Signs of a Scam: Chiropractic Contracts

Chiropractic care gives patients immediate, tangible relief for pain in the neck, back, shoulders, and limbs, as well as improving overall health. What’s the biggest risk when seeing a chiropractor? The contract.

The Dangers of a Chiropractic Contract

woman signing contractLegal cases like this one, in which a woman faced steep penalties for terminating her chiropractic contract, give chiropractors a bad name. A skilled chiropractor can reduce or eliminate a variety of health problems—even ones patients may not realize are connected with the spine, like knee pain or asthma. But some chiropractors use contracts to lock patients into services that may be unnecessary, or even harmful. Signs of a chiropractic scam may include:

  • A contract or advanced payment plan that extends over several months
  • Payment through a third party, whom the patient must pay back in installments
  • Penalties, retroactive cost adjustments, or administration fees for cancelling future services
  • Scare tactics such as talk of degenerative spinal issues, permanent nerve damage, or the life-threatening risks of stopping treatment early

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care

A chiropractor uses knowledge of the spine and central nervous system to reduce pain, eliminate discomfort, and keep the spine aligned so that each patient can live a healthier life. But every good chiropractor knows that it’s impossible to anticipate a patient’s needs 50 visits in advance. Every time you visit Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, our staff will analyze your spine alignment and determine which adjustments you need. We work closely with patients in Kennesaw, Marietta, and metro Atlanta to find the best individual treatment. If Dr. Supnick recommends multiple visits, we’ll set you up on a short-term, visit-to-visit plan. If we feel we cannot improve your condition, we’ll work with you to find the appropriate healthcare professional for your needs.

To learn more about the benefits of chiropractic care, call Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw today.

Avoid Holiday Pain With These Easy Tips

back painYou look forward to the holidays all year long, but holiday pain is not something you enjoy. Whether you are traveling to another state to visit family or simply shifting your schedule, you don’t want to deal with unnecessary pain. Use these tips to avoid the pain that can often come with the holiday fun.

Tip#1: Be Pro-Active

If you are normally in pain over the holidays because of a long car ride, plane ride, or different bed, be pro-active about the pain. Visit your chiropractor before you go on your holiday adventure to make sure you spine is in line. Perhaps consider a massage as well to get your body ready for unique opportunities.

Tip#2: Stretch

Stretching is always a good idea if you are susceptible to back pain. If you are on a long flight, stretch your back before, after, and during, if possible. If you are in the car, make sire you stop often enough to get out and walk a bit so you do not get too stiff. Stretching can help prevent the pain from settling in.

Tip#3: Utilize Support

If you get lower back pain after a long car ride, you might simply need more support. Find a pillow that fits your back nicely and use it to support your lower back so the pain doesn’t have a chance to begin.

Tip#4: Lift Smart

If you are toting heavy packages around, lift them in a smart manner using your leg muscles and not your back. If you have to carry a lot of bags around, shift them from shoulder to shoulder often.

If you are really in pain, take time out of the holiday to visit your chiropractor. You will enjoy your time with family a lot more if you are pain free.

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Knee Pain Got You Down?

Many people believe that chiropractic care is just about the back. However, at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we know that the back is only one area of the body. Dr. Supnick is experienced at treating the extremities of the bodies including major joints that carry the bulk of the body’s mass from day to day. One such joint is the knee. Just as living life with back pain is quite inhibiting, so is living life with knee pain.

Forms of Knee Pain

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Two common forms of arthritis in the knees are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The decomposition of the cartilage around the knee is the cause of osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with the swelling and inflammation of the knee joints.

Sports Injuries

Whether participating in team sports such as soccer, football, and hockey, or individual sports such as cycling and running, all athletes are at risk of injury. This is true across the board for professional and ameteur athletes. Common knee injuries plaguing athletes include cartilage damage, sprained or torn ligaments such as the ACL, and torn menisci.

Shifted Pain

Another cause of knee injury can come from pain elsewhere in the body. At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we have seen many patients over the year that have compensated for a foot injury, back injury, or knee injury by adjusting their walking pattern in order to reduce pain. Ultimately, when one is in so much pain that normal comfortable walking is not possible, the body is prone to sustain injury in areas that are not used to bearing the weight.

Dr. Supnick is an experienced chiropractor and fully capable when it comes to extremity treatments including knees. If you have found that alternatives such as pain killers are simply not releiving your knee pain, consider the power of chiropractic care. Contact us at 770-749-7594 today!

Chiropractic Methods

Basic Principles of the Gonstead Chiropractic Method

The pelvic girdle forms the body’s foundation and when this is level there is balance and stability in the spinal column. When any of the hip bones or lower bones of the back becomes rotated out of position, startling changes happen. Rotation of these bones causes pressure on the discs separating the vertebrae.

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Nature often kicks in and the body can adjust and re-position the bones into place; however, there are times when it too much for the body to adjust itself. The pads between the vertebrae will swell and protrude when there is a misalignment on the disc. A fundamental part of the Gonstead method is the ability to find these misalignments and correct them.

When the space between the spinal bones narrows or cuts off and kinks in your spinal column, it is called “subluxation.” The nerve ending becomes pinched at this point and interrupts the nerve signal which then causes pain, degeneration of the muscle and loss of function. The Gonstead application method is to adjust the back, removing pressure from the nerve and restoring joint function. The nerve function is restored as well as the nerve path which regains the ability to send and receive impulses.

Activator Chiropractic Method

The same conditions of the spinal column are addressed with the Activator Chiropractic Method as they are with the Gonstead Method. The difference is in the application of relief. The Activator is a technique using a spring loaded tool called, an Activator. This tool replaces the manual form of manipulating the spine and often reduces the jolting of the patient. The doctor continuously “pops” the vertebra with the activator until it has been realigned.

Both procedures have many followers. It appears it is one’s personal preference as each style claims to work best. For more information and to have your questions answered about restoring nerve function contact Dr. Supnick at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw.

Get Those Kiddos Moving!

It won’t be long and ‘tis the season will be the season we are in. Between the Thanksgiving Feasts, and Roast Beast at Christmas, how is one to keep tabs on the waistline? While many adults battle the addition of the winter weight each year, what about the kiddos? We’ve seen the First Lady’s initiatives through the Let’s Move campaign, and we know that childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. Fortunately, living in 2015, many of us have a smartphone and are ready to take advantage of those apps. Here are a few favorite apps to keep kids moving along with the adults who love them in Kennesaw and beyond!Canton, GA

Zombies Run

Let’s face it, zombies are a big thing right now. From television to festivals and conventions, there are a lot of zombie fanatics. With all things zombie, we couldn’t resist sharing the Zombies Run app. Fun for kids, and motivating for adults, this app will have you running faster than fast as you try to outrun the zombies that are surely on your tail!

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic

Eat-And-Move-O-Matic allows children (and adults) to see the connection between food consumption and calorie intake. Input specific foods and you’ll find out just how long it will take to burn off those calories. This app is geared toward helping kids understand that small changes can make big differences.

NFL Play 360

The NFL has gotten involved in the movement to keep kids moving. Check out the NFL Play 60 app with promises to get kids moving in a fun running game in which they have to mirror the character on the screen.

GoNoodle

GoNoodle is actually not an app. It is a web-based program designed to get kids moving. While it is primarily used in classrooms across the country for brain breaks, it is also perfectly acceptable for home use. Kids of all ages have fun with gonoodle.com.

Speaking of online, don’t forget to schedule your next adjustment with Dr. Supnick at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw. Keep that body aligned so that you can keep moving!

Walk in the Park

At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we’re all about health and wellness. We believe that part of daily health and wellness includes daily exercise. Last year, we told all of our patients to, “Take a hike!” and shared some fun tips for getting out and getting active in the area. We have had so much fun encouraging everyone to take a hike, that we wanted to remind you that living an active lifestyle can be a walk in the park.

Again, walk the park is a common idiom like take a hike. And while it may refer to something being easy, we literally want to tell you to take a walk in the park! With the American Heart Association recommending at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, we think that taking a walk in the park is a great way to work toward that goal.

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Whether you hike or walk, you will be working toward getting the suggested amount of physical activity. To help encourage you to get out and literally take a take a walk in the park, we’ve got some helpful suggestions:

1. County Parks

There are plenty of opportunities to visit parks in Cobb County. With 38 parks listed in the Cobb County Parks and Facilities Directory, there are plenty of locations for more than just walking to take place. Facilities exist for soccer, softball, play, and more!

2. National Parks

Kennesaw is home to a park maintained by the National Park Service. If you’ve not stopped by Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, then you are in for a treat. This is a great location for those that like a little more difficulty in their walk as a walk up the mountain is more like a hike. We should also mention that this is a great day trip for history lovers.

3. Walk for a Cause

Atlanta is a great location for numerous 5K events. These are a great way to help raise funds and awareness for a variety of organizations. Check out this database of local 5Ks for running or walking. Exercising is a great thing, but exercising for a cause equals two great things!

If you have questions or concerns regarding chiropractic care, please don’t hesitate to contact us. And let us know if you have any favorite parks or suggestions to help our patients take a walk!

Extremity Adjustments to Manage Knee Pain

Are there ways to prevent knee pain? At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw we’re determined to offer a few suggestions to help in preventing knee pain.

One key ingredient in preventing knee pain is to maintain a healthy weight. Weight gain can be hard on the joints. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise can help in maintaining the ideal weight for your height. Stretching before and after your workout is especially helpful when including cardiovascular exercise. Knee braces provide extra support if you are already prone to knee injury.knee pain

Adjusting nutrition habits may assist in reducing joint pain naturally. Processed foods can contribute to inflamed joints. Avoiding foods that have a refined sugars and that are high in trans-fats will reduce inflammation and pain. Suggested anti-inflammatory foods include organic fruits and vegetables, natural grass raised animals, wild caught fish, and organic eggs from range free chickens.

While maintaining an ideal weight through exercise, and eating a healthy diet that includes anti-inflammatory foods, it is still possible that you may suffer from knee pain. Chiropractic adjustments, including extremity adjustments, can help in keeping joints in line. Contact the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw to make an appointment today!

Healthy Lunch Options for the Kids

Homework, sports practice, after school activities, and the daily grind make healthy eating take a backseat during the school year. What are parents supposed to do when trying to keep up with the hectic schedule and keep healthy meals a priority too?

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One way to help kids stay healthy is through providing healthy snacks. Start your children off with healthy snacking choices by providing healthy snacks for lunch sides, school snacks, and after-school snacks. Children are not always drawn to healthy choices based on product marketing geared toward them. However, with healthy options provided, children will tend to choose healthier options such as the following:

  • String Cheese
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Low fat and reduced sodium crackers
  • Almonds
  • Apples
  • Bananas

Active Kids are Healthy Kids

In addition to healthy eating, we encourage all kids and adults to get out and get active. Walking, running, hiking, roller skating, and tons of other options are all great ways to keep kids active and healthy. Plenty of exercise if just what the doctor has ordered!

Eating healthy and getting exercise are two great ways to keep kids healthy. The Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw understands that a healthy body is maintained when you consider the whole body. At the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we are committed to providing quality care and promoting healthy lifestyles. Contact us today at 770-262-1909 to schedule an appointment for you or any other member of your family.

Stretching Matters

Do you ever wonder how you can help prevent your child from getting hurt at the gym? Or perhaps this applies to you as you visit the gym or begin training for your first 5K. No matter where you are in life, it is important to remember that stretching matters when it comes to children, teens, and adults involved in sports and training.

While many individuals are aware of the need for the recommended amount of physical exercise, injury can occur if muscles are not properly warmed up, stretched, and strengthened. The American Chiropractic Association points to the importance of a proper warm up, stretching period, and strength training to keep everyone involved in training and sports safe. When engaging in any form of exercise, be mindful of the following key ingredients for a workout that will keep you from feeling unnecessary pain!

Warm Up

Before beginning a walking, running, or other exercise program, get those muscles moving. Sometimes this can be in the form of walking a few laps, and doing some basic stretching in the form of simple stretches. This will not only increase body temperature, and therefore muscle temperature, but it will also get that heartbeat up as it begins to pump a little quicker. Suggested warm-up activities include:

  • toe touches (regular and inverted)
  • knee hugs
  • lunges
  • groiners

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Warming up gets muscles ready to work, and stretching helps prevent injury in tight muscles. If you are prone to lower back pain, consider the following combination of stretches:

  • Supermans or cobras (three times)
  • Hamstring stretches

Strength Building

With any workout program, such as walking, running, or swimming, you are gauranteed an aerobic and cardiovascular workout. In addition to the cardio, make sure you are taking time to build strength as well. Free weights can be added in for simple shoulder and arm strength building after a run or swim. And don’t forget to take the time to work on those abs so that you’re back is not overcompensating for your core.

For additional tips in keeping safe when it comes to your time at the gym, check out what the American Chiropractic Association has to offer. And don’t forget to make your appointment with Dr. Supnick at the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw to keep your body aligned during your training season.

 

 

Relieve Back and Neck Pain for Kids with Proper Device Posture

With the ever increasing presence of technology in our lives, there has been a widespread increase in stress injuries to the neck, spine and other major joints due to improper posture related to the use of computers and other electronic devices. It is important for parents to be aware of how their children are using these electronics and to ensure that they are not putting themselves at risk for injury while they are in front of the screen.Child at Computer

One way to promote proper computer and device usage for children is to set up their computer workstation to fit them. If the computer area is shared with multiple people, make sure that the chair and screen are easily adjustable for all users to work comfortably. Position the screen so that it is slightly below eye level so that your children will be seated with their necks in a neutral position while they are working. Purchasing an office chair and desk with ergonomics in mind is helpful.

Another important tip for parents is to closely monitor the amount of screen time their children are getting. If they have big projects that require large amounts of computer time, make sure that they are taking regular breaks to stretch their muscles, as well as staying hydrated so that they will not experience muscle fatigue from sitting in one position for too long.

Lastly, for kids who use cell phones on a regular basis, be aware of the stress placed on the neck, back and shoulders when sending frequent text messages. There have been many reports of tightened neck muscles, shoulder strain and even migraines caused by constantly hunching forward and looking down at small screens.

Being aware of the ergonomics of device usage will prevent the need for chiropractic visits long-term.

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