Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Kids!

Why do millions of parents bring their children to Doctors of Chiropractic every year?  Is it only for when your child is hurting or for highly dramatic health conditions?

Not at all!  More parents are bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health concerns such as colds, sore throats, ear infections, fevers, colic, asthma, tonsillitis, allergies, bed-wetting, infections, pains, falls, stomach-aches, and the hundred and one little and big things children go through as they grow up.

An increase in childhood diseases and illnesses is another reason that families are searching for natural healthcare options, such as chiropractic care, for their children.

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment for children’s health issues that are associated with the nervous and musculoskeletal systems.  Gentle chiropractic care helps to provide a drug-free treatment option to those young individuals to help resolve and prevent a wide range of health problems.too old or young

Recent research by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) found spinal manipulative therapy safe and successful in treating children of all ages.  Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition.  They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures.

Why chiropractic care?

Just look at a life under 18 years of age.  There are acute injuries and traumas that can cause spinal damage.  Are your children involved in sports?  Do these activities cause trauma or repetitive motions that may affect proper biomechanics and cause the body to function less than optimally?  Is birth trauma involved or perhaps a family history of a disease process you would like to prevent?

Parents surveyed by the ICPA reported behavioral improvement for kids who saw a chiropractor, as well as improved sleep and stronger immune systems.  Encouraging good lifelong health habits is one of chiropractic’s best benefits for kids.

Spinal manipulation for children as young as newborn babies is an alternative treatment for discomfort of colic and other digestive disorders as well.  And the list of benefits goes on and on…my children have been treated since minutes after their births and how fortunate they have been to receive the long lasting benefits of chiropractic care.

If it has been over 6 months since your child has been checked, now is the time to ensure their health! Give your chiropractor a call to get them adjusted today!

 

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Back to the Basics!

October is National Chiropractic Health Month and the American Chiropractic Association has chosen “Back to Basics” as its theme this year.  So what exactly does that mean when we go “Back to Basics?”

Back pain is still one of the most disabling and common conditions a patient will visit their doctor, as well as one of the most common reasons for which doctors may prescribed pain medications, including prescription opioid pain killers.  This has become a major public health issue, including in our own state.  According to the Minnesota Opioid Task Force, there were 376 total opioid overdose deaths and 2,074 nonfatal hospital treated opioid overdoses in 2016.  The number of prescriptions written for opioids in 2016 was 3,536,939, which is a staggering number considering some of the risks associated with opioids, including addiction and physical dependence, sedation, dizziness, and nausea.

It is important to know that there are alternatives to pain medications like opioids to help alleviate back pain.  Chiropractic and other conservative treatments can help to treat back pain effectively and safely, without some of the risks that can occur from taking medications.  Chiropractors are trained specialists who focus on musculoskeletal conditions that may affect a person’s general health and well-being.  Not only can chiropractors treat common conditions such as headaches and low back pain, they can also treat conditions such as carpal tunnel, ankle sprains, disc disease, rib pain, and jaw/TMJ disorders. NCHM_Logo_Medium_400    A chiropractor will look at the area that is being affected by performing a thorough history and examination and recommend appropriate treatment based off their diagnosis.  Chiropractors will look to the source of the pain for treatment versus trying to mask the pain with medications.  Some of the treatments offered at Minser Chiropractic Clinic includes gentle chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy, ultrasound, electric stim, and rehabilitative exercises.  All of our doctors are also able to perform nutritional consultations and recommend dietary and supplementation counseling to achieve better health and allow for optimal functioning of the body.

If you or a loved one is suffering from back pain, talk with one of our doctors.  We would love to be able to focus on your back health “basics” with conservative care to keep your spine healthy for a lifetime!

 

What to do with Scoliosis?

Scoliosis comes from a Greek word that means crookedness. When you have scoliosis, your spine’s straight position begins to curve sideways. It can curve in one spot (C-shaped) or as a double curve (S-shaped). The most common area that scoliosis can develop is in the mid back and lower back.

In most cases, the vertebrae are also rotated. In more than 80% of cases, the cause of scoliotic curvatures is unknown; we call this condition idiopathic scoliosis. In other cases, trauma, neurological disease, tumors, and the like are responsible. Functional scoliosis is often caused by some postural problem, muscle spasm, or leg-length inequality, which can often be addressed. Structural scoliosis does not reduce with postural maneuvers. Either type can be idiopathic or have an underlying cause.

 

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There are generally 3 treatment options for scoliosis— careful observation, bracing, and surgery. Careful observation is the most common “treatment,” as most mild scolioses do not progress and cause few, if any, physical problems. This is where chiropractic care can come into play.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation, therapeutic exercise, and electrical muscle stimulation have been advocated in the treatment of scoliosis. Though it may not completely “fix” the scoliosis or correct it, chiropractic care and rehabilitation exercises can help prevent the curvature from getting worse. There are some cases where chiropractic has been able to reduce scoliosis, but no large studies have been conducted. For patients with back pain associated with scoliosis, chiropractic adjustments can help reduce the pain.

A second treatment option is bracing. Bracing is generally reserved for children who have not reached skeletal maturity (the time when the skeleton stops growing), and who have curves between 25 and 45 degrees. Again, chiropractic care can help prevent further development of the curvature and reduce any pain.

The third treatment option is surgery. Surgery is generally used in the few cases where the curves are greater than 45 degrees and progressive, and/or when the scoliosis may affect the function of the heart, lungs, or other vital organs.

If you know of someone suffering from scoliosis, tell them to try chiropractic!

 

Treating Low Back Pain

Lower back pain is one of the most common complaints a chiropractic clinic will treat.  84% of adults will experience lower back pain sometime in their life.  This pain can decrease your quality of life by limiting what activities you can do and what activities you will have to avoid all together.

There may be a loss of income, disability issues and pain that causes mental fatigue.  Low back pain is not limited to adults.  Teenagers and children frequently experience lower back pain due to overuse (i.e. heavy backpacks) and strains/sprains from injuries caused by playing, falls and sports.

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There are many causes of lower back pain.  The lower back is comprised of bones, nerves, muscles, fascia, ligaments and tendons as well as a strong blood supply.  These structures can be taxed by poor posture, overuse, pregnancy, weight, repetitive movements, injuries, prolonged sitting or standing in one place.

 

Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that is dedicated to non-surgical treatment of lower back pain.  Many studies have concluded that manual therapy (adjustments) are effective for the treatment of lower back pain, as well as lumbar herniated disc with radiculopathy (leg pain) and sacroiliac/pelvic pain among other conditions.

Chiropractic care is less expensive than medical care.  Chiropractic care is effective for patients with spinal degeneration.  Chiropractic provided better pain relief with chiropractic adjustments than with medical care and the list goes on. Compared to most treatment options, chiropractic care is among the best!

At Minser Chiropractic Clinic, we are dedicated to providing the best treatment options for your and your children’s health issues.  Let us help you overcome lower back pain and live a better, healthier life.  Yours for better health…..naturally!

 

The Young Athlete

In today’s age of health and fitness, more and more kids are involved in sporting activities. Although being part of a football, soccer, dance, or Little league team is an important rite of passage for many children, parents and their children could be overlooking the importance of proper nutrition and body-conditioning for preventing injuries on and off the playing field.

Young athletes today often think they are invincible. The following tips can help ensure your child does not miss a step when it comes to proper fitness, stretching, training, and rest that the body needs to engage in sporting activities.

Encourage your child to:

  • Wear the proper equipment. Certain contact sports, such as football and hockey, can be dangerous if the equipment is not properly fitted. Make sure all equipment, including helmets, pads, and shoes fit your child or adolescent.
  • Eat healthy meals. Make sure your young athlete is eating a well-balanced diet and does not skip meals. Avoid high fat foods, such as candy bars and fast food. At home, provide fruit rather than cookies and vegetables rather than potato chips.  Make sure meals are high in protein to help with muscle breakdown.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Certain sports, such as gymnastics, wrestling, and figure skating may require your athlete to follow strict dietary rules. Be sure your child does not feel pressured into being too thin and that he/she understands that proper nutrition and caloric intake is needed for optimal performance and endurance.
  • Drink water. Hydration is a key element to optimal fitness. Teenage athletes should drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.
  • Avoid sugar-loaded, caffeinated, and carbonated drinks. Sports drinks are a good source of replenishment for those kids engaged in long duration sports, such as track and field.Teenagers_playing_Sports
  • Follow a warm-up routine. Be sure your child or his/her coach includes a warm-up and stretching session before every practice, game, or meet.  I’m always amazed at how many athletes we treat that tell me they never warm up!  A slow jog, jumping rope, and/or lifting small weights reduces the risk of torn or ripped muscles. Flexibility is key when pushing to score that extra goal or make that critical play.
  • Take vitamins daily. A multivitamin and magnesium are good choices for the young athlete. Young athletes use their bodies in an incredible way and if nutrients aren’t properly replenished you can be prone to muscle injuries.
  • Avoid trendy supplements. Kids under the age of 18 should avoid the use of performance-enhancing supplements, such as creatine. Instead, they should ask their coach or trainer to include weekly weight training and body-conditioning sessions in their workout.
  • Get plenty of rest. Eight hours of sleep is ideal for the young athlete. Lack of sleep and rest can decrease performance. Sluggishness, irritability, and loss of interest could indicate that your child is fatigued.

Chiropractic Care Can Help

Doctors of chiropractic are trained and licensed to treat the entire neuromusculoskeletal system and can provide advice on sports training, nutrition, and injury prevention to young athletes.  When an athlete sustains an injury, a doctor of chiropractic can help speed recovery and instruct the young athlete on how to avoid a repeat injury.

Doctors of chiropractic are also certified to perform school spots physicals.  If you have questions about your young athlete and how to help them perform better or stay injury free, talk to one of the doctors at Minser Chiropractic today!

 

Pregnancy Pains? Try Chiropractic!

New mothers and moms-to-be can attest to the aches and pains that can accompany their pregnancies.  Most commonly, we see complaints involving low back and pelvic pain, but many women may also experience mid back and rib pain, muscle achiness, sciatica (pain into the legs), and heartburn.  These aches and pains can become a real nuisance for these women and make pregnancy a difficult time.

During pregnancy, the average woman can gain 25-35 pounds, or even more, which can place increased stress on her joints and tighten muscles of her neck and back.  Weight gain during pregnancy changes a woman’s center of gravity forward, which places further stress on her low back spine.

Pregnant women also create hormones to help relax and loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvis to accommodate for baby’s growth, which may cause imbalances of the spine and pelvis.

pregnantLuckily, chiropractic care can have a dramatic and positive effect on the pain a woman may experience during her pregnancy.  A chiropractor is trained to detect any imbalances that may exist in the spine and pelvis, as well as find muscles that may have tightened up due to her pregnancy.

Chiropractic adjustments are safe for both mom and baby and may be able to give immediate relief of pain.  Chiropractors can also recommend and perform muscle work and/or acupuncture to help with pain or other symptoms experienced as well.

Prenatal exercises can be prescribed to help stretch and strengthen muscles of the back and pelvis to prepare for labor and delivery.  Nutritional advice can also be given to help a women enjoy a healthy pregnancy for herself and her baby.

Chiropractic care can also help after labor and delivery.  During the first couple of months post-delivery, the ligaments that were loosened during pregnancy begin to tighten again.  It is important to treat any imbalances in the spine and pelvis brought on during pregnancy or from delivery before the ligaments return to their pre-pregnancy state to prevent further muscle tension and pain.

If you or a loved one is an expecting mother and has questions on the benefits of chiropractic during and after pregnancy, ask one of our doctors.  We love helping women enjoy their pregnancies naturally and pain-free!

 

Why Your Child Should See a Chiropractor

Why do millions of parents bring their children to a chiropractor each year? Is it only for when your child is hurting or for highly dramatic health conditions? Not at all!

More parents are bringing their children to chiropractors for day-to-day health conditions like colds, sore throats, ear infections, colic, asthma, bed wetting, falls, stomach aches, and the other thousand things that children go through as they grow up.

It’s important to understand that chiropractic is not a treatment for disease. Its purpose is to reduce nerve system stress, a serious and often painless condition most children (and adults) experience quite frequently.kids-health

Nerve system stress interferes with the proper functioning of the nervous system which can weaken internal organs, reduce healing potential and set the stage for sickness.

Many spinal problems seen in adults began as early as birth. Even ‘natural’ birthing methods can stress an infant’s spine and developing nerve system.

The resulting irritation to the nerve system caused by spinal misalignment can be the cause of many newborn health complaints.

When a chiropractor frees the nervous system from spinal stress, the healing power of the body is unleashed, immune system works more efficiently, and your child’s body functions more effectively.

Chiropractic adjustments are modified to fir a child’s size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing structure. In fact, the pressure a chiropractor uses to adjust an infant is a similar pressure to that when you test a tomato to see if it’s ripe.

Has your family has experienced the may benefits of chiropractic care?