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If you’ve just had your first chiropractic treatment or the first one in a long time, you may have noticed some minor side effects. It’s not uncommon to feel symptoms similar to the flu for a few days. You could experience a slight fever, fatigue and tight muscles, dizziness and headaches. You might be surprised at how water delivery can help relieve this distress. It’s been clinically proven that drinking plenty of clean, clear water after massage therapy or a chiropractic adjustment can enhance your well-being and make you feel healthier.


TOXINS ARE STORED IN THE BODY

Toxins in our environment are ubiquitous. Even if you shun bad habits, eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly and live a healthy lifestyle, you can’t entirely avoid them. They might be heavy metals, chemical toxins or biotoxins, and unfortunately, they’re not limited to tobacco smoke, asbestos, and mold. They can be found in your workplace, common products you purchase, various plastics and even the municipal water supply of some towns. Besides plasticizers, they include Styrofoam, petrochemicals, fuel additives and an assortment of herbicides and pesticides. It’s possible that toxins are being shed as you walk across the carpet in your living room.


These are absorbed into the body, and the body does its best to cope. Some are passed off through the urine or excreted, but some aren’t. Many toxins are fat soluble, and they end up stored in fat tissue. They can also be deposited in glands, the nervous system and the brain. The metabolisms of some people handle these toxins better than others do. You could have an entirely different reaction to the same circumstances than your family or those who work alongside you do.


CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENTS AND DEEP-TISSUE MASSAGE RELEASE THESE TOXINS

Subluxation, or a misalignment of the vertebrae, is regarded by most chiropractors as a major cause or contributing factor to many physical disorders. The objective of chiropractic adjustment is to alleviate this problem and thereby improve personal health. It’s a time-honored technique that has brought immense relief to many.


As already noted, however, you may notice some minor discomfort following the procedure. This is because relieving the stress on the spine can release both tense muscles and the toxins they have been storing up. The same thing happens with deep-tissue massage therapy. Don’t be unduly concerned by the minor discomfort. It occurs because the body is finally releasing toxic accumulation and beginning to heal itself.


FRESH WATER HELPS FLUSH TOXINS AWAY

For the first few days after chiropractic treatment, you should get plenty of rest, but continue with moderate exercise and a nutritious diet. Probably the single most important thing you can do, though, is to drink plenty of clean water. Hydration is critical to proper physical function, and it’s especially important when you’re trying to flush your system of toxins.


MAKE HYDRATION PART OF YOUR REGULAR HEALTH REGIMEN

In fact, proper hydration is vital to your health on a routine basis, not just when you’re trying to recover. Drinking a sufficient quantity of water will help prevent a build-up of toxins in the first place. It’s necessary for proper kidney function and the maintenance of muscle tissue. Whatever you sweat out during exercise must be replaced. The health benefits of water are undisputed. Remaining hydrated is one of the most significant aspects of your physical routine.

The human spine consist of 24 movable bones called vertebrae. The

spine. These openings are called intervertebral foramina. The disc

along with the posterior joints of each vertebrae are responsible for the

flexibility of the spine. Spinal misalignments called subluxations can cause changes in the function of the disc and posterior joints. These

changes can alter the shape of the disc and the intervertebral foramina

where the delicate spinal nerves exit. The result is irritation to the

spinal nerves that send and receive information between the body and

the brain. The areas listed below are directly or indirectly controlled

by the spinal nerves and may cause malfunction represented by the

following effects.


The Cervical spine consist of 7 vertebrae with spinal nerves traveling

to the face, ears, eyes, tongue, sinuses, eustation tubes, vocal cords,



pharynx, pituitary gland, thyroid gland, neck muscles and shoulders.



Possible effects of malfunction are: headaches, nervousness, insomnia,

colds, fatigue, allergies, sinus trouble, runny nose, earache, pain

around eyes, acne, pimples, throat conditions, stiff neck and upper arm

pain.


The Thoracic spine consist of 12 vertebrae with spinal nerves

traveling to many of the internal organs, the arms, wrist and hands.

Possible effects of malfunction are: asthma, cough, pain in lower arms

and hands, allergies & heartburn. Conditions affecting the following

organs: heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, kidneys, pancreas, adrenals,

small intestines and lymph system.


The Lumbar spine consist of 5 vertebrae with spinal nerves traveling

to the abdomen, large intestines, appendix, sex organs, uterus, bladder,

prostate gland, legs, ankles, feet and muscles of the lower back.

Possible effects of malfunction are: constipation, colitis, diarrhea,

cramps, painful or irregular periods, bed wetting, painful knees,

backache, leg cramps, weakness in the legs.


The sacrum is the base where the spine rest, and is part of the pelvis.

Pelvic misalignment can cause changes along the entire spine.

Connected to the sacrum is the coccyx, commonly called the tailbone.

The spinal cord is covered by a thin membrane that attaches to the

coccyx. This membrane extends the entire length of the spinal cord

and continues to cover the brain. Changes that occur during pregnancy

or falls can alter the position of the coccyx, possibly changing the

tension on this membrane. Ask your Doctor of Chiropractic about the

symptoms listed and many other conditions that could be caused when

there are spinal misalignments.


Chiropractic care is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating,

self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled

by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. The skull protects

the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the

vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If

the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and

organs throughout the body. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation

Complex.


Chiropractors work by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy.

When under proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and

organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The

chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove

interferences to your natural state of being healthy. A common interference

to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of

normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function

of the nervous system. With improved spinal function there is often

improved nervous function. A Doctor of Chiropractic can help remove

interferences that may be impairing normal health. Since the primary focus

of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic can have a

positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as "back"

problems.

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If your weight is suffering, then your joints might be too!


Did you know that Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most prevalent conditions as a result from obesity? Obesity is now recognized as an important modifiable risk factor for OA. Obesity is also a factor when you are having joint pain such as knee, hip, and back pain.


“Joints in your body’s lower half — particularly your knees and hips — bear most of your [weight] load,” says Robert Bolash, MD who is a specialist in the Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Pain Management. “That is why years of carrying around excess weight can cause achy, swollen, stiff joints and even full-blown OA.


Don’t ignore your joint pain, losing just a few lbs and proper care can take stress off your joints and can possibly ease your symptoms. While your body can’t reverse arthritis or regrow cartilage, losing weight can help arthritic joints feel better and prevent further damage. Studies consistently show that overweight people have higher rates of osteoarthritis than people who aren’t overweight. One study found that those who are obese (with a body mass index [BMI] between 30 and 35) are four to five times more likely to get arthritis in their knees.


For now, seek medical treatment to help reduce some of those symptoms while you are combating weight loss and trying to become more active. A combination of Chiropractic care, infrared light therapy, ultrasound therapy, and other active therapy treatments can help prevent stiffness in your joints and scar tissue build up. Thus letting you move through your work out with ease and not to mention, fell great again!


Call us for your consultation with our board-certified doctor to see if Chiropractic care and Physical Medicine Rehabilitation are right for you!

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