Chiropratic Treatment For Crohn's Disease

by Administrator 26. September 2012 09:12

Crohn's disease is a form of inflammatory bowel's disease (IBD) which can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract. Some of the most common symptoms of the disease are diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, and abdominal pain. Some patients also develop skin rashes, eye-inflammation, and other symptoms that are unrelated to digestion.  A combination of environmental and hereditary factors causes the disease.

There is no known cure for the disease, and its management usually involves remission, which is followed by relapse in most cases. Patients are usually advised to make certain dietary modifications and may need to undergo long-term medication including strong antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs, which might have severe side effects.

Recent studies have established the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for Crohn's disease as an effective alternative therapy for the disease. This treatment is based on the finding that the underlying cause of the disease might be spinal misalignments and subluxations in some patients, which when corrected, can provide significant relief from the symptoms.

According to a research published in the November 2002 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR), 12 of the 17 patients with Crohn's disease who underwent chiropractic treatment for the disease were found to have vertebral subluxations, and experienced complete remission of the disease. The remaining 5 patients also reported alleviation of symptoms.

The direct impact of vertebral subluxations on the body's immune system is believed to be the underlying cause of the disease, which is classified as an autoimmune disorder. By correcting these subluxations, the immune system's functionality is restored, leading to long-term and stable remission of Crohn's disease.

This reaffirms the basic principle of chiropractic treatment, according to which an abnormality in the nervous system underlies the cause of nearly every disease. In Crohn's disease, the nerves that are affected are those supplying the digestive system. When the spinal dislocation is corrected, the function of these nerves is restored, helping in the treatment of the disease.

Along with providing relief from the symptoms of Crohn's disease, chiropractors also help in improving the overall functionality of the body, including the patient's posture. Most patients experience a boost in their energy levels following a few sessions, hence relieving them from the fatigue associated with the disease. Best of all, since this mode of treatment focuses on treating the disease from its root cause; the chances of relapse are significantly lowered.

To know more about chiropractic care for Crohn's disease, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Nutrition Guidelines For Older People

by Administrator 19. September 2012 05:18

As we age, the importance of eating a nutritious and well-balanced diet increases manifold. The benefits of following the recommended dietary guidelines for older people include stronger immunity, increased stamina, better management of disease, and increased energy levels. Apart from this, it also helps in the emotional well being of the elderly, keeping them positive and emotionally balanced.

An average meal for an elderly adult should consist of at least 300 calories, and should contain around 15g of protein, a rich whole-grain carbohydrate source, and a serving of vegetables. Ideally, the protein consumption in grams per day should be half the body weight in pounds.

It is also important to maintain a healthy calcium intake. Some of the richest sources of calcium are milk, yoghurt, cheese, tofu, almonds, etc. Also, getting enough Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium. Since the skin's ability to synthesize Vitamin D decreases with age, the elderly might need to supplement levels of this vitamin through fortified foods or multivitamins.

The levels of Vitamin B 12 also drop in the elderly, due to the decreased secretion of gastric acid in the stomach after the age of 50, which interferes in the absorption of this vitamin. Since this vitamin is essential for the proper functioning of the nervous system, older people must ensure that they meet the recommended daily intake of vitamin B12, which is 2.4 mcg, through fortified foods or supplements.

The elderly need to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables everyday.  Antioxidant-rich vegetables such as dark, green ones like kale, spinach, and broccoli and orange and yellow ones like carrots, squash, and yams are ideal for the elderly. Taking a cue from the Japanese and including 5 colors on the plate is a great idea for older people. Blackberries, melons, zucchini, and tomatoes are some great ideas to add to the food palette.

The elderly lose their ability to regulate fluid levels in their body, and also have a weakened sensation of thirst. It is thus important to ensure that they drink sufficient water throughout the day. Dehydration can lead to urinary tract infections, disorientation, and constipation, among other problems.

With weakened senses in the elderly, there is a tendency to add more salt and sugar too food, which might be harmful for the body, leading to problems like high blood pressure. Instead, older people should be advised to opt for natural seasonings like oregano, olive oil, garlic, herbs, pepper and other spices, honey, maple syrup, etc.

For more nutrition recommendations and dietary guidelines for older people , visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Chiari Malformation

by Administrator 12. September 2012 08:34

Chiari malformation is a structural disorder in the brain, which affects the outflow of the Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This can be associated with various symptoms such as improper coordination, nausea, dizziness, headache, fatigue, and in extreme cases, even paralysis. The effect on the life of a patient varies according to the extent of the malformation. While in some cases the disease may have just a very slight impact, in other’s it might be severely affecting. The surgical treatment of the disease, which includes options like decompression, shunting, and duraplasty, is associated with several side effects and a high risk factor.

Chiropractic treatment for chiari malformation, on the other hand serves as a favorable alternative therapy, which is non-invasive, painless, and is not associated with any side effects. Patients undergoing chiropractic treatment begin to experience relief in around 6 months, with regular sessions. The treatment begins with an MRI scan which is used to ascertain the extent and nature of the malformation. This is followed by manual adjustments in the upper region of the spine, which are expertly performed to gradually bring the cerebellar tonsils to their correct position. It is advisable to continue getting periodic MRI scans so as to have a clear picture of the progress being made with the therapy.

However, if you opt for getting chiropractic treatment for your chiari malformation, it is important that you visit a certified chiropractor with proven expertise in treating the condition. The condition involves the brain, which makes it a disorder of very sensitive nature, and if a quack twists the neck randomly in an attempt to correct the malformation, there is a high risk of the condition worsening. However, a well-trained chiropractor will know better than twisting the neck of a patient with a chiari malformation, and will focus on correcting the upper cervical subluxation.

The treatment varies from patient to patient, and is influenced by the results of a cervical analysis, the symptoms being experienced by the patient, and the cause of the disorder. While some patients experience immediate relief after 2-3 sessions, others might need more prolonged treatment for the effect to be visible. Since the disease takes place on a purely physical level, with the cerebellar tonsils being displaced into the upper cervical spinal cord, it is only logical that its treatment should also be carried out using a physical technique. Chiropractic treatment does just that, and with collaboration with other medical experts can significantly reduce symptoms associated with chiari malformation.

To know more about chiropractic care and its benefits, kindly visit us at Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness. We are renowned Pain Management Clinic located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Morton’s Neuroma: Treatment With Chiropractics

by Administrator 6. September 2012 13:33

Morton’s neuroma might have a scary name, but the good news is that this painful disorder can be easily cured and despite being a “neuroma”, it is benign. The disorder is associated with acute pain in the foot which is usually present between the third and fourth toes. The feeling might be compared to having a solid object like a small stone stuck under the foot. The underlying cause of the disease is the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves that supply to the foot, hence the name “neuroma”.

Along with pain radiating through the entire foot, patients might also experience numbness and a stinging sensation in the foot. While some patients might experience relief by changing footwear, others might need more advanced treatments, and in some cases, even surgery.

Chiropractic treatment of Morton’s neuroma starts with a thorough physical examination and screening tests to determine the cause of the disease. In most cases, the chiropractor is able to detect a subluxation in the pelvic region of the spine. This subluxation disrupts the sciatic nerve, which is responsible for supplying to the lower extremities, including the feet. By correcting this subluxation, the pressure is released from the nerve, hence restoring its normal functionality and providing relief from pain.

In other cases, the subluxation might be found in the upper cervical region. In these cases, the affected nerve is the phrenic nerve, which is responsible for lifting the arches in the feet.  Spinal manipulation is used to correct these subluxations, and helps by stretching the soft tissue along with stimulating the nervous system.  The chiropractor is also trained to perform manipulations in the foot, which help to restore integrity of the arch, and correct subluxations in the bones of the feet, as well as the ankles. This helps to relieve acute pain associated with Morton’s neuroma by easing tension in the foot region and treating the affected soft tissues.

In some cases, the chiropractic treatment for the disease can be supplemented with orthotics, which are used to provide additional support to the feet. This is especially useful in case of Morton’s neuroma caused by injury, in which it is important to hold the affected joints and bones in place with the help of orthotics.  Patients who suffer from muscle inflammation might need to undergo ultrasound treatment to relieve the condition. Chiropractic treatment for Morton’s neuroma is a holistic treatment option, which follows a step-by-step approach to eliminate the cause of the disease, instead of merely providing symptomatic relief.

If you are seeking a chiropractor in Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton, Lampasas or Gatesville, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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