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07 Jul 2017

Relieve Headaches with Chiropractic Care

Anyone who’s ever suffered from a headache knows how painful they can be. Yet there are a variety of headaches which have different symptoms and side effects. Thankfully, chiropractic adjustments are a great treatment for headaches. Not only does chiropractic help reduce the pain and discomfort a headache can cause, receiving regular chiropractic care helps to minimize the frequency at which a headache strikes. Additionally, consistent chiropractic adjustments helps you manage the symptoms attributed with headaches. At Innovative Health & Wellness, helping you maintain your health and wellness is of the utmost importance.    

Common Types of Headaches

Below is a list of some of the most common types of headaches that people suffer from regularly:

  • Tension

Tension headaches are the most common headaches caused by muscle contraction of the head, face, and neck. Whether brought on by long hours spent staring at a computer screen, or a painful side-effect of stress, tension headaches trigger mild to moderate pressure, and can last from a few minutes to several hours. Many people describe tension headaches as a dull, continuous pain that forms a band around the head and behind the eyes.   

  • Migraines

Anyone who’s ever suffered from a migraine knows just how painful and debilitating they can be. Migraine headaches are a more chronic condition which affect people in different ways. Migraine symptoms include severe throbbing, pulsating, or pounding pain in a focused area of the head and are generally one-sided. Eye pain, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light, sound, and/or smell, visual impairments like auras, and intense pain often accompany migraines. Stress, food allergies, dehydration, changes in barometric pressure, injuries, and even heredity can trigger these painful headaches. Migraines typically last anywhere from a few hours to, in the most severe cases, several days.

  • Headaches from Colds, Sinuses, and Allergies

Colds, sinus infections, and allergies trigger headaches related to nasal and sinus

congestion. Sinus swelling and nasal passage blockage causes pressure to build in the sinuses, which often leads to painful, pulsating headaches that generally involve one side of the face and head. Like migraines, these headaches can impair the vision due to the increased amount of pressure experienced around the eyes. These headaches vary in duration.

How Does Chiropractic Care Relieve Headaches?

After receiving a thorough examination, our chiropractors will determine the best method for treating your individual headache needs. Muscle work and spinal manipulation (spinal adjustment) help realign the spine and reduce stress, while also improving spinal and nervous system function. Not only do our compassionate chiropractors treat your headache during an office visit, they also provide you with nutritional insights for healthy eating habits, make recommendations for improving your posture and sleep patterns, while also offering treatments that address allergy-related headaches.  

At-Home Care In Between Chiropractic Adjustments

While there are different causes for a variety of headaches, one sure way to help reduce a headache during your day is by stretching your neck, shoulders, and back to help decrease muscle tension that contributes to headaches. Avoid clenching your teeth while working or at night when you’re sleeping, which minimize muscle tension in the face, head, and neck. Additionally, staying hydrated helps reduce the risk for tension and migraine headaches.

If you suffer from headaches and are seeking a holistic approach to treating and relieving associated symptoms, please contact our experienced team of healthcare professionals at Innovative Health & Wellness in Buckhead. We look forward to helping you heal.

26 Jun 2017

Ways to Prevent Travel Aches

Summer is the perfect time to travel. Whether it’s sightseeing road trips or long plane rides, traveling means extra hours spent sitting. Prolonged sitting in a car or on a plane can wreak havoc on your back. Mild to excruciating pain makes it difficult to walk, stand, or participate in physical activities. Don’t let back pain get in the way of your fun. We at Innovative Health & Wellness want you to enjoy your summer travels to the fullest. Therefore, we’ve compiled a few suggestions to help you prevent travel aches this summer.

Travel Light & Be Careful When Lifting

Packing for a vacation can be one heck of an undertaking. Yet packing efficiently can save your  neck and back when lifting your luggage. For most airlines, the maximum size for carry-ons is 45 inches, which is still a lot to lift overhead when your bag is packed to the brim. Also, check all bags that weigh more than five to ten percent of your body weight. Try to maintain good posture when lifting your luggage. Lift with your legs, not your back.  If your luggage is too heavy or awkward to lift, ask for help. Here are some tips to follow when lifting your luggage:

  • Feel free to stretch lightly before and after lifting.
  • Get your body as close as possible to your baggage.
  • Position your feet at least shoulder width apart for maximum stability; a narrow stance sets you up for instability that can cause injury.
  • Engage your core for spinal stability and low back injury prevention. When the deep core muscles are activated, the superficial spinal muscles will be less engaged, preventing you from straining them.
  • Remember, your leg muscles are stronger than your back muscles. Bend your knees and hips while keeping your back straight as you lift the object.
  • Be sure to breathe! Take a breath before lifting, exhaling as you lift.

Bring Your Own Back Support

A good lumbar support for your lower back reduces pain and aches caused by sitting. Back supports are usually lightweight, and fit easily into most car and airplane seats. Bring along over-the-counter pain medication like acetaminophen to help minimize inflammation triggered by prolonged sitting. Additionally, you might also pack topical pain-relief gels or creams like Biofreeze, Sombra, or Bengay for fast relief. Icing your back after a long day of travel helps reduce pain, soreness, and inflammation.

Get Moving and Hydrate

Remaining in a static position for extended amounts of time places added stress on your spine, causing pain and muscle stiffness. Standing for a few minutes helps relieve pressure on the spine, whereas walking around and stretching helps get the blood flowing. Drink lots of water while you’re traveling to replenish your muscles with nutrients and oxygen.

We at Innovative Health & Wellness hope these tips will help keep you healthy and happy during your travels this summer. Schedule a chiropractic appointment with our health experts prior to, and upon returning from, your vacation to maintain peak health and wellness. We look forward to helping you heal and hope you enjoy your summer adventures!

21 Jun 2017

3 Common Causes of Lower Back Pain

Low back pain is something just about everyone has experienced at some point in their life. In fact, according to the American Chiropractic Association, about 31 million Americans experience low back pain on a regular basis. Additionally, chronic low back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. There are many everyday practices that cause lower back pain and discomfort. At Innovative Health & Wellness in Buckhead, our priority is optimizing your health and well-being. Therefore, we have composed a list of some of the common causes of lower back pain, as well as some of the ways to relieve back pain. Please continue reading below.

#1 Sports Injuries

While anyone is susceptible to suffering from lower back pain, some people are more at risk of lower back pain because of their lifestyle. Athletes and those people participating in highly active physical activities are at a higher risk for suffering a back injury that could lead to acute or chronic lower back pain. Whether it’s football, golf, cycling, running, weight lifting, or tennis, these activities place a great deal of stress on the spine. These activities often involve twisting, turning, bending, while sometimes absorbing a great deal of pressure, all of which can cause a muscle strain or ligament sprain. Although living an active lifestyle is incredibly healthy, it’s important to know your limits. Pay attention to your body. Stretch before any strenuous activity, and be sure to stay hydrated, as water replenishes your cells and muscles. Icing your back after physical activity will help decrease inflammation and soreness.

#2 Auto Injuries

Auto accidents produce a tremendous amount of force that can damage your lower back. While whiplash is another common auto injury, the low back is also affected by the jerking motion, which can damage the spinal discs and joint facets. The trauma of an accident can cause herniated and bulging discs, a painful condition that occurs when the soft center of a spinal disc pushes out through a crack in the disc’s tough exterior. The pain ranges from mild to excruciating, often leading to issues with the sciatic nerve which creates intense pain that radiates from the sacrum, under the buttock, and down through the hip into the leg. It’s best to seek medical treatment with one of our amazing chiropractors at Innovative Health if you experience lower back pain related to an auto accident.  

#3 Prolonged Sitting

Sitting at a desk or in a car for extended periods of time places a lot of stress on your lumbar spine that causes back soreness and stiffness. Remaining static in the same seated position causes strain on the nerves, which leads to pain in the lower back the usually extends into the buttocks and legs. While we all try to remember our moms telling us to sit up straight, we usually fall short of maintaining proper posture. But even practicing good ergonomics doesn’t always mean your lower back won’t suffer. Try taking a break from sitting by standing up and walking around to get the blood flowing. Practice stretching throughout the day to minimize muscle tension and spasm that causes radiating nerve pain.

Schedule a Chiropractic Appointment Today

If you’re suffering from lower back pain and are seeking relief, please contact our friendly, experienced health professionals at Innovative Health & Wellness. Your health and wellness are our main priority. Call us today to schedule an appointment or request a free consultation with our health specialists. We look forward to helping you heal.

24 May 2017

Signs You May Be Starting Menopause & Effective Treatment Options

Many women think they are too young to start menopause, but the average age for women in the United States to start experiencing menopausal symptoms is 51. It’s common for women to start experience symptoms in their mid to late 40’s. Doctors don’t consider menopause to be early unless you start experiencing symptoms before the age of 40, which surprises many women who feel too young to be starting this new phase of their life.

So are you experiencing the early symptoms of menopause? Or could the symptoms you are experiencing be due to other physical factors? It can be hard to be sure in the beginning, but it’s important to identify your symptoms so you can get the help, support, and medical treatment that you need. Menopause is a big change for your body and can affect your emotions, your relationships, and virtually every area of your life. Self-care, hormone replacement, and other treatments can help you get through it. Make sure you know the signs and symptoms so you can start those treatments as early as possible.

Possible Signs of Menopause

Changes in your menstrual cycle.

This is an easy sign to spot, especially if you’ve always experienced regular menstrual cycles. If your cycles are erratic, though, it might be more difficult. Many women experience changes in their cycles at the onset of menstruation that includes their period becoming more painful, heavier or lighter, or suddenly going off-schedule.

Having hot flashes or night sweats.

This is one of the more well-known symptoms of menopause, so for many women, it’s the first symptom that clues them into the changes happening in their body. It’s not entirely known what causes hot flashes, but it’s thought to be due to the change in hormone levels or due to the effects on the hypothalamus.

Experiencing unexplained changes in mood.

Some women say that going through menopause is like going through a second puberty when it comes to their emotions. They aren’t wrong, at least from a physical standpoint. Your hormones are changing rapidly, and that can have an effect of making you more sensitive, irritable, prone to bouts of depression, or anxious. You might experience massive mood swings, as well, feeling happy one minute and sobbing over a commercial the next.

Changes in your libido.

This can be a frustrating symptom for both you and your partner. Women often feel less sexual as they enter menopause. It might be a decrease in their libido, vaginal dryness, irritable mood, or any number of other factors. While it’s natural, it’s not fun and it can have an effect on your relationships.

How to Manage Your Symptoms

One of the most effective ways to manage your menopause symptoms is through hormone replacement therapy. We offer this treatment in our Buckhead and Woodstock locations. This treatment involves naturally boosting the hormones in your body to replace the levels that are dropping due to menopause. This can help ease or even stop many of the symptoms you are experiencing, including helping level out your mood, give you back your sex drive, and putting a stop to hot flashes. Hormone replacement can help you feel your best even as you go through this major physical change.

If you are interested in learning more about hormone replacement therapy in our Buckhead or Woodstock locations, get in touch with our office to schedule a complimentary consultation.

 

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