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9 Reasons Why Chiropractic Is for Kids

Posted on 16 March, 2020 at 5:00 Comments comments (3)

We all want what’s best for our family, and the evidence is clear: for your kids’ health, regular chiropractic care is the best option.

 

Most people think of back and neck pain when they think about chiropractic, and chiropractic is fantastic at treating those conditions. But chiropractic is much, much more than that! Countless scientific studies have shown that chiropractic is great at keeping you and your family healthy in many different ways. Chiropractic is truly wellness care.

 

And it makes sense why: chiropractic works by restoring the function of your body’s nervous system by the removal of interference caused by disease, stress, or injury. When your nervous system is working properly, you’re healthier!

 

Here are some of the ways that chiropractic works to keep your kids well:

 

1 – Chiropractic Boosts Your Immune System

Research shows that chiropractic adjustments have positive, objective effects on your immunity. This is really important for kids, as they’re subjected to all kinds of bugs and viruses. A strong immune system in childhood makes for a healthier adulthood, too!

 

2 – Chiropractic Helps with Asthma

More and more kids are being diagnosed with asthma and other respiratory problems, and research from the last few years shows that chiropractic adjustments can help with these ailments by restoring the body’s natural function.

 

3 – Chiropractic Relieves Colic

In 2012, researchers studied 104 infants who were suffering from colic. They found that the parents reported a significant decrease in infant crying in the treated babies, compared to the infants who didn’t receive treatment.

 

4 – Chiropractic Helps Kids with Nocturnal Enuresis

Bedwetting is a tough problem for kids and parents, but a 2009 study found that chiropractic care helped 2 out of 3 children with this problem.

 

5 – Chiropractic Can Improve Posture

As our spine is subjected to stresses and injuries, it’s easy for it to lose flexibility and mobility that we need for health. Chiropractic works to restore the normal function of your spine, which also restores your natural, healthy posture.

 

6 – Chiropractic and ADHD

Numerous case studies published over the years suggest that chiropractic care might be helpful for kids with ADHD and attention problems.

 

7 – Chiropractic Reduces Stress

Research done in Japan found that chiropractic adjustments had immediate, positive effects on stress and cortisol levels. Kids are under more and more pressure each year with school and activities, so stress reduction is an important health goal for kids.

 

8 – Chiropractic Is SAFE

We hear every day about the risks and dangers of drugs and surgical procedures, and we don’t want to subject our kids to that! Chiropractic is a healthy choice for people of all ages, especially children. A 2012 study looked at 20,000 pediatric patient visits for all kinds of health issues and found no serious side effects in the children.

 

9 – Chiropractic from Birth

When we hurt our neck or back, we go and visit our chiropractor for help. When a baby is born and exposed to neck injury during childbirth, it makes sense to take that child to a chiropractor, too! But it’s more important than just neck pain: a 2013 study from the Journal of Attention Disorders found that babies injured at birth were more likely to develop ADHD symptoms when they reach age eight. Your nervous system controls every aspect of your body, so a disruption at birth can have long-term consequences!

 

The science backs up what millions of parents know: chiropractic is the perfect way to keep your family healthy!



7 Reasons why Chiropractic Is About Wellness

Posted on 2 March, 2020 at 4:05 Comments comments (0)

When most of us think about seeing our chiropractor, we think about getting help with back pain or some other kind of musculoskeletal problem. But did you know that chiropractic is also a great way to improve your general health and wellness?

 

The core concept of chiropractic is to restore the function of your nervous system so that it can do what’s it’s designed to do: keeping your body healthy and active. Chiropractic is truly about prevention. If you keep your nervous system working smoothly and without interference, many health issues become non-issues!

 

Don’t take our word for it, though. Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of scientific research that shows that chiropractic is good for much more than just aches and pains. Here’s a review of some of this literature.

 

1 – Chiropractic Boosts Immune Function

A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments actually boosted blood serum levels of some important natural antibodies in patients. The authors suggested that chiropractic adjustments might “prime” the immune system, making it easier to ward off infection and illness.

 

2 – Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation

Researchers in a 2011 study compared back pain patients to people with no pain and gave both groups chiropractic adjustments. The authors found that the back pain patients who received chiropractic care had dramatically lower levels of a key inflammatory cytokine, known as TNF-α. High levels of TNF-α have been linked to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis.

 

3 – Chiropractic Reduces Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a huge public health issue in the US; it’s estimated that about 30% of adults suffer from this serious condition. A 2007 study in the Journal of Human Hypertension looked at a group of patients with high blood pressure. Half received received an adjustment of their atlas, and the other half received a sham adjustment.

 

The decrease in blood pressure was so dramatic in the patients who received real adjustments that the researchers wrote that it “is similar to that seen by giving two different anti-hypertensive agents simultaneously.” In fact, 85% of the study patients had improvement after just one adjustment!

 

4 – Chiropractic Reduces Stress

An interesting study by a team of Japanese researchers in 2011 gave chiropractic adjustments to 12 men and examined PET scan images and blood chemistry to examine the effect that chiropractic has on the autonomic nervous system.

 

After receiving a chiropractic neck adjustment, patients had altered brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly reduced cortisol levels, indicating decreased stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.

 

5 – Chiropractic Improves Balance

As we age, sometimes we start to lose some of our balance, strength, and flexibility that we had in our youth. Because of this, older folks are vulnerable to serious injuries from trips and falls. Chiropractic helps keep your body active by restoring the normal, healthy functioning of your spine. One of the important roles of your spine is balance, aided by nerves called proprioceptors. These propriocepters relay information to your brain on the position of your body.

 

A small study from 2009 found that people who received chiropractic adjustments had reduced dizziness and improved balance. A 2015 review of the literature suggests that chiropractic care might be an effective, natural way to help prevent falls in elderly patients.

 

6 – Chiropractic Relieves Colic in Babies

In 2012, researchers studied 104 infants who were suffering from colic. One-third of the infants were treated with chiropractic adjustments and the parents were aware of the treatment; one-third were treated and the parents were unaware of the treatment; and one-third were untreated but the parents were unaware.

 

The authors found that the parents reported a significant decrease in infant crying in the treated babies, compared to the infants who didn’t receive treatment. The knowledge of the parent had no effect on the improvement.

 

7 – Chiropractic Relieves Asthma Symptoms

A 2013 study reported that chiropractic adjustments were effective at increasing lung functioning, and some recent research9 shows that chiropractic care can help reduce the symptoms of asthma in some children.

 

 

12 Reasons Why Chiropractic Is the Best Choice for Back Pain

Posted on 24 February, 2020 at 5:45 Comments comments (0)

Chiropractic is a great way to naturally and safely improve your health. Over the last few years, many studies have been published in the medical literature have shown that chiropractic is the best choice for patients who suffer from acute or chronic back pain:

 

1. The AMA Recommends Chiropractic Before Surgery

Surgery always carries risk and should be avoided, if possible. This landmark article from the JAMA says that patients should try chiropractic before resorting to surgical intervention.

 

2. Chiropractic Helps You Avoid Surgery, Too!

This study from the journal Spine found that patients who used chiropractors were less likely to have surgery for their back pain.

 

3. Chiropractic is Better than Drugs

Another study from Spine found that chiropractic patients had better outcomes than patients who used medications for their back pain.

 

4. Chiropractic Prevents Future Cases of Back Pain

In this study, researchers found that chiropractic helped prevent back pain in patients with work-related injuries.

 

5. Chiropractic Saves You Money

A study that compared chiropractic to medical care found that chiropractic patients spent less on health care than medical patients.

 

6. Chiropractic is More Effective than Epidural Injections for Disc Herniations

This 2013 study found that back pain patients had better outcomes and lower health care costs with chiropractic than those who had epidural injections for spinal disc herniations.

 

7. Chiropractic Best Option for Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Dysfunction the sacroiliac joint can cause severe back pain and sciatica. This study reports a 72% success rate for patient who use chiropractic for SI joint pain.

 

8. Chiropractic Best Option for Sports-Related Back Pain

Back pain is a common sports injury, and this study from the journal Sports Health found that chiropractic was the best option for treatment.

 

9. Chiropractic is Safe

The prestigious medical journal Spine found that chiropractic is a safe choice for back pain patients.

 

10. Chiropractic Beneficial for Back Pain in Pregnancy

Many pregnant women suffer from back pain, and regular medical treatments or drugs can be unsafe. This 2006 study found that chiropractic is a safe and effective way to relieve the symptoms of back pain during this important time.

 

11. Chiropractic Helps Older Patients with Back Pain

As we get older, our spine loses flexibility and we're more likely to develop back pain. This 2013 study found that chiropractic is safe and effective at reducing back pain in older patients.

 

12. Chiropractic Best for Teens with Back Pain

This British study found that for teens with back pain, chiropractic offered the biggest improvements.



7 Reasons Why Chiropractic Is About Wellness

Posted on 10 February, 2020 at 4:25 Comments comments (0)

When most of us think about seeing our chiropractor, we think about getting help with back pain or some other kind of musculoskeletal problem. But did you know that chiropractic is also a great way to improve your general health and wellness?

 

The core concept of chiropractic is to restore the function of your nervous system so that it can do what’s it’s designed to do: keeping your body healthy and active. Chiropractic is truly about prevention. If you keep your nervous system working smoothly and without interference, many health issues become non-issues!

 

Don’t take our word for it, though. Over the last few years, there’s been a lot of scientific research that shows that chiropractic is good for much more than just aches and pains. Here’s a review of some of this literature.

 

1 – Chiropractic Boosts Immune Function

A 2010 study found that chiropractic adjustments actually boosted blood serum levels of some important natural antibodies in patients. The authors suggested that chiropractic adjustments might “prime” the immune system, making it easier to ward off infection and illness.

 

2 – Chiropractic Reduces Inflammation

Researchers in a 2011 study compared back pain patients to people with no pain and gave both groups chiropractic adjustments. The authors found that the back pain patients who received chiropractic care had dramatically lower levels of a key inflammatory cytokine, known as TNF-α. High levels of TNF-α have been linked to inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and psoriasis.

 

3 – Chiropractic Reduces Blood Pressure

Hypertension is a huge public health issue in the US; it’s estimated that about 30% of adults suffer from this serious condition. A 2007 study in the Journal of Human Hypertension looked at a group of patients with high blood pressure. Half received received an adjustment of their atlas, and the other half received a sham adjustment.

 

The decrease in blood pressure was so dramatic in the patients who received real adjustments that the researchers wrote that it “is similar to that seen by giving two different anti-hypertensive agents simultaneously.” In fact, 85% of the study patients had improvement after just one adjustment!

 

4 – Chiropractic Reduces Stress

An interesting study by a team of Japanese researchers in 2011 gave chiropractic adjustments to 12 men and examined PET scan images and blood chemistry to examine the effect that chiropractic has on the autonomic nervous system.

 

After receiving a chiropractic neck adjustment, patients had altered brain activity in the parts of the brain responsible for pain processing and stress reactions. They also had significantly reduced cortisol levels, indicating decreased stress. Participants also reported lower pain scores and a better quality of life after treatment.

 

5 – Chiropractic Improves Balance

As we age, sometimes we start to lose some of our balance, strength, and flexibility that we had in our youth. Because of this, older folks are vulnerable to serious injuries from trips and falls. Chiropractic helps keep your body active by restoring the normal, healthy functioning of your spine. One of the important roles of your spine is balance, aided by nerves called proprioceptors. These propriocepters relay information to your brain on the position of your body.

 

A small study from 2009 found that people who received chiropractic adjustments had reduced dizziness and improved balance. A 2015 review of the literature suggests that chiropractic care might be an effective, natural way to help prevent falls in elderly patients.

 

6 – Chiropractic Relieves Colic in Babies

In 2012, researchers studied 104 infants who were suffering from colic. One-third of the infants were treated with chiropractic adjustments and the parents were aware of the treatment; one-third were treated and the parents were unaware of the treatment; and one-third were untreated but the parents were unaware.

 

The authors found that the parents reported a significant decrease in infant crying in the treated babies, compared to the infants who didn’t receive treatment. The knowledge of the parent had no effect on the improvement.

 

7 – Chiropractic Relieves Asthma Symptoms

A 2013 study reported that chiropractic adjustments were effective at increasing lung functioning, and some recent research9 shows that chiropractic care can help reduce the symptoms of asthma in some children.



Why You Shouldn´┐Ż??t Stretch Before Exercise

Posted on 28 January, 2020 at 5:25 Comments comments (0)


Many trainers will tell you to stretch before hitting a hard round of weight lifting or running. But recent research suggests that static stretching before a work out can actually hinder athletic performance.

 

Two new studies add to the growing body of research on stretching and performance. In one study from The Journal of Strength and Condition Research, scientists discovered that people who stretched before lifting weights were weaker and less stable than people who used active warm-up techniques.

 

In the other new study, researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 104 studies that tested the effects of stretching on athletic performance. The studies compared the effects of different warm ups on jumping, sprinting, lifting weights, and dunking a basketball. After pooling the results, the researchers performed statistical calculations to estimate how much stretching actually affected muscle strength, power, and performance.

 

They found that static stretching decreased the strength of the stretched muscles by 5.5%, and the effect was worse for people who stretched for 90 seconds or more. Although the effects were less pronounced in people who stretched for under 45 seconds, the stretched muscles were still weakened.

 

The researchers also measured muscle power by analyzing how much force a muscle generated during contractions. Stretched muscles had a 2% decrease in power, and explosive muscular performance dropped by 2.8%. That means less explosive power for sprints, blocking a basketball shot, or making a fast tennis serve.

 

Scientists suspect that stretching impedes performance precisely because it does what we want it do— it loosens the muscles and tendons. “But in the process, it makes them less able to store energy and spring into action, like lax elastic waistbands in old shorts,” explained Gretchen Reynolds, health reporter of The New York Times.

 

The new findings may be more applicable for people needing short bursts of energy rather than endurance sports however, since some studies show static stretching can help distance runners and cyclists.

 

Still, the researchers said it may be better to use active warm ups instead of static stretching to prepare the muscles without depleting their energy. Running in place, jumping jacks, or high-leg kicks are all good places to start. Beyond changing your warm up routine to prevent injuries, studies show that regular chiropractic care can reduce your risk of sports injuries.

 

References

 

Gergly JC. Acute effect of passive static stretching on lower-body strength in moderately trained men. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 2013;27(4):973-7. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0b013e318260b7ce.

 

Simic L, Sarabon N, and Markovic G. Does pre-exercise static stretching inhibit maximal muscular performance? A meta-analytical review. Scandinavian Journal Medical Science Sports. 2013 Mar;23(2):131-48. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0838.2012.01444.x.


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