Allergy Season is Upon Us!

Allergy Season is Upon Us!

It’s that time of the year again, where many of us experience those lovely symptoms of allergies; coughing, sneezing, runny noses, itchy eyes, etc..  You are probably aware that there are countless medications available for you to relieve these irritable symptoms, however we’re here to show you a more natural approach to relieving your discomfort.

 

What are Allergies?

To understand how to relieve allergies, it’s best to know exactly what you’re dealing with first. So, what is an allergy? An allergy occurs when your immune system reacts abnormally to a particular foreign substance, such as fur, pollen, dust, or certain foods, that your body has become oversensitive to. Why do some people react abnormally and others don’t?

Your body is designed to generally keep out foreign substances with its natural defense mechanisms. If these substances make it past the general line of defense, then your body goes into alert mode. When your immune system is lowered and working too hard, it can’t keep those allergens out. Thus, the coughing, sneezing, mucus, tears, etc. begin as part of your body’s way of clearing out the unwanted junk that has entered your system.

Typical Treatments for Allergies

Typical treatments for allergies usually involve over-the-counter or prescription medications, such as antihistamines, decongestants, eye drops, nasal sprays, etc. While these medications ease the symptoms of allergies and make them more tolerable, the problem is they do just that and nothing else. These medications don’t go to the source of the problem for what’s causing the allergies in the first place; they simply mask your symptoms.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Allergies?

As you all know, chiropractic care works to remove interferences in your nerve system. When those interferences are removed, your body is able to function better in general.

Your immune system can greatly benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments because your immune system is regulated and maintained by your nerve system. A healthy immune system can combat foreign substances much more effectively, which will decrease your chance of allergies.

For Instant Relief, Try These Natural Remedies

Regular chiropractic care over time has helped many dissolve their allergies, but if you’re looking to experience some instant relief, we recommend taking a more natural approach first and save the drugs as a last resort.

Here are some of our tips for natural remedies:

  • Neti Pot: This is great to use as a nasal decongestant. You basically combine warm filtered water and salt in the pot and then simply tilt your head to the side and pour the mixture through one nostril until it flows out the other. Repeat the process on the opposite side.
  • Bee Pollen: If you’re not highly allergic to bees, try taking bee pollen. Bee pollen is a great superfood packed with protein, antioxidants, and vitamins. It’s been shown to reduce histamine and has been effective for respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic sinus infections.  It’s best to buy local bee pollen so you develop immunity to the plants in your area.
  • Steam with Eucalyptus Oil: Another great way to clear the nasal passages. A simple way to do this is to boil some water, pour it into a bowl with a few drops of eucalyptus oil, and drape a towel over your head, and breath deeply for 5 to 10 minutes.

If you ever have any questions regarding your allergies and how chiropractic care may be of help, don’t hesitate to ask! Give us a call at 615-915-1255. Spring is a beautiful time of year that you deserve to enjoy allergy-free!

 

Sources:

http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20677556,00.html
http://www.aafa.org/display.cfm?id=9&sub=30
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12765/how-bee-pollen-could-cure-your-allergies.html

 

Give Your Heart Some Love

Give Your Heart Some Love

Heart disease is our Nation’s #1 Killer and costs Americans billions of dollars each year. A number of factors contribute to this deadly disease ranging from family history and genetics to lifestyle choices such as stress, poor nutrition, excessive weight, smoking, and lack of physical activity.

In honor of February being American Heart Month, we are providing some essential tips for boosting heart health and improving your overall well-being. We encourage you to take a proactive approach and give your heart some love by incorporating these tips into your life. You’ll without a doubt feel absolutely amazing. Do your heart some good; you deserve it.

 

Maintain Regular Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care may be very beneficial in our fight against heart disease. Studies conducted have shown that specific adjustments administered to the Atlas vertebra can significantly lower high blood pressure.

Other studies show that specific adjustments of the bones in your neck and lower back can stimulate particular nervous system reflexes, causing a decrease in overall heart rate and blood pressure.

Also, chiropractic care has been known to reduce stress in your body, which significantly helps promote heart health.

While chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial, these results do not just stem from receiving one adjustment. Maintaining regular chiropractic care is absolutely key to seeing long-term results with your health.

Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Did you know a diet high in added sugar can raise your risk of dying from heart disease even if you aren’t overweight? Too much processed sugar is detrimental to your health and many Americans consume mass amounts far over the recommended limit every year.

Our largest sources of added sugar are acquired from sweetened beverages such as sodas, energy drinks, and sports drinks. The next biggest sources include baked goods such as cookies and cakes, ice cream, candy and even some cereals.

Studies have shown that sugar-laden foods can raise your blood pressure and also cause your liver to deposit more harmful fats into your bloodstream, both of which increase your risk of heart disease.

What’s the recommendation for cutting back? The American Heart Association recommends women consume less than 6 tsp. of sugar in a day and that men consume less than 9 tsp. per day. We recommend eliminating added sugars whenever you can. If you have massive sugar cravings, try substituting natural fruit to curb the craving. Your body and heart will love you so much more!

De-Stress Your Life

 Easier than it sounds right? We completely understand the various avenues stress can stem from and how challenging it can be to keep those stresses under control. However, stress is one of the biggest factors contributing to your heart health, so it’s vital that you incorporate certain actions every day to keep your stress levels in check. Provided below are a couple of easy activities we suggest to maintain minimal stress.

Get outside. Everyday. Even if you can only get outside for a short amount of time, it’s better than none. Take a walk in a nearby park or simply sit outside during your lunch break and focus on breathing deeply and connecting with nature. It will reduce your stress hormones and help lower your blood pressure.

Connect with your loved ones and friends. When you’re able to share your feelings and connect with the ones who bring you joy and happiness, it helps you work through many stresses you may be experiencing.

Treat yourself to a massage every now and then. Massages help release the muscle tension in your body and break down unwanted toxins, while also relaxing and calming your mind. Massages are simply an amazing way to escape from your daily stresses and give your body and mind time to unwind without any distractions. We highly recommend treating yourself to a massage at least once a month.

Share this information with your loved ones! Regular chiropractic care combined with proper nutrition and positive lifestyle changes may just prove to be the most powerful ally in your fight against heart disease!

 

Sources:
Allen, M., & Secunda, B. (n.d.). Six Tips for a Healthy Heart. Retrieved February 7, 2015, from http://www.naturalhealthmag.com/health/six-tips-healthy-heart
Corliss, J. (2014, February 6). Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease. Retrieved February 1, 2015, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/eating-too-much-added-sugar-increases-the-risk-of-dying-with-heart-disease-201402067021
DeNoon, D. (2007, March 16). Chiropractic Cuts Blood Pressure. Retrieved February 1, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/hypertension-high-blood-pressure/news/20070316/chiropractic-cuts-blood-pressure

The Winsor Autopsies

The Winsor Autopsies

Can an Unhealthy Spine Affect Internal Organs?

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Henry Winsor conducted an experiment based on chiropractors’ claim that by adjusting the vertebrae they can relieve stomach troubles, ulcers, menstrual cramps, thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, lung, and other diseases.  In this experiment, he dissected both human and animal cadavers to see if there was any relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae and nerves that went to the organs.  Dr. Winsor dissected 75 human and 72 cat cadavers.  He found nearly 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs.

 

Vertebral Subluxation

Results of Dr. Winsor’s study were the following:

Heart Disease

All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae misaligned (T1-T5)

Lung Disease

All 26 cases of lung disease had spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic area

Stomach Disease

All 9 cases of stomach disease had spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9)

Liver Disease

All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9)

Gallbladder

All 5 cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9)

Pancreas

All 3 cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9)

Spleen

All 11 cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9)

Kidney

All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic area (T10-T12)

Prostate and Bladder Disease

All 8 cases with prostate disease had the lumbar vertebrae misaligned

Uterus

2 cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned

 

Information from:  Winsor, H. Sympathetic segmental disturbances-II. The evidence association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebrae deformities of the same sympathetic segments, The Medical Times, November 1921, 49 pp./267-271

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 4 backpack warning signs for your child’s safety.

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The start of a new school year can be hectic.  New schedules, new supplies, and sometimes even new schools can be thrown into the chaos.  Developing good habits now will set the trend for the rest of the school year.  One of the most important aspects is your child’s backpack.  As a parent, your child’s health and safety is top priority. Recognizing proper backpack usage is vital to ensuring your child is not causing long-term damage to their growing and developing spine.  Take a look at some stats and facts when it comes down to your child’s backpack:

  • More than 79 million children and adolescents carry backpacks–these can be crammed with gym clothes, books, binders, computers, school supplies and more
  • A report by Simmons College revealed that 55 percent of students surveyed between 5th and 8th grade were carrying packs weighing more than 15 percent their body weight—and a third of those students had experienced back pain
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commision reported that in 2011 nearly 14,000 children, between the ages of 5 and 18, were hospitalized for backpack related injuries
  • Backpack related injuries include contusions, sprains and strains to the back and shoulders, and even fractures–not to mention long term health complications from developing bad posture

What is the cause of the problem?

Often these injuries are the result of a variety of factors.  As a parent, you want to take into account these 5 factors:

1. The weight of the backpack.  Your child’s backpack should weigh less than 10-20% of their overall body weight.  The lower percentage is especially important in younger children. When you’re carrying an overloaded or heavy backpack, it can cause your upper body to lean forward and your head to translate forward. This may cause strain to the back, neck and shoulders — over time this can seriously affect the healthy curvature of the spine.

2.  Size of the backpack in relation to the child’s body.   Remember, there is no such thing as one size fits all when choosing a backpack.  Use the manufacturer’s recommendation to determine what size is best.  There are even mini-packs designed for kids who go to daycare.

3.  The distribution of weight in the backpack.  Heavier books and items should be packed closer to the child’s back.  The lighter the item the farther away from the child it goes.  Also, keep in mind left to right weight distribution.  This will ensure even weight on both shoulders.

4.  Poorly designed straps.  Stay away from thin straps.  Also make sure the straps have extra padding for the shoulders.

5. Improper wear.  Make sure your child is wearing the backpack the way it is designed for.  Improper wear like slinging the backpack over one shoulder can cause issues.  Studies have shown that wearing a backpack on one shoulder may increase the curvature of the spine in scoliosis patients — a population which largely consists of girls between the ages of 10 to 15.

The 4 key backpack warning signs are:

  1. Complaints of pain or discomfort while wearing the backpack or even later in the day or week without the backpack on.
  2. Change in your child’s posture while wearing  the backpack (i.e., leaning forward, tilting to one side, forward head carriage)
  3. Difficulty putting on the backpack or taking it off.
  4. Red marks on shoulders.

Action steps to ensure your child’s backpack is safe.

Make sure you purchase a quality backpack with wide padded straps.  A padded back or waist also helps.  Make sure the backpack has an even distribution of weight—and keep the weight below 10 to 20 percent of your child’s body weight. If you’re not sure you have the proper pack for your child, consult with your chiropractor for more information, and make an appointment for a spinal evaluation.

During the month of August, Vibrance Family Chiropractic is offering complimentary spinal evaluations for K-12 kids. The evaluations include a consultation, exam, and a backpack safety check.  Call 615-915-1255 to schedule an appointment.