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4 Things to Consider When Facing Sleep Problems in Children

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4 Things to Consider When Facing Sleep Problems in Children

All parents know that sleep can be hard to come by in the early years of life. With nighttime feedings, midnight diaper changes, and crib spit-up messes, getting a full night’s sleep may not come for several weeks or months after your little one is born. But what most parents don’t expect is to still be dealing with sleep troubles well into childhood—through the toddler years, preschool ages, and even into schooling years. Thankfully, there are natural and effective ways to remedy sleep problems in children, and your local Rochester Hills chiropractor is here to walk you through the solutions.

#1. Try Sleep Training

Sleep training has gotten a bad rap in recent years, as it’s touted as heartless parents who ignore their children’s cries all night long. This description couldn’t be further from the truth. Yes, it’s okay to let a baby cry for a few minutes as they learn how to self-soothe, but nowhere did it say that you have to let them cry forever to learn to sleep well. Sleep training is about helping prepare their little bodies for a good night’s sleep and giving them the tools and ability to rest well without the assistance of a person or object.

#2. Pay Attention to Their Diet

Older kids especially are likely to see sleep disturbances when their diets are less than ideal. If your kiddo is eating dessert every night right before bed and then has trouble sleeping, you should see a pretty simple solution. But even dessert-free homes see diets linked to sleep troubles. Too much sugar, not enough protein, or low water consumption can contribute to poor sleep. Take a look at your pantry and fridge and see how you can modify your children’s diets slightly to improve their quality of slumber.

#3. Look at Their Daily Activities

Even as adults, we struggle to sleep at night on days when we laze around doing nothing. Kids are the same way. Maybe they’re restless or overtired, or maybe they simply didn’t have an opportunity to expel some energy. Get your kids moving during the day, minimize screen time, and get their brains thinking and working. Staying physically and mentally active throughout the day can do wonders for sleep quality.

#4. See a Chiropractor

Chiropractic care is an excellent option for kids struggling to get a good night’s sleep. Not only is it hugely effective and extremely safe, but it can also improve a number of other areas of their lives. Chiropractic adjustments can help regulate hormone levels, which play a role in a child’s ability to sleep. They can also help with digestive troubles, attention and focus issues, and general pain and discomfort that a child may be dealing with.

If your child is struggling to sleep well, you may feel at a loss about what to do. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic are here to help your whole family function better, live healthier, and get a better night’s sleep.

4 Tips for Wearing Backpacks Safely

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4 Tips for Wearing Backpacks Safely

Although we’re in the midst of the summer heat even here in Michigan, fall is just around the corner. With fall comes a return to school, and for some, that means the first time wearing a backpack in a long time. While some only took a break over the summer, many students have been out of in-person school for an extremely long time, meaning it’s been quite a while since they’ve lugged around a heavy backpack. As students return this fall, kids young and old need to keep in mind these tips for wearing their backpacks safely to keep spinal health at its best.

#1. Get the Right Type

While some teens see backpacks as a fashion accessory and it’s certainly okay to get a nice-looking one, function needs to take precedence over style. Avoid one-strap bags of any kind and make sure the shoulder straps have enough padding and width to be comfortable and supportive. It’s also a good idea to get one with several pockets, especially for older students, so that they can more evenly distribute the weight of their belongings to make carrying it more comfortable.

#2. Make Sure It Fits

It can be easy to get overzealous with the size of a backpack for little ones, and for older students to underestimate how big of a backpack they need. While it’s important to ensure the backpack is the right size for your needs and your body, it’s also important to make sure the straps fit well. The backpack shouldn’t hang beneath your rear end, so the straps need to be tightened if it does.

#3. Keep an Eye on the Weight

High school and college students often have multiple books, and many of them are huge and heavy! It can be hard to limit the weight of what students have to carry in their backpacks, but they should do whatever possible to reduce the weight that’s on their back. Heavy backpacks cause poor posture and spinal discomfort, which can lead to spinal misalignments and unnecessary pain. Try to place heavier items at the back and bottom of the backpack, with lighter items at the top and outside areas. Also, consider carrying some books in other ways or leaving some unneeded ones at home or in a locker.

#4. See a Chiropractor

Although this tip isn’t about actually wearing a backpack, being under chiropractic care is a great way to optimize your students’ spinal health this fall. Chiropractic care can help rebalance and realign the spine, which allows your children to stay healthy and pain-free all year long. Make an appointment with Rochester Hills chiropractors Dr. Brendan Shanahan and Dr. Thomas Madigan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Infant GERD

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Infant GERD

Life with a newborn is anything but predictable. It’s beautiful in its own right, but it can also be messy, a bit confusing, and a little stressful. If your little bundle of joy has been struggling with excessive crying, forceful spitting up, and drastic changes in appetite, he or she may have infant GERD. That can be overwhelming to an exhausted new parent, but know that there is help and you don’t have to face the challenges of infant GERD alone. Whether your baby has been officially diagnosed with infant GERD or you simply suspect that it’s the culprit of your frustrations, here are 5 things you didn’t know about infant GERD that can be absolute game-changers.

1. It’s similar to adult acid reflux.

Some babies have acid reflux just like adults have it, but infant GERD is a little more severe. Rather than little bits of spit up, even if they’re frequent, infant GERD brings about forceful spitting up that more closely resembles vomiting, and it generally brings about a large volume of spit up.

2. It may have to do with an underdeveloped digestive system.

Babies are still growing and developing long after they are born. One area where this is most prevalent is within their digestive system. It’s why newborns can only have milk and older infants can only have gentle foods like fruits and vegetables. Some babies’ digestive systems take a little longer to develop and function properly, especially when it comes to swallowing and digesting milk well.

3. It’s rarely serious.

Even though it can be frightening to watch your baby forcefully spit up large amounts of milk, thankfully, infant GERD is rarely serious. If your baby struggles to gain weight or is constantly crying or upset due to their infant GERD, you can seek help from a professional.

4. Daily habits can help reduce symptoms.

Sometimes, just changing a few things with the baby can help alleviate some of their infant GERD symptoms. When feeding, try to give your baby smaller amounts of milk but more frequently throughout the day. This can help reduce how much they spit up (if they do) and can help them not be overfull, which can lead to more spitting up. You can also try to keep baby a little more upright, which can help their milk stay in their bellies rather than come back up. If you are nursing and suspect that something you’re eating is causing the spitting up, you can alter your own diet to see if that helps. Dairy is the most common culprit of food-related infant GERD.

5. Chiropractic can help infant GERD.

Perhaps the most effective form of treatment for infant GERD is chiropractic care. Gentle adjustments to baby’s spine can remove spinal misalignments that occurred during the birthing process. These chiropractic adjustments are extremely gentle, and they can help their little nervous systems work better, which allows their digestive system to function properly.

Is Chiropractic Care a Solution for Muscle Cramps?

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Is Chiropractic Care a Solution for Muscle Cramps?

 

Many of us know that feeling when we are going along, feeling just fine, and all of the sudden, we stop in pain as a muscle cramp comes on in full force. That split-second instance of muscle cramp pain can bring us screeching to a halt. If you know this feeling, then you are not alone. Approximately 95% of people will experience muscle cramping in their lives, but it doesn’t have to slow you down. With the help of a Rochester Hills chiropractor, you can find relief from frustrating and painful muscle cramps.

 

Managing Muscle Cramping

 

What do you do when the muscle cramps hit? Some people may need to drink more water as this can be one reason for muscle cramping. Others might be suffering from a vitamin deficiency. While it can be simple to apply heat or ice or even reach for over-the-counter treatment options such as topical cream, these are not long-term, permanent solutions to get rid of muscle cramps once and for all. Chronic muscle cramping may require a visit to a doctor to seek more intensive options, or you may even want to consider chiropractic care as an option for ending muscle cramping. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan of Vitality Precision Chiropractic can help!

 

What Is Causing My Muscle Cramping?

 

At the root of chronic muscle cramps may lie an even larger issue. When stretching, resting, hydrating, and all the other methods for relieving muscle cramps fail, it’s time to take a look elsewhere. What you may not realize is that the spine plays a crucial role in the overall function of the body. Any vertebrae that are out of place, known as spinal misalignments, can cause dysfunction. Spinal misalignments can lead to muscle tightness or even nerve interference that is at the root of chronic muscle cramping pain.

 

What Can I Do for Muscle Cramps?

 

Regular chiropractic care from a Rochester Hills chiropractor may be just what you need. Gentle spinal adjustments will restore proper alignment of the spine and will also restore nerve communication. This then will relieve muscle tightness. All of these things can contribute to and be at the core of muscle cramps. Not only does proper spinal alignment relieve muscle cramping, but it also has numerous other benefits such as improved blood flow, increased muscle movement, and improved musculoskeletal function, all of which help to diminish instances of muscle cramping so that your body can feel at its very best.

 

For more information about what chiropractic care can do for your muscle cramps and your overall health, reach out to Rochester Hills chiropractors Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan today. Contact Vitality Precision Chiropractic to schedule your appointment. We look forward to working with you towards a healthier, happier lifestyle.

Why We Need a Good Sleep

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Why We Need a Good Sleep

 

You don’t need a scientist to tell you that sleep is essential. You feel the effects of a bad night’s sleep, whether it’s one night or multiple nights—headaches, fatigue, brain fog, poor concentration, even stomach aches! New parents especially are well-versed with how essential sleep is to being able to function daily. There are some serious long-term consequences, mentally and physically, for those of us not getting enough sleep each night. Thankfully, visiting a Rochester Hills chiropractor can be helpful in maintaining or achieving quality sleep. Learning more about why our bodies need sleep and how visiting Vitality Precision Chiropractic in Rochester Hills will empower you to take the next step in a holistically healthy lifestyle.

 

Why Do We Need Sleep?

 

Our bodies operate on an internal clock, which is attuned to a cycle known as the circadian rhythm. This internal clock tells us when to feel tired and when to wake up, and it repeats that cycle every 24 hours. Light also influences this rhythm, and as the light disappears from the day, our bodies naturally release melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy. When the sun rises the next day, our bodies produce hormones that induce energy and alertness.

 

Scientists have known that adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep per night in order to maintain healthy sleep patterns, but this number varies with age. Teenagers and young adults might need more, while older adults often need less. While our bodies move through different stages of sleep, known as NREM and REM cycles, it’s important for both our bodies and brains that we experience enough uninterrupted cycles of sleep, as each stage helps our bodies recharge and recover in a different way. When we sleep, our bodies are resting but our brain is working, but in a different way than while we are awake. Scientists have learned that the main function of sleep in adults is to maintain our brain function and repair any normal neurological damage that humans experience during waking hours.

 

Risks of Lack of Sleep

 

When we don’t get enough sleep, we’re keeping our brains from going through a self-healing process. Lack of sleep for any period of time means our bodies aren’t functioning properly, which leaves us at risk for illness or injury.

 

Ways to Improve Sleep

 

Chiropractic care from experienced Rochester Hills chiropractors like Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan can help. In fact, it has been proven that regular adjustments to fix spinal misalignments can improve sleep patterns. Regular chiropractic care restores your body’s natural

alignment, giving your body the best chance to heal itself and prevent any future injury or illness. Additionally, the doctors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic can help evaluate your sleep habits and advise you on any ways you might be able to adjust your lifestyle in order to improve sleep.

 

If you’re ready to see how chiropractic care can help improve your sleep, reach out to Vitality Precision Chiropractic today for an appointment.

3 Types of Ulcers and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

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3 Types of Ulcers and How Chiropractic Care Can Help

 

You may know the feeling: the stomach rumbling, the dull burning pain somewhere in between your chest and belly, the anxiety and lack of sleep. If these things sound all-too-common to you, you are probably familiar with ulcers. One in ten Americans will experience ulcers at some point in their lives. While ulcers are common and often not serious, they can really be disruptive to your life. It’s often hard to pinpoint just what diet or medication will make you feel better rather than adding to your woes. Many people aren’t aware that routine chiropractic care can be a safe, natural, and effective way to manage ulcers and ulcer pain.

 

What Are Ulcers and Why Do I Get Them?

 

Three main types of ulcers are responsible for the discomfort most people feel: peptic, duodenal, and gastric. Peptic ulcers are typically found in the lining of your intestine and stomach. Duodenal ulcers are found in your small intestine, and gastric ulcers are found in your stomach.

 

Bacteria is the culprit of most ulcers, as it causes damage to the stomach lining, which allows stomach acid and digestive juices to get through the lining. What can be worse is that over-the-counter pain medication that seems like it would help can often hurt or exacerbate the problem because these medicines further erode the stomach lining over time.

 

To manage ulcers and ulcer pain, it can be necessary to make changes to your diet, exercise, and lifestyle. Limiting alcohol and quitting smoking can also help symptoms. But if your pain doesn’t go away, before you consider invasive surgeries or stronger medications, consult with a Rochester Hills chiropractor at Vitality Precision Chiropractic to see how we can help.

 

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care is known for effectively treating the root issues of many ailments, and ulcers are no different. Subluxations, or spinal misalignments, can interfere with your body’s natural communication and functioning, leading to all kinds of pain and discomfort, including digestive issues and ulcers. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan will evaluate your needs and can help relieve ulcer pain and the underlying misalignments through gentle adjustments. Routine chiropractic adjustments through Rochester Hills chiropractors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic can lead to a holistic, natural, and effective means of whole-body health care. Say goodbye to expensive and ineffective medications that only make things worse. Your digestive system will thank you!

 

If you’re ready to find a solution to painful and disruptive ulcers, then it’s time to consult with Rochester Hills chiropractors Dr. Brendan Shanahan and Dr. Thomas Madigan. Book an appointment today to get started on your journey to a long-term, pain-free life.

Chiropractic Care for Raynaud’s

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Chiropractic Care for Raynaud’s

If you’re like most Rochester Hills residents, you’re constantly trying to stay warm in this colder climate. But you might have experienced some strange symptoms because of the cold climate. Do tingly, white, or blue fingers or toes sound familiar? These symptoms can be scary, but they might be a non-serious condition called Raynaud’s disease. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic are here to help manage this cold-weather-inducing issue.

 

What Is Raynaud’s Disease?

 

Raynaud’s disease is a disorder that causes parts of your body, usually the fingers and toes, to feel numb and cold. This numbing and cold sensation is caused by blood vessels in affected areas narrowing, which limits the blood flow to those areas.

Symptoms include cold fingers or toes, color changes in your skin in response to cold or stress, and numbness, prickly feelings, or stinging pain upon warming or stress relief. During an “attack,” the affected areas typically turn white first, then can turn blue as they begin to feel cold and numb. As circulation improves, affected areas can then turn red and begin to tingle and throb. It can take up to 15 minutes for blood flow to return.

What Causes Raynaud’s?

 

There’s no one cause for Raynaud’s and doctors are still unsure as to why it shows up when it does, but there are some risk factors that doctors have identified. Women are affected more than men, and the disorder usually appears between the ages of 15 and 30. People in cold climates are usually affected more, as are those with a family history of Raynaud’s.

 

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

 

There are some simple, short-term ways to manage Raynaud’s and minimize symptoms. Soaking your hands and feet in warm water, wearing warm clothes and socks, warming up your car before you drive, and bundling up when you go out all help keep blood circulating properly.

 

But for long-term holistic care and relief, chiropractic care can be an effective way to manage blood flow issues that cause Raynaud’s flare-ups. Spinal misalignments can cause all sorts of issues with the central nervous system, which controls all your bodily functions and systems. If your nervous system isn’t functioning properly, your body can misfire and miscommunicate, leaving you at an increased risk of many disorders, including Raynaud’s. Raynaud’s can also be a symptom of an underlying disordered sympathetic nervous system. A chiropractic evaluation from the doctors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic can identify and correct misalignments, thus restoring proper nerve communication,

increasing blood flow, and returning the sympathetic nervous system to its proper function. Identifying and adjusting misalignments can result in decreased Raynaud’s attacks, and also promote a generally healthy lifestyle.

 

If you’re searching for a Rochester Hills chiropractor to help you identify issues and help manage long-term care for Raynaud’s, visit Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic for an appointment today!

3 Reasons Chiropractic Care Is Best for Headaches

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3 Reasons Chiropractic Care Is Best for Headaches

 

Is there anyone out there that hasn’t suffered through a headache? Headaches might be the simplest, most commonplace complaint in the world, but they have so many varying causes and different degrees of severity. It can often be difficult to understand the source of a headache and then what the best corresponding treatment should be. Most people turn to pain killers for relief, but chiropractic care, when delivered with the expertise of the doctors at Vitality Precision Chiropractic, can be an effective alternative, especially for addressing chronic and disruptive conditions like migraines and vertigo.

 

Most experts believe that the cause for most common headaches is tension in the neck muscles. This tension can occur from strain, stress, or sitting in one position for too long. Everyone who has experienced this type of strain knows that while most of the time these headaches are mild discomforts, sometimes they are genuinely disruptive to your day. At Vitality Precision Chiropractic, Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan deliver expert care to their practice members looking for headache relief. Here are our top three reasons that chiropractic care is the best solution for headache relief.

 

1. Chiropractic Care Goes to the Source of the Issue

While medication can provide immediate relief, chiropractic adjustments focus on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system, which can help your body combat neck tension, leading to fewer headaches. Having your spine in alignment helps your nervous system function properly. When your nervous system is operating at optimal health, you feel the benefits.

 

2. Immediate, Short-Term, and Long-Term Relief

Chiropractic care has been proven as an effective and natural option to treat the source of headaches, but it is also a great choice for immediate, short-term, and long-term relief. When it comes to chronic tension headaches, studies have shown that weekly adjustments from a chiropractor not only brought relief in the short-term, but lasting relief even after the weekly adjustments had stopped. In the long term, there is no comparison—chiropractic care is far more effective than pain medication.

 

3. Benefits Beyond Just Pain Relief

Drugs for headaches typically only treat that one symptom and don’t give you any positive lingering or ripple effects. Because chiropractic adjustments are treating the source of pain, not just the symptom of pain, your whole body benefits from being in alignment, not just your head! In the case of chiropractic care versus medicine, the many side effects of chiropractic care are positive, and this certainly isn’t the case with medication.

 

If you’re looking for a Rochester Hills chiropractor to partner with you in your pain relief and healing journey, the dedicated team at Vitality Precision Chiropractic would be happy to welcome you into their family. Book an appointment with Dr. Madigan or Dr. Shanahan today!

Chiropractors versus Physical Therapists: Similarities, Differences, and What You Need to Know About Both

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Chiropractors versus Physical Therapists: Similarities, Differences, and What You Need to Know About Both

A lot of people lump chiropractors and physical therapists in the same category of medical professionals. While they certainly have some similarities, the vast majority will look very different from their counterparts.

Similarities

Both chiropractors and physical therapists can treat injuries, pain, and general discomfort with their knowledge and techniques. Both aim to improve issues with non-invasive and non-surgical options, often utilizing manual therapies or instrument-led techniques to reduce pain. Many physical therapists and chiropractors can treat the same issues, particularly limb-related injuries or ailments. Both professions require individuals to have a lengthy and comprehensive education, and both chiropractors and physical therapists are licensed medical professionals.

Differences

Physical therapists tend to focus on minimizing pain and improving range of motion. While this is also true of chiropractors, they also seek to maximize the function of the body, improve whole-body health, and remove any spinal misalignments that are causing problems. Physical therapists tend to focus on individual areas of the body that are causing pain or working improperly, whereas chiropractors aim to improve the function and wellness of the entire body. Physical therapists work primarily with the musculoskeletal system, and while chiropractors focus on the spine, their adjustments and techniques can improve the health of the entire body, from the digestive system to the reproductive system to minimizing headaches and more. Physical therapists will primarily offer stretches, massage, and range of motion activities to improve your mobility and decrease your pain. Chiropractors will perform adjustments to the spine and other joints in order to activate neural pathways and help the body heal itself.

What to Know About Both

Some chiropractors will have physical therapy offerings in their offices. This is not ideal for a few reasons. First, they are not trained physical therapists. They have to have some education in this field to become a chiropractor, but they are not as experienced or knowledgeable as a practicing physical therapist. Second, they should be focused on the central nervous system and optimizing your whole-body health through neurological adjustments, not on physical therapy exercises. There is certainly a time and place for PT services for some individuals, but that is a very distinct specialty from chiropractic, and you should see the different professionals for their different services.

Depending on what you’re dealing with or what your health goals are, you may prefer to see a chiropractor or a physical therapist, or you might even opt to see both for maximum benefit. Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan are Rochester Hills chiropractors who would love to serve you in their office with neurologically-based chiropractic care. They and their team at Vitality Precision Chiropractic encourage you to schedule a consultation to learn more about the countless benefits of chiropractic care

3 Reasons to See a Chiropractor After a Slip and Fall Accident

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3 Reasons to See a Chiropractor After a Slip and Fall Accident

One of the most common workplace injuries is a slip and fall accident. It’s also common to experience this type of injury at a store or other commercial location or business, particularly in the colder winter months when ice is typical. Especially in Rochester Hills, Michigan, where winters are long and frigid, slip and fall accidents are all too common.

While you may need to go to a primary care doctor or even a workman’s compensation doctor to begin your healing process, chiropractic care is a must when you’re recovering from an accident of this nature. Whether it’s covered or not under your insurance, workers’ comp, or otherwise, seeing a chiropractor after you get hurt falling will be hugely beneficial to you both now and in the future.

1. It Reduces Need for Medication

Depending on the severity of your injury from your slip and fall accident, you may have been prescribed pretty powerful pain reducers. The goal of taking these medications is to minimize the extreme pain so that you can begin to heal well, and then to get off them as soon as possible. Chiropractic care allows your body to heal and feel reduced symptoms of the injury more quickly, allowing you to ease yourself off the medication faster, which is best.

2. It Speeds Up Healing

When you are getting adjusted, your spine is put back into proper alignment which allows your central nervous system to work better. This speeds up healing because your blood flow is improved, your immune system is strengthened, and your muscles are given more oxygen, all of which contribute to healing. Additionally, your body is able to transition more easily to a sympathetic state, or a “rest and digest” state, where your body is able to replenish, restore, and renew cells, improving healing substantially.

3. It Helps You Feel Better

The primary goal after any injury is to feel better, both short-term and long-term. You don’t want to sit around forever waiting to feel better because you want to get back to work and life and things you enjoy. But you also don’t want to just take some pain pills and jump back to it with no regard for the long-term healing process and your future health. Chiropractic aims to not only help you feel better in the short-term, but it also helps prepare your body for long-term health and wellness, long after the injury has completely healed.

To learn more about neurologically-based chiropractic care in Rochester Hills, contact Dr. Thomas Madigan and Dr. Brendan Shanahan at Vitality Precision Chiropractic. They are passionate about seeing you experience true healing and true correction from your injuries and ailments with chiropractic care.

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