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?

What to Know About Essential Oils

At Minser Chiropractic Clinic, one thing we get of questions about is essential oil. Many people have heard of them or have a basic understanding but aren’t aware that they can do great things for your health. We’ve compiled the most common questions we have heard and supplied some answers for you!

What are Essential Oils?oil

Essential oils are a concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing aroma compounds from fruits and plants. It’s a natural oil found in plant that is typically obtained by distillation.

How Do You Use Them?

There are many different ways to use essential oils. A common way is to use them in conjunction with a massage. A massage therapist adds the oil to the massage lotion and uses that throughout the massage. If you’re at home, you can add essential oils to another base oil and rub that on your skin.

Another frequent method people use essential oils in through a diffuser. The diffuser circulates the aroma in the air so you are able to benefit from the essential oil. You can also add a few drops to a hot shower or bath and get similar results.

What Can They Do?

The-Benefits-of-Essential-OilsEssential Oils can do many wonderful things for the body! You might have to do some research on which ones are right for your condition (or see one of the doctors or massage therapists at Minser Chiropractic Clinic).

*Note: Some essential oils are not recommended for pregnant women or those with sensitive skin.

Essential Oils Can:

  • Help detox different body systems
  • Aid in meditation and relaxation
  • Fight colds and flus
  • Useful for skin care
  • Good for digestion issues
  • Aids with depression and anxiety
  • Relieves stress and muscle tension
  • Helps bring peace of mind
  • And many, many other benefits!

Where Can I Get Them?

Essential Oils are sold at many different places. You can find some at organic stores, or sections of larger stores (though these might not be good quality), online, and at clinics.

Here at Minser Chiropractic Clinic, we offer a variety of high quality essential oils. Our essential oils are one of the highest quality grades and can last you a long time, depending how often you are using it and in what quantity.

Final Thoughts

Essential Oils are a great way to freshen up the house in cleaning and can be very beneficial for your health! They are another holistic tool you can use to improve your life. If you have any specific questions about essential oils, give us a shout out!

5 Ways to Keep Your Spine Healthy

When it comes to our health, typically we think of eating healthy, exercising and getting spineplenty of sleep. But what about the health of our spine? After all, it does protect one of the most important systems of the body, the nervous system.

The nervous system controls every other system in the body from muscle movement to breathing. So what can we do to keep our spine in tip top shape?

Massage Therapy

Not only are massages good for relaxation for the mind, but also for the muscles of the body. Muscles around the spine can become tight and pull on the vertebrae of the spine, causing irritation of the spinal cord which can result in pain and disruption of other body systems.

Chiropractic Care

Subluxations, also known as misalignments, occur throughout the spine and joints of the body. These misalignments can put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, resulting in pain, headaches, tingling, digestion issues, etc. Chiropractors correct misalignments to promote good nervous system health.

Stop Smoking

Smokers tend to have more back pain than nonsmokers and for longer periods of time. Smokers heal at a slower rate when they have an episode of back pain because the chemicals in tobacco smoke restrict the flow of blood to the tissues in and around the spine.

Good Posture

While sitting at your desk, keep in mind good posture techniques to avoid lack of circulation, muscle tension, and headaches. (Here are some posture tips for at work!)When carrying or lifting things, use your knees instead of bending down at the
waist.

bad-sleepWe often forget to think about our posture while we are sleeping. The best position for your spine is when you lay on your side. Put a pillow between your legs or knees to reduce pressure on the lower back, plus it helps better align the neck. Check to see if your pillow has enough support for your head and neck to avoid headaches.

Exercising

Yes, exercising is good for your spinal health! People who are overweight tend to have more spinal dysfunction due to more pressure applied to the spine and a shift in center of gravity. Try to stretch your back muscles regularly to avoid tight muscles, which will help reduce subluxations. Having good back and core strength helps promote good posture.

If you have more questions about spinal health ask one of our doctors!

Balance Your Body With Orthotics

The joints and muscles of the body function most efficiently when they are in physical balance. When foot imbalance is present, there is a negative impact on the knees, hips, pelvis, and the spine.  This may lead to symptoms of knee pain, arch pain, hip pain, or lower back pain.

Your feet are the foundation of your body.  They support you when you stand, walk, or run.  They help protect your spine, bones and soft tissues from damaging stress as you move around.

The foot is constructed with three arches, which when properly maintained give exceptional supportive strength.  These three arches form a supporting vault that distributes the entire weight of the body.foot

A loss of arch height will cause a flattening and rolling in of the foot.  This malpositioning of the foot is termed pronation and is seen when the ankle starts to fall inward, no longer sitting directly over the foot. Because everything is connected, the bones of the leg also inwardly rotate.

This increased pressure on the medial arch of the foot and can cause heel pain or irritation to the connective tissue along the bottom of the foot leading to plantar fascitis.

Excessive rotation of the bones of the leg will cause unnecessary stresses on the knee as well as twisting of the pelvis and spine.  If the pronation is more prevalent on one side, there can be a resultant unleveling of the pelvis.  Tilting of the pelvis places tension on the muscles and connective tissues, which can eventually lead to back problems.

To correct imbalances in the feet, we will often recommend custom molded foot orthotics.  Placing orthotics in your shoes is similar to placing a shim under a wobbly table: it adds support to eliminate unwanted motion in the entire structure.

Placing the correct support under the foot helps restore the fallen arch, decrease pronation, eliminate rotation to the leg, and take stress off the joints of the lower back and pelvis. By stabilizing and balancing your feet, orthotics enhance your body’s performance and efficiency, reduce pain, and contribute to your total body wellness.

Posture–What it Means for Your Body

May is Posture Month! As a chiropractic professionals, we like to educate the public on the importance of having good posture.

Below is some great information about posture from the American Chiropractic Association.

Why is good posture important?

Good posture helps us stand, walk, sit, and lie in positions that place the least strain on supporting muscles and ligaments during movement and weight-bearing activities.

Correct posture: 

  • Helps keep bones and joints in correct alignment so that our muscles are used correctly, decreasing the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in degenerative arthritis and pain.
  • Reduces the stress on ligaments holding the spinal joints together, and minimizing risk of injury.
  • Allows muscles to work more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy and, therefore, preventing muscle fatigue.
  • Helps prevent muscle strain, overuse disorders, and even back and muscular pain.

To maintain proper posture, you need to have adequate muscle flexibility and strength, normal joint motion in the spine and other body regions, as well as efficient postural muscles that are balanced on both sides of the spine.

Consequences of Poor Posture

postureexPoor posture can lead to excessive strain on our postural muscles and may even cause them to relax, when held in certain positions for long periods of time. For example, you can typically see this in people who bend forward at the waist for a prolonged time in the workplace. Their postural muscles are more prone to injury and back pain.
Several factors contribute to poor posture–most commonly, stress, obesity, pregnancy, weak postural muscles, abnormally tight muscles, and high-heeled shoes.  In addition, decreased flexibility, incorrect working posture, and unhealthy sitting and standing habits can also contribute to poor posture.

 Can I correct my posture?

In a word, yes. Remember, however, that long-standing postural problems will typically take longer to address than short-lived ones, as often the joints have adapted to your long-term poor posture.

Conscious awareness of your own posture and knowing what posture is correct will help you correct yourself. With much practice, the correct posture for standing, sitting, and lying down will gradually replace your old posture. This, in turn, will help you move toward a better and healthier body posture.

A Chiropractor can assist you with proper posture, including recommending exercises to strengthen your core postural muscles. The doctor can also assist you with choosing proper postures during your activities, helping reduce your risk of injury.

If you have more questions about posture, check out our website for great products that can help your posture or ask a doctor!

 

How Acupuncture Can Improve Your Health from Head to Toe!

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. Over time, the practice became modified and was researched in depth to bring the modern acupuncture we know and use today.

Treatment by acupuncture

There are 360 different acupuncture points located on the 12 channels that run throughout the body. These channels correspond to internal organs like the kidney, liver, lungs, etc. The channels aren’t visible to the eye but are found using anatomical landmarks and what flows through these channels is energy called “Qi”. (Pronounced “Ch-ee”)

We have compiled a list of ways this ancient practice can be used to improve your health from head to toe!

Head– Acupuncture is great for reducing frequency and intensity of headaches and migraines

Nose– Seasonal allergies and congestion can also be reduced with acupuncture. It can also allow people to use antihistamines less often for allergies.

Mood– Acupuncture is well known for helping with depression by regulating “happy making” neurotransmitters in your brain.

Heart– Not only is acupuncture good for reducing stress, but also for lowering blood pressure and acupuncture3promoting good heart health.

Immune System– Well- placed needles can boost the activity of immune cells that seek and destroy infections and illnesses.

Back– Acupuncture has been found to be an effective treatment for back pain, along with pain in other areas of the body.

Menopause– Acupuncture can ease the frequency and severity of hot flashes by helping regulate body temperature.

Infertility– Struggling to conceive? Acupuncture can help with any fertility issues one may be having when trying to conceive.

Weight– Looking to lose weight? Acupuncture can help with the weight loss process along with diet and exercise.

These are only a few areas of the body acupuncture can help with!

If you have questions about a certain condition or acupuncture in general, ask a doctor!

 

Weeding Out Back Pain

When the weather starts to warm up after months of cold and snow, many people like to get outside and start doing activities such as gardening, planting, and mowing the lawn. We often find gardening to be relaxing and healing, but all of the lifting, bending, and twisting can cause aches and pains into the neck and back, especially if you are doing them improperly.

As you start putting on your gloves and digging out your lawn equipment, it’s important to keep in mind that injuries can occur. Injuries can also occur from weeding, lifting too much, and mowing the lawn with a push mower.

Weeding the garden can seem like a never ending job and can easily cause your back muscles to fatigue quickly. One way to prevent the muscles from tiring so quickly can include sitting on a bucket or the ground with a wide base of support. It is also important to remember to support your back when reaching for weeds. Try to keep your spine long and avoid hunching forward in the same position for too long. Remember to take frequent breaks and alternate which arm you are using to balance the muscles being used.picture12

Lifting heavy bags of soil, tools or other materials for gardening can also cause strains on your back. Use wagons and carts with wheels to carry the weight. This will ease the stress on your back from carrying heavy items and lifting them improperly.

When you are lifting, make sure you bend at the hips and knees instead of the waist. The hips and knees are better equipped to carry a heavy load instead of the back. This will help prevent low back injuries from occurring.

Before you do any gardening or yard work, make sure you stretch and prepare your body for these activities. Always be aware of your posture and body form when you are gardening and know your limitations.

If you follow these tips and still have some aches and pains, seeing a chiropractor can help with these symptoms. Chiropractic care will help heal injuries and will get you back into the garden and the yard again. Doctors of chiropractic can help evaluate the imbalances in your spine and muscles that occur from gardening and can help lead you to a healthier life.

Chiropractic treatment can range from ice or heat, ultrasound therapy, electrical muscle stimulation, and adjustments of the spine or extremities. We may include a specific exercise program to help prevent injury, work on stretching and strengthening the muscles and/or focus on correcting and maintain proper posture.

Give us a call to schedule your chiropractic appointment if you have any spring time pain. 320-253-5650