Did you know that the average person takes around 8,000 steps per day?
Knowing this makes it easy to see how 75% of Americans will complain of foot pain at some point in their lives.
Plantar fasciitis is a common type of foot pain that responds very well to chiropractic.
Mommas have been telling their kiddos for years to stop slouching and to stand up straight. And once again, mommas have been right!
But what makes slouching so bad?
How do you know if a pregnant woman, infant, or small child needs chiropractic care without taking spinal x-rays?
When a pregnant woman, infant, or small child comes to see us, one of our main tools is the Insight Millennium Thermal Scan to determine possible areas of nerve disturbance. It’s a great objective tool to help determine how healthy a patient’s spine is.
The Thermal Scan is exactly what it sounds like: a heat scan. It is a gentle way to measure temperature, which is part of the autonomic nervous system.
Race season is back again and we couldn’t be happier about it!
The snow has melted, the trees are beginning to grow their leaves, and the sun is warming up the pavement.
As Dr. Tilyr and I prepare for all of the 5Ks, 10Ks, half-marathons, and triathlons where we will be volunteering this summer, many men and women in the area are beginning to prepare for them, too. For many, it’s a great time to begin chiropractic care to help you move well and feel strong as you’re training.
Ever feel overwhelmed when deciding which stretches to do each day?
That’s okay, you’re not alone! There are a bazillion (slight exaggeration…) to choose from.
The most important thing to remember is try a bunch out and to be consistent with those you find to be the most beneficial for your body.
One of the most common muscle groups to need stretching are the gluteus muscles. They are so important to stretch (and strengthen) because they connect throughout the pelvis and are directly affected by a sedentary lifestyle.
Thinking about getting a massage?
Now you can at Summit Chiropractic!
(I know, I know. That sounded a tad like a cheesy infomercial…)
But it’s true! We are proud to announce the newest member of our team, in conjunction with Rod Cain Massage Therapy: massage therapist, Dawn Goode.
Massage therapy and chiropractic care are a powerful team. In a nutshell, chiropractic care works toward balancing structural problems within the spine while massage therapy works towards releasing muscular tension and stress within the body.
But that explanation is actually oversimplified!
Although most known as a relaxation technique, massage therapy has also been shown reduce pain, stress, nausea, depression, distress, anxiety, and fatigue. Furthermore, it can improve athletic performance or be used as a tool for general health maintenance.
How cool is that?
Sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? Just lie down, get comfortable, and fall asleep…right?
Au contraire, mon frere!
The position you sleep in each night can make a big difference in how you feel during the day.
Hands-down, the best position is to sleep on your back.
Sleeping on your back allows your spine to lie in a neutral position, without adding any extra curves.
Sleeping on your stomach or on your side adds extra forces, curves, and stresses into your spine throughout the night.
Think of sleeping as a form of posture.
Proper posture contributes to proper spinal alignment, whether it is during the day or the night.
Try taking steps towards creating new sleeping habits, especially if you have neck or back pain.
A great first step for those of you who sleep on your side is to keep a small pillow between your knees throughout the night to decrease stress into your hips, pelvis, and spine.
Another great step to take is to check out your pillow. How many do you sleep on? Less is good. One soft, low pillow is better. A cervical pillow that supports the lordotic curve in your neck is best, such as this one: Tri-Core Cervical Pillow.
You’ve heard the classic saying that old habits die hard, so try taking it day by day (or…night by night) and aim for falling asleep on your back, with the least amount of pillows that you can handle.
Your spine will thank you for it.
Breastfeeding…sometimes easier said than done!
The birthing process is amazing, but it can place extreme stresses on a baby’s spine and spinal cord.
These stresses can cause shifting within the infant’s spine, called vertebral subluxations.
If an infant won’t nurse, or will only nurse comfortably on one side, they should be checked for an underlying structural shift of the spine as a possible cause.
What corrects this?
Successful breastfeeding requires that an infant’s entire neuromuscular system is functioning well.
In other words, the mechanics behind breastfeeding need proper input from the nervous system to work correctly.
Check out the results of this fantastic study:
78% of 114 infants with nursing difficulties were able to breastfeed after 2-5 chiropractic adjustments within a 2-week period.
Breastfeeding may not have to be that difficult after all. 🙂
Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans suffer from headaches?
Headaches come in all shapes and sizes: occasional, frequent, dull and throbbing, some even causing debilitating pain and nausea.
But if you or someone you know suffers from headaches, you already know the impact they can have on your life.