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Pensacola Infant Chiropractic

Posted by on Oct 5, 2017 in Pediatric Chiropractic | Comments Off on Pensacola Infant Chiropractic

Pensacola Infant Chiropractic

While Pensacola Infant Chiropractic assists with a number of health issues, the focus is not treating or curing any conditions, but rather ensuring that the nervous system of your baby has every opportunity to communicate clearly and work effectively and efficiently. This allows the body to coordinate healing and function at its highest level.

The first stress placed on a child’s spine happens during the birthing process. Your infant’s spine is repeatedly forced into pressure during the process of learning how to walk as well as a multitude of childhood mishaps. Many people that visit a Chiropractor show evidence of childhood injuries to their spine that are a contributing factor for their pain today! This is why it is important to have your child’s spine checked regularly for any signs of spinal imbalances or misalignments known as subluxations.

Your nervous system is the master controller of your body and is important for optimal health. If the communication channels between your nervous system and body become damaged or unclear, then you may experience communication errors! For infants, this nervous system interference may be the cause of ear infections, colic, sleeping problems and more. As your child grows, this nerve interference may result in breathing problems like asthma, delays in development, ADD or ADHD, behavioral problems, digestive issues and more.

Fortunately, infant chiropractic adjustments bring many positive results in treating these common childhood issues. In fact, studies show that infants and children under chiropractic care suffer from less pain and common issues than those whose parents sought medical care alone.

Some of the great benefits of Pensacola infant chiropractic adjustments are:
Better Sleep Patterns
Healthy Brain Development
Strengthened Immune System
Ease Of Colic Symptoms
Fixed Digestive Disorders
Easier Breathing
Less Crankiness

When you bring your child to an infant chiropractor for an adjustment, you are allowing their body to restore normal function. Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola can help babies who are irritable, have growing pains, sleeping problems and much more! People bring their infants and children to us to get checked and adjusted because the nervous system controls a lot of these issues. This is a great way to keep the spine and nervous system healthy: everyone should be getting adjustments no matter how young or old!

Most parents report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care. If you are looking for an expert in infant chiropractic care near me, choose Dr. Vicki Dempsey at Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola. We look forward to meeting your little ones and helping them experience the many benefits of Infant Chiropractic Care in Pensacola. Call us for a consultation today at (850) 471-0000

How To Help Get Rid Of Sciatica – Hip And Lower Back Pain With Stretches

Posted by on Sep 8, 2017 in Chiropractic | Comments Off on How To Help Get Rid Of Sciatica – Hip And Lower Back Pain With Stretches

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Lower back and hip pain can come as a result of an irritated sciatic nerve. The pain can spread down and affect your legs and feet. Many people suffer from this pain, which can affect your daily life!
Your sciatic nerve is deep down in the behind- region. Because of its location of the piriformis muscle, swelling and constriction may lead to pain and irritation of the nerve.
The piriformis muscle connects the top of your femur to the spine. It is the main muscle allowing outward movements of your hip and upper leg, and foot from the body. Your sciatic nerve passes underneath the piriformis muscle.
However, in many cases, the sciatic nerve passes right through the muscle, which in turn leads to sciatic symptoms caused by “piriformis syndrome”. This causes pain in your lower back and hip region, contributing to poor movement and balance.
It is estimated that 4 out of 10 people will get sciatica or nerve irritation at some point in life.
Sciatica is caused by constriction of the piriformis muscle, usually caused by injury or spasm. Consultation by your doctor is highly recommended, as there could be more serious causes.
Treatment of sciatica typically involves medications and physical therapy, and if bad enough can even lead to surgery! You may even be prescribed over-the-counter medications such ibuprofen, naproxen, acetaminophen, and aspirin. For more severe pain, patients may be given muscle relaxants and pain medications.
For your entire treatment taken into account, therapy can last for as long as your nerve is irritated. If you don’t do something extra for your sciatica, it is possible for you to spend years on medications!
Medications and surgery should be your last resort, consult with Dr. Vicki at Chiropractic Solutions Of Pensacola for appropriate non surgical and non medicated treatment options available to you.
In the mean time we have provided another option. Below are 10 stretches that you can do by yourself or with the help of a loved one for sciatica relief. They’re worth it!

Exercises for sciatica pain

IMPORTANT: Before starting any stretches or exercises, always consult your spine specialist first!
Before you stretch, make sure to warm up. Take a walk, march in place, go up and down stairs. Whatever you choose, do it a few minutes before starting.
Please note that these exercises must be done within the comfort of your body. Any unnecessary pain can lead to complications. Do not overstretch.
 
1. Supine Piriformis Stretch
– Lie down with your knees bent.
– Cross your affected leg over your other leg, bending it upwards towards the chest.
– Grab your knee with one hand and the ankle with the other, pulling slowly towards the shoulder, until you feel a stretch through the glutes.
– Hold for 30 seconds to a minute.
• You should not feel a pinch
• If you don’t feel the stretch in your glutes, cross your legs like step 3 and pull the leg on the floor towards your chest by grabbing behind your thigh.
 
2. Standing Piriformis Stretch
– While standing, place your affected leg over the other leg’s knee, shaping the number 4.
– Lower your hips toward the ground while bending your standing leg’s knee, at a 45 degree angle.
– Lean forward using your torso and extend your arms parallel to the ground, while keeping your spine straight.
– Hold 30 seconds to 1 minute, switch legs and repeat.
• If you have balance issues, stand with your back against the wall following the above steps.
 
3. Hip Piriformis Stretch
– Lie on your back and bend your affected leg upwards by placing your foot close to the back of the other leg’s knee.
– Tuck your foot behind the other knee and twist the leg to the opposite side with the knee facing or touching the ground.
– Place your hand on the side of the knee and raise the other arm in the air.
– Slowly lower your opposite arm, with the intent to touch your shoulder to the ground.
– Hold 20 seconds and switch legs.
– Return to lying position and stretch both of your legs. Bend both knees together and pull them towards your chest.
• You will not be able to touch your shoulder to the ground at first. The purpose is to achieve a stretch in the piriformis muscle.
 
4. Groin Stretch
– Sit on floor and stretch your legs out as far apart as you can (like a sitting split).
– Gently tilt forward towards the ground. Place your hands on the floor next to each other.
– Try to touch elbows to the ground leaning forward. You should tilt forward to feel a comfortable stretch, stopping if you feel pain.
– Hold 10-20 seconds and release.
• If you feel pain in other parts of the leg, do other leg stretches before this one.
 
5. Inner Thigh Stretch
– While sitting on the floor, put the soles of your feet together.
– Hold your ankles with the opposite hands, forming an x with your arms.
– Gently push down with your knees, trying to touch them to the ground. Stop before any pain occurs.
– Hold 30 seconds, release, then flutter your legs like a butterfly in the same position 30 seconds.
• If you want a deeper stretch, use your elbows to push down your knees. Even deeper? Bend forward while keeping your back straight.
 
6. Lying Clam Exercise
– Lay on your side, affected hip on top.
– Bend your legs backwards to achieve an L shape, keeping one foot over the other.
– Keep your spine neutral and your feet together.
– Raise the top knee upward, then return to initial position slowly.
– Repeat 15 times
 
7. Hip Extension
– Get down on all 4’s, hands in line with shoulders.
– Tilt your weight off affected leg and raise the leg upward towards the ceiling (knee bent).
– Lower leg slowly, reaching back almost to starting position.
– Repeat 15 times.
 
8. Supine Piriformis Side Stretch
– Lie on ground with back straight and legs flat.
– Bend affected leg upward, placing foot on the outside of the other leg near the knee.
– Using opposite hand, slowly pull knee of affected leg across midline of your body until you feel the stretch.
– Keep shoulders and hips on ground.
– Hold 30 seconds, return to starting position and switch legs. Repeat process 2-3 times.
 
9. Buttocks Stretch For Piriformis Muscle
– Get down on all 4’s
– Bring affected leg’s foot underneath your trunk, twist it toward the opposite side while pointing with the knee toward the shoulder.
– Lower your head, touching ground with forehead, and lean on your forearms for support.
– Slowly stretch non-affected leg behind you while keeping pelvis straight.
– Push your hips slightly towards the ground.
– Hold 30 seconds and return to initial position. Repeat 2-3 times.
 
10. Seated Stretch
– Sitting on a chair, cross affected leg over the other leg’s knee.
– Bring chest forward and bend slightly while keeping your spine straight.
– Bend until you feel a good stretch.
– Hold 30 seconds and slowly release. Repeat using other leg.
(Refer to Youtube videos for examples of each exercise)
 
In addition to these great stretches, massage combined with chiropractic care makes your body more relaxed and more receptive to treatments that are needed. In addition to pain relief, massage also stimulates the production of endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin. These chemicals make the body feel good! Since massage can help manage pain, the amount of pain medications needing to be taken can be reduced or eliminated completely!
 
Schedule an appointment with Chiropractic Solutions of Pensacola today!
 
Call (850) 471-0000 or schedule online for your convenience and get to feeling better now!

Body Image: You Can Only Change What You Think

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Chiropractic | 0 comments

Happy woman with her arms wide open

You’ve likely seen a number of people trumpeted as having the perfect body. But for each one, they have their dirty secrets, that something they would change given an opportunity. That deep seeded quirk in thinking about something that no one else sees is not something they can fix anymore than that one you wish to “fix.” Stop, you’ll never be perfect.

 

Even when you make a goal and achieve it, it will still fall short as you may have aged a week or two, a month or even a year and have made that accomplishment fall short by simply living each day.

  • Ignore the media. Numerous countries have legislated their unwillingness to see “perfection” that is far too skinny. Publications outside of these countries have chosen to not allow this unhealthy demonstration from available models on an editorial level. Why would you want to become illegal?
  • Try something/someone new You know you they are, that one that looks great that makes you feel worse (?). Invite them to lunch, let them choose the restaurant; no harm comes from reconnecting with an old friend. Variety is “the spice of life,” sometimes Cambodian food and new company can get you out of your head for a few hours.
  • Are you a statistician? What does your body mass index really mean? People in mountain climates are evolutionarily short. Saves them the trouble of being blown off a mountain pass for no reason beyond unnecessary height. The BMI Index makes about as much sense as a standardized test for a three-year olds. 44D and skinny-legged scores well on the BMI, but good luck with life.
  • Host a garage sale if only to get rid of your scale. Scales quantify fluctuations. Read an article about drinking water, good on you, you likely should drink more water, but stay off the scale. You know your body, act like it already. You know you’re losing weight; you need a number this second?
  • I’m funny but I’m no ___________. Don’t do that. Someone will always be better; they are called experts, peers, mentors and most often, strangers. There are no comparisons that exist between two humans that are valid. Maybe twins, but you’re likely freaked out by them as well.
  • Get up. Unless you live in Shanghai on a bad smog day, when you feel bad go chase your neighbors’ cat. Walk around the block. Do eleven pushups and then twelve when you feel the next need. Moving makes you feel good.

3 Methods to Improve Your Children’s Mood And Behavior

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Pediatric Chiropractic | 0 comments

3 Methods to Improve Your Children’s Mood And Behavior

Most people perceive childhood as a time free from worry when we are able to do pretty much as we please. However there is an increasing amount of pressure placed on children today. Some children suffer extreme stress due to the pace of modern life, pressure to sign up to extra sports and activities, a problematic home life, and dealing with pressure from parents and peers.

Worryingly today’s children display increasing incidences of anxiety, ADHD and depression than previous generations. Warning signs of anxiety include irritability, sadness or bad behavior. Other red flags include trouble sleeping, poor concentration, bad temper, mood swings, and disciplinary problems at school.

If your child displays any of these signs they could stand to benefit from treatment, be it biochemical or psychological. However if you would rather not medicate your offspring, consider these alternative treatments that are both healthy and natural.

  1. Play Outside! It might seem obvious but there are plenty of benefits to getting some fresh air. As well as improving your child’s mood, exposure to bright light actually increases the amount of mood-lifting chemicals that are produced in the brain. This is one reason why many people report feeling happier in the summer. A lack of exposure to sunlight can lead to symptoms that are similar to those suffered by people with a vitamin deficiency. Another important point is that exercise releases serotonin and adrenalin in the body, both of which are chemicals that make us feel good. In fact the CDC found that exercise is linked to better academic performance, achievement and behavior, as well as attentiveness and concentration in class. Physical activity has also been linked to lower levels of stress and anxiety, as well as improved self-esteem, in children and young adults.
  2. Get Optimal Nutrition.The old adage that you only get out what you put in holds true with nutrition. If you feed your child junk food that is full of preservatives and other chemicals, you shouldn’t be surprised if their mood suffers. However if you feed your children a healthy, varied diet you could see an upturn in their mood. The following nutrients are all important in a balanced diet. If you aren’t sure how to build them into your child’s meal plan, ask your wellness chiropractor for advice.
  • Protein-rich foods help to create chemicals that keep us alert with high energy levels. Good sources of protein include poultry, meat, fish and eggs. Vegetarians should eat cheese, legumes, milk, and tofu.
  • Fatty acids help our nerves transmit messages to the brain, and are therefore important in boosting our mood. Get your fatty acid fix from cold-water fish, including salmon and tuna, as well as flaxseed oils, green vegetables and some vegetable oils.
  • Vitamins and minerals. Studies show that B vitamins are influential in both the development and function of our brains. Fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, dairy and meat are all good sources of Vitamin B.
  • Limit processed foods. While some food groups are recommended, others should be avoided. Processed foods are known to contain sugars which are responsible for mood swings.
  1. Improve Nerve Function!According to two recent studies, chiropractic care for children can provide health benefits in a safe way. Parents reported noticing improved functioning of the immune system, better sleep patterns and more stable moods. ADHD is now one of the most widely reported mental health disorders in children, and parents are increasingly turning to “alternative” methods of treatment instead of psychoactive drugs. One such treatment is chiropractic care, which stems from the idea that ADHD is a disorder related to the central nervous system. Recent studies have suggested that chiropractic treatment for ADHD could become an important alternative treatment.

History of Chiropractic

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Chiropractic | 0 comments

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Brief history

According to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), there is evidence that the practice of chiropractic has been widespread way back since the beginning of recorded history. In fact, even Hippocrates, Greek physician and widely considered father of modern medicine, once declared that “knowledge of the spine” is a “requisite for many diseases.”

In the United States, the most prominent figure in chiropractic care is Daniel David Palmer.

The year 1895 is a pivotal year in the history of chiropractic because this was the year when Palmer planted the roots of a then unknown technique in Iowa. He gained recognition for his assertion that all diseases could be removed by the sole use of his hands. Indeed, the word “chiropractic” literally means “done by hand.” Popular chiropractic history even has it that Palmer allegedly cured a janitor of his deafness by manipulating the nerves on his neck.

While acknowledging the fact that spinal manipulation was not an entirely new technique, Palmer was the first to “use specific contacts as short-leverage points for making more specific spinal adjustments.” Palmer was also a believer in the key role of a “spiritual life force” in the preservation and pursuit of good health. Borrowing from the principles of vitalism, Palmer created “innate intelligence” which he defined as flowing “from the brain to the rest of the body through the spinal cord and peripheral nerves.”

In 1897, he established the Palmer School of Chiropractic where many of his first students were medical students exploring a new field in healing techniques.

Years later

By 1974, chiropractic licensing was finalized in all U.S. states. After years of discord and conflict with conventional medicine practitioners, chiropractic, as we know it today, forms part of interdisciplinary practices wherein professional chiropractors and medical professionals work together towards the common goal of patient care.

In fact, among alternative and complementary treatments available, chiropractic is one of the most preferred in the U.S. On average, more than 20 million Americans visit a chiropractor annually to seek relief from back and joint pains caused by injury, accidents or muscle strain.