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Chiropractic Lorain Care and Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine that makes the body twist laterally visibly showing a spinal deformity in the back of the affected person. The origins of scoliosis are unknown and this is not a disease or a deformity caused by carrying heavy objects.  Usually, the cause is idiopathic, meaning it developed spontaneously or from an unknown cause. People of all ages can be affected by scoliosis but it mostly affects young people from childhood to adolescent stage, when growth spurts occur and spine curvatures can be easily observed.  Sometimes, a deformity called double curvature occurs in which there are two bendings in the spine formed in such a way that causes the deformity to appear hardly noticeable.  A protruding shoulder or a lump in the back caused by the malformation of the spine usually identifies scoliosis sufferers.

It has been proven that chiropractic therapy can help treat scoliosis although the chances vary on the severity of the problem.  There are also cases that are treatable but hard and resistant and some are relatively responsive to the treatment.  Usually, spinal adjustment is the technique used to treat scoliosis.  Chiropractors apply pressure to a joint to realign the misplaced vertebra and muscles surrounding it.  This helps increase the movement of the joints and eases the discomfort the misalignment causes. The chiropractor Lorain also will help manipulate the back to help the muscles move the right way allowing the spine to move to its proper position.

Exercises are recommended to limber the muscles and make it more flexible.  Exercises such as yoga and pilates have produced good results for scoliosis patients.  The patient, to improve spine realignment, sometimes uses braces and orthopedic devices.  Treatment may last for months depending on the severity of the problem and not all scoliosis problems are treatable with chiropractic therapy.  It is up to the chiropractor to give a good diagnosis of the problem to determine if chiropractic therapy is the best approach for a patient’s scoliosis problem.

Some skeptics scowl at the effectiveness of chiropractic therapy in treating scoliosis but ignore the growing numbers of scoliosis patients who got cured by it.  These are the same skeptics who criticize effective treatments such as acupuncture because it does not go with their prejudiced way of thinking. The former patients have stepped out have shown proof on how the treatment helped them relieve their pain, improve their condition and given them answers to their physical problems.

Scoliosis should immediately be treated once it is noticed since allowing this condition to stay untreated may worsen the condition and make treatment more difficult as time goes on.  Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis involves no drugs and no surgery and will, in time, help the patient improve his/her range of motion.

Written by Valerie

May 28th, 2011 at 5:29 am

What is Chiropractic Elyria Medicine?

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Though chiropractic was used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks thousands of years ago, modern chiropractic was founded by a Canadian, Daniel David Palmer in 1895. Chiropractic literally means “to perform with the hands” which is essentially what chiropractic does: to perform manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the body. Modern chiropractors are well-educated and graduates of a three to four year course in chiropractic medicine. They need to pass a national chiropractic state board exam in order to be eligible to practice chiropractic medicine in that state. They also need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council in order to be legally called chiropractors. Today, chiropractic medicine is the most popular alternative form of treatment for neuromusculoskeletal injuries in the US.

Chiropractors focus on the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system because it is their belief that most pains and sicknesses stem from problems in the NMS system. The chiropractor Elyria “manipulates” or adjusts the system to improve their function. Chiropractors look for a subluxation or a misalignment of a vertebra that interferes with proper neural signals of the brain to the muscles, organs and tissues. This subluxation is often the cause of the pain and the problem itself and if not treated leads to spine degeneration, which further complicates the health problem of the individual.

Just like going to a mainstream physician for consultation, the chiropractor will need to physically examine the patient before it is determined that chiropractic is the best treatment for the patient’s problem. The chiropractor will need to review the patient’s medical history and a physical examination before a diagnosis is reached. Physical examination usually entails checking the vital signs of the patient. Apart from the vital sign checkup, the patient might undergo orthopaedic (bone), neurological (nerve) tests and joint and muscle examination. An x-ray examination may be done to locate exactly where the pain is originating. The chiropractor usually treats injured patients. Physical injuries, muscle strains, chronic back pain, shoulder and arm pain, arthritic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome are among a few problems, which chiropractic medicine treats. Many injuries affect the nerves and many times, the affected nerves are the most painful experienced in the body.

A particular and common form of chiropractic treatment is the chiropractic adjustment. A specific misplaced joint is treated by applying force, with a certain pressure going in a specific direction to move it to its proper position. There are many techniques to chiropractic adjustment and it is up to the chiropractor to use the best technique for one’s problem. The chiropractor not only treats but also trains the patient on how to properly handle the body to avoid further neuromusculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractors do have exercise programmes for this that can be done at home.

Written by Valerie

May 21st, 2011 at 6:57 am

Acupuncture New York and Drug Addiction

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The dangers of drug addiction are many.  An addict can overdose; get infected with diseases such as HIV and various types of hepatitis; have thrombosis and low blood pressure; become malnourished; acquire dental problems; engage in criminality; have relationship problems; become unemployed; enter into prostitution and experience withdrawal symptoms.  Addicts who want to positively change have at their disposal drug counselors, support groups, rehab programs and, ironically, pharmaceutical medication.  Acupuncture, specifically, the 5-point ear acupuncture treatment was used for drug users initially but now is utilized for tobacco and alcohol abusers, as well.  Acupuncture, according to traditional Chinese medicine, stimulates the nervous system to release beneficial chemicals such as endorphins and enkephalins in the body.  These so-called “feel good” chemicals allow physical and emotional well-being in the individual. They help mitigate pain, anxiety, worry and stress enabling the individual to relax.

Acupuncture New York is effective in helping the individual cope with drug withdrawals.  It normalizes chemicals such as dopamine in the brain and lowers the excited and anxious state of the brain due to the drugs helping the individual relax and feel calm during the withdrawal phase.  It also helps reduce serotonin levels, elevated due to the euphoric effect of the drugs, causing the excited state of the brain.  Acupuncture in turn increases endorphins to help mitigate the anxious state of the brain during withdrawals.  Acupuncture has been a popular mode of treatment for many types of illnesses in China for thousands of years.  It is now one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine in the Western world and is now integrated into mainstream healthcare by many hospitals in the West.  Traditional acupuncture is usually completed by other modalities such as moxibustion, cupping, massage or electro-acupuncture.  Acupuncturists are also into counseling regarding dietary or lifestyle matters.

Traditional acupuncture views the emotional or mental state of the person as indistinct and integral to the individual’s physical state.  Acupuncture is a holistic type of treatment and deems illness and poor health as a result of imbalances in the body.  An experienced acupuncturist determines the exact cause and the subsequent disharmony of a person’s health problem and opts for its most effective treatment. The nature and cause of the health problem qualifies the choice of acupuncture points to be treated. Traditional acupuncture also is used to strengthen the body’s immune system and acts as a preventive measure against diseases.

As time progresses, many uses and benefits of acupuncture are being regularly discovered.  Three common factors have been credited to acupuncture.  First, acupuncture helps release endorphins and enkephalins in the body promoting comfort and relaxation in the mind and body.  Second, acupuncture removes chi blockage and enhances blood flow, which boosts the body’s immune system, revitalizes tissues, organs and other body parts poorly nourished prior to acupuncture.  Third, acupuncture regulates and normalizes the body’s glandular and hormonal secretions balancing body functions and promoting good health.

Written by Valerie

May 14th, 2011 at 8:08 am

Acupuncture Orlando as a Cure for Addiction

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Acupuncture Orlando is getting to be known as a great tool in neutralizing various kinds of addiction., from heroin addiction and alcoholism to overeating and cigarette smoking.

Acupuncture was first utilized as a supplementary modality for methadone treatment, however, physicians began seeing acupuncture alone as a better treatment that methadone therapy was scrapped altogether from the therapy.  Some research indicated that the efficacy rate of acupuncture as compared to mainstream therapies is qualitatively higher.  Furthermore, since methadone is highly addictive itself, used in lieu for heroin for heroin abusers, acupuncture creates no such dependency issues since it is a procedure that allows the body to heal itself efficiently and in a natural safe way as well as useful for treating various kinds of addictions.  It is used for the treatment of cocaine and crack addiction, heroin addiction, alcoholism, LSD users and amphetamine and barbiturate abusers.  Addicts manifest a substantial waning in drug cravings, a substantial relief from withdrawal symptoms and feelings of tranquility and improved sleep after treatment with acupuncture.

Acupuncture increases endorphin production and secretion in the nervous system. Endorphins are the body’s natural opiates and act as natural painkillers of the body. They are usually released through exercises such as distance running and cause the feeling aptly named “runner’s high”, a delightful sensation long-distance runners who have ran a five-mile line experience.  Doctors have discovered that withdrawal symptoms caused by people quitting drugs or cigarette smoking are mitigated by stimulating the increase of endorphin level in the central nervous system.  They also observed that food cravings are likewise lessened by the increase of the body’s endorphin level.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) premises itself on the existence of two forces of yin and yang – complementary opposite forces believed existing in all of nature. Healthy individuals have a relative balance of yin and yang. In an addict, yin deficiency is experienced. TCM states that yin relates to substance, passivity, quietness and the water element. Yang is associated to kinetics, function and the fire element. When yin is weak, fire runs “amuck” or rages uncontrollably. If there is not enough or no yin to nourish it, then yang burns on with no substance to actually burn, hence the term “empty fire.”  On an emotional dimension, this imbalance engenders experiences of despair and meaninglessness.  On the biological level, the opposite manifests in extreme hyperactivity.  The person is compelled to abuse and the drug stokes the fire more and causes further weakening of yin; hence, the illusion of power is felt, joy and elation he/she feels is superficial and fleeting sinking the person more into deeper desperation.

The treatment is about inserting needles at specific points in the ear for about 45 minutes. The treatment often creates a soothing sensation on the body and mind – tranquility and completeness flood the mind and body of the patient. The treatment reinvigorates the lungs, kidneys and liver; the affected organs of yin-yang deficiency.

Written by Valerie

May 7th, 2011 at 10:51 am

Acupuncture New York Treatment for Anxiety

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Even when modern living has managed to make facets of life much more comforting, a great number of individuals still manage to feel emotionally unhappy.  Why?  Modern lifestyle itself has made personal relationships and normal living untenable to keep and difficult to hold.   Anxiety is a widespread psychological and emotional condition that individuals suffer nowadays. Acupuncture provides a natural alternative treatment from this emotion and helps one to go back to a relaxed and saner life.

Acupuncture  New York and traditional Chinese Medicine believe the mind as well as the body to be integral aspects of an individual.  External factors (Cold, Heat and Wind) and internal factors of illness were believed to caused by extreme emotions. Extreme emotions such as worry, fear, joy and sadness correspond to the five body organs associated with yin and imbalances or injuries in these organs are due to these extreme emotions festering over time.

Western lifestyle has made life too complex, stressful and impersonal rather than just allowing for a laid back way of life and more time to unwind and this affects the body and mind to become stressed up, creating anxiety. Acupuncture is a fantastic therapy that can treat this psycho-emotional disorder.  Acupuncture involves inserting needles to specific points in the body and these needles cause a very tranquil and relaxing state during the treatment.

Anxiety comes from worrying about future events that is beyond a person’s control.  Symptoms of anxiety are post-traumatic stress disorder, panic episodes, chest pain, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, stomachache, nausea, or headache among others.  Anxiety is an expected reaction to the pressures of daily living but excessive anxiety or anxiety occurring randomly is a disorder.

According to TCM way of thinking, anxiety can be related to the imbalanced energies of the kidneys and heart.  The heart organ or yang organ invariably sends blood all over the body. Extreme excitement, such as excessive joy imbalances the yang (fire) inside and causes heat in the heart resulting in anxiety and sleeplessness. The kidney represents yin (water) and balances the fire in the heart. If the kidney is lacking in energy, the heart fire increases disturbing the mind.

Acupuncture therapies such as body and ear acupuncture at specific points are applied to normalize the kidneys and heart, balance their yin and yang and reduce anxiety.  Sometimes, ear tacks are placed at the ear acupuncture points to prolong and maximize the healing until after the next treatment.

Depending on the severity of the anxiety, treatment may last a few days or half a year.  Without the need for any pharmaceutical drugs, acupuncture is a relatively safe and superior treatment for anxiety without any side effects to worry about and is a treatment that allows the mind to remain calm and placid amid the constant pressure brought about my modern living.