What causes a less than optimal functioning nervous system?

The nervous system is designed to control, regulate, and communicate with all the systems of the body. The nervous system receives signals from the internal and external environment, interprets them, and then decides what is best for the body. In order to understand why our nervous system goes into overdrive we first must understand how it works.

This blog is focused on the autonomic nervous system, aka the involuntary system that is half running behind the scenes. This system is broken up into two divisions: parasympathetic and sympathetic. The parasympathetic is “rest and digest” mode while the sympathetic is “fight or flight”. For example, if you were being chased by a bear, the sympathetic would turn on rather if you were meditating on the beach then the parasympathetic would turn on. Both systems are vital to the bodies survival, but should stay mostly in a parasympathetic mode.

Unfortunately, most people today are quite the opposite as they are stuck in sympathetic overdrive. Potential symptoms of sympathetic overdrive can include: headaches, anxiety, lowered immune response, irritability, fatigue, etc.

Why does our nervous system get stuck in this sympathetic response? As chiropractors we like to focus on three root causes: thoughts, traumas, and toxins (3 T’s). Depressive feeling, anxious thoughts, self-limiting, and negative thoughts can cause neurotransmitters to be released that ignite the sympathetics. Trauma, whether physical/mental/emotional can get stored in the body and effect how we process and interpret other incoming stressors. This topic is covered in depth in the book “The body keeps the score” by Van Der Kolk. We are exposed to toxins everyday through our food, water, and air whether it be chemicals, pesticides, harmful electromagnetic frequencies, micro plastics, etc. With more toxins in today’s world than ever seen before, our bodies can’t work fast enough to eliminate them. This puts our body in a constant stressed out state AKA sympathetic overdrive.

What can be done to help regulate your sympathetic nervous system? Chiropractic can help put your body into a parasympathetic state while also reorganizing stored tension. Getting consistent care can give your body a break and allow it to be better adapt to deal with all the various stressors. Another key is to try and eliminate as much of the three T’s as possible. The combination of these two things will give most people a great starting place for maximizing the function of their nervous system.

What happens post adjustment?

There are many different scenarios that can happen post adjustment varying from person to person. A patient may feel immediate relief, no relief, relief after a few days or more pain. There are several things to do if one or more of these scenarios occur.

If you experience immediately relief, congratulations! Now it is important to monitor if the problem comes back, how long it took to come back, the quality of the relief, is it the same location or is your body calling attention to new places? Continue to be aware of what makes the issue dissipate rather than aggravate.

If you experience no relief, go ahead and relay that to your chiropractor. They will probably say something along the line of “give it 24 hours or more and see where you’re at”. This is true, sometimes an adjustment needs to “settle”. This means that the nervous system needs time to process and organize the input it was just given. Monitor your issue and follow up with any changes at the next visit.

Sometimes as your body releases stored tension, this can manifest into physical illness such as flu like symptoms. It’s important to drink lots of water so that it will hydrate your muscles, joints and body. If you experience more pain bring this to the attention of your chiropractor. Muscle soreness is relatively common and if is present icing the area is advised.

Is there anything you can’t do post adjustment? The short answer is no, typically you can resume day to day activity. A lot of people are afraid of working out after an adjustment, but it is actually good to retrain muscles to a new state of alignment. If anything is uncomfortable or causes pain, do not proceed with doing such activity. Overall, there really is not much to post adjustment care. The biggest takeaway is awareness of the state of your body post adjustment and relaying that to your chiropractor at your next adjustment.

How Chiropractic Adjustments Work

How Chiropractic Adjustments Work

At Corrective Chiropractic, we have several locations where patients can visit for back, shoulder and neck pain. We know that chiropractic adjustments are beneficial for a variety of reasons. Here are 9 reasons how chiropractic adjustments work.

Chiropractic Adjustments Work by Improving in Balance

When the spinal vertebrae are out of alignment it can affect the body’s posture. It can also affect the mobility by making balancing difficult. With a chiropractic adjustment, the vertebrae go back into the proper positions. This releases the pressure on the pinched nerves in the back that lead to the hips and the legs.

Make Breathing Easier

We have clients with asthma and other respiratory illnesses. This can cause difficulty in the circulatory system. Chiropractic adjustments work by improving the condition of the muscles that are located around the lungs and trachea. This, in turn, makes breathing easier.

Overcoming Digestive Issues

Some of patients have recurring digestive issues from stomach and this can make life difficult. By adjusting the spine, the nerves that are in the gastrointestinal system are improved, therefore reducing problems that include diarrhea or nausea.

Reducing High Blood Pressure

Having high blood pressure is dangerous because it affects the arteries, blood vessels and heart. This can lead to additional health problems. An adjustment can help relieve the pressure on the sensitive nerves in the back, which can reduce blood pressure.

Increased Joint Mobility

Our patients often have conditions that include arthritis or fibromyalgia. These are debilitating and chronic conditions that tend to progress. We recommend working on the back with special instruments to adjust the vertebrae to increase joint mobility.

Boosting the Immune System

Boosting the immune system can help a patient to overcome a temporary or chronic health problem. With spinal adjustments, the nerves in the spinal column that control the immune functions of the lymph glands are released.

Chiropractic Adjustments Work by Giving Headache Relief

Some of our patients suffer from severe cluster headaches or migraines. These can make daily living difficult. These types of headaches cause excruciating pain in addition to dizziness and nausea. Our chiropractor will focus on the neck and upper area of the back to alleviate this discomfort.

More Energy

Our patients may complain about having no energy. Despite getting enough sleep and consuming a healthy diet, it is possible for our clients to feel tired all of the time. Fatigue is often caused by low levels of discomfort or inflammation in the body. Spinal adjustments can help reduce this pain.

Restful Sleep

It is important to sleep well at night for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons include improving cognitive abilities and preventing illnesses. A regular adjustment can realign the back, neck and hips, in turn making a good night’s sleep possible.

 

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Thanksgiving – From Our Family to Yours

Thanksgiving – From Our Family to Yours

We are only one week away from Thanksgiving, our friends! We can’t believe it either! In last week’s blog, we got to talk about the importance of listening to our bodies. In this week’s blog, we want to spice it up and give you a challenge!

Opportunity to Serve at Thanksgiving

In today’s society that often asks, “What can others do for me?”… we challenge you to flip the question right side up. We want you to start asking yourself, “How can I serve others today?” There are a million of opportunities every day to serve just one person. Whether that be tipping your waiter a little extra, or paying for the car behind you, or helping an elderly woman bring groceries to her car, or putting your husband’s shoes back where they belong (without saying anything), or even picking up random trash on the ground… you have the incredible opportunity to serve someone.

Domino Effect

The definition of a domino effect states that when you make a change to one behavior, it will activate a chain reaction and cause a shift in related behavior as well. Both our thoughts and behaviors are interconnected… so when you change one, others will also shift. We believe that once you start asking yourself, “How can I serve others today?”… every other single area of your life will begin to improve. Because serving out of a selfless heart is contagious! Pretty soon, you’ll be at work… thinking about different ways you are able to go the extra mile to help your co-workers or grow the business. Soon, you’ll be at home… just brainstorming ways of how you can serve your family. Pretty soon, you’ll be at your neighbor’s house… just doing their dishes because you see the need and immediately start to fill it.

Out-do One Another

Even as we take care of you here at Corrective Chiropractic, our goal is to always out-do one another in love, humility, and service. It is a privilege to be able to serve you, your children, your neighbors, your co-workers, and your friends. Thank you for allowing us to be a small part of your health journey. We really feel like you are a part of our FAMILY!

Taking Care of Yourself

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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Healthy Children Grow Up to be Healthy Adults

Healthy Children Grow Up to be Healthy Adults

We love the saying, “Healthy children grow up to be healthy adults.” It is so true! If you are a parent, you understand the importance of teaching your children healthy habits. From encouraging them to eat nutrient-dense foods, to moving their bodies, to staying hydrated, to not staring at a screen for hours at a time – they are learning what helps them thrive. However, they might not fully understand the importance of health as it relates to having a healthy spine and nervous system. Here at Corrective Chiropractic, we want to change the narrative when it comes to approaching health. We believe that regular chiropractic care is essential for your child’s overall function as they grow up to become healthy adults.

Are Chiropractic Adjustments Safe?

Parents, if you have never been to a Chiropractor yourself before… let us assure you that chiropractic adjustments are very safe. Adjustments for our little ones look very different from those for adults. Our Doctors here at Corrective Chiropractic use an extremely gentle technique, specific to babies and children. With today’s generation of advanced (and even online) learning, children are using technology and devices almost as much or more than adults. This creates a posture that we like to call “text neck.” Over time… this abnormal posture can not only lead to stiff muscles and neck pain, but it can also cause neurological dysfunction and early spinal degeneration. With that being said, we recommend adding in chiropractic care alongside all of your other healthy habits.

The Gift of Going Second

As big influences in our children’s lives, they will often mirror the habits that we create in our own lives. So let us not neglect the power of our position and influence! Once we start prioritizing our health as adults, we then give our children the “gift of going second.” The gift of going second is a result of leaders giving others a clear path to follow, first. Whether it’s in health, relationships, work, or just life… we encourage you to watch for opportunities where going first actually blesses, encourages, and serves others behind you.

Want to go first? Call us for a New Patient Appointment today!

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One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America

One of the Fastest Growing Companies in America

“With over 70,000 chiropractic practices in the United States alone, making Inc.’s 5,000 fastest growing companies seems like a shot in the dark – not for the award-winning staff at Corrective Chiropractic, who were recently named as the 3,926th fastest company in the country. The Inc. Magazine’s prestigious designation comes at the heels of Corrective Chiropractor opening its newest location in Marietta, GA, adding to the growing list of 8 locations in Georgia, South Carolina, and Colorado.”

Corrective Chiropractic Mission

The mission of Corrective Chiropractic has been to educate, empower, and inspire our communities. We want  to lead a proactive life through the principles of Chiropractic. The Founder of Corrective Chiropractic, Dr. Austin Cohen, shepherded well by prioritizing his Buckhead community at the center of his practice. At each location, community is the reason why our Corrective Chiropractic Doctors wake up in the morning. While our primary job as Chiropractors is to adjust our patients, we know that getting rid or relieving the pain will never be enough.

Fastest Growing Company Making a Difference

As a “teacher” in the profession, Corrective Chiropractic keeps our sight fixed on making a difference. Each Doctor, at each location, lives this out practically by having conversations with one’s patients about the real costs and adverse effects of medications versus the cost of chiropractic care. Our Doctors assist in changing the narrative by shifting one’s perspective from only thinking “right here, right now” to thinking long-term. Lastly, we are going out into the community to purposefully educate and empower people of all ages (especially our patients) to take action on their health. How? By encouraging them to take steps towards owning and managing a life with vitalism.

Thinking Long-Term as One of the Fastest Growing Companies

In conclusion, one of the most impactful ways that we, as Corrective Chiropractic Chiropractors, continue to serve our communities is by not making the mistake of thinking in terms of one generation. As Chiropractors, thinking in terms of one generation is not only shortsighted, but selfish. Sometimes, we can think that what we do for us is solely for us. It is… but it isn’t. It’s also for the third and fourth and fifth generations.

Healthy Communities for Generations

While we often think about right here and right now, Corrective Chiropractic aims to think about generation upon generation. Together, we fight for dreams that are bigger than what we alone can accomplish in our lifetime. For Corrective Chiropractic, the bigger the dream, the longer the timeline. Yes, it all starts right here in Georgia. However, the goal is to continue to raise healthy up communities for generations to come!

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Preventative Healthcare

Another week, another blog from your Corrective Chiropractic family! Who else looks forward to our small talks? As always, we are so excited to educate and empower you to live a life based on vitalism AKA preventative healthcare.

Preventative Healthcare

Today we are talking all about preventative healthcare. Why? Well, we often overlook the importance of preventative healthcare. If you have not already read our most recent blog, “Why Quick Fixes Aren’t The Answer,” we encourage you to go read that one first. We talk about how our “quick-fix” society tends to spill over into the way we approach our health.

For us, prevention means reducing the chances of problems arising in the first place. The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” You see, it is not always about the absence of disease, but rather learning how to take preventative actions. Rather than waiting until we are unwell and require expensive treatment, Corrective Chiropractic focuses on preventative healthcare and keeping our patients well from the very start.

Prevention Over Pain

When it comes to our physical bodies, our aim revolves around prevention instead of pain. A lot of people tend to measure their health by their level of pain. While pain is a warning that something in your body is not functioning correctly or healing properly… it is not a good indicator of whether or not you are healthy. Because of the close relationship to your nervous system, your spine plays a huge role in your health. Pain is usually a late finding of long-term spinal dysfunction. Luckily, it is also usually the first thing to go away again. However, that doesn’t mean that when it does your spine is functioning perfectly again.

Nervous System Function on Preventative Healthcare

As Chiropractors, our aim is to ensure that your spine and nervous system are functioning at optimal levels. As a result of better nervous system functioning, pain and other symptoms often go away. With that being said, it’s still good to have your spine checked regularly even if you do not have pain. Think about it! Your body is constantly changing. It is constantly adapting to what you do in your day to day. Sitting down, bending, lifting, falling, and accidents are all examples of daily stressors that can cause spinal problems over time.

Diagnostic Testing

Here in our office, we do a lot of diagnostic testing… which includes digital x-rays, muscle scans, thermal nerve scans, digital posture analysis, and range of motion assessments. The reason why we do all of this diagnostic testing is because we want to see what’s going on with you and your spine. Your findings will act as a window into your health. We love the saying, “To see is to know.” If you, yourself, don’t even know what your spine looks like or what kind of shape it is in… you might not ever do anything to correct it. Are you tracking with us? Preventative healthcare encourages us to do things for our health before we are in pain or before it’s too late. Corrective Chiropractic care is just the place to start for true health and healing! So, what are you waiting for?

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Healthy Lifestyle Habits

Healthy Lifestyle Habits

During this unknown and unpredictable season of life, we want to help you keep on track and create healthy lifestyle habits! Here at Corrective Chiropractic, we do not expect our patients to be perfect. Instead, we expect you to be great! How does one achieve greatness? By taking hold of their health and the health of their family.

What are Healthy Lifestyle Habits?

It all starts with creating healthy lifestyle habits. We encourage you to create healthy habits that aren’t just here for a short time, but here for a long time! Living a healthy lifestyle is so much more than just eating a nutritious breakfast. It’s about setting yourself up for success. It’s about making a plan and sticking to it! It’s about taking time for your healthy practices. It’s about moving your body daily! It’s about giving yourself grace when you’re not perfect. It’s about choosing better options! It’s about taking small steps every single day towards a more mindful life.

How Do I Start to Make Healthy Lifestyle Habits?

You might be asking yourself, “Well, that seems like a lot. Where do I start?” Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Take a moment to think about the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning. Once your alarm goes off… do you immediately roll over, grab your phone, and check all of your notifications? Do you find yourself responding to emails first-thing, scrolling through Facebook to play “catch up,” or ending up on someone’s Instagram page – just wishing you had more vacation time? If the answer is yes, it’s okay.

We’ve all been there. But be encouraged – there is a healthier way! For starters, consider your night routine. Do you sleep with your phone in the room? If so, try leaving your phone in the room outside your bedroom (or even the bathroom).  We want to allow ourselves to be able to go to bed without our phones. Not only will this optimize your sleep environment, but it will allow you to relax and prepare your body for sleep!

Put the Phone Away!

Another tip is to protect the last hour or two before your bedtime as a phone-free zone! LED screens (such as our cell phones & tablets) give off blue light, which is suggested to hinder the production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin and disrupt our circadian rhythms. While the reason is still not completely sure, it could be because blue light emits wavelengths that are similar to daylight. Moreover, our bodies can be deceived to think that it’s actually day time, even at night. Instead, enjoy some time reading a book, taking a bath to wind down, or even doing your recommended at-home exercises we’ve given you!

When you wake up, don’t let your phone rule your day! Instead, have a plan that will leave you feeling more filled! Maybe you will try waking up a little earlier to read, pray, or meditate? Maybe you will take 15 minutes to write down your goals / positive affirmations for the day? Maybe you will get in a 30-minute workout because you have a busy work schedule? Or maybe you will spend some time on your porch… sipping tea as you watch the sun start to rise? Think about something that brings your heart joy… something that grounds you… something that takes you puts you in a good head space. Now, that is how we want you to start your day!

Make It Happen!

Whatever you choose, we encourage you to make it happen! If you make a plan and tell yourself that you are going to wake up at 6:00 AM for a workout, but then snooze your alarm clock five times and procrastinate until it’s too late… the first thing that you are doing in your day is lying to yourself. Subconsciously, you start cutting corners and cheating yourself in other parts of your day. Make sense?

Creating a healthy morning routine is essential for your health! But please, don’t get stuck in feeling like you have to change everything all at once. We want you to slowly incorporate healthy habits into your routine. Remember – small steps will lead to a more sustainable lifestyle! For you, it might be turning your phone into “airplane mode” an hour or so before you go to bed. It might be sleeping without your phone right by your pillow at night. It might be adding in 30 minutes of exercise in the morning! It might be eating a healthy breakfast instead of scrolling through social media. It might be committing to the one thing you’ve been half-in on for awhile now.

There are a lot of people who say that the very first hour and the very last hour of our day are the most important hours of our whole day! Think about it… it really is so true! This week, try beginning and ending your day with small “wins” that are bound to help you be more productive and leave you more refreshed than ever. Ready, set, go!

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Are You Deficient in Omega-3s?

Are You Deficient in Omega-3s?

To get us going, let’s start with a little refresher on omega 3-s. Omega-3s are a type of essential fatty acid your body needs for a great number of natural system functions. Studies have shown that most Americans do not consume enough omega-3 fats and/or have an improper ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s.

Why Are Omega-3s Important?

In 2009, the Harvard School of Public Health published a review of individual risk factors that are attributable to specific deaths. According to its estimates, low omega-3 intake is EIGHTH on the list of the most serious risk factors that contribute to death. Shocking, right? That means that low omega-3 intake is responsible for up to 96,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

What Are The Health Risks of Low Omega-3s?

While there are no official guidelines for the right amount of omega-3’s one should consume each day… the ideal ratio of omega-6 foods to omega-3 foods is about equal to (or at least at) a 2:1 ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s. The risks of consuming too little omega-3s or too many omega-6s can lead to several health risks:

  • Inflammation (sometimes severe)
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Higher risk for heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Digestive disorders
  • Allergies
  • Arthritis
  • Mental disorders (like depression)
  • Poor brain development
  • Cognitive decline

Now, we do not tell you these risks to scare you. In fact, that is far from the truth. Instead, our goal is to EDUCATE you so that you are able to do better for your health and your family as a whole.

Benefits

One specific reason why omega-3 fatty acids are so beneficial to many aspects of our health is that they help decrease system-wide inflammation. Did you know? Inflammation is at the root cause of most diseases and is related to the development of nearly every major illness. Of course, some inflammation is essential for survival. It helps protect our bodies from infection & injury. However, when inflammation is chronic or excessive, it can cause more harm than good.

By eating a nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory diet… we allow our bodies to do what it does best – HEAL! Your body was literally designed to fight disease. All you have to do is give it the right environment!

The benefits of Omega 3’s may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Improved Heart Health
  • Battle Mental Disorders and Decline
  • Reduce Inflammation
  • Fight Autoimmune Diseases
  • Associated with Lower Cancer Risks
  • May Support Healthy Bones + Joints
  • Might Improve Sleep Quality
  • May Fight Menstrual Pain
  • Linked to Lower Degeneration Risk
  • Support Healthy Skin

Best Ways to Get Omega-3s

The best way to get enough omega-3s is by eating foods rich in the nutrient! Some of our favorite straight-from-the-source recommendations include salmon, walnuts, chia & flax seeds, albacore tuna, and egg yolks. If you decide to start supplementing to boost your omega-3 intake, make sure to ask us about which brand we trust + recommend to avoid any adverse reactions. By the way, did you know that we sell omega-3’s in house? Ask us about them!