Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

Many changes occur to the body during pregnancy including: protruding abdomen, increased back curve, pelvic changes, postural adaptations, etc. There are four stages (pregnancy, labor, following delivery, pediatric care) in which having an optimally working nervous system can help both mother and child. This can be achieved through chiropractic care.

Pregnancy
Changes such as protruding abdomen and increased back curve can cause alterations in spinal alignment and nerve function. Regular chiropractic visits will reduce and minimize the pain associated with the alterations of the body.

Labor
If you were to try to put a circle through an oval you would undoubtedly have trouble doing so, just as a baby’s head would have increased difficulty fitting through an altered pelvis. Chiropractic allows proper spinal and pelvis alignment in order to improve your labor and delivery experience.

Following Delivery
Even natural births can stress a baby’s spine. Breastfeeding problems can arise if the baby has a subluxation and is unable to comfortably turn its head to one side. Relax, and come see us.  We use a special approach to make our adjustments safe and comfortable.

Pediatric Care
The most common conditions that we treat are colic, ear infections, torticollis, constipation or diarrhea and nursing difficulty.

Before, during and after pregnancy you can avoid the need for medication, reduce low back pain and make carrying a baby a more pleasing experience. We can help! Come see us.

To view Callie’s experience during pregnancy, click the video below.  

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Adjusting to Back to School

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Summer 2016 has come to a close, can you believe another summer is in the books? Now that summer is over it is time to get back into the swing of things.

Most of us are gearing up for school, busy schedules, homework, after school activities and the hectic pace of the non-stop lifestyles that come along with school.

Everything from contact sports, playing an instrument, sitting, studying, paying attention in class, carrying a backpack affects the spine and nervous system.  

Keeping your child’s spine and nervous system aligned and balanced is crucial for them to be able to enjoy a healthy and successful year. Posture and spinal alignment during childhood determines the function and health as an adult so it is important to ensure that they have a healthy spine while they are young.

Chiropractic care can keep your child’s spine and nervous system healthy and ensure the best school year yet. Get them scheduled for an appointment today!

Here’s to a healthy school year!

 

That’s a Wrap!

After many weeks of planning and preparation Mom’s Night Out 2016 is officially over. Our hope is that from here MNO will only grow. This event is a great opportunity for us to say thank you to all the women in our practice. With each event that we offer to our patients our goal is to add valuable experiences that make a difference in people’s lives. We hope that we accomplished that for all of the women in attendance last night.

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Let's be Social

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Mom’s Night Out would not have been possible without the amazing businesses that donated prizes for our raffle and gift bags. We were able to giveaway seventeen raffle prizes (HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!?) and everyone went home with a gift bag full of goodies.

THANK YOU
Brenda Nelson with Boutique De Fleur
Becky Miller with Crunchy Mom Life
Ashley Cates with Native Ally
Christen Schneider with Damsel in Defense
Matt Schneider with Forward Movement Training
Eagle Yoga House
Lulu Lemon
Lisa Johnson with Nerium International
Dutch Bros.
Scents – Jennie Buckner
Exhale Salon and Med Spa
Northwest Laser Institute
Shari Fernandez with Fitmania

We also want to thank A Lively Chef Catering and The Owhyee. We could not have asked for a better catering service and venue.

Thank you to everyone who joined us. We are looking forward to next year!

Mark your Calendars

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We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting an event for all of the women in our practice, Thursday, August 25th at 6 p.m. at The Owyhee. Mark your calendars and prepare for a lovely night full of delicious food and awesome gifts. The only requirement is to bring your friend(s). The more the merrier. To register click HERE. We are looking forward to seeing you!

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How to Wake Up Pain Free

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Do you experience neck or back pain when you wake up? If you do, it’s time to revamp your sleeping habits. Here’s how to position yourself for a better night’s sleep.

The best posture for avoiding soreness and waking up refreshed is lying on your side. The worst position is sleeping on your stomach. Turning your head to the side and twisting your neck can lead to long term dysfunction.

To get even more comfy on your side, grab a body pillow. Pull it to your chest and hug the cushion so that your upper arm and leg wrap over the top. This stops you from partially rolling over and twisting your lower back.

It is key to properly align the pillow under your ear. Go for a soft cushion that keeps your neck straight. Schedule your appointment today and we can get you matched with the proper pillow that will have you waking up saying “ahh” not “ouch.”

Relieving Headache and Migraine Pain Naturally

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If you’re one of the millions of people who suffer from frequent headaches or migraines, you know just how painful they can be. Often times the nerves in your neck become irritated and headaches/migraines can result. Chiropractic treatment can relieve and prevent the pain by gently adjusting the spine back to its normal position.

If you suffer from headaches or migraines, avoid the things that cause your head pain. If sunlight is a trigger, make sure you wear a ball cap and polarized sunglasses. If you get tension headaches, make sure you get up frequently from the computer and have the screen and keyboard height set to minimize neck and upper back strain.

During summer, no one wants to spend three days a week in bed due to a headache or migraine. If the dark room treatment isn’t helping try getting back to activities that you enjoy. Get out of bed and enjoy a bike ride. It is not easy to motivate yourself when you are in pain but lying around doesn’t usually help.

We have seen first hand how helpful chiropractic care can be when it comes to relieving the pain. At Highland Chiropractic we improve the function of the spine so that you find relief from headaches and migraines. Call our office today and schedule an appointment. There is no use wasting a beautiful summer day suffering from a headache or migraine.

Recap: Highland Hikes 2016

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We hosted our first ever Highland Hikes event last Saturday and we are so pleased with the turn out! The group of people who joined us had such great energy and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect. We came to conquer Table Rock and left with wonderful memories that will last forever. Our hope is that from here Highland Hikes will only grow. It truly is a great way to get outdoors and get moving. With each event that we offer to our patients our goal is to add valuable experiences that make a difference in people’s lives. We look forward to seeing you next year at Highland Hikes 2017. Be on the lookout for our next event!

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What Are the Benefits of Hiking?

Blog_HikeHighland Hikes is only a few short days away! Before we gear up to hike to Table Rock on the twenty-fifth of June we wanted to give you a brief overview of the physical and mental benefits that are associated with hiking.  

Increases fitness: Hiking works out the body just as much as it does the brain. Research has shown one hour of hiking can burn up to 500 calories, depending on the level of incline.

Prevents and controls diabetes: Hiking helps prevent and even control diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels. Hiking gives the muscles a workout, which moves glucose from the bloodstream for energy.

Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol: Hiking on a regular basis decreases blood pressure and cholesterol, which then reduces the danger of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. In fact, hiking downhill is more effective at removing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance.

Increases creativity: The authors of a study point out that the results of spending time outdoors increases attention spans and creative problem-solving skills.  This may have something to do with unplugging from technology.

Social activity: Hiking with your friends and family will encourage you to engage with your workout lifestyle which will make you more likely to stick with it for the long haul.

Increases happiness: “Being out in nature, away from the business of our daily lives and technology, can allow people to connect with themselves and nature in a way that brings about peace and a sense of well-being,” Leigh Jackson-Magennis, REI Outdoor Programs and Outreach New England Market Manager.

Say goodbye to the treadmill and join us for a hike to Table Rock Saturday, June 25 at 10:00 a.m. To register, click HERE.

Which Herbs are a Reliable Alternative for Chronic Pain?

Blog Graphic_HerbsMany people who suffer from chronic addictions, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and chronic pain feel that the only solution is pharmaceutical drugs. But what if there was a reliable alternative? An alternative that would not have side effects and would allow patients to work through the pain.

Herbal Alternatives
There are several herbs that are used for pain/discomfort. This does not necessarily mean that these herbs act identical to the pharmaceutical drugs, however sometimes they do. Below are some examples of herbal alternatives:

Pain: Inflammatory (osteoarthritis and sports injuries)
Pharmaceutical Drug: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
Herbs: Willow bark, Ginger, Turmeric, Celery

Pain: Autoimmunity (rheumatoid arthritis, lupus)
Pharmaceutical Drug: Corticosteroid drugs
Herbs: Turmeric, Feverfew

Pain: Spasm pain (tension headaches)
Pharmaceutical Drug: Antispasmodic drugs
Herbs: Corydalis, Wild yam, California poppy

Pain: Neuralgic pain (cancer pain and fibromyalgia)
Pharmaceutical Drug: Opiates, Antidepressants
Herbs: California poppy, Corydalis, Jamaica dogwood

All the herbs mentioned can be useful alternatives for the types of pain described. They may need to be utilized in high doses but according to research they are safe and surprisingly effective with beneficial effects in pain relief.

Reference: Bone, Kerry. Author of Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy and the Essential Guide to Herbal Safety.

How to Beat Spring Allergies

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Spring is finally here! Which unfortunately means the return of spring allergies. The dreaded sneezing, wheezing, coughing and itching has become more prevalent than ever before for not only adults but children as well. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 23.6 million Americans were diagnosed with hay fever in the last year alone. So what has caused this increase? The pollen hasn’t changed. The answer is it’s the difference in how our bodies react to the pollen. Two trends that play a major role in how out bodies react differently are hygiene and diet. 

Hygiene: Today, our bodies no longer need to fight germs as much as they did in the past because we have developed a cleaner lifestyle. In other words, we are too clean and we don’t get enough exposure to common germs to keep our immune system in tip-top shape. Being so clean has resulted in the immune system developing more allergic reactions. 

Solution: Don’t think you need to sanitize everything! Let things get a little dirty. It will keep the immune system running efficiently.

Diet: Researchers are discovering that processed foods impact the immune system, which influences allergies.  The immune system acts as a barrier to protect the body against impurities. When it is broken down by sugar, grains and processed foods the body is less able to protect itself against allergens.

Solution: Avoid sugar, grains and processed foods. Eat more fresh produce, fish, nuts and drink LOTS of water. 

Chiropractic Care: A healthy immune system can be achieved by visiting the chiropractor regularly and here’s why. A healthy spine is essential for a healthy nerve system, which coordinates ALL of the other systems. After countless studies it is now known that chiropractic care has a beneficial effect on balancing the immune system. In addition to the growing research, there are numerous case studies of patients who have witnessed drastic improvements in their health and allergies.