Sunday, January 22, 2017

Stress Less With Chiropractic

There are three things in life that make the human body sick: Chemical Stress, Emotional Stress and Physical Stress. When the body is under stress the fight or flight response is triggered which in turn stimulates your sympathetic nervous system (SNS). When your SNS is stimulated your heart beats faster, blood pressure increases, vision becomes clearer and your senses become more acute. In response to the messages that are sent to the brain from the SNS your adrenal glands secrete adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine. This is all good if we are running from a vicious animal or confronting a threat to our physical safety. But when prolonged, the long term effects of this state can be disastrous to our health.

Chronic stress produces muscle tension, can cause headaches, and nerve irritation. Chiropractors work primarily with the spine which is the root of the nervous system. They release muscle tension and manipulate the spine to relieve nerve irritation. When under chiropractic care your body can return to a more balanced and relaxed state. A healthy and balanced spine is the key to a more relaxed state of mind.

7 Ways to Reduce Stress Successfully

  1. Get regular chiropractic adjustments for proper nerve function

  2. Exercise Regularly

  3. Avoid foods with high sugar

  4. Get plenty of sleep.

  5. Avoid or reduce caffeine intake

  6. Keep a positive mental attitude

  7. Reduce the size of your “to-do list”


Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Common symptoms during pregnancy are nausea, morning sickness, shortness of breath, swollen ankles/feet, back aches, leg cramps and high blood pressure. Something you are going to have to endure for 37-42 weeks; however, the intensity of these symptoms can be decreased and sometimes even stopped all together with one simple thing: Chiropractic Care.

While pregnant your body works daily producing a living being, in doing so it needs to be at its most optimum level. If you have a vertebra that is misaligned during pregnancy it can affect the way your bodies’ nervous system operates. Without a misalignment your body will function better and will have higher resistance to disease.

During pregnancy your body releases Pitocin to help create elasticity in your joints and ligaments to prepare your body for the birthing process. If your pelvis is imbalanced it could change the positioning of your baby and also reduce your body’s ability to dilate for delivery. A chiropractic adjustment will help align your pelvis and also help to prevent an issue known as intrauterine constraint, which will also help reduce the risk of having a breech baby.

Chiropractors are trained to gently adjust pregnant women. They are equipped with tables and pillows that help make adjustments comfortable and prevent unwanted pressure on the abdomen. Pregnant moms who take the time to seek Chiropractic care enjoy their pregnancies and keep their bodies and their baby’s bodies happy and healthy.


What Is Kinesio Tape?

Kinesio Tape was developed by Dr. Kenzo Kase, a well-known Chiropractor and Acupuncturist, who practices in the US and in Japan. The strategic design helps to facilitate the body's natural healing process while giving support and stability to the muscles, joints and ligaments without restricting the body's range of motion.

Kinesio tape has a texture, weight and elasticity that is very close to the human skin. The tape is designed to tape around the muscles to achieve joint stability without joint immobility. When applied to the skin, Kinesio tape pulls the upper layers of the skin which creates a space between the dermis and the muscle. This space is believed to help relieve pressure on the lyphatic system, which allows a better lymph drainage through the affected area. This space in between the dermis and muscles also houses various nerve receptors that send information to the brain. During an injury the space is compressed with swelling, which in turn sends information to the brain showing constant touch, pressure, heat and pain. This causes the brain to send out certain signals to the body on how to react. Kinesio tape alters the information that is sent to the brain and causes a less reactive response to the affected area and helps the body to work normally, which speeds up the healing process.

Here ar a few reasons to use Kinesio Tape:

  • Re-educate the neuromuscular system
  • Reduce Pain
  • Promote Healing
  • Optimize performance
  • Prevent Injury
  • Promote improved circulation
  • Promote proper lymphatic drainage
  • Promote support against gravity
  • To Decrease stress on the tendons and ligaments