The necessity of seeing a chiropractor as an adult athlete is undeniable. Queen City Health Center has helped many young adults who play sports, both on the hobbyist and professional levels. Not only have we helped to relieve the pain and symptoms of various sports injuries in athletes young and old; we’ve also provided coaching for the prevention of athletic injuries so that our patients can enjoy a better quality of life as they get better at whatever sport they choose.
However, we can also attest to the small number of high school athletes undergoing chiropractic care. That number is simply too small for us, so we’ve decided to write this post on the importance of seeing a chiropractor, especially if you’re a teen who plays sports!
While most people seek out a chiropractor in the event of an injury that has already happened, this type of alternative health care is essential to the prevention of injuries as well, especially if you’re an athlete who engages in repetitive motion.
As many athletes know, repetitive motions and repetitive injuries are more likely to result in more injuries down the road than if you’ve never been injured in the first place. So the prevention of injuries from happening is crucial to ensuring you get to continue enjoying your sport. No one wants to spend a season on the bench—or worse—on a stretcher or in a hospital room!
A chiropractor can help by performing simple adjustments designed to optimize athletic performance, while also recommending specific stretches and exercises to aid in building strength. They can also pinpoint motions that may be contributing to inflammation and/or injury to the joints.
If an injury has already taken place, there’s no need to panic. Chiropractors are experienced when it comes to the treatment of injuries and the alleviation of pain and other symptoms that come about as a result.
However, not all chiropractors are created equal. While some may focus solely on adjustments to treat a condition, the south Charlotte chiropractic doctors at Queen City Health Center will prescribe a holistic regimen that also incorporates diet, rest, exercise, and mental attitude in a way that’s designed to heal your whole body from the inside out. That means you won’t just experience temporary pain relief. You’ll experience full-body healing which aids in the further prevention of injuries in the future!
Moreover, our staff doesn’t just focus on the injury site itself, as we know that doesn’t always lead to complete healing (though it may temporarily relieve your symptoms.) We will treat surrounding areas that may also be contributing to inflammation and pain at the site itself. Again, we’re all about taking a holistic approach to health, rather than masking symptoms and allowing them the opportunity to return.
This is a great question! Teens are undergoing an enormous amount of change over a very short period of time (in the grand scheme of their entire lives, anyway). Playing sports only magnifies this, and when injury happens, it not only has an impact physically but may also carry emotional weight as well. If a teen suffers a crippling injury that takes him out of the game altogether, it could lead to sadness or even depression. That’s why a holistic approach to teen health that incorporates not only chiropractic, but also the other essentials (diet, rest, exercise and mental attitude) is extremely beneficial.
If you’re a parent of a teen athlete who plays sports, get in touch with one of our Charlotte chiropractors today! We are eager to help, whether you’re looking to prevent injuries or you’ve suffered a recent injury and are ready to get back in the game. Give us a call at (980) 422-2000 to schedule an office visit, complete with X-rays, a consultation, and an adjustment for only $50!
Not sure if chiropractic is right for your teen? Click here to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation. We’ll help you determine if an in-person appointment at our office is a good fit for you.
We’ve had patients call our office for a variety of health conditions, but the most common reason people choose to see a Charlotte chiropractor is pain. That pain could be in the form of headaches, neck aches, leg pain, or, what most people typically call a “bad back” resulting from some sort of injury in the past.
Maybe you were lifting weights at the gym and pulled a muscle while trying to impress that girl a few feet over…
Or, you’re a local athlete who, no matter how great your technique, can’t seem to shake the body aches and pain that come with the necessary training and conditioning required to hone your craft.
Whatever the case, perhaps you’ve been told that you just “have a bad back” and it’s something you’ll have to live with. Your doctor prescribed some medication and sent you on your way to the nearest pharmacy. You’ve been taking those pills for a few months and they’ve alleviated your symptoms, but when you’re not on medication, you still feel pain. That pain worsens with each movement or workout.
Maybe you stumbled on this website, because you’re wondering “can my ‘bad back’ really not be cured? Do I really need to keep taking these meds? Will surgery fix the problem?”
If you’ve been asking yourself these questions, we have great news for you!
Your bad back can be cured.
No, you won’t have to take prescription drugs for the rest of your life…
And surgery is likely not necessary at all, as long as you’re willing to adopt a few new lifestyle habits and allow your body to do what it was designed to do: heal itself.
Have you ever noticed that the first four letters in the word “health” spell “heal?” We don’t believe that’s a coincidence. Health is defined by how well your body is able to heal itself, and when you put it in the right environment, it will do just that. And it will do it more efficiently than those meds you’ve been taking.
At Queen City Health Center, we take a natural, holistic approach to pain management and wellness in general. Our clinic is not just a typical South Charlotte chiropractic pain clinic. Nor are we solely focused on healing patients with pain problems. Our holistic approach is geared to anyone with any type of health issue from allergies to autoimmune diseases.
If you’re looking for natural back pain remedies, our Maximized Living Charlotte doctors can help you through a prescribed regimen and one-on-one wellness coaching that includes spinal manipulation, along with nutrition and dietary changes, regular core-strengthening exercise, meditation, and detoxification.
Chiropractic adjustments help to get your spine into proper alignment, freeing up pressure on your nerves which send signals out to the rest of your body’s organs, telling them how to function. In order for your body to operate at full capacity, those signals must be full-strength. The problem is that they become weakened over time due to pressure which results from poor postural habits.
In order for chiropractic care to have its full effect, you must also be exercising the other 4 lifestyle essentials in order to strengthen your body’s immune system. When your immune system is strong, it helps to fight off disease and alleviates inflammation which causes back pain and a host of other health problems.
Interested in learning more about how chiropractic can help you cure your “bad back”? Click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation with one of our expert Charlotte chiropractors! Or give us a call today at (980) 422-2000 to schedule an in-person consult. We work with all insurance companies and our new patient visits are designed to be affordable for all, regardless of your insurance situation. Your initial office visit includes X-rays, a physical exam, and an adjustment for only $50!
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:
(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.
Did you know that how you sit can have a profound impact on your overall physical and mental health? Many Americans have office jobs that require them to sit for long periods in front of a computer screen while they work. In addition, our habitual smartphone use subjects us to conditions such as “text-neck syndrome“, weakening our core muscles and shortening our posture over time. As a Charlotte NC chiropractor, I can tell you that this is affecting your overall health more than you know.
Poor posture puts pressure on your back vertebrae, weakening the nerve signals that your spinal cord sends to your body’s organs telling it how to function. What that means is, something as simple as sitting incorrectly can result in your body not functioning at optimal levels. Over time, this affects your body’s major systems, including the nervous, digestive, endocrine and musculoskeletal systems. When these systems are down, you don’t feel good. You experience symptoms such as pain, low energy, acid reflux, headaches, irritable bowels, anxiety, depression, and more.
Here’s some advice from Charlotte NC chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens: SIT UP STRAIGHT!
Did your mom used to tell you that when you were younger? Did it get on your nerves?
If you answered ‘yes,’ then good. Hopefully, it resulted in action. But now that you’re probably out of the house and living and working on your own, you may need some reinforcement. Which is why I’m writing this post to make sure you know the correct way to sit at your computer for maximum health.
While sitting in general isn’t really good for you, if you’re going to sit for long periods every day (as most of us do), implement these simple tweaks to ensure your posture is as good as it can be.
Set your monitor at eye level.
This will ensure a neutral, comfortable posture since you own’t be looking up or down and putting pressure on your neck joints and nerves, which could hinder your health, especially if prolonged and repeated week after week.
Make sure your feet touch the floor.
This seems simple enough, but if you’re short and don’t have an ergonomic chair that adjusts properly, it could result in big problems. If your feet don’t naturally touch the floor, invest in a small step stool and place it under your desk to fix the issue.
Don’t cross your legs!
This can quickly move your hips and spine out of alignment. Though we recommend getting adjusted by a Charlotte NC chiropractor regularly anyway, it’s best to prevent problems before they start. I see a lot of patients whose hips and shoulders are uneven—the result of years of leg-crossing. Crossing your legs will set you two steps back for every one-step forward you take on this progressive journey. If nothing else, this is one habit you definitely want to break.
Shoulders back, chest up.
Recite this to yourself throughout the day. In fact, write it on a post-it note and stick it on your computer monitor as a reminder to sit up straight.
Use ergonomic equipment.
As mentioned above, make sure your chair is easily adjustable and get a stool if necessary to keep your feet flat on the floor. Arm rests on your chair, as well as wrist rests (say that 5 times fast!) on your mouse pad and keyboard definitely won’t hurt. However, don’t feel the need to spend a ton of money on new equipment, as you can easily remedy a lot of problems with the above suggestions alone.
Stretch at regular intervals.
That’s right. Get out of your chair and get moving! No, you don’t have to break a sweat (unless you want to). But try to take a walk outside during your lunch break. Get out of your chair once every hour and stretch your limbs so they don’t get too stiff.
Stop by Queen City Health Center in Charlotte for your chiropractic adjustment!
If you find yourself in pain after a long day of sitting at your computer, come by our office to get adjusted. Our Charlotte NC chiropractor team recommends regular adjustments for all of our patients to reinforce these good habits and keep your spine properly aligned.
Some people believe that “natural” or “holistic medicine” is a hoax. Perhaps you’re in that camp, and if so, we are so glad you stumbled on this post! As you’re going to discover, chiropractic is not “quackery.” If you are currently taking medications for a serious condition or considering expensive surgery to cure something that you’ve been told by your doctor is a life-threatening illness, holistic chiropractic care may be an effective treatment alternative.
We are happy to help you determine if Charlotte chiropractic care with Dr. Holly is a good fit! If you live in the queen city, here are 5 reasons to schedule a consultation at Queen City Health Center.
You may have heard that chiropractors are only good for pain relief and pain management. Perhaps you’ve had your back cracked a few times and just don’t see what the big deal is. We totally get it. Many conventional chiropractors offer bandaid-type physical therapy, designed to mask the symptoms of your problem, rather than getting to the root of it. Prescription drugs and surgeries are designed to do the same in many cases.
The holistic Charlotte chiropractic care that we employ for our patients is about so much more than pain relief. We believe that the nervous system is at the core of your body’s overall function. Your spine is at the hub of your nervous system, and when it’s out of alignment, your nerves, which send regulatory impulse signals to rest of your body’s organs, are pinched, and those signals become weak, affecting your body’s ability to function at max. capacity. Charlotte chiropractic care offers a solution to improper spinal alignment, which can effectively treat and cure your pain, while also improving your immune system, along with your body’s other major systems, ultimately improving your health overall.
Deciding to go under the knife is a BIG decision, and we’re certainly not saying that you should avoid surgery at all costs. There are some cases where surgery may be legitimately necessary to overcome an illness, and we always recommend listening to your primary health care provider to determine if that is, in fact, the case for you.
Many of our patients consider Dr. Holly to be their primary family physician. More than just another conventional chiropractor in Charlotte NC, she can help you determine if your illness can be effectively treated with chiropractic care and will make the best recommendation for your long-term health. If surgery can be avoided, you’ll save a lot of money in the long-run.
We work with all insurance companies and will put together a treatment plan to help you save on medical costs both now and in the future through preventive maintenance. What that means is decreased medical bills for you and your family.
That’s because they are formulated to mask the symptoms rather than eliminate the problem at its root. Not to mention the number of side effects that each medication carries with it. You often need additional medications to get rid of the side effects … and those medications come with their own list of side effects. Before you know it, your medicine cabinet is chock-full of orange bottles, and somehow, you’re still sick!
It’s a vicious cycle, and one that needs to end.
Our method of natural holistic care not only involves regular chiropractic adjustments. We provide a comprehensive treatment plan that encompasses the 5 DREAM principles of healthy living, including nutrition, fitness, detoxification, and meditation. All of these things work together to maximize your health. Many of our patients have successfully come off of their prescription medications after just a few months of implementing the lifestyle plan that Dr. Holly creates.
Achieving total health truly requires a lifestyle change. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, click here to request a FREE 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly and get on the road to feeling better.
Most people hear the word “chiropractic,” and they automatically think of someone who cracks their neck or back to manage or eliminate pain. But there is much more to this form of neuromuscular therapy than simply pain management.
Receiving care from a Charlotte chiropractor has many health benefits, some of which will likely surprise you!
The nervous system is the body’s central hub for controlling all other system functions. When your spine is out of alignment, your nerves may endure pressure, resulting in weakened impulses to the body’s organs. It’s those impulses that give your organs the “signal” to function in certain ways, so when those signals are weakened, it can wreak havoc on your body’s overall function, but especially on that of your immune system.
Keeping your spine properly aligned through regular chiropractic adjustments and daily exercises can strengthen your immune system and prevent illness and disease long-term.
Care from a chiropractor in Charlotte NC is very effective at relieving stress and anxiety. As your spine is realigned, the nerve impulses that control the release of essential hormones in your body get stronger, which can result in greater alertness and improved clarity during the day, and a better night’s sleep.
Improved immune system function also results in the body’s allergic response to foreign invaders, which means you experience the symptoms of allergies less often. Even during seasonal transitions. 🙂
As is the case with your immune and endocrine systems, proper spinal alignment strengthens nerve signals that control your digestive system function, leading to improved digestion with each adjustment.
A lot of people are surprised when I tell them a few Charlotte chiropractic visits can result in the diagnosis and treatment of ear infections in children (and even adults). As a family-centered practice, we see children with ear infections all the time, and they somehow manage to get better without antibiotics or prescription meds. (Things that make you go, “hmm…”) 😉
Charlotte chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to keep the body properly aligned, resulting in a much more comfortable experience, which, more often than not, results in babies being carried to full term. Also, because it alleviates stress, seeing a chiropractor during your pregnancy can help improve sleep in later trimesters, while lessening your chances of preterm labor. A chiropractor is also able to use various techniques to turn babies out of a breech position.
We’ve had mamas at Queen City Health Center express on multiple occasions their belief that receiving care throughout pregnancy also resulted in a shorter labor, with fewer medical interventions, as well as an easier birth.
Do you see a chiropractor for anything other than pain management? What issues have you found to improve upon receiving care? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!
When I tell people I’m a Charlotte chiropractor, it’s always interesting to see the reactions I receive. People have many different opinions when it comes to the validity of chiropractic care and whether it actually achieves what it claims to achieve.
As a schooled Charlotte chiropractor who has been in the profession for many years, and as someone who has received chiropractic adjustments herself, I can attest to the effectiveness of chiropractic care—not just for pain management, but for many chronic ailments that Americans today are suffering. As someone who was in and out of doctors offices throughout childhood with respiratory issues, ear infections, and chronic sinus infections, I can testify to the effectiveness of chiropractic care. Once I began receiving adjustments, my life changed. I began to notice a huge difference in my overall health and quality of life and no longer needed medications to feel better.
A story like mine might be difficult to believe if you’ve never experienced the benefits of Charlotte chiropractic treatment for yourself, as are the stories of many of my patients. I wanted to write this post to outline a few of the common myths people associate with chiropractors and to shed some light on why they exist and what’s really true when it comes to chiropractic care.
Myth #1: “Chiropractic is quackery.” Many people are very skeptical about chiropractic care, perhaps because they’ve had a bad experience with a Charlotte chiropractor in the past. Maybe you were promised a fix that you never received or that only lasted a short time before you had to spend more money to get “fixed” again. Or maybe you’ve just heard the saying “chiropractors are quacks” from other people who have had negative experiences and you believed it without going to see one yourself. Some believe that because chiropractors don’t go to school as long as medical doctors, their education must not be legitimate. Whatever the case, the history of “chiropractors as quacks” stems back to an effort made by the American Medical Association to destroy the chiropractic profession. Check out the video below to learn more:
Myth #3: “I’m not in pain so I don’t need to see a chiropractor.” Contrary to popular belief, chiropractic care is not just for pain management. As one of the most dedicated family chiropractors Charlotte NC has ever seen, I can attest to the value of chiropractic treatments for many different ailments, including asthma, ear infections, chronic illness, and autoimmune disease. I have adjusted patients of all ages and backgrounds, from babies, to seniors, and professional athletes, and any one of my patients will tell you how much of a difference they’ve seen since implementing this form of holistic healthcare.
Myth #4: “I can’t afford to see a chiropractor.” My answer to this is, “can you afford to get cancer?” If your answer is “no,” then I assure you that you most certainly can afford to see a chiropractor. In fact, I’d argue that you can’t afford NOT to! A holistic Charlotte chiropractor can help you save tons of money in the long run on medical bills, prescription drugs, and expensive lifestyle choices that you may not even know are hurting your health. Also, many chiropractors, like myself, work directly with insurance companies. At Queen City Health Center, we don’t stop there. We work directly with our patients, taking your budget and needs into consideration, to put together a long-term plan that will be much more effective from a holistic perspective and not just another temporary fix.
Struggling with pain or chronic illness? If you’ve struggled with the idea of Charlotte chiropractic care as a solution, let us help! You can start with a free 15-minute phone consultation. If we decide that Queen City Health Center is a good fit for you, we’ll follow-up with an more in-depth consultation in person at our office. To get started, fill out the form on this page, and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible!
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.