Monday, February 29, 2016

Chiropractic Care for Infants




Is Chiropractic Care safe for babies?

It is natural for parents to fear the Chiropractor for their babies. As adults, getting an adjustment can mean a lot of pressure and cracks. However, Chiropractors do not take the same approach of adjustments for babies as they do adults. Instead, adjustments for babies are gentle and many times will go unnoticed by the baby. It is a non-medicated healthy form of treatment for your child. 

Dr. Jonathan Wise of Wise Chiropractic says, "When there is a misalignment of the spine, the nerves that flow out to all of the organs are compromised, so when we do an adjustment we're simply taking pressure, nerve stress, off the spine, so the body can express itself." Chiropractic care has also proven to be safer and more effective than prescription medications and antibiotics.



What are the benefits of Chiropractic Care for Infants? 

Regular Chiropractic care can help relieve the following in babies:
  • Ear infections and earaches
  • Colic and acid reflux
  • Encourage good spinal posture
  • Fussiness
  • Help to alleviate digestive issues 
  • Feeding and breastfeeding/latching issues
Chiropractors have discovered that crying babies often have misalignments at the top of the neck, which can be known as subluxation. A common cause of subluxation in newborns occurs during the birthing process. The birthing process can be a rough experience for baby and can result in neck and spinal injuries. This rough birthing experience is a condition known as Traumatic Birth Syndrome. Many symptoms of this condition can be hidden. Therefore, it is very important to take a trip to your local Chiropractor as soon as possible to check your baby for vertebral subluxation.


Chiropractic care in infants also keeps baby healthier because their nervous system and immune system are supported. If you are still unsure of whether or not to take your baby to the Chiropractor, talk with your child’s Pediatrician. Many doctors agree with Chiropractic care, or at least recognize there are very little risks involved with Chiropractic care. With your pediatrician's blessing, getting baby adjusted is worth a try! 


Friday, February 5, 2016

Sleeping: The Best and Worst Ways



     Did you know that if you are getting your recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, then in your lifetime you will spend approximately 229,961 hours in slumber, basically one third of your life.
     Whether you sleep just a few or many hours each night, the position you sleep in is paramount in dictating how you will feel not only when you wake to get your day started but also over time as the cumulative impact begins to take effect on your muscles and joints.

     When we think about posture, we usually think of how we hold our bodies while standing, lifting, or sitting and not necessarily our posture at rest. After all, it is a body position that occupies the greatest proportion of our time. Normally it should be a time for rest and recuperation. It should be when our body renews energy, replenishes cells, and recovers from the normal stresses and strains of life. Unfortunately, your sleeping position can not only result in sleep deprivation, but it can be a cause for shoulder, neck and back pain .

The question then becomes what is the best position for sleep?

THE BEST POSITION: ON YOUR BACK 

     Try using only one comfortable pillow at the head to reduce the forward head posture and perhaps a pillow or two under the knees to reduce strain to your low back.

  • Sleeping supine firstly opens up each and every one of those nerve outlets to give your nerves the greatest the fastest conduction rate and passage to all your cells.
  • Sleeping on our back makes it easier for our head, neck, and spine to align and keep it in a neutral position.
  • Your 3 natural postural curves of the spine are gently pulled apart and stretched, undoing all the forward rolling of your shoulders during long days at your desk.
  • Flat on your back takes out every twist and inhibits unnecessary muscle activation that can occur with twisting.
  • Airways are most opened up with your nose pointed to the ceiling, allowing maximal oxygen flow
  • Allows you easily to toss and turn as the body requires it.

SECOND BEST: ON YOUR SIDE

  • The side position opens up the vertebral outlets giving maximal nerve root flow and conduction to your cells. 
  • Perfect for pregnancy as your stomach is supported and your spine and major arteries aren’t squished in your slumber.
  • Allows you to roll and move about as the body requires it.

BE AWARE  

  • Where you puts your arms- curling them up under your head or pillow or even sleeping on them will lead to dead arms and ulnar nerve damage. 
  • The wrong pillow can cause too much dip of your head and neck pain. 
  • If you have hips or broad shoulders you may adopt a twisted recovery position. This can lead to muscle tension, and vertebral misalignment and even pelvis twists. 

THE WORST: SLEEPING ON STOMACH

  • Airways can be compromised due to pressure on your chest.
  • Increased potential for nerve impingement, dead arms, pins and needles. 
  • One leg is always raised - this twists the pelvis and can lead to sciatica.
  • Loss of neck rotation - try turning your neck the opposite direction your are accustomed to and you will find it grossly uncomfortable due to the spinal twists developed. 
  • Heightens your chance of neck arthritis due to the twist, and elevation of your head on the pillow. 
  • You are less likely to toss and turn when the body requires it.  


     Sleep right and wake up bright! Take action and make these changes. Although it may be challenging at first, I promise if you adopt these changes your body will notice and feel the health benefits. Your body will thank you in your years to come.