Chiropractic Research 2018-03-22T03:35:53+00:00

Chiropractic Research

Read the latest news and research on how chiropractic care can benefit you and your family!

What Is Dysautonomia and the Stress Response? Why Does It Matter?

The body’s central nervous system plays a crucial role in keeping us functioning at optimal levels of health.  It controls all the other systems in the body, so the health of the central nervous system is vital.  It is made up of the brain and spinal cord, while the peripheral nervous system is made up of all the nerves in our body.  The nervous system breaks down further into the autonomic nervous system, which controls all the involuntary actions that we do without thinking, such as breathing, digesting, and pumping blood through the body.  To break it down even further, the autonomic nervous system is composed of two parts, the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.  Overall, for the body to work properly, there must be a balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic parts of the nervous system.  If at any point anything is out of whack, it can become a big problem that affects our health and wellness. What Is the Difference Between the Parasympathetic and Sympathetic Systems? The parasympathetic system is responsible for keeping the body in the rest and digest phase.  It is the part of the body that helps it repair itself as well as function at [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Alleviate IBS with Chiropractic Care

  You may feel alone in your Irritable Bowel Syndrome symptoms, but it is actually a common occurrence among Americans today.  In fact, around 55 million people suffer from IBS. This digestive problem can be both painful and frustrating, often times affecting your daily life. While many turn to medication to find relief, medication isn’t a permanent solution. In fact, medication is only masking the symptoms of IBS, not treating the root cause. When taking medication, you are also at risk of experiencing harmful side effects that further add to the unpleasantness of IBS and can bring about additional health concerns. Thankfully, medication isn’t the only option for managing IBS symptoms.  Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor has proven to be very beneficial for those with IBS.  In fact, studies that have been conducted have shown positive results for those suffering from IBS.  In one study, a 32-year-old woman presented with IBS, as well as depression and anxiety.  She had suffered from these symptoms for over 10 years. After just one chiropractic adjustment, she experienced a regular bowel movement, and after being under consistent chiropractic care, she experienced relief from all symptoms of IBS as well as a significant [...]

Experience Neck Pain Relief with Chiropractic

  Neck pain is a common complaint across the nation that almost everyone will experience at some point in their lives.  It is also a chief reason for beginning chiropractic care, as chiropractic adjustments often bring about relief. A gentle adjustment from Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can offer relief from minor neck pain to severe, intense neck pain.  Whatever type of pain you are experiencing, don’t let it affect your day-to-day life any longer. Causes of Neck Pain Poor posture is one of the primary causes of neck pain. Forward head posture puts added pressure on the neck, which can lead to stress and muscle strain. In fact, for every inch your neck moves forward, it can add up to 10 pounds of pressure to the neck as these muscles must work hard to keep the head from dropping to the chest. Those who sit in an office are much more likely to experience neck pain.  “Tech neck” is a common occurrence among office workers or those who use significant amounts of technology such as tablets or smartphones.  Tech neck occurs when the overuse of technology causes a head to be farther forward on the neck than normal, [...]

Chiropractic Care Can Help You Overcome Addiction

  Addiction is a very serious problem that is unfortunately becoming more and more common across the U.S.  In fact, over 20 million people in the U.S. could benefit from treatment methods to help combat addictions.  The cycle of addiction can affect job performance, destroy families, and ruin lives.  Furthermore, addiction can lead to even more problems such as convictions or jail time.  It is estimated that 80% of crimes committed are somehow related to substance abuse.  If you or someone you love has an addiction problem, it is crucial to get help before the situation spirals out of control.  Fortunately, a Lithia Springs chiropractor can help. Addiction Treatment Methods When faced with addiction, many will turn to a variety of methods to cope.  Rehabilitation facilities can help people get clean and teach them skills for staying sober.  Counseling sessions and group therapy are also methods for treating addiction.  If these don’t work or if they aren’t enough on their own, sometimes people will turn to medications.  This may not be the best option as medications come with potentially harmful side effects.  Additionally, some will argue that giving medicine to those who already struggle with substance abuse will do more [...]

Chiropractic Care for Multiple Sclerosis

The central nervous system is responsible for controlling all of our body’s movements, processes, and functions. It plays a part in our muscle function, digestive health, and even optic nerve function.  For this reason, if there is a problem within our body, it can usually be traced back to the central nervous system.  Multiple Sclerosis is no different.  Multiple Sclerosis, or MS, is a disease that affects the central nervous system itself. Because the entire nervous system is so interconnected to other parts of the body, MS compromises many of our body’s other systems as well.  For example, those with MS develop muscle weakness and usually have trouble walking over time. They may also complain of blurry vision, numbness of the limbs, muscle spasms, or even loss of bladder control.  But MS doesn’t have to take over your life. Trust that you can continue to live life to the fullest even after an MS diagnosis. Begin with a visit to Lithia Springs Chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar. He and his team will complete a full neurological assessment and he will provide gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments to trouble areas to improve your overall body function and reduce the severity and onset of [...]

Pinched Nerve Pain: Find Relief with Chiropractic

Did you wake up this morning with a terrible pain in your back? Do you feel like you pulled something while moving a certain way or playing a sport? The pain you may be experiencing could be a pinched nerve. There are several things that may cause a pinched nerve, though the reason they occur is mainly because of a subluxation, or misalignment of the spine. A pinched nerve is simply a nerve that is being compressed in an unnatural way. This can occur after an intense workout, from bad posture, or just by reaching for something that misaligns the spine, causing the compressed nerve and a whole lot of pain, tingling, or numbness. Pinched nerves can also cause a few other symptoms. A pinched nerve can be debilitating and many people that experience this pain cannot function properly in their day-to-day life; it can make driving to work or school nearly impossible, and sometimes the only way of finding comfort is lying on your bed with a hot or cold pack, but you can’t really get a whole lot done or enjoy your life by doing that constantly. What Should I Do About It? The pain caused by a [...]

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