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Should I Go To A Chiropractor?

Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Am I alive?
  2. Do I have a brain and nerve system?
  3. Do I have a spinal column and skeletal system?

If you answered yes to these three questions, run over to your neighborhood chiropractor for a check-up.

This may be a bit humorous, but we’re making an important point. You’ve been getting various check-ups from different doctors for most of your life, yet have ignored your spine and structure.

You get dental check-ups, you get your eyes and vision checked, your hearing checked, your heart checked, but what about your spine?

For thousands of years, all over the world, the spine’s health was considered essential to the health of the body. Japanese, Chinese, Indian, African, Polynesian, American Indian, ancient Greek and ancient Egyptian cultures practiced spinal care.

About 300 or so years ago, spinal care was becoming a lost art as more and more healers turned to the
chemical medicine that is now dominant in society. Over time, spinal health was all but forgotten.
This is ironic, considering the father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Look well to the spine for the cause
of diseases.”

Thankfully, spinal and structural care is having a renaissance. Times are changing as more and more people turn to chiropractic care. Please bring in your whole family for chiropractic check-ups and care; you’ll see a beautiful improvement in everyone’s well-being.

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Enjoy Your August Newsletter

Chiropractic and Childhood Sports Injuries

Participation in sports is highly beneficial for children, promoting physical fitness, coordination, and teamwork skills. However, it also carries the risk of injuries, which can significantly impact a child’s overall well-being. Chiropractic care has emerged as a valuable complementary approach for managing childhood sports injuries.

Childhood sports injuries range from sprains and strains to more severe conditions like fractures and concussions.

Chiropractic care focuses on but is not limited to musculoskeletal disorders, including sports injuries. Chiropractors employ a holistic approach to care, aiming to restore proper alignment and function of the spine and other joints in the body. By doing so, they alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and promote the body’s natural healing process.

Several studies support the efficacy of chiropractic care in managing childhood sports injuries. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics examined the effects of chiropractic intervention on ankle sprains in young athletes. The results indicated that chiropractic treatment significantly improved pain reduction, range of motion, and functional ability compared to a control group (1).

Chiropractic care offers a holistic and evidence-based approach to managing childhood sports injuries. By addressing musculoskeletal imbalances, chiropractors can help children recover from injuries, prevent future occurrences, and enhance their overall sports performance. However, it is important to consult a qualified healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each case.

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Enjoy Our July Newsletter

Spring & Summer Baseball

Baseball is 90% mental, and the other half is physical.

Lawrence P. “Yogi” Berra, American Baseball Hall of Famer

Except for the math, Yogi was right. That’s why baseball and chiropractic go together so well.

Nearly a hundred years ago, the New York Yankees became the first major league team to travel with a chiropractor. Richard van Rumpt, DC, was a chiropractor to Babe Ruth and the other Yankee greats (as well as many other famous people).

It’s not just about keeping baseball players free from injuries or getting them back in the game faster; chiropractic prevents injuries, improves balance and range of motion, improves focus, and enhances brain-body communication. Remember, every muscle, bone, and joint in your body needs proper communication with your brain and nerves.

Chiropractic releases stress on your spinal column and nervous system. This is why athletes say that chiropractic gives them the “winning edge.”

Do you need a chiropractor for your little (or not so little) league team? Discuss it with us. Chiropractors work with baseball teams, but we also work with individual professional (and amateur) tennis, golf, football, gymnastics, track and field, and other athletes as well.

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Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain

Chiropractic Treatment of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia causes muscles to tighten and lose their natural pliability, which triggers the spine to decrease its own flexibility, which leads the muscles to tighten even more. It is a vicious cycle that can get worse and worse,
causing ever greater pain. Therefore, chiropractic care is essential as it ensures that sufferers do not lose too much movement from their spine and muscles. The spine must be properly adjusted and kept moving to counter the insidious creep of fibromyalgia. Treatments should happen three to four times per month. These sessions will be gentler than normal to take into account the muscles’ susceptibility to injury and their lack of healing ability. When seeking a chiropractor, you need to ascertain that they fully understand how the condition affects the muscles.

Trigger Point Therapy to Treat Fibromyalgia

Trigger points are tint knots in the muscle fibers, and they can easily be confused with “tender points.” They
are not the same, though.

  • A trigger point is painful under firm pressure, whereas it takes only very light pressure on a tender point to elicit pain.
  • Trigger points refer pain to in other areas of the body, where tender points do not.
  • Trigger points can be painful without any pressure exerted on them, as they refer to pain elsewhere.
  • Trigger points are comprised of knotted muscle fibers that have gone into spasm, whereas tender points are knots filled with ground substance.

People living with Fibromyalgia will almost always have both trigger and tender points. They can benefit greatly
from trigger point therapy, albeit in a lighter form, to ensure that the muscles are not injured.

Self-Care for Fibromyalgia

Sufferers should not forget that lifestyle choices play a key role in how fibromyalgia affects them. Those who take care of themselves show hugely better outcomes than those who don’t. They suffer far less pain and manage to stay much more active, both of which greatly impact the quality of life. If you have fibromyalgia, the following advice should help:

  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Exercise
  • Look at your working life
  • Eat well
  • Supplement your nutritional intake (1)

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What is Chiropractic?

Each year millions of people enjoy the most popular natural, drug-free health care system in the world – chiropractic! Chiropractic helps people function closer to their physical and emotional best, recover from sickness, disease, and disability faster and minimize the use of drugs and surgery in their lives! As a result, many chiropractic users report less stress, more vitality, and more enjoyment in life!

Chiropractic is a system of health care that releases serious stress from your body: subluxation. A subluxation is an often painless, tiny structural distortion that can affect your nerves, muscles, internal organs, discs, bones, brain function, posture, and overall health.

Subluxations are caused by stress of all kinds: poor posture, accidents, sitting or working in the same position for long periods, sports, emotional pain, toxins, poor nutrition, and gravity (it’s always pulling you down).

Adults can carry subluxations in their bodies initially caused by a stressful birth or a childhood fall. Unfortunately, these long-standing subluxations may never be corrected unless they have a chiropractic checkup.

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Your Body Is At War!

Your world is constantly assaulting you with physical, emotional, toxic, environmental, and chemical stresses. We are fighting a constant war of adaptation. It is a war of high stakes – your life and health! Life requires constant adaptation.

How Is This War Fought?

Symptoms are the mechanisms your body uses to bring you into balance (or homeostasis). Symptoms may be uncomfortable, but they are necessary. These include diarrhea, vomiting, fever, sneezing, coughing, sweating, shivering (as mentioned above), mucus and pus, skin eruptions, fatigue, lack of appetite (natural fasting), and many more. These are natural ways you cleanse, detox, and heal.

Symptoms are not diseases; they are the cure for diseases. Suppressing symptoms can lead to deeper health problems. Whether or not you’ll get symptoms and how quickly they go away depends on your ability to respond to and adapt to challenges.

Adaption Is Emotional As Well As Physical

Two people may experience great emotional stress, such as divorce or death in a family. One will grieve for a short time and recover, while the other may fall into a prolonged depression. Why? It depends on how well they can adapt.

Chiropractic For Adaptation

Your nervous system: brain, spinal cord, and billions of nerves that travel to every nook and cranny in your body continuously transmit information. Adaptation is dependent upon this communication. You need a healthy nervous system, so it may send messages all over your body so you may adapt most efficiently,

Structural subluxations can interfere with your nervous system, weakening you on many levels. Subluxations may stress your brain, spinal cord, and outlying nerves. Chiropractic care is dedicated to locating and correcting your subluxations, permitting your nervous system to operate with less stress – helping you adapt physically, chemically, and emotionally.

Keep yourself and your family adapting at their peak – get regular chiropractic care for your brain, spinal cord, and nervous system health.

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