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Chiropractic care has become very popular among parents with kids who suffer from back pain. While conventional treatments continue to be used and provide results, there is more to chiropractic than just alleviating back pains. Many health complications can occur in a child which may go undiagnosed. It is essential to achieve proper development for kids, and chiropractic care aims to serve that.
Take Your Child to a Chiropractor
The methods and treatment plan of chiropractic care in children has been proven as being safer than conventional treatment. Chiropractic treatments involve adjustment and aligning of the spinal cord through hands and by stimulating muscles. It seeks to improve range of motion and bodily functions by relieving back and neck pain. However, regular visits to a chiropractor can improve general health and, on the long run, promote well being and vitality.
Effective chiropractic treatment on children:
- Encourages neural development ( brain and nerves)
- Improves the child’s immunity
- Assists in dealing with irritable baby syndrome and colic
- Helps in dealing with behavioral disorders
- Improves immunity and prevents injuries
- Helps in relieving breathing problems and allergies
- Assists in sleeping disorders and bed wetting issues
- Improves posture
- Increases concentration
Research has shown chiropractic care as a better alternative over conventional treatments in many ways. Conventional treatments like surgeries and prescription drugs are known to provide a temporary solution to back pain. Chiropractic care, on the other hand, is a non-invasive method that addresses the whole body of a child. It does not involve any use of medications or spinal surgery.
Conventional treatments can be expensive, and on many occasions go uncovered by medical insurance. However, a chiropractic treatment is highly recommended by medical experts, and is cost effective as well. There are also potential fall backs and side effects of getting a spinal surgery or medicinal use in such an early age. These may lead to development of disorders, addictions, and health complications later on in the child’s life. Studies and personal experiences of parents show that chiropractic care is much safer with very few and mild, to no side effects at all.
Makes the Difference
Every parent wishes their child reaches milestones like first steps, first words, and first day at school, etc. in optimum health. Chiropractic care seeks to promote proper development in children to ensure they grow up healthy and strong.
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A lack of exercise results in numerous health problems, starting from seemingly harmless weight gain to cardiovascular diseases and a much higher chance of suffering a stroke. Research has concluded that as many people die because of the effects of lack of exercise as the number that die from smoking.
This is why chiropractic exercises are strongly recommended to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle and avoid all complications that can lead up to a stroke.
The following problems can occur due to lack of exercise:
Obesity is one of the major effects of a lack of exercise. Various health problems can surface due to obesity such as diabetes, breathing issues, high blood pressure and a far greater risk of suffering a heart attack.
Besides the physical effects, many psychological effects also accompany obese people. Low self-esteem that leads to depression can be a devastating experience.
It is no doubt that obesity can result from genetic factors, but a lack of exercise is usually a major reason.
2. High Blood Pressure
Being overweight can lead to hypertension. The blood vessels clog up which restricts blood flow. Hypertension exposes a person to various other risks, such as heart attack, kidney failure and many other ailments. A hypertensive individual is more likely to develop diabetes.
3. Decline in Brain Function
Exercise helps in increasing the flow of blood to the brain, while lack of exercise does the opposite. A brain that is deprived of blood cannot function normally as it would otherwise. The brain can also physically shrink due to the lack of blood supply – a research states that this ‘shrinkage’ can be avoided and mental abilities can be enhanced by regular exercise.
4. Reduction in Strength of Bones and Muscles
A sedentary lifestyle can weaken the bones and muscles, thus exposing an individual to a greater chance of injury as well as diseases such as arthritis. Lack of exercise can make a person more prone to fractures in case of a fall along with knee-joint and hip problems later on.
5. Increased Chances of Developing Cancer
Research was carried over several years and the results show an increased chance of cancer from a lack of exercise. Also, people who were physically fit when they developed cancer had a far greater chance of survival than those who had led a sedentary lifestyle.
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Over 200 million Americans participating in a sport at any given time, so there are bound to be sports injuries. Every year, up to 5% of the American population incurs a sports injury and has to rest at home while the injury heals. Chiropractors know that this number can be reduced significantly. Here is a closer look at the 3 most common sports injuries and how the risk of attainment can be reduced.
1 – Traumatic Injuries
Traumatic sports injuries are probably the most common types of injuries in sports. They are frequently seen in a variety of contact sports such as rugby, football and ice hockey. Possibly the most common of traumatic sports injuries, the main reason why people see chiropractors, are sprains.
When muscles are stretched beyond their limits, they cause pain. Stretched too far and they can tear. Chiropractors work with people to not only help treat these injuries but reduce their frequency. Using a variety of techniques, they help improve the joints, ensuring they can withstand more stress and perform better as well.
2 – Repetitive Stress Injuries
In many sports such as cricket, table tennis, football, running and weightlifting, players repeat a number of movements and stress the same area of their body. As such, these people are prone to a number of injuries classified as repetitive stress/motion sports injuries. In part, considering the nature of these sports, these injuries are inevitable. However, their frequency can be reduced.
Chiropractors work with athletes of such sports and help them reduce their risk of injury. How? Chiropractors simply use a number of techniques to help strengthen their joints. As a result, a stronger joint is less prone to injury.
3 – Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue sports injuries are regarded as a separate type of injury as they usually occur when a severe sprain has been incurred, usually coupled with a contusion. Such an injury involves localized swelling and the production of a lot of heat. However, chiropractors know that if left untreated for too long, it takes quite a while to heal.
As such, chiropractors work to reduce the swelling as fast as possible, allowing them to properly manipulate the affected area and help reduce pain and enable faster recovery.
In many cases, sports injuries are inevitable. However, according to many medical experts, including chiropractors, their frequency can be significantly reduced.
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Living with neck pain and headaches is tough. Day after day of being miserable, irritable, and looking a lot older than you really are. The frustration of knowing that your friends and family just don’t understand what you’re going through. Add this to doctors’ visits, MRI’s and CT scans — which only come back with “normal” results. And that’s not all… trying one medication after another, feeling like you’re on a merry-go-round of drugs. All this is enough to make anyone want to scream!
My name is Dr. Micah Carter, and I’ve been helping patients with neck tension, headaches and migraines live pain free for nine years now. Every week I hear how people suffer from severe headaches – statements like…,“I feel like my head is in a vice,” “My eyes hurt and I feel so drowsy,” “I have to lie down,” “I’ve had migraines since a child,” “Muscle tension in the neck and pain into the shoulders,” and more. They tell me they’re sick and tired of jumping from one headache medication to the next. Here’s what I hear… “I am tired of being looked upon as someone who is only out there to get medicine. I only want RELIEF. I don’t know why that is so hard for people to understand. I don’t want to be treated badly anymore. I want to get help, and I want to get rid of the headaches.”
This was my life before I met Dr. Case. You see, I had headaches at least three days every week, and at least one of them a migraine! My medicine cabinet was always stocked with the largest bottle of acetaminophen and ibuprophen. I would take one until it quit working and then I would switch to the other. Back and forth, headache after headache. I was a high school science teacher at the time and found it hard to even get up for work some days because of recurring headaches. Then I met Dr. Case. Dr. Case is a chiropractor in a small town in northwest Kansas. He shared with me the cause of my headaches and it made sense! I would get off work and drive 35 miles to see Dr. Case. (There were seven chiropractors in the town I lived in, but I drove to see Dr. Case because he knew how to correct my headaches.) My headaches rapidly reduced to one a month, then down to a couple times a year. What a Blessing! I loved teaching, but chiropractic fascinated me so I enrolled in chiropractic school. Now I get to help people get rid of their headaches for good!
Imagine being able to live life like a normal person again, pain free and without headaches — being able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and not have to worry that your headache will hit you at just the wrong time. That’s my goal for you, to live virtually headache free, like I do now. Don’t just trust me though, numerous studies have shown the benefits of spinal adjustments with headache patients, here are a couple:
The Boline Study
This study compared two groups of headache patients, half went for chiropractic adjustments, and the other half took amitriptyline, a medication often prescribed for the treatment of severe tension headache pain. After six weeks, researchers found that chiropractic patients experienced almost no side effects. And only the chiropractic patients continued to report fewer headaches when treatment ended.
The Duke Study
Medical experts concluded that spinal manipulations resulted in almost immediate improvement for headaches. Patients also had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of headaches than a commonly prescribed medication.
If you have a headache more than once a month, your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. Recurring Headaches Are Not Normal. No question… if you are having headaches then something is wrong. Pain is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Finding the problem and fixing it has got to be top priority! Call today… Phone 405-340-4400. Our office is called Family Tree Chiropractic and you can find us at 12325 N. May Ave., Suite 111. (We are on the NW corner of 122nd and May, by Backwoods)
Micah D. Carter, DC, CCST
P.S. Why Suffer With Years Of Misery?
How many years can your body handle taking one pill after another? That’s no way to live, not when there could be an easy solution to your problem. Many of the pain medications available are quite addicting and can have drastic side effects. Call today. I may be able to help you live a normal, pain-free life again.