Why Your New Year’s Resolutions Should Include Chiropractic

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Becoming healthier is a top goal for most of us, so making plans to improve our health and formalizing it as New Year’s resolution is sort of a given. For some, being healthy is a general desire to be in good health.  For others, it’s a promise to get rid of specific unhealthy habits and restore their bodies to wellness.

We make a promise to ourselves that we will exercise more, eat better, shed unnecessary pounds, or whatever we feel we need to do turn specific health issues around. We want this for ourselves and for our loved ones too … the people closest to us: our spouse and our kids.

So here at the start of 2019, I’d like to suggest a health resolution you may not have considered. I truly believe it is the backbone of complete health and wellness for each member of your family: routine chiropractic care. And here’s why …

The Nervous System is the Key

Chiropractic supports our total body. With chiropractic, we have the ability to achieve overall health and wellness. That starts with our nervous system.

Our nervous system directly affects every other system within our body. It regulates the functioning of every system, organ, and structure in our body through its receptors. So if our nervous system is healthy, it’s most likely the other systems in our body are healthy. But did you know that our nervous system doesn’t just operate from within our brain? Our brain is just one location in which nervous system receptors reside.

Many nervous system receptors are located in the spinal column. Due to the spine’s direct neurological influence on the rest of the body, restoring motion and proper alignment of the spine is where the results of chiropractic begin. Chiropractors are expertly trained to locate and correct misalignments in the spine (a huge nervous system) in addition to other places in the body with nervous system receptors reside (head, neck …). With spinal alignment restored, virtually the rest of the body can then self-regulate, maintain itself, and restore itself to good health when things get out of whack.

 

The Nervous System is Communication Central

Throughout our body, communication is constantly taking place between systems in our body and the nervous system. The nervous system is like Grand Central Station, a big sensory organ that analyzes the rest of our body and “inventories” what our body needs to maintain a state of health.

When a chiropractor detects nervous system misalignments, s/he is able to correct those misalignments, which can then positively affect systems that are not working properly. Those corrections can affect not just one, but many systems of our body at one time. Viewed in this way, chiropractic is therapeutic. It helps the entire body achieve good health. In fact, that’s the goal of chiropractic: to improve and optimize our health and ultimately our quality of life.

 

Hidden Obstacles to Optimal Health

We don’t have to feel sick or sense specific aches and pains to benefit from chiropractic. Just because we feel good, don’t notice any pain, and don’t detect that there’s some imbalance occurring in our body doesn’t mean we are in optimal health. Stressors could be slowly creating imbalances that you may not notice until later. Stress can be physical and mental. Mental stress can be making changes in the body that, over time, manifest themselves, turning into physical ailments.

Chiropractors view stress as the underlying cause of most pain and ill health. We also believe the body has a natural ability to heal itself if the obstacles that stand in the way of poor health are eliminated. It’s our job to detect and remove those obstacles so our body can get to work.

Subtle imbalances can be taking place. Respiration (breathing), circulation (cardiovascular), and digestion (breakdown and absorption of food and nutrients) are a few of them. Chiropractic can affect blood pressure, which can then reduce our risk of heart attack and stroke. Chiropractic can improve a wide range of symptoms that impact our immune system, the functioning of our organs, and the presence of inflammation, which is the root cause of many diseases. 

 

When Problems Present Themselves

Chiropractic can help restore organ dysfunction and impact other chronic diseases. When a chiropractor adjusts your spinal column, for instance, they are not necessarily correcting back pain. Many symptoms from which both adults and children may be suffering that are not directly affecting the spinal column can be indirectly corrected by making adjustments to the vertebrae of the spine.

By balancing out the body’s nervous system responses, chiropractic can reduce stress placed on certain organs to allow them to function properly.

Pregnancy, Pre- and Neonatal

Chiropractic can help ease the pain of expectant mothers, providing quick relief from the common aches and pains of pregnancy. With chiropractic, expectant moms can be better prepared for childbirth with adjustments that affect bones and ligaments to better accommodate baby and make sure baby is positioned properly for normal delivery – even in twins and multiple births.

Chiropractic can continue to improve the overall comfort and well-being for mothers even in the postpartum period and for their infants.

New mothers who continue to receive chiropractic adjustments report the reduction or elimination of the trauma caused by the normal birthing process and back and neck pain – which can be caused by poor nursing posture – allowing for quick recovery and comfort.

 

Children

As your child grows, chiropractic care continues to encourage proper body development and better functioning of their body. Chiropractic sessions can catch your child’s problems before they become more serious and require more intensive treatments.

The number one reason for referrals from local pediatricians to our clinic is for ear problems … it’s the most common illness affecting babies and young children … the number one reason for visits to a health practitioner. When ear infections become chronic, they may require repeated antibiotics and multiple sets of ear tubes; when unaddressed altogether, ear infections can put your child at risk for permanent hearing damage and possibly affect their speech and general development. A lot of our pediatricians are starting to suggest specific pediatric chiropractic as a potential solution.

 

Pre-teens, Teens, Young Adults

As your child grows and becomes more and more active, their spines can get out of alignment. In these cases, children benefit greatly from regular chiropractic care to prevent and correct alignment issues. For preteen and teens, a visit to the family chiropractor can prevent or eliminate lower back and neck pain, headaches and head off the onset of conditions such as scoliosis or torticollis.

 

Moms and Dads

Everyday stresses in life, including job stress and unexpected injuries from auto and sports accidents in young and older adults can be treated early-on before they trigger more serious health issues.

By the time parents reach age 40, many of their conditions are a result of not correcting spinal problems that may have occurred at an earlier age. These could be migraines and headaches, lower back or neck pain. Then there are the unexpected auto accidents, falls, a pinched nerve acquired from physical work-outs, and pain and injuries from more intense athletic pursuits. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive way to ease pain and let the body heal quickly.

Regular maintenance visits to a family chiropractor can help you avoid injury, joint restriction, and dysfunction due to misalignments. It’s a form of health care that doesn’t rely on prescription medication and in many cases eliminates the symptoms of many ailments and the cause of those ailments.

 

Who We Are

We are Doctors Michelle Parker and Darcy Goode. Our clinic has been certified in Webster Technique and providing care to pregnant women, dads,  and children,  since 2010. Both of us have numerous post-graduate chiropractic training in working on the muscles and bones of expecting moms and newborns by integrating craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and pregnancy-tailored chiropractic adjustments. In addition, Dr. Parker is the only pediatric certified chiropractic by the Academy Council in Parker County. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

 

Located Near Fort Worth

The office of The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me is in Aledo, Texas, just 15 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth or 10 minutes east of Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park. 

Feel free to visit our social media pages on Instagram @TheChiroPlaceforMommyandMe or Facebook @TheChiroPlace to get a feel for our atmosphere and how we work with entire families and pregnant moms, mothers, and children.  We are proud to offer a family-friendly, kid-approved, and mother-oriented space to the community.  Give our office a call to get you, your spouse, and your children’s appointment scheduled today at 682-214-0408.

Adult Chiropractic

 

We do get asked often if we see women that are not pregnant, men or grandparents. The answer is YES! We are whole family chiropractors located in #aledo and see the entire family. @drdarcygoode here actually sees animals too 💕. Do you have a wellness goal for the new year for you and your family? Majority of our families here at #thechiroplaceformommyandme choose chiropractic as their backbone to their health routine. Make sure to give us a call or DM to get your appointment scheduled now. January is already filling up!

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Plagiocephaly

A day doesn’t go by that we have a new parent calling into our clinic and asking if we see babies with heads that are not shaping correctly or has recently been diagnosed with plagiocephaly. The answer is yes. We see lots of babies that have seen results with the shaping of their heads improving during the time of  pediatric specific chiropractic care + craniosacral therapy integrated at our clinic. How does this happen? As a pediatric certified chiropractor, I am concentrating on the muscles and bones of their body and head making sure they are in well-balance. Here is one of our amazing mother’s testimonial posted with permission. 💕

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How to Enjoy the Holidays When You’re Pregnant and Traveling

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The winter holidays are here and you’re pregnant this time! With the festive season comes get-togethers with family and friends and that can mean traveling. If you find yourself on the road or in the air, do some advance planning and get ready for a break in your normal routine, lots of activity, and the unexpected. The idea is to enjoy the travel and visiting and eliminate as much of the stress that can come with celebrating away from home when you’re expecting.

 

Preparation

●       Create a pregnancy travel contact list. If you’re close to your due date you’ll probably want to keep your travels closer to home, not too far away from your midwife or obstetrician, birth center or hospital, and other birth and pregnancy health providers.

●       Try not to overdo things getting ready.  Stay rested. Get plenty of rest before and after arrival. Build in relaxation time.

●       Prime your body.  Get physically active to strengthen your muscles and ligaments to prevent or reduce swelling; not intense aerobics, but slow, leisurely walks or gentle yoga – for all of the above.

●       Eat balanced meals before and while you’re away.

●       Get a prenatal chiropractic adjustment before your trip.

●       Use essential oils and supplements to boost your immunity before, during, and throughout your travels.

●       Create a file on your phone or bring a folder of documents with names and phone numbers of your team of health practitioners.

●       Are there any destinations you should avoid? You probably want to stay away from third-world countries or places with fewer health care options and facilities. A good travel agent should be able to assist.

●       If traveling by air or sea, check the company’s pregnancy policy. Most airlines won’t let passengers on board after 36 weeks. Cruise lines are often more restrictive.

●       One rule of thumb that we suggest for our expecting mothers is if you do travel to an area, are you comfortable delivering at that local hospital?  If not, then it is most recommended not to take that chance.  This is an example of the 126th favorite reason why we love our clinic being located in Aledo, Texas.  With Fort Worth being just a quick drive to the east and Weatherford OBGYN and Associates to the west, we live in such baby- and mother-friendly hospitals. Your options include Texas Health Harris Downtown, Baylor All Saints Hospitals, and Weatherford Regional.

 

Get Packing

Select a suitcase that’s easy to wheel around.

Don’t overstuff your suitcase; this can help prevent strain on your back. Pack all your pregnancy needs: vitamins, supplements, first aid kit. For potential morning sickness, nausea, or vomiting, bring along ginger lozenges or ginger or peppermint tea bags.

Items to include: comfortable clothes appropriate for the weather, water bottle, travel pillow, eye mask, antibacterial and anti-microbial essential oils (lavender or On Guard oil are good choices), ear plugs, sun hat, sunscreen, compression socks or other supportive, non-restrictive footwear. Healthy snacks are always a must in times of hunger.

 

Ask Your Health Care Provider’s Advice

Ask your pregnancy chiropractor or other health care providers for their travel recommendations. Prepare a list of questions about any concerns you might have about the trip and the destination itself. Here are some of them:

●       What are the most common pregnancy complications and what do I need to look out for?

●       What medicines and supplements are safe to take (for examples, heartburn, constipation, food poisoning, traveler’s diarrhea)?

●       What should I do if I think I might be miscarrying?

●       What activities should I avoid?

 

During Your Trip

●       Take frequent breaks to walk and potty.

●       Drink lots of water.

●       Wash your hands frequently. Use natural hand and face wipes when you don’t have access to water.  We personally love the On Guard sanitizer spray pen or the Honest Company natural sanitizer spray.

●       Carry natural wipes in your handbag when using public toilets.

●       Avoid foods and beverages you’re unfamiliar with and on your “no-no” list at home.  Keep your diet as close to your regular diet as possible.

 

Car Travel

Seatbelts. Wear your seatbelt at all times in vehicles. In the event of an accident, it can keep you and your belly from hitting the dashboard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration advises the shoulder belt be placed over the collarbone and across your chest and the lap belt as low as possible on the hips and under the abdomen – never over your belly.

Airbags. Keep them on. Leave at least 10 inches between your breastbone and the steering wheel to avoid risking an injury to your ribs and belly in the event of a collision … the recommendation of the American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Select a taxi or Uber over a crowded bus to make connections to your final destination and outings.

Get up and walk for about 15 minutes about every two hours to avoid swollen feet and an increased risk of blood clots in the legs.

Perform some stretches. You can do some stretching without leaving your seat but make sure to get out often to walk around as well.

Carry a big water bottle to stay hydrated.

Avoid convenience store junk foods. Pack your own healthy snacks. If all you have access to is a convenience store and you want a snack, opt for an apple, banana, nuts or seeds, and pure juices without added sugar if you are hankering for something sweet.  Some of our favorites are pure coconut water for their natural electrolytes and a string cheese or a bag of unshelled pistachios.

 

Air Travel

●       For long flights, fly first class or business class if your travel budget can handle it.  The seats are wider and you get better service.

●       Be in the best position to keep aches and pain to a minimum while traveling. Sit in the front section of the airplane, if possible; it’s roomier and less turbulent than the back. You’ll also be able to get on and off the aircraft quicker.

●       Consider an aisle seat for easier access. Sometimes a window seat can alleviate nausea. 

●       Stretch your legs and get up out of your seat. You’re more restricted in an airplane, so if the flight is long, get up as often as possible and make trips to the restroom or walk the aisle when permitted.

 

Have Fun

You’re all set! Go have fun and relax! See your local pregnancy chiropractor again when you return to help fix any trip-related aches and pains.

 

We Are Pediatric Chiropractors

We are Doctors Michelle Parker and Darcy Goode. Our clinic has been certified in Webster Technique and providing care to pregnant women and children since 2010.  Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment to help address any imbalances within the musculature or bony structures of the pregnant woman’s pelvis.  Both of us have numerous post-graduate chiropractic training in working on the muscles and bones of expecting moms and newborns by integrating craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, and pregnancy-tailored chiropractic adjustments.

 

Centrally Located near Fort Worth

The office of The Chiropractic Place for Mommy and Me is in Aledo, Texas, just 15 minutes west of downtown Fort Worth or 10 minutes east of Weatherford, Hudson Oaks, and Willow Park. 

Feel free to visit our social media pages on Instagram @TheChiroPlaceforMommyandMe or Facebook @TheChiroPlace to get a feel for our atmosphere and how we work with pregnant moms, mothers, and children.  We are proud to offer a family-friendly, kid-approved, and mother-oriented space to the community.  Give our office a call to get your baby’s appointment scheduled today at 682-214-0408.