Common Reasons for a Newborn to See a Chiropractor

Birth is amazing. It is life changing. It is also traumatic. Even when everything goes right. Especially if the process wasn’t ideal. Birth affects everyone involved: the mother, the baby, the other parent, and the people waiting to welcome the new life into their world.

Related: Pregnancy Chiropractic Care by Dr. Allyson

Let’s look at some great reasons for babies to visit the chiropractor.

#1. Birth is Tough

During pregnancy the focus is mostly on the mother. Health wise and attention wise. Everybody understands and acknowledges that birth is hard on the mother. It IS! But what is often not addressed is that birth is hard on the baby too. Squeezing through the birth canal or experiencing a C-Section can be hard on babies’ bodies. A newborn chiro check-up and regular care can ensure that all those precious, malleable bones are in the right place after all that twisting and squeezing—not to mention being passed around to everyone who wants to hold the new baby.

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#2. Improved Immunity

Speaking of passing the baby, it’s important to protect a newborn from germs and viruses. We can do a lot of things to help with this, including washing hands, staying away from sick people, putting a plastic bubble around the baby. Well, ok, maybe not that one. Grandma will get upset when she can’t pinch those delicious cheeks. But you can armor your baby with a well-functioning immune system. Regular chiropractic care is like a coat of armor for the immune system. It helps the body become a well oiled machine to fight off germs.

#3. Improved Sleep Quality

All parents of newborns are sleep deprived, but the baby might be too. Chiropractic adjustments help improve the quality of sleep for babies, children, and adults. Everyone in the house of a newborn needs the best sleep they can get. Parenting isn’t easy!

Gentle massage and spinal adjustments help babies get a better night's sleep.

#4. Helps with Colic

About 15% of newborns are diagnosed with colic and can cry up to 3 hours a day. If you have ever experienced a newborn cry for a mere 3 minutes you can imagine what 3 hours could do to everyone’s peace of mind. Chiropractic care is a safe and natural way to ease colic symptoms and reduce crying.

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#5. Ear Infections

Ear infections can be common in infants and children, but they don’t have to be. Chiropractic care is often overlooked as a very good preventative measure for ear infections. Five out of six children will experience an ear infection by the time they are three years old. Studies have proven chiropractic treatment of earaches is very effective. Adjustments to the spine and nervous system are able to help strengthen the immune system and help your child manage pain better.

#6. Digestive Issues

Babies can experience all sorts of tummy trouble such as constipation, reflux, and gerd, are quite common. There are specific areas of the spine connected to digestion so if any areas are out of alignment, the body will let you know and your baby will let you know. Nerve function also affects how the body manages digestion. Once the spine is aligned, better digestion resumes.

Babies and Chiropractic : The Wrap Up

We want the best for our children and chiropractic care early in a baby’s life can help set him or her up for a lifetime of good health and habits. If your baby is unusually fussy, sleep deprived, or can’t be consoled with the usual methods, a chiropractic visit could really help.

Dr. Allyson is passionate and trained in working with pregnant women and babies and is also trained as a Doula. She offers extensive knowledge about the incredible journey your body experiences throughout pregnancy, how to best adapt during each trimester as well as provides you with additional at home care recommendations to support your changing body. She even does house calls!

Call Moore Health and Healing today to talk to Dr. Allyson.(517) 781-4884

“I can’t wait to hear about how your pregnancy is going or meet you and your newborn. Let’s work together to create holistic health for the whole family.” ~Dr. Allyson Moore

To learn more about Moore Life’s Pregnancy and Infant Chiropractic care, click here.

Natural Ways to Combat Seasonal Allergies

ACHOOO!!!! Sniff. Sniff.

“Are you sick?”

“No, it’s just allergies.”

While this is a typical response that means, “Don’t worry, I am not contagious,” anyone with allergies knows seasonal allergies are no joke. It’s hard to breath, our eyes are red and itchy, and even though they make us tired, it can be hard to sleep.

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Fall is a common season for allergies to act up, even though we think most plants should be done blooming and pollinating by now. Ragweed is a huge source of Fall allergies. Did you know that if you are sensitive to ragweed your allergies might also be triggered by certain fruits and vegetables, including bananas, melon, and zucchini? Weird, right? It is also zucchini season here in Michigan. Hmmmmm. That amazing chocolate zucchini bread you love so much might be making your nose run. Darn it.

According to WebMD, mold and dust mites can also contribute to seasonal allergies. Piles of wet leaves can produce mold as well as damp basements and siding. Dust mites blow around our houses when we turn on our furnace for the first time and stir everything up.

Kids also have a tough time during the Fall, and it’s not just because they are surrounded by all the other kids with cooties. Dust and mold exist in schools too. That cold your kid caught on the bus might actually be allergies.

The good news is that there are several natural and easy ways we can combat the symptoms of seasonal allergies that can save us money and several trips to the allergist to get poked. Ouch!

Natural Ways to Fight Seasonal Allergies

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#1. Peak Pollen Times

Check the weather or get a good app on your phone that alerts you on days when the pollen count is really high. When this occurs, close your windows and stay indoors. You can also wear a mask if you do go outside. You may feel silly and worry that people will think you have some deadly disease, but it really could help.

#2. Chiropractic Adjustments

This is one of those “magical” ways chiropractic care can help that may not seem obvious at first. Yes, we do help people’s necks and backs feel better, but we do so much more than that. If your body is aligned properly it is much better able to defend itself and protect you from outside elements like germs and allergy inducing things like pollen and mold.

#3. Change your Furnace Filter

BEFORE you turn on your furnace for the first time this year, change your filter. This will drastically cut down on the stuff flying around your house and stuffing up your nose. A HEPA filter is the best way to go. Getting your heating ducts cleaned out can also go a long way to create a healthy home environment. You can also get a HEPA filter for your vacuum cleaner too.

#4. Take Your Shoes off and Wash Your Face

Avoid bringing allergens into you home with you by removing your shoes and washing your face and hands when you come in.

#5. Eat Healthy

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Just like chiropractic adjustments can help your body’s defense, so can eating healthy. Fruits, vegetables, and proper nutrition make your body healthier and stronger. Getting the right vitamins and minerals is “medicine” for your body.

#6. Rinse Out Your Nose

If you have never used a neti pot or nasal bulb this can seem like a really weird thing to do, and it is. But rinsing your nasal passages cleans the allergens from your nose. It also flushes out bacteria and mucus that can cause that pesky postnasal drip that makes us sound and feel gross.

A good solution to use in your neti pot is 3 teaspoons of iodide-free salt with 1 teaspoon of baking soda. To use, put 1 teaspoon of the mixture into 8 ounces of distilled or boiled then cooled water. Lean over a sink and gently flush one nostril at a time.

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#7. Drink lots of Fluids

While drowning your allergy symptoms in alcohol may sound tempting, we really mean drink more water, tea, juice, and other liquids that can help flush your system. Extra liquid will thin the mucus in your nasal passages. Warm liquids (tea, broth, and soup) are soothing and also provide some steam when held close to the face. Breath deep and take long sips.

Ahhhhhh.

#8. Steam those allergies out!

If breathing over a warm cup of broth doesn’t quite do it, you can go bigger by placing your head over a big bowl of hot water with a towel over your head. Or sit in the bathroom with a hot shower running. This will help to break of the congestion and get you breathing easier.

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#9. Eat Local Honey

Purchase honey that has been produced in your area. Farmers markets and local stores are a good source for this. Honey that has been made locally is made from local bees collecting pollen from local plants. While this may seem counter intuitive, it works a lot like allergy shots. Allergy shots actually inject small amounts of what you are allergic to into your body in hopes that your body will get use to it and not react as strongly. Honey can do the same thing, just in a more delicious and non-painful way.

Natural Ways to Fight Allergies: The Wrap Up

You don’t have to continue to sniff and blow your way through the Fall. Doing all or a combination of the above listed things can help you feel better and enjoy the beautiful, cool weather. We encourage you to make a chiropractic appointment soon so your body can maximize its defense against the season. Call today (517) 781-4884

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Why a detox can boost your immune system

With the start of a new season, the best way to boost your immune system and keep those allergies at bay is with a healthy detox. But what does it mean to “detox”? This word can take on a whole host of meanings. To me it means nourishing and supporting our body’s natural detox functions. If you pump gas, breathe air, drink water, eat food, or live in a house then you are the perfect candidate for a fall detox. What I do to kick start a new season is the Standard Process 21 Day Purification Cleanse or Standard Process 10 Day Detox Balance Program. These cleanses are all about eating foods that best support the body’s design for purification, digestion, and elimination. Along with Standard Process supplements, you’ll support your major organ systems with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients found in whole foods. **If you are interested in ordering one of these cleanses please contact us directly to order your kit.**

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Another critical part of supporting our detox pathways is evaluating the purity of our environments. You can think of your environment as places where you spend a significant amount of time: your home, car, bathroom, etc. Did you know that the air inside your house is up to 5 times more polluted than the air outside on the worst polluted day!? Making sure that all of your household cleaning products are naturally-derived is extremely important (especially if you have children and pets). The products we use every day may give off toxins that we then breathe in or absorb through our skin. With just a few simple ingredients, including essential oils, you can disinfect and clean, as well as rid your home of bacteria, mold, viruses and unpleasant odors. 

try this instead

simple all-purpose household cleaner recipe:

  • ¼ cup white vinegar

  • 1 ¾ cup water

  • 30 drops essential oils

 Combine all in a 16 oz glass spray bottle

 Best oils for cleaning:

·      Lemon

·      Lavender

·      Wild Orange

·      Rosemary

·      Cinnamon

·      Clove

·      Grapefruit

·      Eucalyptus

·      Melaleuca

·      Cleansing Blend

·      Peppermint

·      Protective Blend

·      Bergamot

Be Kind to your body

Keeping your detox pathways working effectively can help your body to adapt to the changing of seasons more effectively and efficiently. Perhaps you will experience less allergy symptoms, an increase in energy and mood, or maybe even better sleep. When we treat our bodies with respect and provide them with an environment free from toxic chemicals we can reap the benefits for years and years to come.

Auto Accidents and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injuries)

Have you ever been in an auto accident? Even a minor fender bender can leave you feeling rattled, sore, and dealing with “jangley” nerves. It can also make it difficult to get behind the wheel again.

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI) are a whole other level of injury that should not be ignored. In our most recent blog about sports related concussions we reported that 5 to 8 percent of high school football players will suffer from a concussion this year. That is a really high statistic.

An even more alarming statistic is that over half of all reported traumatic brain injuries are the result of an automobile accident. Yikes! Please don’t discount the possibility that you or a loved one may have experienced a head injury. Keep an eye for the signs.

Keep in mind that any type of head injury could be a traumatic brain injury. It doesn’t take a major car accident or hard tackle to cause one. Falling off a bike, slipping on a wet floor, or hitting your head on something like a table or coat hook stuck in the wall.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Don’t Always Present Right Away

A client of ours reported that her father-in-law was in a car accident earlier this year. He got an x-ray and treatment immediately even though he didn’t remember hitting his head. The doctors didn’t see any indication of trauma, his head didn’t hurt, and he was feeling alright. A couple of weeks later he started to experience slight balance issues and mild headaches. An MRI showed severe bleeding on the brain and he was admitted to surgery that day. We are happy to report he has made a full recovery even though they gave him a pretty bad haircut :) But joking aside, this is a good example of symptoms showing up later, even to the doctors.

It is really important to be vigilant about symptoms, even several weeks after an accident.

5 Common Types of Traumatic Brain Injuries

  1. Concussion. The most common type of brain injury but often overlooked. A concussion occurs when your brain strikes the inside of your skull as a result of a sudden change in movement or momentum, such as during a car crash (or colliding in sports).

  2. Contusion. A bruise on the brain that typically results from direct impact to the head. Contusions can occur if the driver hits his or her head on something like the steering wheel or window. Contusions can also occur if you are is struck by an object flying through the car.

  3. Penetration. A penetrating head wound is exactly what is sounds like. An object, usually with some force, penetrates your skull. We aware that objects inside a vehicle can become dangerous projectiles in an accident.

  4. Diffuse axonal. This commonly occurs in high speed accidents where the head injury is caused by severe rotation or shaking. Such as when the vehicle stops abruptly upon impact and the brain is not moving as fast as the skull.

  5. Coup-contrecoup. A coup-contrecoup injury occurs when the brain jerks suddenly within the skull. This is more common in common in extremely violent or forceful accidents , such as a rollover. The impact causes the brain to suddenly strike both inner sides of the skull, damaging both sides of the brain.

Post-Accident Chiropractic Care Aides in the Healing Process

Chiropractic Care can be invaluable after car accidents. Even minor ones where you were “merely” jostled about and a bit sore. If you are not hospitalized for severe injuries we recommend visiting a chiropractor within a day or two of your accident.

The transformation you can experience could be quite unexpected. Your “trick knee” that acts up from time to time may not even hurt after an adjustment. Your sore neck maybe stop bothering you. The low grade tension headache you’ve had since the accident could easily vanish. . Accidents happen very quickly and your mind not be able to process all the things that your body goes through. Your chiropractor can help adjust everything and get you back to feeling better sooner.

If you are in a more serious accident and need time to recover from surgeries and therapy, we encourage you to include chiropractic care into your recovery plan as soon it makes sense and your primary care doctor clears you for it.

How Does Chiropractic Care Help with Traumatic Brain Injuries?

Your brain and nervous system are the pilot and co-pilot of your entire body. They tell the rest of the body what to do. The delivery method of this communication is the proper flow of cerebro-spinal fluid which is regulated by the joints in your spine and neck. If your neck or spine is mis-aligned or pinched than the fluid can’t reach back to the brain properly and communication breaks down. This can affect brain function.

By restoring proper spinal function, your nerves and spinal fluids can flow properly. If the brain is receiving it’s messages properly it can heal more effectively.

Your body also won’t have to work as hard to hear if it is properly aligned.

If you have been in an accident and suffered a head injury, contact Moore Health and Healing. Our chiropractic team has helped people of all ages recover from accidents and enjoy life again.

Align your body. Balance your brain. Heal your life.

What you need to know about concussions

As summer begins to wind down, the days become shorter, children start getting excited to start a new school year, and the first thing I think about is FOOTBALL! The second thing I think about is….concussions. With more and more young people playing contact sports, the concussion rates among student athletes continue to rise. According to UPMC Sports Medicine, 5 to 8 percent of high school football players will suffer from a concussion this year. That is a frightening statistic for our young student athletes.

Concussions are extremely complex injuries with a wide range of symptoms as well as outcomes, which is why half of concussions go unreported or undetected. When we experience a concussion, the brain cells become damaged, causing chemical and cellular changes. The most common cause of a concussion is a hard, direct hit to the head in contact sports. However, it can also happen from an indirect hit that still causes your head to severely jerk, like a whiplash injury from a car accident.

Some symptoms a person might experience from a concussion are:

  • Headaches

  • Neck pain that does not go away

  • Difficulty concentrating or remembering

  • Slowness in speaking, thinking, acting, or reading

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Mood changes for no reason

  • Changes in sleep patterns (having difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much)

  • Nausea

  • Blurred vision

  • Ringing in the ears

  • Increased sensitivity to light and sounds

 All of these symptoms are a sign of altered brain function. This can be a very serious issue if not treated properly and can increase your risk of getting another concussion if you resume normal activity too quickly. Seek immediate medical care after any acute head trauma to rule out anything serious.

After that, find a professional who can take care of your skull and spine’s alignment to ensure the best recovery, and prevent the damaging effects of future head trauma. Did you know that your skull is not just one round bone, but actually consists of 8 cranial bones and 14 facial bones? Realigning these 22 bones of the head along with the spine after trauma ensures proper blood flow and nerve flow to the brain so that it can heal properly. 

Align your body. Balance your brain. Heal your life. 

Whole Veterans Act

Have you heard about the most recent bill passed by the VA? It’s called the Whole Veteran Act. What I love about the title of this bill is the word “whole.” In the past, the VA has not treated the “whole” person: mind, body, soul. With this new bill, the VA has finally recognized that there is a national public health crisis that needs to be addressed by early interventions in mental healthcare. This will allow congress to do a better job in providing our veterans with the mental health resources and tools needed to get on the path to recovery.

 “Physical, emotional, and mental health needs are all interconnected, and it is essential that Whole Health programs and treatments focus on the whole veteran instead of concentrating on an isolated condition,” said Representative Conor Lamb. Twenty veterans die by suicide every day. This is unacceptable.“If we're serious about reducing veteran suicide, we must provide veterans access to programs that promote overall mental health and wellness,” said House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Chairman Mark Takano (CA-41).  “That’s why I’m proud to support Congressman Lamb’s bill that will ensure VA’s holistic health care programming is available and accessible for our veterans regardless of where they live.”

Services covered by this act include:

  • massage

  • chiropractic

  • acupuncture

  • guided imagery

  • meditation

  • yoga

  • equine services

  • whole health clinician services

  • other holistic treatments

If you or a loved one is interested in receiving chiropractic services from Moore Life Health and Healing please follow the steps provided below:

1) Schedule your visit at the VA clinic with your primary care doctor.

2) Request authorization to see Dr. Ryan Moore at Moore Life Health and Healing.

3) VA doctor will grant the authorization.

4) The VA will contact Moore Life Health and Healing to schedule your first visit.

We look forward to helping you and your family achieve Moore health and healing.

How to protect your skin AND the ocean this summer

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With summer right around the corner, it’s time to talk about keeping our skin safe from those powerful rays. We all know that sun has damaging effects to the skin (more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year than all other cancers combined) but did you know that an estimated 90% of the signs of aging are caused by the sun?! So not only does the sun have an effect on our skin’s health but it also makes us look older faster! Do not fret though, I have some amazing safe sunscreens to share with you. 

 What do I mean by the term “safe” sunscreen. First, let’s talk about chemical vs. mineral sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s UV energy and release it back into the air as heat. The vast majority of sunscreens on the market contain chemical sunscreen ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone or octocrylene. Mineral sunscreens on the other hand use particles like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that sit on the surface of the skin and scatter or reflect the sun’s rays away from the skin. Mineral sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin or anyone who doesn’t want toxic chemicals floating through their bloodstream. Not only are mineral sunscreens safer for our skin, they are safer for our oceans. In May 2018, Hawaii passed a law prohibiting the sale of sunscreens made with oxybenzone and octinoxate (chemical sunscreens) because of the devastating effects they were having on the coral reef. If these chemicals can kill the coral reef just think about what they are doing inside our bodies.

 If you are looking for an awesome mineral sunscreen check out these. My favorite is the Mineral Sunscreen Mist. It goes on easily and doesn’t irritate my skin. Happy sunning!