You’re probably aware that chiropractic care is a proven, effective and natural method of resolving symptoms such as neck pain, back pain and headaches – did you know that chiropractic care also helps care for patients suffering from poor blood pressure, sciatica, inflammation, vertigo and even help parents with colicky babies?
Chiropractic care offers a myriad of positive benefits without the stress or risks of surgery or drug therapies. For many, it is a natural path to lifelong wellness.
Let’s review some of these lesser-known benefits of chiropractic care:
IMPROVED BLOOD PRESSURE
The Human Journal of Hypertension showed that a chiropractic adjustment could give people suffering from high blood pressure the same effect as taking certain high blood pressure medications and, that the effects of the adjustment could persist for up to 6 months after the adjustment.
High blood pressure medications can have negative side effects such as: fatigue, nausea, dizziness, anxiety & weight changes. Wouldn’t a natural option that avoids negative side effects be something worth considering?
Sciatica refers to pain that radiates from your lower back down your legs because of a damaged or pressured sciatic nerve.
For many patients, this type of chronic pain has led to over-medicating and even drug-dependency. Chiropractic treatment can help relieve pressure on the sciatic nerve that is causing your sciatica without drugs. Patients receiving adjustments often report reducing the number of pain days they experience and they often experience a reduction in the severity of their pain.
Inflammation is one of the top causes of joint pain. Did you know that chronic inflammation is a leading factor in diseases like cancer, heart disease and conditions such as lethargy and obesity? Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to reduce inflammation, which can lead to a number of positive benefits such as reducing your risk of developing diseases that are linked to high inflammation.
COLIC, ACID REFLUX & EAR INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN
Chiropractic care can significantly improve certain conditions that affect children.
Colic causes near constant crying and fussiness in young children and babies as a result of abdominal discomfort and gas. Colic can be extremely difficult to treat, which can result in an uncomfortable baby and exhausted parents. Adjustments have been shown to help improve infantile colic symptoms.
Acid reflux and ear infections can be helped too. It’s thought that the nerves in the brain and back along with the nerves in the gut and head are particularly sensitive. When these are affected, it can result in conditions like acid reflux and ear infections. A chiropractic adjustment can help to improve what’s known as the gut-brain connection, which is why chiropractic adjustments might help these types of conditions.
This improvement can also boost the immune system, which can help prevent infection.
A chiropractic adjustment can help target joints and vertebrae that aren’t moving correctly. This could help reduce vertigo episodes. An adjustment can also help fix your body’s natural balance, which can also cause vertigo if it’s misaligned.
Chiropractic treatment can be a safe and effective means of improving your health and wellness through non-invasive, drug-free treatment.
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these conditions, chiropractic care may help.
Call Dr. Dukes today. Schedule an examination. Together, you can learn if chiropractic care is right for you and your specific situation. Call today (813) 752-2524.
If you’re like me, time speeds up over the holidays and before I know it, healthy habits have fallen by the wayside.
It’s easy to talk keeping your workout schedule but quite a different matter to make it happen. It’s just so rewarding to celebrate with friends and family.
Make this year different. Minimize your stress and keep stay on a healthy schedule by introducing brief ‘micro-workouts’ into your daily routine.
Our bodies were designed to move. Study after study show how regular exercise reduces stress and improves function, flexibility as well as overall health.
Maintaining your regular routine through all the food, family and festivities over the holidays is tough – if not impossible – for most of us.
I recommend adjusting how you approach your workout so that you can stay on track. Incorporate ten-minute micro-workouts 3 times each day. No special equipment are needed. Walk to the store, take the stairs or create a 10-minute workout that combines 5-minutes of stretching and 5-minutes of calisthenics. No matter how you decide to formulate your micro-workout, you’ll be glad you did. Recent research published in the American Journal of Health Promotion suggests that short periods of activity really add up. When researchers analyzed data from more than 6,000 adults, ages 18 to 85, they found that those who got short bouts of exercise (between 1 and 10 minutes) through everyday activities experienced many of the same benefits, as did those who continuously exercised for 30 minutes.
Call Dr. Dukes today. Schedule a wellness exam before beginning any exercise regimen.
Dr. Dukes will help you find a safe and effective plan to help you feel your best and stick to it - for life.
Make health your top priority, call Dr. Dukes at (813) 752-2524 and schedule your wellness consultation today.
Cancer & Supportive Chiropractic Care
Did you know that chiropractic can benefit cancer patients as part of an integrated care plan?
Oncology teams often prescribe Chiropractic care as a complementary modality because chiropractic techniques have been shown to greatly increase patient comfort and offer preventative care. Patients often report significant joint or muscle pain and stiffness during treatment and recovery periods. Chiropractic wellness care is often prescribed to increase patient comfort during treatment and prevent chronic musculoskeletal conditions from occurring through recovery.
Potential benefits of chiropractic careCancer, the stress of diagnosis and its treatments take a toll on many body systems. The musculoskeletal and nervous system is no exception. Often the stress of the diagnosis of cancer alone is powerful enough to cause muscle tightness that creates pain and decreases spinal motion. It’s not uncommon for cancer patients to experience aches and pains, neck and/or back issues, joint stiffness, muscle tension, headaches, muscle weakness, difficulty walking, impaired balance and even peripheral neuropathy. Chiropractic care can help to reduce your stress and increase your mobility, flexibility, strength and function.
Incorporating chiropractic care as a support to your oncology treatment plan may include non-invasive manual chiropractic techniques to correct bone, muscle and joint problems and restore nerve function.
A variety of therapeutic procedures may be involved including:
A Powerful Treatment Tool
Chiropractic care can be a powerful tool in your overall treatment plan. Like many complementary modalities, chiropractic care functions best as part of an integrated care plan designed to support a patient’s wellness so that he or she can receive optimal treatment results.
Each situation is unique and proper diagnosis and treatment requires complete communication with all members of your healthcare team.
Understand that chiropractic care may not be right for every patient. For example, chiropractic care may be limited or not recommended if your platelet counts are low or a bone metastasis is found.
Share your complete medical history. Be sure to discuss all your health issues with your chiropractor before participating in a course of care. This will ensure a proper diagnosis and help facilitate the optimum care so that you can get back to living life on your terms.
When you're ready to learn more, call Dr. Dukes to schedule your consultation. (813) 752-2524
Often when new Mom’s (or Grandmothers) return to my office with back pain I hear them say, ‘I’m just so busy I must have done too much again’.
It’s easy to let good habits fall by the wayside when you’re focusing on your babies health. Your health and wellness is important too!
I recommend that you find a moment to think about how you can incorporate these tips to help keep your back healthy:
Good Posture = Good Health
When lifting, use your whole body by bending hips, knees and ankles, keep the child close and avoid twisting & lifting.
Try carrying the baby face-out from the middle of your body.
If carrying a baby on your side, alternate the sides frequently.
Adjust your stroller handle to belly button level and push with relaxed, slightly bent elbows.
Use a pillow or arm rest to support the baby while feeding.
Support your back when sitting on the floor.
When Knocking Out the House Work…
Stand upright when mopping or vacuuming and keep elbows close to the body and avoid torso twisting.
Use a small stool to sit or kneel in comfort while cleaning the lower bath or kitchen areas.
If bending to clean tight areas – arch your back, take frequent breaks, and change your posture often.
When standing at your sink or counter – use a wide stance and lean your stomach against the edge to lower your body and prevent leaning forward, wear comfortable shoes or mindful of good posture.
When You Finally Have a Moment to Sit Down…
Your feet should touch the floor or be supported.
Keep your knees & hips level.
Sit-up and keep your spine straight.
Look straight ahead to avoid neck strain.
Position your TV or computer monitor even or slightly below your line of sight.
Be Kind to Your Body When Using Mobile Devices
Sit-up when texting or reading.
Steady your device at chest or eye level to decrease neck and back stress.
Use a hands-free device instead of holding to your ear.
Be Smart When You Lift
Avoid lifting too much weight or awkward shaped things, then ensure a clear path to move the object.
Keep a wide stance and bend from the legs (not from the waist!).
Keep the load as close as possible to your body - avoid bending from your back.
Do not twist – be sure to pivot from your hips and feet to reduce back stress.
Driving Can Be Hard on the Body
Adjust your seat height and distance so that your knees are slightly bent and your back is supported.
Adjust your seat to slightly different positions on long drives to avoid unnecessary strain.
Use lumbar support to support the natural curve in your low back…but not too much!
On long drives, take frequent breaks to stretch and throw in a short walk.
Be Continuously Active
Exercise at least 30 mins, 3 times a week – you will feel a difference.
Take rest breaks every hour: recline in your chair for a moment or walk around for a few minutes.
Perform a different task every hour or so & use different muscles to relieve back
Walk, Walk and Walk A Little More
Walking at a brisk pace is beneficial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Maintain upright posture to avoid slumping or leaning forward while walking.
Use a pedometer to track progress and stay motivated!
Find a walking partner – you’ll find yourself walking much more often!
Warm-up Before Exercise and Focus on Good Form
Stretch and then warm-up for a few minutes by increasing your heart rate slowly for 5-minutes.
Walk briskly, swinging arms in a pain-free manner, start slow, building up to higher intensity exercise.
Patients often seek out chiropractic care for acute conditions like headaches, back pain or neck pain. Did you know that these acute conditions are not the top 5 reasons patients stay with chiropractic care?
Proper nervous system care offers benefits that may surprise you such as: Stress Relief, Injury Prevention, Mood Improvement, Immune System Strengthening and Better Sleep.
Have you ever said, 'I just don't feel right'? When your nervous system is out of line we know something is wrong but it can be tough to figure just what the trouble is. This can cause a great deal of mental and physical stress on your body. That's why regular wellness care is so important to feel your best.
Proper posture is vital to preventing injuries that can hold you back. Posture education and regular chiropractic adjustments are powerful tools to help ou acheive consistently proper posture at work, paly or rest.
Improve Your Mood
Wellness care helps balance every system in your body - including your body's chemistry. Physically feeling your best, and even working towards feeling your best, jump-starts the chemical signals that keep you in a positive mood.
Improve Your Immune System
Chiropractic adjustments help remove subluxations that prevent the nervous system from working properly. This includes the signals to and from your immune system. Your immune system can only work properly when your nervous system sends and receives the right signals.
Improve Your Sleep
So many of us suffer from sleep-related issues. Most of these sleep problems are related to stress, pain and/or body aches. Wellness treatments helps you improve sleep quality and get a good nights rest.
Chiropractic wellness care can helps you live the happy, healthy, well-adjusted life that you deserve. Make your health your top priority, call Dr. Dukes at (813) 752-2524 and schedule your wellness consultation today.
Thanks to the fine folks at Palmer College of Chiropractic for preparing this informative video explaining, 'what is chiropractic?' If you feel Chiropractic Care may help you, please call to schedule a consultation. Dr. Dukes will answer any questions you may have, ask a lot of questions herself, then, together you'll determine if Chiropractic Care is right for you.
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