Month: February 2016

Just last year, roughly 4,500 NFL former players received a settlement from a lawsuit made against the league for allegedly concealing the long-term health risks of concussions. If you’re passionate about watching sports, especially football, you’ve probably heard of this condition. You may have even suffered one yourself.

Either way, it’s important to be aware of what this injury entails, the serious, short-term and long-term effects it can have on the brain, and how to treat it most effectively to avoid reoccurring symptoms by seeing a chiropractor in Charlotte NC.

“Concussion” is a broad term that describes a brain injury caused by trauma—usually a bump, hit or jolts to the head that results in an altered mental state. Symptoms vary and may be any combination of the following:

  • Problems with balance
  • Difficulty communicating
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Decreased mental clarity
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Sleeping more than usual
  • Sensitivity to light and loud noises
  • Memory issues
  • Vomiting

According to a new study, an estimated 1.6-3.5 million sports-related brain injuries occur in the U.S. each year, 136,000 of which occur in young athletes during their participation in high-school sports.  However, these statistics may be grossly underestimated.  According to reports from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program, “between 1.7 and 3 million sports and recreation-related concussions occur every year.  Five out of ten concussions go undetected or unreported.  One in 10 high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer a concussion this year.” The good news is, seeing a chiropractor in Charlotte NC can have a dramatic positive impact on these stats.

According to research, one simple approach to recovery is resting the brain from cognitive activities, which are defined as those “that require you to think harder than usual.”  One particular study suggests that it takes an average of 20-50 days for patients to report “back-to-normal” cognitive function after suffering head trauma.  If your child has or gets a concussion, this may be the simplest intervention.

In addition, there are natural approaches, such as seeing a chiropractor in Charlotte NC, that can complement an existing recovery program. These include: nutritional supplementation to support brain tissue recovery, as well as regular chiropractic adjustments.  When a person experiences a concussion, the force endured by the skull shifts segments and impacts the overall structure of the spine.  It only makes sense that with an impact injury of high force that induces a concussion, the entire spinal structure should be evaluated and put back in proper position to ensure the normal function of all bodily systems—especially the central nervous system.  Without proper restoration, future problems can arise, including headaches, migraines, neck pain, insomnia, hormone-related problems, fatigue, brain fog and more.

Before undergoing any treatment, a comprehensive examination from a chiropractor in Charlotte NC that includes orthopedic testing and x-ray studies should be performed to determine proper protocol to alleviate swelling on the central nervous system and increase healing.

Parents, I strongly recommend if your child or even you have had a concussion to receive a proper evaluation of your spine and nervous system by a chiropractor in Charlotte NC.  The journal of integrative health care states, “therapies offered by chiropractors benefit the athletes that have sustained sports-related concussions.”  There is also plenty of evidence revealing the devastating long-term effects of untreated head trauma.  If this is you, contact our office at 980-422-2000, or click here to request a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your needs.

When you think of asthma you may envision taking an inhaler on the sidelines of your sporting events or before PE class in high school. Or worse, you may envision a scary visit to the ER while fighting for a breath of air.  Truth be told, asthma is a real disease, a serious disease and a scary disease especially if you suffer from it’s symptoms. You are not alone if you or anyone you know suffers from asthma. In fact, it is the most common chronic disorder occurring in children, affecting an estimated 7.1 million children under the age of 18. The good news is, a Charlotte chiropractor can help you treat and overcome your asthma symptoms.

These real asthma statistics make the disease even more scary:

  • 3,384 deaths in 2009 were attributed to asthma attacks.
  • Asthma is the 3rd leading cause of hospitalization.
  • 21% of the U.S. population suffers from asthma.
  • $50.1 billion healthcare dollars are spent directly on asthma

What the general public and healthcare profession can tell you in the fight against asthma is the common triggers to avoid in order to reduce asthma attacks.  These include: exertion from exercise, secondhand smoke, sudden climate changes, exposure to dust mites, pet dander, pollen and other airborne allergens. However, did you know that asthmatic symptoms are not caused by an under-active immune system, but can actually be attributed to an overactive immune system? As a Charlotte chiropractor, I’ve seen it firsthand.

Common asthma treatments:

Today, the most common treatment for asthma and asthma attacks are various forms of steroids. Well-known drugs include albuterol, singular and advair.  And the side effects associated with these type of medications are reduced immune system function, increased chance of pneumonia, weakened adrenal function, weight gain, high blood pressure, increased risk of cancer, neurological diseases and even death.  The risks are certainly high, and you may be thinking “but what other options are there besides medication?” Charlotte chiropractic care is certainly one good option!

The options presented by the majority in the medical community are simply covering up symptoms at best and are never really getting to the root cause of asthma.  It may be necessary in the short term to use medications for asthma, but long-term, what does your medicine cabinet say about your health. Are you healthier when taking countless OTC’s & prescriptions, or are you healthier when you don’t have to resort to a medicine cabinet full of drugs?  Obviously, if your medicine cabinet is empty, you’re much healthier, because you don’t need to be taking medications! We help our patients come off their medications with Charlotte chiropractic care.

Asthma and chiropractic care:

As a Charlotte chiropractor we teach you how to get to the root of your disease and address that first. When it comes to asthma it is a known fact that your brainstem, as well as nerves from C1 and T1,T2 nerve roots, control your breathing.  Any interference to these nerves can lead to asthmatic symptoms and asthma attacks.  We actually check these nerve roots in the office to determine if chiropractic treatment can reduce the symptoms of asthma or completely eradicate the disease.  In fact, a study published on chiropractic treatment for asthma found that after 60 days of care, asthma attacks had been reduced by 44.9%, and the percentage of medications being used by patients had been reduced by 66.5%.

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This disease can easily affect you, your kids, your friends, or your neighbors. All it takes is any trauma (mini or micro) such as falling off a bed or a bike or playing contact sports. Even the birthing process can cause a shift in your spine and pressure on your nervous system. Don’t wait get your friends and family checked today! Refer a friend to our Charlotte chiropractic office and be entered to win a Breville Juicer! You’ll also also rest easy knowing you have a chance to save their life.

The number of people 65 and up is expected to double by 2030 due to the baby boomer generation and the extended life expectancy of Americans.  Whether you are near the age of 65 or you are pressing into your 30’s or 40’s, what you’re about to learn will apply to you and can literally save your future!

With the increased number of 65+ communities in 2030, health care costs are also expected to rise.  The current average cost of health care in the U.S. is around $10,000 per person/year. An increase of over 25% means a family of 4 should be prepared to pay $50,000 in medical bills a year in 2030. Forget saving for college and retirement; now most of us will have to start saving for health care costs if we don’t do something about this growing trend!

But there is good news. You can combat the rising costs of health care by staying as healthy as possible, and doing so is not as difficult as you might think. There’s a saying I often use to illustrate this need to my patients: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.  If you’re not taking any preventative measures to maintain your health, now is the time to start.

Not only will you save money in the long run; as an added bonus, your quality of life will increase.

Who doesn’t want to have more energy, sleep better, stay off medications and enjoy their favorite activities?

Here are 5 ways chiropractic Charlotte NC care can help you before and during your golden years:

#1: A Charlotte chiropractor can help you maintain a healthy fitness routine.

Movement is crucial to every cell, tissue and organ in your body.  As my mentor, Jack Lelane often says, “the moment you stop moving you’re dead.” When you stop doing physical activities, your bones begin to develop what I call cavities—a.k.a. arthritis/decay/degeneration. You also gain excess weight, your sleep is not as restful and disease processes start to develop. Seeing a chiropractor regularly can help you stay accountable for maintaining an exercise routine that will keep you healthier, longer.

#2: Chiropractic Charlotte NC are can help you maintain healthy nutrition.

Movement, chiropractic care and nutrition go hand in hand.  You need the proper building blocks to prevent disease, degeneration and arthritis, and also to fight bacteria’s and viruses! Chiropractic adjustments allow for cellular nutrition to get to your spinal cord, spinal discs, and bones—all of which are vital in maintaining proper health and optimal function in your body.

#3: Chiropractic adjustments stimulate brain activity.

The proper term for brain and nerve development is actually neural plasticity. Every chiropractic adjustment you or your kids have will encourage neural plasticity allowing for a higher brain function and helping to prevent diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders.

#4: Chiropractic Charlotte NC care strengthens your immune system.

Your body’s immune system is controlled by the central nervous system which is housed in your spine.  When it misaligns it can slow the immune system down allowing for coughs, colds, viruses and bacteria to proliferate. Every chiropractic Charlotte NC adjustment helps your immune system work as efficiently as possible.

#5: Chiropractic care reduces pain.

By far the most common reason for patients to see a chiropractor is pain. There are thousands of peer-reviewed studies, which serve as evidence that chiropractic Charlotte NC care reduces pain better than any pain killer or even surgery. Pain is also the number one reason patients visit their medical doctor. If you can stay in proper alignment through regularly visits to your chiropractor, you won’t have to worry about taking pain medications, battling their nasty side-effects, or having pain hold you back from enjoying life!

Again, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Make a point to invest one more effort into your prevention account each week: do an extra 10-minute workout, make an appointment at your chiropractor’s office, or eat more green vegetables. Every little effort makes a big difference.

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