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Why You Should See a Chiropractor for Infant GERD

If you’re a parent, you know that one of the most stressful things can be trying to determine what your baby needs. They cry when they’re tired, hungry, or just want to be held. This can make it hard to know when your baby’s crying is a symptom of something more serious, like infant GERD. The symptoms of infant GERD can include vomiting, appetite changes, and excessive crying—all of which babies are prone to on a normal day. It can be hard to determine the proper care to seek for your child and what remedies they need. If your infant seems to be suffering from infant GERD, visiting Dr. Ronnie Bolar at Vital Life Chiropractic is the first step towards long-term relief that is both safe and effective.

What Is Infant GERD?

While GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is found across ages, infant GERD is very common in young babies. About two-thirds of infants will experience GERD symptoms, compared to one in five adults. GERD is caused by food getting backed up in the esophagus, rather than traveling to the stomach as it should. Because infants have underdeveloped digestive systems, doctors believe they are more prone to these symptoms and they will often resolve as children age. While testing can be done in severe cases, most infant GERD is diagnosed simply by recognizing symptoms in affected infants. In many cases, doctors will prescribe medication to alleviate symptoms for short-term relief, but many of these medications come with harmful side effects, effectively trading one ailment for another in many infants. Before going this route, visit a Lithia Springs chiropractor to explore chiropractic care for your child.

Stopping Infant GERD with Chiropractic Care

While infant GERD is concentrated in the stomach and esophagus, it is connected […]

Chiropractic Care for Managing Glaucoma

Serious vision problems can lead to blindness, and one of these serious eye conditions is called glaucoma.  Glaucoma is a condition that attacks the optic nerve.  There isn’t much known about what causes glaucoma, but it is related to fluid pressure build-up in the eye.  Our eyes are constantly filling up and being drained of fluid to keep the eye tissue healthy.   If the eyes can’t drain properly and the fluid continues to build up, that is when the problems with pressure develop. When increased pressure build-up reaches a high level, it causes damage to the optic nerve. The fluid and pressure in the eye doesn’t allow the optic nerve to take the light we see and turn it into images, causing vision problems to occur.

Who Is Affected by Glaucoma?

Glaucoma can affect people of any age, including men, women and children.  No one is exempt at any time. People with high blood pressure are more prone to developing glaucoma as a side effect of higher blood pressure. The problem with glaucoma is that by the time symptoms have appeared, the pressure build-up in the eye has already done some damage to the optic nerve, which is almost always irreversible.  The key is to prevent eye damage before it starts.  Research has shown that chiropractic care can have a significant impact on vision.  Regular adjustments from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can prevent glaucoma as well as improve vision after the onset of this disease.

Chiropractic Care and Glaucoma

How exactly is it that adjustments of the spine can affect the eyes?  The answer lies in the nerves.  The central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord, is essential to how our bodies function.  The optic nerve communicates with the brain to tell […]

How Can Chiropractic Decrease the Risk of Falls for the Elderly?

One of the biggest risks of injury as we enter our golden years is falling.  After the age of 65, the risk of falling rises significantly. In fact, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 experience a fall each year and about 25% of them experience serious injuries due to a fall.  The statistics related to older adults falling can be scary in and of themselves.  Not only does the older population have to worry about serious injuries, surgeries, and hospital stays from falling, but they also experience a psychological fear of falling because of an increased awareness of the risks. But the fear of falling doesn’t have to consume you. An experienced Lithia Springs chiropractor can give the elderly back their confidence in their ability to function well and avoid falls through regular chiropractic care.

What Contributes to Increased Falls as We Age?

As we get older, our bodies experience significant wear and tear. The musculoskeletal system may not function as it once did.  The elderly population also deal other types of pain that can affect their ability to walk and get around easily. Additionally, poor spinal alignment can also lead to balance problems that causes unsteadiness when moving or standing. Vertigo is another issue that many elderly people face. Problems with the inner ear can cause dizziness that can lead to a higher risk of falling. Over time, aging causes muscles to atrophy and blood flow to decrease. Weakened muscles can decrease function, causing stiffness and making walking difficult. Any number or combination of these health concerns will only increase a person’s chances of falling and therefore increase the risk of injury. Thankfully, regular chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can address all these concerns to […]

Tennis Elbow Pain? Chiropractic Care Can Help

Summer means a time to get out and enjoy your favorite sports.  For many people, this sport is tennis.  They grab their racket and head out for a rousing game of tennis. But tennis elbow is a common injury associated with overuse of the elbow, even for non-tennis players.  Golf is another great summer game but can also lead to elbow problems over time.  Both sports involve forearm muscles but on opposite sides of the elbow.  If you suffer from inflammation of the elbow tendons, called either tennis  or golf elbow, you don’t have to give up your favorite sport to alleviate pain.  Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can provide relief from inflammation and pain so you can continue to enjoy physical activity all summer long.

What Is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis elbow is a form of tendonitis in the upper forearm and outside of the elbow caused by inflammation of the lateral epicondyle tendon.  For this reason, it can also be referred to as lateral epicondylitis.  Repetitive motion causes this injury and can cause discomfort when lifting the arm, as well as weakness of the wrist, difficulty bending or extending the arm, and persistent elbow pain that can worsen over time. This pain can also worsen when lifting or carrying heavy objects.  For some, the pain may only last a few weeks, while others could experience pain for several years if tennis elbow is not addressed.  Thankfully, a Lithia Springs chiropractor could be the solution you have been looking for to relieve inflammation and pain in the elbow.

What Can Chiropractic Care Do for Tennis Elbow?

One of the first steps in addressing tennis elbow is to rest the elbow for a period of time to allow it to heal.  But the root cause of the pain is the inflammation in the […]

Chiropractic Care Can Help with PCOS

Approximately every 1 out of 10 women suffer from PCOS, or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  For some women, PCOS can begin around the time of puberty but may not be diagnosed until adulthood, more specifically around childbearing age.  Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can cause a hormonal imbalance that not only causes problems with metabolism rates, but also affects many other aspects of your health.  Not every woman experiences the same symptoms, but in general, symptoms of PCOS can include mood changes, headaches, fatigue, weight gain, infertility, or sleep problems.  Whatever symptoms you experience, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome can have a major impact on your health and your quality of life.  But there is hope!  Many women have found hope and healing through chiropractic care from Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar, and you can too.

What Causes PCOS?

PCOS may be a genetic disorder that is inherited, but it can be also caused by higher than normal levels of androgens, also known as “male” hormones.  This high level of androgen can lead to baldness or facial hair, common male-like traits.  Another cause of PCOS could be high insulin levels.  High insulin levels lead to high blood sugar levels.  It could be these high levels of insulin that result in poor nutrition habits and weight gain.  In addition to typical symptoms of this syndrome, PCOS can also cause a slew of other health problems.  One of the most notable concerns for women is infertility.  The reproductive organs don’t function like they should and women struggle with regular ovulation, making it harder to conceive.  Other health issues associated with PCOS can include anxiety, depression, sleep apnea, and poor cholesterol.  While monitoring eating habits, exercising regularly, or taking vitamins and supplements can decrease symptoms of PCOS, they may […]

Whiplash Pain? Seek Chiropractic Care for Relief

Have you been in a car crash?  Are you now experiencing neck or back pain?  You are most likely experiencing whiplash pain as a result of the accident.  No matter how small or minor your car accident may have been, if there is damage to the car, there is damage to your body. Whiplash can also occur from other issues such as banging or shaking your head too much.  Symptoms of whiplash can be quite painful, to the point that you can’t carry out daily tasks because you can’t turn your head from side to side.  Before the pain worsens, seek chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor for whiplash relief after a car accident or other injury.

Signs and Symptoms of Whiplash

The impact of a rear end car crash forces the head and neck forward and then violently slams them backward.  This forceful motion can cause significant damage to the musculoskeletal system.  You may not notice any pain or problems at first, but after a day or two, you will often experience muscle stiffness, headaches, limited range of motion of the neck, back pain, numbness, and even dizziness.  If not addressed, symptoms of whiplash can worsen, possibly even leading to chronic pain.  To relieve the pain, your first instinct is probably to reach for medication.  But medication only acts as a band aid, covering up the pain until the medicine wears off and symptoms return.  For long-term relief, turn to Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar.

Address the Root Cause of Whiplash Pain

Because whiplash affects the musculoskeletal system, it makes sense to visit a Lithia Spring chiropractor that focuses on the musculoskeletal system to improve your overall health.  Impacts or injuries can lead to spinal misalignments that cause dysfunction throughout the body, […]

Reduce Sinus Problems and Inflammation with Chiropractic

There’s no doubt about the fact that sinus inflammation and pressure is extremely painful, so much so that it can affect how you live your daily life.  Sinus problems can be so frustrating that they may have you immediately reaching for medication to relieve the pain.  But medication may not always be the best option.  Medication is only a short-term solution to sinus problems as the issues always return, often with a vengeance, after medication wears off.  Not only that, but medications can also have harmful side effects that can cause a slew of other problems, in addition to more sinus pain and pressure.  When sinus problems have you reaching for medication, consider another option.  Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor will not only relieve sinus problems and alleviate pressure long term, but it can also offer many other amazing benefits for improving overall health.

Improve Immunity to Improve Health

Frequently, inflammation can be responsible for a lot of the sinus problems we experience.  Increasing the function of the immune system can improve our overall health to bring about relief.  But how exactly can we better the immune system?  The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system, which is responsible for communicating with other systems in the body.  Spinal misalignments can cause nerve interference that disrupts communication to other parts of the body such as the immune system, causing it work at less than its best. Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can perform gentle adjustments to remove spinal misalignments, increase immunity, and reduce inflammation within the body to bring about sinus pain relief.

Chiropractic Care Reduces Inflammation

Sinus problems are usually a result of inflammation within the lining of the sinus cavities.  Chronic colds or persistent allergies may be what brings […]

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 […]

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