Nutrition Recommendations For Kids

by Administrator 19. March 2012 10:46

What you decide to put on your child’s platter goes a long way in determining not just their physical health, but also their mental development. The most common mistake that parents make is that of force-feeding young children, in an attempt to fulfill their calorie/ nutritional  requirements. However, what you, as a parent need to know, is that children have an auto-regulated mechanism of getting enough food, which is why you do not need to run behind your little one forcing her to finish her meal.

If you are confused about whether or not your child’s nutritional requirements are being met, the simple ‘rule of four’ should help to make things easy. All that you need to do is ensure that the following four food groups are covered in your child’s diet everyday:

  • Whole wheat grains and starch-rich foods- This category includes foods rich in carbohydrates, like whole wheat bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, barley etc. These foods are a rich source of fiber, minerals and vitamins, and also provide your child with the much needed energy.
  • Fruits and veggies- Rich in antioxidants, fruits and vegetables must form an essential component of every child’s daily diet. Choose fresh fruits and vegetables over juices, and try to include one serving of either in each meal. This food group is a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Milk and dairy products- Milk is a rich source of calcium, which is essential for the growth and development of bones and teeth. The basic rule for the amount of milk to include in a child’s diet is 2 cups/day for children aged 1-8, and 3 cups/day for those aged 9-18. Low-fat milk, low-fat yoghurt and healthy dairy alternatives like ricotta and cheese are a great option for young children. However, for children under the age of five, full-fat milk is appropriate.
  • Meat, Fish and Protein-Rich foods- Try to include fish as an entrée regularly in your child’s meals. Lean meat is a rich source of protein. Other healthy alternatives are soya, legumes, pulses, beans and eggs.

Along with these four essential food groups, make sure that your child’s diet includes just enough fat. This is especially important for under-fives, who need a sufficient amount of fat in their diet for their proper growth and development. Start with a high-fat, low-fiber diet for young children, gradually decreasing the amount of fat, and increasing the fiber as they grow.

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Chiropractic Care And Kyphosis

by Administrator 11. February 2012 08:43

Kyphosis, commonly referred to as ‘hunchback’ is a condition in which the upper back is abnormally bowed/rounded, resulting in distorted posture. The disease usually develops with age, and is rarely congenital.


  • Arthritis, disk degeneration and other degenerative spine diseases
  • Injuries caused by osteoporosis
  • Poor posture
  • Trauma caused by injury in the spine
  • Slipping of vertebrae over each other


  • Tenderness, stiffness and pain in the spine
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Leg weakness or paralysis in extreme cases

The disease is diagnosed by a physical examination to confirm the abnormal curvature of the spine. This is followed by various tests- Spine X-ray, Pulmonary function test, MRI scan etc., to identify any underlying abnormality.

Chiropractic care:
Chiropractic treatment is one of the most common and most effective non-surgical treatment options for the management of kyphosis. The initial stages of the treatment procedure involve the application of techniques like motion and static palpation to judge the ease of movement of the joints. This helps to determine any tenderness or tightness in the joints, which is instrumental in deciding the further course of action.

The most common cause of kyphosis in adults is poor posture. Chiropractic treatment of the disease addresses this issue by teaching the patient better posture. Apart from this, the treatment procedure focuses on the following areas of concern:

  • Inflammation in the joints
  • Muscle spasms
  • Weakness in the spine
  • Difficulty in movement of spine
  • Degeneration of middle back
  • Chronic back ache

The most important component of the chiropractic care for kyphosis is spinal manipulation. This is a technique involving spinal adjustment to improve the movement of the joints. It can be of three types:

  • Specific spinal manipulation: In this technique, the chiropractor identifies the specific joints that are problematic, and manipulates them using a thrusting technique. This stretches the soft tissue, sending a signal to the brain to resume normal motion.
  • Flexion-distraction technique: This technique does not involve thrusting, and follows a gentler approach. It is suitable for kyphosis caused by degenerative diseases.
  • Instrument-aided manipulation: In this technique, manual thrusting is replaced by force applied by a special hand-held instrument.

Apart from this, certain manual therapy treatments can be used to cure injured ligaments and tendons. These include trigger point therapy and manual joint stretching. Techniques like ultrasound and interferential electrical stimulation can help to reduce inflammation.

For more details, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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How Can Chiropractic Help In Treating Pinched Nerve?

by Administrator 20. January 2012 09:06

Pinched nerve is caused when a nerve or set of nerves is damaged by either compression or stretching of a nerve. Pinched nerve can occur in any part of the body like lower back, wrist, neck, shoulder, legs etc. It causes pain, tingling or numbness in the affected area.  Pinched nerve in lower back is usually caused by a herniated disc, arthritis or bone spurs.

However, a person recovers soon from a pinched nerve (within a few days or weeks) after taking ample rest and treatment. There are various steroids, injections and medications which are said to be helpful in treating the pain. But there are also examples of cases where surgery becomes necessary to treat the pinched nerve. For this reason, it is very necessary to diagnose it in time to prevent any damage or complications later on.

If you or anyone in your family is suffering from a pinched nerve and want to get it treated minus the injections, medications or any kind of surgery, chiropractic care can help you out. Chiropractic basically deals with treating the bio-chemical causes of diseases emerging from the misalignment of spine plus poor posture. The treatment is not only limited to readjustment of spine, but also includes the nutrition to attain a good health.

Chiropractic involves applying force in a particular direction on the affected part of the body. The chiropractors identify the location, direction and then look for the best way to correct the positioning of the nerves. This is either done by hands or with an instrument. It is also said that there are more than forty different ways to adjust the spine. However, this may vary from patient to patient.

Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness Clinic is  renowned to provide best, affordable and non-invasive chiropractic care to people in Killeen, Fort Hood and Harker Heights.

To know more about how chiropractic care can treat various body pains, feel free to visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. We can also be contacted at 254-698-1600.

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Osteoporosis And Chiropractics

by Administrator 6. January 2012 13:44

The human body builds its bone mass regularly till the age of 35 or so, and the process slows down gradually with age. The skeletal maturity and maximum bone density of a normal human body is reached between the age of 20 and 25. The age-factor makes our body lose more bone mass density than it actually makes.

Usually, men have higher bone density as compared to women which makes women more prone to bone fractures. When the bone mass becomes more fragile and porous with time, the condition is generally is referred to as ‘Osteoporosis’ in medical terms. It is a kind of disease where your body stops making bone mass and the bone tissues become severely delicate and flimsy.

Osteoporosis cannot be detected easily as it has no initial symptoms at early stages. The bone loss cannot be measured unless some specific bone density related tests are conducted. But the advanced cases of osteoporosis can be detected if there is acute back pain, neck pain, loss of height over time, stooped posture or curvature of the spine. Sometimes these symptoms may also indicate an osteoporosis-related injury as well.

Chiropractics generally use non-surgical and natural healing methods to treat and cure the musco-skeletal disorders of the human body. It is a holistic approach to over all health and well-being of the body structure. Chiropractors help you in preventing osteoporosis along with treating an osteoporosis-related injury in a natural way.

Some of the most common chiropractic treatments that are used for curing the osteoporosis include spinal adjustments, relaxation techniques, rehabilitative exercises and counseling about nutrition and dietary supplements. These chiropractic techniques help in increasing the mobility and it makes your bones more strong that prevent fractures.

Several other chiropractic therapies are specifically used for those patients who have osteoporosis related injuries. These therapies include orthopedic support, specific forms of physical therapy, ice therapy, electro-muscle stimulation, et al that helps in further strengthening of the muscles and ligaments that support spine.

For any further information or any other queries related to the Chiropractic therapy and its medical implications, and how it can help in preventing osteoporosis, you can visit at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call at (254) 698-1600.

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