September 13, 2014 02:22 PM
We often get phone calls from pregnant women complaining of back pain or headaches. They are seeking relief from their discomfort as they carry their precious cargo through the remaining nine months. While receiving chiropractic care for themselves, most women are surprised to learn that, upon their arrival in this world, their baby can also be adjusted.
If you're a parent, grandparent, aunt, or uncle, you may be wondering how on earth a baby can be adjusted. Better yet, why would they need to be?
The how is actually quite simple. Because an infant's muscle tone is virtually non-existent, your chiropractor doesn't have to adjust him or her in the same manner as they would adjust an adult. Many chiropractors use a small instrument that "taps" up and down the spine, allowing for movement and realignment of the vertebrae. Minor manual manipulation is done by simply applying gentle pressure with the fingers. It can be comparable to the amount of pressure you would put on your eyeball when putting in a contact or removing an eyelash from your eye.
Why not? While babies don't have the stresses of the world to cause muscle tension, consider what they have been through. That "fetal position" your baby has been in for nine months and then loves so much once arriving can cause strain on the spine. In addition, while birth is hard on the mother's body, it is also difficult for a tiny baby's body to endure. The trauma of childbirth can cause subluxations in a baby's spine.
What do chiropractors treat babies for?
When you take an infant to see your chiropractor, they can simply check your child's spine to make sure he or she does not have any issues and that your baby is developing well. Taking your child to a chiropractor in the early days of his or her life to have their spine checked can be not only beneficial to the child but also to mom and dad's peace of mind! Many infants suffer from reflux issues or colic. Your chiropractor may be able to help! Subluxations in the spine can often cause these issues. Usually a few adjustments can help to alleviate reflux or colic issues. As your child goes through the normal stages of development such as learning to crawl and walk, he or she will likely fall, run into things, or have trouble with balance. Getting your child adjusted during these early developmental stages can help keep him or her healthy for years to come.
There are many reasons to have your infant checked by your chiropractor. If you have questions or concerns, Chiropractic Partners is happy to address them anytime. Call us today.Posted by: Dr. Russ Redd
September 03, 2014 08:57 PM
When asked what they think of the south in the summer, most will say, “It’s HOT!” Boy, is that the truth! One of the most important things you can do to combat the heat is to stay hydrated. Summer is almost over now, but drinking water should still be one of your top priorities every day.
Our muscles are made up of 70% water and our bodies are made up of 60% water. Drinking water keeps your organs and muscles healthy. Water also aids in the digestive process by carrying nutrients to cells and carrying toxins away. Drinking water has many purposes but one of the most important is keeping your body functioning well.
Really, when wouldn’t you want to drink water? You may have had a massage in the past and your massage therapist told you, “Drink lots of water today.” This helps flush out toxins that are released from the muscular work the therapist did. The same thing goes for when you get a chiropractic adjustment. By drinking a glass of water following an adjustment, you can help your body heal faster and stay healthier. The same basic principle applies when you exercise. Staying hydrated while you are exerting energy will help you increase your endurance, thereby helping you to burn more calories.
Most people have heard that they should drink 8 to 12 glasses of water per day. While this is a good standard, another way to know how much water to drink daily is to take your weight in pounds and divide it by two. Then, drink that amount of water in ounces daily. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you should drink approximately 75 ounces of water per day. If you are exercising or a more active person, you should increase your water intake accordingly.
If you have questions about how much water to drink or how to increase your water intake, talk to your local chiropractor. Call one of our locations today to schedule an appointment – and don’t forget to drink a glass of water after your adjustment!Posted by: Dr. Sean Smith
August 27, 2014 09:30 PM
On any normal day in any chiropractor’s office, the response to the question, “How are you?,” is often, “Tired!” There are plenty of ways to boost your energy level. Here are just a few simple ones you can easily work into your normal routine.
The Early Bird Gets the Worm
If you aren't a “morning person” and think the best way to increase your energy level is to stay in bed all day, you’re wrong. Try getting up earlier consistently. You’ll be surprised by how much more energy you have and how much more productive you are! Start the day with a brisk walk or jog followed by a balanced meal, and your body and mind will be renewed and ready for the rest of the day.
Escape for a Few
There are many things in life that will drain your energy. One of the best ways to re-energize and refocus is to “escape” for a few minutes. Take a short walk, a fresh air break or find a place at work and at home to get away from the stresses for a few minutes. You will find that by just taking a couple of minutes away from stressful situations you will help to renew your energy for the rest of the day.
De-Stress and Decompress!
Even if you start the day off with plenty of energy and you replenish it throughout the day, by the end of your day, it is likely you are exhausted. Both mental and physical exhaustion are actually key causes for getting restless, little, or no sleep. One of the best ways to keep this from happening is to decompress in the evening. Whether you enjoy reading a book, taking a bath, or meditating, take a little bit of time at the end of your day to relax and get away from the worries and stresses in your everyday life.
Following these few steps and incorporating them into your daily routine will likely be much easier than you anticipate. Call your local Chiropractic Partners office to discuss more ways to increase your energy level at your next visit.Posted by: Dr. Brook Wallace
August 21, 2014 11:57 AM
1. Show Them the Way!
Parents have a tremendous influence, for better or worse, on their children. As a parent, if you are constantly on the couch, not getting up and moving or getting out and being active, you are showing your children that this is an okay lifestyle. However, if you get up and show your kids the value of an active life and physical activity, you will show them the road to a healthy lifestyle!
2. Unplug for Awhile
Often, after a long day at work, all we want to do is to sit on the couch and watch TV, play video games, or surf the internet on the computer. This makes it all too easy for us to become “couch potatoes.” While there's not a simple solution, establishing a daily time limit on these activities is a great start.
3. Make Time
With busy schedules involving work, driving the kids to and from school, and various other activities, we often forget to make time for things such as walks in the park or getting the kids involved in soccer, gymnastics, or the like. Allow time in your busy schedule for extracurricular activities that involve physical activity. Find out what your kids are interested in and be sure to make time in your weekly schedule for it.
4. Make It Fun
No matter your age, you're more likely to stick with an activity if you enjoy it. Unfortunately, exercise often becomes a chore instead of a pleasing activity. This usually begins at a young age, basically as soon as children get involved in the rigors of organized sports. While it's never all fun and games, exercise should never be a dreaded activity if you do it right. Be creative with physical activities and teach your children that being active is fun at any age.
Call Chiropractic Partners to make an appointment today and ask your local chiropractor what steps you can take to get more physically active or ideas for getting your children interested in being more active!Posted by: Dr. John Smith
August 07, 2014 09:44 PM
Often, when at the grocery store, we’ll see words such as “organic,” “whole-grain,” and “low fat.” Unfortunately, these words can often mislead us to think that the food is healthier than other options.
Researchers have recently completed a study that found most people want to make healthy food choices and these buzzwords are often deceptive. Wording can motivate people to purchase and consume foods that are actually contributing to conditions such as obesity and diabetes. Once consumers read the nutrition panel on food packaging, usually on the side or back of a product, they will realize that the words appearing on the front of packages don't always match what they are really consuming.
Study participants were asked to look at two versions of a product: the real one and one with terms such as "organic" or "whole grain" removed. In each case, participants found the version with buzzwords included to be significantly more healthful. Some examples: Annie's Bunny Fruit Snacks, with and without "organic"; cherry 7-Up, with and without "antioxidants"; and Tostitos tortilla chips, with and without "all natural."
Then they were asked to look at two nutrition panels. They were told the category, such as cereal, but not the name of the product. They were asked to rate healthfulness. Based just on the nutrition panel numbers, 33% of participants chose Spam as more healthful than salmon, for example. Seventy-nine percent chose the less healthy cereal in a pair. But participants did choose juice over soda and carrots over potato chips.
The moral of the story? Think about what you are putting in your body! If you think potato chips aren’t good for you, you are likely correct. “All natural” doesn’t mean that they weren’t fried or covered in oil. “Organic” doesn’t necessarily mean that something is better for you. Ask your chiropractor for more information on nutrition and diet. Your local Chiropractic Partners doctor can provide guidance on what is best for you and your overall health. Call today for an appointment!
For more information on health buzzwords to beware of, click here.Posted by: Dr. Matt Schmid