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Long-Term Relief: The Importance of Routine Chiropractic Care

Achieving a Pain-free Lifestyle Though Regular Chiropractic Care.

Chiropractic care works around the principle that the relationship between the body’s structure and its function affects health. The spine not only acts as the main support for our body, it also protects the spinal cord, which connects a large part of the peripheral nervous system to the brain. This is why a minor injury to the spine or overuse of muscles can significantly alter a body’s strength, sensation, and performance.

The rise and advancement of chiropractic treatments over the last decade coincides with the growing prevalence of chronic low back pain and other muskoskeletal conditions. Spinal manipulation or correction is the most common treatment sought by patients in the US. This has prompted researchers to study the effectiveness and safety of such treatments, and the most recent finding is that regular chiropractic care plays an important role in restoring health.

Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Care

A study conducted by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) reveals that spinal manipulation or mobilization is an effective treatment for adults with acute, subacute, and chronic low back pain, migraine, and cervicogenic headache and dizziness. It also proves to be an effective treatment for several extremity joint conditions.  Thoracic manipulation also offers healing benefits to people with acute or subacute neck pain.

When enhanced with other soft tissue techniques and therapeutic exercises, manipulative treatments can effectively correct an injury and restore the body’s optimal function. Maintenance care also prevents minor injuries from becoming permanent and allows for improved posture, enhanced function, and better endurance and athletic performance.

Advanced Techniques and Treatments

A substantial body of literature exists to support the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care. Advanced tools and methods are in place to make treatments more cost-effective and comfortable for patients. The literature also states that a manual correction approach proves to be the most effective approach to chiropractic spinal manipulation.

The Insight Subluxation Station is a surface EMG (electromyography) technology also widely used by chiropractors to properly diagnose a condition and develop a personalized care plan for each patient.

The Holistic Approach to Long-Term Wellness

A holistic approach is common among advanced chiropractic maintenance care. In addition to a personalized treatment program, practitioners would suggest other rehabilitative exercises and soft tissue therapies, as well as dietary and lifestyle modifications.

Practitioners at Ault Chiropractic of Hudson and Brimfield stress that regular visits to a chiropractor helps ensure the continued health of your muskoskeletal system so you can engage in the activities you love. Long-term care also helps you avoid future aches and pains, as your chiropractor can detect and correct minor misalignments before they become symptomatic.

Millions of Americans suffering from joint problems and chronic pain dream of having a pain-free life. While medication therapies offer quick fixes to these problems, routine chiropractic care offers long-term relief. Chiropractic care does focus on protecting and enhancing the communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots, thus safely managing pain and a range of conditions without the use of drugs.

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Adjust to a Healthier Lifestyle in 2018!

With 2018 approaching, it’s time to start thinking about how you can improve your overall health and well-being. Ault Chiropractic encourages you to start the year off right by committing to a healthier lifestyle. Making strides to your health now will make a positive impact on the year ahead and help prevent painful injuries in 2018. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Exercising Properly.

We teach our patients special “blueprint” exercises designed just for them to help strengthen and correct their own unique problem. These exercises can be performed in the comfort of your own home and can improve the effectiveness of your spinal correction. In addition to skeletal misalignment, muscles and connective tissues can be out of place or strained by improper alignment and use. Specific exercises and stretches can help your body stay in balance and in health.

Not only will proper exercising decrease your risk of obesity and diabetes, it can also help reduce back pain and other neuromusculoskeletal symptoms. Increasing the amount of moderate activity such as brisk walking, riding a bike, or general gardening by less than 20 minutes a day can reduce back pain.

Balanced Lifestyle.

We often find it helpful to “coach” our patients on certain activities they should avoid or do differently to avoid aggravating their health challenge. Our goal is to help every patient achieve a fulfilling and happy lifestyle full of the activities they enjoy most. We recognize that each our patient is a whole person, and help them reach true health and wellness is a collaborate effort between our professionals and our patients.

Eating Right.

We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. We can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.

Hydrating is also key to keeping your body happy and healthy. Stick to water, natural juices, and other decaffeinated beverages.

Avoid Over-Medicating.

Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in the ER for misusing prescription opioids. From 2000 to 2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. Nine Ohioans die every day from an opioid overdose according to Ohio Atty General Mike DeWine.

Beyond the risks of addiction and overdose, prescription drugs that numb pain may convince a patient that a musculoskeletal condition is less severe than it is or that it has healed. This misunderstanding can lead to overexertion and a delay in the healing process…or even permanent injury.

A non-invasive, non-drug treatment like chiropractic’s approach to pain management is an important first line of defense against pain and addiction caused by the overuse of prescription opioid pain medications.

Be Conscious of Your Posture.

The stress from poor posture can lead to back pain by causing problems with your muscles, discs, and joints. While walking, it’s important to look straight ahead of you and to keep your head balanced straight above your spine. Avoid dropping your shoulders. When sitting, keep your arms flexed at a 75 to 90-degree angle at the elbows.

If you lift something heavy, bend your knees and keep your back straight. This way, your leg muscles will do most of the work.

Maintenance is Key to Healthy Living.

Just like continuing an exercise program and eating well to sustain the benefits of exercise and proper diet, it is necessary to continue chiropractic care to ensure the health of your musculoskeletal system. Research has shown that routine chiropractic adjustments help maintain proper biomechanics of the spine, reduces the stress hormone cortisol and boosts the presence of infection-fighting antibodies in the body.

When you make routine chiropractic care a part of your lifestyle, you avoid many of the aches and pains that so many people suffer through.  Also, your joints will last longer, and you will be able to engage in more of the activities you love.

Implementing a well-balanced diet and lifestyle will help make 2018 the best year yet! For more guidance, contact us today.

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Are School Sports Affecting Your Child’s Physical Development?

Pediatric Chiropractic

School is back in session! While focusing on school work can exhaust your child’s mind, school sports are also taking a toll on their body. Participating in school sports allows your child to exercise and stay active, but it can come at a price if you are not careful. Youth sports can physically strain your child’s developing structure and can affect their growth. Fortunately, with the proper education and preventative measures, you can lessen sports-related injuries to your child, and let them get back to enjoying their games!

A study of athletes by the Journal of Chiropractic Research and Clinical Investigation concluded that athletes who received 12 weeks of chiropractic care exhibited 30 percent improvement in reaction time, versus a group with no chiropractic care.

The Statistics.

  • The number of kids who play organized sports each year – 36,250,000
  • Percent of parents who are worried about injuries in youth sports – 87 %
  • Percent of kids who play sports outside of school – 60 %
  • Percent of boys who play organized sports – 66 %
  • Percent of girls who play organized sports – 52 %

More than 3.5 million children ages 14 and younger get hurt annually playing sports or participating in recreational activities. More than 775,000 children, ages 14 and younger, are treated in hospital emergency rooms for sports-related injuries each year. Most of the injuries occurred because of falls, being struck by an object, collisions, and overexertion during unorganized or informal sports activities.

According to the CDC, more than half of all sports injuries are preventable. Overuse injuries are responsible for nearly half of all sports injuries to middle and high school students. 

Younger athletes are more susceptible to injuries because they have slower reaction times than adults, they are less coordinated, and they are still growing and developing. Many injuries result from overuse, which comes from placing stress on the musculoskeletal system.

Benefits of seeing a Chiropractor for youth sports
Seeing a chiropractor when involved in youth sports helps prevent injuries and/or manages existing injuries while improving athletic performance. The chiropractic physicians at Ault Chiropractic can educate you and your children on wellness techniques as well as biomechanical injuries and their treatment options. Implementing routine chiropractic care throughout sports-related activities can decrease neck and back pain and will allow your children’s joints to function better in the activities that they love.

Tips to consider

  • Always wear protective equipment correctly.
  • Make sure your coach is properly training your kids (only 1 in 5 coaches of youth teams of children under age 14 say they have been properly trained).
  • Drink plenty of water and eat well-balanced meals.
  • Stretch and warm-up accordingly before practice and cool-down after practice.
  • Get plenty of rest and avoid being overworked.
  • Work on managing the mental stress competitive sports can cause.

Be sure to keep you kids in prime playing condition and encourage you to add chiropractic to your child’s training schedule! Also, Drs. Robert and Rebecca Ault are Certified Chiropractic Sports Physicians, which makes them uniquely qualified chiropractic physicians. They are experts in helping your children with their sports injury and wellness needs.

Make an appointment for your athlete at our Hudson Chiropractic Office or our Brimfield Chiropractic Office here.

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Can Chiropractic Help During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy Chiropractic

Keeping the spine and pelvis aligned helps the body work more efficiently. This is important before, during, and after pregnancy. Chiropractic can be a safe alternative to medications, and some studies show decreased labor times in mothers under chiropractic care. Chiropractic physicians diagnose spinal or pelvic imbalances that may contribute to discomfort during pregnancy or neuromusculoskeletal problems after childbirth. Chiropractic can provide relief from back and hip pain that can increase, due to the shift in center of gravity, rapid weight gain, and/or increased stress on the body, due to developing baby.

Dr. Rebecca Ault is certified in the Webster’s prenatal chiropractic technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association. She is currently obtaining her pediatrics specialty. Both doctors enjoy helping “moms to be” have a comfortable and healthy birth process.

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Is My Pain Serious Enough to See a Chiropractic Physician?

How do you know whether your pain needs to be evaluated by your chiropractic physician?

How do you know whether your pain needs to be evaluated by your chiropractic physician? This is the age-old question. The answer needs to be specific to your particular problem, rather than a one-size-fits all solution. But there are good guidelines that everyone can follow.

Is your pain deep and boring? Deep and boring pain usually means something is seriously wrong. If you’re woken up at night by this type of pain, a visit to a chiropractic physician or family physician is in order.

If you’re experiencing pain that radiates down your leg, or have numbness or tingling sensations traveling down your leg, you should call a chiropractic physician and ask to be seen right away. Or, if you don’t have any radiating pain, but sneezing or coughing does provoke a radiating sensation, take the same action. Similarly, the amount of pain you’re having will determine what you do. If the pain is severe, see your chiropractic physician.

If none of these criteria are present, decision-making gets a bit murky. How you handle your problem will depend on your tolerance for pain. If you have low tolerance, make an appointment to see a chiropractic physician and get some expert treatment. If you have a higher pain threshold, you might still call for an appointment just to make sure that nothing is seriously wrong. Certainly, if you haven’t improved at all after 2 to 3 days, you need to see a chiropractic physician.

These guidelines provide a sound basis for decision-making, but please remember they are just that – guidelines. Each person needs to be comfortable with their own process. And, of course, it’s always much better to be safe than sorry. A chiropractic physician is always available to help you sort out these kinds of problems. Contact us today to learn more.

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Asthma and Chiropractic Care

Can Allergy and/or Sports Induced Asthma be helped by Chiropractic Care?

Many allergic and sports induced asthmatic reactions are caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system and/or respiratory system. Researchers have found that the immune and respiratory systems depend on normal communication from the brain and spinal cord to control and coordinate their functions properly.

Therefore, if your neck is misaligned, it could cause an imbalance in your nervous system function. This upper cervical spinal joint irritation could possibly produce or exaggerate the allergic and/or sports induced asthmatic symptoms. For example; many asthma and allergy sufferers experienced traumas such as head injuries, auto accidents, or falls which could have injured their upper cervical spines.

The good news is that a chiropractic physician can perform an upper cervical examination to determine if chiropractic care can reduce your allergic and /or sports induced asthmatic reactions.

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