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Common Chiropractic Myths & What’s Really True

Have you ever heard things about Chiropractors that made you think twice about seeing one? There are some myths out there that cause caution to people that considered visiting a chiropractor that now are missing out on the health benefits. Some people think chiropractors just simply aren’t real doctors and that chiropractic care is dangerous. Others think that they can it themselves or that the treatment wouldn’t do any good for their health problems. Here’s a closer look at the common chiropractor myths and then a fact check to make sure you know why these things simply aren’t true.

It’s too expensive to see a chiropractor

One of the common myths of Chiropractors is that people think a chiropractic visit to too expensive and not affordable unless you’re an athlete. They think that it’s not care available to just anyone even though most insurance plans actually cover chiropractic in their coverage. In reality, chiropractors are meant to be for everyone because they offer so many health benefits that everyone needs, not just athletes.

You can’t stop going once you start

Another myth is that once you start getting care you can’t ever stop going. In truth, chiropractic care is an individualized treatment plan and everyone will need different levels of care. Depending on your health and care needs, you may need weekly treatment or temporary treatment until something is corrected.

Chiropractic care is typically used for pain relief, correcting an abnormality, or for wellness and general maintenance. It’s great to go regularly to prevent injury and keep your health in check, but if you are visiting after a car accident or from an issue like scoliosis, you may only need to go until that issue is resolved with minor follow-up in the future. In most cases, people go back because of the health benefits and the results they get, not because they have to.

It’s unnecessary

Other people think that it’s not necessary to seek chiropractic care because they can crack their own back or that a chiropractor is never going to fix their body’s issues. Chiropractic care puts on a force applied specifically to get results safely and is not something you should try to do yourself. In addition, chiropractors work on more than just back pain; they can also help with spine misalignment and nervous system function, the areas that affect the body the most.

They aren’t real doctors

If you don’t trust chiropractors because you don’t think they are real doctors, take a look at the educational requirements involved in becoming one. Chiropractors actually require around 400 hours more of classroom work than regular physicians, taking a closer look at things like anatomy, nutrition, and physiology.

It’s actually dangerous

Lastly, if you fear going to the chiropractor because you think the adjustments are dangerous, realize that chiropractic care is actually the safer therapy option compared to a prescription or surgery. It’s a gentle therapy that requires no drugs or intrusive treatments, but rather uses adjustments and exercise to relieve pain and optimize body function. There is a much higher risk to anti-inflammatory drugs and prescription medicines.

You’ve probably heard these myths or worried about them yourself. Don’t allow these common chiropractic myths worry you from seeking the health benefits of chiropractic treatment. These are the truths behind these common myths.

 

Top 4 Stretches for Back Pain Between Chiropractic Visits

When you go to the chiropractor for an adjustment, you’ll often be instructed to do some stretches or exercises related to the issue you went in for in-between visits. Whether you have an injury you are trying to heal or your spine becomes misaligned from daily activity, it’s important to see the chiropractor for adjustments and a closer look at how your body is functioning.

Since everything in the body is connected, having one thing off will affect everything else. Take a look at these four stretches you can do for back pain between chiropractic visits to help heal and relieve discomfort until your next appointment.

Lying knee to chest with twist

One easy way to stretch the body for back pain relief is to lay with your knee to your chest. Start by lying on your back and bring one leg from a straight out position towards your chest while the other remains straight out. Hold it there and then slowly bring the knee over your body to the other side where you’ll rest it on the floor. This can be extra effective if you form a T shape with your arms straight out.

This is great for working the chest, shoulders, piriformis muscles, and paraspinal muscles. Your abs will also benefit from the twisting because it awakens the digestive process and strengthens your core.

Hamstring stretch

Try the hamstring stretch if you want to benefit the hamstrings, lower back, and upper back. You can do this standing or sitting depending how flexible you are.  Simply stretch your legs to a straight position with a slight bend to protect your knees and tendons. Bend over the legs keeping the back straight reaching towards the toes without harming the back’s strength in order to do so.

Make this extra effective by doing it in a standing position so that the blood flow to the head can improve circulation.

Child’s pose

You may have seen this pose done in yoga. The child’s pose or resting pose is a great one for simple stress relief and relaxation. It’ll be conducive to your entire back, your hips, and your shoulders.

Get on the floor for this one with a yoga mat and start with your knees on the floor either together or spread apart underneath you. Fold over the legs and stretch your arms in front of you. You’ll want to reach your hands forward as your tailbone is stretching backwards to open the hips and lengthen the spine.

Piriformis seated stretch

Lastly, do the Piriformis seated stretch to help with your pirifromis muscle, lower back, and thighs. It’s a great way to improve your posture too. You’ll simple start with a seated position and cross your leg over the other while the lower one continues to lie down. Keep the lower one tucked under the opposite hip while your top leg keeps your knee pointed upwards and the foot placed next to the thigh. Your arm will go around the top leg pulling inward to stretch your top leg, all while sitting straight up.

You can maintain your adjustments and seek pain relief for your back between appointments by using these four stretches regularly.

 

Getting your Body Ready for Flu Season

One of the reasons everybody dreads the winter season is that it typically means that flu season is upon us. You might be seeing ads suggesting you to get your flu shot and that is because we are at the right time of year where the flu is on everyone’s mind. It can ruin holidays, keep you from work, and cause you to be homebound missing important events or obligations.

The good news is that you can get your body ready for flu season now in order to increase your chances of avoiding the flu this season. By prepping your boy, your immune system will have a fighting chance to avoid the flu. Check out these tricks for getting yourself ready for flu season.

Increase your fluids

Treat your body as if it’s already sick in order to start giving it what it would need if it were sick. That means it’s time to drink plenty of fluids and make this a priority once and for all. It’s a tough time to remember to drink your fluids when the weather is chilly rather than a constant remind in the hot summer sun, but it’s all the more important. The winter is a time of dry air and people tend to forget to hydrate.

Your body’s immune system and mucous membranes will thank you when you remember to hydrate, especially to optimize your mouth, nose, and ears’ mucous membranes. Throw in herbal teas and avoid fruit juices when you need a break from water.

Watch the sugar

Speaking of avoiding sugary drinks, you’ll also want to avoid simple sugars like white flour. Sweets are so common during the winter months and it’s easy for them to suppress your immune system which increases your chances of catching the flu.

Increase certain spices

By adding some spices and veggies into your week, you can help your immune system too. Choose herbs like oregano and turmeric for their antimicrobial properties, as well as ginger, onion, and garlic to add to your dishes, soups, and sauces.

Exercise

Just like any time of year, exercise is a great way to keep your body strong, but it’s extra important if you want to boost your immune system. The physical movement will increase your blood’s circulation and oxygen, as well as eliminate metabolic wastes. Just add 30 minutes of exercise a day and you’ll help your body prep for flu season.

Prep the home

Lastly, find ways to fight off the cold around your house. Start washing your hands more and doing a daily nasal saline flush to keep your mucous membranes moist. Watch the heat in your home since that could dry out those mucous membranes. Keep your fridge stocked with vegetables high in vitamins A and C, and prep some delicious soups and dishes that you can reheat when you want to boost your immune system.

You can get your body ready for flu season and significantly increase your chances of avoiding catching the flu, even without a flu shot. Be sure to talk to us about getting regular adjustments this season as it will help your body perform at its optimal capacity, keeping your immune system and all functions in check.

Chiropractic helps kids and seniors, and 7 ways to keep motivated

Health-E-News February 2017
empowering you to optimal health

 

Chiropractic helps young child suffering from chronic constipation, daily vomiting and leg pains

If you or your child suffers from constipation and have tried traditional medical approaches without success, Chiropractic care can help.

Constipation is defined as the difficulty or delays in defecation. It has been found to affect 30% of children between the ages 6-12 years old annually. The problem can first appear early at the ages of 2-4 years old and can last from several days to weeks. The causes of constipation can vary from a poor diet, lack of exercise, food allergies, spinal cord problems or irritable bowel syndrome. Other symptoms that may occur with constipation is painful defecations, small and hard stools and/or vomiting.

In this case study, a 6 year old boy was brought to see a Chiropractor seeking an alternative approach to his health-related issues, the primary issues including constipation and leg pain and secondary issues including vomiting, weight and appetite loss. The child has been experiencing these issues since the age of 2 and it was noted that the child has missed 45 days of school per year due to the pain. During an endoscopic examination, it was revealed that a small stomach ulcer was present. Prior to consulting chiropractic care, the child first visited a medical physician that suggested of change in diet and intake in more fluids would solve the child’s constipation. However, the child’s condition was more severe than expected and at the age of 4, he was provided medical prescriptions. Although medication assisted in the child experiencing bowel movements, it was described as being “hard and painful”. It was only at the age of 6 that the child was consulted to chiropractic care.

During the physical examination, it visually evident that there the child suffered from poor posture as his head tilted to the right and his right shoulder was elevated. After the consultation, the child was adjusted 3 times a week for 6 weeks. Multiple techniques such as the Diversified Technique and HVLA-type adjustments were used. Within the first week of chiropractic care, the child reported daily bowel movements that were no longer painful. After seeing much improvements, the child withdrew from the medication, had gained weight and had an increased appetite and no longer had leg pains.

Mills, M. & Alcantara, J. (2013). Resolution of Severe Constipation, Vomiting and Leg Pain in a Child Undergoing Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Report. Journal Of Pediatric, Maternal, & Family Health – Chiropractic4, 4(2)

 

Chiropractic care significantly improved an older male subject’s anxiety and hypertension.

If you or anyone you know suffers from hypertension and/or anxiety, chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce both conditions.

 

Anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses among individuals in North America. These anxiety disorders are associated with dread or fear about certain events in the future. This anxiety can essentially take over one’s thoughts and emotions and find it difficult to concentrate, sleep and experience irritability and muscle tension. Hypertension is an accumulation of high blood pressure over a longer period of time. A correlation between hypertension and anxiety has been shown. Both conditions are generally treated with medical prescriptions and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

The person that was studied in this case was a 60-year-old male who suffered from both anxiety and hypertension. He was also reported to have a severe automobile accident 10 years prior to starting chiropractic care. He used to resort to drugs and alcohol at a younger age to deal with his anxiety. However, he had stopped this and got help from a medical doctor, who prescribed him medicine that would reduce his anxiety that he has been taking for over 20 years.

This individual began chiropractic care (Thompson Technique) at 60 years old. It was noted after a physical exam that the patient had multiple subluxations at all three levels of the spine. The patient received chiropractic care twice a week for a total of six months. He reported extraordinary results, his blood pressure had dropped significantly and after consulting with his medical doctor he was in good enough condition to stop the use of the prescribed drugs.

Prater-Manor, S., Clifton, E., & York, A. (2015). Resolution of Anxiety & Hypertension in a 60-Year-Old Male Following Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Study & Review of the Literature. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research.

 

7 Ways to Continue Your 2017 Fitness Goals

It’s now January and it’s time to start those fitness goals you set for yourself during your new year’s resolutions! It’s an exciting time to take on the challenge and make this change. What better time than the start of 2017 to make sure you get yourself in shape, healthy, and ready for warmer weather?

Most people that look great in the summer worked for it the winter before, making no time like the present to get started. How do you get in the workout spirit when the weather’s cold, the holidays are over, and you’re craving a beach vacation? Use these seven tips to kick start your 2017 fitness goals knowing that you’ll feel great in that swimsuit when it’s time for that beach vacation later this year!

Go shopping

While you were excited about those fitness goals when you wrote them down, you may not be feeling the excitement now. The hardest part about this process will be actually getting started and one way to make the process exciting from the start is to go shopping for some new workout gear. Get rid of your old baggy t-shirts and worn out running shoes; it’s time go shopping.

Treating yourself to some great new kicks, your favorite new sports bra, and comfortable clothes that fit you well will make working out more comfortable and enjoyable. The best part is that it will be easy to feel the pounds coming off when you notice these same clothes start to fit differently in a few month after you’ve put the work in. Then you can go shopping again when you’re ready for some new gear!

Talk to a trainer

Perhaps you struggle with motivation or knowing how to work out properly. It’s a great time to work with a trainer to get in shape and to do it safely. Many gyms offer free trainers with your membership and in other cases, you could hire a trainer that helps you train outdoors or accompanies you to the gym.

You may even like the idea of fitness classes where you are following the lead of an instructor, like CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, cycling, or a fitness boot camp. Sometimes it takes the push of a leader to help you through the motions and be available for questions.

Grab a partner

Do you have more fun working out when you have a friend to join you? It’s a great time to recruit a workout buddy to make working out fun. You could even grab a whole group that works out together or grab a few friends to take a class together. Friends will not only make it more fun, but they’ll keep you motivated and excited about your next gym day.

Change your diet

If you’re in the process of learning about healthier food options, start with small changes while you get the hang of things. Swap out your fries for a salad, your pancakes for eggs and sausage, and remove as much sugar from your diet as possible. Once you start to learn about healthier options, you’ll find that your favorite breads, pastas, and hamburgers can be substituted for better options too.

Increase the water

While you’re increasing your exercise and cutting from your diet, make sure you are hydrating more than ever. Sometimes when you’re hungry, it’s your body telling you that you’re actually dehydrated. Bring water with you to your workouts and be sure to drink water before meals and when you wake up in the morning.

Set reasonable goal

Take a look at your goals to make sure you’ve set realistic ones in the first place. It’s important to set achievable goals so that you can meat different milestones throughout the process. Committing to working out 7 days per week doesn’t give your body a rest while once per week may be too little to meet your goals.

Committing to a certain weight by a certain date may be a challenge too. Focus on meeting your fitness and healthy eating goals and watch the weight change and muscles improve naturally without a deadline or unhealthy tactics.

Technology is your friend

Lastly, a great trick that many are using these days is getting technology involved in their goals. Using online trackers like MyFitnessPal will help you to track your food and burnt calories. Get a wearable device that will help you track your heart rate, calories burnt, and even your sleep. Seeing weight loss or progress in your workout time will keep you motivated too.

It’s a hard time of year to be motivated in anything but you can do it with a few tricks. Try these seven ways to get you started to meet your 2017 goals!