Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

Everybody talks about how having a child changes your life. Providing for them, changing diapers, teaching them how to live, soccer practice, homework, saving for college…

However, people talk less about how having a child changes your body. Your joints and ligaments loosen to accommodate your new passenger. The extra unbalanced weight can throw off your posture and leave you feeling clumsy when you move. It doesn’t take a blog to tell you that pregnancy and childbirth are brutal on your body.

This is where chiropractic care comes in. Maintaining spine and joint health is extremely important during this special nine months when your body is doing so much extra work to accommodate your child. Like anything with pregnancy, there are some extra considerations to make sure you are doing it safely.

Is Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy Safe?

Overall, it is safe to receive chiropractic care when you are pregnant. Medically speaking, there are no harmful effects to you or your child from chiropractic treatments as long as they are performed correctly by qualified professionals. This is because chiropractic care does not involve any drugs or surgeries. It is a completely natural and medically proven way of healing your body.

Luckily, our team is trained in how to treat pregnant women and some even specialize in prenatal care.

How can you tell if your chiropractor is trained on how to treat for pregnant women? Well, your first stop should always be your doctor. They should be clearing any treatment you get and they might even recommend us to you. Additionally, a good prenatal chiropractor will take extra care not to put any pressure on your belly or abdomen and may also provide you with pregnancy-safe stretches to help with relieving tension and joint stress.

What are the Benefits?

As your baby grows, your center of gravity changes and your spine tries to compensate. Your joints and pelvis will also change as they prepare for delivery. This is a recipe for discomfort, pain, and misalignment. A properly aligned pelvis is also important in providing enough room for your baby’s development.

Chiropractic care can help with all of these problems in a natural and non-invasive way and can even help with other aspects of pregnancy like reducing nausea.

Extra Considerations

While discussing care with your doctor should be your first step, there are some other considerations to keep in mind as well. If you are experiencing vaginal bleeding, placental abruption, or otherwise expect to have complications or an atypical pregnancy, then extra discussion needs to take place with your doctor and chiropractor to ensure that everyone is on the same page in providing you with proper care.

Talk to your doctor before receiving any treatment, but if you have any questions about prenatal chiropractic care or are looking for qualified professionals who will take good care of you and your treasure, schedule a consultation with Get Well Chiropractic of Northville.

Signs You Need a Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Signs You Need a Chiropractor for Neck Pain

Signs You Need a Chiropractor for Neck PainMost people experience neck pain in their lifetime. It may be due to sleeping the wrong way in bed or something more serious, such as a sports injury. Whatever the cause may be, neck pain can be painful and disruptive to the person’s life.

If you’re dealing with neck pain that is causing problems in your life, it might be time to pay a visit to your chiropractor.

When You Need a Chiropractor

Neck pain can be hard to treat, especially when the cause isn’t known. The only way to know if a chiropractor can alleviate the pain is to ask yourself these questions:

Did you sleep wrong on your neck?

Many people describe this as a “crick in the neck”. If you woke up with the neck pain and it’s hard to move your head from side to side and up and down, it’s likely you hyperextended your neck muscles while you were sleeping. A chiropractor can make adjustments that will relieve the stiffness, which will help your mobility and pain.

Do you slouch when working at a computer?

People who slouch when sitting often place too much pressure on their neck and shoulders. Over time, this can cause muscle and tissue issues that will lead to aching and pain. A chiropractor can help move the muscles and tissues to relieve the nerve endings causing the pain. With regular treatment, the neck pain will cease.

Did you hurt your neck while being physically active?

If you’ve been playing tennis, basketball, or another sport and have been hit in the shoulder, neck or any place near them, you may be suffering from pain, but also numbness and weakness.
Only you know if your injuries are serious enough for an ER visit. If you’re able to still move, talk and otherwise function normally, a chiropractor could save you a lot of money. However, if you’re immobile and in excruciating pain, a visit to the ER is probably the best choice.

Have you been drinking enough water?

Drinking is so incredibly important to people’s health, and when they don’t get enough of it, they can start to suffer from dehydration. Neck pain can be a side effect of dehydration, so consider drinking some water to see if it goes away. If it doesn’t, something else may be going on, and a chiropractor will be able to tell you.

How are you holding your phone?

If you’re not using speakerphone most of the time, you’re likely cradling the phone between your ear and shoulder. This is just asking for neck problems. After some time, the pain may not subside even after not cradling the phone. That’s when chiropractic care can help you recover from the stress placed on your neck.

Getting Help from a Chiropractor in Northville

Contact Get Well Chiropractic in Northville if you’re looking for chiropractic care for neck pain. Our chiropractor has many years of experience helping people who suffer from neck pain and other physical ailments. Learn more about his chiropractic services here or call (248) 465-0000 for a consultation.

A Hands-On Approach to Arthritis Management

A Hands-On Approach to Arthritis Management

The pain, stiffness, and ongoing discomfort in your joints isn’t uncommon. The Arthritis Foundation reports 53 million Americans suffer from it. While many people believe it’s something only older individuals suffer from, that’s not the case. Two-thirds of people suffering from it are under the age of 65 years old and there are 300,000 children trying to cope with it.

Arthritis is a joint condition. It is the result of the joints becoming inflamed. This inflammation can cause mobility issues and pain. It can significantly affect the quality of life of those who suffer from it.

Two Types of Arthritis

There are two types of arthritis: Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and OsteoArthritis (OA). Understanding the differences can help you get the right treatment.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

This type of arthritis is symmetrical, meaning the inflammation occurs on both sides of the body simultaneously. For instance, both wrists may be suffering from it at the same time.
Symptoms of RA include:

  • Stiffness after prolonged inactivity
  • Fatigue
  • Fever

RA is an immune dependent condition, as in the reason the inflammation occurs is due to the immune system believing there is a threat of some sort and causes inflammation to protect the body.
In severe cases in which the condition is not treated, joint erosion may occur along with damage to internal organs.

OsteoArthritis (OA)

This type of arthritis occurs in the knees, hips and spine where the most weight from the body lies. Some people may suffer from it in their fingers, elbows, wrists, and ankles.

OA is a degenerative joint disease because it happens due to overuse of the body. For instance, athletes and those who have highly active jobs are more at risk of developing OA.

Unlike RA, this type of arthritis doesn’t have the serious consequences of eroding joints and internal organ damage. It can cause deformities, though. For example, a person may end up with knees that curve outward like a bow.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Chiropractic care can be highly effective in relieving RA and OA. Spinal misalignments can be a factor in these types of arthritis, as it can place stress on the joints. This can accelerate the wear and tear on the joints, which leads to arthritis.

Chiropractors can detect and correct misalignments in the body. With a few adjustments, the body will be able to perform as it’s supposed to in the way it’s supposed to, so it does not affect the joints as much. This also leads to restoration of the spinal bones, so they do not continue to spur (develop new bones). With chiropractic adjustments, people feel relief from symptoms and can live their daily life with less pain.

Other benefits of chiropractic care include:

  • Increased Flexibility
  • More Energy
  • Improved Strength

Contact Get Well Chiropractic for Arthritis Relief

If you’ve been suffering from arthritis (RA or OA), consider contacting Get Well Chiropractic in Northville. We specialize in helping people just like you find relief from their symptoms, so they do not have to be at the mercy of their arthritic pain. Contact us today for a consultation at (248) 465-0000.

4 Reasons to Take Your Child to the Chiropractor

4 Reasons to Take Your Child to the Chiropractor

Chiropractors are a far underutilized slice of the medical care field. The spine and nervous system is critical to every single one of our body’s vital functions, so proper care is essential. Chiropractic benefits don’t end with simply alleviating chronic back pain in adults. Proper spinal care contributes to a holistic approach in plenty of health treatments not only for adults, but children as well.

Even if your child doesn’t suffer from chronic back pain, there are plenty of other reasons to take them in to see a chiropractor. Here are just a few!

1. To Improve Brain and Nervous System Health

A study published in the medical journal Neural Plasticity has shown that spinal misalignments can negatively affect brain function up to 20%. While that is a huge percentage for anyone, this is especially alarming for children.

The way that the brain and nervous system develop during childhood will impact your child for the rest of their lives. A properly adjusted spine ensures that the nervous system can operate unimpeded. Misalignment, also called subluxation, can block or disrupt communication between the brain, nervous system, and the nerve endings that branch out from i. If this misalignment goes unchecked, the problem may become more permanent.

2. Chiropractic Adjustments are Preventative

Far too many adults suffer from chronic back pain. Teaching children proper spine care early o teaches them to maintain that care for life, preventing further issues down the road.

The preventative benefits do not end there. A misaligned spine has been known to cause a variety of health problems like constipation, colic, bed wetting, insomnia, hyperactivity, and more. Making sure that a child’s spine is functioning properly prevents a laundry list of medical issues that would require greater reactive treatment when they grow up. Why not stop the problems before they begin?

3. Proper Alignment Boosts the Immune System

Stress. Adults have it in spades. Well so do kids. Studies have demonstrated the negative impacts of stress hormones like cortisol on the immune system and how it can cause a plethora of health problems.

Even a small subluxation can cause a jump in the body’s production of cortisol. The problem is, small misalignments often go unnoticed among patients because they don’t have any visible symptoms, such as back pain. If a subluxation develops in a child unnoticed, their bodies could be producing extra cortisol well into adulthood.

4. Improved Posture for All Ages

We all remember adults telling us as children to sit up straight, don’t slouch, chest up and shoulders back. Sitting has been proven to be one of the worst things we can do for our posture and, guess what? In today’s world of computers, kids spend more and more time sitting down than ever before.

Proper chiropractic care can help fix a child’s posture early on so they develop good lifelong habits. Good posture has been linked to a lower risk of heart and lung disease, so by helping your child build good spine and posture habits, you are helping them avoid future life threatening medical problems.

Like with anything in life, it is easier to prevent a medical issue than to fix it. Bringing your child to the chiropractor keeps their bodies in shape early in life, giving them a chance to develop and grow unimpeded by spinal issues. Set your children up for success by bringing them in to Get Well Chiropractic for an adjustment today.