If you've been injured and you sought relief from a chiropractor, chances are you remember how much better you felt after your visit. Multiply that relief by going on a regular basis, and you're not only feeling better, but you're also helping to prevent future issues. So often, when we think about chiropractic care, we assume it is just for adults -- for those who have chronic pain or who got hurt in an accident. But did you know that chiropractic care can be beneficial for newborns and children in general?
Think about it for a second... whether big or small, we all have a spine. And if that spine is misaligned, a variety of health issues can arise. Whether birth is cesarean or vaginal, there is a lot of pushing, pulling, and squeezing involved, which can be enough to significantly misalign the spine and cause a host of other issues.
Given this experience, more parents are taking their newborns in for regular chiropractic treatments. But, it's important that parents ask a lot of questions to make sure the chiropractor you're child is seeing is qualified to work with newborns and younger children.
One of the biggest questions we get is about the amount of pressure a newborn will experience during treatment. That's completely normal as you wouldn't want to see someone pressing down really hard on your baby's back. In general, the pressure placed on your child is far less than that which was felt in utero and during childbirth. We liken it to the pressure you'd apply when checking a tomato at the grocery store.
Chiropractic care for newborns and young children involves using a very gentle type of treatment that carefully manipulates their spine without causing harm or injury. Sometimes specialized adjustment instruments (made just for newborns) are used during treatment if there are areas of your baby's spine that appear abnormal.
So how do you know if your baby could benefit from a chiropractic adjustment?
Everything a baby does, and everything we adults do too, stems from neurological development. Babies are designed to adapt, develop, and learn, and this enables them to benefit much more quickly from chiropractic care. Babies also handle pain differently than adults do. For example, if an infant experiences pain in one arm, they will switch to their other arm. The pain tells the baby to stop, and since that’s their most prominent frame of reference, they listen and make the change.
If your little one is experiencing any of the following, consider a chiropractic consultation.
At Pure Life Chiropractic, we are blessed to have Dr. Jenn Nyberg who is dedicated and highly experienced in working with newborns and young children. Call us to schedule an appointment — 541-343-5633.
It's something we all don't likely think about, but work-related disorders occur in all types of industries and work environments, from construction zones to office spaces. Research shows that repetitive motion, poor posture, and staying in the same position, especially for extended periods, can cause or worsen musculoskeletal disorders.
If you have a desk job, this is probably no surprise. Sitting in your chair for hours on end can wreak havoc on your body just as much as swinging a hammer all day. But the sitting doesn't end at work — we sit in our cars to and from work, and we sit on the couch or in bed in the evenings. The fact is, we live sedentary lives.
The good news is that we can take action to keep things moving and moving and stretching are buildable habits. There are even certain stretches you can do at your desk. But remember, breathe normally throughout stretching, and never hold your breath. With each stretch, you may find yourself more flexible, but don’t go further than is comfortable.
1. Stand up, sit down
Without using your hands, simply stand up and then sit back down. Doing this over and over without using your hands can be a challenge and will help you get a great mini workout.
2. Shrug your shoulders
Inhale deeply and shrug your shoulders, lifting them high up to your ears. Hold. Release and drop. Repeat three times. Next, shake your head slowly, yes and no. You might as well amuse yourself while you do it to relax even further. Ask yourself silly questions: "Is your boss an idiot?" Move your head up and down, "Yes, yes, yes." Side to side: "No. No. No." (Shedding tension is as much mental as it is physical.)
3. Air circles
Clenching both fists, stretch both hands out in front of you.
Make circles in the air, first in one direction, to the count of ten.
Then reverse the circles. Shake out your hands when finished.
4. Torso twists
Inhale and as you exhale, turn to the right and grab the back of your chair with your right hand, and grab the arm of the chair with your left. With eyes level, use your grasp on the chair to help twist your torso around as far to the back of the room as possible. Hold the twist and let your eyes continue the stretch — see how far around the room you can peer. Slowly come back to facing forward. Repeat on the other side.
5. Leg extensions
Grab the seat of your chair to brace yourself and extend your legs straight out in front of you, so they are parallel to the floor. Flex and point your toes five times. Release. Repeat.
A few more helpful tips...
If you've tried these but you're still in need of some relief, please give us a call at 541-343-5633. We'd love to help!
If you suffer from chronic—or even periodic—headaches and you're tired of popping pills for relief, read on for how you can treat your pain naturally.
Before we can begin talking about treatment, it's important to understand there are different types of headaches and each responds to a variety of treatments.
The most common and least severe of headaches are tension headaches. Roughly 80% of the U.S. population suffers from tension headaches with women being the more frequent sufferer.
To treat recurring tension headaches without medication, consider making changes to your sleep habits, diet, or mood. Are you getting enough sleep? Are you eating enough and getting proper nutrition? How is your mood on a day-to-day basis? If tension headaches continue, consider consulting a chiropractor. It could be that your headaches are related to spinal misalignment or increased muscle tension.
The second type of headaches is cluster headaches. These can be quite painful and tend to strike on a regular basis for weeks or months at a time. You can recognize cluster headaches also with their typical one-sided pain; either on the left or right side of your head. While the cause of cluster headaches is still largely up for debate, we know that cluster headaches involve the trigeminal nerve in your face.
When headaches stem from nerve pain, chiropractic care can be a fantastic option for treatment. Trigeminal nerve pain can be a result of misalignment in the spine's cervical region; where the nerve connects. A chiropractic adjustment can properly align that region thereby relieving future cluster headaches.
Sinus headaches typically result from inflamed sinuses and are generally accompanied by a fever, runny nose, or swelling in the face. Sinus headaches often resolve by themselves when the inflammation of the sinuses has been reduced. If you're suffering from sinus headaches, the most popular natural remedies include drinking lots of fluids, using a dehumidifier, or inhaling saltwater nasal spray.
The next type of headaches are what we call rebound headaches. These are often a result of overusing painkillers. Despite being commonly linked with overuse of Motrin, Tylenol, and/or Advil, prescription drugs have also been known to cause such headaches if overused. Monitor your use of painkillers to avoid this withdrawal symptom.
The final type of headaches is migraines. Often confused with tension headaches, migraines are in fact different from all other types of headaches. Those who suffer from migraines can attest to the pain intensity, vomiting, vision loss or aural effects, and extreme sensitivity to light.
But, when we look at what causes migraines, their origin is similar to tension headaches. Stress, sleep habits, diet, and muscular tension in the neck have all been known to impact ones’ likelihood of migraines. To prevent future migraines, consider making in these trigger areas and if you don't see improvements, consider consulting a doctor. Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to relieve muscle tension in the neck and is a good preventative measure.
If you're looking for a natural remedy, headaches and chiropractic care go hand-in-hand. While chiropractic care is not necessarily an option for treating all types of headaches, it is a great option for preventing future occurrences. Chiropractic patients who are seen for regular adjustments are better able to maintain proper spinal health and slow the buildup of muscle tension.
If you're suffering from headaches, please give us a call at 541-343-5633 so we can help. Our doctors can work with you to relieve muscle tension and improve your pain.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.