Month: March 2017

Chiropractic care to stop the cycle of sickness

Recently I have been hearing from many parents and seeing many Facebook posts about sick kids.  The constant cloud of sickness that seems to be taking over households.  Viruses and germs just passing back and forth from child to child to parent, over and over again in a cycle.  A lot of people are blaming this on the warm winter we are having, which can be a factor, but we will ALWAYS be exposed to stuff.  So how do you keep that stuff from taking over your loved ones?

Numerous research studies have shown that chiropractic care positively impacts immune system function.  The idea that chiropractic care can help the immune system work better is not a new one.  This concept has been supported by credible data for a century.  One great example is when Dr. Dan Murphy compiled some very interesting data regarding the use of chiropractic care during the Influenza Epidemic of 1918.  According to the statistics presented by Dr. Murphy, influenza patients who were under chiropractic care rather than medical care during this epidemic had significantly higher survival rates.  Some even cite the success of chiropractic treatment during this epidemic as the historical turning point that allowed chiropractic care to survive as a profession.

Chiropractic care is designed to make sure your body has optimal nerve system function.  The nervous system and immune system are designed to work together to create the best response for the body to adapt and heal. When the nervous system is interfered with due to spinal misalignments and nerve problems (think posture changes, nerve irritation, disc problems, muscle tension) there is stress on the body that cause abnormal changes and that leads to a poorly coordinated immune response.  In simple terms, your body is too weak to fight off even small illnesses and you get sick often.

Subluxation is the term chiropractors use for misalignments of the spine that cause compression and irritation of nerves.  Your nerves control everything so they are very powerful.  Every organ and system of the body has a connection to the brain via the spinal cord and nervous system. Subluxations are an example of physical nerve stress that affects their ability to function. According to researchers, such stressful conditions lead to altered measures of immune function & increased susceptibility to a variety of diseases.

Look at yourself in the mirror and check your children as well.  From the front- is your head level or does one ear dip down closer to the shoulders than the other?  Are your shoulders level or do you notice that one bra strap is always slipping off?  Are your hips level or do you notice that your pants are always shorter on one side versus the other?  Do your shoes wear evenly?  From the side- are your ears over the shoulders?  Are your shoulders over your hips?  Are the shoulders rounded forward?  Is your weight in your heals?  Do you have a curve in your lower back?

Have yourself checked and adjusted.  Be the healthy role model in your family.  Get your kids under care early so they can avoid the buildup of damage.  Healthy moms = healthy families.

And don’t forget about your husband.  I have been in practice long enough to know that when a man walks into the office it is usually because his wife finally convinced him to come.  Men typically will avoid doctors because of the fear of being told “something is wrong”.  We all know how stressful it can be having a sick husband!  Get the whole family taken care of.  Live Well Chiropractic 724-940-3900

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Not Your Mother’s Kegels

Most people have heard of pelvic floor muscles, but most people underestimate their importance and most people don’t do anything to improve their function.  Your pelvic floor muscles are a group of muscles that create a sling between your sacrum (bottom of your spine, triangular bone) and your pubic symphysis (front and center).  This sling supports your bladder, uterus and bowel.  50% of American women suffer from Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD).  Many do not ask their doctor for help with this condition because they are embarrassed or they shrug it off as “oh that is because I had a baby” or “that is because I am getting older and weak”.  If you are experiencing symptoms such as urinary issues, constipation, painful intercourse, or heavy pressure in the pelvis, you could have PFD.

Most women think that Kegels are the answer to correcting this problem and so that is all they do.  Kegels are important for strengthening the muscles when they have low tone, however, many women with PFD have muscles that are too tight, so constantly contracting them could worsen the problem.

Some women also think that since they haven’t had a baby, vaginal birth especially, or they are young that they don’t have to worry about PFD.  They are wrong.  Two common causes of PFD are sitting too much and standing with poor posture.  This affects many women.   As a chiropractor I see patients every day with pelvic tilt issues, sacral problems and bad daily habits of sitting.

Make sure to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor in your area to have an evaluation of your posture and spinal health.  If you already have a chiropractor, don’t be embarrassed to discuss PFD.  When I am assessing someone’s sacral alignment it is important to know if they are having any PFD symptoms.

Two keys to improving PFD are strengthening the glutes and improving flexibility in the hips.  Squats are a great way to strengthen the glutes, just make sure to watch your form.  You can start by using a chair to sit and stand with.  The yoga pose pigeon is great at stretching deep into the hips.  There are several deep hip stretches that I show my patients, just ask.

Some DON’Ts to be aware of are :

Don’t hold urine as it swells the bladder and increases risk of infection

Don’t go to the bathroom too often because it shrinks the bladder and increases the urge to urinate

Don’t push or strain to empty bladder or bowels

Don’t decrease fluid intake to decrease bathroom trips because dehydration is bad for the kidneys and increases risk of constipation

Don’t do high impact exercises such as running or jumping

Don’t consume a lot of caffeine and sugar

Don’t stand with a tucked pelvis

And please please please don’t keep quiet about your symptoms.  Your health professional can help and PFD is very treatable.

Contact Dr. Brie at 724-940-3900.  Belong to a women’s or mom’s group?  Dr. Brie is happy to come and talk about PFD and demonstrate stretches and discuss tips for treatment.

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