Category: Chiropractic

Crushing High Blood Pressure

Cause Over Symptoms

The trouble with the medical system today is to prescribe an artificial answer to treat symptoms. The goal should be to remove the cause. Medication is artificially lowering your blood pressure which blocks your body’s ability to heal itself. These cause other health issues over time, such as migraines or erectile dysfunction, and medication is added or increased. Once you’re taking many medications, it eventually leads your body to a heart attack.

Medication Cycle

Medications also deplete nutrients from your body. Diuretics may flush your body out, but they also flush out vital minerals such as magnesium and potassium.When you have low levels of magnesium and potassium, your blood pressure goes up. Low levels also increase heart risks which can easily lead to a heart attack over time. This will keep you in a vicious cycle of increasing your medication due to your body being dependent on something artificial to keep levels down. The following supplements, joined with good exercise and healthy eating habits, will drastically change the health of your heart.

5 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

1. Turmeric Root

Turmeric decreases inflammation throughout the body. Taking this 1-2x a day whether in a drink or capsule will lower blood pressure naturally.

2. Beets

Beet powder is incredible for your arteries and blood pressure. You can buy a powder form or juice beets on a regular basis.

3. Omega-3

Every cell in your body is surrounded by fat and when your fat ratios are off they can’t function properly. This will help balance those ratios.

4. Berberine

This herb is one of the best ways to lower blood pressure naturally. In addition to high blood pressure, it is known to help digestive issues and diabetes.

5. L-Arginine

High blood pressure can be paired with clogged or weakened vessels. Taking L-arginine is great to strengthen your those vessels so your body can naturally lower your rate.

Bonus Tip: Chiropractic Care

You may be thinking, “how does blood pressure link to chiropractic care?” The answer is found in your parasympathetic system. This system is in your upper neck which controls your hormones, heart beat, and blood pressure. When this system is shut down or blocked, it can increase your blood pressure. PubMed released a study showing one adjustment was stronger than two medications combined. An adjustment can eliminate irritation, correct bone movement, and relieve pressure. Adjustments, paired with exercises and retraining muscles, will drastically change your heart health. Ask our office today for additional chiropractic ways to decrease blood pressure.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Vacation Season

Whether you’re an avid traveler or  go on a vacation once a year, there are many preventative ways to assure a healthy travel experience. Most vacations involve indulgence of food and drinks followed by a week of your body recovering. After eating certain foods, you may feel fatigued which disables you to enjoy your vacation to the fullest. Most vacations also cost tons of extra money solely due to going out to eat. Luckily, we have some tips to help you out!

Health Concerns Over Time

One of the main places that is impacted while traveling is your spine. Your spine is connected to your nervous system which controls the functioning and healing of your body. It is important to know how to prevent negative impact to your spine while also staying healthy during your travel experience.

3 Ways to Assure Healthy Traveling

1. Traveling Process

A healthy trip begins with the mindset going into it. Being aware of your posture while driving can prevent aches and pains during your travel experience. A posture tip for the car would look like arranging your rear view mirror high enough to where you can see, but also in a position to make you sit up straight. Having the seat leaned back, leaning to the side, or driving with one arm can cause misalignment over a long period of time.

2. Prolonged Sitting

Don’t go more than a couple hours sitting. At rest stops, make it priority to do some jumping jacks, squats, and stretches. Even during your drive, or ride on an airplane, you can wobble your body back and forth to keep your spine in movement. Other ways to take advantage of prolonged sitting is wiggling your toes and moving your legs.

3. What You Eat

Food for long road trips are typically purchased at a gas station along with caffeinated drinks. To avoid these options with high fructose corn syrup and other added sugars, go to your local grocery store to prepare in advance. Purchase organic whole foods that are convenient and healthy for your body to function such as bananas, blueberries, and coconut water. Even at your destination, instead of eating out purchase organic groceries like grass fed meat, free range eggs, and lots of fruits and vegetables. This saves money, time, and health. 

Follow Up Trip

It is vital after traveling to visit your chiropractor. Getting back to your normal routine adjustments will keep your spine aligned and strong. Your chiropractor will be able to adjust specific areas effected by long distance driving, airplane rides, and more. Your body will thank you after traveling.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

Severity of Text Neck

Medical Diagnosis

Text neck may sound made up; however, it has become an actual medical diagnosis in our technological day and age. Many people suffer from text neck if they are active in daily texting, social media, or gaming. When your neck is subluxated, or misaligned, many health issues can stem from your neck. The main thing the medical field  shares on this topic is usually symptoms, but it is more important to talk about prevention. The missing link in health care is the definition of true health. Health is the optimal functioning and healing of our body, not merely the absence of disease. So although our daily lives evolve, we have the information to prevent these negative effects on our body from happening.

Importance of Spine and Nervous System

Any medical advice you receive should link back to the definition of health. Always ask, “Is this going to help me function and heal better or is it going to interfere with my body’s ability to function and heal?” The central nervous system controls these two aspects from the beating of your heart to the digestion in your stomach.

Correct Spinal Curve

Normal healthy necks have a nice 40-45 degree curve. When this curve is extended or lowered, the disks in your neck have uneven weight which cause nerve damage, pain, and irritation. Maintaining a healthy curve in your neck and overall spine is important given the fact you only get one spine. It is important to keep up with it. The typical response is when symptoms occur. Issues with the neck lead to numbness, tingling in your arms, sciatic nerve pain, leg pain, and more. We want to educate others to prevent these symptoms from happening. There is a misconception to wait until something is wrong to fix it, but following prevention will avoid these health issues completely. You hold the ability to be proactive in your health.

5 Ways to Focus on Prevention

1. Posture

Being aware of your posture while sitting, driving, and even standing will keep your body in alignment preventing unwanted curvature.

2. Sitting

Make it a point to stand every 15-20 minutes to deviate from prolonged sitting. Invest in a stand up desk or swap your chair for an exercise ball.

3. Screen Time

Limiting screen time, especially for children, will be extremely preventative. Screen time has additional health effects where limiting would be beneficial.

4. Backpack

Make sure kids are aware of posture when carrying a backpack. The extra weight can cause people to hunch over or slouch backward.

5. Sleeping

Avoid sleeping on your stomach. The best position to keep your neck in proper alignment is sleeping on your back.

The Fix

So what if you already have text neck? It is highly recommended to get x-rays from your chiropractor to know how misaligned your neck is. Primary doctors will be able to do this, but typically recommend exercise and medication. Visit a chiropractor to fix your current situation where you will receive adjustments, protocols for protection, and exercises specifically tailored to your neck. 


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

A Whole New World

There are so many emotions bringing a child into the world just like there are also questions. Every parent wants to raise a healthy child, but with endless brands and news on what is best for your child can leave any parent confused. Instead of uncertainly tossing yourself into a new way of life, educate yourself on the natural way to improve your infant’s health.

Every Parent Needs to Know

As important as it is to keep up with your own health, there is another level of responsibility taking care of a child’s health. There are already enough chemicals and toxins in our world today to avoid. Most parents are unaware of choices that bring even more toxins into a child’s body. This ranges anywhere from baby cream to vaccinations. On top of these harmful substances, many doctors prescribe medications to infants without these prescriptions being tested on kids. This starts to harm children’s digestive and immune system.

Starting From Birth

The birthing process, in itself, can cause tons of trauma to a baby’s body including additional twisting and turning. Some labors may last up to 24 hours or even longer. Doctors tend to prescribe medication for health concerns, including acid reflux and constipation, instead of letting the body health itself from the inside out. Any chemical has a negative impact on your child’s health. Keeping your baby drug, medication free from the start is the ideal way to start raising your child.

3 Unique Ways to Raise a Healthy Infant

1. Chiropractic Care

It is not common to hear people adjust their newborn child after their born, even though it is one of the best actions you can take for your baby. The spine is connected to the nervous system which controls everything from your heart beating to your lungs breathing. Adjusting a newborn an bring a baby to be at their optimal function. Issues like digestion can be improved from adjusting the lower back, neck, or sacrum by opening up the spine to properly operate.

2. Magnesium

While breastfeeding, the mother can take a natural magnesium supplement to assure the baby receives this nutrient. Breastfeeding alone gives your baby all the proper enzymes, proteins, healthy fats, and so much more their body needs to develop healthily. Most formulas lead to digestive issues. Always ask your natural doctor, even chiropractor, for suggestions of formula with the most nutrient dense formulas.

3. Tea

To help with fussiness and lack of sleep, combining fennel, ginger, and chamomile tea together helps soothe babies. Giving them half a droplet will elevate gas and increase calmness.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

What is Sciatica?

The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body. It stems from the lower end of your spine down to your feet. The damaged nerve is in the lower vertebrae in your spine where the most disk herniations take place. When the spine is misaligned, the lower spine holds more weight than an adjusted spine would. A proper spine would hold weight proportional, eliminating improper weight on your lower disks. You can misalign your spine doing small actions over time such as prolonged sitting and also for traumatic events such as a car accident. The second cause of nerve damage to the lower spine also includes pelvic issues. Athletes like soccer players and baseball players typically end up with pelvic issues due to their body adjusting to the range of motion they perform repetitively. When your pelvis rotates, you also effect the curve in your spine. Too much curve or not enough curve causes inflammation. Over time, this inflammation will cause irritation, eventually feeling that pain throughout your leg. Luckily, there are several ways to decrease nerve damage.

7 Natural Tips for Sciatica

1. Piriformis Stretch

There are many different stretches you can view online through videos and pictures. This muscle is located where the sciatic nerve begins in the lower spine, making it extremely important to stretch.

2. Hip Flexor Stretch

These stretches will also be found online. Your hip flexors help stabilize your spine and run through your pelvis. Doing these stretches will train your body to correct the muscles.

3. Strengthening the Abdomen

Your abdomen is important with stabilizing the spine as well. One of the best ways to do this is working your way up to doing a 2-3 minute plank each day. You can start off small by going however long you’re capable of, but reach for going 5 seconds longer each time.

4. Strengthening Hip Extensors

It is vital to not only stretch your hip muscles, but also strengthen them. There are many workouts you can do with no equipment at home and also many machines at a local gym to strengthen them.

5. Posture

Fixing your posture is key to a healthy spine. You can do simply adjustments in your every day life to assure your posture to be correct. You can simply adjust your screen at work so you aren’t slouching over and looking down. Just by being aware, you can slowly adjust your posture.

6. Stand Up, Get Moving

Even if you sit in an office every day, it is important to move your spine every 15-30 minutes. It can be as simple as stretching, wobble cushion, or walking around the office. Also, be aware of the way you sit in the car. Taking breaks on long road trips allow your spine to move freely.

7. Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care comes in contact to the spine to adjust what is misplaced. In more severe cases, chiropractic care is able to help with specific adjustments, personalized stretches and workouts, and also performing decompression.


If you live in the Matthews/Charlotte area here in North Carolina, or would like a recommendation to other chiropractors in your area, contact us here. We would love to be in contact with you!

The Root Cause

Many doctors are quick to prescribe medication to mask the pain in our body. The feeling is an indication for a deeper issue or misalignment.  The FDA released in 2018 that your risk for a heart attack increases 20% within the month you take over the counter medication like ibuprofen, advil, and aspirin.  When you mask the issues in your body, medications can prolong the original issue as well as creating more long term health effects.

The Importance of Chiropractic Care

A National Institute of Health study found that 57% of patients receiving chiropractic care were able to reduce their neck pain by 75% in only 12 weeks. Your spine protects the nervous system which is the control system to the movement in your body and the health of your organs. Chiropractic care removes interference in your body to heal itself.

3 Common Issues Involving the Spine

  1. Headaches/Migraines

    Cause: 90% of migraines are related to the upper part of your neck. There is an artery in your neck that feeds the blood supply to your brain. When this is misaligned, it causes spasms and creates headaches/migraines. Uneven weight also adds pressure to the disks in your neck.

    Solution: Getting adjustments to the neck relieves stress on the nervous system. When the neck is properly aligned, it relieves pressure on the nervous system. This will decrease the amount of headaches you encounter over time and allow you to eliminate medications.

  2. Neck Pain 

    Cause: The main causes are car accidents, sports injuries, and sitting at a desk. Not having proper posture throughout the day and night will also effect the spine, causing neck pain.

    Solution: If you’re encountering neck pain, our care takes you through a 5 step process. You will first answer questions to find the cause of the issue. We will check the current posture of your spine. We will also want to evaluate the range of motion in your neck. Then, we will feel your spine to see if there is tenderness, tension, or response. Finally, we will take x-rays to identify the issue and see specifically where it needs to be realigned.

  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

    Cause: Carpal Tunnel causes numbness in the wrist and fingers. Typical symptoms start with irritation in your shoulders which spread down to your hand over time. When we sit at a desk or work on a computer all day long, the neck posture compromises the nervous system. The nerves in your neck connect to the nerves in your hands.

    Solution: Chiropractic adjustments help you avoid surgery and harmful medications. Not only do neck adjustments help the nerve blockage to your hand, but also improves the function of your body to

The Diagnosis

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) have behavioral conditions which can cause high levels of energy, lack of focus, and impulsive behavior. Over 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD  surveyed by the CDC. The numbers continue to rise year after year. These disorders are different symptoms of the same underlying cause.

Exchanging Medication with Nutrition

The standard response in most medical situations is to prescribe a pill. Unfortunately, these pills are not a long term answer to the neurological function for children, and also adults. In fact, many disorders and diseases are prescribed medication to mask the symptom instead of dealing with the main issue. Prescription medications have never been tested or approved for kids, yet we prescribe them anyways. Luckily, there are multiple ways to improve ADHD/ADD solely through nutrition.

Chiropractic Plays a Role

There are many misconceptions of chiropractic care helping back and neck pain only. This is far from true. Chiropractic care helps with countless issues that stem from the nervous system. 90% of the stimulation to your brain is connected to your spine. When chiropractors adjust the spine, the spine comes back into alignment to function properly. Chiropractic works well with ADHD/ADD specifically from helping their body balance itself to a homeostasis state rather than a high stressed state. Chiropractic care helps clear blockage to the nervous system so the body can perform to its highest ability; your part is to eliminating nutritional interference for yourself or your children who have ADHD/ADD.

5 Nutritional Shifts to Help Underlying Issues

1. Essential Fatty Acids

Your body needs fat to function in a healthy way. Stay away from hydrogenated oil, vegetable oil, and canola oil. Any oil with trans fat is hard for your body to break down. Healthy fats include coconut oil, avocados, flaxseed oil, grass fed meat, free range organic eggs, and hemp oil. The way these help ADHD/ADD is by fueling your brain and lowering inflammation.

2. Sugar/Grains

Grains turn into sugar as soon as they are consumed into your body. Grain is one of the top genetically modified foods and contains preservatives, round up, and other toxins. Grains and sugar both effect the neurology in your brain. Reducing, but better yet eliminating, all sugars and grains (pizza, pasta, french fries) will allow the brain to neurologically function properly and even allow you or your child to get off medication.

3. Chemicals

Removing toxic chemicals in your food and home will decrease stress levels and allow the brain to focus more. This includes food dyes, preservatives, cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc. The rule of thumb is if you can’t read it, you shouldn’t be eating it. You have to become the expert of the food you buy and start reading the ingredients.

4. Supplements

There are many supplements that will help ADHD/ADD such as magnesium, vitamin D3, probiotics, and CBD oil. The key is finding the right provider or physician you trust to suggest what natural supplements to get and where to get them. A natural way for fatty acids are chia seeds and a natural way for vitamin D is going into the sun without sunscreen.

5. Water

Remove juice and sodas and drink more water, it’s as simple as that. After 72 hours, in a freshly squeezed juice, it loses all the nutrients and becomes more oxidized. Also, most juices have immense amounts of sugar. Water is vital to clean out toxins and carry nutrients to your brain.


Oh my Migraines

MY OH MY! MIGRAINES!

What is your migraine trying to tell you? If you suffer from migraines, it is crucial to ask yourself: “What is causing my migraines?” Instead of: “How can I treat my migraines?” Functional medicine is medicine by CAUSE, not medicine by symptom. So what are some common underlying causes of migraines?

Causes:
1) Food sensitivities

2) Hormone imbalances

3) Magensium
deficiency

4) Posture and
subluxation

The good news is there are simple steps you can take to treat underlying causes
of migraines!

Solutions:

1) Elimination diet

By removing common food allergens, you can test which foods might be causing your migraines. These foods include eggs, dairy, gluten, and peanuts.
Be sure to reintroduce each food slowly.

2) Balance your hormones

Some migraines can be caused by too much estrogen and not enough progesterone. That is why some women get premenstrual migraines! Some things you can do to restore this balance naturally are eliminating caffeine and alcohol, reducing sugar and intake of flour/starches, eating a diet rich with plant based foods, getting quality of sleep, and reducing stress. Also, reduce or eliminate pharmaceutical medications with high levels of estrogen if possible.

Furthermore, hormone imbalances can be caused by a B vitamin
deficiency. Try adding 400 mg of vitamin B2 or riboflavin daily.
Finally, sleep cycles can cause hormone imbalances so a melatonin supplement has been shown to be effective at reducing migraines.

3) Restore magnesium deficiency

Magnesium is known as the relaxation mineral and so deficiency
can cause elevated levels of stress and in return, migraines. Try
adding 300-600 mg of magnesium 2x per day into your routine.

4) Make chiropractic care a part of your wellness routine

Unfortunately, many people have sedentary jobs requiring them
to sit for the majority of their day. This can lead to poor posture
and tense muscles, specifically around the neck region. In a
randomized control trial by the Journal of Manipulative and
Physiological Therapeutics, a 90% reduction in migraines was
found after only 16 treatments.

Article written by Lauren Oljar with Queen City Health Center

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