Impact Family Chiropractic https://myimpactchiro.com Restoring Your Family's Health at the Source Mon, 05 Aug 2019 18:54:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.2 Chiropractic Care for Children Can Improve Behavior https://myimpactchiro.com/chiropractic-care-for-children-can-improve-behavior/ https://myimpactchiro.com/chiropractic-care-for-children-can-improve-behavior/#respond Mon, 05 Aug 2019 18:45:37 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1521

Many adults have seen the value of chiropractic care for their overall health and wellness, including back and neck pain, headaches, pinched nerves, and even improved sleep.  But children can also benefit significantly from chiropractic care.  It can not only help improve a child’s overall health, but also their behavior.  If you have never considered taking your child to a Cedar Park chiropractor before, you may be unsure about the benefits or how chiropractic even works. At Impact Family Chiropractic, Dr. Aaron and his team are passionate about educating their community about the power of chiropractic care and all of the incredible benefits it can offer you and your family.

Behavior Concerns in Children

Children can experience all kinds of health concerns that can affect their behavior, such as poor sleep habits, slower physical development, or other conditions like ADD or ADHD.  In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 11% of children from the ages of 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD.  This high level of diagnosis has led many healthcare professionals to investigate the misdiagnosis of ADHD among children.  Another concern of healthcare professionals is overmedicating children who supposedly have ADHD.  Children who are dependent upon medication as kids typically become adults who continue to overmedicate.  This can lead to addiction concern or health problems later in life.  These types of concerns are causing parents to reevaluate what else they can do for their children. The goal is to have healthy children grow up to become healthy adults. Many have found hope with chiropractic care from a Cedar Park chiropractor.

The Positive Effects of Chiropractic Care

A lot of behavior problems in children that can stem from ADHD, learning disabilities, or even poor health habits can be traced back to the central nervous system.  The brain and spinal cord work together to ensure that the body can function optimally.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that disrupts the necessary communication between parts of the body learning to disorder and chaos.  This is often the root cause of increased behavior issues such as inattention, poor impulse control, moodiness, or aggressiveness.  It also contributes to poor sleep habits and improper development of children which can also affect their behavior

Regular visits to Dr. Aaron Cain of Impact Family Chiropractic can address spinal misalignments to put the spine back in proper alignment so that the body can function as it should once again.  When brain and body function is normalized, the brain is better able to control impulses and reasoning in children.  The body is also able to grow and develop as it should.  Children who have previously experienced problems at school because of ADHD, learning disabilities, or simply behavior issues have found incredible success improving concentration and behavior because of regular chiropractic care.  Parents are also thrilled that they turned to natural and safe chiropractic care for their children because they have seen the results and experiences the successes right alongside their children. 

If your child is experiencing behavior problems at home or at school, consider regular chiropractic care to improve central nervous system function.  Contact Cedar Park chiropractor Dr. Aaron Cain of Impact Family Chiropractor to learn more about chiropractic adjustments for improving behavior in children.

Sources

Schetchikova, N.V. “Children with ADHD Medical vs. Chiropractic Perspective and Theory; Part 1.” Journal of the American Chiropractic Association, 2002 Jul; Reprint. http://www.chiro.org/pediatrics/FULL/adhd_part1.shtml.

Walton, E.V. “The Effects of Chiropractic Treatment on Students with Learning and Behavioral Impairments Due to Neurological Dysfunction.” International Review of Chiropractic, 1975; 29: 4-5, 24-26. http://icpa4kids.org/Chiropractic-Research/the-effects-of-chiropractic-treatment-on-students-with-learning-and-behavioral-impairments-due-to-neurological-dysfunction.html.

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Our Technique: TRT https://myimpactchiro.com/our-technique-trt/ https://myimpactchiro.com/our-technique-trt/#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 19:40:49 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1507

At Impact Family Chiropractic, Dr. Aaron Cain utilizes a neurologically-based, natural, and safe chiropractic technique called TRT, or Torque Release Technique.  This technique is unique in that an adjustment is delivered with just the right amount of force while the spine in a perfectly natural, relaxed position, while a more traditional adjustment by manual thrust requires the spine to be stretched and results in the cracking or popping sounds.  The Torque Release Technique takes advantage of the body’s natural healing properties to help the body heal, ease pain, and experience optimal health and wellness.

About TRT

TRT uses a specialized tool called the integrator to correct spinal misalignments and bring about relief.  This tool is a handheld chiropractic adjustment tool that uses low force thrust on the spine for specific, three-dimensional adjustments.  It relies on thrust, recoil, and torque to correct spinal misalignments.  This technique is not painful or forceful, and it goes above and beyond traditional, manual chiropractic care to ensure proper body alignment for healing and health.

How It Works

When new practice members get under care with us at Impact Family Chiropractic, Hutto chiropractor Dr. Aaron Cain will perform an initial assessment of the spine to locate spinal misalignments.  He will look at leg length and test muscle tension of the hips and legs to pinpoint the exact area of spinal misalignments.  Then, Dr. Cain will utilize the integrator tool.  It focuses less on spinal manipulation and more on nerve endings to stimulate the central nervous system.  When six pounds of pressure is placed on the pre-cocked integrator mechanism, it will release pressure with a slight twist, or torque, that breaks up neurological patterns that lead to spinal misalignments.  It releases pressure of ¼ of an inch at 1/10,000th of a second.  It is this quickness, along with the recoil and torque, that are vital to the success of the Torque Release Technique.  The integrator sends an impulse to the muscles and nerves surrounding the spine that causes them to relax and release tension so they can move back into proper positioning.  The three components of TRT create a beneficial response within the body that removes spinal misalignments, reduces nerve interference, and corrects other nervous system issues for increased health and improved quality of life.

TRT Is Different from Other Techniques

Regular chiropractic adjustments require force and strength from chiropractors.  That manual type of adjustment isn’t as accurate as TRT because a hand cannot be as precise as the specialized integrator tool.  Additionally, because other chiropractic techniques rely on force from a chiropractor, they can be either too harsh or not powerful enough.  But Hutto chiropractor Dr. Aaron Cain provides more specific adjustments with the use of TRT and the integrator tool.  This type of adjustment is easier on the body as the muscles and vertebrae are able to relax and move back into place without the use of force, requiring less stress on the central nervous system. 

To experience this gentle and safe chiropractic technique that helps the body heal and correct itself on its own, schedule a consultation with Dr. Aaron Cain of Impact Family Chiropractic. Dr. Cain’s office is located in Round Rock, but he and his staff proudly serve those in Pflugerville, Hutto, Cedar Park, and Georgetown.

Sources

Shriner, S. “A Review of Torque Release Technique.” Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2012 Jul: 72-76. http://www.mccoypress.net/annals/docs/2012-1230_trt.pdf.

“The Integrator.” Holder Research Institute, The Torque Release Technique. https://www.torquerelease.com/integrator.php.

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Is Medicine or Chiropractic Care Best for Headache Relief? https://myimpactchiro.com/is-medicine-or-chiropractic-care-best-for-headache-relief/ Mon, 08 Jul 2019 19:08:43 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1503

At some point or another, everyone has experienced headache pain. Sometimes it can be a dull, aching pain, while at other times it can be a sharp, radiating pain.  Headache pain is a common complaint among Americans.  Most of the time, headaches are just that: simply headaches.  More often than not, a headache is caused by neck tension or stress. Other times, it can be an indicator that something else is amiss within the body. Either way, when headaches arise, we most certainly want to be rid of them. But what is the best way to relieve headache pain so that you can go about living your life without interruption?

Medicine vs. Chiropractic

For most people, the first instinct is usually to pop a pill when a headache arises.  However, this may not be the best option for true headache relief.  It is important to deal with the root cause of cluster headaches, migraines, tension headaches, and any other type of headache.  Medication only acts as a band aid to cover the problem temporarily.  More often than not, headaches will return later on, sometimes even more painful than before.  To bring about long-lasting relief, you must first address the root cause of headache pain.  

Chiropractic Care Removes Nerve Interference

Spinal misalignments can wreak havoc on the body.  They can disrupt nerve communication, disallowing the central nervous system to function optimally.  This can lead to all sorts of dysfunction within the body, including frequent, recurring, and severe headaches.  While medicine can’t correct spinal misalignments, chiropractic care can.  Pflugerville chiropractor Dr. Aaron Cain and his staff will perform an assessment, looking for vertebrae that are twisted, turned, or out of place.  With gentle adjustments, Dr. Cain can correct spinal misalignments to remove nerve interference so the body can function optimally once again.  Regular chiropractic adjustments ensure that the spine is in alignment so you can experience long-term relief from headache pain.  Not only is chiropractic care effective, but it is also safe and natural with no risk of side effects.  With the knowledge and experience of a Pflugerville chiropractor, you are sure to find relief from annoying and disrupting headaches so you can improve your health and enjoy pain-free living.

Studies Show Chiropractic Is More Effective Than Medication for Headaches

Case studies show the effectiveness of chiropractic care as a lasting solution for frustrating headaches.  In one case study of a 50-year-old woman, chiropractic care eased her migraines that she had suffered from for over 40 years.  She experienced a complete resolution of migraine symptoms after just 6 months of chiropractic care.  Another study split 100 people with headache pain into two groups.  Some were given medication while others received chiropractic care.  Both groups initially experienced headache relief.  But when treatment was stopped, those on medication saw no improvement and for some symptoms returned, while those who received chiropractic care continued to experience headache relief. 

If headaches have you feeling frustrated and in pain, Dr. Aaron Cain of Impact Family Chiropractic can help bring about long-lasting relief.  Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation today!

Sources

Boline, P.D., Kassak, K., Bronfort, G., Nelson, C., Anderson, A.V. “Spinal Manipulation vs. Amitriptyline for the Treatment of Chronic Tension-Type Headaches: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 1995 Mar-Apr; 18(3): 148-154. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7790794.

Chaibi, A., Tuchin, P.J. “Chiropractic Spinal Manipulative Treatment of Migraine Headache of 40-Year Duration Using Gonstead Method: A Case Study.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, 2011 Sep; 10(3): 189-193. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3259914/.

“Headaches and Chiropractic.” American Chiropractic Association. https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Health-Wellness-Information/Headaches-and-Chiropractic.

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Healthy Children Grow Up to Be Healthy Adults https://myimpactchiro.com/healthy-children-grow-up-to-be-healthy-adults/ Thu, 20 Jun 2019 17:59:24 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1496

If you are a parent, you understand the importance of teaching your children healthy habits.  It’s a huge responsibility to help them to learn how to eat right, exercise regularly, and give their body the vitamins and nutrients it needs to thrive.  But what you may not know is that spinal health is also incredibly important to the health of the overall body, for both children and adults.  The spine is the foundation of the body and should be well taken care of.  Chiropractic care from a Round Rock chiropractor ensures proper spinal health. Children with excellent spinal health are better able to function and grow as they should.  Additionally, children who are under regular chiropractic care from a young age are more likely to grow up to be healthier adults.

Chiropractic Adjustments for Children

Many parents may first be concerned about the safety of chiropractic adjustments for their children.  Rest assured that chiropractic adjustments are very safe and extremely beneficial for children of all ages.  In fact, children that don’t receive adjustments may have health conditions that they carry with them into adulthood.  In today’s day and age, children are often using technological devices such as tablets or iPads.  When children are staring down at technology, this can lead to a condition called “tech neck.”  It can lead to stiff muscles and neck pain.  Some children also have stiff neck problems from birth due to positioning inside the uterus or a difficult birth. A case study published about children with congenital torticollis, or stiff neck muscles, found that regular chiropractic adjustments relieve stiff muscles and helped children hold their heads in the proper position.  If these children had not received chiropractic adjustments, their neck problems could have caused significantly more problems in the future, such as heartburn, headaches, and thyroid problems.  Misalignments of the spine and neck can cause dysfunction in children that carries into adulthood.  Thankfully, Round Rock chiropractor Dr. Aaron Cain can remove misalignments so that children can experience health from an early age and carry that health into adulthood.

The Future of Our Children

Neurologically-based chiropractic care with Dr. Aaron Cain of Impact Family Chiropractic is a great way to improve the health of your children.  As parents, you care about their future and their health, and just as sick and overmedicated kids become sick and overmedicated adults, truly healthy children tend to become healthy adults.  Teaching children to eat right, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep is important for their health.  Regular chiropractic adjustments should also be a normal part of children’s lives to help them combat illness and injury and remain at their healthiest.  Chiropractic care sets our children up to be able to live a healthier life as adults and have a better future overall.  We know the health and future of your children is important to you, so contact Dr. Cain of Impact Family Chiropractic in Round Rock, TX to find out more about how chiropractic care can help them grow and develop into healthy adults.  Call our office today to schedule your first visit.

Sources

Siegenthaler, Mette Hobaek. “Unresolved Congenital Torticollis and Its Consequences: A Report of 2 Cases.” Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, vol. 16, no. 3, 2017, pp. 257–261. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1556370716301274?via=ihub.

Maltby,.K., Harrison, D.D., Harrison, D.E., Betz, J.W, Ferrantelli, J.R., Clum, G.W. “Frequency & Duration of Chiropractic Care for Headaches, Neck and Upper Back Pain.” Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, 2008 Aug: 1-12. https://myimpactchiro.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Microsoft-Word-2008-1274_frequency.doc.pdf.    

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Chiropractic and Pregnancy https://myimpactchiro.com/chiropractic-and-pregnancy/ Wed, 15 Aug 2018 16:19:48 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1473  

In our practice it is common to see pregnant women, newborn babies and families getting care. We often have people stop and watch us adjust the pregnant women and babies and often when it is their turn to get adjusted I will get asked why a pregnant woman needs chiropractic care.

Whenever we talk about the benefits of chiropractic care for pregnant women we typically break this into two categories both of which directly affect the other. We are taught very early in school that our brain is the smart organ that tells everything else what to do. Your heart beats and lungs breath as well as your immune system constantly fending off bacteria and germs. This all takes place without one having to consciously think about it. Your body has an inborn system that controls and regulates your health every second of every day while we are alive. One of the most miraculous things your brain and nervous system can do is not only keep up with all of those tasks but for women, it can also grow another human at the same time. We often hear about women that eat well and exercise before and during their pregnancies have easier pregnancies and sometimes even births. It makes sense that if the body has all of the nutrition it needs and is in good physical shape we would be better suited for pregnancy.

What often gets left out is the system that is coordinating moms health as well as the entire pregnancy…the nervous system. Each milestone during a pregnancy requires a careful change in the moms physical, chemical and neurological makeup to create the safest and most beneficial environment for the baby. When the body is functioning like it needs to often times babies will stay in proper position or even move to a more favorable head down position.

It makes sense that if the body has all of the nutrition it needs and is in good physical shape we would be better suited for pregnancy.

We often get the question of when should I start care. Our answer is always when you decide to try and get pregnant. During conception, a baby starts from one cell that was created from a sperm and an egg. That cell divides like crazy until there are enough cells to produce structures. Guess what the babies first structure formed is…THE NERVOUS SYSTEM! From there the entire human body is formed and we give birth to a baby. Does it not make sense that we would want to be in the best possible neurological shape while our babies are creating their own!

The Second category of benefits is structural and physical. Often times pregnant ladies come into the office suffering from things like low back pain, sciatica, headaches and mid back pain. The body is going through rapid changes and often times that can cause discomfort. A chiropractor that sees pregnant women pay very close attention to the mom’s pelvis. It is no secret that the pelvis is the structure that must undergo the most changes in order to have a successful birth. The sacroiliac joints, pubic bones, tailbone and lower back when in proper alignment not only help with the aches, pains, and discomfort but also allows the pregnancy to progress optimally. Often times we can enter into a pregnancy with older misalignment’s or injuries that can cause the pelvis to not function the way it needs to during the birthing process. That is a second reason why we always tell our moms the sooner you can get under care the better!

Much of this particular blog has been about the benefits of chiropractic care for the mom but we cannot forget the benefits the child receives as well. We know that no matter what a tough or prolonged labor on the mom is a tough or prolonged labor on the baby as well. We often see things like torticollis, hematomas, neck injuries as well as many others when parents bring in their newborns. One of the best way to help prevent these types of injuries is to make sure the mom is properly taken care of!

If you have any questions regarding kids and pregnancy reach out, its one of our favorite topics. If your interested in getting evaluated before or during your pregnancy go here.

 

Blessings,

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After Surgery Care https://myimpactchiro.com/after-surgery-care/ Wed, 08 Aug 2018 18:14:12 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1470 Surgeries can be more than just a one-and-done situation many times. Not only are there pre-surgery preparations, but there are also post-surgery complications and recovery process to consider. Even when a surgery of any kind goes exactly according to plan, it’s not a guarantee that the surgery alone will fix the problem. A perfect example would be one of our newest practice members.

Madison entered into the practice just having recovered from a low back surgery. She was worried because it was a few months of recovery, many more months of physical therapy scheduled and then she was told that she could require other lower back surgeries. She explained that she didn’t understand how someone could go through a surgery, go through rehab and then require the next surgery a few years later.

Earlier this year, a case study of a 56-year old female patient who suffered from chronic neck pain following a spinal surgery was published. The patient underwent a spinal fusion surgery in 1997. The patient was managed under chiropractic care in 2003 after an examination revealed the patients head and neck posture had become distorted. Postural changes of the head and neck can often cause pain and headaches. The patient rated their pain on a numerical scale where 0=no pain and 10=highest pain. The patient said the pain was a 3/10 at its best, a 9/10 at its worst and 4/10 on average. The patient was taking multiple medications for pain including acetaminophen and coding, a narcotic analgesic, anti-migrain medication, tricyclic antidepressants, antiemetic, and muscle relaxers. She also expressed concerns regarding her prescription for pain medication that was known to be addictive.

Even when a surgery of any kind goes exactly according to plan, it’s not a guarantee that the surgery alone will fix the problem.

One of the goals of chiropractic care was to restore head and neck posture back towards vertical alignment. Over 11 days of chiropractic care, there was a 50% improvement in posture! She rated the pain as a 0/10 at its bested a 2/10 at its worst. At the 7.5 years, 11.5 years, and 14 year follow-ups, the patient claimed to have had virtually no pain since being treated initially! She was able to move organically from pain and medication. It was not about fixing the symptoms-but eliminating the cause!

This is just one example but there are a few really good points. One chiropractic can and should be utilized (when safe) to recover from surgery and to look for the reason WHY we needed the surgery in the first place. For example if a disc in the lower back has degenerated and they needed a surgery to fix the disc a chiropractor will look for the reason the disc was injured or degenerated in the first place. If the cause of the issue is not fixed as well often times we get stuck in a constant cycle of more and more surgeries.

We see people across a wide spectrum. Some come into the office with no pain what so ever and are looking to make sure they will never need a surgery and want to set themselves up for success. Some people come into the office having a surgery scheduled and a seeking a second opinion on whether it is necessary and lastly some people come in after a surgery looking to recover quickly and prevent in future surgeries. The goal is always to find the cause of the issue and to fix it at the source. No matter where you are on this spectrum I urge you to reach out and start the process of setting yourself up for future success.

Blessings,

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Text Neck and Your Brain https://myimpactchiro.com/text-neck-and-your-brain/ Mon, 30 Jul 2018 22:39:05 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1464 Its hard to deny that we live in a technology-centered society. We are surrounded by movie screens at all times both big and small. Computers, movie screens, television screens, tablets, and smartphones constantly surround us. All of these screens put unnecessary strain on our eyes, but our smartphones, in particular, can generate harmful strain on our back and neck! Young adults are especially susceptible because of a growing culture surrounding the constant desire for virtual connection.

When we hunch our necks over to look down at these screens, our necks start to feel the impact. Prolonged smartphone use has been shown to cause changes in neck proprioception (the joint position sense of the body that controls most of our balance and posture).

A study of 38 healthy individuals found that the use if a smartphone created a flexed cervical posture, which then resulted in a disturbance in neck proprioception. This suggests that prolonged smartphone use can impact your ability to move your neck and return impact your reflexes. Why are proprioception and reflexes so important? The brain requires constant stimulation from the body. This connection and stimulation is how the brain coordinates your body and health. When the neck becomes changed due to contact stress the stimulation to the brain is affected. Over 60% of all stimulation to the brain is directly from the spine and over 1/3 of all stimulation to the brain is from the neck alone!

Prolonged smartphone use has been shown to cause changes in neck proprioception (the joint position sense of the body that controls most of our balance and posture).

With a rise in headaches, neck pain, ADHD, sensory processing disorders, sleep issues and many more we have to realize that our technologies can be directly contributing. “Text Neck” can completely alter the way your brain perceives the environment and your health!

It has also been shown that prolonged use can impact our feed-forward motor control ( a way our central nervous system regulates motor control and spinal stability during sudden perturbation – a disturbance of motion.) Feed-forward motor control controls equilibrium and how we sense balance. Patients’ neck muscle activity and response were delayed during a series of rapid arm movements, The study also found that sustained neck flexion can have an impact on spine sensory-motor control. What does all of this mean? It can help contribute to PAIN!

Its hard to tear ourselves away from the screen and we are constantly wanting to connect with others via email, text, social media, and games. It is important to consider the strain we put on ourselves and remember that sometimes putting the cell phone down for a while can have profound effects on our health!

Blessings,

Mousavi-Khatir R, Talebian S, Toosizadeh N, Olyaei GR, Maroufi N.Disturbance of neck proprioception and feed- forward motor control following static neck flexion in health of young adults. journal of electromyography and Kinesiology. 2018;41:160-7

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Health Based on Fear or Strength? https://myimpactchiro.com/health-based-on-fear-or-strength/ Wed, 25 Jul 2018 15:39:51 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1461 What Do You Base Health Decisions ON?

We have had a lot of recent conversations with families regarding the best way to improve and maintain the health of a family. Every night we check our emails and messages and get dozens of questions from parents that are scared of something. It could be flu season, to much heat, food, media time and even sleep regiments. It became apparent that the answer to the question was not necessarily one change that could be made overnight but rather a change in the way that we think about our health.

We broke this into two categories.

Either you are making your decisions for the family on a foundation of strength and knowledge or we are making our decisions out of fear.

Most of the time when we are making health decisions for our family they are made out of fear or are very reactive decisions. A great example would be a common cold. All of the sudden we wake up and one of our little ones has a runny nose and their congested and crying. As parents we go into overdrive and pack them full of every possible good thing we can think of and if it doesn’t subside we rush to the doctor for a round of antibiotics. When we are taking our kids outside to play we fear for allergies, the sun, the plants and other sick kids. We feel that if we can limit our child’s exposure to anything harmful than we have saved them from getting sick or injured. It can become overwhelming and we tend to react to all of these situations after they have happened. While I can openly admit that this is me 90% of the time we as a family and as a practice have started implementing more and more decisions that are proactive and from a place of strength.

The amazing thing about the body that most of us forget is that it was an amazing capability to handle almost any stress that you put it under.

If your’e out in the sun you will sweat to cool yourself down or if you eat rotten food you will throw it up. Even a broken bone will often heal much stronger than it was before! As long as your body is working the way that it should we don’t over react to being outside (allergies, sinus issues) get run down and sick or live with pain. The strength or resiliency of the body is found in the nervous system. Your nervous system’s sole responsibility is to adapt to the stresses that the body is under and make sure that everything (heart, lungs, stomach, immune system and brain) is working the way that it should. We often realize that we have a system that is constantly keeping us as healthy as possible but are not sure how to maintain it.

When we are not sure how to properly maintain it we have to wait for it to become overloaded or run down and then we have no choice but to become reactive with our decisions.

If we won a brand new car or truck and we used it all day everyday and we did not know how to maintain it and we didn’t know who to take the vehicle to, it would not be long before the car broke down. We all know that if we are proactive with the maintenance on our vehicles they last for years. When we decide to take care of something before it shows signs of wear and tear then we know it will last much longer. A great example would be your teeth. You know that if you do not brush your teeth, floss and limit sugar you will eventually develop a cavity.

So the question becomes how can you be proactive with your health, make good decisions about your health before it is an emergency or your options are limited and most importantly make decisions based on strength not fear?

In order to answer that question we have to have a baseline set of data. How well are you functioning today? How well will you be functioning in a year from now. If you are functioning at 80% but you don’t feel sick and your not hurting is it worth it to make changes now so that you can create your own health? These are the tough decisions that people make in our practice everyday. Dozens of families come in every week to see how well they are doing and how can they create their own health story instead of reacting and basing their health decisions on fear. I hope that if you are reading this and have a similar though or question then you will reach out.

Blessings,

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What’s Missing? https://myimpactchiro.com/whats-missing/ Tue, 17 Jul 2018 21:28:23 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1455 Earlier this week I was talking to a group of veterans and we were discussing health trends.

They were shocked when I explained that, statistically we are one of the sickest industrialized countries in the world.

With life expectancy starting to decline and health care costs sky-rocketing, they asked me what I thought was missing. Lets first look at a few of our current health trends:

  • For the last 3 years the life expectancy in the US is decreasing, that is the first time ever recorded.
  • The US makes up roughly 6% of the worlds population yet we consume over half of all pharmaceutical drugs made on the planet.
  • Diagnosis such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and many others are continually rising.
  • Obesity in our children is more common than not.
  • Autism, ADHD, depression and anxiety are becoming more and more common.
  • Health care costs are skyrocketing and we have an opioid crisis that is plaguing the country.
  • All of that and the US has the most technologically advanced health care system in the world that we spend over 3 trillion dollars a year on.

So what’s missing in American healthcare?

I don’t believe the answer is as simple as one research breakthrough or a change in diet. I believe the issue is our current health paradigm and our approach to our health. If you walk outside or go for a drive take a second and do a bit of people-watching. More than likely what you will see is a community that is stressed and moving as fast as possible between their daily destinations. We go go go constantly from one place to another and the only time we stop is when we are on our phones or laptops.

We push ourselves to the brink of a full burnout for decades.

When something hurts or we have some type of dysfunction in our health we turn to whatever can help us “feel” better the fastest. If we have a migraine we take an excedrine. We keep tums and pepto around for our stomachs. When we have digestive, circulatory, neurological or immune issues we turn to a handful of pills to get us well. When our body seems to be breaking down we often turn to removing parts of our body like the tonsils, gall bladder or thyroid. When we are in chronic pain we utilize medicine and surgery to try and repair a damaged body. Before we go any further I must explain that all of those things in life threatening circumstances are vital. Many lives are saved by medical intervention each year.

The question however is should that be our first stop?

Each of the above sentences represents what I call an outside-in approach. This approach revolves around the idea that we can add something (medicine) or remove something (body parts and organs) in order to restore health. If we have a thyroid issue and our body is not producing enough thyroid hormone (T3 and T4) and we add a synthetic hormone to our body, does that help restore our thyroid. If we have diabetes and we add  insulin shots will the addition of extra insulin help our bodies produce more of its own?

Whats missing is the bodies ability to heal and recover!

If someone goes and sees their doctor and is diagnosed with high blood pressure does that mean their blood pressure was really good the day before? Or if someone has a heart attack does that mean their heart was healthy the days before and today it is not? The answer is of course not. The body has an amazing ability to heal and to keep you moving at that fast pace for years. When your body is placed under to much stress, whether that is emotional ( work, relationships, finances) physical ( car accidents, sitting behind a desk all days, sports) or toxic (food and other chemical toxins), it will slowly lose its ability to heal. Instead of identifying that we push even harder.

The more your body loses its ability to heal the more “issues” that will start to arise.

We than add more and more medicines in hope that the pain and dysfunction will go away. All the time your body has a never ending to do list that it can not come close to completing. We then get diagnosed or have a health emergency and we tell everyone around us that we have no idea how this happened.

The World Health Organization states:

Health is a dynamic condition resulting from a body’s constant adjustment and adaptation in response to stresses and changes in the environment for maintaining an inner equilibrium called homeostasis.

So the question is, how well is your body adapting or adjusting to the current stresses it is under? Like most you may not know how to answer that question. Let us help.

Blessings,

 

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How does Chiropractic Care Lower Blood Pressure? https://myimpactchiro.com/blood-pressure/ Mon, 14 May 2018 23:35:06 +0000 https://myimpactchiro.com/?p=1444 We often have practice members ask if they are able to come of their blood pressure medication as a result of chiropractic care. I explain that Chiropractors have little to no pharmacological training and chiropractic deals with the natural function of the body not the synthetic additions to it. However, when the body is functioning at its optimal level we often have individuals report a reduction in blood pressure and then consult their MD about eliminating prescription medications that are no longer necessary. How is this possible? Lets dive in deeper.

What is High Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against blood vessel walls. It is measured in millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). High blood pressure (HBP) means the pressure in your arteries is higher than it should be. Another name for high blood pressure is hypertension.

According to webMD:

March 16, 2007 — A special chiropractic adjustment can significantly lower high blood pressure, a placebo-controlled study suggests.

“This procedure has the effect of not one, but two blood-pressure medications given in combination,” study leader George Bakris, MD, tells WebMD. “And it seems to be adverse-event free. We saw no side effects and no problems,” adds Bakris, director of the University of Chicago hypertension center.

Eight weeks after undergoing the procedure, 25 patients with early-stage high blood pressure had significantly lower blood pressure than 25 similar patients who underwent a sham chiropractic adjustment. Because patients can’t feel the technique, they were unable to tell which group they were in.

X-rays showed that the procedure realigned the Atlas vertebra — the doughnut-like bone at the very top of the spine — with the spine in the treated patients, but not in the sham-treated patients.

Compared to the sham-treated patients, those who got the real procedure saw an average 14 mm Hg greater drop in systolic blood pressure (the top number in a blood pressure count), and an average 8 mm Hg greater drop in diastolic blood pressure (the bottom blood pressure number).

What Does that Mean?

As the study above states, the correct position of the atlas vertebrae (the top bone in your neck) can play a major role in blood pressure. The bone itself is not a contributor to the function of the heart but rather the structures underneath it. At the top of the neck lies the brain stem and one of the most important nerves in the human body, the vagus nerve. Both of these structures are a part of the nervous system called the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system is your bodies “rest” and “digest”. It slows down many processes in the body and allows it to rest and slow down. This is crucial for long term health of the heart and just about every other organ in the body.

When there is a misalignment of the top bone in your neck, even as little as a half of a millimeter it can turn off your bodies ability to completely slow down and rest. When we are not in the rest mode we are in stress mode and activates our other part of the nervous system the sympathetic nervous system.

Imagine this. Your body is just like a brand new car. That car has a gas pedal and a brake. We know that if we use the gas pedal to much without changing the oil and filling the gas tank up that car will either run out of gas or breakdown. The sympathetic nervous system is that gas pedal and the parasympathetic nervous system is the brake. When we have a misalignment of the top vertebrae unknowingly we are placing a weight on that gas pedal. Without the ability to slow down or re-fuel, we start to see signs of overheating such as high blood pressure.

The answer is easy… Just remove the weight of the gas pedal!

The issue is most people do not realize they are running with the gas pedal stuck on until we have increased pain or dysfunction. A gentle adjustment to the top bone in the neck can help restore balance to the nervous system and prevent the burn out. If you or a loved one has signs or symptoms of a burnout, ask yourself this question. Am I stuck on the gas pedal? If the answer is yes than a chiropractor may be the perfect person to help restore that balance.

Blessings,

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