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Chiropractic Care for Colic in Babies

Not many things are more difficult to a new parent than dealing with a baby with colic. You are tired and frazzled with an inconsolable child who cannot communicate what is bothering him or her—and worst of all, there is nothing you can do about it.   For crying episodes to be classified as colic, these criteria must be met:

  • Crying at least 3 hours per day
  • Must happen at least 3 days per week
  • Must have been occurring over a span of 3 weeks or longer

Hope for Relief of Colic

Several characteristics separate colic from normal baby crying. When a baby has colic, his high-pitched crying will usually happen around the same time of day. It does not seem to have any explainable cause. No matter how hard the parent tries, he cannot console the baby. The child will often clench his fists, tighten his abdominal muscles, and pull his legs up.

There is hope, however. Chiropractic care has been found to decrease crying episodes in children with colic when given chiropractic treatments. This is also a gentle, drug-free approach. Childbirth can be a traumatic experience physically for babies. On their way into the world, babies’ bodies are often stretched or compressed, which can cause misalignments in their spines. These misalignments can then lead to digestive issues as well as problems with nursing. Misalignments can also impede normal organ functioning.

According to a recent study published by the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, when babies with colic were given an anti-gas medication, they saw a 38% decrease in crying, however babies who were treated with chiropractic care saw a 67% decrease.

Parents may be afraid of taking a newborn to a chiropractor, but there is no need to be concerned. The adjustment of a baby is very gentle. The chiropractor will use only his fingers to apply the needed pressure. Babies will often come to complete relaxation while receiving treatment.

Chiropractic care for babies with colic is very effective. I encourage you to try it for peace of mind for both you and your newborn. If you would like more information, please give us a call at 864-963-9304.

 

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Pregnancy

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Osteoporosis: How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Osteoporosis is a diagnosis that many of us fear as we age. It causes our bones to become weak and brittle. Just a minor stressor such as coughing or bending can cause a fracture. This happens when our old bone tissue is being broken down and removed faster than new tissue is being produced. Osteoporosis also affects the spine, hips, and wrists the most, but it can affect other weight-bearing bones as well, such as the pelvis or femur.

Some of the first signs of osteoporosis:

  • Chronic back pain
  • Noticing getting shorter
  • More stooped posture
  • Bones quick to fracture

Exercises for Osteoporosis

One of the biggest causes of osteoporosis is a lack of exercise. To decrease the likelihood of osteoporosis developing, weight-bearing exercises are the best, combined with a healthy, nutritious diet. Exercise is always easier to do if you enjoy it. These are some good activities to try:

  • Hiking
  • Brisk walking
  • Jogging
  • Step aerobics
  • Climbing stairs
  • Tennis (or any racquet sport)
  • Jumping rope

Nutrition for Osteoporosis

Good nutrition will help make bones stronger. The big nutrient for bones is, of course, calcium. Vitamin D is important because it helps the body use calcium. Then potassium and magnesium are important because they help the body use Vitamin D. These are some good foods that are high in these nutrients:

  • Dark greens such as bok choy, kale, and spinach
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Grapefruit and other citrus fruits
  • Figs
  • Canned salmon (canned is actually best because the bones are included0
  • Almond butter

As with any health issue, contact your health professional first. No diet or exercise program is the best for everyone. You need to find what is best for you. If you would like to see how Nutrition Response Testing or Functional Medicine can help you, please give us a call at 864-963-9304. We would love to help you.

See also:

More Than Back Pain: 6 Other Reasons for Chiropractic Care

Osteoporosis: Some Tips to Help

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More Than Back Pain: 6 Other Reasons for Chiropractic Care

 

It is common for people to come for chiropractic care because they are in some type of pain. However, the main purpose of chiropractic is actually prevention. If we keep our nervous system in full working order, we can avoid many health issues to begin with. These are 7 of the main ways chiropractic care can help us avoid other health issues.

 

  1. Inflammation and the Immune System

Chronic inflammation is caused by imbalances in our immune system. Studies show that blood serum levels of several important antibodies were elevated in patients after chiropractic adjustments. The adjustment strengthened the immune system which, in turn, reduced inflammation. The authors of the study suggested that chiropractic care may “jump start” the immune system to help it reduce inflection and illness.

 

2. Blood Pressure

A study was done where some patients were given an adjustment of their atlas and others a “fake” adjustment. They found a dramatic difference between the two groups. 85% of the participants who received an adjustment saw a change after only one adjustment. The authors noted that the difference was the same as patients taking two different hypertensive drugs at the same time.

 

  1. Stress

Researchers used PET scans and blood work to determine changes in the autonomic nervous system after chiropractic adjustments. They found that participants had altered brain activity in the areas which process pain and stress reactions. The participants also reported reduced pain and increased quality of life after chiropractic care.

 

  1. Balance

As we get older, we often lose our sense of balance as well as flexibility and strength. Chiropractic care restores healthy functioning of the spine, and the spine plays an important role in our balance (due to proprioceptors which relay information about the position of our bodies to the brain). A study from 2009 showed that patients who received chiropractic care experienced reduced dizziness and improved balance. A second look at this issue in 2015 suggested that chiropractic adjustments are an effective way to help prevent falls in the elderly.

 

  1. Asthma Symptoms

Chiropractic care can increase lung functioning, which then reduces the symptoms of asthma.

 

  1. Colic in Babies

Researchers in 2012 conducted a study on 104 infants who were suffering from colic. The infants were divided into three groups. One group received chiropractic adjustments with their parents aware of the adjustments, another group received adjustments without the parents being aware of the treatment, and the last group received no adjustments and parents were not told. The parents of all groups reported back. At the end of the study, the parents reported a significant decrease in their babies’ crying in both of groups which received adjustments compared to those who received no treatment. Whether or not the parent was aware of their child receiving an adjustment had no effect on the outcome of their assessment.

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Could Dehydration Be Contributing to Your Back Pain?

All around us we hear about the danger of dehydration and the importance of drinking plenty of water. But did you know all the problems that dehydration can cause? Here are some of them:

 

  • Impaired brain function
  • Cramping of legs and feet
  • Dry skin
  • Increased fatigue
  • Limited mobility
  • Headaches
  • Decreased flexibility

 

Looking at this from a chiropractic standpoint, some of these issues directly affect the spine. Between each of our vertebrae, we have a small disc which is designed to cushion the bones. It allows us to bend our spine without those bones rubbing against one another. The center of this disc is filled with nearly 75% water. As we go about our daily activities, we are constantly putting pressure on those discs (due to gravity). When those discs are compressed, some of the water is squeezed out. This is natural. However, if we don’t rehydrate our bodies, then this water is not able to be replaced properly. This leads to back pain, limited mobility, and an increased risk of back injuries.

 

Avoiding Dehydration

 

So one cause of back pain can be as simple as not getting enough fluids. Water is the best option, but if you don’t like the taste of water, try adding lemon. Or try a few raspberries or other fruit with a sprig of mint in sparkling water for a change.

 

High-water content fruits and vegetables are also good. Some that top the list are watermelon and other melons, oranges, grapefruit, celery, cucumbers, tomatoes, green peppers, and Romaine lettuce.

 

It was once thought that coffee and tea, since they have a diuretic effect, are not good; however recent studies have shown that the hydrating effect of these beverages outweighs the diuretic effect.

 

Dehydration can have more far-reaching consequences than we might see at first. So be sure to get those liquids for–amongst other things–a healthy spine!

 

See also: http://maronewellness.com/back-pain-overlooked-cause/

http://maronewellness.com/which-plastics-are-safe-for-food-and-drinking/

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Back Pain: An Overlooked Cause

Today we hear a lot about ergonomic chairs, and desks to avoid back pain. We practice good posture to keep us looking good. And then we wreck it all by putting a fat wallet or a cell phone in our back pocket!

 

When you sit on a wallet or cell phone, it causes your pelvis to be higher on one side than the other. This creates extra stress throughout your entire spine, including the muscles and nerves that run up your back. The stress can be the cause of many complaints:  pain anywhere in the back, neck pain, sciatica, or headaches, to name a few.

 

No matter how good your posture is, or how well designed your office furniture is, if you are sitting on a wallet or phone all day long, it will cause pain. If you are getting chiropractic adjustments, it can also limit the effectiveness of the adjustments. Likewise, exercise, yoga, or any other technique may help with symptoms as you had hoped.

 

The best solution is to put wallets and phones in your front pocket or carry them in some other way. Your back will thank you!

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/sciatic-pain/

http://maronewellness.com/low-back-pain/

http://maronewellness.com/how-are-you-sitting-while-using-your-computer/

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Are Mine Migraines or Tension Headaches?

 

Any type of headache can be quite painful. Sometimes when people feel an especially painful headache, they tend to automatically think it is a migraine. (According to the Migraine Research Foundation, as many as 1 in 4 households have a family member who suffers from migraines.) However, even if it is quite painful, your headache may not be a migraine; It could be a tension headache instead..

Are My Headaches Migraines?

 

If you are suffering from frequent headaches and want to know what type they are, these are some questions you can ask yourself:

 

1. When did the headaches begin? Most migraines begin between early childhood and the teen years. Tension headaches can begin at any age. If you are older and are just beginning to experience headaches, they are probably tension headaches.

2. Where are you feeling the pain? Migraines usually form on one side of the head, however tension headaches will usually form on both sides with pressure at the front of the forehead. This distinction is a major differentiation between headache types.

3. What type of pain are you experiencing? While both types of headaches can cause intense pain, tension headaches usually produce a dull achy pain or pressure around the scalp. Migraines typically produce a throbbing, pulsing pain.

4. Are you experiencing other symptoms in conjunction with the headaches? If your headache is a migraine, you will probably experience additional symptoms such as nausea, light sensitivity, dizziness, pain down the arms (or only one arm), or “seeing” bright lights. These symptoms, though, are not usually connected with a tension headache.

5. Are you able to keep up your regular schedule? With a tension headache, you can probably still work, just with discomfort. With a migraine, it is hard to do anything. Most migraine sufferers will retreat to a dark, quiet room that will block out light and sound until the headache has passed.

6. Do anti-inflammatories take care of the pain? If they do, you probably have a tension headache. Most migraine sufferers find that nothing will work besides just waiting for the headache to run its course.

 

Fortunately, the majority of headaches that people suffer are tension headaches. The above analysis can help you to determine if yours might be a migraine. However if the pain persists, or if you have experienced a head injury, don’t guess; be sure to seek medical care for your headaches, including chiropractic care.

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Running and the Benefit of Chiropractic Care

According to a 2016 study, over 64 million people in American either jog or run for exercise. This makes running one of the most popular forms of exercise. Running requires very little equipment, can be done almost anywhere at any time, and can be done solo or with others, which seems to contribute to its popularity.

No matter how much or how little running you do, there is a likelihood that at some point you may become injured. Although it is a great form of exercise, running can be hard on the joints, especially the ankles, knees and hips.

Chiropractic Benefit for Runners

When those injuries do occur, some ice and pain medications can be of help. A chiropractor can also be of assistance for you. Here are five ways that a chiropractor can help you.

1. A chiropractor brings ease through treatment to the soft tissues around the injured joints after a strain/sprain.
2. Chiropractic manipulation can be applied to joints of the extremities as well as the spine.
3. Chiropractic treatment helps the body to heal itself. The modalities that a chiropractor uses will break up restrictions and increase blood flow to the injured area. Sometimes treating one area of the body actually stimulates the healing in another area.
4. A chiropractor’s work reduces the length and severity of pain and helps you to manage the pain that persists. Patients are able to reduce or eliminate pain medications after treatment.
5. Injuries often happen because something wasn’t just right in the body to begin with. Preventative chiropractic care will help to ensure that the body is in proper alignment so that re-injury doesn’t occur.

Running, whether you do it for weight control, stress relief, or just fun, is a great form of exercise. Hopefully you will never sustain any injuries while you are running. The best way to reduce the chances of injury is to be sure you are wearing the proper shoes, be sure to stretch before you begin, and see a chiropractor to keep your body in proper alignment and functioning optimally.

If you have any questions about how chiropractic care can help you to recover from injury or avoid injury in the first place, please give us a call or schedule a free consultation. We would be happy to talk with you.

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Stroke: Is Chiropractic Care Safe?

Some groups that are opposed to chiropractic care have made claims that spinal manipulations can cause stroke, especially among seniors. However, a report released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) refutes that argument. Their report, first published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, January 15, 2015, and updated on March 3, stated that “an analysis of Medicare claims data from older Americans who sought care for neck pain from chiropractors suggests that cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke.”

The Stroke Study

The study involved 1.1 million claims dated 2006 through 2008 received by Medicare. The patients’ ages were 66-99. Each of them had a diagnosis of neck pain. Each patient had either visited a chiropractor or a medical doctor due to this pain. Researchers from Dartmouth College and the Southern California University of Health Sciences analyzed the data to determine the number of patients who had suffered a stroke within either 7 days or 30 days of their M.D. or chiropractic visit.

 

Vertebrobasilar stroke is the type some have suggested was associated with chiropractic adjustments. This study showed that these types of strokes were extremely rare. There was also no difference in frequency of stroke between those treated by an M.D. versus those treated by a chiropractor. The researchers summed up their results by stating that “chiropractic cervical spine manipulation is unlikely to cause stroke in patients aged 66 to 99 years with neck pain.”

 

The president of the International Chiropractors’ Association, Dr. Michael McLean, stated, “For many years, there have been opponents to chiropractic who have tried to falsely claim that chiropractic is dangerous. The facts show that chiropractic is the safest form of healthcare available.” Dr, McLean also commented that “while no procedure in healthcare is 100 percent risk free, this well-done large study should finally put to rest any speculation that chiropractic care creates an increased risk for stroke.”

 

If you are considering chiropractic to help with your neck pain, please give us a call at 864-963-9304. We would love to answer any questions you may have.

 

See also:

http://maronewellness.com/osteoporosis-tips-to-help/

http://maronewellness.com/new-patient-center/chiropractic-first-visit/

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Young Athletes: The Benefits of Chiropractic

This time of year finds many young people in sports training, a rigorous game schedule, or gearing up for competitions. While all those are great opportunities, they do put a lot of strain on the body. Many school-aged children and teen athletes are already experiencing injuries and chronic pain. Most traditional treatments for these complaints will only mask the underlying issue and may include addictive substances as well. Chiropractic care, instead, works to find the source of the problem and heal the issue itself rather than just doing symptom control.

 

Athletes: Why Chiropractic Care is a Good Choice

 

  • Chiropractic can keep kids in their game. Athletes are always wanting to improve. Keeping their spine in good alignment is an excellent way to gain the maximum benefit from the workout routines they put in.
  • Chiropractic is non-invasive. None of the procedures used by a chiropractor involves techniques such as surgery. Non-invasive care helps to avoid or lessen recovery time.
  • Chiropractic can help to avoid future pain.  By learning how to prevent muscle sprains/strains or soft tissue damage in the first place, young athletes are learning how to keep their bodies functioning into their later years.
  • Chiropractic can teach how to increase range of motion. Stretching and flexibility exercises help athletes to function at the peak of their game without injury.

 

At Marone Family Chiropractic we use a number of methods to help keep athletes healthy. These are some of the most common:

 

  • Chiropractic adjustments—to help improve communication between the brain and the body. Adjustments also help the body to heal from previous injury while helping to avoid new injuries in the future.
  • Pain relief modalities—such as electrical stimulation and ultrasound will help to heal current injuries.
  • Nutrition Counseling—helps athletes to develop strong bones and healthy muscles. Good nutrition also helps to maintain the energy levels needed for peak performance.
  • Weight Loss—if needed to function optimally.

 

To help your young athlete stay on top of his or her game, consider chiropractic care as a part of their training regimen. Call our office at 864-963-9304 for a free consultation.

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Dry Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Often patients come to see us with trigger point pain (often referred to as myofascial pain syndrome). One therapy that we use to help them is called dry needling. Our goal in dry needling is to release or inactivate trigger points. This then helps to relieve pain and improve range of motion. Because it goes directly to the source of pain, dry needling may help patients to see progress more quickly than other therapies.

Why “Dry” Needling for Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Dry needling is based in Western medicine and is backed up by much research. Practitioners have specialized training in the field. We call this therapy “dry” needling because no medication or injection is involved. The needle that we use is a very thin filament needle, unlike the thicker hypodermic needles used at a doctor’s office. Because of this, entry is much more comfortable. Often patients do not feel the insertion at all. After the needle is inserted and the muscles relax, there may be a slight sensation of aching or cramping, but typically patients notice an immediate improvement after treatment.

 

Dry needling has many benefits to patients. It improves blood flow and healing to the area, reduces muscle tension and tight muscle fibers associated with trigger points, and decreases pain while increasing function. We use this therapy for many issues including migraines, tension headaches, or chronic muscle pain.

 

If you are experiencing pain from myofascial pain syndrome, give us a call. Dr. Marone can perform a thorough evaluation to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment as part of a program designed to reduce your pain and improve your function.

*The information in this article is not intended to diagnose or treat any medical condition and does not substitute for a thorough evaluation by a medical professional.  Please consult your chiropractor or physician to determine whether these self-care tips are appropriate for you.