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Babies’ Head Shape Matters and Chiropractic Can Help

There are so many new things to learn and discover when you become a parent.  While parents soak up snuggles and enjoy marveling at their new baby, they may also worry that their baby is healthy and normal.  One thing that is often overlooked by new parents is your baby’s head shape.  Babies’ skulls are not yet fully developed and are still soft and malleable.  Because of this, your baby’s head shape can change.  For instance, you may have noticed a slightly different egg-like head shape right after birth because of the baby passing through the birth canal.  A baby’s head is meant to change and adapt, but it is important to be aware of your baby’s head shape so that problems don’t develop during infancy or later on.

When Can Head Shape Become a Problem?

For the first few months, babies are just beginning to get control over their body movements.  They can’t hold up their heads by themselves, let alone roll over or sit up.  If not moved every so often, babies will stay in one spot for a long period of time, especially at night when they are sleeping.  Laying in one specific spot for long periods of time can cause babies to develop a flat spot on their head.  This is known as plagiocephaly, or flat head syndrome.  If you notice that your baby is beginning to develop a flat spot, it is a good idea to address the issue by talking to your doctor or even a Lithia Springs chiropractor.  Some cases of plagiocephaly can be mild and easily corrected, while other more severe cases can lead to health problems such as increased ear infections, vision problems, or learning delays.  If you are concerned or have more […]

Chiropractic Care and Exercise for Healthy Living

One of the most important things we can do for a healthy lifestyle is take care of our bodies.  Eating right, getting enough sleep at night, and giving our bodies time to relax each week is essential to staying healthy.  It is also important to stay active and exercise.  But did you know that chiropractic care is also an important part of taking care of ourselves?  Plenty of exercise along with chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can lead to an overall healthier lifestyle so you can feel your absolute best.

4 Types of Exercise

There are four basic types of exercise that we need to stay in tip-top shape.  Endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility are all equally important types of exercises. Some people tend to gravitate towards just one or two types of exercise, but you can experience more health benefits by doing them all.  Endurance is aerobic exercise that aims to increase your heart rate.  This type of exercise is important for keeping the heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system healthy.  Endurance is what can make it easier to complete everyday tasks such as yard work, brisk walking, or going up and down stairs.  Strength exercises are designed to make muscles stronger.  Lifting weights, doing pushups or pull ups with your own body weight, or utilizing resistance bands can build strength.  Strength is what allows you to carry in heavy groceries, move heavy objects, or do some heavy lifting around the house.  Balance is a type of exercise that may often get overlooked but is just as important, especially as we age.  Having proper balance can prevent falls as we get older.  Balance exercises may include standing on one foot or doing tai chi.  The last type of exercise is flexibility […]

Can Chiropractic Improve Symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative disease of the brain that affects mostly the elderly, although there are cases of Alzheimer’s disease occurring in some younger individuals as well.  While this disease is becoming more and more common, we still don’t know the cause.  It may be genetic or it may be linked to our environment, but either way, the problem lies within the brain.  When your loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia of any kind, your first thought is likely about getting them the necessary care to manage the symptoms.  What you may not know is that a Lithia Springs chiropractor could slow down the progression of the disease and prove to be beneficial for those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  It is important to consider all options for the very best results for those suffering from Alzheimer’s, and that includes chiropractic care.

Lifestyle Choices Matter

As we age, most people assume that our memories suffer.  But contrary to popular belief, our brains and memory should actually become better with age.  Dementia and Alzheimer’s have been linked to lifestyle choices that may affect the health of our bodies and our brain.  The choices we make, such as the foods we eat, the amount of exercise we get, and the levels of stress we experience, could all be linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia.  A healthy mindset is important to a healthy lifestyle.  Research shows that being fearful of getting Alzheimer’s as you age can increase your chances of getting it by 68%!  Thus, it is necessary that we take care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally in order to live the healthiest lifestyle possible. Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar focuses on whole body health through chiropractic care that can increase […]

How Does Chiropractic Care Improve Posture?

You may not often think about whether or not you are sitting or standing upright throughout the day, but the fact of the matter is that proper posture is important to good health, as well as to your quality of life.  It could be that poor posture is the source of your aches and pains.  Try as we may to improve how we stand, walk, or sit, it can sometimes be out of our control.  Thankfully, a Lithia Springs chiropractor can assess your posture and even correct it with chiropractic adjustments, which can ease pain and bring about relief to a myriad of health concerns and ailments.

Posture and Your Health

If you sit in an office chair all day, then you can attest to how terrible your body feels after slouching forward and staring at a computer day in and day out.  Without proper posture, muscles can tighten and tense, leading to pain in the neck or back.  In fact, one common problem nowadays among office workers is called “tech neck.”  Tech neck occurs when the neck becomes strained from looking forward or down at computers, tablets, phones, and other types or technology all day.  This position puts strain and pressure on the neck because the head isn’t being fully supported by the spine.  As a result, tech neck can cause headaches, neck or shoulder pain, and even tingling in upper extremities.  If your job has affected your posture and you are beginning to feel the effects, Dr. Ronnie Bolar, a Lithia Springs chiropractor, can help.

Spinal Health and Proper Posture Improve Quality of Life

Poor posture can and will affect our spinal health.  Spinal misalignments will not only cause strain and tension on muscles, but they can also lead to dysfunction within the body.  […]

Can Chiropractic Be Beneficial for Colic?

Does your baby cry for long periods of time without explanation?  Has your baby been fed, changed, and had a nap, but still cries?  If this is the case, your little one may be suffering from colic.  Colic can be defined as a fluctuating pain in the abdomen most likely caused by gas or intestinal problems.  When you have a colicky little one, you may find yourself wondering if you are doing something wrong.  The answer is absolutely not. Babies sometimes just have colic and it’s not usually based on anything parents did or didn’t do.  It can still be extremely frustrating to want to help your baby and not know where to begin.  Consulting a Lithia Spring chiropractor is a great place to start.  Many parents have found relief for their colicky babies with chiropractic care.

How Do I Know if My Baby Has Colic?

Colic in babies can begin to manifest itself when an infant is as young as 3 weeks old.  In most cases, a baby will outgrow colic by the age of 3 months, but for some, it can last longer.  Either way, no length of time with a colicky baby is enjoyable, so most parents seek to find a solution as quickly as possible. A specific cause of colic may not be known, but there are several signs to look for to identify colic in infants.  For example, babies with colic usually cannot be consoled with any amount of holding, bouncing, or rocking, no matter how hard parents try.  Additionally, colicky babies tend to ball up their fists, flex their legs, or tense their stomachs when they cry.  If you notice any of these signs, it may be time to seek help from a Lithia Springs chiropractor.

What Can […]

Chiropractic Care for Improved Menstrual Health

 

Menstrual health may not be one of the first things you think of when you think of optimal health, but poor menstrual health can lead to dysfunction within the body such as infertility, sexual dysfunction, painful or difficult PMS, or a variety of other health concerns.  For many women, the menstrual cycle is not just an annoying occurrence that happens once a month, but it is also a painful experience that can lead to bloating, cramping, lethargy, and severe back pain.  If your menstrual health has caused dysfunction or pain, there is hope. Traditional methods for improving menstrual health such as medications may improve the feeling of PMS or menstrual health struggles, but they are only a temporary solution and can cause a slew of unwanted side effects.  Regular visits to a Lithia Springs chiropractor, however, treat the root cause of menstrual issues.  Chiropractic care is a natural and safe method for improving both menstrual health and overall wellbeing.

Chiropractic Can Help Manage Menstrual Irregularities

Women face several different types of menstrual health issues.  Premenstrual symptoms (PMS), amenorrhea (lack of a normal period during reproductive years), and dysmenorrhea (painful cramping) are the most common types of menstrual health problems among women today.  While many women may be glad about a lack of menstrual cycle, it is actually a cause for concern as it could be a sign of something more serious going on within the body.  If you experience menstrual irregularities or significant pain, seek care from Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic to address menstrual health concerns.

Chiropractic Care Removes Nerve Interference

At the root of many menstrual health problems are spinal misalignments.  The spine plays an important role in the central nervous system as messages are carried throughout the body through the spinal […]

Fight or Flight vs Rest and Digest: The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

Family Health at Vital Life ChiropracticOur bodies are amazingly equipped to handle all kinds of situations that may be thrown at us.  In fact, our central nervous system is made up of a few different parts, all of which help our body adequately cope with various situations and external factors.  When broken down to some of its smallest parts, the central nervous system is composed of two parts, the sympathetic and parasympathetic.  Each part plays an important role in how the body functions, but when one part takes over and becomes dominate, the delicate balance is disrupted, causing dysfunction and chaos with the body.  When dysfunction begins, Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help.

Sympathetic Vs. Parasympathetic

Within your body, the sympathetic system is more like the gas pedal while the parasympathetic system is similar to the brake pedal in a car.  The sympathetic system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response when we feel stressed.  When your sympathetic system is fired up, it causes increased heart rate, pupil dilation, and increased blood pressure to let your body know it’s time to either run or fight.  This survival mode is important for certain situations, but when the sympathetic system is on overdrive, it causes your body more stress and can also lead to forgetfulness or inability to concentrate. If our body stays in a sympathetic state for too long, it can lead to other kinds of problems such as depression or fatigue. The parasympathetic system does the exact opposite of the sympathetic system in that it slows the body down, sending out calming feelings so that the body has time to repair itself. This response allows for proper digestion, healing of any sicknesses, repairing of cells, and more. This response […]

Developmental Delays and Chiropractic

When you think of chiropractic care, your first thought might not be that it can be beneficial for children with developmental delays.  However, chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial for not only developmental delays, but also for improving the quality of life for many.  Children with developmental delays may show signs of delayed motor skills, speech issues, dyslexia, or dyspraxia.  Disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder can also be related to developmental delays in children.  But there is hope for frustrated children and parents with a natural, effective, and drug-free way to deal with these issues.  Regular visits to a Lithia Springs Chiropractor can drastically improve the lives of those with developmental delays.

What Can Cause Delays?

There are a variety of reasons that children experience developmental delays.  One primary cause is spinal subluxations, or misalignments of the vertebrae.  Almost every child with developmental delays has been found to have spinal misalignments where the vertebrae are twisted, turned, or out of place.  Most parents or guardians don’t associate these subluxations with developmental delays, when in reality, they could be the root cause of some developmental delays.  These spinal misalignments leads to nerve interference that disrupts communication of the central nervous system to the rest of the body.  When the body can’t communicate as it should, dysfunction occurs within the body.  This nerve interference can affect speech development, motor skills, and even physical growth in children.  Thankfully, Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar has an extensive knowledge of the central nervous system and can help address problems of developmental delays in children.

Chiropractic Care for Developmental Delays

Upon initial consultation, Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic will perform an spinal assessment to locate spinal misalignments and nerve interference. Once you’ve been fully educated on […]

Chiropractic Care and Seizures

A common condition that many people in America suffer from is known as epilepsy.  This condition is a seizure disorder marked by sudden convulsions or abnormal activity of the brain.   Over 180,000 people report suffering from epilepsy, including males and females as well as children and adults.  Having seizures can make you feel like you have no control over your health or body, but there are things that can be done to better manage seizure symptoms and reduce instances of seizures.  You may be surprised to learn that a Lithia Springs chiropractor can help with your seizures, whether you have epilepsy, a diagnosed seizure disorder, or simply experience seizures from time to time.

Causes of Seizures

Over half of the seizures that occur in those with epilepsy are due to unknown causes.  Doctors simply don’t know what is causing seizures to happen.  Other known causes can be due to a variety of other factors, such as loss of oxygen to the brain during birth, trauma of some form, Autism, congenital conditions, or brain malfunctions.  Strokes, severe infections, or even genetic factors may also play a part in seizures in adults.  While there is indeed a reason for every seizure that happens, it is often vague and/or unknown, leaving many to wonder what exactly can be done to manage seizures.

Managing Seizures

The first option for those who suffer from seizures is usually to look to medication.  While medication can be beneficial for some, over 30 percent of those on medications experience little to no change in their seizures.  Medication also comes with its own risk of potentially harmful side effects.  Another method for managing seizures is a newer technology that involves a device implanted in the body to stimulate the Vagus nerve electrically.  This […]

Chiropractic Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects over 1.5 million Americans.  Each year, 60,000 people in America are diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  It can affect both men and women, although the rate among men is slightly higher.  Most men and women diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 60.  However, around 15% of those affected by Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 40.

Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease that affects brain and muscle function.  The main sign of Parkinson’s disease is shaking or trembling, especially of the hands.  As the disease progresses, muscle shaking worsens which can lead to falling, inability to swallow, or loss of bladder control.  Not only does Parkinson’s affect the body, but it also affects the mind as well, often causing confusion or dementia.  There is yet to be a cure for Parkinson’s, but there are methods for managing both the progression and the symptoms of the disease.  Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor has shown to be an effective method for improving the overall quality of life for those affected by this disease.

What Causes Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain.  Nerve cells are unable to make the necessary dopamine that plays a vital role in telling your body how to move.  Dopamine is also essential for smooth, easy muscle control.  When these nerves in the brain break down and fail to produce enough dopamine, it is then that individuals will begin to notice the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s.

What Role Does Chiropractic Play?

Chiropractic care has shown to improve the quality of life as well as slow down the progression of the disease for those suffering from Parkinson’s.  Medications may help, but these are often only short-term solutions that mask the symptoms for […]

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