KIDS AND CHIROPRACTIC

Did you know that the first major trauma that our bodies experience is when we’re born? There is tremendous stress placed on the infant’s neck and head when they are going through the birthing process; from spinal subluxations to significant trauma to the brainstem.

If chiropractic care is necessary to your good health and for reaching your full potential in life as an adult, then it logically follows that it is even more necessary for a child! After all, they have nerve systems that control and coordinate all of their body functions just as you do. And, just like you, they can get subluxations that will interfere with the full outward expression of their Life force. The only difference is that they still have an entire lifetime ahead of them in which to manifest the results of what they do today. It’s Never Too Soon.

June is National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month

Seven out of every ten Americans will have a headache this year.  What causes headaches? What can you do to minimize the pain or even eliminate the cause? 

Primary Headaches are not related to an underlying disease process such as stroke, cancer, drug reactions, etc.  There are three main types: Migraine, Tension, and Cluster.  Secondary Headaches are caused by life-threatening and non-life-threatening underlying diseases.  Secondary Headaches include infections, tumors, vascular (including aneurysm), drug-induced, or idiopathic (cause unknown).  

Headaches are not the result of an aspirin shortage in the body!
A recent report on headaches reported that collectively in the United States alone, we consume 3.8 tons of aspirin each year at a cost of over $100,000,000Can headaches be treated or managed without drugs?  For most people the answer is yes.  Many people find relief from headaches, even migraines, through chiropractic care.  Up to 50% of headaches may have a portion of their origin in the neck.  Neck-based headaches are technically called cervicogenic.  By manipulating the tissues and bones of the neck, doctors of chiropractic can decrease irritation to tissues that cause headaches and the effect is powerful enough to rival or even out-perform many medications, without medication-induced Rebound Headaches.  

A 1995 study compared neck adjustments as commonly performed by doctors of chiropractic to the drug Amitriptyline, a pill used to treat headache as well as depression. The study concluded that not only were neck adjustments an effective treatment for tension headaches, but the effects tended to last longer and decreased need for over-the-counter medication.

Remember Chiropractic First, Drugs Second, and Surgery is always the last resort.

Christmas and Chiropractic

Christmas is a busy time of year with many extra things to do, extra demands on your time. Your body comes under extra stress and pressure. People feel loss more at this time of year and getting an extended family together can be an occasion for anxiety and friction. As families splinter in pursuit of travel, education and career, the opportunities for families to get together regularly are, on average, dwindling and the pressure to enjoy each other’s company on the rare occasions when families do re-unite, can cause extra stress.

We have discussed what happens to the body during times of stress – it affects the nervous system. The nervous system is responsible for coordinating every cell, tissue, muscle, gland, organ and system in the entire body. Who cares for the nervous system?? Your Chiropractor does! Make sure you don’t neglect your spinal adjustments at this time of year – it will help you to have a Happy, Healthy Christmas and New Year – but please use the front door – not the chimney!!

Have a Healthier Thanksgiving

At Triangle Spine Center, we are thankful for so many things this Thanksgiving, especially for the chance to help the wonderful patients we treat each day.

Americans make a big deal over holiday deals; we make an even bigger deal over holiday eating. For some Americans, the worry of fitting into their jeans after the holiday season is a huge concern. Last year, the United States spent on average 2.3 billion dollars on Thanksgiving dinner food. That’s a lot of food!

Here are some tips from Triangle Spine Center to make your Thanksgiving holiday weekend healthier, enjoyable, and pain-free:

  • Avoid bending directly over the oven door to lift out the turkey. Crouch and use your legs and knees for better balance. This will avoid putting all the weight-bearing stress on the lower spine.
  • If you’re going for a long drive to visit friends and relatives this Thanksgiving, make sure to take a break from driving and get out of your vehicle to stretch. This helps restores normal posture and prevent a recurrence of painful neck or low back conditions.
  • When loading your vehicle for the trip or from the grocery, organize your luggage, packages and goods into smaller loads, as opposed to one carrying them all in one loading.
  • Adjust your car seat’s headrest, making sure that the top is no more than two inches below the top of the back your head. Make sure everyone is wearing the seat belt. Most of the estimated 20 million victims of auto accidents in America suffer from whiplash, which can easily be prevented by properly adjusting the seat headrests.
  • Use the right car seat or booster seat for your children and make sure they have a head rest or a child-sized neck pillow so they don’t strain their necks falling asleep in the car. Without support, your child’s head can flop forward and sideways and affect their breathing and even cause misalignment of vertebrae.

With the long weekend, you’ll most likely spend time sitting and slouching on the couch or recliner. Try not to sleep in this position because the joints in this position may irritate the nerves and blood vessels and cause muscle spasm.

With these few simple tips from the Triangle Spine Center, Dr. Cinnamon Claudio, and her team and family wish everyone a healthy, happy chiropractic Thanksgiving holiday.

Fall Into Better Health With Chiropractic

Fall is my favorite season of the year, for many reasons (one being cooler weather). However, our health tends to be put on the back burner when the colder weather begins; combine that with the stress that the upcoming holidays can bring and we have hurricane season. With that in mind, here are 6 ways to stay motivated and maintain your health routine this fall.
• Set Goals and Limits – If goals are excessively restrictive or vague, you will be less likely to rise to the challenge. Establish clear nutrition and health goals (dessert two times a week; a half-hour walk five times a week, etc.). Consistency is key to success with anything in life but especially when it comes to your health.
• Your Daily Game Plan – Make your daily routine habitual and try to keep things at the same time each day. Keep up with your workouts and chiropractic adjustments, and develop a consistent routine for healthy eating. Once you experience how great your body is designed to feel and function – you will feel sluggish and unsettled if you start missing your adjustments, workouts or eating unhealthy – which in itself is a strong incentive to get back on track.
• Fall Superfoods – Eating seasonal fruits and veggies ensures your produce will be less expensive, more nutritious & definitely taste better – which in turn means you’ll be likely to eat more of these healthy foods. Summer may be ending, but with fall superfoods like pumpkins, apples and Brussels sprouts ripening now, eating in season can be just as healthy now.
• Boost Your Immune System – Unfortunately for some, back to school time can also mean getting sick time. To help avoid that this fall, be sure to follow these simple tips: limit your sugar intake, eat simply and nutritiously, get regular adjustments, and boost up your supplements we sell Nutri-West supplements in our office.
• Stay Hydrated – This is an easy one to follow in the summer, but come fall, you may not feel as parched. However, staying hydrated is still crucial to keeping your body running at its best.
• Keep Moving in the Cold – You don’t have to go outside to move more throughout the work day. Try fashioning a DIY standing desk or workstation, take meetings on the go or simply do a few laps around the office when you can as the weather cools.

The Importance of Massage

It is becoming more apparent how the importance of regular massage therapy can play an important role in your overall health. We might think a massage as a luxury or as a way to pamper yourself. But there’s growing evidence that massage therapy actually has a variety of medical benefits regardless of the condition of your body.

A full body massage can boost the immune function. It can have multiple cardiovascular benefits (like lower heart rate and blood pressure). And finally, regular massage therapy (along with standard asthma treatments) can improve lung function in children.

Nowadays, everyone wants to focus on a healthy lifestyle with diet and exercise. However, the importance of regular massage therapy can not be underestimated. Massage is wonderful for someone with a lot of trigger points and carries chronic muscle tension. Massage works to release that muscle tension and helps to lessen the amount of inflammation in the body. This can ultimately help drop the cortisol response and have a variety of positive health outcomes that aren’t immediately evident.

Massage also has the ability to help with pain. For example, patients who have back pain can achieve dramatic pain reduction when working with massage therapists. Other disorders, like arthritis and fibromyalgia, are areas where massage therapy can be very helpful.

This summer we are having a massage special, Call our office to make an appointment (919) 957-3600.

Spring & Chiropractic

Spring & Chiropractic

Now that the colder days of winter have pasted us by, it’s time to get out and enjoy the outdoors. Sports can give you the much needed exercise that your body craves but after a winter off getting back into your activities may place a new strain on your body. A beautiful lawn and landscaping can give you enjoyment but also a new backache as well. If you are having any new aches or pains after getting more active during this spring please give us a call to discuss your treatment options. Most new injuries can be helped in one or two treatments if we can work on them soon enough. Stay active and healthy with regular chiropractic treatments.

Cold, Flu and Virus Symptoms

Typically, the cold and flu season peaks in March.  Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness.

Cold vs. Flu, What’s the Difference?

The common cold and the flu (influenza) often share many of the same symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. The flu is generally worse than the common cold, and those suffering from the flu will typically have symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and dry cough. Symptoms for the common cold are usually runny nose, congestion and sneezing. Both conditions are common, contagious, short-term and typically self-treatable.

High-Risk Flu Patients 

Young children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease or a weakened immune system are considered high-risk for influenza and complications, and they should consult their doctor if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

The Lymphatic System, the Central Nervous System and Chiropractic

One of the critical systems of the body is the lymphatic system, which is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels that move lymph (clear/white fluid made of white blood cells and chyle) from tissues to the bloodstream. This system is a major and important part of the immune system; the lymph nodes of the body (people have between 501 and 700 lymph nodes) make immune cells to help fight infection.

These connections between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and lymphatic system help to explain how a chiropractic adjustment can improve the function of the immune system. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations in the spine, which occur when a vertebrae or vertebras move out of position and can prevent proper communication within the central nervous system. Subluxations can also thwart movement in the musculoskeletal system. 

Nutritional Supplements

We offer Total VR-X from Nutri-West that helps provides complete immune support for maintenance of defenses against attack from viral organisms.  Total VR-X is best used during cold and flu season to offer relief of those symptoms the all-natural way.

Lose Your Belly by Improving Your Posture

Everyone knows the children’s song about the leg bone being connected to the hip bone, but how many people really take it to heart? Obviously, everyone knows that the leg bone does in fact attach to the hip bone; that’s not the point. Probably not many people really stop to think about how related and interconnected the parts of the human body really are. In an illustration of this point, the back and stomach muscles are all affected by one another as they form a girdle around the lower torso. It stands to reason, then, that your posture affects how your tummy looks, and the strength of your stomach muscles affects your posture.

Fat man with a very big stomach

Stand Up Straight
This first step to losing a belly is to stand and sit up straight. This actually has a few different effects. First of all, slouching accentuates belly fat, so simply sitting up will make you appear slimmer. Second, proper posture help improves the strength of your back, which of course makes it easier to maintain proper posture longer. Third, poor posture leads to back pain, which makes stomach exercises difficult. Having good posture will make it easier for you to work out your stomach muscles and whittle down that belly. Lastly, a nice straight posture enhances blood flow throughout the body, particularly to the legs and lower back, both of which are involved in many stomach exercises. So, if you are trying to lose a belly, the first step is to simply sit and stand up as straight as possible as often as possible. Do that, and you are already on your way!

Back Extension
For the reader familiar with the crunchless crunch, this move will seem similar but backwards. For this exercise, you will need to start by lying on your stomach with your forehead on the floor. You may use a mat or towel to cushion your pelvis and head. Position your arms by your sides, palms up. Contract your back muscles to lift your torso off the floor. Hold the contraction briefly, then release and slowly lower your torso back down to the floor. Repeat for an entire set.

The next part of this exercise begins by extended your arms out above your head (picture a superhero flying through the air). Now lift your legs off the floor simultaneously while keeping your head and arms held in place. Try to imagine your legs growing longer as you are lifting them up. Hold your legs up briefly, then slowly lower them back to the floor.

Doing these two things will help you strengthen your back and correct your posture, which are great first steps to losing an unwanted belly. You will also want to continue working on your back muscles and other core muscles, such as the transverse and rectus abdominus. Stomach exercises that work the core will help you straighten up your posture, lose belly fat, and gain muscle tone in both your back and tummy. As with any workout routine, be sure to consult a professional before beginning and always warm up properly to avoid injury.

 

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