Chiropractic Research 2018-02-15T13:06:46+00:00

Chiropractic Research

Read the latest news and research on how chiropractic care can benefit you and your family!

The Positive Effects of Chiropractic Care on Blood Pressure

Nearly one third of the US population has high blood pressure, and nearly half a million deaths are linked to high blood pressure each year. It is also a contributing factor in a number of very serious health conditions, including stroke and heart disease. Blood pressure is simply the force of the blood pushing against the blood vessel walls. Your body needs oxygenated blood to flow throughout your circulatory system to make your organs function properly. Blood pressure is taken by looking at two numbers, the systolic pressure and the diastolic pressure. The systolic pressure is the top number and is the force that occurs when the heart pumps blood into the arteries. The bottom number is the diastolic pressure, which is the force created by the heart resting between beats. A normal blood pressure is below 120/80, an elevated blood pressure is 120-129/80, and anything above that is considered high blood pressure. There are a number of risk factors associated with high blood pressure, most of which are controllable. Obesity, smoking, alcohol consumption, and high-stress levels all make a person more likely to develop high blood pressure, or hypertension. High blood pressure can, over time, lead to tears in [...]

How Can I Find Relief from Allergies?

Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes, itchy throat… allergy season in Georgia is in full swing! Even though it’s early March and the temperatures are still cold, seasonal allergies are starting to take effect, and allergy sufferers are starting to avoid the outdoors and carry tissues around with them constantly. Seasonal allergies are one of the biggest health complaints for people across the US, and even more so in the South. Not much is known about what causes allergies, but since not everyone experiences them, it’s clear that they result as some sort of miscommunication between the brain and the body. Some studies have linked allergies and stress, while others simply cite genetics as a reason for most allergies. While seasonal allergies are the most common, many people also have allergies to various foods, medication, or substances. These types of allergies are generally more severe, with reactions including hives, wheezing, itchy skin, and even anaphylaxis. The way that our body responds to anything we’re allergic to is similar, whether it’s a medication or a food, and the main difference is simply in the severity and manifestation of reactions. Immune System Dysfunction When your immune system decides that a particular thing is harmful [...]

Chronic Back Pain Doesn’t Have to Be Your “Normal” Anymore

Just about everyone has experienced back pain at some point. It may be a minor ache, a stabbing sensation when you move a certain way, or a severe radiating pain that has kept you bedridden for days or weeks. Pain in any area of the back is an indication that something is amiss, but a lack of pain doesn’t mean that everything is perfectly fine. Some people with severe scoliosis have reported little to no back pain, while those with only one minor subluxation (spinal misalignment) have been in debilitating pain. Back pain is one of the main reasons people begin seeing a chiropractor, and although it’s unpleasant, back pain is a great tool for getting you in the door of your Lithia Springs chiropractor’s office and getting you on the road to better health and a better life. Back Pain Can Be an Indication of Something More Back pain is usually the result of a subluxation, or a misalignment of the spine. When one vertebra is twisted or pushed to one side, the muscles have to make up for the lack of balance, and that often results in sore back muscles. A minor subluxation can easily be corrected with [...]

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 [...]

Migraines & Chiropractic

Most people know that chiropractic care can help relieve back and neck pain, as well as other musculoskeletal discomfort. But did you also know that it can help relieve headaches, sometimes even instantly after an adjustment? Not only that, but consistent chiropractic care can reduce the severity and frequency of the mother of all headaches: migraines. Many individuals under chiropractic care even report complete cessation of migraines! Migraine Medication Only Covers Up Symptoms The most common treatment for migraines includes medication and rest. Most migraine sufferers report that being in a dark and quiet room helps to alleviate their migraine symptoms—or at least it doesn’t make them worse. While medication can get you through a particularly terrible migraine and help you fulfill your daily responsibilities, it does not provide a long-term solution. First off, it doesn’t really treat the actual issue—the thing that is causing the migraine. It simply is covering up the symptoms, which is great short-term, but won’t result in relief over an extended period of time. While triggers for migraines may be different for everyone, most migraine sufferers have one thing in common: spinal subluxations. Chiropractic Is the Best Option for Migraine Relief A subluxation is a [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Bedwetting – Can Chiropractic Help?

Many pediatricians don’t consider bedwetting a problem until a child is 7 years old, but most kids are capable of staying dry all night long much earlier than that. In fact, potty training experts, doctors, and parents alike have found that the earlier a child is “night trained,” the less likely he or she is to have nighttime accidents later in life. Whether your child is younger than 7 or well beyond that age, bedwetting is no fun for anyone involved. Children can struggle with self-esteem issues due to night wetting, and parents can struggle with the frustration of not knowing how to help their child. The medical term for bedwetting, nocturnal enuresis, includes both children who have wet the bed since birth and those who have gained bladder control and then seemingly lose it again at nighttime. Your Spine and Urinary System The lumbar spine contains the nerves that control the entire excretory system, or the part of the body that gets rid of wastes. The urinary system is a part of that, and it includes the kidneys, ureters, bladder, and urethra. When bedwetting occurs in a child or adult who should be able to control their bladder at [...]

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