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  • Should Children Visit a Chiropractor?

    Friday, January 8, 2021

    Childhood is marked by dramatic change. From infancy to adolescence, your children will experience behavioral changes, growth spurts, and more! Unfortunately, these changes may reveal underlying health problems or developmental delays. While you should always consult your child’s general practitioner (or GP) if they are experiencing pain or discomfort, chiropractors can provide a holistic, natural way to relieve your child’s pain. 

     

    Do Chiropractors Treat Children? 

     

    Yes, many chiropractors treat children. While 35 million adults visit the chiropractor’s office annually, over 11% of patients are under 18. If you’re looking for a chiropractor that treats children, look for practices with “family” in the name – Family Chiropractors treat all ages.

     

    How Early Can a Child Visit a Chiropractor? 

     

    That depends on the parents! Typically, children can visit the chiropractor once they’re a few months old. Birth can be a traumatic event for both mother and child, which can result in damage to a newborn’s nervous system and spine. Chiropractic care can alleviate a newborn’s pain and strengthen their nervous system. If you’re nervous about letting a chiropractor see your child, be sure to schedule a consultation first!

     

    What Does a Pediatric Chiropractic Appointment Look Like? 

     

    Treatment is always tailored to the patient’s unique needs. First, a chiropractor will schedule a consultation to determine your child’s individual needs. This includes obtaining a medical history from the child’s guardians or parents. Then, the chiropractor will schedule a physical examination to identify spinal issues and any other health problems. 

     

    It’s important to note that chiropractors will apply less pressure to younger patients. Many chiropractors will use fingertip pressure to gently correct spinal issues and bolster the nervous system. While adjusting spinal joints, you may hear some soft popping noises. This is normal and will not harm your child.

     

    When Should a Child Visit a Chiropractor? 

     

    Generally, children should see a chiropractor if they suffer from debilitating or chronic pain. If your child’s primary doctor cannot alleviate their pain, a chiropractor may be a useful addition to their treatment schedule. If your child suffers from limited head/neck mobility, back pain, neck pain, hunched shoulders, or irregular sleep patterns, a visit to your local chiropractor may reduce their pain while improving their quality of life. 

     

    What Ailments Can a Pediatric Chiropractor Treat? 

     

    Chiropractors can treat a wide variety of ailments, no matter the patient’s age. However, children seeking chiropractic care will see improvements if they suffer from several chronic conditions. Chiropractors can alleviate infants’ breastfeeding problems, reflux, colic, and movement issues. Older patients often seek out chiropractic to help with headaches, scoliosis, spinal misalignment, asthma, growing pains, constipation, urinary incontinence, and other chronic issues.

     

    Does Chiropractic Treatment Hurt?

     

    No. Unless your practitioner is treating a severe injury, chiropractic treatment is painless. Any sensitivity your child experiences during treatment is short-lived and should fade shortly after the adjustment. 

     

    Fun for the Whole Family 

    The Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic is proud to serve clients of all ages! If you or your child needs chiropractic services, schedule an appointment with us today. Dr. Hartle and his team can usually see you the same day you call.

  • Chronic vs Acute Pain: How Chiropractors Help

    Friday, December 25, 2020

    Chiropractors are well-versed in treating pain. Whether it’s back, neck, or spinal complications, chiropractors correct ailments throughout the body. However, not all pain is temporary. Chronic pain, which the NHS defines as “persistent pain that carries on for twelve weeks” and resists medication, is a serious condition that causes unnecessary suffering. On the other hand, acute pain lasts less than three months and is typically the result of an injury. While chronic and acute pain can be debilitating, both conditions can be treated.

    Chronic vs Acute Pain: What’s the Difference?

    Before discussing how chiropractors treat different types of pain, we must understand the difference between chronic and acute pain. Chronic pain is constant: it can last for weeks, months, and even years. Caused by several factors, including, but not limited to poor posture, traumatic injury, spinal issues, and more, chronic pain lasts long after injuries have healed. Examples of chronic pain include:

    •       Headaches
    •       Lower back pain
    •       Cancer pain
    •       Arthritis pain
    •       Nerve damage

    Acute pain, according to WebMD, “starts suddenly and usually feels sharp.” Unlike chronic pain, acute pain can last moments or even months. While acute pain normally signals an injury, it disappears after the injury has healed. Acute injuries include, but are not limited to:

    •       Broken bones
    •       Burns
    •       Cuts

    If left untreated, acute pain can become chronic pain.

    How Chiropractors Treat Acute and Chronic Pain

    For those who suffer from prolonged pain, there is hope. There is a wide variety of medical and holistic treatments available to help treat pain. If you’ve exhausted all your medical options, chiropractic treatment may be right for you.

    Chiropractors are well-versed in treating different types of chronic pain. First, your chiropractor will perform a physical assessment to local the pain. Next, they’ll develop a treatment plan. The most popular remedy for chronic pain is a spinal adjustment – a series of firm movements that apply pressure to vertebrae. For other issues, chiropractors may use the flexion-distraction technique (most commonly used for whiplash injuries) or instrument-assisted manipulation. As the name suggests, your chiropractor will use a small, hand-held instrument to apply gentle pressure to stretch soft tissue. This, in turn, will relieve pain.

    Chiropractors treat chronic pain and acute pain similarly. To treat acute pain, a chiropractor will first perform a physical assessment. Next, they’ll work with you to develop a treatment plan. Your treatment will depend on your symptoms: for example, those suffering from subluxation or joint restriction as a result of a fracture should undergo a Gonstead chiropractic evaluation. Patients with burn scars may benefit from massage therapy, which controls the development of scar tissue and helps burn victims heal more quickly.

    Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic treats both acute and chronic pain using proven, natural methods. To help manage your pain, schedule an appointment with us today. Dr. Michael Hartle and his team of experts can usually see you the same day you call.

  • Five Types of Massage Therapy

    Friday, December 11, 2020

    Massage therapy is one of the best holistic treatments for various ailments. A proven method of pain and stress relief, massage therapy is astonishingly popular – over 47.5 million Americans sought out massage therapy in 2018. Today, we’ll look at five different types of massage therapies and the benefits they offer.

     

    Swedish Massage

     

    One of the most popular therapeutic massages, the Swedish Massage is both relaxing and energizing. Using long, even strokes and rhythmic tapping motions on the outermost layer of muscles, the Swedish Massage focuses on larger muscles (i.e. legs and arms) as well as smaller areas of the body. This massage focuses on deep movements that break down scar tissue and increases blood flow. More advanced masseuses may use effleurage (gliding strokes that relax muscles) or tapotement (short taps using cupped hands.)

     

    Hot Stone Massage

    The hot stone massage is another popular therapeutic massage. Created over 5,000 years ago, the hot stone massage was “reborn” in 1993 and experienced a surge in popularity during the next two decades. This therapeutic massage uses warm basalt stones to penetrate muscles and treat stiff limbs. The warm stones are used to massage muscles and relax the body. The heat improves blood flow and circulation while releasing accumulated toxins from the body. To increase effectiveness, have your chiropractor or masseuse place stones over the most stiff muscles in your body.

     

    Deep Tissue Massage 

     

    Perfect for those who suffer from chronic pain and tension, the deep tissue massage eases pain and releases toxins from the body. Using deep pressure to penetrate the body, it fixes spammed and knotted muscles as well as heal fibrous adhesion and trigger points. The deep tissue massage can potentially offer relief from chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia. It can also relieve chronic neck and back pain. Studies suggest that this massage can also improve posture, aid in sports-related muscle recovery, improve limited mobility, and aid in injury rehabilitation. 

     

    The Thai Massage 

     

    Dating back 7,000 years, the Thai massage is more “active” than other Western Massages. Instead of lying on a bed, customers lie on the floor and actively participate during the session. Thai massage is a combination of yoga, acupressure, and zen shiatsu. Practitioners will gently guide their clients into yoga-like poses and apply a slow, rhythmic massage that increases energy levels and blood flow. Participants can expect to transition from one position to the next to open the joints and facilitate limbering. 

     

    A Thai massage has four basic poses: lying supine, lying on one’s side, lying on the back, and sitting up. While the pressure may seem intense at first, an experienced chiropractor will adjust to their clients’ needs. The Thai massage has numerous benefits for the body, including increasing flexibility, eliminating pain, improving posture, stimulating blood circulation, and relieving swollen joints. 

     

    Shiatsu Massage 

     

    Meaning “finger pressure” in Japanese, the Shiatsu massage is based on applying rhythmic pressure to key points of the body. By applying pressure, the massage is said to restore vital energy (chi). There are many benefits to the Shiatsu massage, including pain relief, headache relief, and improved sleep quality. 

     

    If you’re looking for massage therapy that will treat your pain, Dr. Hartle and his team of experts have you covered! The professionals at Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic are fast, efficient, and can usually see you the same day you call. Book an appointment today!

  • Why NFL Teams Use Sports Chiropractic Care

    Friday, November 27, 2020

    American football is one of the most dangerous contact sports to date. According to the Seton Medical Center, over 1.2 million young men are injured while playing football per year. The most common injuries players experience are concussions, overuse, and heat injuries. As players – especially the pros – are vulnerable to injuries, more and more coaches require their team to visit chiropractors. The NFL considers chiropractors essential to a team’s health and well-being, and all 32 teams have chiropractors on staff. As players consider longer careers and spend less time off the field, chiropractors have become a vital part of the NFL.

     

    Proper Joint Function 

     

    Many athletes’ careers end prematurely due to improper joint function. Our joints are made of fibrous materials, with a piece of cartilage in the middle. Synovial fluid, a type of liquid found in our joints, ensures smooth and easy movement. Through a series of chiropractic adjustments, professionals help players prevent common joint injuries. These adjustments also have the added benefit of reducing pain and tension in muscles, which ensures that NFL players can run, jump, and tackle with ease. 

     

    To prevent injuries, many NFL players will see a chiropractor before or after a game. In fact, a chiropractor performs thirty to fifty adjustments in a regular season. Jerry Rice, a former wide receiver who spent twenty seasons in the NFL, had this to say about the importance of chiropractors: “I did a lot of things to stay in the game, but regular visits to my chiropractor made all the difference.”

     

    Muscle and Joint Maintenance 


    Football is a brutal sport. From drills to practice to preseason games, players are putting constant stress on their bodies. This leads to wear and tear on the joints, muscles, and spine. Even if players aren’t injured, they may still feel pain and soreness all over their bodies. Through spinal alignment and manipulation, chiropractors reduce pressure on the body’s nervous system. This, in turn, relieves pain without the use of addictive medications. Continued work with a chiropractor helps players perform at their highest level. 

     

    As an added bonus, many players have reported increased strength and endurance on the field. The Excellence in Health Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic reports that chiropractic adjustments have been shown to increase endurance and stamina. 

     

    Sports Hernia Relief 

     

    Athletic pubalgia, also called “sports hernia,” is another common injury athletes suffer from. Sports hernias occur when tears or dilation occurs near the superficial ring of the inguinal canal. These injuries are incredibly painful and can prevent an athlete from participating in games and practice. Thankfully, chiropractic treatments have been shown to improve pain and range of movement for those suffering from sports hernias within eight weeks. 

     

    It Treats Symptoms at the Source 


    Chiropractic treatment has rightfully gained a reputation as a natural, holistic way of treating injuries. Chiropractic care treats pain at the source by applying slight pressure to painful areas. This can aid in the healing process and even reverse some of the causes of pain. For NFL players, chiropractic treatment is non-invasive, meaning they can return to the field and never miss a game. 

     

    Whether you’re an NFL player or a fan cheering a touchdown, the Allen County Family and Sports Chiropractic in Fort Wayne, Indiana, can treat your sports-related injuries. Dr. Hartle and his team of experts are fast, efficient, and can usually see you the same day you call. Book an appointment today to relieve your pain. 

     

    Happy holidays from the Allen County Family and Sports Chiropractic team! 

  • How to Spend the Holidays in Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Friday, November 13, 2020

    With its small-town charm and family-friendly atmosphere, Fort Wayne, Indiana, is the perfect place to spend the holiday season. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Fort Wayne is still celebrating the upcoming holidays with modified festivals, light displays, Christmas trees, and more!

    HolidayFest 

    HolidayFest is Fort Wayne’s official start to the holiday season. HolidayFest begins on Wednesday, November 25th with the Night of Lights event. While large gatherings are banned due to the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors can watch a televised special on WANE15 at 7 pm or view the famous Christmas lights from a socially safe distance. 

    The Festival of Trees 

    Since 1948, The Festival of Trees has raised money for the historic Embassy Theater. From November 25th to December 2nd, visitors can view breathtaking Christmas trees, each decorated by local community groups. All proceeds go to the preservation of the Embassy Theater. 

    Nervous about COVID-19 risks? The venue is taking measures to ensure the safety of all its guests. If you’re still nervous about going to an in-person event, the Embassy Theater is hosting an online Christmas tree tour. 

    The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe 

    Calling all ballet lovers! The Fort Wayne Youtheatre is transforming C.S. Lewis’s classic novel into an elegant dance, just in time for the holiday season. Join siblings Peter, Edmund, Susan, and Lucy as they explore the magical world of Narnia and encounter unforgettable characters. Tickets are on sale now. The event is wheelchair accessible. 

    Headwaters Park Ice Skating 

    Looking for a classic, wholesome holiday activity? Try ice skating! Headwaters Park offers scenic views and tranquil ice skating throughout winter. Headwaters Park also offers concessions, skate sharpening services, and private ice rentals. Parking is free, and kids under 13 skate free on Wednesdays. Admission prices can be found online

    The Days of Holly Shopping 2020 

    Looking for the perfect Christmas gift? Want to buy a Hannukah present for the kids and support local stores at the same time? Fort Wayne’s traditional Small Shop Saturday has been expanded to a four day-long event in order to minimize crowds and keep people safe. Bring your masks and create a new holiday tradition while supporting local businesses. This year, keep an eye out for the snowmen, who will lead you to some very special prizes! 

    Remember: the best way to keep safe this holiday season is to observe social distancing guidelines and to always wear a mask. Happy Holidays from the Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic Team! 

  • Should Elderly Patients See a Chiropractor?

    Friday, October 30, 2020

    It’s no secret that many seniors are living longer, healthier lives. According to The National Institue of Aging, over 49 million Americans are age 65 or older. There are more senior citizens in America today than at any other time in history. As Americans continue to age, and the senior citizen demographic grows larger, many will seek healthy, alternative practices to maintain an active lifestyle. One method over 5% of older adults use annually are chiropractors. For seniors, regular chiropractic care can reduce the symptoms of common, age-related ailments. If you or a loved one are considering chiropractic care to manage age-related diseases or conditions, read on to learn the benefits of senior chiropractic care. 

     

    Arthritis, Osteoporosis, and Parkinson’s

     

    Certain conditions, like arthritis, osteoporosis, and Parkinson’s, are brought about by senescence. While treatments and medications vary depending on the disease, the symptoms of all three diseases can be managed through regular visits to your chiropractor. 

     

    Arthritis 

     

    According to the Cleveland Clinic, 60% of adults over age 60 and 80% to 90% of patients over age 75 suffer from arthritis. Caused by inflammation and pain in the joints, arthritis is a debilitating disease that can reduce your range of motion and cause you to avoid physical activity. Thankfully, chiropractors offer a non-invasive, non-addictive treatment called chiropractic adjustments. According to The Joint, chiropractic adjustments “…reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve the 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 osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.” 

     

    Osteoporosis 

     

    Osteoporosis, or the loss of bone density as we age, can reduce your quality of life. While osteoporosis is more common in women, men can lose bone density as they age. To treat osteoporosis, chiropractors use chiropractic adjustments. In addition to reducing joint restrictions and misalignment, chiropractic adjustments also affect bone breakdown and replacement. A chiropractic adjustment stimulates the cells in charge of bone breakdown and replacement. So, when you schedule a chiropractic appointment, you’re not only improving your range of motion but the strength of your bones as well!

     

    Parkinson’s 

     

    Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating condition caused by damaged nerve cells in the brain. In turn, these damaged cells produce reduced amounts of dopamine, which leads to shaking, weakness, and loss of balance. To treat Parkinson’s, chiropractors perform gentle chiropractic adjustments on specific parts of the body to improve nerve function and decrease Parkinson’s painful symptoms. 

     

    So, Should Senior Citizens See a Chiropractor? 

     

    The short answer? Yes! Senior citizens concerned about their balance, range of motion, or who suffer from any of the above conditions see a chiropractor. Dr. Hartle at the Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic specializes in treating conditions through holistic practice and without the use of medication. Book a session with the Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic today to ensure you or your loved one will enjoy a healthy lifestyle for years to come!

  • Why Do Chiropractors Use Massage Therapy?

    Friday, October 16, 2020

    Chiropractic massage therapy is one of the most popular, alternative medicines in the United States. According to Consumer Reports, a study of over 34,000 people found that the majority preferred a deep tissue massage over conventional medicine to treat pain. It’s no wonder the chiropractic massage is so popular: a deep-tissue massage has been proven to treat a wide variety of ailments, including back pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis. To help patients manage pain and other issues, many chiropractors incorporate massage therapy into their practices. 

    What is Chiropractic Massage Therapy? 

    Chiropractic massage therapy combines two practices (chiropractic care and massage therapy) to create one discipline that focuses on easing sore muscles and quickly healing injuries. Treating the spine and the central nervous system is the focus of chiropractic massage therapy. Think of your nervous system as a car or truck – its job is to carry signals (both good and bad) throughout the body. And, like any other automobile, it may need repairs. This is where chiropractic massage therapy comes in – through minute, medical gestures, chiropractic massage therapy “fixes” the human body. This discipline “reminds” our bodies to perform their jobs and ensures that your central nervous system sends signals correctly. Through proper care and alignment, experts theorize that chiropractic massage therapy can prepare your body for whatever challenges life might throw in your way. 

    What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Massage Therapy? 

    Chiropractic massage therapy does more than relieve pain: it can also prevent pain throughout the body. Due to the many benefits of chiropractic massage therapy, many people seek chiropractic massage therapy to maximize their body’s ability to stay well. As an added bonus, this deep-tissue massage relieves tension, stress, headaches, and anxiety. 

    What’s the Difference Between Chiropractic Massage Therapy and Massage Therapy?

    Chiropractic massage therapy is a type of massage that focuses on the spine and body as a unit. It can realign vertebrae, treat discs, focus on low back pain, and relieve joint ailments. On the other hand, massage therapy focuses on alleviating tension, restoring flexibility, and increasing comfort. Massage therapy goes hand-in-hand with physical therapy and is often used to treat injuries. While massage therapy treats current pain, chiropractic massage therapy can prevent pain throughout the body.  

    Can Anyone Administer Chiropractic Massage Therapy?

    A chiropractic massage therapist must have a doctorate in chiropractic care. These doctorates are administered by the state and ensure that your chiropractor has knowledge of and can properly treat your musculoskeletal and neuromuscular systems. Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic’s own Dr. Hartle is a certified chiropractic physician that provides chiropractic massage therapy. He also holds several other certifications and is a board-certified Clinical Nutritionist (DACBN), a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP), an Active Release Technique (ART) provider since 1995. If you want to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle through the power of chiropractic massage therapy, schedule an appointment with him today!

  • How Sports Chiropractic Care Can Prevent Injuries

    Friday, October 2, 2020

    While sports are beneficial to our physical and mental health, they can take a toll on our bodies. According to the CDC, over 8.6 million people suffer from sports-related injuries in the United States. The lower body is more likely to be injured than the upper body: about 42% of injuries occur in the lower body, while 30.3% occur in the upper extremities. While these numbers might sound scary, there are plenty of ways to prevent injuries both on and off the field. 

    What are the Most Common Sports Injuries? 

    Strains and sprains are the most common injuries that occur while playing sports. Sprains happen when ligaments –  the tough, fibrous bands that connect to joints – are stretched too far and tear. On the other hand, strains are injuries to muscle fibers and tendons. Strains are common when athletes overstretch or overwork a muscle: the repeated stress causes tears in the fibers and tendons. 

    According to The Burden of Musculoskeletal Diseases in the United States, one in five (or 26%) musculoskeletal injuries are sprains or strains. While such injuries are very common, they are preventable. Athletes should warm-up or stretch before intense physical activity. However, if stretching isn’t enough, a licensed chiropractor can be a valuable tool in the fight against injuries. 

    How can Chiropractors Prevent Injuries? 

    While chiropractic treatment is primarily used to relieve pain in muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues, it also plays an important role in injury prevention. There are four ways chiropractors prevent injuries: spine alignment, fitness evaluations, posture restoration, and tension release.

    Spinal Alignment 

    Chiropractors typically prevent injuries and increase body functioning through proper spine alignment. Proper spine alignment has a wide range of benefits, including reduced injuries, increased range of motion, and faster recovery times. As a bonus, regular spinal alignment can reduce pain and help clients enjoy a healthy life for years to come. 

    The Fitness Test

    To prevent injuries, chiropractors typically conduct fitness tests. To better understand clients’ bodies and their risk of injury, a chiropractor will establish fitness levels. If there are any limbs or muscles that are susceptible to injury, a chiropractor will examine and address them. During a fitness test, the chiropractor will ask you to perform several simple movements that will test your range of motion. They may also perform a Straight Leg Test or a Psoas Muscle Test.

    Posture Restoration 

    Poor posture is often the result of a misaligned spine. This can lead to injuries, especially if the person is an athlete or participates in sports. While posture restoration can be fixed, it often takes multiple visits to the chiropractor’s office. To avoid unnecessary harm to your body, make sure to visit Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic to minimize spinal damage! 

    Tension Release 

    Many athletes sustain injuries through muscle tension. Left unchecked, muscle tension can reduce mobility and cause serious injuries. Luckily, chiropractors are experts at releasing tension. Through neck and spinal adjustments, chiropractors relax the body and improve blood flow. These techniques can reduce and even prevent injuries. 

    If you’re looking to prevent common sports injuries, schedule a session with Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic today! Our team uses non-invasive methods to treat and prevent injuries. Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic will discover the underlying cause of your pain and help you pursue a healthy, active lifestyle. 

  • Three of the Best Weekend Trips in Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    With a population of 267,633, Fort Wayne is a diverse city known for its gorgeous parks and family-friendly atmosphere. As the second-largest city in Indiana, Fort Wayne has plenty of “must-do” experiences, including restaurants, golf courses, museums, and more! With such a wide variety of attractions, it’s easy to plan a short “staycation” that will take you out of the house. If you’re looking for the best weekend getaways in Fort Wayne, here are our top three destinations. 

    The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo

    Located on Sherman Boulevard, The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo is educational fun for the whole family! Split into five sections, The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo holds over 1,000 animals from all over the world. With over 40 acres to explore, there’s plenty of exciting exhibits to entertain and delight your children. Explore the grassy savannahs of the African continent or come face-to-face with the endangered orangutans. Experience the colorful Indonesian rainforest or discover the outback and learn about the life cycle of crocodiles! The zoo’s bright and friendly atmosphere earned it a spot on Trip Advisor’s Top Seven Zoos in the U.S. back in 2015 and a Traveler’s Choice Award in 2020

    Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory

    Founded in 1983, The Foellinger-Friemann Botanical Conservatory is a world-renowned greenhouse with over 25,000 square feet of indoor gardens. While the conservatory provides a safe haven for endangered plant species, it also hosts four changing showcases each year. The conservatory hosts a wide array of plant life – their greenhouse holds over 1,200 plants (or 500 species) and 72 different types of cacti. Their most popular gardens include: 

    • The main Showcase Garden, with four seasonal exhibits.  
    • A Tropical Garden which features waterfalls, goldfish, and 13 types of palm trees.
    • The Desert Garden, which contains the Saguaro cacti, fishhook barrel cactus, and prickly pear cactus. 
    • The Streetside Garden, where ornamental grasses and shrubs surround beautiful bronze statues. 

    Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve

    For aspiring hikers, boaters, and environmentalists, Eagle Marsh Nature Preserve offers a wide variety of activities in the great outdoors. Founded in 2005 with help from the federal Wetlands Reserve Program, Eagle Marsh was the site of the largest wetlands restoration project in Indiana. Today, the preserve is over 831 acres, with fourteen miles of extensive hiking trails. If you’re looking for a less intensive way to spend the weekend, Eagle Marsh is also a great place for bird watching and photography. The preserve boasts over 245 types of birds and 45,000 native trees and shrubs. 

    Communing with nature is a proven method of stress relief. However, if hiking isn’t enough to relieve your everyday stressors, try massage therapy at Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic! We offer outstanding chiropractic, nutritional, and rehabilitative programs that will reduce stress symptoms. Allen County Family & Sports Chiropractic also offers massage therapy services which, according to the Mayo Clinic, can reduce stress, minimize muscle tension, and alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain. Our office is fast, efficient, and provides same-day services.

  • Five Ways That Family Chiropractic Care Can Benefit You

    Friday, September 4, 2020

    One of the greatest aspects of chiropractic is how it can be modified and customized for each patient. Every family member can find ways to better their health, whether it be a young athlete building their strength, an older grandparent recovering their balance, or a parent lessening their recovery time. At Allen County Family and Sports Chiropractic, we’ve had years of experience treating Fort Wayne families, and we can provide you with specialized care. 

    Not just for adults

    Chiropractic is often associated with treating back pain, and while that is a major part of the practice, that’s just the beginning. Adults can underestimate how much strain a child’s body can undergo with constant growth, rough play, sports, and common accidents. Children are hard on their bodies! According to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, children can see these results from visiting with a chiropractor:

    • Deeper and more consistent sleep
    • Stronger immune system
    • Improved behavior

    Children may not recognize when something is wrong with their bodies, or they may not have the words to express their worries. This is why seeing a spinal expert can ensure healthy development. The spinal cord is full of nerves that connect throughout the body, so it is vital that posture and vertebrae are regularly corrected. 

    Maintain youthful energy

    We are all seeking ways to stay young, to continually improve our mental and physical health. But we cannot ignore the stress of day-to-day life, nor the exertion we inflict on our bodies in that quest. 

    What achievements are on your bucket list? Running a half-marathon? Hitting a bench press PR? Maybe just playing a game of tennis without your wrist hurting?

    As our bodies age and change, we need to be able to adapt our lifestyles and habits to be on the best path. Setting new goals gives us something to strive for, but those challenges also need to be realistic, and we need to be adequately prepared for them. A chiropractor can help point and correct misalignments or problems you may not even be aware of. 

    Prevent and Treat Pain

    Studies have reported up to 20% of Americans have chronic pain. While not all discomfort can be treated, chiropractic can help lessen the severity, or build up muscles around the place of injury. In a 2017 report, the American College of Physicians published that chiropractic is a method for treating chronic lower back pain. 

    Not only can chiropractors help you recover from injury, but they can stop damage happening in the first place. Increasing your flexibility, familiarity with pressure, and nutrition can prepare your body for building up your strength, speed, and reaction time without harming yourself. 

    Holistic, natural treatment

    One of the most appealing aspects of chiropractic is how it is drug-free, and built around your lifestyle. Chiropractic doctors consider your medical history, past experience, lifestyle, and conduct a preliminary examination before performing any adjustments or providing advice. Bodily pain is often given a default answer of ‘medication’, which can lead to complications, side-effects, and unseen consequences. But with chiropractic, all treatment is personal, intrinsic, and designed to help encourage your body to perform. 

    Call us today to learn how we can help you feel better, be more capable, and achieve new heights!

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