Importance Of Chiropractic Care For New Born Baby

by Administrator 30. November 2009 06:35

Delivery is a very traumatic experience for the child especially in case of a natural birth. The pressure exerted on the baby while being pushed through the birth canal can leave his body out of alignment. This is one of major concerns of most American parents who consult chiropractic doctors.

How can this misalignment affect the baby? It has been scientifically proved that these misalignments can cause irritability, colic and feeding related problems in infants. Chiropractic care is perhaps the only naturally treatments that can relieve your child from these ailments and thus help them lead a healthy life.

Another question which most of us may pose is regarding the necessity of a chiropractic doctor. Chiropractors are professionals capable of diagnosing and treating subluxation. Subluxation occurs due to displacement of one or more vertebrae in the spinal cord. This indirectly affects the nervous system that transmits nerve impulses to various parts of the body. Due to lack of proper transmission of nerve impulses, your body will not be able to function optimally.

How can Subluxation be diagnosed? During the process of delivery, the body of the baby should be flexible and rotate while finding its way out through the birth canal. Although birth process is completely natural, it can adversely affect the cervical vertebra due to misalignment. This if unattended could result in feeding problems, fussiness, colic, or sleep disturbances in the short run and can even damage child’s nervous system in the long run.

Only an experienced and specially trained chiropractic doctor will be able to identify these symptoms. So, the best thing to do is to visit a chiropractic doctor as he alone is capable of performing gentle adjustments as simple as the touch of a finger to rectify Subluxation.

If you are looking for the best treatment that can help your child lead a normal and healthy life, then chiropractic care is the best solution. This gentle and natural treatment is capable of making a significant difference in your child’s life.

Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness is a leading pediatric chiropractic center serving Killeen and Harker Heights TX.

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Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

by Administrator 25. November 2009 05:32

On June 13th 2004, “Pregnancy Today” magazine also popular as “journal for parents to be” published a story written by Patti Larson a mother and also an author who shares her experiences during pregnancy and the need for chiropractic care. She begins the story by giving out her personal experiences, the emotions experienced by her and her husband when they first realised that she was pregnant.

Being a woman in her mid 30’s, she shares her concerns and queries in the form of the following questions: From when will morning sickness start, how long will a woman be able to continue with her job? Is it possible to deliver a baby with little pain? She also tells that her diet and sleeping habits were good and confesses that though she had plans, she was unable to follow proper exercise schedule.

She also states that chiropractic care has helped her to overcome tiredness, aches, stress due to increasing body weight and changes due to hormonal imbalances. She further adds by saying that regular visits to chiropractic doctor prior to pregnancy have helped her a lot. She also states that Chiropractic doctors have assured her that she could visit them whenever she required any help.

Her Chiropractic doctor, Dr Jeff Ptak in Santa Monica, explains how chiropractic care has yielded such good results during her pregnancy. He says that chiropractic care tackles the functioning of nervous system. He explains that if the nervous system is not overly stressed by factors like physical, emotional or chemical, body will continue to work as per the genetic plan. But, a stressful birth would leave all parties stressed unless the nervous system stress is cleared. Chiropractors prepare the body to deal with stress so that expecting mothers and new mothers can handle their children without any difficulty.

Leslie Stewart an authorized nurse-midwife also shares her opinion by saying that chiropractic care can help women deal with labour. She also states that in few cases where women did not experience labour even past due dates, this treatment has induced labour naturally.

Patti Larson, the author of the article has not only continued chiropractic care during her pregnancy but has also followed it after the birth of her daughter Madeline. Towards the end of the article she says that Madeline received regular adjustments after the second week after her birth. This has prevented her from falling prey to colic, ear infections, cold and many other symptoms during the first year of her birth when most children were vulnerable to these kinds of illnesses. Although people shy away from asked to consult a chiropractic doctor, they accept that Madeline is one of the most active and smart child they have ever come across. Though they feel that I am lucky, I feel that the same thrill can be experienced by all those who adopt chiropractic care.

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Chiropractic Massage - A Natural and Relaxing Treatment

by Administrator 22. November 2009 06:46

Chiropractic treatment is a healing process. Starting from life threatening cancer to simple cold, chiropractic treatments in form of massages and manipulations are extremely helpful in assisting treatment. Chiropractic massages not only improve general well being of a person but also enhances the effects of medicines by stimulating various parts and organs of body.

Most of people reporting back pain do rely on chiropractic massages. Back pain can occur due to muscle getting over stressed, with a hereditary problem, an injury or even due to feeble muscle tone. You can completely get rid of back pain by chiropractic realignment of spine or by improving blood flow using chiropractic massage techniques. An experienced chiropractic professional may help you to get rid of back pain completely. Depending on cause of back pain, it can be treated effectively with chiropractic massage.

Persistent headaches and even migraines can also be cured using therapeutic massage. Headaches are caused by several reasons including muscle and nerve problems in the neck. Standard massage and adjustment techniques can revitalize weak muscles which can be a cause of headache. If massage therapy is undertaken for a considerable period of time, the severity of headache can be greatly reduced.

One of the most common problems among old and middle aged individuals is that of arthritis. Arthritis weakens the joints and causes lot of pain while carrying out even simple activities like walking etc. Chiropractic massage is capable of effectively pacifying arthritis. A common recommendation by doctor would be to go in for surgery or a routine course of medication. Before deciding to undergo a surgery, it is advisable to consult a chiropractor. Regular massages are capable of repositioning the joints and thus can relieve the pain completely.

Improper posture can also lead to many problems. But we hardly assume that to be one of the reasons. Bad posture can cause physical pain, improper sleep, injury, disproportionate alignment of spine and sometimes even scoliosis. Chiropractic treatment can not only reduce pain but can also help you in improving your posture.

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can also tackle several other problems including sports injuries, whiplash, sinusitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and pains related to pregnancy. When you have several natural remedies for all these problems, why resort to expensive drugs or painful surgeries.

A typical chiropractor’s recommendation may also include few physical exercises like stretching and strengthening methods which aim at improving muscle strength and avoid damages in the future.

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Chiropractic Advice For Pregnancy

by Administrator 11. November 2009 14:30

Weight gain, bloating and nausea are the most common problems faced by women during pregnancy. But the joy and beauty of motherhood can make you forget all these pains and sufferings.

Many new mothers confirm that the muscle strain is unbearable and also troublesome. Weight gain is very common during pregnancy. This accompanied by increased stress on the body due to baby inside, can cause a lot of discomfort. Recent studies have shown that more than fifty percent of women tend to complain of pain in the lower back during the later stages of pregnancy. The main reason being, in the later stages of pregnancy, pressure caused by baby’s head falls on women’s back, legs and buttocks.

Dr Jerome McAndrews of American Chiropractic Association states that due to the presence of baby in the womb during pregnancy, the centre of gravity of women shifts towards pelvis thereby increasing the pressure on her joints. The posterior section of women has more depth than a man to enable her to carry the baby. In spite of this body structure, women experience great stress on their pelvis during their pregnancy. Dr McAndrews explains that as the baby grows in size, further weight is displaced on her thus leading to twist in the curvature of her back wherein more stressed is put on her spine. In order to make up for these changes, the curvature of upper portion of the spine also increases.

It is very common that hormones get released during the time of pregnancy in order to relax the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. These natural changes occur with a view to adapt the growing baby. However, these changes may lead to postural imbalances in which women may be subject to uncoordinated slips and falls.

What can be done?

Dr McAndrews and ACA have put forward few recommendations in order to relieve women from discomforts during pregnancy.

• Proper exercise can help in strengthening your muscles and avoid uneasiness. Minimum exercise including mild stretches is to be done at least three times a week. Even though you are not used to exercising, it is high time you take up some physical activity by consulting your doctor.

• Stationary exercises like walking, swimming and cycling are advisable as they do not involve any bouncy movement and are also harmless. Jogging is also harmless for women who were devoted runners before getting pregnant. However, it needs to be done under the strict surveillance of a doctor.

• Whatever be the exercise routine you have adopted, make sure that you do it on a flat surface in order to avoid any slips or falls. Also be sure that your heart rate is under control and does not exceed 140 beats per minute at any given point of time. It is also important that you do not do any workout continuously beyond 15 minutes. Avoid exercising the moment you notice any of these symptoms- vaginal bleeding, dizziness, nausea, weakness, blurred vision or increase in heart palpitations.

• Avoid heels and prefer only flat shoes. Heels not only cause inconvenience but create imbalances in your posture and cause shaky moments while walking. This is true especially in the later stages of pregnancy.

• You need to be careful while picking up children or heavy objects. Never bend from your waist, always bend from knees and avoid turning your head while lifting heavy objects. If possible keep away from picking up heavy objects.

• Try to lie on your left side while sleeping. This position ensures smooth and uninterrupted blood flow and helps your kidneys to wash out unwanted waste from your body. Remove pressure off your lower back by placing a pillow between both your knees. You can make use of a body pillow or pregnancy wedges if required.

• If you are an employee and your job needs you to sit before a system for long hours, then place your system in such a way that the top of the screen is below your eye level. Avoid sitting in one place continuously and place your legs on some elevation. If possible, take frequent breaks and every half an hour and take a small walk.

• Try to have some healthy snacks every 4 hours and in-between your main course. This keeps nausea off and prevents hunger. Healthy snacks include crackers, yogurt, bland foods high in carbohydrates and proteins. Morning sickness is another most common symptom that can occur anytime. So, ensure you keep some saltines with you.

• Folic acid supplements are highly recommended during pregnancy. These help in preventing neural tube birth defects similar to spina bifida. A minimum intake of 400 micrograms is recommended. Few doctors prescribe this to women who have given birth to children with similar deformities earlier. However, doctor’s advice needs to be taken before consuming this.

• Make sure you give your body proper rest. Don’t let your professional and personal life dominate you. Lie down and rest in case your feel tired and place your feet on some elevation at least for some time whenever you relax.


How can Chiropractic care help?

Consult your chiropractic doctor even before you become pregnant. This helps them in identifying any imbalances in the pelvis or for that matter any other region of the body. Timely advice can help you overcome discomforts during pregnancy or other neuro-musculoskeletal problem post delivery.

Several pregnant women have realised that chiropractic treatment have made them free from lower back pain which is most common during pregnancy. Latest studies have found that spinal manoeuvring does not cause any harm to the pregnant mother or her child. Chiropractic is a completely non-drug, non-surgical approach which is helpful to women who try to keep away from medication. Chiropractic doctors also offer several valuable suggestions on diet, exercise and ergonomic that helps in overcoming uneasiness during pregnancy.

Chiropractic care is also beneficial post childbirth. Two months post delivery, body gets back to its normal state. The ligaments that have relaxed during pregnancy begin to tighten. This is the perfect time for solving problems experienced during pregnancy due to improper lifting of heavy weights. More over this is the perfect time for getting issues related to muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems as the upper and lower spine try to become normal.

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