Can Chiropractic Help With Sciatic Pain?

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


Chiropractic for Those with ScoliosisAn 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?


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?

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

Chiropractic Care Is a Natural Solution for FatigueThose 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


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 […]

Can Chiropractic Care Help Incontinence?


Can Chiropractic Care Help Incontinence?

The bladder serves a specific function for the body, and when it doesn’t work properly, it can lead to urine leakage due to lack of sphincter control, also known as incontinence.  On average, one-fourth of Americans today report suffering from urinary incontinence, and it affects both men and women.  While many think that this problem only occurs in older women, it actually affects both men and women between the ages of 30 to 60, as well as those older than 60.  Women in the younger age range report instances of incontinence more often, at 30 percent, while less than 5 percent of men in this age range report experiencing incontinence.  Health factors such as obesity, smoking, diabetes, kidney disease, multiple pregnancies, or prostate problems can contribute to bladder leakage. There are many methods available to you to control or correct incontinence, but you may also be surprised to know that chiropractic care can alleviate the problem of incontinence.

Methods for Correcting Incontinence

To correct incontinence, some people can simply change certain behaviors in order to improve bladder function.  For instance, monitoring and limiting how much you drink at one time can help control how full your bladder gets.  Bladder training (or retraining) involves slowly increasing the amount of time between bathroom breaks in an effort to train your bladder to hold in your urine for longer periods.  Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic muscles are also recommended.  In more serious instances, medication might be prescribed to control bladder spasms.  Surgeries, such as a sling procedure, are often recommended in extreme cases.  However, chiropractic care is also a great option to treat urinary incontinence, so if you’re struggling with it, be sure to consult a Lithia Springs chiropractor for more information before […]

The Importance of Proper Spinal Curves

The Importance of Proper Spinal CurvesIt is no secret that chiropractic care is used to treat all kinds of ailments beyond just the spine and musculoskeletal system.  But many people seek chiropractors primarily for the treatment of back or neck pain or various spinal disorders such as scoliosis (C- or S-shaped spinal curve), lordosis (curved lower back), or kyphosis (abnormally rounded upper back). However, very few people are aware that a healthy adult spine, running from the base of the skull to the pelvis, when viewed from the side should have a gentle S-shaped curve. The neck and lower back regions are concave and the thoracic and sacral regions have a convex curve.

The spine is basically a series of bones stacked with cushions to absorb shock, and its main function is to support body weight and protect the spinal cord. Due to this incredibly important job, it is very important to keep the spine strong and in proper alignment, both retaining necessary spinal curves and avoiding abnormal spinal curves.

Spinal Curves Dictate Proper Posture

Spinal curves are responsible for accurate posture while standing and sitting. Ideal spinal curve prevents the onset of any spinal curve disorders and also improves balance, stabilizes muscle, improves muscle strength, and increases the range of motion.

Accurate spinal curves dictate proper posture. However, posture alone cannot determine an onset of poor spinal curvature. Any alteration in the normal curve can lead to future trouble and back pain.

Spinal Curves and Overall Health

Similar to the adage, “The eyes are the window to the soul,” there is a saying in the chiropractic world that says, “Your spine is the window to your health.” Your spine is the foundational framework protecting the spinal cord and if it introduces dysfunction into your body, you can develop injuries, aches, pain, […]

Can Chiropractic Help My Anxiety?

Can Chiropractic Help My Anxiety?With more than 18% of the adult population suffering from some sort of anxiety disorder, anxiety is ravaging the US population. Even though anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and other mental disorders can lead to a variety of other health problems and dangerous behaviors, only about a third of those with anxiety disorders are seeking some sort of treatment for their anxiety.

Most commonly, anxiety treatment includes some sort of medication and maybe counseling or talk therapy. But one main reason so few people utilize anxiety treatment is because of the risks that come with the medications. Nausea, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, memory problems, blurred vision, dry mouth, weight gain, fatigue… the list of anxiety medication side effects goes on and on.

Living with untreated anxiety is not an option for some people and those side effects don’t seem worth it, so what are you supposed to do?

Hormonal Balance Is Key

The entire body is controlled by the central nervous system. One of the primary functions of that system is to produce, regulate, and utilize hormones in our bodies. All of our hormones work together to influence our sleeping patterns, changes in mood, and weight loss or gain, and they help our bodies function properly and effectively. When your hormones are unbalanced, a myriad of issues can arise, including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and the like.

Since hormone production is based on the health of your nervous system and your spinal cord is housed in your spine, a spinal misalignment can have a huge effect on your mental health. When your spine is healthy and in proper alignment, your hormones will be produced in appropriate amounts, your body will use them effectively, and you will have an easier time keeping your emotions in check and your anxiety […]

Diabetes Prevention and Management with Chiropractic Care

Diabetes Prevention and Management with Chiropractic CareDiabetes finds its root cause in the pancreas, the organ that creates insulin and helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Insulin signals the body to absorb the glucose found in food to convert it into energy. Without it, blood sugar levels can become dangerously high and a variety of problems can result. Type 1 diabetes occurs when the body is unable to create any insulin or enough insulin to function properly. Type 2 diabetes occurs when the body simply responds incorrectly to insulin.

Nearly 10% of the US population has diabetes, and another third of the population has prediabetes. Medical costs for those with diabetes are nearly twice as much as those without diabetes, and those with diabetes can expect to live between 10 and 20 years less than someone without diabetes.

How Do We Fight Diabetes?

So what do we do? As Americans, as children of aging parents, as parents of growing children… how do we fight this rampant, widespread disease? We begin by taking steps to improve overall health. The two most significant risk factors of type 2 diabetes (the most common variation) include being overweight and being inactive. We can start by encouraging our family and friends to be more active, lose weight if necessary, and eat a well-balanced and healthy diet. We can also make strides toward improving our overall health by getting under chiropractic care.

Chiropractic Care for Overall Health and Diabetes Prevention & Management

Chiropractic care is focused on whole-body health, and it aims to improve the brain-body relationship by restoring proper communication pathways in the body. Chiropractic will bring your body back into balance and will help it function optimally. It allows your body the freedom to heal itself and send clear messages from the brain to […]

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