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Why would I keep going to the Chiropractor?

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Stop me if you’ve heard this before.   Once you go to a Chiropractor you….. Always go to a Chiropractor.  We’ve all heard this before but is there any truth to it?

Chiropractic is fantastic for solving many pain related problems but why would you go after your out of pain?  It turns out, it could save you a lot of time and money.  A 2011 study of Chiropractic care for patients with chronic back pain, demonstrated some surprising results.  3 groups of patients were studied.  1 group received 12 “sham” (fake) adjustments over a 1 month period.  A 2nd group received 12 adjustments over a 1 month period.  A 3rd group received 12 adjustments over a month period as well as a maintenance adjustment every 2 weeks for the next 9 months.

While both groups who received real adjustments had significantly better results compared to the sham group,  only the maintenance group continually improved their pain and disability index over the next 9 months.  The groups who did not receive maintenance care reverted back to their pre-treatment level.   Returning for crisis can be expensive and also disrupt your life.  Would you prefer to go from crisis to crisis or would you prefer to maintain your health and avoid injuries and stress?

Do regular Chiropractic check ups make sense?  For most people they do.   Getting and staying pain free is important to most people.  However if you want to only use Chiropractic for periodic aches and pains we will support you.   Sporadic care often leads to a return of the previous symptoms.   Choosing to invest in your health with maintenance care is the smart choice.

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616.419.4996

DrDan@Hungerfordwellness.com


Can Chiropractic cure anxiety?

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Anxiety can be paralyzing, especially when you’re not sure what the future holds or how life will work out.  The racing mind, clammy hands and rapid heart rate have affected us all at one time or another.   However for some this is a daily occurrence.  So what are your options?

Currently most anxiety suffers take prescription drugs.  Even though they can have unpleasant side effect and lack long term studies demonstrating safety.   Symptom based treatments almost never work long term so it’s best to find the cause of the problem.  Simple assessments can be done to determine the cause.  A critical factor for patients with anxiety is the performance of the nervous system.

My spine can affect my thoughts?  In some ways, yes.  Your brain is constantly sending and receiving information from your spine and adapting to changes in your environment.  When your spine becomes misaligned or subluxated, your brain receives improper input and that can negatively affect your thoughts and moods.   A simple diagnostic scan can check to see if your spine is functioning properly.

Once it has been determined that there are problems in your spine, your Chiropractor can give you a specific adjustment that will reset your nervous system.  This new information is sent to your brain which improves your body’s ability to adapt and regulate your body.

Our patients regularly report improved sleep, better digestion, decreased pain, better energy and improved mental clarity.  Once the body and nervous system are working properly, feelings of anxiety are generally lower.  Not all cases of anxiety are Chiropractic cases.  There are simple tests that can be done to determine this.  Chiropractors work well with other healthcare professionals and will help you find the care that is best for you and your family.

 

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616.419.4996

DrDan@Hungerfordwellness.com


What you didn’t know about disc herniations

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Planning your ideal birth

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Everyone wants the perfect pregnancy with no complications and an easy delivery but what is the best way to have your ideal birth?

Some questions to consider.

Who do you want to be your primary care provider?  Obstetricians, general/ family practitioner, Certified Nurse Midwives, or Certified Practicing Midwife are all options.  There are definite advantages and disadvantages to each provider so it’s best to make an informed choice that you’re comfortable with.

Where would you like to deliver?  In a hospital, at a birthing center or at home are a few locations to consider.   Each setting has a unique feel and may make you more comfortable or more anxious.   Usually learning more about each location can answer questions and lower anxiety.

Have you considered improving nutrition for your pregnancy?    Nutrition plays a vital role for you and your baby.

Are you considering taking some birthing classes?   What types of classes?   What should you be looking for?

What is a Doula and why do they matter?

Have you considered using Chiropractic care or Massage Therapy during your pregnancy?  The alignment of the hips and pelvis play a critical role for ease and comfort during your delivery.

 

Come and get an answer to all your questions from Grand Rapids leading natural birth experts.  Our workshop will be Thursday, December 5th from 6:30-7:30 pm.   Right at Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 4172 Lake Michigan Dr, Grand Rapids, MI 49534.

Call to reserve your spot today!  Seating is limited. 616-419-4996

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616.419.4996

DrDan@Hungerfordwellness.com


Could a bad back be making your brain shrink?

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If you’re thinking that something is holding you back, it might just be your spine. Chronic back pain negatively affects brain activity as studied in The Journal of Neuroscience. So if you’ve thought that it’s just back pain, it’s no big deal. Think again. Chronic back pain affects your performance in everything you do. How does that occur?

 

Your brains responsibility is to make sure your aware and adapting to everything around you; everything thing from temperature changes to walking straight to digesting your food. To do this your brain requires input from the nerves throughout your body. At all times your brain is getting information and adapting to the new environment.

 
It might surprise you but your nervous system has 2 divisions, Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. In very basic terms Sympathetic nerves send information if the situation or environment is urgent, stressful or an emergency, in this case pain. Parasympathetic messages are sent if the situation is calm, easy and relaxed. They send opposite signals. What does this have to do with back pain and brain function?

 
If you are experiencing chronic back pain, the information that your brain receives is; stress, pain, urgent, emergency. This is happening on a constant, regular basis. Constant signals of Stress ( urgent, emergency) causes your brain to changes the way it receives and interprets information.

 
With constant back pain your brain will slowly adapt by decreasing activity or shutting down parts of the brain. This is followed by the brain actually losing mass and getting smaller in certain areas. Long term, poorly managed back pain can actually decrease and shrink your brain.

 

Is this reversible? Initial research says yes. After receiving care your brain will start to receive less “stress” signals and begin to improve brain function, not to mention feeling better with less pain. After a period of improved activity the brain will increase in thickness to regular levels.

To keep yourself and your brain healthy do not tolerate pain especially for long periods of time. Get checked by a Chiropractor. Get adjusted. Get Healthy.

The Journal of Neuroscience, 18 May 2011, 31(20): 7540-7550; doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.5280-10.2011

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616.419.4996

DrDan@Hungerfordwellness.com

 


Cold & Flu Solutions

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Nutrition Before the Holidays

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No sleep? It’s more dangerous than you think

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sleep on booksTrouble sleeping is nothing new but how do you solve sleeping issues?   While not getting a good night’s sleep is problematic for many families, the dangers are well known.  Could a lack of sleep actually be killing you?

While there are many causes for poor sleep, the health effects are well documented.   Impaired sleep can dramatically weaken your immune system making you more vulnerable to illness.   It has also been shown that poor sleep accelerates tumor growth.   In addition a lack of sleep can cause a pre-diabetic state, triggering food cravings and low energy.   There is also the well known factor of memory loss.  A recent report from Science Daily showed that people who suffer from chronic insomnia are 2-3 times more likely to die from any cause due to sleep impairment.  In short nothing positive comes from poor sleep.

A good night’s rest not only leaves you feeling refreshed but it physically recharges and heals your body.   Think of a poor night sleep as forgetting to charge your phone and then expecting it to perform well the next day.  So what can you do, naturally, to improve sleep?

What effect does Chiropractic care have on insomnia?   Let’s answer this by first stating that Chiropractic is not a treatment for any specific condition.   Chiropractic’s goal is to relieve areas of stress and misalignment in the spine.  If the insomnia is caused by or aggravated by misalignment’s in the spine then Chiropractic care would be very helpful.   To determine whether this is a Chiropractic case simply call your local Chiropractor and get an evaluation.   I have seen many cases where the patient reports less pain and better sleep following Chiropractic care.

What can I do naturally to improve my sleep?  These 5 things will get you on the right track to a good night’s rest.

Sleep in the dark.  It is incredibly important to sleep in a room that is both quite and completely dark.  Given the increase of electronics, there are plenty of distractions such as clocks, phones, computers and TV.  These need to be turned off, out of sight or put in another room.

Exercise regularly, 30 minutes 3-5 times per week.  A good workout decreases anxiety and can improve sleep.  Try to exercise in the morning, exercising to close to bed time can actually make you more alert.

Avoid work before bed time.   It is ideal to stop doing work at least 1 hour before sleep.  That hour or so will help calm and relax your mind.  Also try not to watch TV or use electronics during your unwind time as that can stimulate your mind.

Avoid alcohol and caffeine.   While some alcohol will may help you relax, alcohol has a sedative effect which helps you close your eyes but not truly sleep.  It can disrupt your sleep wake cycle, so when you awaken you still feel tired and groggy.  Caffeine can also delay sleep or cause you to wake up before you need to and is best to be avoided.

Consider a melatonin supplement.  Melatonin is a natural chemical in your brain that regulates sleep.  This chemical is normally regulated by sunlight or the lack sunlight.   Ideally sunlight first thing in the morning would trigger wakefulness and night time would trigger sleep.  With today artificial lights and electronics our melatonin production can be impaired.  A melatonin supplement can be a gentle way to increase sleepiness and sleep for a longer period of time.

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616.419.4996

DrDan@Hungerfordwellness.com

 


Sciatica…. Wow that hurts!

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Nothing quite grabs your attention quite like an electric shock that travels down your leg.   Sciatica is the term used to describe a pinched nerve from your spine in the lower part of your back.  How in the world did this happen?

Your spine is made up of movable segments that are separated by small jelly like discs and surrounded with muscles and ligaments.  These structures provide support and absorb shock.   Unfortunately they are also vulnerable to both accidents (sports injuries and falls) and repetitive stress injuries (sitting at a computer all day or carrying your kids on the same hip everyday).    When the Sciatic Nerve becomes impinged this is often referred to as sciatica. 

I’m in an incredible amount of pain and I can barely move, what do I do now?  Take a deep breath and reach for the phone.   Calling your Chiropractor will bring you piece of mind.  Misalignment’s in your spine with pressure on the nerves is exactly what your Chiropractor is trained to analyze and correct.   Usually a Chiropractor can see you the same day and if they cannot the wait is usually only a day or two.

The amount of adjustments needed to get you up and running will vary depending on the severity of the injury and whether the patient has any old injuries or complicating conditions.  It is well known that Doctors of Chiropractic are rated #1 with regard to back injuries.

I need to feel better immediately what should I use ice or heat?   For an injury that has recently occurred ice is always the preferred choice.  Ice is effective for a couple reasons.  First is pain relief, ice is fantastic at limiting pain signals in the body and it only affects the area that is contacted unlike pain medication which affects the whole body.  Also ice reduces inflammation which is present in a recent injury.  Inflammation and swelling restrict motion increase fluid and sensitivity.

Should I ever use heat?   Heat is helpful when the injury has been present for a long time and no swelling is present.  Heat increases circulation to the surrounding tissues as well as loosens up the muscles and ligaments.  It is useful for common forms of arthritis.

As a side note on heat, I often hear of patients using heat for acute injuries because it feels good.   While heat may feel good temporarily it will increase swelling.   Within 1-2 hours after heat the joints motion will be very restricted and painful.  If you really want to use heat always finish with a period of ice for 15-20 minutes.

Ice guidelines

Apply ice to recent injuries or areas of swelling

Ice for 15-20 minutes on the affected area and 40 minutes off, repeat as necessary

Always use a towel or cloth between the ice pack and your skin to avoid injury

Heat guidelines

Apply heat to old or chronic injuries without swelling

Heat will improve circulation and fluid to the contacted area

Heat for 10-15 minutes at a time; do not fall asleep with heat on.

Do not use extremely hot temperatures.

 

Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center

Serving the greater Grand Rapids area; Standale, Walker, Wyoming, and Grandville

Grand Rapids, MI 49534

616.419.4996

DrDan@Hungerfordwellness.com