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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

The Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
Chiropractic is a branch of medicine which supports a normally functioning nervous system, especially the spine and the nerves extending from the spine to the entire body. Chiropractic care is therefore important for good health, and is extremely important for the pregnant mother.Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy should be as important as the prenatal visits throughout the pregnancy because of the immense amount of changes happening in the mother’s body, such as:Increased weight gain which increases stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments, increases fatigue on spinal and pelvic muscles, and increases joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignment.Changes in weight distribution which increases the demand on spinal and pelvic muscles, increases stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments, and increases joint stress and the occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments.These changes cause strain and sprain of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal...
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Are X-rays Necessary?

Are X-rays Necessary?
Question: X-rays scare me. Are x-rays necessary?Yes. x-rays are necessary. They allow me see your spinal column. Chiropractors can discover a lot about your spine’s alignment through palpation – this is when we carefully feel the area around your spine. But, to really see each bone of your spinal column, x-rays are one of the best tools available.I understand the hesitation to get x-rays. If you are looking for an alternative to Western medicine, it can seem counter intuitive that an x-ray would be necessary. But, this non-invasive tool is incredibly helpful to restoring and maintaining your spine’s optimal health.Does x-ray radiation exist? Yes. Is this something you should be aware of? Yes. But keep in mind; chiropractors do not use radiation as a treatment or therapy. We only use it as a diagnostic tool.Generally, chiropractic radiology exposes patients to a lot less radiation than similar orthopedic and medical examinations. The...
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Why do I feel groggy the day after a chiropractic visit?

Why do I feel groggy the day after a chiropractic visit?
Why are you groggy the day after a chiropractic visit? Because your body is returning to its proper function.As your spinal column becomes properly aligned, the stresses and impingements on your spinal nerves are released. Parts of your body, which in some cases haven’t been working properly in years, come back to life. (In technical, chiropractic terms, we healing process is called “retracing.”)Don’t be scared. Don’t be put off. You’re healing. You’re getting a healthy spine.Going to a chiropractor is not your typical one-and-done, prescription writing doctor visit. It’s a commitment to your overall health. It’s a time investment into your long-term wellbeing. If you’re groggy or you’re experiencing some of the pain from old injuries, this can be because the parts of your body which shut down are waking up.Those previously turned off areas, which trapped toxins in your body, are beginning to detoxify. When the poisons leave your system,...
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How Long Does it Take Chiropractic Care to Work?

How long does it take chiropractic care to work?
Chiropractic care results your long-term health and wellness. But how long does chiropractic care take to work? Here's the timeline in your journey back to healthChiropractic Care TimelineThis is a question we hear often at Belltown Spine & Wellness.  No matter your circumstance, whether you’re a mom or dad, employer or employee, athlete begging to get back on the field or musician chomping at the bit to perform again, you probably want a timeline.While there may be a rare case of a patient being healed in one visit, this is not typical. Does chiropractic work? Yes. Does it immediately undo a lifetime of nerve impingement?  No. Chiropractic just doesn’t work like that.Your chiropractor may be able to estimate the number of visits before you see a marked improvement, but this is still an estimation. A chiropractor’s job is to return your spine to its natural alignment so your body can heal...
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Recovery from Scoliosis Surgery

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Recovery from scoliosis surgery may require a few lifestyle changes—but above all, it takes time and patience. Follow these tips for a complication-free recovery, but remember, always listen to your doctor about specific recommendations.General Guidelines for Recovery from Scoliosis SurgeryRecovery in HospitalPain ManagementJust after scoliosis surgery, most patients are given PCA (patient-controlled analgesia). PCA is a pump that delivers morphine or other narcotic at the press of a button by the patient. This controls pain very well for the first two to three days after surgery.Then the patient is switched to oral pain medication and discharged home with a prescription. Adults may require medication at diminishing doses for weeks or months. Children are usually off medication within two weeks.Drains A drain prevents fluid accumulation at the incision site and is routine. Most patients have a drain in their back or side for two to three days after surgery. Drains in the side...
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Chiropractic Care: Non-surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs

Chiropractic Care: Non-surgical Treatment for Herniated Discs
Chiropractic care is a non-surgical treatment for herniated discs. But what is a chiropractor's approach to treating a herniated disc? First let's get a quick review of what a herniated disc actually is.Is a Slipped Disc the Same as a Herniated Disc? There is an intervertebral disc between each vertebra of the spine. Discs act as a shock absorber and a shock distributor.Imagine if you jump up and down. What would happen to the stack of bony vertebrae that make up the spine without the cushioning and support of these discs? Now, move your back from side to side. Again, you can visualize the give and take of the discs between the vertebrae. Without these discs, your spine couldn't function.Intervertebral discs don't really "slip"—although the phrase "slipped disc" has come into popular usage to refer to bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs. Throughout this article, we'll refer to herniated discs, which is the...
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