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!

 

Exercise- Good for you, Good for Baby!

It’s common knowledge that regular exercise is all-the-more important during pregnancy. Why? Well, for one thing, because the combination of developing child, hormonal fluctuations, and other factors means you will likely gain a moderate amount of weight as part of the natural process.

Moreover, as any mother will tell you, delivering a baby can be a physically traumatic – albeit joyous – experience; exercise in the months leading up to that day helps strengthen your muscles and heart, which can be placed under severe stress during delivery.

Less well-known is that exercising during pregnancy may make for a healthier child.

Consider a recent study involving pregnant women (ages 30-35) who were divided into two groups – one group that performed moderate-intensity aerobic exercise for 30 minutes per day at least three times per week, and a second group that did not perform regular exercise over the same time period. The study revealed the following:

-Fetal heart rate was significantly lower (a good thing, within reason) in the exercise group during fetal breathing and non-breathing movement periods.

-Fetal short-term and overall heart rate variability (indicative of a mature neurologic system) were higher in the exercise group during breathing movements.

-The exercise-exposed fetuses had higher measures of vagal (cardiovascular) control during breathing movements.

If you are uncertain on how to stay active during your pregnancy, talk to our exercise specialist today!  She can help you develop a personalized exercise plan to keep you and your baby healthy before, during and after your pregnancy.

 

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.

 

picture1What can you do about scoliosis?

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!

 

Reap the Benefits of Running!

Every time you think of putting on your running shoes, you should think about the great benefits you can reap. Running is incredibly effective at making you healthier in a number of ways. While it may not be everybody’s favorite form of exercise, knowing what it can do for your life just may make you look at running in an entirely new light.

Improve your health: Believe it or not, running is a great way to increase your overall level of health. Research shows that running can raise your levels of good cholesterol while also helping you increase lung function and use. Running can boost your immune system and lower your risk of developing blood clots.

Prevent disease: For women, running can actually help lower your risk of breast cancer. It can also help reduce the risk of having a stroke. Running is recommended for people who are in the early stages of diabetes, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, and it is proven to help reduce the risk of having a heart attack.

Lose weight: Running is one of the best forms of exercise for losing or maintaining a consistent weight. You will find that it is a leading way to burn off extra calories and that it is the second most effective exercise in terms of calories burned per minute, surpassed only by cross country skiing.

Boost your confidence: Not all of the benefits of running are physical. Running can provide a noticeable boost to your confidence and self-esteem. By setting and achieving goals, you can help give yourself a greater sense of empowerment that will leave you feeling much happier.

Relieve stress: Stress can cause a number of health and mood problems. It can also diminish appetite and sleep quality. When you run, you force your body to exert excess energy and hormones. Running also helps to reduce your chances of developing tension headaches.

Eliminate depression: When you are depressed, the last thing you likely want to do is get up and go for a run. Yet you will find that after only a few minutes of running, your brain will start to secrete hormones that naturally improve your mood.

Now that you know the benefits of running it is time to get started!  It’s not to late to start training for the Minser 5K walk/run which takes place on September 16, 2017.  Don’t wait!  Start reaping all of the benefits running has to offer today!

 

Common Questions (and Answers!) about Acupuncture

Let’s start at the origins. Acupuncture has been practiced for hundreds of years, though not all in the same form. During the Stone Age, people used knifes and other sharp objects to relieve pain and disease. Warriors that were hit by arrows during battle noticed areas of relief in different parts of the body.funny_acupuncture

Monks noticed energy moving in specific areas of the body while they were meditating and eventually started recording these findings. Over time, the practice became modified and was researched in depth to bring the modern acupuncture we know and use today.

What does the treatment consist of?

A doctor will go over your health history (if they do not already know it) and assess what your health complaint is and where it’s located. From there, they choose the acupuncture points that will be beneficial for your care (they might ask you to change into shorts or a gown depending on the location). The doctor will use an alcohol pad to disinfect the area and tap the needle in the point.

Wait! Needles!? Yes needles, but acupuncture needles are TINY! They are only .25

 

mm thick, where the average sewing needle is 1 mm thick. There is very little to no pain at all when the doctor taps the needle into the point.acupuncture-needle-size-comparison
So how does acupuncture work? Let’s use a common condition that many people suffer from as an example. Headaches. There are many ways to get rid of a headache, including acupuncture! For example, here are three points that are used when treating headaches:

 

GB 20, Li 4, and Si 13. The letters stand for Gall Bladder, Large Intestine, and Small Intestine channels.

Where the numbers stand for certain points along that channel. Now these channels are used for specific reasons. Gall bladder and small intestine are used because of their location on the body. The large intestine channel is used because Li 4 is the strongest point for a condition that involves the upper body. Depending on the type of headache, other points may be used. If the headache is considered a “pounding headache” then the liver channel might be used because that channel helps control blood flow.

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Can pregnant women use acupuncture? YES! Acupuncture is a great natural treatment method for pregnancy pain and is safe for both mother and baby. Acupuncture can be used to help with pain and nausea associated with pregnancy. It can also be used to help with infertility issues.

 

What about children? There isn’t a specific age that is “too young” for acupuncture. If a child can sit still for 15-20 minutes then a doctor can perform acupuncture on them. Acupuncture is a helpful treatment for anxiety, depression, headaches, stomach pain or reflux, ADHD/ADD, and more.

Acupuncture is used for many different conditions like sinus allergies, depression, infertility, constipation, pain management, musculoskeletal disorders and more! It is a safe and natural way of treating health issues and goes hand in hand with chiropractic care!

Want to learn more about Acupuncture? Head to our website or read more in our blog!

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!