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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Women

Throughout their lives, women face different musculoskeletal problems. Women experience issues ranging from cramps to back discomfort during pregnancy. Luckily, chiropractic care can help treat these problems. Here are some other benefits of chiropractic care for women.

 

1.   Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a condition that causes degeneration of joint cartilage and the underlying bone. This condition is more common in middle-aged people, specifically, in women. It causes pain and stiffness in the hip, knee, and thumb joints in particular. The fluctuation of estrogen levels, larger hip placement than in men, and genetic ties all contribute to this condition. Chiropractic adjustments can help women suffering from osteoarthritis minimize their pain. Joint injury can also result from physical misalignment. The way you sit, stand, and walk can cause misalignment of the body. Chiropractic care can help to align the body and relieve the symptoms caused by arthritis.

 

2.   Lower Back Pain and Cramps

There are a variety of factors that contribute to lower back pain and cramps. Many conditions like endometriosis or some hormone imbalances can cause severe cramps. Some women are unable to move because of the intense pain. Chiropractic treatment works to reduce pain, even pain caused by disorders mentioned above. Both massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments can help with cramping and lower back pain. Massage therapy is often used to treat the soft tissues of the lower back.

 

3.   Pregnancy

Chiropractic care can also help with preparing for pregnancy, being pregnant, and healing from childbirth. Chiropractic adjustments can help women with their daily tasks while pregnant and ease any pelvic discomfort. As a pregnant woman’s center of gravity shifts, her body must adjust to support the baby’s growth. As a result, they have a more protruding abdomen and a higher back curvature, which puts strain on the spine. Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can help to reduce any discomfort that you may experience.

 

How We Can Help

Atlas Injury to Health focuses on providing compassionate, functional care that is tailored to each patient. At Dr. Michael St. Louis’ clinic, we specialize in atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical chiropractic to improve spine function. Schedule a consultation with us, your local Winter Park chiropractor, if you think you could benefit from women’s chiropractic care. For more information, please call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected].

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Tips for Healthy Hips and Joints

Hips play a bigger part in overall health and movement than you might realize. Maintaining the health of your hip joints is an important part of living an active, healthy lifestyle. Prioritizing hip flexibility and strength before problems arise will help you stay active, mobile, and agile.

 

The Function of Hip Joints

People frequently term the tops of the bones surrounding the belt line the hips, but this is incorrect. The hips are where the femur (thigh-bone) meets the ilium (pelvis). So, contrary to popular belief, the hip is actually lower and to the side.

The hip joint is a ball and socket joint. The femur has a ball-shaped top, and the ilium has a socket called the acetabulum where the femur’s head (ball) lies. The socket is lined with labrum, a cartilage-like substance that helps with gliding motion, and ligaments connect the bones together. Several muscles support the hip joint motion. This joint allows for lots of motion and mobility when it is working properly.

The following are examples of hip joint motions:

  • Flexion/Extension: Bringing the thigh up to the chest, moving the thigh behind the torso, or moving the thigh away from the chest.
  • Rotating: In and out rotation of the thigh and leg.
  • Adduction/Abduction: Bringing the thigh in and out to the sides.
  • Circumduction: Circular motion of the thigh or leg.

Healthy Hip Tips

Having a limited or improperly functioning hip joint can severely limit your ability to move effectively and feel your best. Hips become weaker when their flexibility deteriorates. However, there are several things you can do to keep your hips in good shape.

Flexibility – Stretching your hips daily is a key part of keeping your body in top shape, mobile, and pain-free. You could spend hours daily stretching the hips because there are many muscles involved, but this is not so realistic. However, stretching the iliopsoas (one main hip flexor) and external rotators is a great start.

Strength – Muscles that are always tight become weak. Doing simple workouts that engage and use the hip muscles are essential for joint health. The clam shell exercise helps to keep the hip joint healthy by engaging the glutes. The glute bridge is also a good exercise to strengthen the glute muscles which benefits hip health.

Chiropractic – Chiropractors can adjust the hip joint to correct any fixations and ensure that it moves as freely as possible. It is in your best interest to arrange a chiropractic exam if you are experiencing any hip pain. If you get regular chiropractic adjustments, have your doctor look at your hip mobility and adjust it if necessary.

At Dr. Michael St. Louis’s clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, we offer atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments to restore spine function. If you have been suffering from pain or discomfort, make an appointment today for an assessment. At Atlas Injury to Health, we work with you to create a custom treatment plan to meet your needs. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Exercise Tips to Help You Get Back in Shape

Over the last year, the majority of active Americans have had to make some change to their exercise routine. As society reopens, people’s fitness routines are changing from virtual workouts to gym visits.

 

Lifestyle Habits During the Pandemic

According to a Healthline article, the coronavirus weight gain is caused by:

  • Unhealthy eating habits
  • Increase in alcohol use
  • Less exercise
  • Stress

An American Psychological Association survey found that the average amount of weight gain was 29 pounds. In addition, 10% of those surveyed have gained more than 50 pounds. This is understandable given the many challenges that the pandemic has caused the majority of Americans.

If you are ready to take on a new fitness journey now that society has reopened, have realistic expectations.

 

Get On Track

Although it is exciting to jump in head first, remember that a sudden increase in exercise can be harmful. Any dramatic increase in physical activity can increase your risk of muscle or joint problems. Repetitive movements and overuse can cause issues in muscles and joints. As mentioned in a Mayo Clinic article, tendinitis and stress fractures are often caused by errors in training and/or technique.

 

When increasing your exercise routine, it is important to pay attention to your body. Muscles require training to get a higher level of conditioning. Remember that the best way to push yourself is to do so slowly and steadily.

 

Prevention and Treatment

Drink enough fluids to avoid exhaustion and other negative effects of high-intensity activity. Get enough rest, keep your workout routine balanced, and set realistic expectations. Any injuries resulting from high-intensity exercise should be assessed and treated as soon as possible. A chiropractor can diagnose sports injuries and damage to muscles, ligaments, and joints. Chiropractors also treat the spine. If you have pain, numbness, instability, or a decrease in your range of motion, please seek chiropractic care. A chiropractor can help both relieve your pain and discuss preventative measures. They can also help you make a custom workout routine, even if you have to change your current regimen.

 

How We Can Help

To return to a more active lifestyle safely, be sure to change your exercise routine slowly and maintain your health with a chiropractor. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Michael St. Louis specializes in the use of atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments. These treatments help to identify and correct the spine. Please contact us for an assessment if you have been experiencing any pain or discomfort because of physical activity. You can reach us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected].

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How Athletes Can Benefit from Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is a common part of many professional sports teams’ and athletes’ wellness plans. Michael Jordan, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, once said, “I didn’t know how much I could improve until I started seeing a chiropractor. Since I’ve been in chiropractic, I’ve improved by leaps and bounds both mentally and physically.”

Basketball legends are not the only ones who attribute part of their success to chiropractic care. Another famous great, Tiger Woods, stated, “I’ve been going to chiropractors for as long as I can remember. It’s as important to my training as practicing my swing.”

According to the American Chiropractic Association, every team in the NFL and most of the MLB has a team chiropractor. Athletes have been receiving chiropractic care for years in order to stay healthy and strong.

 

Why Do Athletes Use Chiropractic?

 

Professional athletes seek chiropractic treatment for many reasons, the most common are listed below.

  • Better Performance – Athletes’ intense training puts their bodies under strain that requires support. Chiropractic care can help to increase performance by reducing joint issues in the spine, back, and joints.
  • Improved Range of Motion – While different sports have different demands, movement is something that all sports have in common. Having a limited range of motion can impact an athlete’s performance. Chiropractic care can help improve muscle flexibility and reduce stiffness – both of which contribute to an improved range of motion.
  • Prevention – When it comes to injury prevention, athletes should be proactive, and chiropractic can help them in doing just that. Once joint issues are addressed, the body can move as it was meant to. This reduces the risk of injury and helps athletes in maintaining proper form. Chiropractic care can help prevent injuries by restoring joint mobility and aligning the spine.
  • Pain Relief – Chiropractic care is popular among athletes since it is natural and drug-free. Chiropractic care can help with pain management by addressing the source of the problem instead of treating the symptoms. Spinal manipulations help to relieve the pain in joints and muscles.
  • Faster Recovery Time – Chiropractic adjustments can help the body recover from injuries much faster. During recovery, chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue manipulation help to increase flexibility, elasticity, and strength.

Chiropractic spine check-ups are helpful to anyone who participates in sports. Chiropractic care helps to correct and balance the spine and improve movement and posture. Please contact Atlas Injury to Health to benefit from the wonders of chiropractic care. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Dr. Michael St. Louis specializes in atlas orthogonal chiropractic and upper cervical care. Make an appointment today if you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort. Contact us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

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The Importance of the Communication Highway

The human body is a complex machine. We often pay attention to it only when certain signs, symptoms, or issues appear. Chiropractic is all about helping the body to communicate correctly and achieving the best quality of life. Now let us talk about the communication highway to learn more about how your body works and what it takes to function.

 

Communication Highway

 

The brain sends electrical impulses to every cell, system, structure, and organ in your body. The brain accomplishes this through the spinal cord and miles of nerves. These cells, systems, structures, and organs then transfer information to the spinal cord and the brain through the nerves. The nervous system serves as a highway for communication. If you consider your entire body to be a machine, your brain is the central processing unit. It guides, controls, and/or changes functions based on the information it gets. This communication highway is how you function and operate your entire life.

 

Automatic Bodily Function

 

The communication highway controls everything your body does; making it a complex system. Consider all of the functions that your nervous system is handling, as well as those that you are unaware of. The system helps to repair and replace damaged cells, pump the heart, and help the lungs work. All of this is a part of the nervous system’s autonomic function. The organs and glands are also controlled by it. The communication highway is constantly controlling, guiding, and processing functions that you are unaware of, but keep you alive.

 

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

 

Chiropractic care aims to achieve healthy body communication and the best possible quality of life. The spine houses and protects the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord). This system is much like a central frame of a machine (your body). The communication highway can interact properly only if the central nervous system is working properly. The highway’s ability to work at its best will be affected, if the center frame is not moving well, is stuck, or is decaying. By correcting improper motion and alignment in the central frame, chiropractic care helps the communication highway function properly. To improve and maintain the highest quality of function, health, and longevity, getting regular chiropractic adjustments is a worthwhile investment.

 

If you have never seen a chiropractor to keep your central frame in good shape, you should do so. Please contact Atlas Injury to Health if you have any questions. Dr. Michael St. Louis uses atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments at our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida. These treatments help to repair the spine and improve general body function. Make an appointment today if you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort. Call us at 407-656-0390 or send us an email at [email protected].

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3 Benefits of Chiropractic Care that will Improve Your Life

People visit the chiropractor for many reasons, but most commonly for lower back pain, shoulder tightness, headaches, and sciatica. Receiving consistent chiropractic care frequently results in symptoms disappearing. This is one of the many advantages of improving the brain-body communication pathway. However, there are so many more benefits that keep people coming back for constant care. The following are some of the most common benefits of chiropractic care.

 

Sense of Well-Being

 

Many patients receiving chiropractic care report feeling better overall. When the spine is not moving or working properly, the nervous system becomes stressed. The nervous system is the channel where the brain communicates with the body and the body communicates with the brain. If interference occurs but is often corrected, the overall performance of the system will improve.

 

Improved Mobility

 

Chiropractic adjustments restore spinal joint motion by applying a slight force to the joint capsule. This is the process of restoring motion at the segmental level (segment of the joint). Joint motion can be restored with consistent adjustments, resulting in a sense of overall restoration. As patients get adjustments, their range of motion can improve as well as their ability to complete daily tasks. For people who want an increase in mobility, this boost can be life-changing.

 

Heightened Energy

 

When the nervous system is under stress because of interference, it expends more energy to perform all of its normal functions. When the interference comes from a lack of motion or misalignment, an adjustment can help relieve stress on the system. As a result, energy levels will rise.

 

Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments can help the body function properly while using less energy. Patients will then feel more energized. Most people are unaware of the many benefits of chiropractic care. However, each person will benefit from chiropractic treatment differently.

 

How We Can Help

 

If you think chiropractic care will benefit you, feel free to contact Atlas Injury to Health. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Michael St. Louis uses atlas orthogonal chiropractic treatments. These treatments aid in the healing of the spine and overall body function. If you have been experiencing any bodily pain or discomfort, schedule an appointment today. Please contact us at 407-656-0390 or [email protected].

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Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Seniors

Chiropractic care is both safe and effective for people of all ages, which makes it so beneficial. Common physical issues are often linked to the stages of life. For example, falls are common for children starting to walk. Similarly, chronic postural issues are typical in students who sit all day at school. But how can people get benefit chiropractic care for seniors?

 

Boost Your Immune System

The brain communicates with and directs the actions of every cell, organ, structure, and system in the body. The brain then receives information from these cells, organs, structures, and systems. The better this communication loop works, the better the body, including the immune system, functions. This communication system is both housed and protected by the spine. The ability of the communication system to work efficiently is hindered when the spinal joints are restricted, or the spine is not functioning properly.

According to research, adjusting the lower cervical spine and higher thoracic spine improves immune system performance and functions. This only becomes more important as people (and their immune systems) age.

 

Flexibility and Range of Motion

As people get older, they tend to move less. For many, jobs lead to a sedentary lifestyle. After years of working such a job, inactivity starts to take its toll on the body. The body’s 360 joints are meant to be mobile and agile. Joints grow stiff and can lose general mobility when they do not move as intended. When this happens, the muscles that attach to the joints suffer from a loss of flexibility. Chiropractic Care for Seniors can help you regain and restore joint range of motion, increasing joint strength and performance. Proper nerve communication, regeneration, and operation all rely on a healthy range of motion – especially as people grow older.

 

Pain Relief

Chiropractic adjustments help the body’s natural healing process. Pain relief is a typical side effect of chiropractic adjustments. This is true for people of all ages. Once joint function has recovered, the brain is better equipped to communicate with the body and vice versa. Because the pain receptors are no longer stimulated, the body can relax and feel at ease – providing long-term pain relief.

People of any age should be able to receive the natural health care they deserve. Contact Atlas Injury to Health if you have any questions concerning your joint and spinal health. Dr. Michael St. Louis is a Winter Garden chiropractor who utilizes atlas orthogonal chiropractic techniques. These treatments work to restore the body’s natural healing abilities and restore physical balance. Schedule an appointment if you are interested in learning if this is right for you. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Easy Exercises for Health and Good Posture

When it comes to your spine’s health, posture is important. It is that simple. Good posture can help to prevent back pain and discomfort however, it does require some effort. It is important to be aware of your posture throughout your everyday activities. You should also work to build and strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Continue reading for some easy exercises that can help you maintain good posture, no matter your fitness level.

Importance of Core Muscles

The muscles that form your core in the pelvis and trunk are important because they assist you in various ways. Some include:

  • Improvement of Stability and Balance – Exercises that target your core muscles in the hips, lower back, pelvis, and abdomen can improve stability and balance.
  • Increase in Muscle Tone – It is easy to lose tone in your core muscles, especially if you spend most of your day sitting. Trying the following exercises will help you tone your muscles, which will help to improve the appearance of your core.
  • Daily Tasks are Made Easier – Core muscles are responsible for everything; strong core muscles assist you in carrying out your everyday tasks. Try to also maintain good posture while doing so.

Core Exercises

If you want to better your posture by strengthening your core, try these exercises:

  • Planks – Keep your body straight while you face the floor, with your forearms and feet supporting you. Raise your torso and form a straight line from your heels to your head. Keep your knees and feet together and your elbows underneath your shoulders. Hold this position for ten seconds to start, then try to add a few seconds each time for a challenge.
  • Bridge – Lay flat on your back with your feet on the floor and your legs bent at a 90-degree angle. Raise your hips and lower your back off the floor slowly, forming a straight line between your knees and shoulders. Each time hold this position for five to ten seconds.
  • Superman – Lie on your stomach with your legs extended behind you and your arms extended in front of you. Raise your head, left arm, and right leg for three seconds, then hold. Lower your arm and leg, then lift the right arm and left leg, holding for three seconds before lowering them.

These three exercises are simple to include in your everyday life since you do not need equipment or a gym. You may find it easier to have good posture throughout the day as your core muscles improve.

If you have any questions about your core muscles, spinal health, or posture, contact Atlas Injury to Health. At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Dr. Michael St. Louis repairs the spine and body function, using atlas orthogonal chiropractic techniques. If you have been suffering from pain or discomfort, feel free to make an appointment. Call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected] for more information.

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Atlas Orthogonal and Upper Cervical Chiropractic

The Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Technique is a method that focuses on identifying and correcting abnormal spinal function. This technique is a gentle and effective upper cervical chiropractic spinal correction of the atlas bone that restores a person’s balance and promotes the body’s natural healing capabilities – resulting in remarkable pain alleviation and improved function. Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic Treatment aligns the spine, restoring natural balance and allowing the nervous system to communicate properly with the rest of your body. As a result of this technique, you can minimize or eliminate pain or dysfunction, correct your posture, and keep your body healthy.

 

The Importance of Atlas Health

At the top of the spine, the Atlas is a 2 oz. vertebra (where the head rests). When the atlas is out of alignment, it affects both the vertebral arteries, spinal fluid flow and irritates critical nerves within the body. The altered position of the vertebra and the resulting functional loss is known as “subluxation.” Although not all subluxations cause pain, they can nevertheless cause imbalance and dysfunction. Since many people consider the absence of pain to be a sign of good health, this is considered a serious threat. The upper cervical area also has an impact on the body, changing parts of the brain with connections to organs, impacting posture and balance, and affecting muscles and nerves throughout the face and head.

 

What is the Upper Cervical Chiropractic Technique?

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic, an upper cervical chiropractic treatment, is a method of healing that can aid in restoring the body’s balance and promote optimal health. Unlike other treatments, this method is gentle as it does not include any cracking of the neck or back. Upper cervical chiropractic treatments address the complex link between the upper cervical spine and the central nervous system and brain stem function. From the feelings in your fingers to regulating hormones, managing movement, and providing the ability to hear, see, think, and breathe, this particular link has an impact on every element of human function. 

 

How We Can Help

Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic is not like your standard chiropractic care. An Atlas Orthogonal chiropractor is an expert on the upper cervical and brain stem areas. As a result, they must devote two extra years to their post-doctoral studies in the upper cervical spine on top of their Doctor of Chiropractic degree. 

At our clinic in Winter Garden, Florida, Atlas Injury to Health, Dr. Michael St. Louis utilizes atlas orthogonal chiropractic methods to restore the spine and body function. If you have been experiencing pain or discomfort caused by a bone misalignment or if you want to know if chiropractic care is right for you, please feel free to schedule an appointment today to get the treatment you need. At Atlas Injury to Health, we help to develop a personalized treatment plan based on your needs. To learn more or to schedule an appointment call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected].

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How to Recognize and Treat Kyphosis (Dowager’s Hump)

While you might have heard of a “dowager’s hump,” it is neither a medical nor an appropriate term to label this condition. It refers to a curving of the spine that causes a rounded or hunched upper back. Kyphosis is the proper medical term for this condition. Stretches and medical care can remedy it, depending on how severe the condition is.

What Causes Kyphosis?

Kyphosis can be caused by a variety of different factors. Some include the following:

1. Poor Posture

  • Slouching or hunching
  • Leaning back while sitting
  • Lifting and carrying heavy things on your back

2. Injuries of the Spine

Spinal injuries like fractures can harm the spine and change its curvature.

3. Bone or Spine Conditions

Kyphosis may also be caused by underlying bone or spinal conditions and is more common in older people. Degenerative disk disease and osteoporosis are two examples of these disorders.

4. Developmental Conditions

When the spine does not develop properly during a growth spurt, kyphosis may develop. Scheuermann’s kyphosis is the name for this type of condition. People with this disorder have vertebrae that are triangle-shaped rather than rectangular-shaped. Increased spinal curvature develops because of this.

5. Cancer 

Spinal cancer can cause the vertebrae to weaken, which can lead to kyphosis. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy for cancer may also have a similar impact.

Symptoms of Kyphosis 

Kyphosis occurs when the angle of the spine deviates from its normal range. The severity of the condition can vary. In general, the more extreme the signs are, the greater the curve of the spine.

Some common symptoms include:

  • A hump on the back or rounded shoulders
  • Back pain or discomfort
  • Feeling tired or worn out
  • Tight hamstrings

Can Chiropractors Help?

Chiropractic treatment is one of the most effective ways to treat kyphosis naturally. A chiropractor will try to remedy the problem. On your first visit, a chiropractor will examine your spine and ask you a few questions. They may require information such as how long you have been experiencing symptoms and where your painful areas are. An x-ray may be required depending on the severity of the condition – this will provide them with a closer look. After this, they will develop a customized treatment plan for you.

A chiropractor will also use the flexion-distraction technique to provide relief. This is a gentle adjustment that will move the spine without causing discomfort. In reality, you will likely be unaware that your spine has been adjusted.

It is also popular for the following reasons:

  • Lessens spinal pressure
  • Improves flexibility
  • Lessens inflammation

Other natural treatment methods include:

  • Massage therapy
  • Ultrasounds
  • Interferential therapy

Please see a chiropractor if you are suffering from joint pain or other physical discomforts. Atlas Injury to Health in Winter Garden, Florida, will customize a care plan for you based on your specific needs. Dr. Michael St. Louis employs several techniques to help his patients alleviate stress, relieve joint pain, fix lower back pain, reduce tension, enhance body cognitive communication, and provide insight on how to fix sciatica. Your health is our top priority. To learn more, call 407-656-0390 or email [email protected].

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