Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Is Texting Ruining Your Child’s Posture?

Poor posture, especially Forward Head Posture (FHP) is much more than just not looking your best. Poor posture is an outward indicator that your body is out of balance.

Being out of postural alignment causes an increase in tension of the muscles in the upper back and neck, like the tension on a bow-string needed to launch the arrow. It also causes increased downward “compressive” forces that adversely affect the disks and joint surfaces in the neck.

Have you noticed your teenager suffering from more and more frequent neck pain and headaches?  It’s happening across the globe. The trend started just a generation ago with backpacks for school, then video games, increased computer use and it has culminated with the biggest stressors of them all, texting. An average 14-year-old will send and receive 11,000 text messages a month. Texting puts the head in 4.5” of forward head travel. That is a lot of stress, and unfortunately will cause the muscles in the back of the neck to stretch and the muscles in the front to shorten.  This can cause increased "wear and tear" on the joints of the neck and cause the muscles to become weak and inflexible.

Every school district in the country requires a scoliosis exam, but none of those look at FHP.  If your child is experiencing headaches or neck pain, FHP could be the cause and they can benefit greatly from Chiropractic.  Call today and schedule a free evaluation (303) 463-0722!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Truth Behind Chiropractic

Since beginning in 1895, chiropractic has grown into a reputable and well-respected form of healthcare. Yet, over the years quite a few “myths” have developed about chiropractic care. Below are five of the biggest myths and truths behind them. 

Chiropractors aren't "Real" doctors
Truth - Chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) who have earned degrees from nationally accredited colleges and universities. Chiropractors receive as many or more hours of college instruction, especially in anatomy and physiology, than medical doctors and the average chiropractic student is in college for 9 years. Chiropractic students must also pass up to five different parts of the national board exam before obtaining a state license to practice chiropractic. 

Chiropractic is not a "legitimate" form of healthcare
Truth - Chiropractic is recognized by the National Institutes of Health and licensed in all 50 states as an effective form of healthcare. Researchers worldwide have published studies and reports on the numerous positive effects of chiropractic. It has helped provide relief for millions of people suffering from chronic and debilitating pain and dysfunction including celebrities, professional athletes, and military veterans. 

Chiropractic adjustments are "Dangerous"
Truth - Hundreds of clinical studies have proven chiropractic adjustments to be a safe and effective treatment for people of all ages. Chiropractic is an all-natural, holistic healthcare practice, which can help people avoid surgery and drugs. A chiropractic adjustment should only be provided by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic and it is not safe for a lay person to try to provide a spinal adjustment. Proper adjustment techniques require the training and experience of a chiropractor. 

Chiropractic isn't covered by insurance
Truth - Chiropractic care is very affordable and much less costly than surgery and medications. Medicare and most insurance companies cover chiropractic visits because research has shown chiropractic to be an effective preventative and rehabilitative therapy in addition to very cost effective. Further, chiropractic can help many people avoid costly and invasive surgeries. 

Chiropractic only helps back pain
Truth - Chiropractors are trained to address the biomechanics of the spine and how it effects the nervous system of the body as a whole.  Although they regularly also treat patients for leg, back, hip, neck, and shoulder pain. Other conditions that respond well to chiropractic include headaches, fibromyalgia, arthritis, digestive disorders, fertility and many other ailments. In addition, chiropractors are advocates for healthy lifestyles and injury prevention. Thus, chiropractors regularly treat patients for general health and fitness to prevent injury before it occurs. Many athletes, both amateur and professional, see a chiropractor as part of their training regimen.

Chiropractic is an all-natural healthcare practice backed by scientific research and millions of personal testimonials. Our office provides initial consultations free of charge to determine if chiropractic can help your problem or condition and a chiropractic examination can help determine if there are any problems with your body's alignment, symmetry, range of motion, or mobility. The health benefits received from chiropractic care can lead to a greatly improved quality of life.  Call our office today, at (303) 463-0722, to set up an appointment to see if chiropractic can help you!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Is Sleeping Becoming a Pain In The Neck?

If you frequently wake up in the morning with neck pain or headaches, your pillow may be the reason.

Sleeping night after night on a flat pillow without any support can cause a lot of unnecessary pain.  Because of this, some people resort to using pain medications and sleep aids to get through the night. If you are forced to use pain medication or sleeping pills to get to sleep and are still uncomfortable throughout the day… a cervical pillow might be just the thing for you.

Cervical pillows help put the neck in a “neutral” position when you are laying in bed or sleeping. These pillows are designed to work whether you are a side or back sleeper. They provide support to maintain the natural curve of the neck while laying on your back and keep the cervical vertebrae in a straight line when laying on your side. Stomach sleeping is discouraged in general as it puts undue stress on the neck and lower back, leading to painful, uncomfortable mornings.

There are many types of cervical pillows advertised, using everything from rice to space age foams and even water filled ones.  We have several types of pillows to choose from at our office that vary in cost, design, and materials.  Stop in and we can help you find which one will work best for you.

Of course sleeping positions can also have an effect on the quality of sleep you get as well.  If possible, try to sleep on your back or side to prevent too much stress from being put on the lower back or neck.  If that doesn’t help and you still have neck pain, it may be time for a chiropractic adjustment!