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Women’s Health and Hormones

Mother and Daughter

The word “hormones” is mentioned frequently when it comes to women’s health. But many people may not know the extent to which hormonal changes and imbalances can affect female health — or the parts of female physiology they can affect.

Hormones are “signaling molecules” that are produced by the glands and transported throughout the body. They regulate the function of organs, the growth and organization of cells, and the development of sexual characteristics.

When people refer to hormones in terms of their relation to female health, they are usually referring to sex hormones. In females, the three sex hormones are estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone.

What Do Female Sex Hormones do?

Female sex hormones are responsible for a number of functions in the body. Firstly, they facilitate the development of sexual characteristics. This includes the development of the breasts, an increase of fat deposits in the stomach, hips, and buttocks, and the start of menstruation.

Sex hormones are also responsible for keeping a mother and baby healthy during pregnancy. Progesterone, in particular, helps support a growing baby in utero and send nutrients to it via the placenta. It also helps regulate the mother’s metabolism throughout her pregnancy.

Sex hormones also play an enormous role in a woman’s libido and menstrual cycle, including menstruation, ovulation, and even menopause. The role of these sex hormones is extensive, and hormonal deficiencies can have an enormous effect on many aspects of female health.

Symptoms of Hormonal Imbalance or Insufficiency

Hormone deficiencies can affect everything from weight gain to libido, pregnancy, and more.

Insufficient levels of estrogen and progesterone, in particular, can have a serious effect on your libido. Women with low hormone levels may have very little desire for sex. Sex can also be painful as estrogen plays a part in vaginal lubrication. Low estrogen levels can cause vaginal dryness. Suffering from low libido may also mean women have difficulty reaching orgasm.

Testosterone plays a much larger role in sexual health in men, but it is also present in small amounts in women. Testosterone imbalances can also cause sexual issues, such as low libido. But too much testosterone can also negatively impact female health. Women with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) have higher-than-average levels of testosterone. This can result in excessive body hair growth, ovarian cysts, weight fluctuations, hair loss, mood swings, libido issues, acne, irregular periods, and infertility.

How Hormonal Imbalances Can Affect Menstrual and Pregnancy Health

Female sex hormones also play a large role in the health of their reproductive system. Low levels of sex hormones can mean irregular periods and suppressed ovulation. This can lead to difficulty conceiving. Many women who have hormonal imbalances have difficulty getting pregnant. However, having a hormonal insufficiency or excess does not necessarily mean you cannot have children. It may mean that you should talk to your doctor about hormonal supplements if you are trying to get pregnant.

Hormonal imbalances can also affect pregnancy for many women. Some research suggests that low levels of progesterone may be related to a risk of miscarriage. If you have low progesterone during your pregnancy, your doctor may suggest a hormonal supplement.

How Hormonal Imbalances Affect Daily Life

Although hormonal imbalances can have significant effects in the long term, they may also cause issues for you on a daily basis. Vaginal dryness, irritability, depression, anxiety, or a low sex drive are all associated with hormonal deficiencies in women. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor. They may be able to run tests to pinpoint the cause of your issues.

What Is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis x-ray film

One of the most common problems with the spine is a condition called scoliosis. Scoliosis usually develops as children go through puberty even though it can develop at other times of life as well. It refers to a curvature of the spine. Most of the time, scoliosis is mild and does not develop any further. However, severe cases can lead to a deformity in the spinal cord and a loss of ability or even damage to surrounding organs.

Doctors are not sure exactly what causes scoliosis. Genetic components appear to play at least some part. However, other developmental or neuromuscular conditions may affect the development of scoliosis. The condition may also be caused by an injury to the spinal cord.

While it is not life-threatening, scoliosis can cause a host of health issues or even disability. For this reason, it is incredibly important to receive prompt and professional treatment.

How Do I Know If I Have Scoliosis?

Adult scoliosis is not common. If you have already passed your teenage years, the chances are that you no longer are at risk for scoliosis. However, it can sometimes develop in adults as well as teens and pre-teens.

The signs of scoliosis generally are some amount of unevenness in the body. This might mean carrying one shoulder or hip higher than the other or having a more prominent clavicle on one side. If you notice any of these signs in yourself or in your child, make an appointment with your doctor.

If they think that your symptoms are a cause for concern, they will evaluate you for scoliosis.

How Is Scoliosis Diagnosed?

Diagnosing scoliosis may be a little bit more complicated than you expect. Your doctor will ask you to bend at the waist, hanging your arm at your sides. This lets them see if there are any uneven spots in your back, such as ribs that stand out. They may also run an X-ray to do an interior visual assessment.

Scoliosis can be related to other conditions, so your doctor might check for those as well. For example, a tumor growing in the abdominal cavity can push the spine out of alignment. Similarly, scoliosis can be related to certain neurological conditions, so they may also assess for those. However, suspecting scoliosis does not immediately mean you have another more serious condition.

How Is Scoliosis Treated?

There are a number of treatments for scoliosis. Your recommended course of treatment will depend on the severity of your condition as well as other factors. If the curves in your spine are advanced or very large, more invasive treatment may be necessary. The location of the curves can also be of note. For example, curves in the thoracic vertebrae are more likely to become more serious as time goes on.

Children who have scoliosis may be fitted with a back brace. This may be a good choice if their condition is not too far advanced. Back braces are not a good choice for adults diagnosed with scoliosis. This is because back braces require softer bones that are still growing to shape them effectively. It is important to note, however, that back braces do not “cure” scoliosis. They simply stop the advancement of the condition.

Chiropractic Care and Scoliosis

If you visit a chiropractor regularly, they may be the first to notice misalignments or awkward angles in your spine and torso. If your chiropractor says they think you may have scoliosis, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your family doctor as well. The best plan of care is having both a chiropractor and doctor working together. Fletcher Chiropractic offers many care options outside of spine adjustment that can help with the discomfort caused by scoliosis. If you worry you may have scoliosis or know you have it but struggle with the pain it causes, come find out what Dr. Kadi and Dr. Curtis Fletcher can do to help manage your discomfort or pain. 

Chiropractic care: common questions asked and answered

Doctor explains back pain and chiropractic care with a model of a spine suspended on a rod.

In our chiropractic practice, patients ask a lot of different questions. The most common questions are usually: “What is going on and can you help me?”, “How long will it take?”, and “How much is it going to cost?”. Usually when someone comes to see a chiropractor initially, they are in some sort of pain. When someone is in pain, they usually want the pain to go away quickly and sometimes it does not happen right away. Let’s talk a little about the three questions that most commonly get asked.

The What?

“What is going on?” is a multi-dimensional question because pain is complex. Pain can be caused from many different things and situations Pain can be caused by inflammation, joint dysfunction, muscle strain/sprain, disc herniation, and arthritis and so on, just to name a few. The diagnosis of these issues is most important as that can change how a person will be treated and how we as chiropractors can help. This is one reason why an examination is important. It helps the doctors figure out what is wrong and how to correctly treat it. Chiropractic care can help with many conditions like the ones listed above. There can be a few situations that chiropractic care may not be recommended for but our chiropractors are good at looking for those situations. The ultimate goal should be to help you feel better, move better, be healthier, and be happier.

How long?

When you have pain, people hate this word the most: TIME. When you have pain, everyone wants to feel better the quickest they can and sometimes that is not possible right away. Most conditions didn’t just start over night, and they don’t go away overnight. Many musculoskeletal issues take time to develop and will take time to correct. Even posture and ergonomics takes time to change as it involves breaking habits and creating new ones. It doesn’t matter what the condition or treatment is, things take time to heal.

Everyone has to do their part, including exercise and nutrition for the patient, whereas the providers will perform some soft tissue therapy, acupuncture, or an chiropractic adjustment depending on what the diagnosis is. Compliance is huge when it comes to healing which is why providers make recommendations. Following the recommendations means giving us and your body a few visits over a few weeks to help the situation at hand heal and become stronger.

What cost?

Cost is probably the bigger factor for some people. Insurance or no insurance can affect the cost of treatment. We try to know everyone’s health care benefits before a visit so contact us to see what your benefits may be because we want you to feel better. We are in-network with most insurance companies but do have benefits for the non-insured. Remember, good health means a better you. Bad health and you can not do, move, or focus on anything else.

So the questions “WHAT is going on?”, “HOW long will this take?” and “Cost of this?”, all depend on you and your situation. Try Chiropractic Care today. How we can help you?

What Role Does Food Play in our Health?

Role Does Food Play: variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and nuts displayed in an ornamental fashionThe way you nourish your body influences many different aspects of your health. In fact, you may not even be aware of the ways that your diet might change your health for the better — or worse. Everyone knows that high levels of sugar or lots of bad fat can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and other conditions. But what are the other ways that food affects your health, even on a day-to-day basis?

Cardiovascular Disease
You probably know that many types of foods — especially foods that are common in the American diet — put you at a higher risk of cardiovascular disease. Heart conditions are among the leading causes of death in the United States. This is not surprising, considering that the average American diet contains a high amount of fatty foods and few heart-healthy foods.
Coronary heart disease occurs when the valves of the heart build up with plaque, narrowing the flow of blood through the organ. This also raises the likelihood of a blood clot forming in the heart, which can lead to a heart attack. Fat and cholesterol-heavy foods are one of the leading culprits in the formation of heart disease.
Foods that contribute to heart disease include animal products like meat (especially red meat) and dairy products. Having a diet high in grains can also contribute to cardiovascular disease.
However, many foods can contribute to better heart health. These include leafy greens, such as spinach; berries; healthy fats, such as avocado and fish; nuts; chocolate; and legumes.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is at least partially genetic. However, the foods that you eat play a significant role in your risk of developing the disease. It is also related to being overweight, which is often related to diet (as well as exercise and genetics).
Diabetes develops at least partially as a result of a diet that is high in fat and sugar and low in fiber. Eating empty-calorie, high-fat meals that are lacking in healthy protein and plant matter cause your pancreas to work less efficiently. Of course, one of the biggest culprits in the development of type 2 diabetes is sugar, especially in the form of desserts, such as cookies, candy, and cake.
However, a number of foods can help you to fight the onset of type 2 diabetes. If you have a genetic disposition to develop the disease, you may want to adjust your diet. The best foods to keep blood sugar levels in check include Greek yogurt, fish, leafy greens, cinnamon, eggs, and nuts. It is also important to eat plenty of fiber to avoid the onset of diabetes.

Obesity
The United States has a high rate of obesity, which can lead to a huge number of health conditions. Obesity has many causes, including genetics, a lack of exercise, and a poor diet. A high-sugar, high-fat diet with too many calories is the quickest way to become obese. However, another crucial factor is your eating habits, which can include when you eat and whether you overeat (including eating when you are not hungry). Obesity can lead to such health conditions as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, stroke, fatty liver disease, and breathing problems.

At Fletcher Chiropractic, we believe that a healthy diet leads to a better quality of life and is likely to increase your lifespan. Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for Americans. However, eating a diet full of healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and protein may help to extend your life.

The Role of Chiropractic Care in Integrative Health

Integrative healthcare

The healthcare industry is constantly advancing. Recently, these advancements have placed chiropractic care in a bigger role in a patient’s integrative health.

Integrative care means all providers, such as primary care, orthopaedics, therapist, and chiropractic professionals, collaborate and engage their evidence-based scope to deliver an optimal treatment plan for a patient. This practice minimizes medical errors, reduces prescription painkiller use, and provides complete care for the patient.

A patient’s care improves substantially when care providers communicate and work together in regards to the patient’s needs. Safe alternatives can be used instead of prescription drugs as the patient gets access to more avenues of treatment than they would have in the past. This can reduce costs for both patients and providers. Healthcare providers also benefit in this setting—as patient satisfaction improves, they are more inclined to refer a friend or loved one to their medical providers, leading to more business.

With the cost of healthcare in the U.S. on the rise, the bill for traditional treatment may be too heavy a burden for patients to foot. While certain injuries do require specific care, conservative methods offered through chiropractic can go a long way in treating injuries and prolonging back health.

As we have mentioned in past blog posts, the spinal column acts as the main highway for nerves and neurons to travel throughout the body; messages from the fingers are sent throughout the nervous system, through the spinal column, and up into the brain receptors. Spinal care pathways are increasingly seen as the future for effective pain management, as a blocked pathway leads to pain. Chiropractors are the ideal professional sought out by patients when managing back care by unblocking these spinal pathways. For example, while many forms of chronic back pain are treated with prescription painkillers that add up in costs over time, conservative methods, such as spinal manipulation, fixing posture, and strengthening the back and its support systems, can take the pressure off painful areas in the spine. Focusing on health and wellness, mobility, and independence aids the spine tremendously while decreasing the patient’s risk of developing a dependence to pain killers.

These recent shifts in healthcare provide additional room for doctors, chiropractors, and other professionals to collaborate and optimize their patients’ overall care. Now, more than ever, patients are encouraged to scout multiple treatment options. This is not to say that all patients should receive care from multiple professionals no matter what their reason, a patient may only see a doctor or only a chiropractor if the treatment fits their prescription, but patients whose condition needs multiple professionals and areas of expertise are encouraged to explore these options. This is what integrative health is about.

With greater advancements in technology and accessible healthcare, patients yearn for greater personalization that benefits their specific needs. Medical and health professionals are aware of these changes and the use of chiropractic care in integrative health is just one of the many ways patients can personalize their treatment.

The cost of medical treatment is likely to increase as the medical field and its technologies advance. As these advances assimilate into the medical professions, communication among a patient’s multidisciplinary team must increase as well to create the most efficient (both, adequate and cost-effective) treatment plans. Effective integration will improve public perception of chiropractic care while simultaneously improving the results for the patient seeking treatment—the ultimate end goal for any medical professional.

Sciatica: Exploring the Chiropractic Treatment Options

Low Back Pain

If you are experiencing pain in the lumbar region in your spine, glute, and even down the back of your leg, there is a good chance that your sciatic nerve is the root cause. This pain is caused by a condition known as Sciatica.

Sciatica may be caused by a herniated disk, bone spur, or spinal stenosis, which applies pressure to the sciatic nerve. The agony caused by Sciatica can be debilitating, have a significant impact on your life, and is often difficult to relieve. This pain can come in the form of numbness, tingling, stabbing, and nagging, and it’s common for patients to feel multiple types simultaneously.

Chiropractors are experts when it comes to the musculoskeletal system and know how to manipulate the spine to promote healing within the body. They treat the problem rather than the symptoms. Like we’ve said before, many painful problems throughout the body can lead back to the spine. The spine houses the central portion of your nervous system—it acts as the main highway that sends messages throughout the body. Problems such as headaches or aches in the limbs may be traced back to a spinal misalignment. This concept can be applied to Sciatica, especially when the pain caused by the aggravated sciatic nerve shoots down your leg.

Fortunately, chiropractors offer many forms of treatment for Sciatica.

Chiropractic manipulations realign the spine to assure everything is working fluidly. These alignments help relieve the pressure on the affected area and lead to a reduction in pain. The nerves will no longer be blocked by the compressed spinal area and will no longer be bogged down by a traffic jam of neurological communication. Chiropractic manipulations promote your body’s healing capabilities and are a great source of sciatic pain relief.

Acupuncture is also a technique used to promote your body’s internal communication and access it’s own healing abilities. The very fine needles, only inserted ¼ of an inch to one inch into the skin, stimulate the nerves, sending signals to the brain that release mood-boosting chemicals. While acupuncture will not realign your spine like chiropractic manipulations, it can be a great supplement to alleviate pain and improve neurological communication.

If needed, chiropractors can consult with your doctor and work together to create the best treatment plan for you. The first step in treating Sciatica is a spine evaluation, which may be followed by an MRI, x-ray, or CT scan. This way, the health experts can confirm that the sciatic nerve is the source of the problem.

Unless your Sciatica is caused by a herniated disk, patients may be required to simply wait for the problem to subside. For many, this can be a stressful and uncertain timeline, especially if the pain is significant. Instead of waiting for the problem to subside by masking it with painkillers, take command of your health and seek conservative treatment from a chiropractor. 

Do not let Sciatica hold you back from living a healthy life. If your pain matches these symptoms, or if you have any nagging injuries that just won’t go away, schedule a visit at Fletcher Chiropractic. Explore our website to discover all the treatment options we do; chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture are just a few examples of our many services.

How Chiropractic Care Improves Athletic Performance

Athletes benefit from Chiropractics

Spring is usually the time of year where injuries begin to surface for school-aged athletes. For most athletes, summers consist of offseason summer camps or baseball and softball, which are relatively low impact activities when compared to school-year sports. After the summer offseason, multi-sport athletes encounter a combination of high-impact sports like volleyball, football, wrestling and basketball. These sports are strenuous, and adding the intensity of spring track and field season can bring nagging injuries to fruition. 

Athletes experience amazing benefits from chiropractic care not only when ailments arise, but with routine realignments throughout the season. An athlete’s body experiences tremendous amounts of stress weekly and often require different forms of chiropractic care than the average chiropractic patient. 

This type of care is not limited to athletes with sport-specific stress and ailments, however, it includes people who engage in frequent rigorous activities such as weightlifting, CrossFit, powerlifting and other forms of strenuous exercise. Athletes of all shapes and sizes benefit tremendously from chiropractic care.

The spine and core are used for almost every motion in life but are required in every function in sports. With the number of high impact motions an athlete performs, it is only a matter of time before an the spine can become misaligned. Athleticism will be hindered significantly when the spine and core are burdened with ailments, ultimately affecting the athlete’s play and increasing their odds of further injury.

Spinal misalignment impacts the entire body. The spinal column houses the central nervous system. All nerves in the body lead back to the spinal column, which then funnels the nervous system and its communication up to the brain. Think of the brain as the Atlantic Ocean, the spinal column as the Mississippi River, and the nerves scattered throughout the body at the tributaries that travel to it. Like the flow of the US river systems, the neurological messaging eventually leads to the Atlantic. 

Any hiccups and hindrances along this neurological pathway can cause pain in other areas of the body. A painful shoulder may be caused by a misalignment in the upper portion of the spinal column. Shooting leg pain can be caused by an impediment in the lower spinal segments. Subluxations, or minor spinal misalignments, can cause pains in different regions of the body. It’s not uncommon for pain in a limb to be a sign or side effect of subluxation in the spinal column, but it can be fixed with chiropractic care and mobility work.

Chiropractors will find and correct these minor misalignments with spinal manipulation, which is done by physically adjusting the spine. A properly aligned spine will optimize the body’s performance and healing potential. When most think of a body’s “healing potential” they think of healing from an injury, but it’s actually more significant. The body always experiences break down during physical activity, such as the micro tears that occur in muscles that recover to become stronger—it’s how that process works. When the body’s healing potential is optimized, so is the recovery from daily workouts. With this optimization, so too is an athlete’s recovery and progress toward their performance goals optimized. 

Chiropractic care will also help athletes with more painful injuries. While some injuries do require visits to orthopedic doctors, chiropractic care can also be added to the regime to reduce pain and improve healing. Chiropractors and doctors will work together to provide the right treatment for an athlete’s injury.

A well-aligned body will also improve posture, which will in-turn improve mobility and form throughout practices, training and sporting events. When an athlete uses proper form, the chance of injury is minimized. For instance, landing poorly during a long jump or while lifting, increases the chances of injury. An adequately-aligned body will improve an athlete’s ability to keep great form throughout competition and training.

Is Posture important?

Bad posture versus good posturePosture is the position of someone’s body when doing an activity. This activity can be any activity including sitting, standing, or even sleeping. Ergonomics is also a big part of posture and is more the activity you are performing in a work environment.

The spine should have curvatures that correlate with certain areas along with proper alignment of extremities. We look at someone’s posture from two different angles: the side standing and straight on when standing. The side view should show that someone’s ear lines up with the lateral shoulder, lateral hip, and lateral ankle. The view from straight ahead should show that someone is similar and level when comparing the left side of your body to your right side; as in when imagining the person is split in half with an imaginary line.

When poor posture is present, it alters your bio-mechanics and alignment, which causes stress to you and your body. It can cause muscle imbalances where certain muscles become stronger than their antagonist muscle are weaker. A good example of this is when someone with stronger chest muscles and weaker back muscles.

So is posture important? You betcha. A good example would be those people who work at the computer most of the day. The head tends to move forward over the neck causes what is called forward head posture. When this occurs, the weight of your head can increase up to 40 pounds, depending on how far your head is forward in relation to your neck position. So good posture is important for body mechanics but someone with good posture is also seen as more presentable and confident in business. Furthermore, it is less stress on you allowing your body to move and function better, resulting in less tightness and sometime pain symptoms.

Treatment options could include:

  • practicing proper ergonomics/activity modification- preventing future issues
  • an adjustment- to keep your body moving correctly
  • therapeutic exercises/stretches – to help correct/strengthen weaker muscles
  • Soft tissue/muscle work- to help stretch/massage/release the stronger muscles
  • Nutrition- Many reasons but plenty of water to hydrate yourself

So how is your posture? Give us a call today to see how our chiropractors can help you correct your posture and live a less stressful life.

Does Technology Cause Back Pain?

Does technology cause back pain?

Manual labor jobs are on the decline thanks to advancements in technology. Jobs are becoming less physically demanding as the workforce moves from the factory lines to the desk. Technology has certainly made our lives more sedentary.

But as technology makes our lives easier, it comes with problems. Many things in life work as a bell curve. There are limits to everything, as both ends of the bell curve have extremes that should be avoided—too much of a good thing becomes counterproductive. 

This idea applies to technology in the workforce. Manual labor’s peak caused immense physical ailments to line factory workers—there was too much labor and not enough rest. As the workforce migrates from manual labor to desk jobs that are almost exclusively sedentary, researchers are finding that too much not-moving is increasing low back pain throughout the first-world. 

The prevalence of low back pain is on the rise and is unlikely to plateau anytime soon. Researchers believe much of this is due to the increasing number of inactive, or sedentary, workers. In the past, manual labor jobs forced people to be active. Today, people are sedentary at work and have the choice to be sedentary at home.

The body adjusts to its lifestyle and a sedentary body will adapt accordingly. For instance, it’s common knowledge that muscles weaken with an inactive lifestyle. When people think of weak muscles, they think of small arms and a weak bench press. But this is not the case. Gym-goers and active people aren’t just training to “look hot.” Sure, they don’t have a day dedicated to lower back, but each activity they do strengthens their lower back. Just like the bell curve mentioned earlier, however, too much activity can also lead to back pain and potential injury. 

How sedentariness causes back pain

When a sedentary person’s lower back muscles weaken, more force is applied to the spine ancauses back problems. Low back pain can ruin an entire day. This is because your lower back is used in almost everything. Do you remember in gym class when the teacher would torture the class with a core workout? Do you remember how your abdominals hurt when doing anything the next day? The same applies to your lower back. What many people do not realize is that your low back is actually a part of your core, not just your abdominals. 

The core portion of your body plays a vital role in twisting, lifting and stability, functions that are utilized in all forms of exercise. When your body is active, no matter the activity, your core is engaged and firing. But don’t worry, it won’t hurt like gym class the next day. Core muscles are stability muscles and take much more effort to cause soreness. 

In addition, the increases in sedentary lifestyles also correlate with the increasing prevalence of obesity. The lack of activity leads to lower caloric usage and a decreased metabolism—less activity leads to less muscle mass, which causes the body to burn fewer calories.

How to fix, or manage, lower back pain before it’s too late

Chronic back pain can eventually become severe enough to cause permanent problems. But fortunately, many cases of chronic low back pain have multiple avenues to actively treat, halt and even reverse their effects. Exercises such as weightlifting, jogging, walking, active hobbies or simply remaining active with your children are some the more common ways, as long as this activity is frequent throughout each week. In addition, chiropractic manipulations will realign your spinal column, alleviate pain and prepare you for your new active lifestyle. 

It’s important to note that the core of your body is used in almost every motion. Back pain will happen to everyone due to the sheer exposure to injury opportunities. But these flare-ups will become episodes, not daily ailments, as you become active and strengthen those muscles.

Child Ear Infections: Symptoms, Side Effects, and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Ear Infections in Children

Children commonly experience ear infections, most frequently from infancy to around 8 years old. After this age range, the likelihood of ear infection falls off tremendously.

The major reason behind the dramatic fall off of ear infections is caused by the changes in anatomy, meaning that a child’s current developing anatomy is the main burden causing these ear infections. As a child grows, which they do rather rapidly, joints, passageways shift, sometimes into abnormal positions. Some of these passageways and joints become fixated in positions that hinder proper function; positions they will not be in once growth in finished, usually around adulthood. This is the case with ear infections.

But did you know chiropractic adjustments can help prevent these ear infections?

To start, let’s first address ear infections. What causes them?

Most ear infections are caused by viral or bacterial infections. The eustachian tubes run from the ear to the back of the throat and act as the main highway of the ears draining processes. When these tubes become swollen or blocked, fluids can build up, creating a list of unwanted side effects such as ear pain, pressure, dizziness, impaired hearing and can even impair balance. This can be especially problematic for young children. 

Similar to how humans are more susceptible to Osgood Shlatter and Sever’s Disease during puberty, early childhood is the time of a person’s life where the eustachian tubes are most susceptible to clogging.

So how can chiropractic care help?

Routine chiropractic care is safe, non-invasive and non-addictive for everyone. Chiropractors know that children need a different form of adjustments, so the chiropractic manipulation techniques used by the chiropractor are more gentle and tender. Sometimes children may only need to have a joint realigned or stretch out and head in the correct position to solve a problem using no force whatsoever. But other techniques will apply very minimal force.

Routine chiropractic adjustments keep your body in line and keep the ways your body communicate with itself free of roadblocks. This is how chiropractic care can aid in preventing ear infections. These routine adjustments will shift the eustachian tubes and their surrounding parts into proper alignment, allowing them to drain as they are intended.

Be proactive, look for these symptoms in children for signs of an ear infection, as they develop quite rapidly. If caught in the early stages, chiropractic care might be the only solution you will need to solve the problem and avoid antibiotics entirely.

  • Ear pain, worsened when lying down
  • Difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • Fluid drainage from the ear(s)
  • Hearing problems, which will increase as the infection progresses
  • Loss of balance
  • Fever
  • Head ache

Child, specific symptoms

  • Tugging or pulling the ear
  • Difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • Increased crying
  • Irritability
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Fever

Long Term Side Effects

Despite treatment for ear infections being relatively routine, ear infections cause lasting side effects, when left untreated or occur to frequently can cause:

  • Impaired hearing, specifically if the middle ear becomes permanently damaged.
  • Speech or development delays: Children are like sponges, they have much to learn in their early years in order to build a solid foundation used in all aspects of their adult life. If children have trouble hearing because of an ear infection, they will have trouble learning language or even simply understanding everything they might be taught in a classroom.
  • Spread of infection: while rare, serious middle ear infections can spread to other nearby tissues. Again, it’s rare, but cases of meningitis have occurred.

Contact

Fletcher Chiropractic
4300 S 48th St Suite 7 | Lincoln, NE 68516
Phone: 402-261-5766 | Fax: 402-261-5943

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Life was good but my condition was bad.  I lead a very active lifestyle with weightlifting, judo, etc and along with my job, the pressure on my back was incredible.  My movement was restricted and ...
Life was manageable.  As a runner, I was able to run without issue, but not without tightness and occasional pain.  Throughout the day, perhaps 2-3 days a week, my knee, calf, and shin experienced significant ...
Working with Dr. Kadi has changed my life. Before going to her, I was stiff and had pain in my neck, back, hips, legs and feet.Following Treatment: Working problem areas and doing exercises she has ...
I was in a mental fog.  I couldn't think or concentrate and was not doing well.Following acupuncture treatment: I am much better. My mind is clear and my work performance has improved. Julie A.
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