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Aug 14 2017

Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up. But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options?

First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.” There are three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.

  • Central nervous system (CNS): This includes the brain and spinal cord, essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs and upper extremities from which the information originated. This is essential to allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • Peripheral nervous system (PNS): This sensory/motor system relays information back and forth from our toes/feet/legs and fingers/hands/arms to the spinal cord (CNS). We also have “reflexes” that, for example, allow us to QUICKLY pull our hand away from a hot stove to minimize burning our fingers. Reflexes allow the information to “skip” the brain’s processing part so quicker reactions can occur.
  • Autonomic nervous system (ANS): This includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions that basically “run” our automatic (organ) functions like breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal output, and more.
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Aug 07 2017

When you visit a chiropractic clinic, you will find that most chiropractors are trained and licensed to correct vertebra subluxations (a common cause of back and neck pain) through spinal manipulation. Chiropractor services offer effective and safe treatment for many disorders, some the result of vertebrae subluxations caused by injury, and others just through the normal wear and tear of living. If you are experiencing any of the following conditions, please seek the services of a chiropractor as soon as possible:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Headache
  • Balance difficulties
  • Sports injuries
  • Whiplash and other collision injuries
  • Occupational injuries
  • Sciatica
  • Fibromyalgia
  • TMJ disorders
  • Digestive problems
  • Scoliosis
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Jul 09 2017

Many people seek chiropractic treatment for low back, mid-back, neck pain, and pain in the extremities, but what about balance? Can chiropractic treatment help people suffering from frequent falls due to balance and dizziness problems? Let’s take a look!

When considering chiropractic treatment for balance, we must first discuss the “proprioceptive system.” Sound too complex to understand? Just keep reading!

The way the body “communicates” between all the various body parts is by proprioceptors—which are located in skeletal muscles and joint capsules—that relay information to the brain. This information from the various body parts is then integrated with incoming information from the vestibular system (inner ear). The brain also relies heavily on the cerebellum located in the back of the head, which is largely responsible for coordinating the unconscious (automatic) aspects of proprioception. The ability to maintain balance, such as when standing on one leg (eyes open and closed), is dependent on the ability of ALL THREE of these systems to work in harmony.

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Jul 17 2017

As our population ages, our seniors are being told that their heart diseases or cancers won't be as likely to cause death as from a fall. Family chiropractic care improves senses and reduces risks of falling in the elderly population. Doctors are urging seniors to rely more and more on canes, walkers, and other devices to help offer greater support when balance issues become even slightly problematic. According to Holt et. Al (2016), “Falls account for more than 80% of injury-related hospital admissions in people older than 65 years and they are the leading cause of injury-related death in older adults. Approximately 30%-40% of community-dwelling older adults suffer from at least 1 fall per year.” (pg. 267)

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Jun 12 2017

There are thousands of car accidents each year in Idaho, from minor fender benders at a stop sign to head-on crashes on the freeway. The obvious worry is about the damage done to your car. However, what about the damage that was done to your body? Cars come and go, but our body has to last us our entire life! A study of over 8,000 automobile crashes revealed that 36% of people involved were injured at speeds of 9.3 mph or less. That is the speed many of us drive in a parking lot!

Find a Car Accident Chiropractor!

After taking care of police reports and insurance paperwork, find a car accident chiropractor as soon as possible! There may not be any evident injuries with pain and blood, but you could have serious injuries that may not be apparent for weeks or even months! If you delay in getting the proper help, you could develop a chronic and permanent condition with debilitating pain and arthritis as the years go by.

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