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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Concussions

Head trauma, such as concussions, can happen to anyone: men, women, and children alike.  Concussions are defined as an injury to the head from either an impact or violent shaking back and forth, often including temporary unconsciousness.  Most concussions are caused by sports injuries, car accidents, or falls.  It may surprise you to know that visits to a Lithia Springs chiropractor can be beneficial during the healing process after a concussion injury.

Look For These Signs of a Concussion

If you have suffered from an accident, injury, or fall, is important that you know the signs of a concussion so you can seek medical care when necessary.  Severe concussions, such as a hard hit during a sports game, can bring about extreme dizziness, confusion, or loss of consciousness.  However, not every concussion is severe or presents with such extreme symptoms.  Any concussion is still a concern, no matter how severe or small.  Other signs of a possible concussion could include unequal pupils, a delayed reaction time, drowsiness, blurred vision, headaches, nausea, vomiting, or sensitivity to light and sound.

If at any point, you recognize these symptoms in someone who just suffered an accident or fall, be sure to seek medical attention.  Some symptoms may present themselves right away while others could show up later.  To be safe, consult a doctor, even if you suspect only a mild concussion.  Thankfully, one concussion won’t cause severe damage to the brain, but multiple concussions can lead to long-term problems. No matter how minor or severe a head trauma seems, concussions are very serious and should still be taken seriously as they can affect your health and require time to heal.  When it comes to healing, know that Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help.

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Can Chiropractic Care Support Those With Autism?

 

Autism is a disorder that affects 1 in every 68 children.  It usually begins to present itself and is diagnosed by the age of 18 months, but some children don’t receive a diagnosis until years later.  Autism affects children in many different ways, but autistic children typically struggle with interacting with others, thinking and playing with imagination, and communication.  The causes of autism remain unknown, but there are some genetic and environmental factors considered to have an impact on the likelihood of a child having autism.  Whatever the cause, the fact remains that it affects the children diagnosed with it as well as their parents, who try to give their children the very best in care and support.  More and more, families are turning to chiropractic care as a means to support those with autism.  But how can a Lithia Spring chiropractor help those affected by autism spectrum disorder?

Chiropractic and Autism

Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor focuses on spinal health to ensure the body is functioning as it should.  Spinal misalignments disrupt nerve communication in the body and affect how the body operates, including neurological function.  Nerve interference affects the central nervous system, which impacts the immune system and digestive system, as well as bringing about negative effects on social and emotional functions. Removing spinal misalignments can restore neurological function to the sensory, motor, and autonomic systems.  Children with autism often struggle with sickness and constipation in addition to sensory or emotional issues.  Thankfully, gentle chiropractic adjustments from Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can restore balance to neurological functions to increase speech and language development and social skills. Chiropractic care will also boost the immune system and restore function to the digestive system for improved quality of life for […]

Insomnia? Restlessness? Sleeping Problems? Get a Good Night’s Sleep with Chiropractic!

Nothing can affect you quite like not sleeping at night.  You wake up each morning hoping to feel refreshed, but instead, you find yourself drained of energy and exhausted.  Not surprisingly, lack of proper sleep is a common complaint among Americans.  We toss and turn all night, or we have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, and we never really getting the sufficient sleep we need to function properly and be healthy.  As a result, we experience feelings of fatigue, loss of concentration, and a decreased ability to fight off sickness.  If you wake up more often than not feeling exhausted instead of rested, know that you are not alone.  There is hope for combatting insomnia, restlessness, and your sleepless nights with chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor.

Who Is Affected by Insomnia and Why?

Insomnia can affect anyone—men, women, and children alike.  Sleeplessness in children is definitely cause for concern as children need sufficient amounts of sleep for proper developmental growth.  Lack of sleep in children can lead to serious health concerns such as ADD, hyperactivity, or stunted brain growth and developmental delays.  Adults also have consequences from too little sleep at night.  They may find it difficult to concentrate at work from exhaustion and see a reduction in their job performance.  For adults, insomnia can be caused by a variety of issues, such as sleep apnea or other health issues.  Not getting enough sleep not only affects your physical health, but also your emotional health.  When you are running on empty, you are more likely to experience an emotional roller coaster of mood swings where you feel like life is spiraling out of control at times.  Before things get out of hand, get the help you need from Lithia […]

What Is Dysautonomia and the Stress Response? Why Does It Matter?

The body’s central nervous system plays a crucial role in keeping us functioning at optimal levels of health.  It controls all the other systems in the body, so the health of the central nervous system is vital.  It is made up of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves in our body.  The nervous system breaks down further into the autonomic nervous system, which controls all the involuntary actions that we do without thinking, such as breathing, digesting, and pumping blood through the body.  To break it down even further, the autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.  Overall, for the body to work properly, there must be a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system.  If at any point anything is out of whack, it can become a big problem that affects our health and wellness.

What Is the Difference Between the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Systems?

The parasympathetic system is responsible for keeping the body in the rest and digest phase.  It is the part of the body that helps it repair itself as well as function at high, healthy levels each day.  A healthy parasympathetic system leads to long-term health and wellness.  The sympathetic system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response, otherwise known as the stress response.  Whenever your body senses a physical or emotional threat, it shuts down regular functions to cope with the threat and turns on the stress response. Essentially, it shifts into the fight or flight mode.  This results in rapid heart rate, increased sweating, and elevated blood pressure.  We always want these systems to be balanced.  Too much of the parasympathetic and not […]

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Mental Health

Millions of Americans are affected by mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.  While mental health problems can range from mild to severe, it is important that treatment is available to all who suffer.  Sadly, approximately 11 million Americans don’t get the help they need to treat mental health conditions, which leads to increased instances of self-harm, destructive behaviors, and even suicide.  Mental Health Week is this week—October 7-13, and it seeks to bring attention to issues such as depression and anxiety. The goal is to not only decrease the harmful results of mental health problems, but also to rid our nation of the negative and shameful stigmas surrounding mental illnesses.  Mental illness truly is an illness just like any other.  We wouldn’t dream of shaming those with cancer into feeling bad about themselves, and the same rings true for mental illnesses.  This week focuses on helping others know they are not alone and guiding and encouraging them to find the help they need.  Unbeknownst to many, chiropractic care is a safe and effective option for improving mental health.

How Can Chiropractic Improve Mental Health?

Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar is an expert in neurologically-based chiropractic care which focuses on the whole body as it relates to the nervous system, and more specifically, spinal health.  Dr. Bolar examines the spine and searches for misalignments, or spinal vertebrae that have twisted, turned, or shifted out of place.  A gentle adjustment will correct these misalignments and improve spinal health. But how does this relate to mental health?

Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference, which distorts communication throughout the body.  Because the central nervous system runs throughout the entire body, one out-of-place vertebra can lead to trouble elsewhere.  While the exact cause of […]

Chiropractic Positively Impacts Those with ADD & ADHD

 

With ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) affecting nearly 6 million children and countless adults across the country, more and more research has been done in an effort to understand these two related disorders.  Because of their far-reaching impacts, ADD and ADHD are the most prevalent pediatric disorders.  But how do you know if your child is truly suffering from ADD or ADHD and how do you know what can you do to help them?  Sadly, many children are being wrongfully diagnosed, as over-diagnosis has become a big problem. But when unwanted and unexplainable behaviors occur, parents want answers and results.  Sometimes they find these answers from doctors who are quick to prescribe medication before digging deeper to treat the root cause of these behaviors.  Prescription medications aren’t always the answer. Overmedicating children can often cause problems later in life as these children become overmedicated adults, only leading to bigger and more significant concerns.  Before turning to medication that can cause serious side effects, seek a natural and safe method for ADD and ADHD management from a Lithia Springs pediatric chiropractor.

What Impact Can ADD & ADHD Have on a Child?

Some people may not think an ADD or ADHD diagnosis is a big deal and won’t impact their children significantly. However, these disorders are caused by neurotransmitter imbalances that affect the messages sent to the brain.  This results in the behaviors seen with ADD and ADHD, such as a lack of concentration or an inability to sit still or control impulses.  When not managed properly, ADD and ADHD can become an even bigger concern into adulthood, as both disorders have been associated with mood swings, substance abuse, and feelings of anxiety and depression.  As you can see, an […]

Why Does Leg Length Discrepancy Matter?

You may have been told before that one of your legs is shorter than the other, or you may have hip, knee, or ankle pain that has been linked to differing leg lengths. While short leg syndrome is sometimes diagnosed by medical doctors, chiropractors have a different take on leg length—and it could completely change your life.

Why Do Chiropractors Look at Leg Length?

If you’ve visited Dr. Ronnie at Vital Life Chiropractic, you know that he checks your leg length at the start of any adjustment assessment. Science has told us that whenever a person has a misalignment anywhere in their spine, their legs will be different lengths. It may only be a miniscule amount or difference, but principled chiropractors are trained and experienced in noticing even the smallest discrepancy in leg length. So when Dr. Ronnie checks your leg length and then has you turn your head and checks it again, he’s determining where the misalignment is so that he can adjust you appropriately.

Why Does It Matter?

Leg length matters a great deal, especially when it comes to spinal alignment and overall health. We know that the health of your spine is directly related to the overall health of your body. Misalignments of the spine push on the spinal cord and nearby nerves, causing interference in the messages sent from the brain to the rest of the body. This interference results in miscommunication between your brain and your body’s systems, leading to dysfunction and various health concerns.

If your leg length is uneven, you absolutely have a misalignment in your spine. Even if your leg length discrepancy is miniscule, it is still causing an imbalance across your entire skeletal structure, which will eventually lead to more misalignments and your body attempting to […]

Chiropractic Care and Your Vision

Back and neck pain are the most common reasons for a visit to a chiropractor.  But did you know that chiropractic care is beneficial for much more than just back pain?  While your first thought for vision problems would most likely be to schedule a visit to the optometrist, it could be in your best interest to also visit a Lithia Springs chiropractor as well.

Types of Vision Problems

Our eyes are complex and there are many factors to consider when something is wrong with our eyesight. Glaucoma, a disease that affects the optic nerve, is one major cause of vision loss. Eye pressure from lack of fluid drainage could put pressure on the optic nerve, leading to vision problems. Other health problems can also affect vision.  For instance, diabetes has been known to cause vision loss as one of the symptoms of the disease.

The Central Nervous System Is Key

The primary focus of Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar is to ensure overall function of the central nervous system.  A healthy nervous system will be able to control and coordinate the other body systems properly, and this includes the eyes and your vision.  The optic nerve is directly connected to the central nervous system, so any disruption within the central nervous system can affect the optic nerve, causing vision impairment.  Additionally, our eyes rely on adequate blood flood to get the oxygen they need.  An interruption to the central nervous system can cause arteries to become restricted, preventing the necessary blood flow and causing blurry vision or other eyesight problems.

What a Chiropractor Can Do to Improve Your Vision

The need for a Lithia Springs chiropractor becomes apparent when you consider the problems that can arise from a spinal misalignment, or an interruption between the […]

Alleviate IBS with Chiropractic Care

 

You may feel alone in your Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, but it is actually a common occurrence among Americans today.  In fact, around 55 million people suffer from IBS. This digestive problem can be both painful and frustrating, often times affecting your daily life. While many turn to medication to find relief, medication isn’t a permanent solution. In fact, medication is only masking the symptoms of IBS, not treating the root cause. When taking medication, you are also at risk of experiencing harmful side effects that further add to the unpleasantness of IBS and can bring about additional health concerns. Thankfully, medication isn’t the only option for managing IBS symptoms.  Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor has proven to be very beneficial for those with IBS.  In fact, studies that have been conducted have shown positive results for those suffering from IBS.  In one study, a 32-year-old woman presented with IBS, as well as depression and anxiety.  She had suffered from these symptoms for over 10 years. After just one chiropractic adjustment, she experienced a regular bowel movement, and after being under consistent chiropractic care, she experienced relief from all symptoms of IBS as well as a significant decrease in her depression and anxiety.

Who Is Affected by IBS?

IBS can affect men and women alike, but it is more likely to be seen among women.  Those with IBS have complaints of bloating, gas, stomach pains, and irregular bowel movements.  Similar digestion problems such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s Disease, and inflammatory bowel disease may also have similar symptoms related to IBS. Another common similarity among those with digestion issues is the presence of a spinal misalignment. Anyone can have spinal misalignments (also known as a subluxation), and they can disrupt your […]

Experience Neck Pain Relief with Chiropractic

 

Neck pain is a common complaint across the nation that almost everyone will experience at some point in their lives.  It is also a chief reason for beginning chiropractic care, as chiropractic adjustments often bring about relief. A gentle adjustment from Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can offer relief from minor neck pain to severe, intense neck pain.  Whatever type of pain you are experiencing, don’t let it affect your day-to-day life any longer.

Causes of Neck Pain

Poor posture is one of the primary causes of neck pain. Forward head posture puts added pressure on the neck, which can lead to stress and muscle strain. In fact, for every inch your neck moves forward, it can add up to 10 pounds of pressure to the neck as these muscles must work hard to keep the head from dropping to the chest. Those who sit in an office are much more likely to experience neck pain.  “Tech neck” is a common occurrence among office workers or those who use significant amounts of technology such as tablets or smartphones.  Tech neck occurs when the overuse of technology causes a head to be farther forward on the neck than normal, with the shoulders slumped in a way that puts additional strain on the neck. Other movements such as twisting, bending, repetitive motions, or even simply moving the wrong way, can lead to debilitating neck pain.  However, neck pain doesn’t have to dictate your life.  Chiropractic care is natural way to alleviate all neck pain and any related health issues.

A Safe and Natural Alternative

Because neck pain is so uncomfortable, the first instinct is to turn to medication or something that can offer immediate relief.  The problem with this is that medication is only a bandaid […]

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