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What is “Alternative Medicine”?

massageAlternative medicine, as a whole, is exactly what it sounds like – an alternative form of healing when compared to “traditional” medicine, which is what those of us (by and large) here in the Western world are typically accustomed to. Alternative medicine encompasses a vast array of treatments and practices, and is often times used by patients in conjunction with standard medical practices.
There are a multitude of different forms of alternative medicine, many of which the general population really doesn’t know all that much about. Here at Fletcher Chiropractic, we want to make sure that our patients have all the information regarding the different types of care available – after all, it is the care of your body that we’re talking about, which means that you should have a say in the type of treatment it receives. With that said, we thought we’d take just a few minutes to review some of the more common types of alternative medicine available to patients.
Chiropractic is the most common type of “alternative medicine” in the US today.  It is the diagnosis and treatment and musculoskeletal system ailments.  It focuses more on a natural approach to health and it involves the use of hand on therapy consisting of joint manipulation and soft tissue therapies including exercise rehabilitation and muscle therapy.
Lets now talk about acupuncture. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese healing practice that involves placing very thin needles at very specific points along the body. The purpose behind acupuncture is to release the flow of the body’s vital energy (chi) by stimulating points along the energy pathways. Acupuncture is often turned to for the treatment of pain, however it’s quite handy for treating a variety of other ailments and conditions, as well.
Next up is acupressure. Acupressure is quite similar to acupuncture except that, in lieu of needles, pressure is applied to certain points along the body’s energy channels. Acupressure is used to relieve blockages along these channels so that energy can flow freely which, in turn, restores wellness to the patient.
Now, what about homeopathy? Homeopathy is based on the principle of treating “like with like”, meaning that a substance that – when taken in large quantities – causes an adverse reaction that can, in turn, be used in very small quantities to treat those same symptoms. Homeopaths work with their patients to gather extensive histories and background information prior to prescribing a remedy. The remedies are a highly diluted substance (which usually come in a liquid or tablet-like form) that are meant to jumpstart the body’s natural systems of healing.
Next on the list is naturopathic medicine. Doctors of naturopathy receive training in both alternative and conventional medicine and seek to understand what’s causing an illness by looking at the mental, spiritual, and physical symptoms that manifest within the patient. Naturopathy involves a variety of treatment techniques, which can include nutritional counseling, behavioral changes, homeopathy, acupuncture, acupressure, and herbal medicine.
The last form of alternative medicine that we’re going to look at today is reflexology. Reflexology involves applying pressure to specific areas on the ears, feet, and hands – the theory is that these points correspond to different bodily systems and organs. By applying pressure to these points, it is believed that specific organs – and overall health – will be benefited in a positive manner.
Here at Fletcher Chiropractic, located in Lincoln, Nebraska, we want to make sure that our patients are healthy from head to toe! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the services that we provide – including chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutritional counseling – please don’t hesitate to give us a call.
source: medicinenet.com; healthline.com

Muscle cramps and how to make them stop?

At one time or another, we have all gotten that muscle cramp in the middle of the night that can be the most annoying pain ever. Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason why we get them but there are things that we can do to help them.

Muscle cramps are involuntary contractions of muscle and can occur in multiple muscles. They are commonly called a Charley horse or a muscle spasm. You can get a muscle cramp any time and in any muscle but most commonly, they occur in the calf or lower leg.

What causes a muscle cramp?

Muscle cramps can be caused by a variety of things including dehydration, insufficient warm up and stretching, vitamin deficiencies, fatigue or overexercising and a variety of other things. Cramps are most commonly seen after a vigorous workout, sitting too long in a awkward position like a long flight or trauma to the muscle. Medications can also cause muscle cramps as a common side effect.

How to prevent muscle cramps

Stretch/warm up: Once a cramp is present, movement is the best medicine. Walking, wiggling the leg or pumping the ankles/feet helps to alleviate the pain and stretch the muscle.

Drink water. Staying hydrated is super important when dealing with muscle cramps. If you are not well hydrated, the lactic acid that is produced with exercising and movement builds up, and can cause more acute muscle cramps.

Eat vitamin/mineral rich foods with K, Ca and Mg: Potassium, calcium and magnesium are all responsible for helping with muscle contraction. Foods like bananas, nuts and dark leafy vegetables all help to provide those much needed vitamins and minerals.  Supplements can be taken if needed when eating the appropriate foods can not be done.

Get a massage. Massage is great for muscle cramps to help alleviate pain and cramping by helping to increase blood flow and nutrition to the cramped muscle.

Use ice. A cold compress can help when the muscle cramp is due to acute injury or is more of a side effect from a chronic, more serious issue like restless leg syndrome.

Take a warm bath/heat. Heat may also be appropriate for chronic muscle cramps that seem to occur more than a few times a week. A good soak in a bath with some bath salts can help ease stiff and sore muscles that may be at a higher likelihood of experiencing a  muscle cramp.

As a general advisory, if the muscle cramps occur more than a few times a week or last more than 10 minutes, contact your healthcare provider for more medical advice.

Muscle cramps can be a pain in the horse’s…. but they can be helped and prevented with the tips we have given you today.  So get out there and have some fun.  The doctors at Fletcher Chiropractic in Lincoln, Ne are very knowledgeable on all things muscle and joint related, including nutrition and exercise advice. Just remember that if the pain is lingering around, seek care from a healthcare or medical professional.

Colic, Reflux, and Chiropractic

BabyA colicky baby can make even the most seasoned parent feel helpless and, for first-time parents, hopeless. Because of the fact that babies (obviously) can’t use words to let us know how they’re feeling, it becomes infinitely more difficult to figure out what it is that they’re trying to tell us when they cry. And, if the crying continues despite your best efforts – fresh diaper, full tummy, rocked, snuggled, and swaddled – what’s a parent to do?
Lots of parents will do frantic searches on the internet – desperately hoping that Google can provide much needed answers as well as tips for relief. Trips to the pediatrician are made and, barring and obvious illness or injury, parents are sent home with the diagnosis of “colic” or “reflux” and a prescription for pricey medication.
The big question here is – are those your only options?
Here at Fletcher Chiropractic, our answer is a resounding “NO”! Chiropractic care of infants is safe, effective, and natural – in fact, it’s safe for a baby to be adjusted from the day that they’re born. Techniques are modified for their tiny little bodies, allowing for gentle relief.
As we’ve discussed previously, the purpose of chiropractic care is to help your body heal itself. This is done by relieving stress that’s placed on spinal nerves – something that can occur when the spine isn’t functioning correctly. Because the spine houses the spinal cord, a misaligned spine can interfere with your body’s ability to transmit appropriate information to your brain and, since our central nervous system controls everything in our body (breathing, heartbeat, digestion, etc), it’s imperative that everything be in excellent working order. When stress on spinal nerves is finally relieved, our bodies can function much more efficiently.
When dealing with babies, we are as gentle as can be – so gentle, in fact, that sometimes they fall asleep right there in our arms! As we examine your little one, we’ll check the full length of their spine for any type of misalignment. Once the problem area(s) is located, an adjustment will be performed – sometimes this is such a relief to these tiny patients of ours that you can almost see them relax as everything realigns.
So next time your little ones are fussy and not feeling their best, give our office a call and see how our doctors can help you and your little one feel better.

Contact

Fletcher Chiropractic
Phone: 402-261-5766
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Lincoln Location
4300 S 48th St Suite 7
Lincoln, NE 68516

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208 W 2nd St
Valparaiso, NE 68065

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