How does an ear infection start?

Generally speaking, an ear infection can present itself as severe tenderness in the ear or side of the head. Depending on its severity, it may be followed with high fevers that persist for days, ringing in the ear, sleep disturbances, and loss of appetite. As the infection and fluid in the middle ear spreads, the symptoms often get worse and can accelerate to:

  • Extreme pressure causing debilitating headaches.
  • Difficulty hearing or sensitivity to even common sounds
  • Loss of balance or persistent dizziness

With these symptoms lasting anywhere from a few days to weeks, having a non-invasive way to help and prevent the onset of ear infections is important.

In a recent pediatric study, the role of chiropractic care in helping ear infections was studied.

When antibiotics were left futile and only altered the child’s attitude and disturbed their sleep patterns, the parents turned to chiropractic care. Upon examination, the one-year-old infant showed signs of spinal misalignment in several areas. After receiving safe, spinal adjustments, twice a week for 6 weeks, the ear infections reduced in severity and the recurrence of ear infections ceased.

Is your child suffering with persistent ear infections? Are you looking for an all natural way to help ear infections? At Corrective Chiropractic, we invite you to schedule a complimentary spinal evaluation for your child. We have a proven track record working with the littlest of patients and are associated with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). Click here to schedule your child’s first appointment.

With over 80% of the population suffering with lower back pain, finding all-natural solutions to treat the pain is key. And, research now shows that Whole Body Vibration (WBV) therapy could be a viable and non-invasive option to treat and dramatically reduce lower back pain.

This innovative therapy involves the use of vibration plates, a type of machine that generates the involuntary neuromuscular stretch reflex. The plates can be set to vibrate on different amplitudes and frequencies to stimulate deeper stretches, as needed to alleviate lower back pain. With WBV therapy, you can either lay down, sit upright, or stand on a platform that vibrates rapidly in one or more than one direction.

The movement of the platform initiates a muscular reflex response, causing even small to more moderate muscle contractions. The oscillations of the vibrating plate provide a form of passive exercise, where your body is simply reacting to the vibrations, as opposed to you performing strenuous activity.

By increasing the frequency of the plates, the muscles in the back are stimulated to contraction. This accelerated contractions increase the flow of blood in the arteries to the muscle cells and increases the muscles strength. In addition, by having the blood flow moving through the muscles, the body is able to naturally begin healing itself and repairing the muscle damage that may be in the painful regions of the back.

WBV therapy has also been linked to helping improve stress on the body caused by menopause as well as supporting weight loss goals.

When it comes to using WBV therapy, it is essential that you have it conducted by a licensed and highly-trained chiropractor. At Corrective Chiropractic, all of our offices have a state-of-the-art vibration machine and our knowledgeable doctors specialize in offering this new treatment for our patients. During your initial visit, we can discuss the specifics of our proven WBV therapy and share with you how this innovative treatment can be added to your comprehensive spinal treatment plan.

Are you suffering with lower back pain?

You don’t have to live with debilitating pain. Contact us today to schedule your complimentary Whole Body Vibration Therapy consultation at 404-355-5499 or visit us online here.

In health care, having a plan is the best way to ensure that you are able to achieve optimal results. Similar to how a personal trainer may put their clients on a nutrition or exercise regime to follow to help them achieve their fitness goals, your chiropractor should do the same. According to the experienced chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic, these are the five reasons why your chiropractor should put you on a spinal treatment plan.

 

  1. Assess your spinal health. When your chiropractor creates your corrective plan, they will do a thorough assessment. This is designed to get an accurate understanding of where your trouble spots are, the level of misalignment you currently have, and the severity of your back issues. This is your baseline reading and gives your chiropractor a clear picture of what the future sessions will have to address to help you achieve the best results possible.
  2. Monitor your progress. Without a plan in place, it will be difficult for your chiropractor to track what they have addressed and what outstanding issues are still present. A corrective plan enables you to more completely track how you feel and what areas may continue causing you pain and discomfort. As the sessions progress, your chiropractor will be able to determine if you are achieving better health results or if a plan modification is needed.
  3. Pinpoint any recurring issues. If you visit your chiropractor sporadically, once every 6 months, it will be hard for them to have a thorough assessment of your back health. In these cases, you are continually updating them on how you feel and your initial pain areas. By having a spinal treatment plan, you are able to ensure that all of your pain areas are addressed and that your chiropractor has a near real-time glimpse into your back health, without the lengthy debriefing that occurs during infrequent visits.
  4. Help you make lifestyle adjusts. Most lower back and neck pain can be traced back to how we sit or the activities we engage in. Working with your chiropractor, you will be able to get insights into how you can improve your back health through easy-to-implement every day practices such as avoiding slouching when looking at a mobile device. The key to a sound corrective plan is to find your most troublesome areas and learn how to lessen the stressors that may be exacerbating your discomfort in these areas.
  5. Keep your back healthy in all conditions. In many cases, with regular visits, you and your chiropractor will be able to spot patterns of pain. For example, after a week of strenuous workouts, your chiropractor may notice that your lower back needs more attention. Whereas, after prolonged time sitting in front of your computer, your cervical spine may need adjusting. Either way, knowing these common stressors in your life can be factored into your corrective plan, allowing you to get the sustained relief you need.

When you partner with Corrective Chiropractic, we work with you to create a detailed spinal treatment plan that leverages our proven non-invasive and all-natural treatments. To schedule a complimentary phone consultation with one of our most trusted chiropractors, at a location convenient to you, click here.

According to Pew research, for 21st-Century teens, having a smartphone and spending upwards of 9 hours a day on it, has become the norm. Though this trend is no different from the addictiveness that adults have with their cell phones as well, the damage to the neck muscles can be greater for the younger demographic. As your child’s body changes, having improper posture can put undue strain on the muscles, the bones, and in turn the spine.

As the number of hours spent on mobile devices is expected to increase, it is essential for parents to put a back care plan in place to counteract the health effects that prolonged technology use can cause.

With extended cell phone use, a physical condition, being referred to as “text neck” is emerging and proving that teens and young adults are at the greatest risk.

What is “Text Neck?”

When your child spends time on their phone, they are often looking in a downward posture, keeping their head, neck, back, and spine in one, often uncomfortable position. Though it may feel comfortable, in the moment, holding this craned-neck posture for hours or frequently throughout the day inadvertently puts the cervical spine at great risk. The cervical spine supports the neck and head and is positioned at the top of the spine. Having incorrect posture puts this portion of the spine out of alignment. When that occurs, chronic neck and back pain can quickly make simple movements very painful and inhibit your child’s growth and physical development.

It is difficult to predict what the long-term effects of having a prolonged craned-neck posture can have on overall health. However, medical researchers speculate that the increased use of mobile devices may come with a future increase in early-onset arthritis of the neck.

Despite the evidence pointing to long-term effects, research studies have found that text neck can cause immediate health problems such as severe upper back pain, strained neck and shoulder muscles, and pinched spinal nerves. And, children and teens are the most at risk of developing these debilitating conditions, as their mobile device usage is nearly two times greater than adults.

How do you prevent text neck?

The short answer is to limit cell phone and mobile device use per day, limiting it to no more than 1 hour a day. However, the longer term solution to prevent chronic back and neck pain is to maintain a straight posture when viewing a mobile device. Making regular visits to an experienced pediatric chiropractor can be the most effective way to address spinal misalignment at its source and correct any muscle and spinal issues before they evolve into a more long-term issue.

The welcoming and knowledgeable chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic are specialized in correcting text neck, even in the smallest of patients. Contact our main office today at 404-355-5499 to learn more about our pediatric chiropractic services and see if there is a Corrective Chiropractic near you.

As the amount of computer usage explodes, technology experts estimate that the average American adult spends at least 10 hours a day in front of a computer screen.

Spending prolonged periods of time in front of either a laptop or desktop computer can take a toll on your body in a number of ways. Some workers report more frequent headaches, eye strain, even carpal tunnel-like symptoms from extended computer usage. More importantly, sitting for long stretches of time, using your computer can also cause lower back pain due to poor posture. When you are in a seated position, your muscles and ligaments must work together to keep your torso upright.

With proper posture, your back and neck muscles will not be put under undue strain and no pain or discomfort should result. However, when you sit in front of a computer, in a slouch, shoulders-forward position, your back and neck muscles will attempt to adjust. At first, sitting with this posture may seem more comfortable than sitting with an erect back, but, over time this slouched position can cause both neck and/or lower back pain. If this pain and misaligned posture is not corrected, it can lead to more severe pain and spinal misalignment that can cause discomfort in other parts of the body.

Taking proactive steps to correct your posture and practice important self-care routines is a critical component to ensure that your body is as healthy as possible and not under unnecessary/avoidable strain.

Here are the top three ways to prevent extended computer use from wreaking havoc on your back and neck muscles.

Get adequate sleep.

When your body is rested, it is better able to repair the natural wear and tear it encounters as you go through your day. If you are able to get 8-10 hours of restful sleep every night, your body can feel more relaxed and flexible while you are at work. The more flexible your back feels, the less tense and the less strain you will feel as you sit.

 

Adjust your posture.

If you notice that you are sitting in a slouched position, make an effort to correct this by sitting up straight. It may help to get a higher desk, or a more ergonomic chair to ensure you are not forced to lean over to see the computer screen. In addition, spending even 5 minutes every hour to stand and stretch can help to keep your muscles limber and not likely to feel stiff.

 

Visit a chiropractor.

Adding a trusted chiropractor to your monthly self-care routine can be an effective way to avoid back and neck pain that can be easily corrected. When you sit with a slouched posture, your muscles take a beating and can pull your spine out of alignment. By having regular spinal adjustments, you are able to keep your back and neck feeling their best and prevent your muscles from experiencing irreversible damage.
Have you visited a chiropractor in the last 6 months? If you answered “no”, then it is time to schedule your next appointment today. Click here to learn more about Atlanta and Mount Pleasant’’s most trusted chiropractors at Corrective Chiropractic.

Are you a seasonal allergy sufferer? Are you tired of not being able to breathe when the leaves start falling?

With allergy season ramping up and before you stock up on antihistamines and other medications, consider visiting your local Corrective Chiropractor to help!

Here’s why…

Chiropractic treatments are all-natural, non-invasive, and are a medication-free way to manage your allergies. The onslaught of sneezing, runny noses, watery eyes, and even wheezing are all your body’s natural defense against seemingly harmless substances. Your allergic reaction or allergies are caused by your immune system initiating an exaggerated response to substances (like pollen in the Spring, or dust, ragweed – you name it) that are otherwise harmless to your body.

With regular chiropractic adjustments, through the allergy season and beyond you’ll be able to:

  1. Boost your immune system.

    When you spine is misaligned, your nervous system is not able to function properly. This means the communication between our brain and the rest of your body is impacted, including your immune system. And often the more severe the misalignment in the spine, the worse the allergies become as the brain is not able to regulate the histamines your body produces, causing you to sneeze, cough, and wheeze more than normal.

  2. Regulate your stress hormones.

    A properly aligned spine will enable your brain to better control the stress hormones your body produces and releases. This in turn allows you to feel less stressed and your body will overall be less tense with regular chiropractic adjustments. The more stress you have and feel, the more your immune system will be impacted and the greater toll your allergies will have on your body.

  3. Enhance your breathing.

    Similar to the immune system, your respiratory system is controlled by your nervous system. By making sure your nervous system is functioning at its best, you’re better able to regulate not just how you breathe but how your body responds to irritants that may enter your body through your nose or mouth. It is these pesky irritants that disrupt your immune system and cause an allergic reaction. The better equipped your body is to destroy or contain these airborne irritants the less severe your allergies will be.

As we enter into the allergy season, you don’t have to suffer!

In fact, there is an all-natural and proven way to manage your allergies and boost your energy levels too. To learn about the non-invasive chiropractic treatments and how they are helping Georgia and South Carolina residents kick their allergies to the curb, click here.

When it comes to treating your child’s ear infection, or worse, chronic ear infections, most parents will agree that the fastest and safest option is preferred. Being one of the most common childhood illnesses in the world, ear infections can be helped with a host of all-natural remedies, including by your local chiropractor!

Generally, an ear infection starts with soreness in the ear or side of the head region but can also be followed by a fever, fluid draining from the ear, trouble sleeping, and loss of appetite.

As the fluid begins to build up in the middle ear, the symptoms often get worse and can include:

  • A popping or ringing sensation in the ear.
  • Extreme pressure buildup or a pushing feeling on the ear and head.
  • Difficulty hearing or sensitivity to loud sounds
  • Balance problems, dizziness and coordination problems

And, if your child suffers from frequent ear infections, having these symptoms persist for days or continuously over a long period of time makes it hard for antibiotics or other medications to treat.

That’s why more and more parents are turning to chiropractic to help their child’s ear infections.

Here’s the science behind it…

In 15 cases evaluated by medical researchers, a study found that having frequent chiropractic adjustments measurably decreased the symptoms and severity of ear infections.

When your spine is misaligned, this negatively impacts your nervous system, which, in turn, affects how your body functions and how it can ward off infections. With regular alignments, even performed once every few months, your nervous system will be primed to perform at its best and will enhance your child’s immune system to be able to fight various infections, including ear infections and allergies.

But, that’s not all!

Research has attributed chiropractic treatments to helping reduce or reverse sleeping issues, digestive problems, even helping to regulate mood and behavior.

If you’re considering having your child visit a chiropractor, be sure they have a proven track record of experience working with the littlest of patients and are associated with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The kid-friendly and experienced doctors at Corrective Chiropractic specialize in pediatric adjustments and would be happy to discuss your child’s needs during a free phone consultation. Click here to schedule your appointment.

As the weather changes and the daylight hours get shorter, work responsibilities begin to pile up and the chaotic hustle and bustle of the holidays start to creep in, we all naturally get more stressed.

In fact, according to psychologists, the average level of stress during the Fall months is the highest of all seasons. And, with more stress comes more strain on your body. How you handle that wear and tear on your body can mean the difference between making it to Summer feeling rejuvenated or nursing discomfort and pain that seems to be getting worse.

Here are the top three reasons why visiting your chiropractor in the Fall is the best way for you to handle the pre-holiday stress

1. Eliminate muscle tension

When you encounter stress, your muscles naturally tense up. This can impact how you walk, sit and perform tasks throughout your day. And, if left uncorrected, this can start to wreak havoc on your ability to sleep, exercise, and just enjoy life. Having a chiropractic alignment, even just once every couple weeks in the Fall, helps to restore your body’s natural functioning and also loosens the tension building up in your body.

2. Get your body back on track

Your body’s functioning is rooted in your central nervous system. And, if your spine is not in alignment, your nervous system is negatively impacted. This can manifest itself in digestive, respiratory, immune, and even sleep issues that may not be easily corrected. An experienced chiropractor will be able to perform non-invasive and all natural procedures to get your spine back in alignment and your body running on all cylinders.

3. Fix your posture for improved healt

With mobile devices being an integral part of our day, how we sit and the length of time we spend sitting have played a role in how our muscles and skeletal system function. “Text neck” puts extreme strain on your neck muscles and can lead to crotched posture and further back discomfort. Having the proper posture as you may spend more time seated, through the Fall and Winter months can be the best way to help you manage your spine health. A well-trained chiropractor will be able to evaluate your posture, adjust it, and help you stay healthy and energized through the holidays.

When is the last time you visited a chiropractor? 

If it has been longer than 6 months, then now is the time to schedule an appointment! The friendly doctors at Corrective Chiropractic will be happy to give you a free phone call and answer any questions you may have.

You deserve to be stress-free (or at least pain-free) now and through the end of the year!

From when your child is born, their body undergoes an immense amount of growth over the first four years. As their muscles stretch and their bones grow, making sure they are in alignment can help with their development and overall health. Getting your child chiropractic treatments early on in life can help them reduce any physical pain and discomfort they may feel during growth spurts.

Since a child’s spine experiences the highest rate of expansion during the first 10 years of life, simple events like wearing a heavy backpack, having poor posture, even suffering injuries during sports can take a toll on how their spine develops. When the spine is misaligned, this impacts the nervous system and can result in a host of illnesses and conditions such as colic, asthma, ear infections, bedwetting, even a weak immune or digestive system.

Taking your child, even as an infant, to receive all natural and non-invasive chiropractic treatments can be an effective way to keep their spine healthy during these critical development years.

Do pregnancy and pediatrics chiropractors need specialized training?

All chiropractors receive some basis pediatric training during their doctoral program, however, some may pursue more in-depth courses as part of their continued education. Likewise, some highly-trained pediatric chiropractors also engage in research in the field of pregnancy and pediatrics chiropractic medicine. If you are seeking out a reputable pediatric chiropractor in your area, consider consulting the list of chiropractors recognized by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.

The friendly doctors at Corrective Chiropractic have over a decade of experience working with children, as young as a few months old, to ensure that their spine is in perfect alignment as they grow and thrive. If you would like to explore our techniques or want to learn more about how chiropractic treatments can help your child stay happy and healthy, contact our Atlanta (locations in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Decatur, Sandy Springs, and Woodstock) and Charleston, SC area office today at 404-355-5499, or schedule a free initial consultation here.