Common Chiropractic Conditions

Allergies
Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies.(1) Chiropractic does not work like an anti-histamine as a direct, short term relief from allergies. Chiropractic allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies.

Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an allergen (substances that normally have no effect on people) resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines your immune system creates in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen.

When your spine is misaligned it can impinge on the nervous system in your body. Studies have shown that the nervous system has an effect on the functionality of your immune system. When your nervous system is under stress and not functioning properly, your immune system cannot work at an optimal level. Chiropractors work with the nervous system by aligning the spine to relieve any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work at a higher level, making it easier to fight off infections while recognizing allergens. When your immune system recognizes allergens, it will not overreact to them, or at least not react as severely to them.

If you suffer from allergies, chiropractic can help you find relief. Schedule an appointment today.


Back Pain
80% of us will suffer from lower back pain at sometime in our lives. Each year millions of dollars and hours are lost due to low back pain. Research shows that the majority of such pain is caused by mechanical defects in one or more segments of the low back (lumbar spine).

The spinal column which proves protection for the spinal cord is made of bones known as “vertebrae”. Proper alignment of these bones/vertebrae allows the spinal column to function normal and have normal movement (range of motion). Misalignment of the bones/vertebrae, even minor ones, irritate nerves causing pain, numbness and/or muscle tension and/or spasms and cause loss of normal function. This is known as subluxation.

Low back or spinal misalignments can happen when you (your body) cannot adapt to any kind of stress (physical, mental or chemical). Stress can be caused by an accident, falls, improper lifting techniques, poor posture, and/or even muscular tension. In addition, a weakened spine is more susceptible to more severe damage from trauma than one that is in its normal condition. Just like a house with a poor foundation will crumple under increased stress.

Some of the signs of spinal misalignment are:

  • Low back pain, stiffness or numbness
  • Pain down the legs
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Loss of normal function
  • Wasting or atrophy of the muscles

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer. Typing is a motion that, when performed repetitively and with poor posture, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation. The nerves in the fingertips travel through the wrist, up the arm, and into the neck. The spine is the center of the nervous system, and the pain in your hands and wrists can be relieved by your chiropractor with concentrated spinal and joint adjustments.


Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is not as much a disease as it is a name for the changes that can happen to the spine as we age. Our discs are made of a tough, rubbery exterior and a soft interior. They sit between the vertebrae to act as shock absorbers. As we age, the spinal discs begin to degenerate. This can cause herniated discs, bulging discs, spinal stenosis, and osteoarthritis.

The degeneration of spinal discs may cause no symptoms at all, and symptoms depend on each patient and the severity of their case. Pain may occur at the site of the affected disc in the back or neck. As the pain is often caused by compressed nerves, this pain can also travel to other areas of the body like the buttocks, arms, and legs. Numbness and tingling in the arms and legs may also be experienced. Pain can range from mild to severe and debilitating.

As mentioned previously, our spines can degenerate as a natural part of aging. Tears in the tougher outer layer of the disc are common as we grow older. and when the discs begin to lose fluid, they become smaller and less flexible. In addition to aging, other factors that may come into play, including obesity, smoking, repeated physical work, and injury.

Pain caused by degeneration is often treated with hot or cold packs and an anti inflammatory medication. When disc degeneration causes problems like herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, or osteoarthritis, other forms of treatment may be beneficial. This may include physical therapy, stretching, and in some cases, surgery. While degenerative disc disease is a natural part of aging, there are things you can do to prevent pain and stay healthy. If you are experiencing frequent back or neck pain, be sure to visit our office for an examination so we can create a treatment plan for you.


Disc Problems
Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniated, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause, however. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.

If you suffer from one of these injuries you should see a chiropractor. Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.


Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is a condition that we still do not know much about. There is no specific known cause, and it could be brought on by many different factors. The main symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain throughout the body, mainly located in joints. The pain may be achy, sharp, radiating, burning, or shooting and it may be mild or severe. Fibromyalgia has also been known to bring on other conditions like trouble sleeping, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic treatment can help to uncover what may be causing the pain and also provide relief for the pain. The cause of fibromyalgia could be physical, mental, or emotional, so a full examination will be performed. Adjustments and chiropractic massage can be used to relieve pain from the affected areas. The added effects of chiropractic treatment such as increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system can also help to fight the effects of fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia give us a call to schedule a consultation so we can establish a plan to start you on your road to recovery.


Headaches
You are one of the estimated that 45 million Americans suffer from severe, recurring migraine and tension headaches? It is estimated that $400 million is spent each year on over-the-counter and prescription medications searching for permanent relief from migraines and tension headaches.

Chiropractic treatment is a non-medicine approach that can work for tension and stress-related headaches and migraines. This approach is to determine whether irritation of your nervous system is causing your problem. Your headaches and migraine may be caused by nerve irritation in the neck and/or the base of the skull. Reducing the irritation on these nerves can often relieves headaches and may also permanently correct the problem.

It is known that too little or too much blood flow into the skull can result in headaches. The blood vessels that go into the skull contract and expand based on the nerves that control them. The nerves and blood vessels may also be compressed by muscle or ligament tension and pressure by misaligned bones in the spine (vertebra). Reducing the tension on the nerves and muscles of the neck can relieve headaches that are caused by stress or tension.

Chiropractic treatment determines where the nerve irritation and/or muscle tension and spasms are located, and then correct the problem. This nerve irritation can be caused by a condition known as subluxation. A subluxation is a minor misalignment of the spinal bones or vertebra which cause irritation or pinching of a nerve causing pain, stiffness, numbness and/or muscle tension and/or spasms and loss of normal body function.

By gently correcting the misalignments of the spine and related muscle spasms, chiropractic treatment can give results when other methods fail. Although, not everyone will respond to chiropractic treatment, chiropractic treatment has demonstrated a remarkable success rate.

One of the most thorough studies of migraines patients and chiropractic treatment, which was compiled from information, gathered from numerous studies over a 50 year period, conducted by J. Stuart Wight, DC, of Edinburgh, Scotland, found that patients receiving chiropractic treatment showed an improvement or cure rate of 72 to 90 percent.

My own experience has been that my patients are amazed at the relief that they have from their headaches and migraines, especially the patients who come into the office with other complaints and are unaware how much chiropractic treatment can help with their migraines and headaches. It’s another added benefits to chiropractic treatment.

The National Headache Foundation has noted that taking excess analgesics, aspirin, and acetaminophen can create an analgesic rebound effect, thereby, causing more headaches. They estimated that 60 to 70 percent of headache patients are victims of analgesic rebound headaches. Additional, excessive use of acetaminophen or any medication can be harmful to your liver.


Joint Dysfunction
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse/underuse of a joint, muscle imbalance, as well as other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles, and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.

One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc. 

Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain. If you have joint pain, visit us for relief.


Neck Pain
Each year millions of dollars and hours are lost due to neck pain. Research shows that the majority of such pain is caused by mechanical defects in one or more segments of the low back (lumbar spine).

The spinal column which proves protection for the spinal cord is made of bones known as “vertebrae”. Proper alignment of these bones/vertebrae allows the spinal column to function normal and have normal movement (range of motion). Misalignment of the bones/vertebrae, even minor ones, irritate nerves causing pain, numbness and/or muscle tension and/or spasms and cause loss of normal function. This is known as subluxation.

Neck pain or spinal misalignments can happen when you (your body) cannot adapt to any kind of stress (physical, mental or chemical). Stress can be caused by an accident, falls, improper lifting techniques, poor posture, and/or even muscular tension. In addition, a weakened spine is more susceptible to more severe damage from trauma than one that is in its normal condition. Just like a house with a poor foundation will crumple under increased stress.

Some of the signs of spinal misalignment are:

  • Neck pain, stiffness or numbness
  • Pain in arms, shoulders, wrists and hands
  • Numbness and tingling in neck, which can go into the arms and hands
  • Loss of normal function
  • Wasting or atrophy of the muscles

Osteoarthritis
Arthritis is a condition that is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage between joints. Some of the major joints that are affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrist. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to not function properly. Arthritis in one area can cause arthritis or other problems in a different joint. For instance, if you have arthritis in your left knee, you may compensate for this by putting more pressure on your right side, leading to right hip problems.

Pain killers can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long term solution. Chiropractic can alleviate pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system with proper alignment. It can also restore proper joint movement, helping to ensure that you use proper motion so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body. We are not concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well being.


Pinched Nerve
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a "pinched nerve". This can be caused by spinal misalignments, bulging or herniated discs, or other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms. The pressure on the nerve must be relieved in order to alleviate the pain. An examination can reveal the cause of the pain, and an adjustment can relieve the pain by properly aligning the spine and addressing the cause of the pain.


Sciatica
Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. When this happens it causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and properly treated. Your chiropractor can help you do this.


Whiplash
Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension from the violent movement.

Chiropractic can help with both types of injuries. Adjustments and alignments can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment. Chiropractic massage can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery.


Maintenance Care
We have discussed many conditions that can be relieved through chiropractic. The best way to treat these conditions is to prevent them before they even start. Regular chiropractic visits can help to prevent physical problems and injuries from occurring. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic visits are increased flexibility and mobility, higher level of energy, improved posture, more effective immune system, better circulation, and an overall better feeling of well-being.

(1)Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15965403?dopt=A...

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