Acupuncture For Stress Management

by Administrator 20. October 2015 16:22

Stress is the body’s response to a demand or threat. It can impair the individual’s ability to think, feel and act. It can be a result of various factors such as work pressure, chronic illness, emotional problems, natural disasters etc. During stress, a part the brain known as hypothalamus secretes a chemical which in turn, activates the nervous system to release certain hormones such as adrenaline, cortisol etc. These hormones can lead to an increase in blood pressure, decrease in rate of digestion, depression, insomnia, anxiety etc. Thus, it becomes necessary to manage stress in order to avoid these health issues.

Effects Of Prolonged Stress

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Irritability or short temper
  • Memory problems
  • Aches and pains
  • Tensed muscles
  • Chest pain
  • Anger outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Social withdrawal, etc.

How acupuncture can help?

Acupuncture is a Chinese medicine technique that can help in providing relief from anxiety and other medical conditions arising due to prolonged stress. The therapy involves movement of Qi, an energy force responsible for regulating health of an individual. The pathways through which Qi travels throughout the body are known as meridians. Stress can disrupt the flow of Qi and lead to severe health issues.

When thin needles are inserted on specific acupoints on the body, the nervous system releases painkilling chemicals, such as endorphins, in the bloodstream. It helps to improve the immune system and arouse part of the brain that controls anxiety levels. As a result, the sensitivity to pain and stress is reduced, allowing the individual to relax and deactivate the analytical mind. Acupuncture points used for stress management are usually found on the stomach.

Acupuncture works by stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals in the body that release immune system cells and pain-killing chemicals. It also promotes the body's natural opioid system that assists in inducing sleep. It regulates the secretion of neurotransmitters and neuro-hormones that normalize the brain chemistry.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer effective acupuncture treatment for stress. We will carefully analyze the cause of your stress and help you find relief through a minimally invasive treatment option. To schedule an appointment with the acupuncturists at our clinic, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Killeen Chiropractic For Posture Correction

by Administrator 13. October 2015 17:26

There are several muscles that work together to keep the body in an upright posture. When these muscles become weak or stressed, it may lead to pain or other postural problems. If poor posture is endured for a long time, it may lead to chronic back conditions. Maintaining a correct posture is essential for keeping the bones and joints in proper alignment. It allows the muscles to function efficiently and prevent strains as well as overuse disorders.

Causes of poor posture

  • Muscle imbalance and weakness
  • Respiratory conditions
  • Excess weight
  • Poor core stability
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Non-ergonomic workstations
  • Joint-hypermobility

How chiropractic treatment can help?

Chiropractic treatment aims at restoring balanced muscles of the body thereby, correcting posture. The chiropractor may look for the following symptoms before suggesting corrective measures:

  • Misalignment in the spinal vertebrae
  • Height variance across shoulders
  • Alignment in knees
  • Changes in normal gait  

Given below are some techniques used by chiropractors for correcting poor posture:

  • Manual adjustments: These help in restoring proper alignment of the vertebrae and reduce inflammation as well as pain. The chiropractor may gently stimulate the patient’s back to move the vertebrae back into their original position and eliminate stress from the muscles.
  • Posture correcting exercises: Specific exercises such as leg extensions, stomach crunches, back extensions, plank, etc. may be recommended by a chiropractor to strengthen the back, abs and leg muscles. These can help in providing support to the spine and rest of the body.
  • Shoulder Retraction Exercise: The chiropractor may recommend this exercise to provide relaxation to the neck muscles. It helps in properly aligning the head and neck with the spinal column. The thoracic spine can also move into extension by performing this exercise.
  • Repeated Chin Tuck Exercise: It helps to improve posture by stretching the neck muscles. It aims at strengthening the muscles in the upper cervical spine.
  • Reverse Shoulder Shrugs: This exercise is performed to avoid neck and shoulder stiffness. It involves lifting the shoulders towards the ears and rolling them backwards. Posture problems such as anterior head carriage or and craning can be treated by doing this exercise.
  • Maintaining Weight: Excess weight can put pressure on the spine thereby, affecting the vertebrae. The chiropractor may recommend you to eat a healthy diet and perform some physical exercises to reduce weight.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness provide posture correction services in Harker Heights, TX. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors at our clinic, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Treating ADHD With Acupuncture

by Administrator 6. October 2015 18:16

ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a common behavioral disorder characterized by symptoms such as difficulty in concentrating, problems in staying focused, hyperactivity and inability to control behavior. The condition is more commonly seen in boys below the age of 12 years, however, it may sometimes continue till adulthood. For a child to be diagnosed with ADHD, the symptoms must prevail for more than 6 months and affect normal functioning in multiple aspects of life. Depending upon the symptoms manifested, ADHD can be classified as:

  • Predominately hyperactive-impulsive
  • Predominantly inattentive
  • Combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive

Causes of ADHD

  • Genes: Children suffering from ADHD may have a family member suffering from the condition. It is usually considered to be an inherited condition that causes a particular gene to have thinner brain tissue in the area associated with attention.
  • Environmental factors: Smoking and consuming alcohol during pregnancy can cause ADHD in children. Even exposure to high amount of lead through plumbing fixtures or paint can cause ADHD in preschoolers.
  • Brain Injury: Children who have suffered a brain injury in the past may show symptoms of ADHD.
  • Food: Excessive intake of sugar and processed foods has also been linked to the development of ADHD in children.

How Acupuncture Can Help?
Acupuncture is a popular minimally invasive therapy for ADHD. According to traditional Chinese medicine, ADHD is caused due to inadequate sustenance of the spirit. It is also believed that the condition is a result of an imbalance in the protective energy (qi) in the body. Acupuncture aims at helping to restore balance within the body, eliminating the symptoms and treating the underlying cause of ADHD.

During the procedure, the acupuncturist inserts fine needles into different parts of the patient’s body. Usually, auricular acupuncture is used to stimulate the specific points in the ear. The needles may be moved manually, with the assistance of heat energy or an electric current. Acupuncture treatment works by correcting the malfunctioning in the body, allowing the brain and different organs to work coordinately, thereby, improving the symptoms of ADHD. The therapy can help to:

  • Improve focus and attention span
  • Enhance concentration power
  • Manage mood swings
  • Control fidgeting
  • Reduce hyperactivity
  • Promote better management of emotions

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide comprehensive acupuncture treatment for ADHD. To schedule an appointment with our acupuncturist, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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