Chiropractic Research 2018-03-22T03:35:53+00:00

Chiropractic Research

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

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 [...]

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful and miraculous thing, but it can also be a time of discomfort, restlessness, and even pain for some women. With as many changes as a woman’s body goes through during the course of a pregnancy, it’s no wonder that various aches and pains present themselves randomly and without warning. The most common reasons pregnant women look for Lithia Springs chiropractors is to reduce back pain that comes from carrying their child, though many find that it helps them in other ways as well. What many people don’t know is that receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy offers women (and their babies!) a myriad of awesome benefits both short-term and long-term. If you are pregnant and want the healthiest pregnancy for yourself and your baby, give Dr. Ronnie a call at Vital Life Chiropractic in Lithia Springs, GA to schedule a consultation! Common Pregnancy Complaints Alleviated with Chiropractic Care Any pregnant woman could provide a lengthy list of various complaints at any given moment during her pregnancy. Nausea, back pain, heartburn, hip discomfort, restless legs, headaches, and more are commonly experienced during healthy pregnancies, but oftentimes, there isn’t much that can be done to immediately alleviate them. While [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Whiplash

Long term damage to the spine and head is especially common in auto accidents. Doctors of chiropractic have for years recognized the need for neuro-structural integrity in these areas and that most victims of automobile injuries do not fully recover under medical care; they may continue to have problems for years after the accident. This is especially the case of those who have whiplash and concussion injuries. This of course underscores the need for chiropractic care for accident victims. New medical terms acknowledging the chronicity and incomplete healing of accident victims have recently arisen. The terms used are: Postconcussion Syndrome (PCS), Whiplash Syndrome (WS), Post Whiplash Syndrome (PWS), Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries (MTBI), and mild head injury (MHI). The chiropractic profession owes a debt to Arthur Croft, DC of San Diego, California who taught of, and researched the need for the caring of patients who had the above conditions years before these conditions were acknowledged in the medical literature. The detection and management of pediatric whiplash injuries. Ben Eliyahhu, DJ Proceedings of the National Conference on Chiropractic & Pediatrics, Oct. 1993, Palm Springs, CA, November 1993, Palm Beach, Florida. This paper presents case studies on the detection and management of [...]

Wellness

CHIROPRACTIC AND WELLNESS For over 100 years Doctors of Chiropractic have said that regular chiropractic care boosts the bodies ability to heal and repair itself, while our detracters have continued to say that this tenent of chiropractic can not be proven. The advancement of modern technologies has now caught up with Chiropractic Philosophy with the recent advent of study in the area of genetics. Today we are able to measure the various enzymes that are related to the bodies natural process of regeneration. One particular enzyme, thiol, has been identified as a key indication of the bodies rate of regeneration. If your body is regenerating slower you will have lower serum thiol and you are more likely to suffer from chronic disease and degeneration, whereas if your body is regenerating faster you will have higher serum thiol and you are more like to experience vitality and you bodies true potential for health. The following study looks at various groups of people including those with active diseases, those receiving short term chiropractic care, and those receiving long term wellness chiropractic care and shows the corresponding levels of serum thiol for the various groups. This study difinitively shows the benefits of chiropractic [...]

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