How chiropractic care can treat ear infections

Curious How Chiropractic Care Can Treat Ear Infections?

A tale as old as time, your baby or child is inconsolable, tugging at their ear, and the symptoms are so distinct that you know exactly what is wrong before you even step foot in the pediatrician’s office. The dreaded ear infection.

Gentle and Effective Way to Treat Ear Infections

Ear infections are a very common ailment throughout childhood, with 80% of children experiencing this condition at one point or another.  Some children are even susceptible to chronic ear infections, which, as you can imagine, can be hard on both parents and kids alike.  What if we told you that chiropractic care is a gentle and effective way to treat ear infections and can even keep them from recurring? Read more

Chiropractic Care for Heartburn

Recent reports have indicated that common heartburn medicines like Ranitidine (name brand Zantac) are being discontinued or outright banned in some countries due to possible carcinogens. While it’s been reported that the levels of this component (NDMA) are low, there is still cause for concern as a more in-depth investigation is underway.

If you’re one of the more than 60 million Americans who experience acid reflux at least once a month, you’re probably wondering what to do. At Creekside, we favor chiropractic care and other natural remedies for heartburn, which are less invasive approaches that have far fewer chances for side effects.

What is heartburn?

Other terms for this condition include acid reflux, sour stomach, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or peptic ulcer disease. Common symptoms include that tell-tale burning feeling behind the breastbone, but can also include bloat, burping or flatulence, acidic taste in the mouth, regurgitation, and more.

How can chiropractic care help with heartburn?

Generally speaking, a chiropractor will work to help you achieve optimum health by freeing you of the dysfunction and restriction that prevents your body from performing optimally. We work to bring the whole body into alignment to promote general wellbeing

More specifically, chiropractic therapy can help with heartburn by:

  • Realigning your spine to take stress off the nerves and allow them to once again function properly.
  • Strengthening the spinal muscles through adjustments to relieve pressure from the stomach.
  • Correcting joint dysfunctions or restrictions that can help ensure proper function of the whole body.
  • Reducing hiatal hernias, which are a leading cause of indigestion.

What are some other natural remedies for heartburn?

To avoid possible adverse effects or interactions with other medications and supplements, we recommend talking to your doctor before starting any new supplements. But, we have found that patients can often experience relief from the following remedies combined a comprehensive approach to wellness, including regular adjustments and a sensible diet.

  • Consider taking digestive enzymes before each meal.
  • Add fermented foods or probiotics to your daily routine.
  • Aloe juice has many medicinal benefits, including improved digestive health. Try drinking a little every day. But note that it can have a laxative effect, so start slowly.
  • Drink a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to alleviate the symptoms of heartburn and improve the acid levels in your stomach.
  • Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory, but also tightens your lower esophageal sphincter, thus preventing acid from refluxing. Sip on a cup of ginger tea at least 20 minutes before eating.

Ready to get a handle on your digestive issues? Give us a call to schedule an appointment and learn more about how Creekside Chiropractic can help.

How can chiropractic help with allergies

Got the seasonal sniffles?  Did you know chiropractic care for allergies can help?

Most people tend to think of chiropractic care as being a manipulation of the physical body, and therefore they associate a trip with only physical injuries or pain.  They may not know, however, that a skilled chiropractor is able to treat and regulate the nervous and immune systems as well.  Chiropractic care improves the connection between the brain and spinal cord, which can help to regulate the body’s overall communication, including your body’s reaction to allergens by way of the immune system.  This can provide significant relief to those who suffer seasonal and dietary allergies.

You may be thinking, “A drug-free approach to allergy relief?  Isn’t that too good to be true?”

First of all, let’s look at the facts.  Americans spend more than $3 billion dollars on allergy treatment every year.  Between sick days, doctor visits, and medications, this industry is truly a beast.  Most alternative treatments are not touted because of the large price tag attached to most over the counter medications. Not only that, but most people don’t have an understanding of how the body actually creates an allergic response.

Here is the short story:

An allergic response is created when the immune system recognizes a foreign object (a molecule of pollen, a particle of food, etc.) as harmful and goes haywire.  What comes next is a cascade of inflammatory substances (namely cortisol and histamine) that cause the symptoms of allergies that we know all too well.  Stress can also cause a similar onslaught of inflammation, creating an even more intense reaction.  In fact, according to the Palmer College of Chiropractic, excessive psychological stress and allergic disorder have been linked together in clinical practice for centuries.

At Sheridan’s Creekside Chiropractic, Dr. Erin Merrill-Macy D.C., C.M.E. performs adjustments that can not only calm the nervous system, but also the immune system, because they are intimately linked.  The body can function at its best to decrease reactions to allergens when alignment of the spinal cord and surrounding structures are achieved.  Creekside also offers spa services, a sauna, K-Laser pain relief and more to get you feeling like your best self.

If you suffer from seasonal allergies, call today for an appointment and see what springtime feels like with proper alignment and ease in the body!