Top 5 Reasons Chiropractic care benefits pregnancy

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The Human body makes many changes during pregnancy in preparation for giving birth.  All of which put stress on parts of the body.  Preparing for a baby is stressful enough so feeling good during pregnancy makes preparing for baby a lot easier.  Chiropractic can help mommy, baby and labor.

#1
Making Room for the baby

If the bones in your pelvis are subluxated, it can put tension on the ligaments that support the uterus.  During pregnancy, the body secretes hormones that help to relax our ligaments.  Without these hormones, the pelvis would not expand enough to allow the birth of the baby and if those ligaments are not relaxed, it can cause a decrease in space in the uterus, as well as, in the pelvis ring. The Importance of Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy is to establish pelvic balance and reduce undue stress to the uterus and supporting ligaments and optimizes the room the baby has for development throughout pregnancy.  With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into correct position for birth. Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in an easier and safer delivery for both mom and baby.

#2
headaches/migraines.

Most headaches are caused or aggravated by subluxations in the cervical spine. Fluxes of hormones also contribute to headache occurrence. Women, who suffer from migraines and were taking medication prior to becoming pregnant, often look to Chiropractic for relief, since they can no longer take the medication. Many patients actually find that the adjustments are more effective than the medications.

#3
Mid back

Pain in the mid-back becomes more frequent as the breasts become denser from milk gland production. The heavier they get the worse your posture become.

#4
Low back

When you add the increase in weight, shift in center of gravity, the change in biomechanics (due to the weight–all out in front!) it is no wonder that pregnant women are prone to low back pain.  The degree of pain ranges from barely noticeable to debilitating, with stabbing or shooting pain into the legs and buttocks.

#5
Hips

As the pregnancy progresses, the hips widen, and the pelvis can begin to feel a little uncomfortable.  This makes sitting, standing and walking difficult.  Keeping your hips aligned helps the pregnancy progress normally.

Other benefits of Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy

  • maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • controlling symptoms of nausea
  • reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • prevent a potential cesarean delivery

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, Chiropractic care may help.

 

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Whiplash: What is it and What can you do?

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Whiplash. Most commonly associated with car accidents, whiplash can occur in a trip and fall or in attempt to catch your balance, playing on a trampoline, riding a horse, sports activities, or experiencing the thrill of a rollercoaster ride! Whiplash is any damage caused to the neck area when a sudden “whip like” action occurs along the spine. In most cases, injuries are to the soft tissues, such as the disks, muscles, and ligaments.  

Symptoms can include tightness and limited mobility to neck, shoulder tension and/ or arm pain, ear ringing, and headache radiating from base of neck. Severe whiplash can cause whole spine pain, nerve pain, dizziness, confusion, and concussion. Symptoms can occur immediately or most commonly, the next day.

Old school treatments were to immobilze with a neck collar and load up on pain killers and muscle relaxers. While there is a time and place for these measures to ensure more serious injuries are not present and to prevent further damage, new research is finding in most cases, gentle movement and ice as soon as possible is best.  For more severe problems, treatment for the three possible levels of spinal damage – muscle, bone, and nerve is appropriate.

Whiplash can involve up to three levels of spinal damage.  The top level is the muscle level and is the most common injury sustained in a whiplash.  The next level is the bone or spine level.  Bone level injuries occur when the whiplash is bad enough for the spinal bones misalign, which causes arthritis later in life. The deepest level is the nerve level of damage.  At this level, the nerves that carry all communication to and from the organs (28 billion impulses per day) are altered – leading to potential health problems.

Things you can do for muscle level damage:

  1. A series of massages eliminates use of pain killers and muscle relaxers that may cause slow recovery time and set up longer term damage. Massage relaxes muscles, breaks up scar tissue and adhesions, releases toxins, as well as stimulating chemicals within your brain to naturally speed up the physical and mental healing process.
  2. Spinal Rehab. Targeted exercises aide in stabilization of an injured or weak area, protecting ligaments and tendons, while stretching increases flexibility and range of motion to cut down on re-injury.
  3. Hot and cold packs. Talk to your doctor before applying hot or cold packs to an injured area to prevent possible inflammation or irritation.

Things you can do for bone and nerve level damage:

  1. Chiropractic Adjustments. Chiropractic care removes nerve interference by correcting spinal misalignment. This helps prevent arthritis and increase nerve flow, restoring proper organ function.  Most chiropractors are specialists in whiplash injuries.  

Going through a whiplash injury is an unpleasant experience, with potential life changing affects.  Visit www.holtchiropractic.net for more information.

 

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Chiropractic Success Story

Click this link for a story about resolving peripheral neuropathy with chiropractic care.  This story comes from Dr. Kaden in Hermosa Beach, CA.  

 

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Milk vs. the Government

Click the link for a video on arrests that were made in California by the government over the selling of raw milk.  Have we lost our mind?

3 Arrested for Selling Raw Milk

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7 Tips to Grocery Shopping (Without Harming Your Family)

There are many approaches to grocery shopping.  Some shop based upon the coupons they have clipped that week, some plan ahead with a list, and some shop by the seat of their pants.  However, there are ways to shop that will not only save money, but will increase the health of your family as well.  Here are seven tips:

1.  Plan meals one week in advance.  Planning organizes your kitchen and saves money.  It enables you to clip coupons for the week ahead and to plan for healthy meals.

2.  Always have a list.  Being prepared helps you avoid spontaneous buys (which really add to the bottom line).  It also helps you focus on the healthy choices, rather than the hugely promoted “junk foods”.

3.  Shop in the outskirts of the store.  The healthy whole food products are located around the perimeter.

4.  Buy organic.  Certified organic produce is guaranteed not to have pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or use ionizing radiation.

5.  Avoid processed foods.  Anything that is canned, packaged, or wrapped is a processed food and as far as the FDA is concerned, the package label can be “anything goes”.  First, there is no requirement on revealing if genetically modified organisms (GMO) are in the food.  Second, there are no standardized serving sizes and many companies will use a serving size so small that any attempt to calculate actually calories consumed can become a daunting task.  And thirdly, things such as trans – fats may not make the nutrition label at all, if the amount present in the serving size falls under the minimum FDA requirements.

6.  Avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO).  The American Academy of Environmental Medicine has stated that “GM foods pose a serious health risk.”  There has been very little research on the dangers of GM foods in humans, but animal studies have shown smaller brains, livers, and testicles, partial atrophy or increased density of the liver, odd shaped nuclei, and other anomalies in animals consuming GM foods.

7.  Read labels for “at risk” ingredients. 90% of corn, soybeans, canola, and cottonseed is genetically modified.  If the nutritional label contains these items, it is a safe bet the food contains genetically modified ingredients.

Use these tips to save money, shop healthy, and shop wise!

 

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Preventing “Crick in the Neck”

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This comes from the blog “Chiropractors Write Hand“.  I was interviewed for the article and the author (Deborah Tukua), did a great job providing insight from a patients point of view.  Click here for the article, “Preventing Crick in the Neck“.

 

Dr. Tom

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12 Things You can do to Help Your Headaches

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Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches.  Some have them occassionally, some are frequent – even occurring daily.  Headaches are debilitating.  They can cause a loss of concentration, throbbing, pounding, nausea, moodiness, inability to work, and a diminishment in quality of life.  Most Americans use over counter pain medications in the form of aspirin, ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or a variety of muscle relaxors to combat a headache.  The problem is that this only covers up the symptom and the headaches will return.  There are also side effects from use of over the counter pain medication listed above including ulcers, liver damage, and kidney failure. 

Here are 12 tips to help naturally control your headaches:

1.  Avoid Stress:  Anything that boosts your stress levels will aggravate a headache.  Tension headaches occur with increase in muscle tension at the base of the skull or the upper neck.  Migraine headaches are caused from altered blood flow from within the brain itself.  Stress changes both the tension of the muscles and the amount of blood flow to the brain.  Control of stress will mean less muscle tension, balanced blood flow and less headache.  Exercise, consistently good diet, proper sleep, and a healthy spine and nerve system are ways to help your body disappate stress.

2.  Heat:  Statisically, headaches increase by 7.5% for every 9 degrees of rise in temperature.  As summer approaches, monitor your time in the sun.  Drink a lot of water and allow your body time to cool off in the shade.  

3.  Strong Smells:  Pleasant smells like perfume and deoderants, or toxic smells like paint or gasoline can be triggers for headaches.  If you are sensitive to smells, avoid them.

4.  Hair Accessories:  Believe it or not – pulling your hair tightly into a pony tail can trigger headaches.  Let your hair down…literally.

5.  Cheese:  Certain aged cheeses have a chemical called tyramine which, when broken down, creates a protein that some people are sensitive to.  Blue cheese, cheddar, brie, feta, mozarella, parmasean, and Swiss all contain tyramine.  The longer a cheese ages, the more tyramine it has.  

6.  Red Wine:  Tyramine is also found in red wine, beer, and hard liquors according to the University of New Hampshire.  If these trigger your headaches, avoid them.  

7.  Diet Soda:  Diet sodas contain a toxic chemical known as Aspartame.  It is also known by the trade names of Nutrasweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal Measure.  According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, a professor of neurosurgery at the Medical School of Mississippi, an excess of Aspartame kills neurons (brain cells).  This can result in headaches in addition to a host of neurodegenerative diseases.  Watch for more on Aspartame in another post.  For now, ditch the diet pop.

8.  Caffeine:  Caffeine can both be the cause and the cure for headaches.  According to a Norwegian study, those with low caffeine consumptions tended to have more chronic headaches and those who consumed higher doses of caffeine tended to get occasional headaches.  Their recommmendation:  If you have chronic headaches (more than 14 headaches per month) increase your caffeine intake slightly.  Occasional headache sufferers should try cutting back on caffeine.  

9.  Pain Medications:  I know, these are supposed to help headaches, and many do.  However, if you take them consistently, it can lead to rebound headaches.  If you can, it is best to avoid them.

10.  Skipping Meals:  Low blood sugar is a problem that is interpreted as a chemical stress by your body.  Headaches are often the first symptom of low blood sugar.  Be sure to eat three balanced meals a day.

11.  Dehydration:  Much like low blood sugar, dehydration is also a chemical stress to your body that can trigger headaches.  Children and seniors are more susceptible to dehydration, especially on hot days.  The best way to judge your level of hydration is through the color of your urine.  White or pale is good, dark yellow is bad.  Plan your water consumption throughout the day so your urine is consistently pale yellow or clear.  

12.  Subluxation:  Poor posture, inadequate movement of the spinal bones (vertebrae), stiff neck, and poor range of motion are all causes of headaches.  Subluxation is most often the underlying cause of most of the “triggers” noted above.  This means that if the subluxations are removed or reduced, you are less susceptible to stress, heat, strong smells, etc. that are the “triggers” ofyour headaches.

There are many more causes for headaches, these are some of the more common ones that I see on a daily basis in practice.  Hope this helps!

Dr. Tom

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