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» Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care
» Consider Chiropractic Care For Certain Childhood Headaches
» Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes
» Donít Lose Sleep Over Late Night Workouts

Understanding Why Your Health History Is Critical to Excellent Chiropractic Care

Chiropractors gather a new patient's full health history before the first round of care because it's crucial to providing not just the right care, but also the right chiropractic care. It's more than giving an adjustment. It's also about treating you as a whole. The human body is intricate and interconnected, making every last piece of your physical and mental health valuable. Missing information can thwart even the most experienced chiropractor's effort to help you heal.

Health History and Whole Body Chiropractic

Filling out that health history form is a necessary process. Your health history sets the stage for what kind of care you need. It also offers clues to health issues you might not be aware of, and helps your doctor arrive at the right conclusion when seeking a diagnosis. Itís critical to treating you as a whole instead of just your symptoms.

Health history reveals a lot about your lifestyle, too. For example, if you come in with neck pain and your health history shows a change in lifestyle that revolves around a desk job, which coincides with developing neck pain, not only can your chiropractor adjust chiropractic methods to meet your needs, s/he can offer you lifestyle guidance on how to prevent desk job-induced neck pain.

Health history also serves the purpose of identifying the root cause of your health issue(s). Say that same neck pain patient was also in a car accident a year previous to the appointment. That's going to trigger another set of questions to determine whether it was the car accident or the desk job causing neck pain. The true root cause determines the best way to treat you. Your chiropractor can make connections you might have never considered.

Your Emotional Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Emotions manifest physically in so many ways. Positive emotions are life-giving while negative emotions can manifest as pain, hormone imbalances, impede organ function, give you headaches, rob you of sleep, upset your stomach, make you gain weight and so much more.

If a patient has so much pent up stress and anxiety, chiropractic doctors want to address that and make referrals as necessary. Sometimes a misalignment in the spine can lead to emotional distress, which then leads to physical ailments tied to where the misalignment is, like how high anxiety can give a person stomach issues. Addressing the root cause of your emotional imbalances can empower you to achieve true healing.

Chiropractic can help with emotional health in so many ways because of how it helps you physically. One of the most powerful ways is how the right adjustment in the right place can help restore proper neurological function. For example, that anxious patient with stomach issues likely has a lot of tension interfering with nerve signaling to the stomach. Chiropractic can help your body relax enough to curb anxiety and restore proper nerve signals, alleviating stomach issues in the process.

Your Current Health and Whole Body Chiropractic

Beyond the obvious that youíre at your trusted local chiropractor for obvious reasons, delving into your current health often unearths clues as to whatís going on. Candid conversations with your chiropractor help them get a better picture of whatís going on inside your body and gives them a better idea on how to best help you.

Your chiropractor wants to help you and connect you with the right care whenever your needs are best addressed by a different kind of health professional. There are so many ways chiropractic can do so much to help your body heal and achieve optimal health when they have the complete health history picture.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: ChiroPlanet.com


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Consider Chiropractic Care For Certain Childhood Headaches

Similar to adults, the impact headaches have on children can be substantial. Children suffering from headaches can experience struggles in school, sports, social life and just the fun of being a kid. The number of children suffering from headaches is also substantial. Fortunately, chiropractic care is not only effective in treating many headache-types in adults, research indicates it can also be effective in children. According to a 2009 national sampling of American children aged 4 to 18 years of age, 17% reported frequent or severe headaches including migraine within the previous 12 months. In 2019, a similar collection of headache data was obtained from 3,386 Australian children and adolescents aged 10 to 18 years of age. Collected data found 76% experienced one or more headaches in the previous 12 months. More specifically, 26% experienced mild headache(s) lasting less than 1 hour, 24% experienced migraine(s), 22% experienced tension-type headache(s), and 3% experienced headaches lasting more than 15 days/month. Also, 42% experienced restrictions in daily activities due to headaches. Additionally, a full 50% of those children and adolescent headache sufferers used medication for their headaches. In 2021, a Denmark study was published which investigated the effectiveness of chiropractic spinal manipulation vs. a sham manipulation in 7 to 14 year old children suffering from recurrent headaches. Researchers collected their data over a 5 year period. The data revealed chiropractic manipulation resulted in significantly few days with headaches. The researchers concluded, "Chiropractic spinal manipulation resulted in fewer headaches and higher global perceived effect, with only minor side effects." If you have a child that is suffering from headaches, consider having them evaluated by your local chiropractor. Chiropractic care is safe, effective and non-invasive. Many chiropractors also offer a no obligation evaluation at no cost.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: J Headache Pain 20, 101 (2019)


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Study Links Inactivity to Diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is an ever-increasing and insidious health risk. Studies in the past have linked the lack of physical activity to the risk of becoming diabetic. A new study conducted by Gibbs and his colleagues on 2,027 overweight people between the ages of 38 and 50 showed a definite correlation between a lack of daily physical activity and the increased risk of diabetes. Although certain elements of the study were critiqued by other professionals, the overall feeling was that the study once again demonstrated that being sedentary for up to 10 hours per day was a definitive factor in being at risk for developing diabetes. The study supported the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle as well as a lifestyle that limits inactivity. People who were sedentary for a minimum of 10 hours per day were more than twice as likely to end up with glucose tolerance issues leading to diabetes than people whose daily sedentary time was less than 6 hours per day. The study suggests that people with daily sedentary behavior can reduce their risk of developing glucose intolerance impairment and subsequently developing diabetes by adding a regimen of daily physical activity to their behavior.

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Diabetes Care, online July 8, 2015


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Donít Lose Sleep Over Late Night Workouts

Have a hectic schedule that leaves the only opportunity for you to workout later in the day or at night? Many individuals naturally assume that working out later in the day or at night will keep them from getting a good nights rest. New information suggests this may not be the case. Recently, 1,000 participants completed either a phone or web-based questionnaire with questions related to sleep and physical activity. According to the results and contrary to what one might think, individuals who engaged in moderate to vigorous exercise within 4 hours of going to sleep reported having the same quality of sleep as those who did not exercise. Even with those findings, experts recommended that the late night workouts within a few hours of sleep be less intense and that what may work for one individual, could affect another individual differently. So while late night workouts may not be for everyone, they actually do appear to work for some. If the only time to squeeze in a workout is at night, itís definitely worth giving it a try!

Author: ChiroPlanet.com
Source: Sleep Medicine, online February 10, 2014.


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