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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Chiropractic is Historically Sound

Chiropractic goes back to the year of 1895. There have been many trailblazers in the field. Dr. Thompson, Dr. Palmer, and Dr. Clarence Gonstead are all pioneers that have helped to shape the field of chiropractic care.Best Chiropractic Adjustment

There are a few chiropractors that Dr. Todd has had the privilege of knowing that have been in the field for a long time. They were fortunate enough to have known Dr. Thompson, Dr. Palmer, or Dr. Clarence Gonstead or the direct students of these founding doctors.

A local chiropractor has told Dr. Todd that the adjustment performed by Dr. Todd was the best he has personally experienced after having received an adjustment from one of the founders of the profession. This colleague in the profession wishes to remain anonymous, but Dr. Todd took this as a great compliment. It has been suggested by others that Dr. Todd move away from his community and practice that he has built in Kennesaw, Georgia​. Other chiropractors do not desire to be compared to his adjusting skill and experience.

Dr. Todd feels strongly that Kennesaw and Cobb County need a chiropractor that adheres to the principles in which the profession was founded upon. As a result, he has chosen to remain an active chiropractor in Cobb County with an office located conveniently near campus and downtown. If you want the best adjustment in the metro Atlanta area give the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw a call!

The Benefits of Coconut Oil and Chiropractic Care

Since coconut oil is a natural substance with a plethora of health benefits, it seems to be a remedy that goes hand-in-hand with chiropractic care. Formedia, a non-profit organization, explains that “Chiropractic is a health care profession and natural method of healing that eliminates anything from the body that obstructs the nerves and muscles from working properly and accurately. Chiropractic care mainly deals with back pain, stresses, trauma, nervous system disorder or muscular system disorder and headaches.” Coconut oil can help patients feel relief from body pain when used in chiropractic treatments.Coconut Oil

Back Pain or Sore Muscles

Coconut oil applied topically can aid, prevent, or even cure instances of back pain or sore muscles. It’s a pain reliever, anti-inflammatory, and muscle relaxant.

Bruises

HeadacheAustin.com suggests that when directly applied to bruises, coconut oil can help bruises disappear faster since it “enhances the healing process by reducing swelling and redness”. It also moisturizes your skin!

Obesity

If a patient’s problems are related to obesity, coconut oil may aid in losing weight (and even lowering cholesterol). Unlike other cooking substances, it’s a healthy fat that heightens metabolism, increases muscle, and gives you an energy boost.

Stress

Relieve stress by putting a dollop of coconut oil on your head, and rubbing it in using a circular motion. The smell of coconut helps alleviate the stress and tension from a long day.

Headaches

Try taking coconut oil internally on a regular basis if you suffer from headaches. (Those that ingest a lot of coconut oil at first do complain of symptoms like headaches and dizziness which may be related to Candida die-off. Researchers suggest using small amounts of oil, and then eventually building up to 1 to 3 tablespoons per day, depending on your body weight.)

Other Healing Uses

Also, coconut oil is used to treat the following diseases and conditions:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • chronic fatigue
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • thyroid conditions
  • lack of energy
  • boosting the immune system

This non-toxic miracle of nature also has no known major side effects, though WebMd stresses that “The safety of coconut oil used in medicinal amounts is unknown”. It can be kept on-hand indefinitely, as it doesn’t go rancid like other oils. Remember to reap the healing benefits of coconut oil whether it’s in chiropractic treatments or at home — even in cooking or baking — today! While there are many benefits to the use of coconut oil, we don’t believe that coconut oil is the be all, end all answer to all of your healthcare needs. It is important to consult your primary care physician, a nutritionist, and your chiropractor when it comes to managing your health. Contact the Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw with additional questions that you may have regarding your chiropractic needs.

Managing Migraines with Chiropractic Care

painMigraines affect around 37 million people in the US, according to the National Headache Foundation. These debilitating headaches can cause throbbing pain, nausea, dizziness, blurred vision and extreme sensitivity to light or noise. Even after the migraine is gone, sleepiness, neck pain and difficulty thinking can occur for some time. While migraines aren’t curable, chiropractic care can help minimize their occurrence and reduce the symptoms they cause.

Why Do Migraines Occur?

Migraine causes aren’t fully understood, but they’re at least partially caused by reduced blood flow to the brain followed by an increased blood flow. The reduced blood flow leads to visual disturbances, while the increased blood flow causes severe headaches. There are also several triggers that can lead to migraines, including:

  • Alcohol
  • Hormonal changes
  • Loud noises or bright lights
  • Stress
  • Sleep issues
  • Certain medications

If you have a family history of migraines, you have an increased risk of experiencing these painful headaches.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Migraines?

Chiropractic care is a practice that has been around for decades. It offers a non-invasive way to treat migraines without the risk of side effects or harmful drug interactions. A chiropractor specializes in performing what is known as spinal adjustments or spinal manipulation, which involves making sure that the bones and disks along your spine are in alignment. When they are misaligned, this can lead to pain, irritation and other symptoms.

Chiropractic care for migraines focuses on ensuring that the vertebrae in your upper back and neck are in the correct alignment. This eases tension in your neck and can help reduce the risk of developing migraines. Spinal adjustments are also known to relieve stress, which is one of the common triggers that can cause migraines.

How Effective Is Chiropractic Care for Migraines?

Chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce the occurrence of migraines, as well as the severity of the pain these headaches cause. It’s important to note that the time it takes for chiropractic care to work effectively can differ from one person to the next. You might find that you need to have one or a few spinal adjustments done before you start experiencing fewer migraines. Chiropractic care also works better when combined with lifestyle changes that reduce migraines, such as avoiding triggers and practicing stress reduction techniques.