Category: Kids Health

The Harmful Prescription

The amount of issues for woman’s health have sky rocketed whether it has to do with menstruation, PSCOS, cramping, and more. The scary factor to many of these symptoms is caused by a prescription of birth control. The prescription is being used toward those symptoms rather than to prevent pregnancy as it was originally intended for. Birth control not only masks these symptoms, but creates a lot more health effects when it comes to woman’s hormones. Birth control alone can affect not only the chances of getting pregnant in the future, but also increase the risk of having cervical and breast cancer. Birth control synthetically alters how the body is supposed to naturally function and creates an interference to your body adapting in a healthy way.

The Root of Imbalances

A menstrual issue means your body is dealing with a hormone imbalance. Addressing the root cause is the only way to eliminate these health symptoms. The increase of (chemical, physical, and emotional) stress in our society adds to the likeliness of a hormone imbalance. Some stressors are unavoidable, but there are many you have the ability to eliminate in from your daily life. Missing a menstrual cycle or not having them at all is extremely unhealthy to your body. Masking hormonal issues takes a negative toll on your overall health. Your cycle should last 5-7 days to produce the endometrium. This means your body has enough lining to reproduce, proper hormone balance, and overall health. The only way for your body to heal itself is to balance itself out with zero interference so it can become more resilient to stress.

4 Ways to Change Hormone Issues

1. Anti-Inflammatory Diet

There are many resources online or in books that elaborate on this type of diet, but eliminating foods such as pasta, bread, rice, and grains will allow your body to stabilize itself to remain in homeostasis, which ultimately is the only place your body can level its hormones out naturally.

2. Adaptogens

Unlike medications that mask symptoms, adaptogens support the body to be more resilient to stress and level the hormones within your body. Some amazing examples of these would be a high quality CBD oil or Ashwagandha.

3. Reduce Stress

Eliminating unnecessary stressors can be emotional, chemical, or physical. Emotional stressors can be dealt with by evaluating your mindset and surrounding yourself with a support system. Chemical stressors can be avoided when you are conscious of things such as makeup, laundry detergent, air fresheners, and more. Physical stress can be eliminated when you are educated on how a woman’s body operates under intense training or exercise.

4. Chiropractic Care

Adjustments help your body adapt to the environment around you. A response is sent to your parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system to come into balance. When these are in balance, your endocrine system works healthily and your hormones produce properly.

Bonus Tip: Hormone Testing

Chiropractic care helps immensely with issues involving stress to the body, but also offers hormone testing.  Ask your chiropractor for more information about testing your levels to see exactly which hormones are imbalanced. Chiropractors are not trying to mask symptoms, they are the ones willing to do what it takes to find the root cause.


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 Newest Research

In 2019, studies have shown that chiropractic care is an effective protocol in aiding the breech presentation in the birthing process. Annually about 4 percent of women report to their obstetrician with a fetus in breech presentation, or rather when the fetus us not head down but rather has their buttocks or feet closer to the cervix. Expectant mothers notice their baby is in a breech position most notably by symptoms such as heavy pressure on the pelvis, kicks felt to the pelvis or to the ribcage.

Drawing Conclusions

The Journal of Pediatric, Maternal and Family Health Chiropractic did a recent case study which found positive health outcomes following Chiropractic care of a pregnant patient with a transverse lie fetal position. Throughout the case study, a patient at 27 weeks pregnant was adjusted 29 times using Webster Technique (developed particularly for prenatal women) and had pre and post confirming the transition of the fetus from breech to a vertical position with the head facing downward. Another study in 2012, a pregnant patient of 30 weeks with twins was diagnosed by her obstetrician of breech positioning, underwent 5 adjustments over 3 weeks. Her obstetrician confirmed that the involved twin was in proper vertical position post treatment and the patient had a successful drug free, vaginal birth one month after the initial visit to the chiropractor.

Healthy Mother and Baby

The conventional resolution to a breech fetus at the point of delivery, is a cesarean procedure but there is a complication to both mother and baby. Infection, hemorrhage, injury to organs and a risk of additional surgeries are possibilities for birthing mothers let alone the possible risks to the infant including breathing problems, lower APGAR scores and possible fetal injury during the procedure. Prior to delivery, the established method of turning fetus is through External Cephalic Version or ECV. This involves the doctor using their hands to manipulate the baby’s position by forcefully pushing on the mother’s belly and abdomen to turn the baby from the outside. One obstetrician stated that the procedure reports a 50/50 success rate of turn and it is very uncomfortable and painful for women. The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects on pelvic joint dysfunction and in doing so, function in the sacral/pelvic region is improved. Relaxing the tense muscles and ligaments around the pelvis, may allow the baby to comfortably assume the best position for birth.

Four Ways to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

1. Awareness of Stress

The first step in a healthy term is decreasing stress and the level of the stress hormone known as cortisol, that can increase up to 4 times more than normal whilst pregnant. Gentle stretching, breathing exercises, meditation and regular sleeping cycles can reduce high tense and anxious moments to aid in the body’s balance to stress.

2. Chiropractic Care

Prenatal patients experiencing pelvic discomfort, lower back and sacrum pain have garnered relief throughout their term of pregnancy and being under chiropractic care. Low force techniques such as Webster and Thompson technique allow the misalignment of the body to be corrected, ligaments to be relaxed and the nervous system to be in balance for the birth of the newborn child.

3. Nutrition

Food is a crucial part of life and especially during pregnancy. Having enough carbohydrates for energy is key that comes from whole foods such as lentils, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Decreasing trans fats such as vegetable and canola oils can reduce the chances of hypertension, obesity in the child and Diabetes Mellitus. Using ghee and avocado oil to cook hot food, wild caught fish and avocados can introduce good healthy fats into Mother’s and baby’s system before birth to help with absorbing nutrients and to produce important hormones. It is important to remember that though weight gain occurs during pregnancy, which some woman are self-conscious of during this time, it is important to remember that undernourished mothers can produce less milk by 30% and lower calorie milk by up to 20% so proper food intake is key during and after pregnancy.

4. Movement

It is helpful for your body to adapt for the pregnancy by incorporating low impact exercises such as walking or yoga. In addition to exercising, stretches are equally as important to be prepared for your birth.


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!

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.


No Need For Fear

If we are being honest, the world around us has a lot of unhealthy families. We are the leading country of infant mortality, almost 40% of our children are obese, and over 40 kids are diagnosed with cancer a day. Whether it’s emotionally or physically, there are several ways to make positive change. There are some obvious tips such as not feeding kids sugar, resting enough, or chemicals in the environment. We will dive into the important changes people often miss.

Although every parent worries for their children, there are lots of practical steps to take in order to avoid many of these statistics. These three steps will empower you to take charge of the responsibility we have as parents.

3 Practical Ways to Raise a Healthy Family

  1. Honor Your Symptoms

    There is no food, supplement, or pill to take when your immune system is showing you symptoms. If your child has a fever, their body is fighting bacteria, disease, or going through change. Pediatric journals state your body has to get to 102°F to kill a bacteria and 104°F to kill a virus.  If you cough, your body is trying to eliminate what is in your body. If your sinuses drain, your body is creating a mucus build up to get rid of what is in your body. The worse thing you can do is give your child a pill to mask the symptom. Honor a fever, cough, or runny nose. Allow their body to do what it was created to do (Psalm 139:14).

  2. Introduce Chiropractic Care

    This is extremely valuable to the whole family, especially children. 90% of stimulation to the brain comes from the movement of your spine. The US has the highest infant mortality rate. With chiropractic care, adjustments align the spine to function properly and in return allow your body to respond properly. Your spine can get subluxated, or misaligned, even from birth. When your body is in a stress state, or fight or flight mode, you experience symptoms such as high blood pressure, heart rate, weakened immune system, and weakened digestive system. Chiropractic helps your body adapt to your environment, not because it treats your symptoms, but because it helps your body be able to heal itself.

  3. Understand Vaccines 

    This is not an article on whether you should or should not give your child vaccines. This is vital as a parent to become aware and active in researching what your children are being given. For vaccinations, research the physiological effects of giving multiple vaccines together. Don’t just research the prevention benefits, also research the ingredients and mechanisms of vaccines in the body. If you don’t study the anatomy and physiology of your children, you will never know what your doctor is prescribing. At the end of the day, you are ultimately responsible for any outcome based on giving or not giving your child a vaccine. Research beyond one article and one video; researching for yourself has a more powerful foundation for what you believe in and stand for.

Bonus Tip: Screen Time

This tip is not just for kids. It is also for parents and teens. The amount of screen time for kids is damaging and stressful to their neurology. As their brain is trying to develop it stays in a high stress response. These are then labeled with diagnosis like ADD and ADHD. Not only is it neurologically damaging but it is also extremely addictive. Regulating the use or eliminating certain devices will increase focus, development, and quality family time.


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According to a 2011 article in the Washington Post, “pediatricians say it’s often better to let a child’s fever run its course.”

That may seem surprising considering how many children’s over-the-counter fever-reducing meds currently exist (not to mention, the flu shot, of which, ironically, fevers and flu-like symptoms are a common side effect…)

As a chiropractor in Charlotte NC who has cared for many small children, I must say I agree with the article. Fevers are actually a healthy immune response to illness, and breaking them could do more harm than good. Here’s why:

Medicines mask symptoms. When symptoms are masked, children feel better. They may not realize just how sick they are, and sickness calls for plenty of rest and fluids. However, if they don’t feel sick, they may be inclined to insist on long periods of play that could drain them of the energy their body needs to heal. Taking medicine to reduce a favor may make your children feel better, and thus make you feel better as a parent in the short-term, but long-term, you could face worse consequences by not letting the fever run its course. Also, if your child (who seems better) is exposed to other kids before they’re fully healed, they could potentially pass on the illness unknowingly.

Fevers catalyze the healing process. A fever is your body’s response to illness. A natural defense mechanism. Evidence shows that it’s actually your body’s way of preventing disease-causing microorganisms from replicating, thus shortening the length of time it takes for your body to heal itself (which it does naturally, most of the time.)

Most fevers are mild. They usually come and go with no complications. Why take a fever-reducing medicine that’s likely to come with a long list of side effects, when you can sweat it out for a few days and strengthen your immune system in the process by letting your fever ride? Moreover, masking the fever symptom with medicine will likely have no bearing on how quickly you recover. In fact, as we mentioned in the previous paragraph, it may actually prolong the process.

A few chiropractic adjustments can go a long way in helping to speed up the healing process when you’re sick. If you or your children are feeling feverish, call us today at (980) 422-2000 to schedule your appointment!

Ear infections are typically treated with antibiotics. But with prescription drugs wreaking havoc on the immune system, more and more parents are turning to alternative therapies to treat their children’s ear infections. In this post, we discuss the common causes for ear infections in kids and how Charlotte chiropractic adjustments can help.

What causes childhood ear infections?

Infections occur when a child’s immune system function is lowered, and there can be a variety of causes for this, the most common being a cold, flu, or other recent illness. It is important to keep your child’s immune function as strong as possible to prevent and treat such illnesses when they occur. You can do this by ensuring a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, and other antioxidant-rich foods. You can also administer a daily Vitamin D3 supplement or get your children outdoors on a daily basis so they get plenty of Vitamin D3 from the sun.

You can also assist their immune system function by taking them to a Charlotte chiropractor for regular adjustments. 🙂

How does chiropractic care work to treat ear infections in kids?

Charlotte NC Family Chiropractor, Dr. Holly Clemens, specializes in chiropractic for people of all ages, including babies and children. She has been known to successfully cure an ear infection in her young patients through a series of adjustments and other natural treatments such as diet and supplement recommendations.

Simply put, Charlotte chiropractic care works by strengthening a child’s immune system, which thereby helps them fight off the virus or bacteria that is contributing to their ear infection. It may seem hard to believe that cracking your back could treat or prevent ear infections, but a chiropractic adjustment is more than a simple series of back cracks. Dr. Holly targets specific areas of the spine that communicates with your body’s internal organs through nerve impulses. When your spine is not properly aligned, it puts pressure on your nerves, causing those impulses to be weakened. This leads to weakened organ function, and when your organs are not fully functioning the way they should, your body’s overall systems break down—including the immune system.

Your nervous system is at the core of your entire body’s ability to fight off illness. You can go approximately 3 weeks without food and 3 days without water. But you cannot go one second without nervous system function. Considering this, it makes perfect sense that for your body to operate at max capacity to keep you healthy, your nervous system should be at its very best, and proper spinal alignment is a key part of that.

So if you or your children suffer from chronic ear infections, make an appointment at Queen City Health Center! If you’re hesitant or unsure, click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation with Dr. Holly to find out if Charlotte chiropractic care is good fit for you and your family.

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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