Read the latest news and research on how chiropractic care can benefit you and your family!
Ergonomics in Today’s Unique Work Environments
If you’re like most people, the past few months have brought about many changes to your work environment. Many people across the country have been working from home for weeks, and many of us will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Whether you’re figuring out how to optimize your home office, are struggling to set up a productive workspace in your kitchen, or are still in the office on a daily or weekly basis, you should be paying attention to how helpful your work environment is when it comes to your productivity. What Role Does Ergonomics Play? Ergonomics is the study of an individual’s efficiency as it pertains to their working environment. It is about both the mental and physical efficiency you have based on your work setting. It includes how focused you feel in addition to how physically comfortable you are, as both work together to maximize your productivity and concentration. Ergonomics not only affects how much work you get done how quickly, but it’s also about you feel in your physical environment—are you uncomfortable, in pain, or overly distracted? If so, your work ergonomics need an overhaul. You may need to clean up your desk, clear [...]
Poor Sleep in Children: There Is Hope
Quality sleep is one of the main goals of every parent. Whether you have a newborn baby, a school-aged child, or teenagers, you know how important sleep is to health, growth, and overall happiness. You also know how difficult it can be for everyone in your household to get a good night’s rest, especially regularly. A lot of different things can contribute to poor sleep in children. One is natural sleep disruptions, such as growth spurts, newborns needing to eat throughout the night, or being woken from bad dreams or loud noises in the house. These are pretty unavoidable in most cases, and they are typically singular events or at least temporary. But what about when children have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep for months or years on end? Some kids never learn how to fall asleep on their own, so when they wake in the middle of the night, they struggle to fall back asleep without the help or comfort of a parent. Other children may stay up later than their bodies need to or they don’t take quality naps during the day, so they struggle to get adequate sleep they need and deal with the consequences on [...]
The Importance of Staying Hydrated
Our bodies are primarily composed of water, and we are in a constant state of losing and replenishing this water. As we sweat, drink alcohol, cry, and use the restroom throughout the day, we are losing water each time. This means it’s important that we are replenishing that water supply throughout the day. Without this balance, we can experience dehydration and resulting health issues. Drinking water is important not only to prevent dehydration, but also to proactively increase health. Keeping up with your water intake combined with regular visits to a Lithia Springs chiropractor can help you prevent potential health issues before they begin. Read on to learn some of the benefits you can see from drinking more water. Prevent Fatigue While fatigue can certainly be caused by a lack of sleep, not drinking enough water can also lead to this feeling of being constantly tired. Water fuels the heart’s ability to pump blood throughout the body, and when there is a lack of hydration, the heart has to work harder to accomplish this. As a result, the organs also must work harder to function properly. All of this extra effort can lead you to feel more tired than usual. [...]
Chiropractic Care Aids Brain Development
When we think about our health and the ways we maintain it, most things we think about will be related to our physical well being. We may think of illnesses like colds, injuries to the back or legs, and broken bones. These are all important components of our health, but what many people don’t realize is that these are all tied to interconnected systems inside the body. Both the brain and the spinal cord work together to regulate the rest of the body. This means that what you may see as a minor injury or illness is rooted in issues of the brain, the spinal cord, and their communication. For the brain to develop properly and maintain health, proper care of the spine is also important. Visiting a Lithia Springs chiropractor can be a step towards optimal brain development. How the Brain Develops A child’s brain begins developing before they are even born and doesn’t stop developing throughout their life. The brain develops from right to left, and the majority of this growth happens in the first 3 years of life. The right brain controls emotions, processing, and moral choices and is the first part of the brain to develop. [...]
4 Reasons to Drink More Water
As our bodies are made up of mostly water, it stands to reason that drinking water is an important component of staying healthy. Various routine practices can cause us to lose water from our system, including sweating, crying, using the restroom, dieting, and drinking alcohol. This is why it’s necessary to drink plentiful amounts of water throughout the day and replenish this lost resource. In addition to rehydrating the body, water also has a number of health benefits. Being proactive about your health can help prevent future issues and make sure you are functioning well every day, and you can take proactive steps by being under regular chiropractic care as well as drinking more water. In addition to the benefits you’ll receive from regular care at a Lithia Spring chiropractor, below are some of the ways drinking more water will improve your wellbeing. Prevent Fatigue Fatigue, or feeling extremely tired to the point of lethargy, can often be one of the first symptoms of dehydration. In order to keep blood pumping through the body, the heart needs water, and when it lacks water, it has to work even harder. Organs also have to work harder to perform their daily functions [...]
Chiropractic Care and Tech Neck
In today’s world, we are on our phones constantly, and if we aren’t on our phone, we are likely looking at a computer, tablet, television, or smart watch. It’s impossible to list the ways in which technology has improved and simplified many areas of life, but that doesn’t come without problems. Our bodies were not built to be bent over, looking down, and straining in the way that they do to accommodate the constant use of this technology. While this is not something most people think about, the health concerns brought about by these postures are so common that they have been coined “tech neck” by experts, though some prefer to call it “text neck.” While tech neck is a relatively new concern to match new technology, chiropractic care has been around for a long time, and visiting Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help alleviate this modern problem. Do I Have Tech Neck? Tech neck is caused primarily by the straining of our necks, specially straining forward past the shoulders, beyond where they naturally fall. This can lead to pain or discomfort in the back, neck, or shoulders. It’s no wonder this can cause annoyance as every inch [...]
Suffering from TMJ? Chiropractic Care Can Help!
For many people, back or neck pain are clear indicators that it’s time to visit the chiropractor. But there are other types of pain that can be addressed by your local Lithia Springs chiropractor. Those suffering from TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, know that the chronic disorder can cause pain, swelling, and clicking sounds near the jaw. An estimated 10 million people report TMJ in America, and those sufferers know that it can be painful and frustrating to deal with. Because TMJ is rooted in joints and the musculoskeletal system, Dr. Ronnie Bolar and the staff at Vital Life Chiropractic may be able to bring relief from the symptoms of TMJ. What Is TMJ? TMJ manifests itself in most people with symptoms such as swelling, nerve pain, and a clicking sound when moving the jaw. Others report pain while chewing, grinding teeth, and headaches as symptoms of TMJ. This is because the disorder affects the jaw muscles and connected nerves. Not much is known about the cause of TMJ, but some believe it can be partially due to poor posture or a misalignment of teeth. Stress can often exacerbate the symptoms as it causes tension and subsequent clenching of teeth. [...]
Why You Should See a Chiropractor for Infant GERD
If you’re a parent, you know that one of the most stressful things can be trying to determine what your baby needs. They cry when they’re tired, hungry, or just want to be held. This can make it hard to know when your baby’s crying is a symptom of something more serious, like infant GERD. The symptoms of infant GERD can include vomiting, appetite changes, and excessive crying—all of which babies are prone to on a normal day. It can be hard to determine the proper care to seek for your child and what remedies they need. If your infant seems to be suffering from infant GERD, visiting Dr. Ronnie Bolar at Vital Life Chiropractic is the first step towards long-term relief that is both safe and effective. What Is Infant GERD? While GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is found across ages, infant GERD is very common in young babies. About two-thirds of infants will experience GERD symptoms, compared to one in five adults. GERD is caused by food getting backed up in the esophagus, rather than traveling to the stomach as it should. Because infants have underdeveloped digestive systems, doctors believe they are more prone to these symptoms and [...]
Chiropractic Care for Managing Glaucoma
Serious vision problems can lead to blindness, and one of these serious eye conditions is called glaucoma. Glaucoma is a condition that attacks the optic nerve. There isn’t much known about what causes glaucoma, but it is related to fluid pressure build-up in the eye. Our eyes are constantly filling up and being drained of fluid to keep the eye tissue healthy. If the eyes can’t drain properly and the fluid continues to build up, that is when the problems with pressure develop. When increased pressure build-up reaches a high level, it causes damage to the optic nerve. The fluid and pressure in the eye doesn’t allow the optic nerve to take the light we see and turn it into images, causing vision problems to occur. Who Is Affected by Glaucoma? Glaucoma can affect people of any age, including men, women and children. No one is exempt at any time. People with high blood pressure are more prone to developing glaucoma as a side effect of higher blood pressure. The problem with glaucoma is that by the time symptoms have appeared, the pressure build-up in the eye has already done some damage to the optic nerve, which is almost always [...]
How Can Chiropractic Decrease the Risk of Falls for the Elderly?
One of the biggest risks of injury as we enter our golden years is falling. After the age of 65, the risk of falling rises significantly. In fact, 1 in 3 people over the age of 65 experience a fall each year and about 25% of them experience serious injuries due to a fall. The statistics related to older adults falling can be scary in and of themselves. Not only does the older population have to worry about serious injuries, surgeries, and hospital stays from falling, but they also experience a psychological fear of falling because of an increased awareness of the risks. But the fear of falling doesn’t have to consume you. An experienced Lithia Springs chiropractor can give the elderly back their confidence in their ability to function well and avoid falls through regular chiropractic care. What Contributes to Increased Falls as We Age? As we get older, our bodies experience significant wear and tear. The musculoskeletal system may not function as it once did. The elderly population also deal other types of pain that can affect their ability to walk and get around easily. Additionally, poor spinal alignment can also lead to balance problems that causes unsteadiness [...]