Can Chiropractic Care Help Incontinence?


The bladder serves a specific function for the body, and when it doesn’t work properly, it can lead to urine leakage due to lack of sphincter control, also known as incontinence.  On average, one-fourth of Americans today report suffering from urinary incontinence, and it affects both men and women.  While many think that this problem only occurs in older women, it actually affects both men and women between the ages of 30 to 60, as well as those older than 60.  Women in the younger age range report instances of incontinence more often, at 30 percent, while less than 5 percent of men in this age range report experiencing incontinence.  Health factors such as obesity, smoking, diabetes, kidney disease, multiple pregnancies, or prostate problems can contribute to bladder leakage. There are many methods available to you to control or correct incontinence, but you may also be surprised to know that chiropractic care can alleviate the problem of incontinence.

Methods for Correcting Incontinence

To correct incontinence, some people can simply change certain behaviors in order to improve bladder function.  For instance, monitoring and limiting how much you drink at one time can help control how full your bladder gets.  Bladder training (or retraining) involves slowly increasing the amount of time between bathroom breaks in an effort to train your bladder to hold in your urine for longer periods.  Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles are also recommended.  In more serious instances, medication might be prescribed to control bladder spasms.  Surgeries, such as a sling procedure, are often recommended in extreme cases.  However, chiropractic care is also a great option to treat urinary incontinence, so if you’re struggling with it, be sure to consult a Lithia Springs chiropractor for more information before […]

The Importance of Proper Spinal Curves

It is no secret that chiropractic care is used to treat all kinds of ailments beyond just the spine and musculoskeletal system.  But many people seek chiropractors primarily for the treatment of back or neck pain or various spinal disorders such as scoliosis (C- or S-shaped spinal curve), lordosis (curved lower back), or kyphosis (abnormally rounded upper back). However, very few people are aware that a healthy adult spine, running from the base of the skull to the pelvis, when viewed from the side should have a gentle S-shaped curve. The neck and lower back regions are concave and the thoracic and sacral regions have a convex curve.

The spine is basically a series of bones stacked with cushions to absorb shock, and its main function is to support body weight and protect the spinal cord. Due to this incredibly important job, it is very important to keep the spine strong and in proper alignment, both retaining necessary spinal curves and avoiding abnormal spinal curves.

Spinal Curves Dictate Proper Posture

Spinal curves are responsible for accurate posture while standing and sitting. Ideal spinal curve prevents the onset of any spinal curve disorders and also improves balance, stabilizes muscle, improves muscle strength, and increases the range of motion.

Accurate spinal curves dictate proper posture. However, posture alone cannot determine an onset of poor spinal curvature. Any alteration in the normal curve can lead to future trouble and back pain.

Spinal Curves and Overall Health

Similar to the adage, “The eyes are the window to the soul,” there is a saying in the chiropractic world that says, “Your spine is the window to your health.” Your spine is the foundational framework protecting the spinal cord and if it introduces dysfunction into your body, you can develop injuries, aches, pain, […]

Can Chiropractic Help My Anxiety?

With more than 18% of the adult population suffering from some sort of anxiety disorder, anxiety is ravaging the US population. Even though anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other mental disorders can lead to a variety of other health problems and dangerous behaviors, only about a third of those with anxiety disorders are seeking some sort of treatment for their anxiety.

Most commonly, anxiety treatment includes some sort of medication and maybe counseling or talk therapy. But one main reason so few people utilize anxiety treatment is because of the risks that come with the medications. Nausea, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, blurred vision, dry mouth, weight gain, fatigue… the list of anxiety medication side effects goes on and on.

Living with untreated anxiety is not an option for some people and those side effects don’t seem worth it, so what are you supposed to do?

Hormonal Balance Is Key

The entire body is controlled by the central nervous system. One of the primary functions of that system is to produce, regulate, and utilize hormones in our bodies. All of our hormones work together to influence our sleeping patterns, changes in mood, and weight loss or gain, and they help our bodies function properly and effectively. When your hormones are unbalanced, a myriad of issues can arise, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and the like.

Since hormone production is based on the health of your nervous system and your spinal cord is housed in your spine, a spinal misalignment can have a huge effect on your mental health. When your spine is healthy and in proper alignment, your hormones will be produced in appropriate amounts, your body will use them effectively, and you will have an easier time keeping your emotions in check and your anxiety […]

Diabetes Prevention and Management with Chiropractic Care

Diabetes finds its root cause in the pancreas, the organ that creates insulin and helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Insulin signals the body to absorb the glucose found in food to convert it into energy. Without it, blood sugar levels can become dangerously high and a variety of problems can result. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to create any insulin or enough insulin to function properly. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body simply responds incorrectly to insulin.

Nearly 10% of the US population has diabetes, and another third of the population has prediabetes. Medical costs for those with diabetes are nearly twice as much as those without diabetes, and those with diabetes can expect to live between 10 and 20 years less than someone without diabetes.

How Do We Fight Diabetes?

So what do we do? As Americans, as children of aging parents, as parents of growing children… how do we fight this rampant, widespread disease? We begin by taking steps to improve overall health. The two most significant risk factors of type 2 diabetes (the most common variation) include being overweight and being inactive. We can start by encouraging our family and friends to be more active, lose weight if necessary, and eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. We can also make strides toward improving our overall health by getting under chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care for Overall Health and Diabetes Prevention & Management

Chiropractic care is focused on whole-body health, and it aims to improve the brain-body relationship by restoring proper communication pathways in the body. Chiropractic will bring your body back into balance and will help it function optimally. It allows your body the freedom to heal itself and send clear messages from the brain to […]

Chiropractic Care for Vertigo

Vertigo is a medical condition that causes feelings of spinning and unbalance, generally because of a problem with the inner ear.  Some other symptoms of vertigo include headaches, nausea, loss of hearing, ringing ears, sweating, or swaying.  Vertigo is a common ailment after a head or neck injury.   If you have experienced any of these symptoms or you suspect you have vertigo, Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar at Vital Life Chiropractic can help!

Causes of Vertigo

Vertigo is usually caused by three main conditions. First, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, known as BPPV, occurs when calcium particles have cluttered the inner ear over time. While the cause of this condition is unknown, the majority of cases have occurred in older individuals. Second, Vestibular neuritis is another vertigo-related condition caused by ear infections. The nerves in the inner ear become inflamed, giving rise to vertigo. And third, Meniere’s disease can also precipitate vertigo. This disease produces fluid buildup and pressure in the inner ear that can lead to vertigo or even long-term hearing loss.

Chiropractic Care for Vertigo

While many people have sought treatment for vertigo through physical therapy, medication, or even surgery, these methods can be ineffective and come with many side effects. Chiropractic care in Lithia Springs is a better alternative because it treats the root cause rather than just the symptoms. Lack of motion or misalignment in the spine can cause faulty signals to the brain about the rest of the body, so the chiropractic adjustments will work to correct the misalignments and remove nerve interference.

Chiropractic adjustments will reposition any fragments in the inner ear (vestibulocochlear apparatus), otherwise known as the “balance center” of our body. If too much debris has been deposited in the inner ear, vertigo can occur. This debris will […]

Can Chiropractic Help with Fibromyalgia Pain?

Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with little known about its root cause and no verified cure. It ravages its sufferers with widespread sensitivity and sometimes debilitating pain across the entire body. It is typically also accompanied by fatigue and sleep disturbances, along with mood inconsistencies and cognitive problems. Fibromyalgia often co-exists with various other diseases and ailments, including irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraines, temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ), and more.

Depending on who you talk to, you’ll get a variety of theories about the cause of fibromyalgia, some citing psychological aspects while others name trauma or postural issues as the root cause. What is clear is that fibromyalgia deals with pain and sensitivity, which is based on nerves and neurons throughout the body. It only makes sense that since fibromyalgia affects our nerves, a doctor specializing in nerves and the nervous system should be able to help, such as Dr. Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic in Lithia Springs, GA.

Chiropractic Care for Fibromyalgia Sufferers

While many traditional forms of medication and treatment are utilized for fibromyalgia sufferers, none of them seek to relieve the cause of the pain and discomfort. Most of them only cover up the symptoms and do not provide long-term solutions. Thankfully, chiropractors have been studying how chiropractic adjustments affect fibromyalgia patients, and the results are promising!

When a person has a spinal misalignment, meaning one or more of their vertebrae is slightly out of place, the nerves that run through that vertebrae are affected. Nerve interference is caused by the misalignment, and the messages that the brain sends to the body are not received properly, leading to dysfunction in the body.

A Lithia Springs chiropractor like Dr. Ronnie Bolar can gently adjust your spine, restoring proper alignment and nervous system function. […]

Constipation & Chiropractic

Constipation is a bit of a taboo topic, as most people aren’t comfortable discussing their bodily functions or bowel movements. However, it is an extremely common problem that is currently affecting over 63 million Americans. Over 1 million hospitalizations are due to constipation each year, and over 5 million people are taking some sort of prescription medication to help with their constipation.

While babies, pregnant women, and the elderly are the most common victims of constipation, people in all age groups, of every race, and in every socioeconomic position deal with this chronic digestive issue. Minor constipation may result in stomach pain, back discomfort, or bloating, but severe constipation can be extremely serious, resulting in vomiting, rectal prolapse, anal fissures, hemorrhoids, and hospitalization. A variety of things have been cited as the cause of constipation, including a poor diet that’s low in fiber, GI problems (like IBS or celiac disease), frequent use of laxatives, and certain medications.

There are a number of traditional “solutions” for constipation, including medication, laxatives, changes in diet, increased exercise, and even surgery. But for most people, constipation can be relieved quickly and easily and with a more long-term and permanent solution than any medication can offer.

How Can Chiropractic Help Relieve Constipation?

Your intestines are connected to your central nervous system via nerves that run through your lowest thoracic vertebra (T12) and highest lumbar vertebra (L1). Your brain sends messages through these nerves to let your body know how and when to process and expel waste. If there is any sort of nerve interference, such as a spinal misalignment, these messages cannot properly reach your intestines. This is when digestive issues occur, such as IBS, diverticulitis, and you guessed it—constipation.

If you’re suffering from constipation, it’s incredibly likely that […]

Chiropractic Care Helps Improve Athletic Performance

Most people know that chiropractic care can help with back pain, immune function, and overall health and wellness, but did you also know that chiropractic care can help improve athletic performance? Whether you’re just starting an exercise regime, you’re a well-established gym junkie, or you are an aspiring professional athlete, you want to stay healthy and injury-free and you want to improve your performance, and chiropractic can help!

Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar has seen first-hand the effects of chiropractic on athletic performance. As the world is turning more and more to non-traditional healthcare, chiropractic is among the most talked-about ways to heal from injuries, improve wellness, and prevent sickness, and for good reason.

Chiropractic Care in the NFL

It is estimated that 90% of the world’s top-tier athletes use chiropractic care on a regular basis. As of 2015, every single NFL team has a chiropractor work with their team in some capacity, and 77% of NFL trainers have referred players to a chiropractor for some form of treatment or evaluation. Many well-known NFL players have spoken about the benefits of chiropractic and how vital chiropractic care is to their success. Some of these NFL players include Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Reggie Bush, Jerry Rice, Michael Strahan, and Marques Colston.

Chiropractic Is Beneficial for All Athletes at All Levels

Even if you’re not an aspiring professional athlete or a football player who experiences a lot of hard hits, chiropractic care is still incredibly beneficial for helping you heal from a sports-related injury or improving your overall athletic performance. Those receiving chiropractic care experience shorter recovery time from injuries and hard workouts, increase performance when it comes to speed, agility, and reaction time, and have improved balance and power in their workouts or sports […]

Can Chiropractic Help with Arthritis Care?

While arthritis is incredibly common, it is not actually just one disease, like many people think. It consists of multiple forms of joint pain or joint diseases, including degenerative arthritis, inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis, and metabolic arthritis. Since so many variations exist, even within the different categories, treatment for arthritis varies based on the type of arthritis, as well as several factors of the individual suffering, such as age, pain severity, and overall quality of life.

Types of Arthritis Care

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative form of arthritis, and it is by far the most common form of the disease. It occurs when the cartilage on the ends of the bones rubs away and the bones rub directly against each other at the joints, resulting in pain, swelling, and stiffness. Psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common types of inflammatory arthritis, and they are characterized by immune system problems that result in an attack on the joints. While arthritis typically affects older individuals more often and more severely, people of all ages can experience the effects of joint problems.

The most typical arthritis care includes changes in diet, increasing physical activity levels, and some variations of pain management, if necessary. While many arthritis sufferers are concerned primarily with ridding themselves of pain and increasing their quality of life, healthcare providers are generally more focused on long-term solutions, such as preventing joint and organ damage that can occur from arthritis. Thankfully, medication is not the only way to treat both the short- and long-term problems associated with arthritis.

Chiropractic Care for Arthritis

Since chiropractic care directly affects the musculoskeletal system as well as the central nervous system, it is an ideal option for care of all kinds of arthritis. The focus on function is also key, […]

Feeling vs. Function

Today’s world is incredibly focused on feelings. Self-awareness, emotions, and heartfelt communication are all the rage, and while these things aren’t bad in and of themselves, if we focus on nothing but feelings, we’re left in an erroneous state.

How many times have you felt a certain way, only to realize your assumptions and feelings were completely incorrect? While this can result in minor frustrations in our emotional and mental lives, confusing physical feelings with physical function can have a detrimental effect on your health.

If I Feel Good, Am I Healthy?

Simply feeling good physically is not a good indicator that you are in good health, as anyone who has received a shocking diagnosis can attest to. The sensory nerves make up only a small part of the central nervous system, meaning that you only feel a small percentage of what is actually occurring within your body. In fact, your body contains over 41 miles of nerves, and only 18% of them feel pain. This means that there is a whole lot going on in your body that you are unaware of, both in terms of what is functioning well and what is not.

So unfortunately, simply feeling good does not mean you are healthy. However, being healthy does mean that your body is properly functioning, which is the primary goal of Vital Life Chiropractic, a neurologically-based, principled chiropractic office in Lithia Springs, Georgia.

Focusing on Function Is the Key to Health

When you visit Dr. Ronnie and his staff at Vital Life Chiropractic, you’ll get a glimpse into their passion for health and you’ll experience their commitment to educating Lithia Springs residents on the benefits of chiropractic. Dr. Ronnie knows that function is the key to health—it’s not about how you feel but […]