Chiropractic Treatment For Running Injuries

by Administrator 3. October 2012 10:18

With the intense practice that is required to improve timings, injuries among athletes are not uncommon. While some of these injuries can be cured with a few sessions of physical therapy, the more severe ones require the patient to undergo chiropractic treatment. If ignored and left without rehabilitation, these injuries can lead to several complications, and in extreme cases might even result in the runner's inability to carry on with running. Running injuries can be divided into two types- traumatic, which result from the impact of falling, collision, etc., and repetitive injuries which are caused by the repeated use of the same set of muscles.

Some of the common running injuries that can be treated by chiropractic techniques include- runner's knee, shin splints, stress fracture, ITBS, ankle sprain, etc. Chiropractic treatment for these injuries focuses on rehabilitating the patient, and restoring his ability to resume running. The treatment starts with a detailed analysis of the injury, which might include an X-ray examination and other tests. This is done to determine the cause of the injury, around which the treatment is based. The first aim of the treatment is to relieve pain, after which the focus is shifted to build strength, flexibility, and coordination.

In many cases, the underlying cause of such injuries is a spinal misalignment, which can be treated by manual manipulation of the spine. The manipulation helps to correct vertebral subluxations, and also works by removing spinal irritation, hence encouraging improved flexibility and restoration of normal movement.  In case of injuries in the soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons, techniques like soft tissue mobilization, deep tissue massage, ultrasound, stretching etc. can provide relief to patients. Since chiropractic treatment does not involve any administration of drugs, it saves the patient from the side effects and potential addiction to the potent pain killers prescribed for running injuries.

Chiropractors also suggest some preventive measures to the patients, to avoid future injuries. These include wearing shock-absorbing shoes during training, encouraging minimum impact through heel toe landing, using sports taping and custom-made orthotics, making dietary modifications, etc. In this way, this treatment is holistic, and focuses on eliminating the problem from its root cause, instead of merely focusing on the symptoms. Along with strengthening the affected area, chiropractic treatment for running injuries also boosts overall coordination, control, and muscle strength, resulting in the optimal functioning of the joints and muscles, as well as the nervous system.

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. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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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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Heal Your Heel Pain With Chiropractics

by Administrator 27. December 2011 09:05

Does your heel pains a lot while you get up from your bed in the morning? Or does it hurt you more often whenever you play any sport? Get yourself immediately checked as this pain can be due to the inflammation caused in the “plantar fascia” of your foot. Plantar Fascia is a thick tissue present at the bottom of your foot that connects the heel bone to the toes by creating an arch. The inflammation thus caused is known as the ‘plantar fasciitis’ in medical terms.

Plantar fasciitis can be recognized when there is a burning pain or sensation in the heel bone. It further causes severe pain while you walk or even try to stand. This is due to the tightening of the plantar fascia overnight. It mostly occurs in one foot at a time but it can also appear on both the feet on a sudden notice. Carefully note if there is sharp pain in the inner part of the bottom of your heel while standing or climbing stairs. It can be plantar fasciitis.

Plantar Fasciitis can be caused due to many reasons, some of which are given below as:

  • Repetitive stretching and tearing.
  • Jogging, walking, stair climbing or any other physical activity done in excess.
  • Household exertion in excess, such as moving heavy furniture or appliances etc.
  • People having the problem of arthritis.
  • People who are diabetic are more prone to it.
  • Faulty foot mechanics such as, being flat-footed or having a high arch.
  • Having an abnormal pattern of walking.
  • Improper shoes like, thin-soled or those who lack the ability of absorbing shock.

How can Chiropractic help in healing your heel pain?
Chiropractic is a healing method that uses natural methods and techniques to cure plantar fasciitis. The primary goal of chiropractic therapy is to diagnose the main cause of the heel pain and offer natural treatment options for its cure. This therapy addresses both the causes and symptoms of the plantar fasciitis. Not only this, chiropractic therapy also improves the over-all health and well being of the patients without the use of any drugs. Chiropractic adjustments and manipulations are used to improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation through natural healing.

If you are suffering from heel pain, get yourself treated with chiropractics. To know more about the chiropractic therapy and how it can benefit in curing Plantar Fasciitis, 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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Chiropractic Therapy Benefits For Athletes

by Administrator 14. December 2011 06:58

What is Chiropractic therapy?
Chiropractic therapy is one of the major healing alternatives, in which drugs, injections or surgeries aren’t used. It is a medical art, which uses nervous system, especially the spine, to cure the vertebral subluxation by spinal manipulation and other needful treatment techniques. Certain pressure is applied in a particular direction of the vertebra that has been subluxated, which brings immediate relief to the patient. This kind of adjustment is done either by hand or an instrument, relieving the nerve pressure of the body.

Chiropractic therapy for Athletes
Chiropractic therapy is far more effective as compared to other treatments when it comes to athletes. Their profession demands quick recovery from injuries, with limited medication. Athletes undertake rigorous training sessions and have disciplined fitness regimes that improve their performance. It also increases their stamina. But with this, they also need many regular massage treatments and therapy sessions. These chiropractic treatments help them maintain health, both mental and physical. It proves to be a value-addition concept to their regular training programs.

Benefits of Chiropractic Therapy for Athletes
In 1991, The Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation published a study according to which, 30% of the athletes showed improvement in performances after 12 weeks of chiropractic treatment. The athletes were tested on the basis of athletic ability such as kinesthetic perception, stamina and body power, reaction time, agility and balance.
Some of the key benefits of the chiropractic therapy for the athletes are as under:

  • Improvement in the posture, which improves the performance of the person as well.
  • Joint-pain reduction, which reduces the risk of further injury.
  • Makes the body flexible, which adds force to the body strength.
  • Increases blood flow which improves the focus and cognitive ability.
  • Enhances joint flexibility, which helps in the better performance of the athlete.
  • Reduces risk of injury and increases flexibility of soft tissues.
  • Ensures faster recovery after the injury. It reduces scar formation and helps in repair of tissues.
  • Works as a stress reduction factor. Cleanses body of toxins, which immensely helps in strengthening the immune system.

Popular Athletes who are Chiropractioners
Not only Olympic players, but many celebrity sport personalities like Tiger Woods, Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, Barry Bonds, and Lance Armstrong are among those who seek regular chiropractic care. Many athletes contact chiropractioners after the injury has occurred, but it is more beneficial to incorporate the therapy in regular training schedules.

To know more about chiropractic therapy and its benefits, contact 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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What Are The Causes For Muscular Pain?

by Administrator 9. November 2011 10:35

Muscles are the contractile tissue of the body that covers the major framework of the skeleton. It performs the main function of allowing the body movement and maintenance of the posture. The sensory receptors present in the muscles are responsible for the perfect posture of the body.

Muscular pain, also known as ‘myalgia’, is a very common problem worldwide. It is generally related to over use, over stretching, tension or injury of the muscles. Work, that involves a lot of physical activity, can also lead to over stressing of the muscles. It may affect either one muscle or the whole body of the person. Muscular pain can also be a sign of some disease, infection or any other disorder in the body.

The most common causes of muscular pain can be described as:

  • Injury causing sprains and damage to the muscles.
  • Overexerting of a muscle causing fatigue.
  • Tension or trauma.
  • A condition known as Fibromyalgia, which may harm the tenderness in your muscles and the surrounding soft tissues.
  • Side-effects of certain drugs and medicines can also cause muscular pain.

The muscular pain can be prevented by adopting various methods such as:

  • Warming up or stretching is the best way to keep away the muscular pain. It can be done before performing any physical work or morning exercise, and also after its completion.
  • Drinking fluids in large amount throughout the day and while exercising, relaxes the muscle pain.
  • Working in the same posture for long period of time or having a sitting job, can also bring pain to your muscles. Therefore, you should always try to take regular breaks in between.
  • Having a healthy and nutritional diet is also important to build muscles and immunity.

Chiropractic therapy helps in curing most of the muscular pains, including lower back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, headaches etc. It focuses on spinal manipulation and its treatment. Muscular system of the body is closely linked with the vertebral column and hence, when spinal bones become misaligned, it may damage the spinal cord, spinal nerves, fascia, meninges and other tissues as well.

For any queries regarding muscular pain or to know more about dealing with muscular problems, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at (254) 698-1600.

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Guide To Stay Well

by Administrator 2. November 2011 10:36

How important is health?

Health is all about having a sound mind as well as a sound body, which is impossible without consuming a balanced diet and exercising regularly. What we eat plays an essential role in keeping our good health. No matter how old you are, whether you are a toddler, teenager, adult or an aged person, each one of us is dependent on food to achieve a good health and thereby lead a happy life.

However, along with healthy mind and body, a healthy spirit is also needed for a perfect health. It includes the peace of mind, happiness, and an optimistic thinking.

What are the tools we can follow to achieve a good health?

  • Have a nutritional diet: A nutritional diet includes all the essential minerals and vitamins required by the body. We must increase the intake of roughage in our diets.
  • Do not over eat: Anything consumed in excess is harmful for the body, hence, in order to avoid health problems including obesity; one must always eat in the right quantity.
  • Do not skip meals: A majority of people tend to skip their meals because of their busy schedule. Also there are people who follow the wrong procedure of dieting to reduce weight, which can be harmful for health.
  • Sanitize or wash your hand before eating: No matter how healthy food you eat, but if you do not wash your hands, you can still catch various infections.
  • Drink plenty of water: A person should have a minimum of 2.5 liters of water daily. It ensures that the body does not get dehydrated, and also helps in flushing out the toxins from our body.
  • Physical activities: Physical activities help in burning up the calories of the body. We must not be a couch potato as it hampers the physical as well as the mental health of the body.
  • Take time to relax: Along with the physical activities, proper relaxation is also beneficial.
  • Think positive: Having a positive attitude makes you live a stress-free and happy life.
  • No smoking and tobacco intake: We all know that tobacco intake is injurious to our health and hence, must be avoided.

Prevention is always better than cure and thus, medical checkups at regular interval of time help you in staying well. However, if you are suffering from any kind of health problem and do not want to keep having medicines and injections, Chiropractic therapy is meant for you, as it treats most of your health problems naturally.

If you want to know more about the chiropractic therapy and its benefits in various health problems, contact Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at 254-698-1600.

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Chiropractic Care To Improve Body Physiology

by Administrator 13. September 2011 17:10

The Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research also known as the JVSR featured a research study establishing a link between the physiological characteristics of the body and repair of DNA. This study was published in the February 18, 2005 issue. The March 2005 issue of the Medical News Today prepared an important report on the results of this study from data gathered from the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research. The study mentioned above was a result of the joint efforts by chiropractors and research scientists belonging to the University of Lund based in Sweden. It presented facts that stated that chiropractic therapy could have a positive effect on the physical processes that have a bearing on DNA repair and the presence of oxidative stress in the body of an individual.

The report stated that serum thiols are the main antioxidant ingredients. These antioxidant elements can be used to assess the state of health of an individual and the level of DNA repair activity occurring due to action of enzymes in the body. These aspects have shown a relation with total life span and the ageing process in past studies by eminent experts. In the present study, a record was made of the serum thiol levels in twenty one individuals who were suffering from chronic pain problems and were also undergoing chiropractic treatments from trained doctors. The levels of the same element in patients who were not suffering from any symptoms and had already undergone chiropractic therapy were also noted. Both the results were then evaluated on the basis of comparisons made with a third group comprising of thirty people who had never received chiropractic therapy sessions.

The results showcased that the individuals who were still showing painful symptoms had the least amount of antioxidants while those who had received chiropractic therapy in the past and were without symptoms shower relatively much higher levels of the serum. On the other hand, those who did not receive any chiropractic sessions reported the lowest amount of antioxidants. The data gathered from this study lead to the conclusion that various factors like physical, chemical and emotional stress could have adverse effects on the working of the nervous system and even lead to changes in the way DNA repair is done inside the cells. High antioxidant levels that can be brought about with chiropractic therapy can significantly help in removing oxidative stress.

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How Chiropractic Therapy Can Help in Back Pain

by Administrator 7. September 2011 13:16

Chiropractic therapy is an area of treatment that aims at curing several ailments related to the muscles, skeletal system and the nervous system. This kind of treatment does not require any surgery or invasive procedures. There is simply an exterior manipulation of the muscle groups or certain areas of the body in order to bring about a change in the internal systems. These manipulations help in correction of subluxations that in turn provide considerable relief from recurrent pain. Apart from focus on the affected area, the organs or areas surrounding it are also manipulated and altered in order to provide a permanent cure.

Most chiropractic treatments are aimed at relieving back pain, neck pain or other kinds of joint pains. Some of them can even help treat headaches and migraines by manipulating the spinal area. Most patients undertaking chiropractic therapy are those that are affected with severe pain in the upper or lower back. This pain may be a standalone complaint or may even be a symptom of another disease. Before prescribing appropriate chiropractic treatment, several tests are conducted to rule out other ailments of which back pain may be a symptom.

There are several aspects that form a part of chiropractic treatment. There are spinal manipulations involved in this kind of therapy in which pressure is applied to this area to bring about the required chiropractic adjustments. These adjustments help in more flexible movement and increased mobility for the patients. The manipulations are done manually with a skilled hand of a certified chiropractor. Even if you are taking regular treatment for an ailment, chiropractic therapy may be taken as an additional treatment to ease chronic pain.

Apart from maneuvering the different muscles and the nerves associated with the affected area, there are also certain exercises involved that may be prescribed to the patient. The chiropractor will also stretch and move the joints and muscles so that there is mobilization of the muscles. This helps increase the motion of the affected parts. Apart from this, the patient is educated about the kind of movements that can result in back pain and the kind of nutrition that they require to remain on the path to recovery.

For any wellness related queries feel free to visit us at Corrective Chiropractic And Wellness - 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call at 254.698.1600.

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Chiropractic Care For Tourette’s Syndrome - A Case Study

by Administrator 26. August 2011 04:26

Most of the people think of chiropractic care in terms of relief from neck and back pain. However, for a long time, chiropractors have advocated the health benefits that the patients have received for a number of ailments. According to a case study published in the Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health, chiropractic care has shown to benefit people from Tourette’s syndrome.

The study involved a 20 year old female who was showing the symptoms of Tourette's syndrome from the age of three. Tourette’s syndrome is a condition marked by uncontrollable and unwanted movements of some vocalizations and body parts, known as vocal and motor tics. The girl showed signs of irrepressible throat clearing and gusting of air from her nose. She also suffered from facial muscle contractions, rapid eye blinking, shaking of the whole body and severe and frequent headaches.

This patient and her family did not want to go for the conventional treatment for Tourette’s syndrome. She went to seek chiropractic help which revealed that she had vertebral subluxations. A subluxation can be defined as a misalignment in the spine that disrupts the normal functioning of the nervous system. Most of the chiropractors have unique non invasive technology that enables them to carry out Surface Electromyography (sEMG) test that help to locate the presence of such conditions.

In this particular case, the cause of the vocal and motor tics in the Tourette's syndrome (TS) was unknown. Having known that TS is a condition that arises from the supraspinal structures, and in this case, caused by stress, it was possible to establish a common mechanism with a realistic backing.

Chiropractic care was given to the patient for 32 visits over a period of one year. Significant decreases in the severity and length of the vocal and motor tics of the patient was reported. The frequent headaches that she experienced were also reduced. Thus, through this case study, it was established that chiropractic care can significantly help in Tourette’s syndrome.

For more information on how chiropractic care can help you, 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 Care For Thyroid Problems

by Administrator 28. June 2011 13:19

The thyroid gland and the hormones produces by it control almost all the metabolic processes of the body. The disorders related to thyroid can vary from a harmless enlarged gland or goiter to the life threatening or severe cancer. In almost all the thyroid problems, the thyroid hormones are produced in an abnormal amount. Depending on this, the thyroid problems can be of two types.

  • Hypothyroidism: a condition in which thyroid hormones are produced in an insufficient amount. Symptoms of hypothyroidism include cold feet and hands, weakness fatigue, low body temperature, weight gain even after anorexia, irregularities in menstrual cycle, slow pulse rate, low sex drive, poor memory, low BP and many more.
  • Hyperthyroidism: a condition marked by an excess of thyroid hormone. Common symptoms are increased appetite, weight loss, irritability, nervousness, restlessness, hyperactivity, increased heart palpitations, double vision, increased sweating, shakiness, tremors, protruding eyes.

Chiropractic Care
Researchers have suggested that some of the cases of thyroid disorders are a result of the malfunctioning of brain and spinal cord nerves that are responsible to control the production of the thyroid hormone. Either the hormone is produce in excess or is insufficient; both the conditions can be the result of a fault between the spinal cord, pituitary, thyroid and the brain and can be caused due to a trauma to the head or neck.

Most of the people who suffer from the thyroid disease recall particular traumas like falls, auto accidents or head injuries that occurred before the thyroid symptoms appeared. However, some people can’t recall any such event. A thorough examination of the upper cervical bone is extremely important in each and every case to judge if there is an injury in the upper cervical area and if the chiropractic care can be of help to the patient.

For more information on how chiropractic care can help you, please 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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