Pediatric Chiropractic Care For Colic

by Administrator 21. October 2016 02:28

Colic, also termed as ‘Infantile Colic’ is a condition that affects babies typically in the second or third week after birth. It is characterized by repeated episodes of crying, usually for more than three hours per day. It is a common condition and can affect up to three out of ten babies. However, Colic does not interfere in the baby’s development as it tends to settle down after a period of three to four months.

What Causes Baby Colic?

The exact cause of Baby Colic is not known. The following are some of the factors that may lead to the condition:

  • Mood swings
  • Environmental changes
  • Underdeveloped digestive system
  • Overstimulation by noise or light
  • Immature nervous system
  • Stomach pain 
  • Other causes may include Allergies, lactose intolerance, Infant Acid Reflux etc.

Signs & Symptoms

  • A baby with Colic cries in a pitch higher than normal
  • Flexes his legs, clenches the fist
  • Bloated stomach
  • Periodic fussiness
  • Crying bout generally occurs in the evening or at night.
  • Increased bowel movement
  • Change in sleeping habit
  • Face gets flushed or red

Treatment

Although there is no permanent treatment for Colic, the symptoms can be reduced with chiropractic adjustments. It is recommended to consult a pediatric chiropractor if the crying is uncontrollable. Based on the duration, intensity, pattern of crying, he may identify the root cause of the condition (infection, food allergies, hormonal imbalance etc.) and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

According to the chiropractors, appropriate nerve supply is essential to ensure proper functioning of all the systems in the body. Vertebral subluxation can cause disruption in the nervous system causing discomfort and lead to conditions like Colic. Chiropractic care can help to establish proper alignment of the vertebrae which can relive the symptoms.

A chiropractor uses gentle adjustments to restore proper nervous system functioning of the baby. As the treatment does not involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications, they are no side effects caused.

Listed below are some of the benefits of chiropractic for Colicky babies:

  • It helps to address the problem of an immature nervous system as well as nerve dysfunction which inhibits the flow of signals and information from the brain to the digestive tract.
  • It reduces the stress caused to the baby by external factors such as sound and light
  • The affected infants show improvement within just 2-3 chiropractic sessions. There is a significant decrease in the amount of crying  which helps in getting a sound sleep
  • The baby’s spine may get slightly misaligned during the birthing process. Stimulations and manipulations done by the chiropractors can help to realign the vertebrae and ease the symptoms
  • It helps to relieve stiffness in the babies’ joints which could be a cause of irritation and pain
  • With the help of chiropractic care normal functioning of the infant’s spine can be restored

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer chiropractic care for Colic and other pediatric conditions such as acid reflux, infections, digestive problems etc. The chiropractors have extensive experience in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to improve the strength and flexibility of the spine. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors in Harker Heights, TX, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Correcting Poor Posture With Killeen Chiropractic

by Administrator 5. August 2015 14:18

A good posture is staying in a balanced muscular and anatomical state in order to avoid injury or degenerative deformity. A good posture keeps the spine healthy and strong, allows your lungs to receive sufficient oxygen, boosts proper functioning of digestive system and encourages the heart to pump blood efficiently. Conversely, a faulty posture puts stress on the body’s joints and causes damage to the surrounding tissues.

Some of the common postural problems include:

  • Slouching in a chair
  • Sticking the hips outwards
  • Keeping the back flat while standing
  • Tilting on either leg
  • Hunched back
  • Poking the chin
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Keeping the head bent forward

Symptoms

  • Low back pain
  • Limited range of motion
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Jaw pain
  • Inadequate functioning of lungs
  • Improper bowel function
  • Fatigue and tiredness

How Chiropractic Care Can Help To Correct Posture?

Chiropractic care has been known to be effective in restoring the normal alignment of spine to correct postural problems. The therapy involves identifying the exact cause of poor posture and then using various manual adjustments as well as other techniques to help the patient restore the normal spine curvature. Some of the posture correction techniques used by chiropractors include:

  • Shoulder Retraction: In this, the chiropractor aims at aligning the patient’s neck and head with the spinal column. The purpose of shoulder retraction is to ease the stiffness in the neck and chest muscles.
  • Repetitive Chin Tuck: This exercise is designed to stretch the neck and upper back muscles to maintain a good posture. Repetitive chin tuck targets the muscles of upper cervical spine and removes tension from this area to provide relief from headaches. This technique, if performed under the guidance of an experienced chiropractor, can significantly help to improve posture.
  • Reverse Shoulder Shrugs: This chiropractic technique is effective in reversing stiffness in the shoulders as well as neck area, thus, improving posture at a gradual pace. It helps to combat the damage caused due to forward neck craning, which usually occurs as a result of long hours of desk jobs, computer work and fatigue. Reverse shoulder shrugs aim at gently stretching the neck and shoulder muscles, relieving tension from the upper thoracic spine as well the chest.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide comprehensive posture correction services to the residents of Killeen, TX. To schedule an appointment with our chiropractors, 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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Chiropractic Adjustments: Killeen, TX

by Administrator 18. June 2015 16:00

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as spinal manipulation, is a specialized non-invasive procedure performed to treat a wide range of health conditions. It involves applying controlled and sudden pressure to a vertebral joint with the help of fingers or specific chiropractic equipment. The treatment aims at restoring structural alignment and overall physical functioning of the body.

Chiropractic adjustments are mainly based on three principles:

  • The body has a natural ability to heal itself.
  • All the components of the body’s structure (bones, nerves, ligaments etc.) are interconnected.
  • Gently manipulating the spine helps to maintain body’s structure and function to further promote self-healing.

Benefits Of Chiropractic Adjustments

  • Eliminate Pain: The body undergoes a lot of stress due to a physically demanding job, intense workout or rigorous daily routine. As a result, people usually suffer from various musculoskeletal dysfunctions that can cause severe pain, if not treated in time. Chiropractic adjustments are specifically targeted at eliminating stress from the core and providing complete relief from pain.
  • Restore Joint Motion: As a chiropractor manipulates the spine, it relaxes the muscles, thus restoring the joints original range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments can help to reinstate functioning in the back, neck, shoulder, hips, knees and many other parts of the body.
  • Better Body Functioning: Besides improving the musculoskeletal functioning, spinal adjustments also play a significant role in enhancing overall well-being. It helps to increase the flow of oxygen and blood, reduce muscle spasms, control the level of lactic acid and ensure balanced nutrients throughout the body to ensure a faster recovery.
  • Relieve Stress: A chiropractic adjustment involves manipulating the spine, which is responsible for transmitting stress signals from the brain to various body parts. As a result, it relieves the associated symptoms of stress such as muscle tension, high blood pressure and sleeping issues while assisting your body in returning to a relaxed state.
  • Improve Posture: Chiropractic adjustments help to address common postural issues such as tilting, hunchback, height differences, rounded shoulders, and incorrect stance. It works on the spine and aims at correcting the exact origin of pain. 

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide chiropractic adjustments to help patients lead a healthy and active life. For more information about our chiropractic services or to schedule an appointment, 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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Chiropractic Care For Upper Back

by Administrator 19. January 2015 18:16

Upper back pain is a very common condition that occurs due to a number of reasons including poor posture, stress, injury, disc problems and chiropractic subluxations The pain is very debilitating and interferes with the daily life of people suffering from it. Chiropractic care helps in treating upper back pain by using different techniques. The chiropractor improves the patient’s body alignment to assist in improving spine health.

Upper back pain can be attributed to wrong posture or severe stress to the back, which can be caused by sitting at a desk for a long time or sleeping in an odd posture. The pain can worsen with time and usually gets unbearable at night. Repeated activities, joint dysfunction, herniated disc or a degenerated disc can also cause upper back pain.

Chiropractic adjustment is an alternative treatment that helps in relieving pain and numerous medical conditions. The manipulations are performed in different position, which include side, prone or supine position depending on the condition, level of pain and precise location of upper back pain. The chiropractor makes spinal adjustments that help in realigning the vertebrae. He manipulates the back and usually recommends certain exercises to keep the muscles in a balanced position.

When you visit the chiropractic care facility for treatment of upper back pain the chiropractor will examine your back and ask certain questions about your medical history. He will also question about the symptoms and the level of pain in order to fully diagnose the condition. He may also prescribe an MRI or other tests to fully diagnose the problem. After determining the main cause of the pain, the chiropractor chalks out a treatment plan. You can discuss the treatment details and options with the chiropractor to know what to expect during the session.

Consult the chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness for safe and effective treatment of upper back pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractor, call at (254) 698 - 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care Helps Kids Suffering From ADHD

by Administrator 4. July 2012 07:59

ADHD is a common developmental disorder that affects approximately 12% of all school-going children, affecting thrice as many boys as girls. The most common symptoms of the disease include inability to concentrate and sit still, repetitive body movements, inability to control certain thoughts and behavioral patterns, difficulty in following instructions, etc. This disorder is classified as a neurological disorder, and its treatment usually involves the administration of Type-II psychotropic drugs, which can have several side effects. These drugs, when administered to young children, can bring about permanent alterations in the brain structure.

Chiropractic treatment is gaining wide acceptance as a natural way of reducing symptoms of this disease, and works by correcting abnormalities in the spine, which affect the transmission of nerve impulses, resulting in the disorder. Children with ADHD are often found to have undergone some form of head or neck trauma during their childhood, or even during childbirth. This might result in subluxations, or misalignments in certain spinal vertebrae, which can in turn apply pressure on the surrounding nerves. By correcting these misalignments, chiropractic treatment helps in releasing the pressure from these nerves, and hence restoring normal nervous function.

Since chiropractic methods work by eliminating the underlying cause of the disease, instead of merely focusing on alleviating the symptoms, this treatment is long term and sustainable. After a few sittings with a chiropractor, you will notice visible changes in your child’s behavior, and with the consultation of your child’s neurologist, he can be gradually taken off the dangerous ADHD medications. Chiropractic treatment for ADHD has no side effects whatsoever, and is especially designed keeping in mind the needs of children suffering from the disease, making it easy to comply with.

Several studies establishing the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for ADHD have been conducted and published. In these studies, it was found that the subjects on whom chiropractic treatment was carried out, not only experienced benefits due to the treatment of ADHD, but were also greatly benefitted by the discontinuation of the strong medicines administered to patients with the disease, which work by suppressing the nervous system. The children whose vertebral subluxations were corrected exhibited, a newfound confidence and will power, and were able to develop their personalities and live a normal life, with liberation from the side effects of the drugs they were previously being administered with.

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness 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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Chiropractic Care for Cervical Spondylosis

by Administrator 7. February 2010 10:05

Cervical Spondylosis is the chronic degeneration of the vertebrae of the neck. It is also known as the cervical osteoarthritis. It mainly affects the vertebral body and the intervertebral disc. The degenerative changes causes formation of the spurs on the vertebral body and the intervertebral disc shrinks. This causes pressure on the nerves emerging from the spine.

Causes of Cervical Spondylosis

  • Age
  • Trauma to the cervical spine
  • Genetic susceptibility
  • Repetitive stain to the neck
  • Carrying loads on head

Symptoms of Cervical Spondylosis

  • Pain in the neck, shoulder and head
  • Muscle spasm
  • Referred pain to the arm
  • Weakness of the muscles of the neck and arm
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Tingling sensation in the arm and hands ( Parasthesia)

Diagnosis

  • Diagnosis is mainly done based on
  • Clinical examination
  • Imaging ( X-ray, MRI)

Chiropractic Care for Cervical Spondylosis

  • Physical examination to determine the restricted joint motion, tenderness, triggers points and muscle spasm
  • Manual Stretching of the neck to relax the neck muscles by chiropractor
  • Ultrasound to relieve muscle spasm and stiffness
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Manipulation of the neck
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises of the neck and shoulder muscles
  • Mobilization and range of motion exercises
  • Advice on lifestyle modifications like regular exercises at home, use of supportive neck cuff and ways to reduce the strain on the neck.

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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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