How Acupuncture Can Help In Smoking Cessation

by Administrator 19. December 2014 20:17

Quitting smoking is a difficult task that requires a strong will power, commitment and determination. Giving up the habit of smoking is usually followed by a period of withdrawal symptoms which can include headache, nausea, irritability, depression, severe cravings and constipation. However the symptoms and their extent varies from person to person depending on their usage, method of quitting and personal reaction to withdrawal from nicotine.

Acupuncture has proved to be a reliable solution for smoking cessation. A number of smokers have found it to be a beneficial treatment and rely on the therapy to reduce the cravings and withdrawal symptoms. Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice that involves inserting tiny needles at certain pressure points in the skin. These pressure points when triggered balance the energy in the body and stimulate certain reactions. Cigarettes contain nicotine and other carcinogenic elements and it has been found thatAcupuncture detoxifies the body and reduces the toxins and chemicals in the blood stream. Acupuncture aims at relaxation and detoxification of the body.

During consultation, the acupuncturists will ask details about your smoking history, frequency of smoking and any smoking cessation products that you may have used. Acupuncture is proved to be successful in helping many smokers quit the habit permanently. Every patient is diagnosed individually and the pressure points that need to be triggered depend on the diagnosis.

Trained and licensed acupuncturist inserts hair like needles into various points in the body and ears to help with smoking cessation. Certain points in the body that affect breathing such as lungs, airways and the mouth are triggered and small pallets are taped to the Acupuncture points on your ear. During smoking cravings, you can gently press on the pallets to stimulate the points that calm the mind and reduce the craving. The length and the number of treatment sessions required depend upon your diagnosis. A session normally lasts from 5-30 minutes and the patient is usually treated one or two times a week. The patient can also be advised to make certain changes to their diet and lifestyle to enhance the results.

For acupuncture therapy in Harker Heights, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. To schedule an appointment, call us at (254) 698 - 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Acupuncture Can Help With Weight Loss

by Administrator 18. November 2014 12:13

Acupuncture is an alternate therapy that has been popular since ages. It is a Chinese medicine therapy that involves inserting very thin needles to stimulate meridians or pathways in the body through which the ‘Chi’, which means energy, flow in the body. The treatment is effective in treating many diseases and chronic illnesses while also helping in maintaining and losing weight. Acupuncturists are believed to balance the ‘Chi’ by pressing certain points on the body with needles and can also help get the body back into shape.

Here are some ways in which Acupuncture can help with weight loss:

  • Makes you eat less: The therapy can help you lose weight by making you feel full and eat less. The therapy curbs excessive calorie intake and thus helps you lose weight. 
  • Increases metabolic rate:The therapy also increases the metabolic rate and helps the body burn excessive calories. Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins hormone, which lowers the body fat, lipids and insulin levels in the blood. Lower level of insulin in the body means lower body fat.
  • Strengthens liver: Acupuncture therapy strengthens the functioning of the liver which produces essential chemicals for digestion, breaking down of fats and processing nutrients. The treatment tones the stomach muscles to offer you the feeling of fullness.

However, along with the therapy you need to keep a healthy diet to maintain the weight. Regular exercise and healthy habits along with Acupuncture therapy can help you stay fit for a very long time.

Before beginning the treatment the Acupuncturist conducts some medical tests to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for the weight loss program. Various Chiropractic centers or clinics offer acupuncture therapy for treating various illnesses and disorders. Another Chinese Acupuncture practice that is popularly offered at chiropractic centers is ear stapling, in which, the points on the ear are manipulated to control food cravings. This technique, if offered by a trained Acupuncturist, also helps in losing weight.

For effectively using Acupuncture to lose weight, it is essential that you choose a qualified, licensed Acupuncturist who has completed required education and trainings. Also, make sure that you complete the full course recommended by the practitioner as leaving the course in between may not get you the desired results. You should use a comprehensive weight loss plan along with an Acupuncture treatment to get the maximum outcome.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Stress Management

by Administrator 11. November 2014 15:50

Stress is unavoidable and accompanies nearly every aspect of our daily life. People constantly live under pressure due to the routine deadlines, family needs, maintaining relationships and carrying out the many responsibilities that are bestowed on them. This constant stress can leave most people very frustrated and depressed. Though some amount of stress is good as it pushes an individual to work harder, remain focused and alert. However excessive stress must be managed as it can lead to various mental illnesses and problems. In fact stress starts damaging the health, efficiency, productivity, relationships and even quality of life of the sufferer.

Chiropractic care is a good solution for people dealing with stress issues. Chiropractic care normalizes the body and is effective in breaking the stress cycle. The treatment improves the nervous function, relaxes tensed muscles and lowers body temperature. A chiropractor, who is trained in diagnosing stress related issues, will help you understand the warning signs of stress related illnesses and the appropriate treatment to control it.

Chiropractors work on the spine which is an important part of the nervous system. The nerve impulses that initiate from the brain pass through the spine to go to the rest of the body. Due to stress, the muscles remain tensed and contracted for long and this puts an uneven pressure on the bony structure of the body. It further causes misalignment of the spinal column which is called Subluxations. The chronic stress causes nerve irritation and by using spinal adjustments, a chiropractor releases the muscle tension and makes the body balanced and relaxed. Chiropractic manipulation relieves pains in the body which are caused due to stress. With adjustments, the nerve irritation reduces, blood circulation increases and the brain initiates the process of healing. A chiropractor helps in managing stress by making the spine healthy and balanced.

Chiropractors also recommend nutritional supplements to help the body cope with stress. He may also make you familiar with certain relaxation techniques and discuss the environmental and posture changes that you can make to reduce stress. The combination of different therapies and chiropractic care can help the body heal naturally. Besides reducing stress, the chiropractic treatment also helps in boosting the immune system, increasing range of motion of joints and muscles, improving reflexes and restoring the body’s natural healing process.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide complerte chiropractic treatment for stress management. You can visit us at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

by Administrator 4. November 2014 13:32

Visiting a chiropractor during pregnancy is not only safe but highly beneficial for the wellness of the pregnant women and her child. Many chiropractors are trained in prenatal and postnatal care to treat the expecting mother. Chiropractic care at the time of pregnancy is a great way to lower the intensity or even eliminate the normal pregnancy symptoms including back pain, pelvic pain, nausea, stress, anxiety etc.

How Chiropractic Care Helps

A chiropractor can play a great role in enhancing the well-being of the expecting mother in the following ways:

  • Establish Pelvic Balance:  Pelvic pain is a most common type of pain suffered by the pregnant women. Chiropractic care can help in diminishing the pain by regulating pelvic balance and body alignment, which provides comfort to both the mother and the baby.
  • Help in Safe Delivery: The chiropractic care also helps in aligning the body in such a way that the baby is in the best position at the time of the delivery. This helps to eliminate the possibility of dystocia (obstructed labor) and make the delivery safer and easier. It also prevents the chances of C-section delivery.
  • Control the Symptoms of Nausea: Chiropractic care also reduces the nausea experienced by the would-be mothers by making the body active and improving blood flow.
  • Avoid Back Pain:  Chiropractic care is very beneficial for the expecting mothers who want to avoid taking medications for back pain relief. Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to provide relief from the problem. 

Important Considerations:

  • Make sure that the chiropractor uses proper safety measures during the session.
  • The exercises recommended by the chiropractor should be done very carefully to avoid any complication. Initially, try to perform the exercises in the presence of the doctor to ensure safety.
  • Pregnant women should make sure to take the consent of their doctor before opting for chiropractic adjustments.
  • Discuss with your doctor about any health issue that you are experiencing currently or in the past.

Chiropractic care is very important to maintain a healthy prenatal period and eliminate many symptoms associated with it. We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, offer complete chiropractic care for would-be mothers to make sure to make sure that your pregnancy is a healthy and a valuing experience. For more information about how chiropractic care can be helpful, feel free to call us at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Drop Foot

by Administrator 20. October 2014 18:38

Drop Foot is the inability to lift the front part of the foot while the heel is kept on the ground. This condition happens due to weakening of the nerves and muscles that allow for smooth movement of the ankle and the toes. As a result the foot drags along the ground while walking and this condition can go unnoticed for a long time.  Drop Foot can cause loss of function of the foot, pain, weakness and numbness. People who suffer from this condition tend to lift their knee higher than usual to avoid dragging the foot. This exaggerated or high stepping walk is also called Steppage Gait or Foot Drop Gait.

Causes:

Drop Foot is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying problem. Some of the causes that can lead to a Drop Foot are:

  • Nerve Injury:  Drop Foot is often associated with injuries to the Peroneal nerve which are branches of sciatic nerves that run along the outside of the lower leg and branch into the ankle, foot and toes. This nerve is responsible for transmitting signals to the ankle, foot and toes for movement, and is prone to damage because it sits close to the surface. Certain conditions like sports injuries, diabetes, childbirth, hip or knee replacement surgery etc may result in damaging these nerves and causing Drop Foot.
  • Brain or spinal disorders:  Various conditions like Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and multiple Sclerosis can also contribute to Drop Foot.
  • Muscle disorders:  The muscles in legs may get damaged or compressed due to muscular Dystrophy or Amyoptrophic Lateral Sclerosis and may cause Drop Foot.

How chiropractic treatment can help:

Spinal Adjustments is the most effective technique for treating Drop Foot. A chiropractor relieves the nerves that carry signals, of pressure and this spinal adjustment helps in mobilization of the particular joint and free flows the fluids in and around the joint. The compression of the nerves can be eliminated in a few sessions to provide complete relief from the problem. Besides spinal adjustments, gentle massage techniques, therapies like neuromuscular therapy, trigger point massage and stretching techniques can also be used in chiropractic treatment to treat this condition.
 
We at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness provide complete diagnosis and treatment for Drop Foot. We help you in finding relief from the problem by diagnosing the underlying cause and devising a treatment accordingly. To book an appointment, call us at (254) 698-1600 or visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Administrator 6. October 2014 16:23

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious medical condition that can be triggered after a person has witnessed or experienced a terrifying event. PTSD is a long-term consequence of a stressful incident that can lead to a feeling of helplessness, intense horror or fear, such as an accident, sudden death of a close one, assault, natural calamity or a war. Although these symptoms are quite common after any such event, the person suffering from this condition may experience these feelings at an extremity that it hampers their normal functioning.

Causes

  • Witnessing or going through a terrifying incident
  • Genetic vulnerability to certain mental conditions, such as increased risk of developing depression and anxiety
  • Stressful life experiences, such as abuse or assault during childhood
  • Inherited personality traits, such as temperament
  • Irregularity in the release of hormones and certain chemicals by the brain at the time of stress

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may be classified into three main categories. These are:

  • Reliving: Individuals with PTSD may relive the stressful incident by way of memories and thoughts of the suffering. These may comprise of nightmares, hallucinations and flashbacks. Also, they may experience acute distress when they are reminded of the shock, such as the date or time of the event.
  • Avoiding: The individual may start to avoid the places, people, situations or thoughts that remind him of the traumatic incident. This can instill a feeling of isolation and detachment from friends and family as well as a loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
  • Increased arousal: These consist of excessive emotional reactions, including showing or feeling affection, problems getting along with others, difficulty in sleep, anger outbursts, poor concentration, irritability and being easily frightened. Physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, muscle tension, nausea, rapid breathing and diarrhea may also be seen.

Treatment

Chiropractic care can help relieve chronic pain and distress, as well the associated psychological symptoms, caused as a result of a traumatic experience. Chiropractors use a non-invasive mode of treatment to relieve the pain by way of spinal manipulations and alignment. Chiropractic care can help enhance the healing process of your body and release stress. Also, if there has been any physical injury due to the incident, this treatment method can help to restore normal spine function and curvature.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, provide efficient treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. To know more, call us at (254) 698-1600. You can also visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Chronic Cough

by Administrator 6. October 2014 15:26

A cough that persists for a long time is known as chronic cough. While chronic cough is not a disease in itself, it might be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. It is more than an annoyance, disturbs sleep and keeps you feeling exhausted. In some cases, chronic cough can result in vomiting, lightheadedness and can even cause rib fractures. Chronic cough can last more than 8 weeks in adults and around 4 weeks in children.

Chronic cough can result from a number of factors which can be Sinusitis, Asthma, tobacco use, respiratory tract infections and acid reflux (causing the backflow of stomach acid that irritates the throat) besides other causes. Chronic cough can either be dry, in which no mucus is produced and it may be caused by a viral infection, or wet cough, that produces mucus (sputum) and may be result of a bacterial infection. A chronic cough results in runny or stuffy nose, hoarseness, frequent throat clearing and sore throat, shortness of breath or heartburn and sour taste in the mouth. The cough that interferes with your work, sleep and social life while also lingering on for weeks needs immediate medical attention.

How Chiropractic Care helps Chronic Cough

Cough is a reflexive action of the body to get rid of unwanted junk. Since the autonomic nervous system is in control of it, if the nervous system is out of balance it is unable to get rid of the toxic substances and the immunity system of the body is compromised. These occur as a result of vertebral subluxations of the spine. Subluxations are minor misalignments of the spine that cause nerve interference and if the nerves in spine get stressed and have muscle imbalance, nerve interference can cause the nervous system to be unable to communicate with the immune system.

Chiropractors treat these misalignments using spinal manipulations that help in relieving the stress and help in reducing postural and nerve pressure from the spine. It lets the spinal cord and the nervous system work optimally to eliminate any condition that causes cough. These adjustments are also helpful in improving mental stamina, concentration, anxiety and hyperactivity.

Chiropractors cure the reason behind a chronic cough and help in improving the quality of life of the patients dealing with it. A few common conditions like poor posture, sinus problems, frequent colds, weakness or fatigue etc can be caused due to a misaligned spine and can be corrected in a few adjustments by visiting a chiropractor.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Vertebral Subluxation

by Administrator 18. September 2014 15:20

Vertebral Subluxation can be defined as a dysfunction in the spinal column that hinders the smooth flow of nerve impulses and, thus, weakening the body’s ability to remain fit and healthy. It occurs when one or more of the spinal bones get displaced from their position and puts pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to the malfunctioning of those nerves and interfere with the signals that travel through them.

Causes

  • Physical Causes: These include critical shock to the spine or body, poor postural behaviors, repetitive movements that affect the spine, improper habits at the workplace and imbalanced or weak spinal musculature.
  • Emotional Causes: Excessive stress or inability to manage stress effectively can diminish the ability of the body to maintain proper functioning. Emotional stress can severely affect the immune system and make the body prone to various diseases and injuries.
  • Chemical Causes: These include poor nutritional and dietary habits, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, ingestion of chemical toxins through food, water and air. Harmful chemicals can hamper the optimal functioning of the body as well as lower the ability to tolerate and adapt to external and internal stresses, thus, making us more vulnerable to vertebral subluxations.

Symptoms

  • Neck and back pain
  • Stiffness, soreness and tenderness at the area of pain
  • Dizziness and difficulty in maintaining body balance
  • Headache
  • Reduced spinal mobility
  • Weakness, tightness or contraction of spinal muscles
  • Stiffness and pain in joints
  • Poor overall health
  • Low energy
  • Numbness, tingling or pain in joint extremities
  • Poor healing of tissues

Treatment

Chiropractors use a number of procedures and techniques to treat vertebral subluxations. Majority of these techniques involve the use of spinal adjustments to bring the displaced vertebrae back in place.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments involve applying a gentle but quick corrective pressure on the ‘subluxated’ vertebrae of the spine. The adjustment can either be done manually by using hands or it can be provided with the help of specialized equipment. The pressure or force helps to detect subluxations, restore the alignment and flexibility of the vertebrae and adjust the spine. The condition normally requires multiple adjustments to get back into normal position.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for vertebral subluxations. To schedule an appointment with the doctor, please contact (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 Care For Long Term Health

by Administrator 11. September 2014 18:47

For ages Chiropractic has been considered to be one of the most effective and non-invasive methods for treating a large variety of conditions and illnesses. Chiropractic is still practiced and performed by experts throughout the world. People have reported having received enormous benefits from chiropractic care particularly when it comes to conditions and injuries that affect the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments or muscle mass. Usually people seek chiropractic care for short term solutions like pain relief, relief from inflammation and restoration of range of motion but chiropractic care also has important long term health benefits. Those who have been under the purview of chiropractic care for years have always acknowledged that there are several long term health benefits to be had with Chiropractic care which serve to prolong life span, bring about an overall improvement in health and enhance the quality of life.

Here are a few important benefits of chiropractic care to consider

  • Physical Fitness – People who have received chiropractic care for years have been seen to be more physically fit as they age. Chiropractic treatment focuses on the health of the spine and the nervous system. With these in good shape, all body movements remain supple and all joints and areas important for motion remain robust. As a result, you can enjoy years of physical fitness even beyond the usual capability of your age.
  • Breathing – Good spine health is almost always reflected in the lungs. For people who receive long term chiropractic care, it has been observed that the lungs remain healthy for long. These patients have a significantly augmented lung capacity which enables them to breathe in and process larger volumes of air with every breath. This keeps the organs healthy and also dramatically reduces the risk of pulmonary diseases and heart related diseases in the future.
  • Spinal Health Benefits – With the significant improvement in spinal health that regular chiropractic care brings about, people might also sense improvement in other parts of the body. Normally observed areas include improvements in vision, improvements in balance and maintaining balance and improvement in reaction time. Combined with marked improvement of cardiovascular health these benefits can be felt even years into old age and they improve the overall quality of life. Chiropractic care cuts down on the risk of injuries, accidents and illness related to age and boosts overall living.

With these benefits, long term chiropractic care is a sure solution for a number of health concerns.

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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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