Chiropractic Showed Improved Results For Infantile Colic

by Administrator 20. September 2010 09:02

Infantile Colic or simply Colic refers to a situation, where a newly born baby cries frequently or screams for extended hours without any specific reason. This is more commonly found in breastfed and bottle-fed babies and usually gets noticed in the first two weeks after birth. The baby usually cries for more than 3 hours a day and spits up after feeding. The Colic may be caused because the baby’s nervous system is immature, swallows air while feeding and has allergies to some food like milk. The fussiness of crying is alarming for both the parents and the physicians. Therefore, the scientists have always tried to find out how Infantile Colic could be cured.

To know what could be the proper treatment of Colic, scientists at National Health Service in Ballerup in Copenhagen, Denmark conducted a research or study on 50 infants which were diagnosed with Colic. Half of the infants were administered a drug called dimethicon while the rest of them were given Chiropractic treatment. In the study of 50 infants, it was found that the group which was administered drug showed bad results. It was found that after 8 to 10 day of study, the infants who were given Chiropractic therapy improved to 2.7 hours of less crying and the infants on which drugs were administered showed one hour of less crying.

The above mentioned research study was published in December 1998 issue of Country Living's Healthy Living. The article also focused on a case study where a mom whose baby was suffering from Colic describes how her baby got cured with six sessions of 20 minutes with a Chiropractor. This was proved by another recent study conducted in South Africa, where a group of infants who received Chiropractic care recovered upto 93% within the two-week period and Colic was not repeated in any one of them.

These studies around the globe show that Chiropractic therapy is far more useful than using dimethicon drugs to treat Colic in new born babies. For more information on how Chiropractic care can help you in various medical conditions, 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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HIV/AIDS Patients & Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 6. March 2010 13:08

One of the latest developments in the field of medicine made by science is the acknowledgment of the relationship existing between the nervous and the immune systems. AIDS i.e. acquired immune deficiency syndrome, as the name suggests, is a disease accompanied by drastic losses in the immunity of the patient’s body. Whereas chiropractic care refers to the generic treatments and care procedures related to the neuromuscular system and the spine. It is now a scientifically established fact that nervous system depends upon the immune system and similarly, the immune system also greatly depends on the nervous system and its functioning. This fact closely relates the betterment of the health of AIDS patients with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic treatment mainly includes a kind of manual therapy, consisting of manipulation and relaxation of the spine and other muscles and joints. It also includes mild exercising and healthy lifestyle as a form of after treatment care. These healthy living practices which make a part of the chiropractic care are now becoming an integral part of the treatment of AIDS. Chiropractic benefits the sufferers of AIDS in the following three ways:

  • Boosts immunity: The main cause and symptom of the disease of AIDS is the drastic decline in the bodily immunity of the individual. Such people become much more prone to and at higher risks of death even from minor problems like influenza as compared to any other normal individual. Even a minor disruption in the body health can prove fatal for a patient of AIDS. The chiropractic care practices and the healthy lifestyle preached by the chiropractor leads to a boost in the immunity of the patient and make them less vulnerable to infections and minor diseases. It helps in making the immune system stronger and healthier and makes the patient feel better and stronger.
  • Secondary symptoms: The deadly disease of AIDS, beside the loss of immunity is also accompanied by many minor secondary health problems or symptoms, for example, numbness, tingling or burning sensation in one or more body parts and most of all, tiredness and lethargy. The manual treatments under chiropractic care relieve the patient of the above mentioned symptoms. It helps in easing the numbness of limbs and the tingling or the burning sensation in palms and feet through various chiropractic practices. Also, chiropractic care and improved lifestyle rejuvenates the AIDS patient, thus ridding him of the general sense of tiredness or lethargy.
  • Stress reduction: Beside and above the medical symptoms and the problems which come with this disease, the stress is what takes a heavy toll on the peace of mind of the patient. The regular stress of pain and knowledge of the fact that the disease is incurable causes intensive pressure and stress on the mind of the patient. Beyond boosting immunity and treating the patient of the secondary symptoms, the practices included under chiropractic care lead to a remarkable reduction in the stress levels of the patient and relax him extensively, thus leading to a comparatively cheerful and comfortable disease lifespan.

We at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness provide complete chiropractic care Solutions for people in Killeen, Fort Hood and Harker Heights.

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Chiropractic Care For General Well Being

by Administrator 22. February 2010 08:39

Chiropractic is a widely practised treatment procedure which is aimed at diagnosis and treatment of various problems of the nervous and muscular system. Chiropractic care is a complementing alternative medicine technique with tremendous benefits. It doesn’t have any side-effects and is aimed at imparting general wellness through stimulation of various body parts. It generally helps in treating the disorders of the musculoskeletal system, following the hypothesis that these disorders greatly affect the general health and well being of an individual. The main chiropractic treatment consists of a manual therapy which includes manipulation of the spine, joints and soft tissues. Chiropractic care for general well being also includes exercise, health and a healthy lifestyle.

Chiropractic treatment is very useful in the treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pains and other neuromuscular problems related to the spine or other bones, joints and tissues. Chiropractic treatment is extremely helpful in recovery from traumas related to accidents, injuries or displacements and fractures.

The general misconception is that chiropractic care is limited to treating back and neck pain. Although many people regularly experience relief from back and neck pain through chiropractic services; but the foundation, intent, and vision of chiropractic is far beyond removal of symptoms. Chiropractic treatment is helpful in various other health related issues. Patients suffering from various problems like diabetes, heart problems, and psychological issues have found relief through chiropractic care. Chiropractic care imparted to pregnant women has shown great benefits. Even new born babies can be given chiropractic care to relieve stresses due to birth procedure.

Just like you regularly visit your dentist for a dental check-up from time to time, one must keep visiting their chiropractors for routine spinal and other bone and joint check-ups and relaxation. Spine is the most important skeletal organ in the body which supports the entire body weight of an individual and maintains proper posture and also helps the individual to stand and sit properly. It is important to properly take care of your spine.

The non-surgical and drug-free healing provided under chiropractic care provides a variety of health benefits to an individual. Most chiropractic patients experience real relief and improved general well being, and continue to make regular visits a part of their healthy lifestyle choice, even after having been treated of their problem.

Healthy exercises, massages and improved lifestyle, which make a part of the chiropractic care, provide an individual with a healthy and disease free life. It makes the bones and joints stronger, healthier and less prone to injury and wear and tear. The customized care which one receives from their chiropractor can help to improve their posture, muscle balance and mobility.

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Chiropractic Care And Infertility

by Administrator 15. February 2010 07:41

Chiropractic care stresses the diagnosis and treatment of various problems through stimulation of the neuro-muscular system, especially the spine. Though there is no direct established relation between infertility and chiropractic treatment, still an increase in the fertility rate for women suffering from infertility and who underwent chiropractic care shows that there is a positive relation between the two.

Chiropractic treatment mainly includes a kind of manual therapy, consisting of manipulation and relaxation of the spine and other muscles and joints. It also includes mild exercising and healthy lifestyle as a form of after treatment care. Studies have recently been conducted on women with varying pregnancy histories. Ladies from various age groups, at different stages of their reproductive cycles were found to have benefitted from the chiropractic treatment and post treatment chiropractic care. Ladies, who had miscarriages in the past or were not able to conceive at all, were found to have conceived within 2 to 20 months of the initiation of the chiropractic treatment. A variety of treatments under chiropractic care were used, the main focus being a technique known as vertical subluxations.

Though the chiropractic treatment is not a direct and recognised treatment for pregnancy related issues or infertility, it is estimated that betterment of neuro-spinal integrity through various chiropractic procedures, lead to better physiological balance or homeostasis and bodily adaptations, thus making the individual’s health improve manifold.

Another important point is that regular chiropractic care, exercises and healthy lifestyle makes the spine strong and is exceptionally good for pregnant women. Chiropractic care strengthen the spine, entire vertebral column and make the body of the expecting mother stronger and healthier for bearing the weight of the child easily. Such expecting mothers who regularly undergo chiropractic care and treatment during the course of their pregnancy are estimated to give birth to stronger and healthier children and run low on the scale of miscarriages and premature deliveries. It is also believed that such women have an easy labour, generally normal deliveries and have to bear lesser pain during child birth as compared to women who do not undergo chiropractic care during their expectation period.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis - Cause, Symptoms and Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 24. January 2010 13:07

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory, systemic disease. It is an auto-immune disorder which causes inflammation of the joints and is more common in females.

Causes - Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is unknown however there are certain risk factors. Some of these risk factors include

  • Genetic Susceptibility
  • Environmental factors
  • Immune system dysfunction – Rheumatoid Arthritis is a autoimmune disorder. The body’s immune system starts making antibodies against the body tissues. In this disease the immune system mistakes the healthy tissue for a foreign invader and starts attacking the healthy tissue of the body. The various risk factors are thought to be triggers for the dysfunction of the immune system.
  • Infections - Some researchers believe that the various infections may also act as the trigger for the immune system. Though RA is not contagious, still it’s thought to be associated with infectious diseases.

Symptoms Of Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Initial symptoms include pain, warmth, swelling and redness around the affected joint.
  • The inflamed joints release enzymes that destroy the cartilage and bone. This causes loss of movement and deformity in the joints.
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Flu like symptoms
  • Stiffness in the joints especially in the morning or after prolonged sitting

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic disease that becomes more active at times followed by some period of remission or disease inactivity.

Diagnosis is made on the basis of

  • Medical history
  • Physical examination
  • Clinical symptoms
  • Certain lab tests like – ESR, C-Reactive Proteins, RA factor in the blood, antinuclear antibodies in the blood.

Chiropractic Care For Rheumatoid Arthritis

A. Advice on lifestyle modifications

  • Safety measures at home since due to deformity in the joints patients are more prone to falls
  • Active lifestyle
  • Regular exercises
  • Adequate rest

B. Advice on the assistive devices like walking aids splints that may ease pressure on the joints and also to minimize the deformity in the joints.
C. Range of motion exercises
D. Strengthening exercises of the muscles around the involved joints.

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Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis of Knees

by Administrator 16. January 2010 11:37

What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting manly people who are above 50 years of age. Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative and progressive disease of the joints, wherein there is a gradual loss of articular cartilage from the joints. Knees are the most common joint affected by Osteoarthritis.

Causes of the Osteoarthritis of Knees
Osteoarthritis mainly causes disruption of the cartilage of the knees joints. Cartilage covers the ends of the bones in the joints (articular surfaces of the bones) and helps in smooth motion and shock absorption. When cartilage is disrupted there occurs more friction between the bones during motion. This causes thickening of ends of the bone and as a result bone spurs may form.
Some of the causes for the disruption of cartilage in Osteoarthritis of Knees can be:

  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Aging Process
  • Joint injury
  • Long Period of inactivity
  • Being Overweight
  • Weak Muscles

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis of Knee

  • Pain in the Knees
  • Difficulty in walking and running
  • Muscle weakness in the lower limbs

Chiropractic Care for Osteoarthritis of Knees

Weight control 

  • This includes advices on Aerobic exercises and Life style modifications

Regular exercises

  • Strengthening exercises for muscles of lower limb. These exercises make muscles of lower limb stable and resist further damage.
  • Range-of-Motion Exercises – These help maintain the flexibility and range of motion of the knee joints

Heat Therapy

  • Hot packs are used to relieve the pain in the joint and also to relax the muscles before starting the exercises. Heat therapy also relieves stiffness in the joints

Support to the joint

  • Knee joint bear weight of the body. Chiropractic care may include supporting the knee joint with protective braces and walking aids so that the weight on t he knees is reduced.

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Muscle Spasm and Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 5. January 2010 07:04

Muscle spasm is an involuntary contraction of the muscles that causes shortening of the muscle. It is felt like a cramp or the tightness in the muscle. Muscle spasms are not always painful. Muscle spasms when painful are felt like sudden onset of unpleasant and painful sensation in the muscle. Muscle spasms are common in back, neck arms and leg muscles.

Causes Of Muscle Spasm

  • Prolonged or excessive exercises can cause fatigue and energy depletion. During prolonged exercise, the muscle is unable to relax and thus cramps occur.
  • Dehydration – Loss of water and salts from the body in conditions like vomiting, Diarrhoea or excessive sweating can cause muscle cramps.
  • Injury or trauma to the muscle also leads to spasm
  • Neuromuscular diseases like Multiple sclerosis.
  • Spinal injury

Symptoms Of Muscle Spasm

  • The most common muscles that are affected are calf muscles, back and front of the thigh (Hamstrings and quadriceps), feet, hands, arms and abdominal muscles.
  • Muscle cramps can be varying from a low intensity cramp that may only cause slight twitch or tic.
  • Muscle spasm may also lead to severe pain in the muscle
  • Tightness in the muscle
  • Sudden onset of unpleasant painful sensation in the muscle
  • Fatigue in the muscle

Chiropractic Treatment In Muscle Spasm

  • Stretching of the muscle
  • Massage
  • Deep heating to the muscle followed by gentle exercises
  • If the spasm is caused by injury or pathology in the joint, joint manipulative therapies may help
  • Soft tissue manipulation
  • Strengthening exercises

Proper Chiropractic care can offset Muscle Spasm effectively.

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Chiropractic Care For Addicts

by Administrator 27. December 2009 08:12

An article posted in Psychology Today Online (July 14th 2006) with a sub title "Beating addiction may take an extra nudge from the chiropractor", focused on how chiropractic care works towards de-addiction of addicts. The article was about an individual undergoing addiction treatment therepy with Exodus Addiction Treatment Center in Florida. The center had a much higher success rate in comparison to other national treatment centers. The higher success rate was attributed to chiropractic care given to patients along with normal addiction treatment procedure.

According to article, chiropractic care is a part of therapy for addiction treatment at Exodus Addiction Treatment Center and one of the patients recognized chiropractic care to be majorly responsible for successful de-addiction therapy. It was mentioned that chiropractic care stimulates spine which has direct connection with nervous system and neurotransmitters. When a patient is administered chiropractic treatment, spine with connection to nervous system produces a physical and mental state of well being. Chiropractic treatment was designed to correct “subluxations” thereby returning the normal nerve functions.

Another study published in the same article referring Molecular Psychiatry journal showed the reason behind success of Exodus treatment center where three groups were compared during the treatment course. One group was given chiropractic along with normal treatment, while the other two groups were treated without chiropractic care. The two groups without chiropractic care showed approximately 55% completion of addiction program (roughly around the national average) while the group with treatment along with chiropractic care showed a complete 100% completion of addiction program.

According to Dr. Jay Holder chiropractic treatment for addiction is not a new form of treatment but only assists patients to take full benefits of current treatment procedure.

Chiropractic care is one of the remarkable ways to rejuvenate our body system to induce a feeling of well being. Various issues related to body and mind can interfere with daily activities. Chiropractic treatment is one of the best solutions for overall well being.

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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.

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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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