When people look at improving their health, they change their habits and daily routines. They may eat better. They may exercise more. They may relieve stress with a weekly meditation or yoga class.

Once you improve a habit and put something else into your life, you don’t change and go back to the way things used to be and expect the change to have any impact. For example, if you spend several months working out five days a week, you would never return to a sedentary lifestyle and expect to maintain your health.

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Chiropractic care can also be considered one of the steps you take to improve your overall health. And with regular adjustments, you can maintain your health indefinitely. Here’s why.

Chiropractic care is more than relieving pain. Ultimately the goal is to restore the body to optimal health so it can function at its highest level. When a body is optimum condition, it can fight off the things around it, such as a cold or flu bug. For chiropractic care, optimal well-being means being able to keep the nervous system in optimum condition, so headaches, sports injuries, and even conditions like high blood pressure or symptoms of asthma are reduced to a minimum, or prevented from occurring at all.

The body is a unique and remarkable thing. When its in perfect alignment, it has the ability to heal itself and maintain its own health. A chiropractor focuses in on removing those outside influences that interfere with the body’s normal copying mechanism and healing ability.

When you make chiropractic care a part of your normal routine, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer. Because you focus in on correcting the problem before it becomes serious, your joints will last longer and you’ll be able to engage in the activities you love years longer.

Many years ago, dentists entered our marketplace with preventative care in mind. If you take care of your teeth from birth on, you’ll never face irreparable damage later in life that can heavily impact your life. Chiropractic care can also fall into this category. If you use chiropractic care from birth on to maintain a strong musculoskeletal system, you will be able to walk, drive, sit, sleep, and bend effectively throughout your lifetime. The real benefits come when you make it a part of your lifestyle.

Think chiropractic is only for adults? Think again.

Chiropractors have been seeing children for well over 100 years, and in some cases see their patients almost as soon as they are born.

Chiropractic care is based on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. If there is dysfunction in the spine or the joints of the body, there is dysfunction in the nervous system. And since the nervous system controls all systems in the body, spinal dysfunction can have a wide and everlasting effect on a person’s health.why chiropractic care is good for children Why Chiropractic Care Is Good For Children

For a child, he can literally begin having spinal dysfunction in utero. Fetal positions such as breech, brow, transverse, posterior, etc – all common language throughout the growth and labor process – can have an impact on the baby’s spine as well. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by a baby’s position in the womb. And if this position is maintained for any length of time, it can result in a longer, more complicated birthing process that can compound the baby’s spinal problems. Add in our modern day medicine and use of equipment such as induction, forceps and caesarean section, and its easy to see why problems can occur.

When a child is born, we all would love to have a happy baby that eats and sleeps on schedule. Yet that rarely occurs. Colic, reflux, breastfeeding difficulties, sleep disturbances, allergic reactions, chronic ear infections and more can all be traced to problems with the nervous system. And because many begin at birth, it can also be attributed to traumatic birthing experiences, and potential spinal and cranial misalignments.

As a parent, if you elect to have your child’s spine checked right after birth, you can begin to put them on the path for good health immediately.

Many developmental milestones such as holding the head up, sitting upright, crawling and walking are all affected by proper spinal alignment. If the spine is in good working order, those activities will come easier at the appropriate times. If there are problems, the child must adjust for those problems as he’s learning along the way.

As a child continues to grow, falls, sports injuries, playground bumps and bruises, heavy backpacks, sitting at a desk and playing video games can all lead to misalignment, again causing overall problems in a child’s health.

Think of chiropractic as your routine maintenance for good health. A proper alignment will give your child all he or she needs to stay health, and continue to grow in the best way possible. It works for you as an adult. Why shouldn’t your child have the best health from the beginning too?

Parkinson’s disease is a condition that involves movement disorder. The brain produces a chemical called dopamine. In Parkinson’s patients, this chemical begins decreasing due to a degenerative process. When around 80 percent of the dopamine level is lost in the brain, symptoms begin appearing in the patient.

chiropractic can help parkinsons patients with movement Chiropractic Can Help Parkinson’s Patients With MovementParkinson’s is chronic in nature, without a known cure. Symptoms that usually bring out awareness in a person include:

  • Tremors
  • Stiffness and rigidity in the muscles
  • Slowness of movement
  • Poor balance
  • Problems walking
  • Depression and fatigue

Usual treatment involves one of two types of drugs: levodopa, which is a chemical version of dopamine, and/or dopamine agonists, which are drugs that allow the dopamine that is present to have more action until the breakdown process occurs.

There are a variety of problems with these methods. First, the drug tends to lose its effectiveness over time. And second, there is some evidence that levodopa may be toxic to the nerves that make dopamine.

Which is why more and more Parkinson’s patients are looking for other alternatives to work along side their traditional care methods.

Chiropractic care can be especially helpful because all focus is placed on the muscles and joints that make up a person’s nervous system. Chiropractic can help with the pain associated with Parkinson’s and create healthier movement patterns that help a person have more flexibility and strength in daily activities.

Have Parkinson’s disease? Give us a call today and find out what benefits chiropractic will have in your overall approach to living.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome – or IBS as it is sometimes referred – is a common disorder that affects the large intestine, or colon. It commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation.

While its not completely known what causes irritable bowel syndrome, it is believed to stem from an abnormal movement of food through the intestines. The walls of the intestines are lined with layers of muscle that relax and contract as they move food from your stomach through your intestinal tract.can chiropractic help irritable bowel syndrome Can Chiropractic Help Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

If you have IBS, the contractions may be stronger and last longer than normal. Because food is forced through the process quicker than normal, it causes the feeling of being bloated, causes gas, or diarrhea.

Or in some cases, the opposite occurs. Contractions are weaker and are shorter than normal, meaning food stays within your system longer. When food moves slower, it causes cramping and constipation.

Many of these abnormalities are also believed to be cause by abnormalities in your nervous system as well, which will cause discomfort as your abdomen stretches from gas.

Women are twice as likely to have IBS, and researchers believe this may be due to hormonal changes in a woman’s body. Many women find their symptoms go up or are worse during and around their menstrual periods. It is also impacted by certain types of foods – for instance milk and alcohol may cause diarrhea or constipation. Still others find their symptoms increase when they are in a stressful situation.

Obvious ways of reducing the effects of IBS are to lower your stress levels, and watch what you eat. If you find somethings impacts you, reduce that in your daily diet.

Traditional doctors may point you to treatments that focus on relief of the symptoms rather than getting to the root of the problem. Some treatments may include anti-diarrhea drugs, anticholinergic drugs, and even anti-depressants. Bear in mind that drugs always have their own set of side effects, some fatal, so beware before you approach these methods.

From a more natural standpoint, I prefer to work with my clients in a number of ways. Proper diet, stress management and chiropractic care can all help change the way you live your daily life. Proper diet can include eliminating any foods that are causing sensitivity, as well as increasing food rich in fiber. A good probiotic can introduce friendly bacteria into your digestive tract, helping reduce the harmful bacteria that’s already there.

And chiropractic care can focus in on the movement between your nervous sytem and your digestive system. Most medical doctors will tell you that with IBS there is a dysfunction in the muscles of your intestines that cause food to move to quickly or too slow. This movement is controlled by your parasympathetic nervous system. These nerves leave your spine in your lower back and go down to your intestines. If there is a problem with your lower back, it can impact how the intestinal muscles function.

If you’re ready to try something new for your IBS symptoms, give us a call today.