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Chiropractic Research

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How Does Chiropractic Care Improve Posture?

You may not often think about whether or not you are sitting or standing upright throughout the day, but the fact of the matter is that proper posture is important to good health, as well as to your quality of life.  It could be that poor posture is the source of your aches and pains.  Try as we may to improve how we stand, walk, or sit, it can sometimes be out of our control.  Thankfully, a Lithia Springs chiropractor can assess your posture and even correct it with chiropractic adjustments, which can ease pain and bring about relief to a myriad of health concerns and ailments. Posture and Your Health If you sit in an office chair all day, then you can attest to how terrible your body feels after slouching forward and staring at a computer day in and day out.  Without proper posture, muscles can tighten and tense, leading to pain in the neck or back.  In fact, one common problem nowadays among office workers is called “tech neck.”  Tech neck occurs when the neck becomes strained from looking forward or down at computers, tablets, phones, and other types or technology all day.  This position puts strain and pressure [...]

Can Chiropractic Be Beneficial for Colic?

Does your baby cry for long periods of time without explanation?  Has your baby been fed, changed, and had a nap, but still cries?  If this is the case, your little one may be suffering from colic.  Colic can be defined as a fluctuating pain in the abdomen most likely caused by gas or intestinal problems.  When you have a colicky little one, you may find yourself wondering if you are doing something wrong.  The answer is absolutely not. Babies sometimes just have colic and it’s not usually based on anything parents did or didn’t do.  It can still be extremely frustrating to want to help your baby and not know where to begin.  Consulting a Lithia Spring chiropractor is a great place to start.  Many parents have found relief for their colicky babies with chiropractic care. How Do I Know if My Baby Has Colic? Colic in babies can begin to manifest itself when an infant is as young as 3 weeks old.  In most cases, a baby will outgrow colic by the age of 3 months, but for some, it can last longer.  Either way, no length of time with a colicky baby is enjoyable, so most parents [...]

Chiropractic Care for Improved Menstrual Health

  Menstrual health may not be one of the first things you think of when you think of optimal health, but poor menstrual health can lead to dysfunction within the body such as infertility, sexual dysfunction, painful or difficult PMS, or a variety of other health concerns.  For many women, the menstrual cycle is not just an annoying occurrence that happens once a month, but it is also a painful experience that can lead to bloating, cramping, lethargy, and severe back pain.  If your menstrual health has caused dysfunction or pain, there is hope. Traditional methods for improving menstrual health such as medications may improve the feeling of PMS or menstrual health struggles, but they are only a temporary solution and can cause a slew of unwanted side effects.  Regular visits to a Lithia Springs chiropractor, however, treat the root cause of menstrual issues.  Chiropractic care is a natural and safe method for improving both menstrual health and overall wellbeing. Chiropractic Can Help Manage Menstrual Irregularities Women face several different types of menstrual health issues.  Premenstrual symptoms (PMS), amenorrhea (lack of a normal period during reproductive years), and dysmenorrhea (painful cramping) are the most common types of menstrual health problems among [...]

Fight or Flight vs Rest and Digest: The Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nervous Systems

Our bodies are amazingly equipped to handle all kinds of situations that may be thrown at us.  In fact, our central nervous system is made up of a few different parts, all of which help our body adequately cope with various situations and external factors.  When broken down to some of its smallest parts, the central nervous system is composed of two parts, the sympathetic and parasympathetic.  Each part plays an important role in how the body functions, but when one part takes over and becomes dominate, the delicate balance is disrupted, causing dysfunction and chaos with the body.  When dysfunction begins, Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help. Sympathetic Vs. Parasympathetic Within your body, the sympathetic system is more like the gas pedal while the parasympathetic system is similar to the brake pedal in a car.  The sympathetic system is responsible for our “fight or flight” response when we feel stressed.  When your sympathetic system is fired up, it causes increased heart rate, pupil dilation, and increased blood pressure to let your body know it’s time to either run or fight.  This survival mode is important for certain situations, but when the sympathetic system is on overdrive, it [...]

Developmental Delays and Chiropractic

When you think of chiropractic care, your first thought might not be that it can be beneficial for children with developmental delays.  However, chiropractic care is incredibly beneficial for not only developmental delays, but also for improving the quality of life for many.  Children with developmental delays may show signs of delayed motor skills, speech issues, dyslexia, or dyspraxia.  Disorders such as Attention Deficit Disorder can also be related to developmental delays in children.  But there is hope for frustrated children and parents with a natural, effective, and drug-free way to deal with these issues.  Regular visits to a Lithia Springs Chiropractor can drastically improve the lives of those with developmental delays. What Can Cause Delays? There are a variety of reasons that children experience developmental delays.  One primary cause is spinal subluxations, or misalignments of the vertebrae.  Almost every child with developmental delays has been found to have spinal misalignments where the vertebrae are twisted, turned, or out of place.  Most parents or guardians don’t associate these subluxations with developmental delays, when in reality, they could be the root cause of some developmental delays.  These spinal misalignments leads to nerve interference that disrupts communication of the central nervous system [...]

Chiropractic Care and Seizures

A common condition that many people in America suffer from is known as epilepsy.  This condition is a seizure disorder marked by sudden convulsions or abnormal activity of the brain.   Over 180,000 people report suffering from epilepsy, including males and females as well as children and adults.  Having seizures can make you feel like you have no control over your health or body, but there are things that can be done to better manage seizure symptoms and reduce instances of seizures.  You may be surprised to learn that a Lithia Springs chiropractor can help with your seizures, whether you have epilepsy, a diagnosed seizure disorder, or simply experience seizures from time to time. Causes of Seizures Over half of the seizures that occur in those with epilepsy are due to unknown causes.  Doctors simply don’t know what is causing seizures to happen.  Other known causes can be due to a variety of other factors, such as loss of oxygen to the brain during birth, trauma of some form, Autism, congenital conditions, or brain malfunctions.  Strokes, severe infections, or even genetic factors may also play a part in seizures in adults.  While there is indeed a reason for every seizure that [...]

Chiropractic Care for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease affects over 1.5 million Americans.  Each year, 60,000 people in America are diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  It can affect both men and women, although the rate among men is slightly higher.  Most men and women diagnosed with the disease are over the age of 60.  However, around 15% of those affected by Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 40. Parkinson’s is a debilitating disease that affects brain and muscle function.  The main sign of Parkinson’s disease is shaking or trembling, especially of the hands.  As the disease progresses, muscle shaking worsens which can lead to falling, inability to swallow, or loss of bladder control.  Not only does Parkinson’s affect the body, but it also affects the mind as well, often causing confusion or dementia.  There is yet to be a cure for Parkinson’s, but there are methods for managing both the progression and the symptoms of the disease.  Chiropractic care from a Lithia Springs chiropractor has shown to be an effective method for improving the overall quality of life for those affected by this disease. What Causes Parkinson’s Parkinson’s is caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain.  Nerve cells are unable to make the necessary dopamine [...]

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