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 […]

Be Proactive—Not Reactive—with Your Health

Although it’s common, it is less than ideal to first find out something is wrong with your body and then seek ways to treat the issues at hand, reacting to health issues and trying to get ahead of them before they cause major problems.  Ideally, we want to take care of our bodies so that we can alleviate any possible health concerns before they begin.  This is known as taking a proactive stance on healthcare.  Knowing how to live a proactive lifestyle and take care of your body is the first step in ensuring that you lead a healthy lifestyle.  Initially, it all begins with knowing how to implement self-care and take care of yourself, and this should include regular visits to Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ron Bolar.

What Is Self-Care?

Self-care begins with listening to your body and being proactive in staying healthy.  Feeding your body healthy foods, exercising to increase energy levels and improve cardio levels, and getting enough sleep at night so your body can rest and recuperate are all ways to practice self-care.  Living a healthy lifestyle and being aware of how your body is functioning is essential to avoiding problematic symptoms of sickness or pain.  If our body has everything it needs when it needs it, we will find that we are able to heal more quickly from an illness or even fight off an illness altogether.  In addition to paying attention to our body and taking good care of it, chiropractic is another form of self-care that is a proactive approach that can help us promote a healthy lifestyle and lead to overall wellness.

How Is Chiropractic Be Proactive?

Many times when we experience illness, we immediately turn to the internet to try and figure out what’s wrong and […]

Prevent Ear Infections with Chiropractic Care

 

Many children suffer from painful ear infections, whether bacterial or viral, or some adults can experience frequent ear infections as well.  Some instances of chronic ear infections might result in surgery to place tubes in the ears.  Every year, 500,000 children have tubes placed in their ears, yet most of these children still suffer from occurrences of ear infections after the tubes are put in.  Before subjecting children to a risky procedure, consider chiropractic care for reducing or preventing recurrent ear infections.

Why Children Are More Prone to Ear Infections

Eustachian tubes, which connect the middle ear to the back of the throat, are responsible for properly draining liquid from the ear to prevent blockage and infection.  The Eustachian tubes of children are parallel to the ground, causing them to sometimes retain fluid, leading to either bacterial or viral infections of the ear.  In adults, these Eustachian tubes are slightly tilted, which allows for proper drainage and it the reason why adults don’t get ear infections as often as children.  When fluid cannot drain properly, a vacuum is created which pulls the fluid toward the middle ear and throat without a way out.  When fluid sits stagnantly in the Eustachian tubes, it is sure to lead to chronic, painful ear infections.

Treating the Root Cause

80% of ear infections will resolve themselves, but because they can be painful, parents often seek solutions for speeding up the recovery process.  Antibiotics have commonly been the method for ridding children of ear infections, and while antibiotics do cure the infection temporarily, they don’t treat the root cause. Thus, ear infections will come back again, requiring another round of antibiotics.  Sometimes ear infections are caused by a virus, which antibiotics can do nothing to treat.  Furthermore, antibiotics will […]