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4 Things You Didn’t Know About Chiropractic Care

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Written by Dr. Derek Larsen, DC

Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

Last Updated on May 21, 2024

Chiropractic care is often associated with back pain, but there’s more to this form of healthcare than just spinal adjustments. In fact, chiropractic can provide a range of benefits for patients of all ages and backgrounds. Here are four things you might not have known about chiropractic treatment, and how it can help you and your family.

Chiropractic Care Can Boost Your Immune System

Your immune system plays a vital role in protecting you from illnesses and infections. It’s responsible for identifying and attacking harmful bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that can make you sick. But did you know that chiropractic care can help to improve your immune system’s function?

Spinal adjustments can have a positive effect on the immune system. In particular, chiropractic adjustments can stimulate the production of white blood cells, which are critical for fighting off infections. Chiropractic care can also help to reduce inflammation in the body, which can make it easier for your immune system to function properly.

If you’re looking for ways to boost your immune system and stay healthy, chiropractic might be worth considering. By promoting a healthy spine and nervous system, chiropractic care can help to improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Chiropractic Care Can Improve Your Digestion

You might not think of chiropractic care as a solution for digestive issues, but it can be an effective treatment option for certain conditions. Your digestive system relies on a complex network of nerves and muscles to function properly. When these nerves and muscles are out of alignment, it can lead to a range of digestive issues, such as acid reflux, bloating, and constipation.

Chiropractic care can help to address these issues by restoring proper nerve function and promoting healthy muscle activity in the digestive system. By correcting spinal misalignments, your chiropractor can relieve pressure on the nerves that control digestion, which can help to reduce symptoms.

In addition to spinal adjustments, your chiropractor may also recommend changes to your diet or lifestyle to support digestive health. For example, they may suggest incorporating more fiber-rich foods into your diet or avoiding certain trigger foods that can exacerbate digestive issues.

If you’re struggling with digestive issues, chiropractic care may be able to help. By addressing the underlying issues that are contributing to your symptoms, chiropractic care can help you to feel more comfortable and improve your overall quality of life.

Chiropractic Care Is Safe and Effective for Children

Many people assume that chiropractic care is only for adults, but in reality, children can benefit from this form of healthcare too. Chiropractic care is safe and effective for children of all ages, from infants to teenagers.

One of the most common reasons that parents bring their children to a chiropractor is to address musculoskeletal problems. Children are active and often engage in sports or other physical activities that can lead to injuries or strains. Chiropractic adjustments can help to address these issues and promote healing.

But chiropractic care can also be beneficial for children with other health concerns. For example, some children suffer from ear infections, colic, or other digestive issues. Chiropractic care can potentially help to address these issues by promoting healthy nerve function and restoring balance to the body.

If you’re considering chiropractic for your child, it’s important to find a chiropractor who specializes in pediatric chiropractic. At Happy Family Chiropractic in Juneau, Alaska, we have experience working with children of all ages, and we’re dedicated to providing safe and effective care for your entire family.

Chiropractic Care Can Help to Improve Your Posture

Poor posture is a common problem that can lead to a range of health issues, including back pain, neck pain, and headaches. If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or looking at a computer screen, you may be at risk for developing poor posture habits.

Chiropractic care can help to improve your posture by addressing the underlying issues that contribute to poor alignment. By correcting spinal misalignments and addressing muscle imbalances, chiropractic care can help you to stand taller, sit straighter, and move more comfortably.

In addition to chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor may recommend exercises or stretches to help improve your posture. By incorporating these techniques into your daily routine, you can continue to improve your posture and reduce your risk of developing musculoskeletal issues.

If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort related to poor posture, chiropractic care may be able to help. By addressing the root cause of your discomfort, chiropractic care can help you to feel better and move more easily.

Final Thoughts

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective form of healthcare that can provide a range of benefits for patients of all ages. Whether you’re looking to boost your immune system, address musculoskeletal issues, or improve your posture, chiropractic care can likely help.

At Happy Family Chiropractic in Juneau, Alaska, we’re dedicated to providing safe and effective care for your entire family. If you’re looking for natural, non-invasive healthcare options, we encourage you to consider chiropractic care.

If you have any questions about chiropractic care or would like to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (907) 531-7604. We’re here to help you and your family live happy, healthy lives.

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Dr. Derek Larsen, DC Chiropractor
Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, founder of Happy Family Chiropractic, brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his practice. Born and raised on a small ranch in Northern California, Dr. Derek learned the value of hard work and determination early on. Throughout high school, he excelled in four sports: football, wrestling, swimming, and track. After high school, Dr. Derek served his community as a wildland firefighter, funding his initial undergraduate studies and a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His missionary work took him to Costa Rica, where he spent two years serving the local population. Upon returning, he completed his bachelor’s degree in biology at Brigham Young University Hawaii. During the summers, he worked as a fishing guide in Southeast Alaska, a place he fell in love with and decided to return to after completing his chiropractic education. Dr. Derek attended Life Chiropractic College West in Hayward, California, where he discovered his passion for pediatric chiropractic care. He is actively pursuing certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) to better serve children of all ages. Dr. Derek's enthusiasm for working with kids stems from his belief that he will always retain a youthful spirit, no matter his age. Outside of his professional life, Dr. Derek is an avid outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, and scuba diving—any activity that allows him to immerse himself in nature. His loyal dog, Buckwheat, is always by his side on these adventures. With his diverse background, commitment to excellence, and genuine love for his community, Dr. Derek Larsen, DC, exemplifies the qualities of an exceptional chiropractor, dedicated to improving the health and well-being of families in Southeast Alaska.

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