inquiry is “what is the difference between a sprain and a strain?” Sprains & strains are injuries to the musculoskeletal system that are commonly diagnosed conditions and are two separate issues people frequently mix up. We will
How Running Injuries Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care Step. Ouch. Step. Ouch. Step. Ouch. No one wants to suffer from a running injury. Especially if they’re using running as a fitness activity. Hopefully, you can maintain good running form and decrease the chance of injuries by the information we have applied in this article. Running is one of the most popular forms of exercise and offers many benefits. It can
A Healthy Diet Benefits Your Life It’s hard to turn on the television or cruise the internet without being bombarded with articles pertaining to our health. Headlines like “Americans Don’t Sleep Enough,” “Start a Healthy Diet Now,” or “One-Third of Adults Are Obese” are everywhere! Ever wonder why? Stress, heredity, and smoking are all factors that play a part in a person’s overall health. However, one of the biggest factors
Back pain prevention is the key to healthy living and overall health. There are dangers in everyday life, from slipping in the shower to getting mowed down by the next-door neighbor’s teenage driver. The risk doesn’t end once we are safely behind our desks. Basically, sitting is literally hurting us! While not actually trying to cause ourselves harm, our computer, desk, office chair, and keyboard are not our friends. We spend
Piriformis Syndrome Relief If you are looking for pain relief from piriformis syndrome, chiropractic care should be on the top of your list. Chiropractic physicians are able to provide diagnosis and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions, piriformis syndrome included. What Is Piriformis Syndrome? A small muscle located deep in the buttocks, the piriformis muscle performs the essential function of rotating the leg outwards. Piriformis Syndrome is a painful condition. It occurs when the piriformis muscle
Golf injury pain relief. Are you looking for golf pain relief? Does this sound familiar? It’s a warm sunny day with a bit of a breeze. You are on the back nine about to sink a putt. But, when you swing, your back seizes up with severe pain. The beautiful day of golf turns into painfully riding in the golf cart back to the clubhouse. Sadly, you limp painfully to
5 Key Ways Expectant Mothers Benefit from Chiropractic Care Pregnancy and chiropractic care go together like peanut butter and dill pickle sandwiches! They may sound weird to the average person. But when you are pregnant and have a craving for some pain relief. A chiropractic visit should bring a smile to your face and relief to those pregnancy pains. Pregnancy is an exciting, precious time in a woman’s life, full
Summer fun means outside activities in the warm sun. From strenuous pursuits like biking, hiking, and volleyball-playing. To more leisurely enjoyments like sunbathing on a float. No matter how you plan to enjoy the steamy summer months. Maintaining summer hydration should be right up there with sunscreen on your list of important hot weather priorities. Dehydration is a condition that ranges from mild to serious. And, it can happen quicker than
The crack of a ball against your bat, good! The crack of a back or shoulder, bad! No matter how severe, baseball injuries can create quite a kink in your game. Baseball, our national pastime, heats up in summer. From little league on up, people of all ages enjoy swinging the bat and running the bases. Unfortunately, baseball requires some movements that can wreak havoc on a person’s body. This
Swimming Pool Safety in the Summertime Swimming pool safety should be you number one priority, if you are going to have fun in the pool this summer. School is out, and the cool, fresh water of the local swimming pool awaits beckoning. Long, sunny days, the smell of sunscreen and the laughter of the playing children will fill the next few months. However, there are elements of this delightful picture that
Fibromyalgia Relief Can Benefit From Full Body Chiropractic Care Fibromyalgia is one of today’s most common chronic pain conditions. According to the American College of Rheumatology, around 1 in 50 Americans currently suffer from fibromyalgia. Unfortunately, the condition is difficult to diagnose. Also, being chronic in nature, it can linger for several months, or even years. Fibromyalgia typically causes pain throughout the body and creates areas so tender that the
Sciatica Relief: Chiropractic Lessens Pain, Helps Healing Are you looking for some sciatica relief? Do you experience pain along one side of your body? Does it start in your lower back, travel down through your hip, and to the back of your leg? If so, you could be suffering from a condition called sciatica. According to the Mayo Clinic, Sciatica “most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone
What Chiropractic Patients Need to Know About Sitting Ergonomics Sitting ergonomics or your seated posture while working is not exercise unless you work at it. It’s no big secret that exercise is good for you. Many articles and books have been written and studies completed on the subject of physical fitness. However, lately, it’s been discussed as to whether that five-mile run or spin class is really enough. Is our work
4 Ways Chiropractic Can Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Sufferers Get Relief Do you think that you’re suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome? Maybe now’s the time to have your condition evaluated to determine if you do have a true carpal tunnel syndrome or if you have some other condition affecting your forearm, wrist, and hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a serious, painful nerve injury that affects many people in the
Back Pain in School Kids Who Are Carrying Backpacks Backpack back pain in kids is on the rise. While back pain is a known issue in adults, its prevalence in school-aged children has received little scientific attention. Elementary, middle, and high school students most often carry backpacks that weigh enough to cause chronic back pain, poor posture, and even decreased lung volume. Recently, several studies reveal the truths behind childhood
5 Tips Chiropractic Patients Can Use When Choosing The Perfect Pillow Not having the perfect pillow can lead to neck pain. Neck pain is nobody’s friend, and it is definitely not an ideal sleeping companion. Pain-filled nights can leave a person dull, groggy, and not ready to face the day in the morning. Unfortunately, certain sleeping positions can further aggravate neck pain to the point it robs a person of a
How Chiropractic Can Help Patients Who Suffer From Arthritis Get Relief Chiropractic treatment specializes in wellness care. However, it is becoming more common for people to visit chiropractors to treat a variety of different kinds of pain. Because of this, chiropractic adjustments provide many benefits to people and patients who suffer from a wide variety of conditions like arthritis. In today’s article, we’ll explore how chiropractic can help patients who
5 Things Chiropractic Patients Ought to Know About Text Neck Remember how your mom always said, “Nothing in life is free”? Well, she was right. High-tech gadgets and smartphones advancing at the speed of light are a modern convenience unlike little else, but the advantages of communication at our fingertips come with a price: text neck. Here are 5 things chiropractic patients ought to know about text neck, the epidemic
How Chiropractic Can Achieve Neck Pain Relief Neck pain relief may just be one step away. If you have pain in any part of your body, it can range from uncomfortable to downright debilitating. In the case of your neck, any degree of irritation can impede your ability to function. Because of this, it is important that you learn about how chiropractic can give you neck pain relief, so that you can
Weight Loss Can Help Reduce Back Pain for Chiropractic Patients Back pain is one of the most common and most troublesome problems that people experience. Eight out of 10 individuals will struggle with back pain during some point in their life, the US National Library of Medicine reports. Low and chronic back pain can be aggravated by many triggers. Mechanical stress, excessive strain, muscle weakness, poor sleeping position, lack of
3 Nutritional Tips: Boost Your Immune System In today’s fast-paced society, we’re bombarded with various forms of stress that can wreak havoc on our immune systems. Chiropractors are particularly interested in helping their chiropractic patients overcome these stressors. So their patients can maintain a healthy and balanced life. Outside of the chiropractic adjustment, let’s take a look at three nutritional tips that will help chiropractic patients boost their immune system.
What Chiropractic Patients Need To Know About Low Back Pain Chiropractic care is dedicated to finding and correcting subluxations, also known as misalignments. However, many patients seek chiropractic care to alleviate pain and other health-related symptoms. One condition that chiropractic patients seek relief from is consistent low back pain. According to the American Chiropractic Association, 31 million Americans experience low back pain at any given time. Even though low back
Chiropractic Headache Relief Are you looking for headache relief? If you are among the 45 million Americans who suffer headaches regularly, you are undoubtedly familiar with the traditional methods that people use to treat them. Including taking some type of over the counter medication that is supposed to eliminate the pain and reduce any associated swelling. There are many other types of treatment that you may have attempted as well.
What Chiropractic Patients Should Know About Stretching When you suffer from joint or muscle pain, it is important to work on maintaining as much flexibility as possible. The more flexible you are, the less likely you will be to further injure yourself. One of the best ways to improve your flexibility is by stretching before you are active. However, you need to warm up your muscles before you stretch. If
5 Exercise Tips For Chiropractic Patients To Speed Healing And Maintain Health Chiropractic care is designed to speed healing, alleviate pain and restore the body to its natural function and balance. For chiropractors, injury prevention is key for a healthy body. Good practices combined with solid exercises creates toned muscles that protect the body and spine from harm. While each patient receives exercise instructions for their specific condition, the following
4 Key Ways Runners Benefit from Chiropractic Care Runners benefit from full body chiropractic care. Running is one of Americans’ favorite forms of aerobic exercise. The reasons for its acclaim are simple — it can be done almost anywhere, takes no special equipment, and burns calories. There are a great many health benefits of running. Benefits include increased lung capacity, improved cardiovascular health, weight control, decreased high blood pressure. Also,
How Chiropractic Care Gives Back Pain Relief to the Three Most Common Types of Back Pain Do you suffer from back pain? Well, you’re not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work. Also, the second most common reason for visiting a doctor (only behind upper respiratory infections). Why is back pain so common? There is more than one
Asthma Relief With Chiropractic Care Are you seeking asthma relief? Breathe easier with chiropractic care. Asthma is a chronic lung disease that has afflicted more people in the last 20 years than ever. Some doctors attribute the increase to the pollutants in the air, the changes in the modern diet, and lack of adequate ventilation in homes. Patients may have exercise-induced asthma. According to the Mayo Clinic, asthma symptoms vary by individuals