Taking Care of Yourself

First thing’s first! You, our friend, are important! If no one has told you lately, we want to remind you of your worth. You are seen, loved, and designed in perfection. We care so deeply about your spine and nervous system because we care so deeply about YOU! We always want you to feel loved and welcomed to come into our practice as you are. Wherever you are in your individual health and wellness journey… we promise to meet you exactly where you are at.

Showing up Different

Here at Corrective Chiropractic, we are committed to showing up for our patients. Every single day, we will give you our full attention and mindfulness. As Chiropractors, this profession is more than removing interferences to your nervous system. It is about connecting with our patients on every level.  We educate and empower you in your health choices. It is about helping you heal. It is about showing up – differently. When you lay down on our adjustment table, we see you as lacking in NOTHING. We simply exist to facilitate in your healing process. We will never, ever take credit for the healing ourselves. When your body is in the right environment, it will heal on its own. That’s the beauty of the way our bodies were created in the first place!

Doing Your Part to Take Care of Yourself

We have all heard the saying, “You get out what you put in.” While this isn’t always true in every situation or given circumstances, we do agree to some extent. Don’t get it wrong… chiropractic adjustments are essential to restore normal body function. However, taking care of yourself goes far beyond the adjustment table. We are constantly educating our patients on the importance of creating healthy lifestyle habits.

Did you know? When you do this, you are actually saying YES to yourself. Before you can take care of anyone else… you have to, have to, have to, take care of you! We highly encourage you to write down (Yes! Pen and paper, people!) 3 healthy habits that you are committed to doing on a daily basis. Starting small is the best way to stay consistent. If you are currently a patient of ours… then you know there are specific things we will recommend for you to do outside of our four walls. These things are recommended to help you in your healing process. Doing your part will stretch you (especially if you have a busy schedule or work life)… but we can confidently stand witness that it will not be done in vain. We are better, together! Don’t forget it.

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Does A Chiropractic Adjustment Hurt?

The simple answer is no. Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt and are completely safe when preformed by a docotr of chiropractic care. We’ve heard countless stories from patients who have been terrified from misconceptions and misunderstandings about chiropractic care. They have only resorted to chiropractors when everyone else they have seen can’t help them.

Here we’ll dispel two of the reasons why people think chiropractic adjustments hurt and explain exactly what happens.

Spine cracking videos

One misconception when people have with chiropractic adjustments is that they “sounds painful”. That is, in part, due to the chiropractic adjustment videos that have gained millions of views on YouTube. If your first encounter with chiropractis adjustments is through these videos, there’s a good chance you’ll be turned off from chiropractors. But adjustments aren’t painful, they just sounds like they are.

The “popping” sound originates in the synovial joint, which is a connection between two bones consisting of a cartilage lined cavity filled with fluid. When the joints are forced apart, gasses are trapped in the joint forming gas cavities.

During chiropractic adjustment, your chiropractor applies a thrust with a measured amount of force to release the gasses, oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which rapidly escape from the joint with a “popping” sound. It’s totally normal to have cavitations, and they’re found in places other than the spine – the knuckles for example. Chiropractors focus on spinal cavitations because chiropractic medicine is rooted in the belief that optimal health would be achieved through a healthy spine. So, if you’re terrified by the cracking videos on Youtube, you don’t have to be, because chiropractic adjustments do not hurt.

Neck cracking videos

Neck adjustments are next to back adjustments in being the most well-known cervical procedures that a chiropractor performs. However, your chiropractor only applies it in situations where it is necessary. When it’s part of your treatment plan, you might think of backing off, especially when its other names are “neck twisting” and “neck cracking”. But, like the cracking sounds from an adjustment, it’s nothing to be afraid of.

Located on the signs of your neck are facet joints, and what happens is like what happens to your spine, where pockets of gas get trapped in the joints. And just like back adjustments, you’ll also hear cracks during a neck adjustment. At most you’ll feel a little sore, but later you’ll feel substantially better. Given that neck adjustment are rarely administered, it should not be a reason to deter you from visiting a chiropractor.

Chiropractic adjustments do not hurt and are completely safe when done by a doctor of chiropractic care.

 

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care

The foremost benefit of chiropractic care is pain relief. Pain relief is just at the top of the iceberg when talking about the benefits of chiropractic care. In truth there is more to it than just that!

Here you’ll discover how the holistic approach of chiropractic medicine benefits you:

A Huge Benefit of Chiropractic Care is No Medication for Treatment

Chiropractic medicine believes that the body is a system that, when properly aligned, is capable of healing itself, thus it is administered without the help of medications.

Taking medicine will treat illness and relieve you from pain, but you will have to deal will the side effects afterwards. Your chiropractor will create a treatment plan for after your initial adjustment that will be holistic, like recommendations to your diet or fixing your posture.

Solves the root of your pain

The spirit of chiropractic care is to find the root cause. Just imagine a terrible toothache. Pain killers will subdue the dull ache, but it persists. However, pull the tooth, and poof, toothache gone – that is what chiropractic care aims to achieve. Our doctors to narrow down the exact problem you’re dealing with.

Illnesses and body pains are the culmination of a lot of minute things going wrong in your body. A one-time treatment is not enough to treat the root cause. Your chiropractor will put you through a series of treatments that will, step-by-step, eliminate the pain, solves the root cause, until your spine is aligned well enough to be able to heal itself.

Low-risk treatment

Chiropractors neither perform surgery nor prescribe medication and chiropractic care is by way of adjustments, a manual form of therapy that applies a controlled thrust into the spine. The most side effect that a patient could experience after an adjustment is a bit of soreness,

Complements with other pain relief treatments

Chiropractic care is just one of the many pain relief options that are available to you. What makes it the better option, however, it because of its no-medicine treatment to complement your medical treatment.

However, before you undergo chiropractic treatment be sure to ask your primary care physician’s advice if it will be beneficial for you. While chiropractic treatment is generally safe, your condition may restrictions on the type of care you can receive.

Personalized treatments

No two people are alike, and chiropractic care understands that well and comprises a big part of the treatment process. You will undergo a standard diagnostic exam which consists of a physical exam, chiropractic exam, and if necessary, x-ray scans. After your chiropractor has finished your assessment, they explain your condition, talk you through your treatment plan and how exactly it will help you. This treatment plan is built around your diagnosis and treatment complemented with nutrition and massage.

Contact us today to set up an appointment to see the benefits of chiropractic care for yourself!

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A Healthy Nervous System with Chiropractic Care

A healthy body cannot be complete without a healthy nervous system. 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.

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!

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Boosting Your Immune System with Chiropractic Care

Though Spring often brings milder temperatures, it also brings with it a host of allergies, colds, and other illnesses. These can make us question whether our immune system is working the way it should. Our lifestyles can play a large role in how healthy we feel through the the year. Staying on top of annual physicals and incorporating regular chiropractic visits can be the key to feeling your best.

And, to do this will require you to pay particular attention to your immune system.

What is the role of the immune system?

To stay in great health, your immune system must work quickly to eliminate any foreign particles or viruses that may get into your body. Its main role is to fight off infections and keep them from wreaking havoc on our other body systems. To do this, you want to be sure your immune cells are as strong as they can be. Because when they are not, your risk of getting (and staying) sick increases exponentially.

How can I naturally boost my immune system?

Your diet plays a large role in the health of your immune system. Getting ample rest and staying active through regular exercise are also ways that you can give your immune system a boost. recent Research points to chiropractic adjustments as being an additional way to ensure your immune cells are ready to protect you.

Although many people associate chiropractic treatments as only needed to alleviate back or neck pain, these treatments can actually help improve a host of conditions, including seasonal allergies, ear infections, even bedwetting. That is because chiropractic treatments adjust the spine to ensure that it is not misaligned. When the spine is misaligned, it disrupts the connections traveling between the nervous system to all of the other body systems. When this is corrected using soothing chiropractic sessions, the nervous system is able to restore these critical connections. And, when your nervous system is functioning properly, you are able to increase the number of immune cells and their response rate to ensure you are able to fight off any infection, bacteria, or virus you may encounter.

It is recommended to visit your chiropractor, once every three months. During these sessions, they will be able to assess your spinal alignment and recommend a course of treatment to keep your spine and posture in perfect alignment.

If you have not seen a chiropractor this year, then now is the time to make an appointment. With 7 convenient Atlanta-area locations, Corrective Chiropractic is able to offer its patients the highest level of quality care to keep them healthy all year round. Click here to schedule a free back evaluation session.

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Chiropractic Benefits for Seniors

The natural aging process can take a toll on your body. For seniors getting up and moving can be a challenge, if not painful. With less physical activity, it is easier for the body to become stiff. This can have a negative effect on a senior’s health. Many studies have pointed to the health benefits for seniors of remaining active into late adulthood. Staying physically fit, as you age can be a surefire way to protect yourself from disease and illness. In fact, regular exercise has been linked to preventing Alzheimer’s and depression among seniors. Staying active is equally good for your brain as it is for your body.

A Study of Benefits for Seniors

A recent study from the University of lowa has established a link between chiropractic care and our health as we age. Researchers studied the medical records of Medicare patients to examine patterns in patient reports of function, activity levels, and self-reported health outcomes, specifically of patients who had visited a chiropractor, compared to those who had not.

For those patients that had visited a chiropractor, they were less likely to have functional or mobile limitations, difficulties participating in physical activity and had, on average, a lower number of doctor’s visits and hospitalizations. So, in short, visiting a chiropractor can be an insulating factor to protect aging seniors from inactivity and physical deterioration.

Researchers found that patients with spine conditions, receiving chiropractic adjustments provided a protective effect against 1-year declines in functional and personal health. Previous studies have shown that regular chiropractic adjustments can not only alleviate spinal pain but can also be a great way to manage your overall health.

Get the Help You Need

If suffering from back pain or want a natural way to boost your health, visiting a chiropractor can help. The award-winning chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic are at the forefront of the industry. Their friendly and comprehensive approach will get you the information you need and the added health boost you deserve.

Many pregnant moms experience sciatica pain during pregnancy that can range from mild to severe pain. Sciatica can produce shooting and/or dull pain that travels along the site of the sciatic nerve (low back, buttock region, and leg). Structural changes and demands during pregnancy typically attribute to symptoms. Based on individual anatomy, the piriformis muscle can irritate the sciatic nerve resulting in similar symptoms as sciatica, and is termed “Piriformis Syndrome”. Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy can ensure proper structural integrity in order to manage and even prevent associated symptoms.

Daily exercises can help with the tension associated with muscle changes during pregnancy that often lead to lower back stiffness and discomfort, and even sciatica.

Back Bend Stretch

The backbend stretch is a yoga pose utilized to improve low back and sacral range of motion. While standing, place hands on the tailbone and distract hands down towards the ground. Slowly bend torso and neck back as hands continue to distract down on the tailbone. Hold this stretch for 10-15 seconds. Repeat 3-5 times whenever low back or tailbone tension associated with sciatica occurs.

 

Standing Lunge

A sustained lunge pose can improve flexibility for hip flexor muscles and hamstrings – both with attachments to the pelvic bones. Pelvic misalignments and muscle imbalance can lead to additional stress on the sciatic nerve. Place one foot in front of the other and bend the associated leg to a 90-degree angle. Squat down with chest and torso aligned with hips. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Repeat on each side 4-6 times.

 

Warrior One

Warrior one is a yoga pose designed to increase the range of motion and flexibility for the hip flexor muscles and the round ligament. Place one foot in front of the other and bend the associated leg to a 90-degree angle. Squat down with chest and torso aligned with hips. Reach hands and arms up, keeping aligned with hips. Hold for 15-20 seconds. Repeat on each side 4-6 times.

 

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Chiropractors and alternative pain management clinicians may be the answer the country needs to end opioid abuse. Doctors often prescribe opioids to combat debilitating medical symptoms that arise due to underlying medical causes ranging from managing pain from migraine headaches, to reducing pain following an injury or surgery. In fact, over 259 million prescriptions for opioids are written each year– a number equivalent to giving every American adult 1.5 bottles of opioids. 1
Though administered for various reasons, even using opioids as prescribed can lead to addiction when left unmonitored. When interviewed, many opioid addicts trace their first uses of the drugs back to their need to relieve pain.2 New research is pointing to alternative medicine and its various natural and healing benefits as being the key to reduce or eliminate opioid addiction epidemic. And, benefits of chiropractic are leading the way in transforming how Americans are managing and relieving their pain without medication of any kind.

According to the New Hampshire Chiropractic Association, chiropractic care serves to cut down on the use of opiate pain medicines as it relates to back-related pain and injuries. In a Dartmouth study3, a doctor studied 33,000 lower back pain patients to determine how their use of chiropractic services related to their use of pain medication. Preliminary research has found that when chiropractic care regimes are followed to treat lower back issues, patients used 57% fewer opioids as their level of pain was dramatically reduced with traditional chiropractic treatments.

Yet, despite research findings, the current health insurance structure favors the use of prescription drugs. Chiropractic services are either not covered or insufficiently covered as part of a standard medical insurance plan, leaving patients stuck to pay the bill or struggling to pay high co-pays. This incentivizes patients to see their primary care physician to help with pain management. Most physicians lack the extensive training to administer natural, pain-relieving alternatives and instead often turn to encouraging patients to use prescription drugs.

As the debate of how to best manage the growing opioid crisis intensifies, lawmakers and local government officials will have to consider the role that alternative medicine can play. To shift the conversation, insurance providers must be lobbied to expand their coverage and lower co-pays to make services like acupuncture and regular chiropractic care more affordable and accessible to all.

If you’re silently suffering from mild to severe back pain, or have chronic debilitating pain in other areas of your body, then now is the time to consider scheduling a full-body evaluation with the experienced doctors at Corrective Chiropractic. Our doctors will meet with you to discuss your current pain concerns and create a comprehensive and all-natural pain management plan to get you feeling like yourself again – without the need for pain medication.

Prenatal Chiropractic care is one of the best possible gifts you could give your child because pregnancy chiropractic is a safe, drug-free way to keep your body functioning how it was designed to.

Why Should I have Prenatal Chiropractor?

Today, we will outline the 3 biggest benefits of receiving regular prenatal chiropractic care to ensure you experience a healthy, safe, enjoyable pregnancy, labor and delivery

  1. Restores Pelvic Stability and Balance for Better Baby PositioningRestoring pelvic balance allows baby to have the most room available to him/her in the womb. Creating the most space gives baby the best opportunity to get into a head down position at the right time in pregnancy. When baby is in the right position, the possibility of a breech or caesarean delivery decreases dramatically.
  2. Alleviating Pregnancy Symptoms – Reduce Body PainsPregnancy often brings low back, mid back and neck pain as the many body changes associated with pregnancy puts extra stress on the body. Chiropractic care has been shown to prevent and relieve these pains associated with pregnancy.
  3. Decreased Labor Time and PainChiropractic care helps moms nervous system to be functioning at its best and when the nervous system is functioning at its best, your body is equipped to handle labor the best it can. Women under chiropractic care often report easier, shorter labors than those not under care.

Want get more info about pregnancy chiropractic benefits?

You can ask Dr. Eric Bayliss of Alpharetta Office for more guides. Alternatively, you can visit our office branches located in Buckhead, Sandy Springs and Decatur. Or download our free ebook here:

If you are in Atlanta and you are experiencing back pain, then you must see a chiropractor as soon as possible. The reason why we are urging you to hurry is that this pain can lead to several other complications concerning the nerves and the skeletal muscles present in the back.

Although there are many over-the-counter medicine types which you can use to alleviate the pain, there is nothing better than treating it with chiropractic care. This article is intended to give you all the reasons why this way of treatment is the best option. However, before stating those reasons, let us quickly get through the causes of the back pain.

What causes back pain?

In terms of causes, anything that puts a strain on the spinal cord and the skeletal muscles supporting it can cause the pain. This is because like every organ in our body, these organs can only take a certain amount of strain. The pain is basically an indication that your back has experienced strain beyond its limit. If we state the mainstream reasons for that strain, then they would be the following:

  • Heavy, unbalanced lifting which targets the lower back muscles
  • Ruptured spinal disks
  • Poor posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis

Having stated the main causes, let us know how they are treated by a chiropractor.

  1. Spinal Adjustments

    In this method, a chiropractor places his or her palm on the affected area and applies a certain amount of force. This technique is meant to realign all the muscles of the spine which are causing the pain.

  2.  Massage Techniques

    Sometimes, a chiropractor recommends massage techniques in addition to the spinal adjustments. One of those massages is the MFR which stands for Myofascial Release. It differs from the rest of the soft tissue manipulations in targeting the scar tissues.

  3.  Physical Therapy

    After the alignment of the spinal cord and the muscles surrounding it, a chiropractor advises his or her patient the exercises which are a part of physical therapy. These exercises target the core muscles and the back muscles thus increasing the stability of the core for maintaining proper posture.

These were the techniques which are used by the chiropractor to treat back pain. As you can see, in all of the three techniques no surgical instruments are involved. This means that the back pain is only cured through encouraging natural movement and alignment in the spinal bones and the skeletal muscles.

That being said, there are several other benefits of chiropractic care:

  • It is far better than using medications,
  • It can prevent back pain in the future,
  • It is cost-effective,
  • There is no need for special diets for it,
  • It can prevent disk herniations and can effectively cure it,
  • It is safer than other cures available.

Back pain affects more than 80% population in the USA. And as much as $50 billion is spent each year on treating it. However, even then, the symptoms still are observed to remain. Thus, this makes a good case for you to only seek care from a chiropractor who is readily available in your city Atlanta.