14

July

Save Your Back: Wise Advice when Feeding Baby in High Chair

When you’ve got a bad back, you absolutely know about it. Sitting, walking, bending – even lying in bed – can be excruciatingly painful with back pain, and believe it or not, something as simple as feeding your baby in a high chair can add to the pain.

As a parent, you know just how it can be when it comes time to feed your baby. Normally there are a million and one things going on, and it’s really tempting to do other things while spooning food to your baby. Don’t

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14

July

Interesting Facts About Weight Gain During Pregnancy

By the time women give birth, over 1/3 of their extra wight will come from the baby, the placenta and the amniotic fluid. Here are some averages to give you an idea….- At birth a baby weighs about 3.3kg- The placenta weighs 0.7kg- The amniotic fluid weighs 0.8kg

The other 2/3’s can be accounted for by the changes that happen to the woman’s body. Again, the averages:

– Muscle layer of the uterus (womb) grows an extra 0.9kg- Blood volume increases an extra 1.2kg- Extra fluid in the body weighing about 1.2kg-

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14

July

Tummy Time

In 1994, the Back to Sleep campaign was established and recommended that parents place their infants on their back while sleeping. Since then there has been a positive reduction in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, chiropractors are now noting a rise in Plagiocephaly which is flattening of the cranial bones from prolonged back lying.

Unfortunately, it is not an aesthetic issue, chiropractors are seeing the effects of Plagiocephaly such as developmental delays and poor tone in infants.

Parents should note the importance that Tummy Time plays on a child’s development. Infants should

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14

July

What is Your Posture?

Posture is the position in which we hold our bodies while standing, sitting, or lying down. Your posture directly affects your health. When posture is bad, unwanted pressure on your spine is increased. This can lead to tension, soreness, headaches, back pain and fatigue. Postural imbalance also compresses your internal organs, reducing their ability to function. This may cause issues such as respiratory problems, chest tightness, high blood pressure or poor digestion.

How to check your posture:

Observe someone standing from behind.

Check the level of their:

Shoulders and
Hips

These levels should be even on

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14

July

Zinc

The role of Zinc:

Activates over 200 enzyme systems in the body
Has anti-viral activity
Improves immunity
Is important for brain development and cognitive function
Involved in DNA and RNA synthesis
Helps absorb B vitamins
Is important for healthy thyroid function
Has a role in taste sensitivity
Improves carbon dioxide transport in the lungs
Reduces lactic acid levels in overworked muscles
Supports insulin action and blood sugar regulation
Is essential for wound healing
Enhances healthy sperm production
Is involved in production of testosterone
Assists production and secretion of HCl acid in the digestive system to help break down food and delivery nutrients to tissues.

Signs &

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14

July

Managing Migraines

Throbbing headache, nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound and visual disturbances are typical symptoms for a migraine sufferer.This can last up to 72 hours.

Predisposing factors to migraines include premenstral and menstural hormones, the Pill, magnesium levels and a poorly functioning spine and nervous system.

Foods known to trigger migraines include:

Cheese
Chocolate
Red wine
Caffeine
Citrus fruits

Stress is also a major culpri. Studies have shown stress releases cortisol, which alters the hormone balance in your body giving rise to a migraine.

Chiropractic adjustments nourish the nervous system and improve the function of your spine thereby reducing

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14

July

Magnesium

Historically, magnesium comes from ‘Magnesia’ an ancient Greek city where large deposits of magnesium were found. In the form of Epsom salts, magnesium has long been used therapeuticallty as a foot soak to soften rough spots and absorb foot odour and as a bath additive to ease muscle aches and pains. Magnesium plays an essential role in a wide range of biological reactions within the body including: energy metabolism, nerve conduction, muscle activity and immune function.

Those deficient in magnesium may experience the following symptoms:

Muscle weakness and spasm
Numbness, tingling, cramps
Vertigo, ataxia
Lethargy
Depression
Cardiac

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14

July

Medically Induced Birth: Pitocin

Childbirth can occur naturally, oxytocin, or medically, Pitocin. Either or, there is a difference in the progression and outcomes of your birth.

Oxytocin: Natural

Oxytocin is produced by the pituitary gland. It is a naturally occurring neurochemical that crosses the blood-brain barrier and circulates in the blood stream and brain. During the birthing process, it allows brain to then release further homones required for labor.

It is released in spurts during the birth process causing contractions of the uterus, then easing off. This contracts and relaxes your uterus in a synchronous fashion, allowing your

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14

July

Acute Otitis Media: Ear Infection

The great majority of ear complaints in children consulted to chiropractors involve infection of the middle ear. While spontaneous recovery from acute otitis media is common, the administration of chiropractic care may be effective in both shortening the natural history and reducing the severity of symptoms. 

Ear infections are extremely common in children as their eustachian tubes (ear canals) are horizontal, as they start to grow and develop these tubes will become more vertical allowing for efficient drainage of fluid.

 Chiropractors inspect the ear both internally and externally and perform hearing tests

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14

July

Breastfeeding and Mastitis

As you may know, breastfeeding has many benefits for both mum and baby; from easy digestion to building immunity and improving mother-baby bonding. Along with the positives come some negatives such as pain and frustration. Signs and symptoms a mother may experience include, nipple pain, tenderness, redness, bleeding and cracking.

Some commonly attributing factors include:

Inadequate sucking from the baby (an anterior rather than a posterior suck)
Improper breaking of the baby’s suck after their feed
Poorly fitting bra, and
Poor physical health.

Mothers may feel it is the way they breastfeed and feel disempowered when

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