Xenia Chiropractic Newsletter February 2020

What is Low Back Pain?

Your low back is perfectly engineered to provide strength, support and flexibility to your upper body. It’s no wonder that your lower back is so sensitive to pain and injury from everyday life. Low back pain can source from a number of causes, as well as range in severity. A low back injury can be mild and annoying and work up to severe and debilitating. In fact, at any given time, approximately 31 million Americans experience low back pain or discomfort. Dull pain, achy pain, burning or spasming in the lower back is nothing to mess with.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Low Back Pain?

Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve swelling and pain caused by low back pain. Routine chiropractic care provides patients with low back pain treatment that's a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription medications or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain and swelling.

Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by low back pain.

To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, our office will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, imaging such as x-ray. Based on the findings the Doctor will give you the best recommendations to get you pain free and on the road to your fullest potential.

Hello my name is Dr. Mike Davis , Chiropractic Physician for 28 years.
Born in Springfield, Ohio raised in Madison County . Graduated from London High School, Clark State Community College , University of Cincinnati and Life Chiropractic College. I participate in Xenia community organizations including Xenia Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Knights of Columbus.
My mission is to help patients understand how Chiropractic Care can reduce pain medication, avoid surgery and live a healthy life.

Is Soda Still Popular? It’s Complicated

Though you’d never know it through marketing, the truth is that soda consumption is on the decline. Even though soda was once marketed as a good straight-in-the-bottle choice for babies (seriously, check out the ad), we now know that soda may not actually be the best choice. But even with more knowledge and a slow decline, consumption is still enough (13 billion gallons per year in America) to drive the market. Why?

Like any other product on the market, many people still wonder: Is it really that bad? Most people have been drinking soda since childhood, and their parents also drank soda, as did their grandparents. It’s not cigarettes. It’s not drugs. It’s not alcohol. How bad could it be? The facts are complicated. If you like to enjoy a morning Pepsi or an afternoon Dr. Pepper, take a look at the rundown on the effects of keeping soda as a staple in your diet.

It ruins your teeth - According to multiple dental sources, consuming soda regularly can break down the enamel on the teeth. And if you’re a diet drinker who thinks it’s just the sugar causing the problem, you’re in for a surprise. Dentists believe it’s the combination of sugar and acid in soda that causes more cavities, wears away the protective layer, and results in dark spots on your pearly whites.

It leads to weight gain - Various anecdotal evidence supports the idea that giving up soda leads to weight loss. And in the reverse, drinking soda may cause weight gain. Soda contains what many experts call “empty calories.” These are calories that are included in your daily consumption, but provide zero nutritional advantage. And once again, diet drinkers are not in the clear. Experts also believe that the sweet taste of soda -- yes, even diet -- conditions the body to crave sugar, which obviously leads to an overall steady weight gain.

It can lead to diabetes - The research is clear: Even one soda per day raises the lifetime risk of developing diabetes. Why? Blame it on the sugar. Soda contains massive amounts of sugar per container. This is one area where diet may actually have an advantage. Cutting sugar can be done by switching to diet soda instead, which may not lead to the same risk of disease.

It’s addictive - Soda is addictive for a few reasons. First, many sodas contain caffeine, which in and of itself is an addictive substance. Second, soda also contains large amounts of sugar, which is another addictive substance. Finally, soda is often attached to habits. When we drive, we reach for a soda. When we watch sports, we choose soda. There are soda triggers everywhere. And since breaking habits is often the hardest part of breaking addictions, it’s one of the hardest parts about giving up soda as well.

What’s the Consensus on Consumption?

If we’re being honest with ourselves, that’s quite a list of reasons to skip soda. For many, it’s enough to make the switch to water or tea or other healthier options. But before we completely bash your favorite product, soda might have one redeeming quality: For many, it’s simply the lesser of two or more evils.

Sure, soda is bad for you. But if you’re trying to stop drinking energy drinks, then soda is the better choice. If you’re a former addict who has given up drugs or alcohol, by all means, drink the soda. The key is to be smart. If you can cut back or give it up, do it. You’ll boost your health and probably feel better too.

Soda really is bad for your health whether it’s a cola or not cola. Is it the worst thing in the world? No. Should it be in your diet? Also no. It doesn’t bring any advantages to the average person and, in fact, only brings potential harm. Limit the soda in your life and you’ll probably find that Coca-Cola was right -- ”Life tastes good.”

Chiropractic Care for Kids – What You Should Know
Many current chiropractic patients who are also parents have considered and wondered about trying chiropractic care for their children. Chiropractic has been effective for them, and they feel that it could also benefit their kids. But some worry about chiropractic care for young people. Is it safe? What kind of results will we see? Here we will clear up the confusion, and explain why and how chiropractic is beneficial for children of all ages.

The Proof is in the Pudding
Chiropractic care for children is nothing new – it has been around for a long time, and has proven to be effective in treating and addressing a variety of disorders specific to kids. Chiropractic has been shown to improve the condition of colicky babies by correcting subluxation and therefore reducing the discomfort that causes crying and pain. Children with problems sleeping have found relief through chiropractic care, as have kids with gait problems and abnormal spinal curvature. A final point about this is that chiropractic is non-invasive, and is founded upon gentle but effective adjustment techniques that are safe and well tested.

Kids Get Hurt – Chiropractic Can Help
In addition to treating the conditions above, chiropractic can help restore kids to health when they experience injuries. Let’s be honest: kids get hurt. They run and fall, they jump off things they shouldn’t, they injure themselves playing sports. Chiropractic works to align the spine and joints, and fix the root cause of the issue.

Optimizing Body Function
By properly aligning the spine, chiropractic promotes healthy nervous system flow and communication. When there are misaligned points on the spine, it can put excessive pressure on nearby nerves, causing pain and interference with brain communication. Fixing this means that the brain is allowed to communicate with the body, and make the best decisions for health. A young body depends on a healthy nervous system, because it is growing and changing every day and needs accurate input in order to continue on the right path. Chiropractic can help children achieve this, and thrive as they grow from child to adult.

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