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Predicting quality of life is easier than you think

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Is there a crystal ball to tell you whether you will have a long, healthy, and enjoyable life?  There’s no way to tell how long someone will live, life is just too unpredictable but a recent study can accurately predict your quality of life as you age.  It sounds impossible but it’s not as difficult as you might think.

To accurately predict a patient’s quality of life you simply need to look at 4 unique measurements.  A study on the health and quality of life in 100 Japanese males was able to accurately predict based on the angle of the lumbar spine, back muscle strength, balance from right to left, and mobility of the spine.  These tests are actually quite simple but can give great insight to both patient and provider.

It’s not a coincidence that these tests are regularly used by Chiropractors to assess new patients.  A Chiropractor analyzes a patient’s spine to determine if subluxations are present.  A subluxation is present when there is a misalignment in the spine that interferes with nerve signals from the brain to the body.   This interference can   lower quality of life, restrict movement, and create pain.   Correction of these problems can result in the spine increased mobility, improved sense of balance, restore the spines natural curves and also improve muscle strength.   Not surprisingly when these 4 categories are improved the patient experiences a higher quality of life.

It has been said that everyone needs Chiropractic care.   However if this study is any indicator of how healthcare will work in the future, everyone would benefit from an assessment involving these 4 categories and care if necessary.  The best way to start would be to set up an appointment with your chiropractor and find out if in fact your spine is affecting your quality of life.

 

Eur Spine J. 2011 Jun;20(6):954-61. doi: 10.1007/s00586-010-1606-4. Epub 2010 Oct 31.

Back muscle strength and spinal mobility are predictors of quality of life in middle-aged and elderly males.

Imagama S1Matsuyama YHasegawa YSakai YIto ZIshiguro NHamajima N.

 

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


Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

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It’s common knowledge that Chiropractic care is becoming an invaluable tool to mothers preparing for birth.  Mothers are looking for things that provide a healthier, safer and easier birth, which naturally leads them to Chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care for pregnant mothers is actually well established.  Interest is at an all time high regarding natural birthing.  This is partially due to the C-section rate also being at an all time high.  In order to address the high rate of C-section proactively, Chiropractic care is being utilized.  In order to understand the benefits of Chiropractic care to assist with a healthy pregnancy, it is necessary to analyze both the mother’s and child biomechanics during the course of pregnancy.

With the increase in weight, the mother’s posture will change as her center of gravity shifts.  Also hormonal changes, especially in the third trimester, will increase ligament laxity which can add to instability in her spine and pelvis.

Ligament instability can create problems in the spine as well as the pelvis.  Misalignments can be quite painful and stressful.  Although pain can be quite disruptive, distracting and lower quality of life for the mother, these misalignments have more serious consequences.  Chiropractors use the term Subluxation to describe misalignments in the nervous system that interfere with the bodies ability to regulate and heal itself.  These roadblocks in the spine can create pain and stress for both mother and child.  This increased stress can make the pregnancy and birthing process slower and more complicated.  It is important that the mother has healthy spine and nervous system for optimal pregnancy.

If the mother is subluxated, more medical interventions are more likely to be recommended.  Interventions carry significant side effects for the expectant mother.  Unfortunately most procedures and medications are being used in ways that they were not approved for.  Often these interventions lack evidence that they are effective.

More and more parents are taking an active interest in natural healthcare including Chiropractic Care for their pregnancy concerns.  Chiropractic is safe, effective and works with the mother’s body to enhance control and restore communication between the mother and child.  If you would like a Chiropractor and you are outside of Grand Rapids, please contact us and we would be happy to recommend a Chiropractor near you.

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


Amazing Breakthrough Saves Lives

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Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center ANNOUNCES A NEW TEST THAT IDENTIFIES HIDDEN BODY STRESS AND HOW IT’S AFFECTING YOUR HEALTH

 

Grand Rapids, MI 3/6/2014 – Dr. Daniel Hungerford of Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center has joined a growing number of chiropractic doctors that have upgraded their level of care to assess the health and wellbeing of their community.  Patients of Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center can now receive a COREscore™ report that helps identify hidden body stress and the affects it has on their overall body and health.

The COREscore™ can be completed in less than 15 minutes, is non-invasive and produces instant feedback to the patient.  Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center uses the INSIGHT technology that’s certified by the Space Foundation and used on Super Bowl Champions, Olympic Gold medalists and start athletes all over the world.

“We are extremely excited to be able to bring this exciting technology to our community,” states Dr. Hungerford.  “Providing the highest level of care for our patients is the goal and the COREscore™ is a powerful and simple way to measure, and report, the efficiency of a person’s spinal nerves.”

Patients of Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center will have the added benefit of being able to view their COREscore™ online, 24/7, through their private patient web site.

To learn more about Hungerford Chiropractic & Wellness Center and the new COREscore reporting visit us at http://HungerfordWellness.com, or call us at 616-419-4996.

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Understanding Fibromyalgia

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To most people Fibromyalgia is poorly understood and very confusing.  To others it is a debilitating condition that leaves them in chronic pain and very few answers.  What exactly is fibromyalgia?  What causes it?  What can I do about it?

Fibromyalgia is a widespread neuromusculoskeletal disorder that leaves the patient tired and in chronic pain throughout the body.  Perhaps one of the most confusing aspects of Fibromyalgia is that it cannot be identified by 1 unique sign or symptom but is a collection of several symptoms.   These include widespread pain throughout the body with no apparent cause or event.   Patients with Fibromyalgia experience pain in at least 3 of 4 quadrants of the body for at least 3 months, as well as 11 of 18 tender points throughout the body for at least 3 months.

What causes Fibromyalgia?

Fibromyalgia is a complicated condition and often has more than one cause.  However researchers agree that there is breakdown in the normal function of the central nervous system.  The dysfunction in the central nervous system creates an abnormal perception of pain.  The problems first arise in the central nervous system, the pain throughout the body occurs second.

One recent study demonstrated a link between neck trauma and onset of Fibromyalgia.  The onset of Fibromyalgia was 13 times more likely if the patient had suffered a neck injury than if the person had suffered a lower extremity injury.   This is very common in automobile accidents where there is whip lash effect.

What are the treatments for Fibromyalgia?

Treatments for Fibromyalgia vary widely from drug therapy to conservative care.  Prescription medication tends to favor antidepressants and nerve pain medication.  While these drugs do provide temporary symptom relief they do very little to address the cause of the problem.   Compounding the pain and fatigue of Fibromyalgia are the side effects and toxicity from long term use.

Recently, conservative care such as; breathing techniques, light exercise, and stretching have been encouraged to increase mobility and to decrease pain.

 Chiropractic care has also been utilized as it addresses not only symptomatic relief of nerve pain but also the cause which is dysfunction and miscommunication in the nervous system.   Several studies have been published documenting the effectiveness of Chiropractic care for patients with Fibromyalgia.  In a study published in the American Journal of Medicine, the majority of patients benefited from Chiropractic care and at least half experienced “great improvement”.  Patients who received Chiropractic care demonstrated increased Cervical and Lumbar range of motion with less discomfort.

Chiropractic care has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment for patients with neurological disorders such as Fibromyalgia.  Chiropractic should be considered as a first choice among patients with Fibromyalgia.

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


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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