How Can Chiropractic Care Help In Improving Sleep

by Administrator 29. October 2018 18:09

Good sleep is vital for the healthy functioning of our bodies. A period of 7 to 8 hours of sleep is recommended for a healthy living. However, achieving sufficient sleep is sometimes not possible due to some health issues or other factors. This could lead to several health-related issues if not taken care of in time. Chiropractic care is one mode of treatment that is being appreciated for its benefits in treating sleep problems.

Chiropractic care is one of the most natural and healthiest ways of treating sleep disorders. Lack of sleep can be attributed to factors such as over-stimulation from television or computer, smoking, caffeine in the evening, a poor mattress, etc. Such factors affect the flow of blood in the nervous system which leads to a host of other problems.

Chiropractic care works by improving the blood flow to the nervous system which slowly starts resolving all issues. It boosts the performance of the nervous system by correcting any misalignments/subluxations in the spine. Subluxations in the spine are responsible for compressing the nervous system and impeding the communication between brain and the spine. By correcting this, chiropractic care also helps in getting rid of health problems arising due to lack of sleep such as back pain, restless leg syndrome, sleep apnea, snoring, sleep walking, nightmares, etc.

Misalignments in the spine can be caused by having an incorrect posture for most of the time, falling, wrong sleeping positions, lack of rest and more. These conditions put undue stress on the spine, causing pain and inflammation, eventually disrupting the communication between brain and various body parts.

Chiropractic care also improves the neuroendocrine function of the body and helps it produce chemicals that induce sleep.

Benefits Of Chiropractic Care For Combating Sleeplessness:

  • Chiropractic therapy is completely safe and non-invasive. It can be used on children as well.
  • Its holistic approach helps to improve the overall quality of patient’s life. They are taught how to optimize their bedroom routines, encouraged to exercise daily and adopt other healthy lifestyle and dietary changes.
  • In addition to sleeplessness, Chiropractic therapy also improves other sleep related problems such as depression, chronic inflammation, anxiety, heart conditions, etc.
  • Has no side-effects.
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Helps to regulate the sympathetic and para-sympathetic nervous systems.
  • It helps in regulating hormones in women and improves their sleep patterns.
  • Improves the posture.
  • By improving sleep, chiropractic care boosts mental alertness, concentration and memory faculties.

For more information about chiropractic therapy and its benefits, call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548. We serve Killeen, Harker Heights and surrounding areas in Central Texas.

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Common Causes Of Spinal Misalignment

by Administrator 23. October 2018 15:57

Spinal misalignments may lead to a host of health problems such as chronic back pain, muscle spasms, lack of mobility, etc. It is important to understand the cause of spinal misalignments in order to avoid them in the first place. 

Following are some reasons due to which spinal misalignments arise:

  • Poor Sleeping Position: The position we sleep in directly affects the health of our spine. A poor sleeping position stresses the spine and causes its misalignment. It is often recommended to sleep on the side with legs folded towards the chest. A pillow should be used to separate legs and support the spine.
  • Repetitive Motion: When one motion is repeated over and over for years at a stretch, it causes the vertebrae to slip from its original position. Injuries to the spine due to repeated motion happen over the course of months or years.
  • A Diet With Low Nutritional Value: A poor diet compromises the health of your spine making it weak and prone to misalignments. A balanced diet that includes lean meat, fresh fruits and veggies and whole grains is recommended for a good spinal health.
  • Physical Forces: The impact of physical forces such as falling down or automobile accidents can cause major misalignment of the spine. Also physical traumas caused due to the nature of job one does can be the cause for spine to misalign e.g. carrying heavy objects every day, sitting at a desk continuously for hours and so on.
  • Chemical Forces: Spinal alignment heavily depends on muscle tone. Poor muscle tone caused by chemical changes in the body can be a reason for spinal misalignment. Such chemicals affect the body’s natural chemistry and aggravate the nervous system. A dysfunctional nervous system leads to tense muscles and eventually misalignment in the spine. Examples of such chemical factors are high lactic-acid, lack of calcium, caffeine, pollutants, processed foods, allergies, etc. 
  • Emotional Forces: Emotional forces such as stress, anxiety, worry, anger, fear, etc. cause the neck and shoulders to tighten. These tightened muscles then lead to misalignment of the spine.
  • Obesity And Inactivity: An inactive lifestyle invariably leads to the body gaining unwanted weight. The extra weight puts pressure on the spine and makes it vulnerable to misalignment. Keeping a check on your weight and diet is one of the best things you can do to prevent spinal misalignments.
  • Poor Siting Posture: Slouching while sitting at a desk is the major reason for a misaligned spine. Over the course of time, a poor sitting posture takes its toll on the spines health and weakens it.

For more information about the chiropractors, call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.


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Killeen Acupuncture For Asthma

by Administrator 6. April 2015 14:49

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that causes narrowing and inflammation of the airways. The condition leads to excess production of mucus, which makes it difficult to breathe and results in bouts of coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. Asthma attacks occur when an irritant triggers the already inflamed airways. The severity of the symptoms may vary from person to person. Some people may have minor issues whereas others may experience persistent problems, particularly during night or early in the morning. The condition can affect people of all ages but is most commonly diagnosed during childhood.

Causes

Although the exact cause of Asthma is not known, it may probably occur due to certain genetic factors. Other common triggers of the condition include:

  • Airborne particle such as pet dander, dust mites, mold and pollen
  • Physical activity
  • Long term respiratory infections
  • Certain medications
  • Air pollutants such as cigarette smoke
  • Viral infections
  • Cold air
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Symptoms

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in the chest
  • Chest tightness
  • Wheezing or whistling sound while breathing out
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Wheezing attacks are worsened by viral infections, such as common cold

Acupuncture To Treat Asthma

Acupuncture is a widely used as an effective option for the treatment of mild to moderate spells of Asthma. In Chinese medicine, it is believed that Asthma is caused due to an imbalance of the protective energy (qi) and the body’s organ systems including lungs, kidneys and spleen. Acupuncture is aimed at restoring a balance between the two. Treatment for Asthma includes inserting needles near the lungs, kidney, stomach or bladder. These acupoints are selected depending upon the individual’s specific set of symptoms and the type of Asthma.

Asthma mainly involves inflammation of the nasal airways accompanied by a constriction of the bronchial tubes. This is due to the action of a smooth muscle that forms a lining on the airways’ walls. When an acupuncturist stimulates certain specific points on the body, it produces anti-inflammatory agents that naturally reduce the symptoms. It also attempts to decrease the smooth muscle constriction and, therefore, expanding the airway.

For more details on how acupuncture can help to treat Asthma, feel free to contact Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. To schedule an appointment with the acupuncturists at the clinic, you can call us at (254) 698 - 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Killeen Chiropractic Treatment For Enuresis

by Administrator 4. September 2014 16:34

Enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting, can be a potentially humiliating problem both for the children and the parents. Although many children are unable to control urination, it becomes a matter of concern when they have not learnt bladder control even after the age of five. The problem can be witnessed either during day or at the time of night.

Types

Enuresis can be broadly divided as:

  • Nocturnal enuresis: It is the most common type and includes an uncontrolled bladder during night time.
  • Diurnal enuresis: It includes an uncontrolled bladder during day time.
  • Mixed enuresis: It involves a blend of both the above types.

Also, enuresis can be classified into two more categories:

  • Primary enuresis: refers to the children who have never attained bladder control since birth.
  • Secondary enuresis: refers to those who, after having attained bladder control, have reverted to bedwetting due to some stressful or traumatic experience.

Causes

Unfortunately, there has not been any specifically defined cause of enuresis till date. However, it is implicit that abnormal alignment of spine that causes irritation to the nervous system can be a factor behind enuresis. Another cause of Enuresis can be the ‘phrenic reflex.’ During sleep the breathing process is held up until the CO2 levels in the body rise up to a certain level that can trigger a quick shake which is called as ‘phrenic reflex’. If this reflex is not working properly, high CO2 levels will cause the body muscles to relax and as the bladder muscles are relaxed, urine is released.

How Chiropractors can help?

Chiropractic treatment has been found to be very effective in helping children with Enuresis. It intends to get rid of the interference in the nerve that is hindering the communication between the bladder and the brain. 
During your initial visit, your chiropractor would conduct a thorough examination of the child and infer if the problem is being caused due to subluxations in the nerve or your child is just slow in the development of phrenic reflex. Chiropractic treatment can help your child return to normal body functioning and reduce or even eliminate the problem of enuresis.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, provide complete treatment for enuresis. We strive to find out and treat the underlying the cause of the problem. You can call us at (254) 698-1600 for consultation.

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Chiropractic Care For Tinnitus

by Administrator 19. August 2014 14:34

Tinnitus is a common medical condition that causes a person to experience ringing sound in the ears or head when there is no such noise present in the physical environment. Almost one out of five people have reported this problem at some point of time in their lives. It is important to understand that Tinnitus is not a disease in itself rather it is a symptom of some other underlying problem.

Causes

Some of the major causes of Tinnitus are:

  • Exposure to loud noise: Staying in frequent contact with loud noises, such as music players and iPods or noises from heavy equipment like firearms and chain saw can lead to hearing loss and ultimately Tinnitus.
  • Age Related Hearing Loss: After the age of 60 the hearing capacity tends to weaken and can also cause Tinnitus.
  • Blockage of Earwax: Accumulation of too much ear wax in the ear causes irritation in the eardrum and result in Tinnitus.
  • Changes in Ear Bone: Hardening of the middle ear bones can also cause Tinnitus and this condition is usually hereditary.

Apart from these, Tinnitus can also be caused by other disorders like Acoustic Neuroma, TMJ disorders, Meniere’s disease, neck and head tumors, high blood pressure and Atherosclerosis.

Symptoms

Tinnitus symptoms may include the sounds of intolerable sounds like ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing and clicking in your ears. Tinnitus can be extreme and the sound may be present all day in the ear or it may come and go.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Taking the help of a chiropractor can really be of great help in curing Tinnitus. Chiropractic treatments are aimed at healing spinal disturbances which can cause problems in blood flow and damage the nerves thus causing Tinnitus. Chiropractic treatment heals the blood flow and can relieve you from the constant buzzing sound in the ears.

Research has proved that a properly balanced head can considerably reduce or stop the ringing sound in the ears. Some patients may feel relief after several adjustment sessions, however there are many who reported that the buzzing sound was manageable just after a single chiropractic session.

If you are also experiencing any of the symptoms of Tinnitus you should contact Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness. To schedule an appointment, please call at (254) 698-1600. You can also visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Techniques For Treating Kyphosis

by Administrator 12. August 2014 13:39

Kyphosis is a medical term used for a hunched or round back. Chiropractors use a non-surgical approach for the treatment of Kyphosis and can help treat stiffness, pain and many other symptoms related with the condition. Generally, the first step in the treatment is to outline the causes of the abnormal appearance of middle back of which the most common cause is poor posture. However, it can also be a result of some disease, such as Scheuermann’s syndrome, and trauma.

Diagnosing Kyphosis

With a view to diagnose Kyphosis the chiropractor conducts physical examination and enquires about the patient’s medical history. The chiropractic doctor may also ask to get certain tests done, such as an X-ray to get detailed information. The doctor may also use certain techniques like static and motion palpitation to understand tightness, tenderness and movement of spinal joints.

How can Chiropractic Care help?

Chiropractic care for Kyphosis can help reduce inflammation, maintain spine health, decrease muscle tremors, enhance spine motion by increasing muscular strength, hold back the process of deterioration in the back, lessen prolonged pain and heal the inter-vertebral discs.

Chiropractic techniques for Kyphosis

The chiropractor may use spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation for treating Kyphosis. There are multiple variations of this technique.

  • Spinal specific manipulation- This helps the doctor to identify the joints that are showing abnormal movement and by using a gentle technique the chiropractor can promptly stretch soft tissues and arouse the nervous system to make the spine return to its normal motion.
  • Instrument Assisted Manipulation- The chiropractor uses a portable instrument to lay force without prodding into the spine.
  • Flexion Distraction Technique- It is a gentle technique for spinal manipulation for the people who have developed Kyphosis due to a progressive disc problem or motion constraint in the middle back.

The chiropractor may also sometimes use manual therapies to treat this condition. Some of them are:

  • Trigger Point Massage- In this, the chiropractor puts direct but light pressure on the painful points to release tension.
  • Joint resistance Manual technique- It can also help to reduce the symptoms of Kyphosis. Muscle energy therapy is an example of such technique.
  • Instrument Assisted soft tissue therapy - This can help to heal any damaged tissues. Graston technique may be used in which repeated strokes are made with an instrument on the muscle injury.

Visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness to get complete treatment for Kyphosis. To schedule an appointment, you can us call at (254) 698-1600.

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