Why you should choose Chiropractic for your baby

 

It happens all the time. A parent comes in with their child asking if Chiropractic may be beneficial for their child. Many say things like “I always just thought Chiropractic was for adults” or the classic “ I thought they weren’t developed enough for Chiropractic.”

 

Well, that simply isn’t true at all! In fact, children are even more responsive to Chiropractic care in many cases than adults. They have a brand new nervous system which is craving outside stimulus from the world. They are looking for information via their sensory systems by putting things in their mouth, grasping with their tiny hands, recognizing the smell of mom, and learning to recognize faces.

 

 

 

Due to this never-ending search of stimulus, even gentle touches can have immense impact. A baby is so responsive it is similar to playing a complicated yet elegant instrument. For example, with the right caresses and tempos from mom, a baby is calmed from crying and is often found soon sleeping on her shoulder.

 

Adjusting a baby is much the same way. We are not “cracking bones” or forcibly moving anything. It can be described as craniosacral therapy but practiced on the entire body. I do a good bit of work with the cranial bones with infants as well as points all along the body searching for either a resistance under my finger or improved breathing mechanics of the baby.

 

The technique works by gently adding perhaps 2-5 lbs. of gentle pressure into the developing spine or cranial point and then I can often feel tissue restrictions fading under my fingers and tension is relieved.

 

This very simple, yet elegant technique can have wonderful effects on how often or how long a baby cries, how regular a baby’s digestive system is, and ensures good communication between the brain and body. This is perhaps the greatest effect though it is hard to readily see by the human eye.

 

Often, we see results in less frequent crying, more regular feeding times (baby getting proper nutrition), improved breathing, and baby sleeping for longer periods at night.

Any extra sleep is welcomed by new parents as you probably are well aware of if you are reading this! So, I’m happy to help anyone looking to have their newborn infant adjusted as the birthing process is often traumatic on mother and child.

 

Yours in health,

Dr. Dustin Dukart

 

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Tips on how to manage your chronic pain

 

 

 

If you’ve only recently been diagnosed with a chronic pain condition, the shock and sadness can be difficult. Some say the feelings one gets after a diagnosis are very similar to the stages of grief. It makes sense because a chronic pain diagnosis does represent a loss of your former, illness-free life. But it doesn’t mean your life is over. There are ways to live with chronic pain without constant suffering.

 

Chronic pain covers many different types of ailments, including arthritis, nerve pain, fibromyalgia, injuries, or other types of painful conditions. Ways to treat it are as diverse as the types of conditions that cause it, so communication with your doctor is essential to your ability to manage it. Outside of medications, there are a number of natural ways to mitigate pain including holistic therapies, diet, and exercise.

 

Massage and acupuncture have both been used for centuries to alleviate aches and pains. Each has been proven effective against headaches, back pain, fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions. Likewise, meditation and guided imagery may be used to induce a state of relaxation, which can make you more emotionally able to handle discomfort and deal with symptoms.

 

Prevention touts the benefits of herbal remedies, including fish oil and turmeric, to reduce pain-enhancing systemic inflammation. Chiropractic care, a form of non-invasive treatment that focuses on spinal alignment, can also greatly relieve pain from head to toe. Harvard University reports that chiropractic care may also include ergonomic training and nutrition counseling to promote whole health as a means to effectively relieve pain and help patients learn to manage their condition at home without drugs.

 

It might seem like a small thing, but a calm, healthy home can help ease your pain as well. Keeping your home decluttered will make you feel more mentally relaxed, which will help your overall wellness. Having less stuff in your home means less maintenance. Every item on a shelf becomes something to dust, move, or stress about. Decluttering may be difficult to do when you’re in pain, but if you tackle the project a little at a time, you can get through it and eventually have a calm, peaceful living space.

 

Consider rearranging your closets so that they are better organized because it will make finding things in them easier. Create a meditation spot, too. Find a peaceful corner of your home and fill it with calming candles and a meditation pillow. Mindfulness meditation is a great way to calm your mind and ease pain, and some doctors and hospitals even prescribe it for chronic pain patients.

 

While a calm and relaxing home environment is important, you also have to keep moving as much as you can. When you’re in pain, exercise can seem like a daunting task, but it really does help you feel better. Don’t overdo it but follow your doctor’s advice, even if you have to start small. Moving even a little bit can help you manage the pain. Exercise causes your body to release endorphins, which relieve pain and boost your mood. Plus, it can help you live a longer, healthier life by making your heart stronger and lowering blood pressure and blood sugar. If your doctor recommends physical therapy, make sure to follow your PT’s recommendations because they can help.

 

If you’ve been diagnosed with a condition that causes chronic pain, don’t give up. There are plenty of ways you can manage your symptoms including decluttering your home and chiropractic care. It may be a struggle at first, but you can still live a happy and fulfilling life despite your diagnosis.

 

-Jackie Waters

more decluttering info @ hyper-tidy.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic: Finally Getting Some Credit!


Chiropractic is just awesome.

Many happy patients have said that phrase to share why they see their Chiropractor. Sometimes you have to try something to know if it works for you and this is exactly why Chiropractic is as successful as it is despite many criticisms.

I’ve been practicing as a Doctor of Chiropractic for about 2 years now and have seen my share of back pain conditions. If I combine that with the 3 information-packed years it took me to gain my Doctorate in Chiropractic I have 5 focused years in the study and science of helping people find a solution to their back and neck issues.

Admittedly this isn’t a terrible amount of time in the space-time continuum however what I have seen happen by my own hands with the Chiropractic arts is nothing short of incredible.

Some people take every chance to discredit Chiropractic but when I think of my personal experience as a patient of Chiropractic, I just don’t understand why.

My story with Chiropractic…

I grew up in blue collar, hard- working Dickinson, North Dakota. I never thought I’d become a Doctor of anything, if I’m being honest. In fact like many Millennials (many of which still don’t know what to do with their lives!) I had no clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. But that would all change…

I was 18 years old in 2003 and I had taken a construction job with my uncle for the summer. My uncle had a reputation for hard work and was respected. If your from a small town you know how hard work is something of a badge to wear in a small town. It is surprising how many conversations are around that simple phrase: Hard Work.

Building houses was a good man skill to learn while I figured out what the heck to do with my life.

We were working 80 hour weeks with little time to do much else. This is when I had my first experience with lower back pain. Working bent over in all sorts of positions day after day was getting to me. Then it all came crashing down, literally…

I was told to retrieve something from the back of a semi-truck trailer. The trailer was extremely full and I was standing on my big toe on a strip of metal about 2 inches wide at the back of the trailer. It was cold and icy. While reaching my foot slipped and I fell flat on my back about 5 feet down.

I didn’t hear any crunches so I figured that was good, but my back hurt considerably. I didn’t lose any feeling in my legs but my back was lit on fire with pain and muscle spasms. It didn’t take long to figure out that I didn’t want to do construction my entire life. I remember thinking “will this pain ever go away?”

My mother had seen a chiropractor in the past when she fell off a ladder painting our house. She said he fixed her back. You see where I’m going here, so I scheduled with my mother’s Chiropractor.

My First Visit

The first visit was spectacular to say the least. The Doctor asked me a bunch of questions about my health and how the incident occurred. He then gently coached me about how he would adjust my spine and that will help correct the issue. He said I had to come 8 times on a twice per week schedule. After visit 6 I had no noticeable pain. On top of that all the pain I had been feeling before the accident became apparent.

I had no pain for the first time in my life. I literally thought it was magical. How could someone take my pain away simply by cracking my back? It was amazing. I was hooked. Sadly I only had two treatments left but I didn’t have back pain for years after that. It was that good for me.

During my treatment, I noticed how many happy people were leaving the office, pain relieved. This was my calling. For the first time in my life did I see something to do that was completely helping people. The Doctor was all smiles every day which was a drastic change from the scowls many of my construction workers wore on a daily basis. (I don’t blame them for we were always under paid, overworked, understaffed, and always messing something up with their bodies.)

Why I became a Doctor of Chiropractic

I wanted to have that special ability to help people feel better without pain

To literally make every day activities possible again.

To really contribute to people’s health. 

So I made my dream a reality and I couldn’t be happier for it.

Chiropractic has been on the ropes time and time again. We have been scrutinized, put-down, and conspired against. Chiropractic always comes out still intact. Why is that? Chiropractic works and people are beginning to give Chiropractic credit.

A new guideline out Tuesday from the American College of Physicians has changed its position on clinical recommendations regarding chronic back pain.

For patients with chronic low back pain, clinicians and patients should initially select nonpharmacologic treatment with exercise, multidisciplinary rehabilitation, acupuncture, mindfulness-based stress reduction (moderate-quality evidence), tai chi, yoga, motor control exercise, progressive relaxation, electromyography biofeedback, low-level laser therapy, operant therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, or spinal manipulation (low-quality evidence). (Grade: strong recommendation)

We see it every day in our patients and I always say you have to try something for yourself to see if it works for you. Chiropractic is a great tool. Emergency Medicine is a great tool. Physical Therapy is a great tool. The issue comes up when people try to use a great tool for something it isn’t that good at solving.

Chiropractic is one of the best tools for back and neck pain. Period. There are plenty of resources on this.

“In a Randomized controlled trial, 183 patients with neck pain were randomly allocated to manual therapy (spinal mobilization), physiotherapy (mainly exercise) or general practitioner care (counseling, education and drugs) in a 52-week study. The clinical outcomes measures showed that manual therapy resulted in faster recovery than physiotherapy and general practitioner care. Moreover, total costs of the manual therapy-treated patients were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.
Korthals-de Bos et al (2003), British Medical Journal”

There is an epidemic in our country regarding prescription painkiller addictions which harm so many families here in the US. I am happy to be on the front of a non-invasive and effective treatment that has no risk of painkiller addiction. If you have never tried Chiropractic, I would bet you’ll be as surprised as I was in regards to pain relief.

Yours in health,

Dr. Dustin Dukart