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!

 

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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?

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!

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!

 

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

Natural Ways to Help Kids with ADHD/ADD

Many kids suffer with some variation of an attention disorder. Parents look to medical professionals for help with their children, even chiropractors! Here are a few natural methods that can help kids with ADD/ADHD

Nutritional Support:

  • PhytoMulti Kids–Great multivitamin with added phytonutrients. It contains 16 essential vitamins and minerals and 9 fruit and vegetable extracts to promote overall health and well-being.  It includes Vitamin B6, and iron, which have been found to be beneficial for normal brain development and function, as well as zinc, which regulates the activity of neurotransmitters, fatty acids, and melatonin for behavior.
  • Essential Fatty Acids (Fish Oils)–Fatty acids play a key role in normal brain function, particularly in cognitive and behavioral function. Research has found that boys with lower level of fatty acids had more learning and behavioral problems compared to boys with normal fatty acid levels.
  • MindCare–An herbal formula designed specifically to help students with their academic performance. It can also help with occasional forgetfulness, attention deficit, aggressive behavior, and mental fatigue.
  • Vitamin D–This vitamin plays an important role in healthy neurological function and immune health. It should be taken as Vitamin D3, which is the active form of Vitamin D, to deliver the health benefits associated with Vitamin D.thumbs up kid
  • Probiotic–A daily probiotic, such as UltraFlora Children’s, provides friendly strains of bacteria that support both the immune system and the digestive system.
  • Attencia–A supplement formulated to promote attention, cognitive performance, and focus with a blend of coffee bean extract and guarana extract combined with theanine, zinc, and fatty acids.
  • Bach Rescue Remedy Pastilles–This is a combination of 5 of the Original Bach Flower Remedies taken to restore emotional balance and is helpful to use in times of stress, emotional upheaval, and trauma. It works by addressing emotional imbalances to help maintain emotional and physical well-being.

Dietary Restrictions: Research has shown that children who may be sensitive to certain foods and additives may have issues associated with ADD/ADHD.  It is recommended to remove artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors from the diet.  Corn, wheat, milk, and soy removed from the diet may also improve the symptoms of ADD/ADHD.

Chiropractic Care

  • Chiropractic looks to optimize the nervous system by correcting subluxations, which may be causing interference to the nerves. When a subluxation is corrected by a chiropractic adjustment, neurological function is improved, and learning and behavioral impairments seen in children with ADD/ADHD may also improve.

Craniosacral Therapy

  • Craniosacral therapy can have a positive effect on both brain and spinal cord function and looks to balance and release any restrictions of the movement of fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord. Stressful events, such as birth trauma, whiplash, or head and neck injuries can cause strain on the bones of the skull.  This is a gentle hands-on technique that helps promote movement of those fluids surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Tui Na Massage

  • It is a therapeutic form of massage based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been around for over 2,000 years. It uses massage techniques such as gliding, kneading, pulling, rolling or tapping to help promote the balance of energy in the body.  A thirty minute session with a massage therapist can be beneficial for any age, from infancy to adults and can create a feeling of relaxation and well-being.

Here at Minser Chiropractic Clinic, we offer all of the above products and services that help kids with attention disorders. If you have any questions about these products or services please reach out to us!

5 Tips to Avoid Golf Injuries

The warm weather season is finally here, and hopefully to stay awhile. With this warm weather we see the golf courses open and the golfers swarming to play the game! Whether you are an avid golfer or a beginner, it is important to know how to play without any pain.

Though golf is considered a low-impact sport, it doesn’t mean it is a sport where injuries do not happen. The most common injuries associated with golf are in lower back, elbow, wrist and shoulder. To enjoy an injury free, golf-filled summer, follow these tips:

  1. Use Proper Equipment– This means both your clubs as well as your shoes. Clubs that are properly fitted will help correct posture, technique, and alignment while reducing the risk of injury. Proper shoes are also important. Walking from hole to hole (or cart to hole) means you need good support for the rest of your body, starting with your feet. Not only does Minser Chiropractic Clinic offer custom fitted orthotics for work shoes and athletic shoes but they also come specifically for golfers!golfer
  2. Warm Up– Just like any other physical activity, warming up your muscles is extremely important. It reduces the risk of injury by generating blood flow and loosening the joints. Stretch out all areas of the body-arms, back, and legs to avoid injuries.
  3. Stop Immediately if You are Injured– Playing while injured, no matter how small the injury, can further aggravate your muscles, pain and cause more damage. Take a few days off to rest and recover.
  4. Use Proper Golfing Techniques– It’s important to watch your swing; not only to improve your game but to avoid injury. If you over-swing, you can create strain on your joints and spine causing lower back pain. Lift your clubs properly. Golf bags full of equipment are not light as a feather. Without proper mechanics, you can easily throw out your back by lifting your bag with your back instead of bending at the knees. Watch how you’re grabbing your golf bag to avoid injury.
  5. Get an Adjustment!– Chiropractic is known to help prevent injury, increase athletic ability, and speed up recovery from injuries.  Our doctors at Minser Chiropractic Clinic can give you more tips and at home exercises to help you improve your game and keep you out on the course.

Have more tips you want us to share? Connect with us and let us know!