Exercise and Autism

One of the natural treatment options for autism is exercise.  Exercise is important for children and adults with or without a disability and helps promotes a healthy lifestyle. Incorporating physical activity daily can help reduce target behaviors that may arise with change.

Physical activity also helps reduce the chance of being overweight, causing more physical health problems such as cardiovascular diseases or even diabetes.  Being part of a team or working out with others improves their social interaction skills with others and works on improving their attention span.

Individuals with autism may lack flexibility, coordination and/or balance which can make it harder for one to exercise. Lacking any of those abilities makes exercising more important to emphasize on. There is no correct answer to what program an individual with autism should engage in, but it should be surrounded by what they like to do. If they like the water, incorporate opportunities during the week to go to the local gym or community center to swim.

The main goal is to maintain a healthy lifestyle by keeping their body moving and staying physically active to avoid diseases that come with being overweight. For a more specialized exercise program, contact Rachel at Minser Chiropractic Clinic.

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Chiropractic and Autism

April is Stress Awareness Month, IBS Awareness Month, Community Service Month and Women’s Health Month.   It is also Autism Awareness Month.  While stress, IBS, women’s health issues are all very important and topics we encounter every day, Autism pulls at my heart.  As any parent who has a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder well tell you, it is very challenging.   Autism Spectrum Disorder is a complex set of developmental disabilities.  Every child may experience autism very differently and that is what makes it a “spectrum” disorder.

It is considered a neurobehavioral disorder that includes issues with social interaction, language development and lack of communication skill.  Most have issues with sensitivity to sensory input.  It could be touch, taste hearing or smell.  These individuals may response differently to people or may want to harm themselves.  They may have a motion they like to do repetitively such as rocking or pacing.  They have learning and comprehension issues.  Autism is more common in boys than girls. One in 42 boys is diagnosed with autism according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.   Autism appears to present itself between the ages of 2-3 but can be as early as 18 months.

Possible signs of Autism:  avoids eye contact and wants to be alone, struggles with understanding other’s feelings, nonverbal or language delays, repeats words over and over, gets upset by change, has interests that are very restricted and almost obsessive, has often intense reactions to sound, lights, smell, taste, or textures.

As mentioned earlier, it is considers a neurobehavioral disorder.  The “neuro” part is what chiropractic strives to help in an autistic individual. Preliminary studies indicate that the chiropractic adjustment may influence sensorimotor integration.  We, of course, encourage further research in the influence chiropractic has on their developing nervous systems.  Given the ineffectiveness of a majority of pharmaceutical agents, parents need to know there is help in regards to autism.

Chiropractic looks to the body to identify areas of the nervous system that may not be functioning optimally.  Are the cranials, vertebra, pelvis, sacrum, atlas all moving properly?  Are altered biomechanics of the spine causing more stress on the nervous system than the brain can process?    Majority of autistic children have other complaints such as sleeping issues, GI complaints, allergies and lack of motor control.  These are all issues that should be address. Do they have lingering primitive reflexes?  Do they have posture issues? Do they have a head forward posturing?   Do they have flat feet?  Do they lack nutrition because they will only eat certain foods?  Are these food nutrient packed or processed?   These questions are just the tip of the iceberg when treating an Autistic child/teen or adult.  At Minser Chiropractic Clinic, we strive to make any child’s life easier and embrace each child’s individual needs and gifts.  Isn’t time your child lives up to his or her potential?  Yours for better health….naturally!

 

Is Sitting Harmful for your Health?

It has been said that sitting is the new smoking. It has been linked to an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and early death. But with most of us logging hours at desk jobs (and recovering from hard workouts with Netflix binges), can it really be that bad?
Yes, indeed!!

When you are in an improper, slouched, or seated posture for extended periods of time, there are physiological changes in the body. In addition to the proven disease risks, things start to lock up. Tissues can weaken and the effects can be degenerative.

It is similar to the idea of time spent in a cast: when muscle tissue is continually immobile, it shortens and shrinks over time and weakens.

Movement brings hydration and nutrients to the tissue and activity keeps it healthy, so even though our jobs and evolving mobile technologies are making us more prone to sit and press buttons, we need to think actively and sit actively.

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In other words, don’t just get up for breaks, but rather do things that will keep your tissues mobile and fluid throughout your day and life. Spending 8+ hours at your desk doesn’t have to ruin your body.

 

 

Add these five daily movements to your routine:

  1. Roll your feet: Feet can really stiffen up when you sit for long periods. Take a couple breaks during your day and roll each foot on a massage ball or small frozen water bottle.
  2. Do some wall squats: Sit with your shoulder blades and lower back against a wall, hips and knees at a 90-degree angle. Hold for a minute, then return to a standing position, and do 3 reps.
  3. Stretch into a lunge: Constant sitting shortens the hip flexors, so you need to stretch the musculature of the hips and quads. Step your left leg for-ward into a 90-degree lunge, allowing the right knee to hover over the ground behind you. Then switch legs. Try to work this in 3-4 times a day.
  4. Reverse your rotation: During prolonged sitting, we tend to collapse inward, rounding our shoulders and jutting our necks out and forward. To reverse this, move to the edge of your chair and sit on your tailbone. Leaving your arms at your sides, open your chest and rotate your hands out, letting your shoulders move back. At the same time, widen your hips by rotating your feet out. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat 10 times.
  5. Extend your back: Stand and place the palms of your hands at your lower back to lock out your lumbar spine and prevent over extension. Then gently lean back as far as you comfortably can. Do 10 reps once or twice a day.

If you want more tips like these or are looking for help reaching your fitness goals, talk our exercise specialist today! 320-253-5650

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!

 

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!