A healthy body cannot be complete without a healthy spine. No matter how well you eat, how much you work out, how much water you drink or how active your lifestyle, it’s much harder to remain in good physical health if you neglect your spine. We all know that a course of chiropractic care is the best way to remain free of back and neck pain, stiffness, immobility and the risk of more serious conditions like sciatica or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. However, preventing pain is only one of the many benefits of chiropractic care.

Chiropractic care is essential in maintaining a healthy nervous system. And if the nervous system can’t function correctly, the whole body can’t function correctly. Here we’ll take a look at the nervous system and just why it’s such an integral part of our health and wellbeing.

Getting to know the nervous system

Most of us have very little to no idea of how our nervous systems work. And who could blame us? It’s an extremely complex part of the human body incorporating literally hundreds of billions of tiny nerves all transmitting data to and from the brain via the spine. The nervous system governs things like pain and sensation but it is also in charge of communicating impulses from the brain which control our basic organ functions. Without a properly functioning nervous system your body can begin to miscommunicate a number of vital messages throughout the body which can be severely disruptive to your overall health.

How does chiropractic care help?

So, we know that a healthy immune system is integral in ensuring that all of the organs of the body function as they should. But what does this have to do with chiropractic care? While many see their chiropractor to mitigate or prevent stiffness, immobility and pain, let’s not forget that the spinal column is the highway down which all nerve impulses must travel to and from the brain. When the spine is misaligned or otherwise traumatized, this can be like a roadblock on this all-important highway, slowing or impeding the transmission of vital nerve impulses. Over time this can have a range of negative consequences on the body. Fear not, however, with the aid of your chiropractor you can enjoy the benefits of a healthy nervous system throughout your whole life. What are those benefits?

Glad you asked…

Benefits of a Healthy Nervous System

The nervous system is intrinsically tied to the endocrine and immune systems. When your immune system is functioning well you benefit from better hormone regulation as well as being better able to fight off illnesses and infections.

There are hundreds upon hundreds of functions which our bodies carry out every day without us even realizing. These functions are improved when you have a better functioning nervous system. With regular chiropractic care you may enjoy benefits like;

  • More efficient metabolism
  • Better growth and development in children and young adults
  • Improved sexual function and libido
  • Better sleep

All because the nervous system is doing a better job of governing the endocrine and immune systems.

There are even a range of conditions which have been proven to improved with maintaining a healthy nervous system through chiropractic care such as:

  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease

Corrective Chiropractic can help you to be your best self through improved nervous function. So, what are you waiting for? Schedule an appointment today!

You’ve noticed it. We’ve noticed it. We’ve seen it in you, just like we’ve seen it in all our patients. There’s something about a chiropractic adjustment that just feels… right. Day after day we see our clients leave our practice with a spring in their step and a renewed sense of vigor and vitality. But how can this be? How can a simple palpation of the muscles and joints of the spine lead to the surge of wellbeing that our clients experience? Does a chiropractic adjustment work some kind of musculoskeletal sorcery on your body? Or is the effect merely psychological?

Well, it’s a little bit of both. Let us explain. It all starts with…

The spine: The highway of the nervous system

Think of your spine as the nervous system’s very own highway. Billions of cars (or nerve impulses) travel up and down this highway every day transmitting data to and from the brain. When our spine is in a state of proper alignment these metaphorical cars can flow freely. However, when the spine is misaligned by injury or the simple ravages of a sedentary lifestyle, it can slow this traffic down to a crawl.

When this happens, it can have adverse effects not only on the nervous system but the endocrine and immune systems which it governs. This can result not only in stiffness and pain but less obvious symptoms like headaches, lethargy and even depression.  

As such, chiropractic adjustment can feel like that wonderful moment where heavy traffic eases on the highway, and you’re free to resume your pleasant journey free of the stress and frustration of being stuck in traffic.

Often we’re not aware of the wear and damage that have been done to our spine and the systems which are dependent on it until this has been rectified.

Tension and release

Another important factor is tension. All day, every day we carry tension around our bodies. Stress, strain, upset anger and frustration can lead to an increase in tension of the myofascial system. This is a system of fibrous connective tissues that extends all across our bodies and is intrinsically tied to the entire musculoskeletal system. We may not be aware that we are carrying this tension around with us until it is released by the skilled hands of a chiropractor.

Endorphin rush!

Many of our clients compare the rush of wellbeing that comes after a chiropractic alignment to the same rush that comes after a really satisfying workout. It’s easy to see why. Both activities facilitate a rush of endorphins (the brain’s natural painkillers and feel good chemicals) that leaves us feeling happy, healthy and well adjusted in every sense of the word when we hop off of the chiropractor’s table.

How can we help?

Our skilled team of chiropractors are well versed in the role that spinal health can play in a healthy nervous system. With their help, you too can enjoy the natural feeling of wellbeing that comes with regular chiropractic adjustment. Why wait? Schedule an appointment today!

Having allergies, either in the Spring or all year round can be a very uncomfortable way to live. Leveraging natural and easy at-home ways to manage or reduce your symptoms can be effective in making the Spring enjoyable, even if you have allergies. In this blog, we’ll explore the uses for various essential oils and how you can use them to finally ditch your seasonal allergy suffering to the curb.

Essential oils are made from natural ingredients, often plants that have medicinal or calming effects. You can use essential oils in a host of different ways, including, but not limited to:

  • Put them in a diffuser to release into the air
  • Placing a few drops in the bathtub or shower while bathing
  • Rub them on the skin or on the soles of your feet
  • Smelling them directly from their container

Using essential oils, specifically with a diffuser is often referred to as aromatherapy. In this way, your body is stimulated through your sense of smell and this can then in turn influence other areas in your body.

If you do choose to use oils on your skin, it is recommended to dilute them before applying them, as the concentrated oil may cause skin irritation. When used in this fashion, the oils are absorbed by the skin and immediately enter your bloodstream.

Here are three essential oils that can be used to alleviate allergy symptoms.

Lavender

Lavender is known to create a soothing sensation and is great to use during bedtime. Due to its calming qualities, it can also be great for soothing allergy symptoms and reducing inflammation during high pollen times. Recent scientific findings have shown that lavender can help to prevent the enlargement of mucous cells, which lead to running noses and watery eyes. The best way to use lavender is to put a few drops into a diffuser or to use it in a soaking bath.

Peppermint

Peppermint is also known to help eliminate inflammation and can be even more potent when mixed with lavender or lemon oils. Peppermint is great to open up your pores, especially if you suffer from nasal or chest congestion during the Spring. It is best used through a diffuser or applied (in a diluted form) directly on the skin.

Lemon

Most citrus-based oils are known to help boost energy and alertness. Lemon oil is also helpful in clearing the sinuses and dramatically reducing the common symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. Due to its potency, lemon oil is best used through a diffuser and released into the air.

The Spring does not have to be riddled with allergies. You can enjoy the great outdoors without sneezing – all by using all-natural allergy remedies and essential oils. For other at-home health tricks, be sure to check our blog often for our latest, informative articles.

With beautiful Spring flowers comes the dread of seasonal allergies. And, with the pollen count expected to be one of the highest in decades, getting your spring allergies under control will be important, if you want to enjoy your outdoor adventures.

What causes allergies?

Allergies and the symptoms that come with it of sneezing, runny nose, coughing, watery/itchy eyes, etc. are a part of your immune system response. When you’re exposed to an allergen, albeit pollen, dust, animal dander, or mold, your body is triggered to release a chemical called histamine. When histamine enters your bloodstream, it makes your blood vessels leaky, especially those that run through your nose and eyes. This is why the most common allergic reaction due to seasonal allergies often presents itself as a runny nose or watery eyes.

How can you treat allergies?

Depending on the area you live in, your allergies may fluctuate in severity from year to year, and even from season to season. The key is to take proactive measures to prepare your body or the pollen onslaught common during the Spring months. To do this, it often helps to start an anti-allergy regime in the Winter or very early in the Spring, like in April, so you are able to enjoy the great outdoors without feeling miserable.

The doctors at Corrective Chiropractic recommend using Allerplex. As an all-natural blend of Vitamins A and C, you’re able to get the healthy dose of nutrients your body needs to overcome and reduce the symptoms related to seasonal allergies. Also, including a unique combination of organic minerals, peptides, and enzymes, Allerpex is able to:

  • Reduce the production of mucus often associated with allergies
  • Boost your liver function
  • Enhance the synergistic relationship between your lung and heart

To ensure your allergies stay in check, taking Allerpex in conjunction with regular chiropractic visits can be the one-two punch you need to knock allergies out for good.

Can chiropractic care help with allergies?

The short answer is yes! The exact mechanism of how allergies wreak havoc on the body is not completely understood, however, research has proved that when your body is under stress, being able to manage your allergies becomes a challenge. Your nervous system is intimately linked with your immune system. Which means, when your nervous system is misaligned (particularly with spinal misalignments in your neck), your immune system will inevitably compromised. And, when your immune system is weakened, allergens can have an even greater effect on your body, leaving you with allergy symptoms that will quickly make your life miserable.

When you receive chiropractic treatments, doctors are able to gently manipulate the joints and soft tissue of your spine back into alignment, restoring the healthy connection and communication between your nervous system and immune systems.

Are you ready to kick your seasonal allergies to the curb? Consider making a comprehensive back evaluation appointment with Corrective Chiropractic. We will assess your current medical profile, perform a spinal assessment and answer any questions you may have. It’s time to start living your best life, regardless of the season. Give us a call today at 404-355-5499.

Having a baby is one of the most natural things a man or woman can do. However, for millions of couples, getting pregnant can come with a host of challenges. Finding ways to naturally boost your fertility that does not include medications or invasive procedures are not as easy to come by. That’s why at Corrective Chiropractic, we pride ourselves on keeping you educated about ways you can improve your health outcomes and conditions with all-natural interventions. Here are three natural strategies you can use to enhance your fertility and increase the odds of getting pregnant.

Acupuncture

Dating back thousands of years, this traditional Chinese medical practice can help to alleviate a wide variety of health ailments, including fertility issues. Based on the concept of “qi” and how medical illnesses can be related to blocking its natural flow in the body. By inserting thin, hair-like needles into specific acupuncture points, acupuncturists are able to get your body to relax, restore your qi, and even balance your body’s energies and hormones. Acupuncture is thought to help kickstart your endocrine system and may be linked to helping your body produce more reproductive hormones needed to produce reproductive cells such as eggs and sperm and increase the likelihood of conceiving and maintaining pregnancy.

Meditation

Your body is a machine, that functions when it has ample rest, a healthy diet, and low levels of stress. Many fertility challenges are often traced back to an imbalance in hormones, that can result due to genetics or even environmental conditions like stress. By implementing a regular mediation schedule that allows you to activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system to calm your body, you may be able to restore your hormonal balance. With your hormones on track, your body can produce an optimal environment for a baby, thereby increasing your chances of getting pregnant.

Chiropractic Adjustments

Your nervous system is your body’s control center. When it is functioning well, your body’s systems, including your reproductive and endocrine (hormone) systems are working in synchrony. However, when your spine is misaligned, throwing your nervous system into a tailspin, your reproductive and endocrine systems are also thrown off balance. Without your hormones and reproductive system working in tandem, getting pregnant and maintaining a healthy pregnancy can be difficult. However, getting regular chiropractic adjustments to address any spinal misalignments you may have can be an all-natural and non-invasive way to give your body the added fertility boost it may need.

Are you or your partner struggling to get pregnant? We invite you to visit one of our highly-experienced chiropractors at one of our seven offices. We specialize in helping you reach your optimal health by using the latest chiropractic techniques. Visit us online here to learn more about our award-winning practice.

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