Month: March 2017

chiropractor neck pain Queen City Health Center 4421 Sharon Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (980) 422-2000

We all experience pain from time to time, but chronic pain could be an indicator of a greater underlying issue. If you’ve been dealing with neck pain that won’t seem to go away no matter what you do, then a visit to a Charlotte chiropractor might be in order.

Perhaps you’re wondering why you should see a chiropractor rather than seeing a “regular” doctor or MD. The main difference between chiropractic care and care from an MD is that a chiropractor will work to address the problem at its root using holistic methods, whereas a medical doctor will be more likely to prescribe medication or even suggest invasive surgery, without trying to figure out the underlying root cause of the issue and attack it there.

If you don’t like the sound of invasive surgery or drugs, then read on to learn more about some of the top surprising causes of neck pain and how a chiropractor in Charlotte NC might be able to help you correct the problem naturally!

Causes of Chronic Neck Pain

#1. Stress. If you are holding tension in your shoulders, it can lead to muscle aches that get worse over time. This is the most obvious cause of neck pain, but another cause may be related to your body’s immune system response to other triggers. It’s no secret that stress negatively affects your immune system. If your neck pain is related to some sort of illness, that means increased stress will result in increased inflammation, and consequently, increased pain.

#2. Posture. Do you spend a lot of time looking at your phone or computer, while hunched over? Poor posture is a huge contributor to neck and back pain. If you’ve never heard of “text-neck syndrome” before, read this post.

#3. Diet. You’re probably wondering what your diet has to do with pain you feel in your muscles and joints. The key word here is: “inflammation.” Did you know that excess sugar causes inflammation? And it’s in virtually everything we consume, including grains, pastas, rice, alcohol, root vegetables, and other foods that metabolize as sugar. It could be that you have inflammation around your neck due to poor dietary choices.

#4. Poor Exercise Technique. When it comes to fitness, technique is everything! Lift something the wrong way when your’e hitting it hard at the gym, and you could pull a muscle or cause a shift in your vertebrae that could lead to chronic pain down the road. And if you do nothing about it, it could get worse and become harder to treat over time.  A lot of the reason for poor technique is pure ignorance. It’s best to work with a fitness expert or personal trainer who can coach you on the proper ways to work out so that you don’t end up hurting something.

#5. Chewing Gum. This may sound especially surprising, but it makes sense. Chewing gum puts pressure on your jaw at the place where it meets your skull, which is ultimately connected to your head and neck, thus causing headaches and neck pain. Plus, many gums contain artificial sugars that are not good for you, anyway. This is definitely something to consider if your’e experiencing chronic head or neck pain.

How a Charlotte Chiropractor Can Help Cure Neck Pain Naturally

If you’re on the fence about seeing a chiropractor for neck pain, we hope this post will nudge you off (gently, of course!)

Here are the basics on how chiropractic care affects your body in general:

Your spine is the “control center” for the body and tells your organs how to function by sending nerve signals out from your spinal cord. When your vertebrae are misaligned, it puts pressure on the nerve endings, ultimately weakening the signals that go out. This results in your body’s systems functioning at a weakened capacity. Over time, if left alone, your organs will deteriorate and will eventually stop functioning altogether.

It’s kind of like what happens when you fail to clean out your dryer’s lint filter on a regular basis. The whole machine eventually shuts down…

Chiropractic adjustments, combined with the other 4 Essentials of Maximized Living, will help to keep your spine properly aligned and your organs functioning optimally.

If you’re dealing with chronic neck pain and would like to learn more about how our South Charlotte chiropractic team can help, give us a call at (980) 422-2000, or fill out the form on this page to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation.

Charlotte auto accident chiropractor Queen City Health Center 4421 Sharon Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (980) 422-2000

This is a guest post from one of our Queen City Health Center chiropractic patients who recently experienced pain symptoms following a Charlotte auto accident.

As I was flipping through the air at 70 miles an hour, all I could think about was how badly my back was going to be killing me in the very near future. 🙂

On a serious note, being in a car accident is one of the most frightening experiences you can have. Most people incur whiplash, soreness, and severe pain. Thankfully, I came out (mostly) unscathed, which is why I didn’t think I needed to go to the doctor or the emergency room after my accident. But as the paramedics were patting me down, making sure I had no other serious injuries, I started to dream up worst case scenarios, like internal bleeding, and I began to wonder if maybe I should go to the emergency room.

Thankfully everything checked out. However, I began to experience severe back pain, dizziness, vertigo, whiplash, and major soreness shortly afterwards. I went to see Dr. Holly at Queen City Health Center. She did an initial consultation and X-ray and was able to show me just how messed up my body really was as a result of the accident.

To be honest, I don’t really enjoy going to doctors. I view it as a sign of weakness, and it takes up a lot of time that I could be spending doing other things. But, now that I’ve received treatment, I have full mobility and no longer wake up with pain. Who knows what could have happened if I had never gone to see her? I could have ended up like the hunchback of Notre Dame…

If you have recently been in a Charlotte auto accident, I highly recommend that you make an appointment with a Charlotte chiropractor as soon as possible. However, not all chiropractors are created equal. I am personally biased towards Dr. Holly and Queen City Health Center, simply because they not only perform adjustments; they help you heal through other natural methods such as nutrition counseling, detoxification, fitness, and physical therapy, in addition to regular chiropractic care. Also, since your car insurance company is likely to cover your treatments, you have nothing to lose!

A Charlotte chiropractor can treat a number of symptoms associated with pain due to a recent car accident, including whiplash, soreness, dizziness and vertigo — all of which I experienced. Spinal manipulation helps with pain management, because it releases the pressure caused by compressed vertebrae on your nerves. This allows nerve signals to travel to your body’s organs at an optimal rate. The nerve signals sent out from your spine are responsible for telling your organs how to operate. When those signals are weakened due to nerve compression, your body functions at a limited capacity.

If you’re still confused, it’s probably because I’m not a doctor. Just a patient who is thankful for the chiropractic care I received following my Charlotte auto accident. If you’d like to speak to a doctor and get your questions answered, click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation, or give us a call at (980) 422-2000!

Whether you’re a new mama, or you’ve been around the block a few times, visiting a chiropractor can do wonders for your quality of life in many ways.

Take it from Dr. Holly, who recently became a new mama herself! Meet the newest addition to the QCHC family, Eleanor Joy Loveless:

Eleanor Joy Loveless

(Isn’t she lovely? We think so!)

We’ve seen our fair share of mamas here in the office, and they all have a story about how chiropractic care has changed their life. If you’re a mom who’s considering a visit to a Charlotte chiropractor, but are on the fence, then please read on for the many reasons why every mom should be seeing a D.C. on the regular.

Reason #1: To realign your spine, post-pregnancy. This applies, whether you just recently gave birth, or you gave birth several years ago. The impact of birth on a woman’s body is undeniable. Even more so is the impact on the baby that just made his or her way through the birth canal! No doubt your spine was knocked out of alignment and it could be having all sorts of effects on the rest of your body’s organs. If you’re experiencing symptoms such as headaches, back pain, digestive problems, hormonal issues, or even autoimmune conditions, we’ve got news for you. These are all things that regular Charlotte chiropractic care can address!

A chiropractor can take an X-ray and do an examination of your spine to determine what needs to happen going forward to put things back in the right place. Whether you just had a baby or you’ve been a mama for years, contact us to schedule an initial consultation. We’ve worked on adults and children of all ages, including newborn babes.

Reason #2: To improve your immune system function. It’s no secret that kids are like tiny germ factories. Who knows what they’re bringing home from daycare or school? Better to be safe than sorry…

Many people are surprised to learn that chiropractic care aids in immune system function. Most think it’s just for back or neck pain. If you’re wondering how a visit to the chiropractor can actually keep you and your kids from getting sick, here’s the lowdown:

Basically, your spine is the central hub for your nervous system which regulates all of your bodily functions. Your spine sends nerve signals out to your organs telling them what to do, and when there is compression on any of your vertebrae, those signals get weaker. Weakened signals means weaker function overall. So if your spine is unable to fully communicate with the organs that regulate your body’s immune function, you’re likely to get sick more often.

We see a lot of parents and children at Queen City Health Center when they’re feeling “under the weather.” You’ll be surprised how fast a couple of adjustments can work to get them feeling 100% their best again!

Curious to find out for yourself? Give us a call at (980) 422-2000, or fill out the form on this page to request a FREE phone consultation or to schedule an in-person consultation with the doc.

Reason #3: To lower your stress levels. Let’s face it. Being a mama ain’t easy. In fact, it’s really hard at times. If you’re a new mom, you’ll need to keep your stress levels down so your body can produce milk for your babe. And if you’re a mom of teens or toddlers (a.k.a. “three-nagers”), it’s easy to lose your cool. Keeping your stress levels in check is a must, since stress affects your immune system function. You don’t want to get sick every time your kids stress you out, right?

Chiropractic care is known to help alleviate stress. A series of adjustments can not only make you feel better right away, but produce more of those “feel-good” hormones that will keep you feeling your best for days afterwards. Many of our patients report better sleep and less stress after a visit to our office.

Reason #4: To lose weight. After carrying a baby (or several babies), our bodies definitely change. Losing weight and staying fit can help you boost and retain your confidence, which in turn can positively affect your relationships with your spouse and children as well as the way you relate to them and how you parent.

If your’e a mom in Charlotte NC, and you’ve been struggling to lose that post-pregnancy baby weight, chiropractic care can help. Each adjustment releases hormones that combat stress and can help you lose those LBs. In addition, our doctors specialize in holistic treatments that also incorporate nutrition and fitness counseling.

chiropractic care for golf Queen City Health Center 4421 Sharon Rd #100, Charlotte, NC 28211 (980) 422-2000

Very few things will affect your golf game like the condition of your back. The back is a complex structure and one little misalignment or kink can render you immobile. So, it is no wonder that when your back is off, your golf game is off as well. The alignment of your spine is very important in determining the shape of your back. One might even say that the spine is the literal backbone of your health.

The game of golf itself can be very rough on the spine and can cause misalignment of your vertebrae. Studies have shown that regular Charlotte chiropractic care is not only great and keeps a golfer’s spine in alignment, but it actually improves a golfer’s play. Whether you are a career golfer or a leisure golfer, you definitely want to look into chiropractic care to help improve your golf game. Here are a few of the ways that a Charlotte chiropractor can take your game up a notch:

Relaxation

The game of golf is known to be a natural stress reliever… at least when you are playing the game well. To start out playing well it greatly helps to already be in a relaxed state. Stress can cause stiffness and playing golf well has no room for stiffness. You will always play better when you have a nice, relaxed swing. A regular chiropractic adjustment can help reduce muscle stiffness and helps put your body into a relaxed state. Chiropractic care in Charlotte NC will ensure that you approach the tee box as loose as a goose. Being relaxed as you approach your ball will give you a nice, easy swing and ensure you have more walks to the green with your putter in hand.

Proper Balance

Chiropractic adjustments also help to realign your hips, which is sure to improve your stance on the green. A proper stance means a better swing, and a better swing can dramatically improve your score. Unbalanced hips, on the other hand, can throw off the direction of the balls you hit, and we all know that even if that happens to a small degree, it can greatly affect the overall outcome. If you look in a mirror and notice that one shoulder is higher than the other, that could be a sign that your hips are not properly aligned. If your golf game has been a little off lately, that could be why.

Better Coordination

Chiropractic focuses on the care of your nervous system, which affects every other organ and system in your body. When your back is not properly aligned, you may experience pressure on the nerves that send signals out to your body’s organs, telling them how to function. Increased pressure means a weaker signal, which means your body will not be operating at full capacity. This includes the organs that affect your coordination, such as your eyes and hands – both of which are vital to your golf game.

If you’re a golfer and want to improve your game, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center today by calling (980) 422-2000. Or click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our Charlotte chiropractors!

Queen City Health Center is a Charlotte Chiropractic and total wellness center for individuals and families. With locations across Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC, we specialize in helping individuals and families find true health and ways to maximize their lives through nutrition, lifestyle classes, detoxification and spinal correction.


SouthPark Office 4421 Sharon Rd #100 Charlotte, NC 28211 980-422-2000
Matthews Office 1730 Matthews Township Pkwy Matthews, NC 28105 704-844-6368