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 […]

Improve Thyroid Function with Chiropractic

The thyroid is an important part of the body in that it regulates the metabolism, controls body temperature, and ensures proper growth of the body.  If the thyroid isn’t functioning as it should, it could be the cause of health concerns.  Hyperthyroidism (when the thyroid overproduces necessary hormones) and hypothyroidism (when not enough hormones are produced) will lead to larger health issues.  Thankfully, a Lithia Springs chiropractor can help.

Poor Thyroid Function Leads To Health Concerns

If you experience symptoms such as unexplained weight gain, inability to concentrate, depression, fatigue, or hair loss, then you might have a low functioning thyroid, known as hypothyroidism.  Many things can lead to hypothyroidism, such as taking certain prescription medications, a misalignment of the spine, or removal of the thyroid.  Hyperthyroidism, or an overactive thyroid, can also cause a myriad of health problems like rapid heart rate, tremors, anxiety, overactive bowels, sweating, or restlessness.  Medication is commonly prescribed to optimize thyroid production, but medication only covers up the symptoms for the time being and often comes with a slew of side effects.  In addition, too much thyroid medication can cause inflammation of the thyroid, or thyroiditis.  Many people don’t initially recognize problems with thyroid function and when they finally do, they are unsure of the next steps. Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can assess the spine and perform chiropractic adjustments to get your thyroid function back on track.

Chiropractic Care Corrects Thyroid Function

Whether you are experiencing hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism, rest assured that chiropractic care can aid in improving thyroid function.  Like the rest of the body’s systems, the thyroid is controlled by the central nervous system, composed of the brain and spinal cord.  When the spine is out of alignment, the vertebrae press on the spinal cord […]

Can Chiropractic Help With Sciatic Pain?

Sciatica, pain felt from the sciatic nerve, usually begins in the lower back, runs through the buttocks, and goes into the leg.  Sciatica and the lower back pain accompanying it are usually caused by problems with the spine.  Herniated discs or spinal subluxations can both cause the crippling pain of sciatica that is caused by the sciatic nerve running through the lower back into the legs.  Herniated discs can be caused by a number of things, such as repeated trauma from hours of sitting at a desk or any injury to the spine.  Symptoms of sciatica can be a dull or sharp pain, weakness in the lower extremities, or a tingling or burning sensation.  Because the sciatic nerve is the cause of the pain, chiropractic care is a great solution to bring about relief from sciatica.

How Does Chiropractic Manage Sciatica Pain?

Those who experience intense pain often look for relief from over-the-counter medications to alleviate pain.  Sciatica sufferers may try hot or cold compresses at the point of pain, or even steroid shots in an attempt to correct the problem.  While the pain may resolve itself for a while, it usually returns again with a vengeance.  A Lithia Springs chiropractor can offer relief from sciatica pain without painful shots or harmful medications for a more permanent solution to sciatica.  It is scientifically proven that sciatica pain stems from a spinal misalignment of the lower lumbar spine.  Because the spine is part of the central nervous system that controls the nerves and functions in our body, it is an obvious solution for relieving pain caused by the sciatic nerve. A Lithia Springs chiropractor can gently adjust the spine to correct spinal misalignments and alleviate pain along the sciatic nerve, all the while […]

Chiropractic for Those with Scoliosis


An abnormal curve of the spine is known as scoliosis.  Any twisting of the spine or improper curve of the spine when looking from a front or back view is considered a form of scoliosis.  Although there are many varieties of spinal curvatures that could contribute to scoliosis, the most common form involves a side to side curve instead of a straight spine.  This common type of scoliosis is called idiopathic scoliosis and often occurs in the adolescent years (ages 10-14), but it can occur at any age.  Other forms of scoliosis include neuromuscular or myopathic scoliosis, degenerative scoliosis, or congenital scoliosis.  No matter what type of scoliosis people suffer from, it can be both painful and even debilitating.  Before scoliosis worsens to the point of causing health issues, find out how a chiropractor can help.

Managing Scoliosis

Scoliosis is a disease that usually progresses over time. While there may be no cure to eradicate spinal curves completely, chiropractic can manage scoliosis to prevent it from worsening and it can even reduce the curve in certain cases.  Because scoliosis is an improper spinal alignment, chiropractic care can also prevent scoliosis from occurring before it starts through maintaining optimal spinal health with regular adjustments.  Chiropractic for children is highly recommended since most cases of scoliosis occur in adolescence.  Be sure to visit Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ron Bolar to promote spinal health as well as overall health and wellness for all ages.

Chiropractic Care for Scoliosis

Many people ask if chiropractic can cure scoliosis.  Unfortunately, there isn’t technically a cure for scoliosis. However, chiropractic care is a great solution for managing scoliosis throughout one’s lifetime.  Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic will gently adjust the spine to prevent further curvature of the spine and assist […]

Can Chiropractic Care Offer Relief from Raynaud’s Syndrome?


Raynaud’s Syndrome is a rare disorder of the blood vessels that affects mostly the fingers and toes.  A lack of blood flow to the fingers and toes will cause them to turn blue or white and may be painful.  More and more information about Raynaud’s Syndrome is being discovered.  The more we learn about this syndrome, the better we can understand how to manage the symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome.  While there are ways to manage the lack of blood flow to the extremities, chiropractic care has shown to significantly help those who suffer from symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome.

What Is Raynaud’s Syndrome?

Raynaud’s Syndrome affects the blood flow, usually in the fingers and toes.  Circumstances such as cold weather or even stressful situations cause the blood vessels to narrow, restricting blood flow and turning fingers and toes blue or white.  Shortly after an “attack,” blood flow will return to the fingers and toes, but this causes skin to turn red and tingle or throb.  In some extreme cases, the loss of blood flow may lead to sores on the skin or tissue death.  Raynaud’s Syndrome is more common in women over 30 and is also more prevalent in colder climates.

How Can I Manage My Raynaud’s Syndrome Symptoms?

There are some simple ways to manage the loss of blood flow to the fingers or toes during an attack.  Soaking your hands in warm water as soon as an attack starts will widen the blood vessels and allow blood to flow more freely, thus stopping an attack.  Also, for people with Raynaud’s Syndrome it is imperative to keep hands and feet warm in cold weather.  Thick socks, specialized glove, or hand warmers should always be worn when going outside to prevent attacks from cold weather.  […]

Is Chiropractic Safe for Herniated Discs?

A herniated disc is caused when a disc protrudes out from the spine.  Spinal discs are rubbery pads that support your vertebrae, and when even one is out of place and pressing on a nerve, it can cause significant amounts of pain and other health problems.  Herniated discs can occur in many ways, such as from playing sports, stretching or twisting incorrectly, being in a car accident, improper lifting techniques, or simply getting older.  No matter what the cause, chiropractic care offers relief from the severe pain herniated discs cause and can even help you avoid surgery or other extreme medical measures.

Methods for Managing Herniated Discs

Symptoms of herniated discs include back and neck pain, stiffness, leg pain, arm pain, or spinal tenderness.  If the symptoms of a herniated disc become too much to bear, doctors often resort to back surgery to correct the disc protrusion.  However, an invasive procedure such as surgery is often a last resort and comes with many risks.  Before resorting to surgery, consider chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor. Studies have shown that spinal adjustments can considerably help in managing herniated discs.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Herniated discs are excruciatingly painful and any little movement could further aggravate them.  While some may think that chiropractic care will cause more damage to the spine and further aggravate a herniated disc, nothing could be further from the truth.  Lithia Springs chiropractors are careful to examine the issue and treat it with caution and care.  In fact, specialized methods are used to ensure quality care that can gently move the herniated disc away from nerves.  This, in turn, alleviates pain and discomfort. Removing subluxations of the spine also removes nerve interference, thus ensuring your body’s systems are working properly.  Misalignments […]

Chiropractic Care Is a Natural Solution for Fatigue

Those who experience fatigue know that it can be difficult to live with.  Fatigue is extreme tiredness that can happen once in a while or that can be a chronic condition.  Lack of a proper diet, poor sleep habits, or a struggle with mental illness can be a cause of fatigue.  Some even suffer from fatigue because of extreme emotional or physical stress.  It can sometimes feel like these things are out of our control so there is no real solution for fatigue, but nothing is further from the truth.

Management of Fatigue

As is the case with many other conditions, the first course of action that is usually recommended is prescription medication.  However, serious side effects always make taking medication a risk.  For a natural, safer way of treating fatigue, visit Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ron Bolar.  Chiropractic care has shown to help those battling fatigue and has no dangerous side effects.  See for yourself how chiropractic care is a great way to manage fatigue.

The Root of the Problem

Like any condition, getting to the root of the problem is the best way to help combat the symptoms. Medication only masks symptoms for a time, so while it might help short-term, the actual problem is not resolved with medication.  Misalignments of the spine are a common cause of fatigue because the misalignments cause nerve interference that stops the body from working properly. This includes balancing hormones that can lead to fatigue, causing sleep problems that lead to more exhaustion, and more.

Stress or depression can also lead to fatigue that can wreak havoc on your life.  Work is exhausting. The kids are running you ragged. You are having sleep issues such as insomnia or sleep apnea.  No matter what the cause of fatigue, a […]

You Can Find Relief from Trigeminal Neuralgia


One of the largest nerves in the head is called the trigeminal nerve.  Some people experience pain along this nerve that can range from a small ache to a stabbing or shooting pain similar to an electrical shock.  Sometimes the nerve pain may come and go intermittently, lasting only seconds, while other times it can last for minutes at a time.  This condition is called trigeminal neuralgia, and it can be absolutely debilitating.  Simple tasks such as putting on makeup, brushing your teeth, or even swallowing can bring about these painful sensations.  While it is rare, it is a painful condition that no one should have to suffer through.

Trigeminal Neuralgia Explained

Trigeminal neuralgia, also called tic douloureux, is a condition that affects the fifth cranial nerve, known as the trigeminal.  It is a long nerve in the head that is directly attached to the brain with branches that reach the scalp, forehead, teeth, gums, cheeks, jaw, nose, and lips.  The most common cause of Trigeminal Neuralgia is thought to be a blood vessel pressing on the nerve near the brainstem that rubs the membrane of the nerve, causing irritation.

There are two types of trigeminal neuralgia.  The first and most common type produces burning sensations and severe shocking pains.  Type 2, or atypical trigeminal neuralgia, is less extreme with sufferers complaining of a burning and aching feeling.  This type is more difficult to diagnose as its symptoms can be related to other problems, such as migraines or dental issues.  Both types are painful and difficult to live with.

Chiropractic Care Can Help with Trigeminal Neuralgia Pain

Chiropractic care is first and foremost focused on the spine and nervous system.  Because trigeminal neuralgia is associated with nerve problems, a Lithia Springs chiropractor will be […]

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