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Allergies Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Arthritis Children and Back Injuries
Blood Pressure Headaches and Migraines



 ALLERGIES
Millions of people suffering from allergies have benefitted from chiropractic care even though chiropractic is not an allergy treatment. This is because chiropractic is a method of health care that allows your body to function at its best which, in turn, is especially important if you suffer from allergies.

But what is an allergy? The human immune system keeps you completely natural and organic. It identifies and removes anything that is not to be in you; viri, bacteria, dust, pollen, drugs, tumors, and many others. A healthy immune system insures maximum resistance to disease, infection, enables you to deal with stress better, and, of course, greater health and well-being.

-Allergens and Allergies
The most common disorder of the immune system is the allergic reaction that occurs when the immune system overreacts to an allergen such as dust, pollen, dog and cat hair. The immune system then produces too many neutralized chemicals to counteract it.

-What Causes Allergies?
No one really knows the exact answer to this question. Some authors suspect that childhood vaccinations are the culprits. One writer, Walene James, has said: "Vaccination lays the foundation for autoimmune diseases and other disorders of the immune system such as rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, lupus erythematosus, scleroderma... It is reasonable to assume that our contemporary 'epidemic' of allergies has at least some of its roots in the practice of vaccination." (James, W. "Immunization, the reality behind the myth." Boston: Bergin & Garvey, 1988, p. 71.)

-How Can Chiropractic Help Allergy Sufferers?
By releasing the stress on the nervous system, chiropractic adjustments allow the immune system to function more effectively, which is something all allergy sufferers must have. The nervous system minus stress functions more efficiently.

Chiropractors correct a basic cause of improper body function to improve the overall function of your immune system. The chiropractic approach is to remove vertebral subluxations which are spinal distortions that place stress on your nervous system. Please note that this is a common condition. With a nervous system free of stress, the body will operate more effectively to neutralize the allergy-causing chemicals in your environment.

Regardless of the disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine.

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 ARTHRITIS AND CHIROPRACTIC CARE
Sufferers of the hundreds of types of arthritis that may develop at some point in a person's life may benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Depending on the person and the type of arthritis, the results may vary.

When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, this helps keep the spinal joints moving smoothly and will minimize the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Studies over the years have revealed that those individual who receive regualr chiropractic adjustments at a younger age greatly reduces their risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life.

There may be times when your chiropractor will refer you to another health care professional if he sees that it is necessary.

-Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Again, many arthritis sufferers have benefitted greatly from chiropractic care. But, the results will vary from person to person and type of arthritis the individual is dealing with.

The exact reason why chiropractic care is so effective is not completely understood. But, what we do know is that there is a huge relationship between the spine, the nervous system, and all of our internal organs.

Regardless of the disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine.

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 BLOOD PRESSURE
Blood pressure is required to make blood flow to every part of our bodies. But there is no perfect blood pressure that applies to everybody; 120 over 80 is just average. Some elements that cause blood pressure to change are:
  • exercise
  • time of day
  • emotional tension and stress
  • alcoholic consumption
  • tobacco use
Low blood pressure is called hypotension and high blood pressure is called hypertension. Yet the exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown.

-Is High Blood Pressure Considered A Defense?
There seems to be the possibility that for some individuals high blood pressure has an important purpose, that it may be the body's defense against spinal pressure on the spinal cord and the brain. The body then retaliates by a rise in blood pressure.

-The Medical Approach And The Effects Of Medication
Most doctors turn to prescription drugs to lower a person's blood pressure. But this perspective ignores the important questions:
  • What causes the blood pressure to rise?
  • Is this drug just treating a symptom?
  • Is the high blood pressure performing a particlarly needed function for the person?
The side effects of prescription drugs are numerous. To name a few would include the following:
  • mood swings
  • dizziness
  • loss of energy
  • anger
  • depression
  • aching joints
  • weakness
  • rash and hives
-How Can Chiropractic Care Help?
It is important to note that chiropractic is not a type of treatment for high blood pressure. Yet it seems to be one of the most important things a person can do for their blood pressure and their entire bodies! Chiropractors do adjustments on the spine to fix vertebral subluxations which offset body balance and nerve function.

The exact reason why chiropractic care is so effective is not completely understood. But, what we do know is that there is a huge relationship between the spine, the nervous system, and all of our internal organs.

Regardless of the disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine.

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 CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
People all over the world suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and many are seeking chiropractic assistance to help the problem.

-Why Seek Chiropractic Help?
The process in which a chiropractor utilizes relieves the spine. Nerve-damaging vertebral subluxation complex is corrected which strengthens the body. As a result, you will notice more energy and may deal better with all conditions, CTS inluded.

-Where Is The Carpal Tunnel Located?
The carpal tunnel is located in your wrist. Your carpal (wrist) bones form a structure similar to a tunnel. Through this tunnel pass nine tendons and one nerve which is the median nerve. CTS results when the median nerve becomes irritated. CTS has become so common that it has been termed the occupational disease of the 1990's. (Nonsugical relief for carpal tunnel sufferers. - Let's Live, August 1993)

-Who Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The people who get CTS are those who perform consistent, repetitive tasks and job functions. Among these would include secretaries, assembly line workers, musicians, carpenters, computer users and many others. Fractures of the hand and wrist may cause CTS later in life. Other causes include rheumatoid, acromegaly, multiple myeloma, and gout.

-The Relationship Between Your Spine And Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The relationship between a healthy spine and CTS has been documented by a number of people who discovered spinal nerve root irritation among patients who had CTS. Other discoveries involved nerve compression in the neck that can block the flow of much needed nutrients to the nerves in the wrist which makes them more prone to injury.

-How Can Chiropractic Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Those who suffer from CTS should visit a chiropractor to make sure that their spinal column does not have nerve pressure between the arms and wrists and the nerves in the neck. (Fisher, H - Preventive Magazine)

Computer workers and music artists who have developed CTS are using their wrists and their necks when performing their daily tasks. Changes in movements of the spine may create strain on their necks which may be causing or irritating the condition. (Ferezy, J. & Norlin, W. Carpal tunnel syndrome: A case report. Chiropractic Technique, Jan/Feb 1989, pp. 19-22.)

A visit to the chiropractor is highly recommended for anyone suffering from CTS to ensure a healthy spine which is free from nerve compression.

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 CHILDREN AND BACK INJURIES
Children have an extremely busy play life. Day in and day out, the consistent playing, wrestling, and other childhood events cause mis-aligned spinal columns that go undetected for months and even years. Then, common signs and symptoms that may result begin to appear: fever, croup, poor posture, loss of hearing, sore throat, neckaches, skin disorders, consistent cough, poor coordination, and the list goes on and on.

-Chiropractic and the Link to Healthier Children
Parents are so concerned about regular checkups for their child's eyes, teeth, hearing, ears, and heart but never even think about a spinal checkup. The spinal checkup could pose as the most important checkup a child could ever receive! A child's spine contains their entire life-their spinal column. The spinal colunm contains billions of nerve fibers that consistently send messages along with energy from the brain to all parts of their body.

-Nerve Blockage In A Child's Spine
If nerve blockage is present along the spinal cord, or any nerve damage at all, a child then falls into a state of disease. Disease is described by chiropractors as disharmony in the body. This will eventually result in a child becoming weak, having a lowered resistance to disease. The result-sickness.

-Children's Spines Are Very Vulnerable To Injury
A child's spine is very vulnerable to injury. In harsh cases, "whiplash shake syndrome", when a baby is shaken severely, can cause such damage as eye or brain injury.

-Physical And Psychological Benefits
Correcting a child's spine of vertebral subluxations can have a most beneficial effect on their lives. For many years parents have noticed positive changes in their child's physical health, behavior and emotional states after a chiropractic adjustment.

-Warning Signs
Due to the fact that your child may have spinal subluxations and you are unaware of it, it is highly recommended that all children receive regular spinal checkups.

The following are warning signs that the spinal column may be out of alignment:
  • Neck tilt
  • One leg is shorter than the other
  • Nervousness
  • One hip or shoulder is higher than the other
  • Hyperactivity
  • Falling frequently
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Can't stand still
A visit to the chiropractor is highly recommended for children of all ages to ensure a healthy spine which is free from nerve compression. The earlier, the better!

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 HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

-Headaches
If you suffer from headaches, your first step should be to visit a chiropractor to have a spinal checkup. Chiropractors utilize safe methods that are completely drug free and have helped millions of such sufferers through the years. Chiropractors rid your body from the "vertebral subluxation complex, or VSC, which has the ability to ruin your health.

-Muscle Tension Headaches
There are a lot of things that cause a headache. In fact, you can get a headache just by worrying about all the different things that can cause them. This leads to the muscle tension or stress headache, the most common headache of all.

-What Causes The Pain Of A Headache?
The veins, arteries and cranial nerves within your skull and brain. When they are stretched, pulled or irritated, a headache usually follows.

-Migraines And Cluster Headaches
Migraines can be so severe they can actually ruin lives. The migraine is a vascular headache. The migraine symptoms appear before the headache pain begins. These symptoms include redness, spots, lines before the eyes, swelling, hallucinations, complete discomfort, irritability, numbness, and many more. Then the actual pain hits!

The most common symptoms are:
  • Pain is usually confined to one side of the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • The consistent throbbing becomes a blunt steady pain
The cause of the migraine is unknown. There is no migraine gene known to date, so heredity seems to be currently out of the solution to these extremely painful episodes.

A cluster headache arrives quickly with throbbing pain in one nostril which then spreads behind the eye on that side of the face. These headaches tend to occur anywhere from once to multiple episodes daily in clusters which last weeks and even months. Strangely enough, this headache stops as quickly as it started.

Headache sufferers spend more than $4 billion a year on over-the –counter pain relievers. But prevention costs you nothing. Here are five leading headache culprits to watch out for:
  • Stress: Frayed nerves are a frequent cause of “tension” headaches and may also trigger migraines. Ideas: Take 30 minutes a day just to daydream, mediate or otherwise relax.
  • Diet: Certain foods contain substances that can trigger headache pain. Examples: caffeine, red wine, processed meats, chocolate, cheese, citrus fruits, lentils, snow peas and monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • Eyestrain: Concentrating on one object for a long time for a long time (such as a computer screen) can cause temporary head pain. Suggestions: Take occasional “eye breaks” by looking out a window…consider an eye exam if a vision problem may be a factor.
  • Sitting: Staying seated for long periods, especially if you’re constantly on the phone or hunched over, can tighten muscles and lead to tension headaches. Self-defense: Shift position…stretch once an hour…stand during phone conversations…take a lunchtime walk.
  • Sleep: Too little or, surprisingly, even too much sleep can bring on headaches. Best: Control your brain’s “clock” by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day-even on the weekends.
Finally, you should drink half your weight in water (in ounces). So if you weigh 180 lbs you should drink 90 oz of water per day.

-How Can Chiropractic Help?
Headache victims are turning more and more to chiropractic care for treatment. Chiropractors work to remove any spinal damage so the individual's body may operate properly and heal itself. Millions of headache sufferers have had incredible results from regular chiropractic adjustments. By correcting a person's vertebral subluxation complex, their body is then able to perform it's natural healing ability.

A visit to the chiropractor is highly recommended for all headache sufferers. The results can be dramatic!

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