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Common Chiropractic Conditions

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 Herniate, 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.

Surgery is risky, expensive, and is often recommended as a last result. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through Chiropractic care, Physical Therapy/Rehab and Decompression Therapy. With proper alignment and strengthening of the spine and soft tissues, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. Call us today for a FREE consultation and evaluation!

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 care can help with both types of injuries. Gentle adjustments to restore proper alignment 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. Therapeutic massage and Myofascial release techniques (MFR) can be used to help alleviate the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, call us today to schedule your FREE consultation and evaluation! 

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. A thorough examination can reveal the cause of the pain, and if necessary a gentle Chiropractic manipulation may be performed in order to relieve the pain by properly aligning the spine and reducing the pressure surrounding the nerve. Often times, Myosfascial release (MFR), Therapeutic Massage, specific stretching and/or Decompression therapy with our proven Posture Pump is all you need!

Neck/Back Pain 

Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back is usually caused by subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae. A small misalignment can produce pain by causing pressure on nerves. Left untreated, these vertebral misalignments can cause muscle spasms, stiffness and increasing pain. Chiropractic care to properly align your spine can help alleviate pressure on joints and surrounding nerves. 

Headaches 

Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired, or being stressed. While these are all factors that can lead to headaches, most commonly it is related to acute or chronic tightness in the neck and shoulders. Muscle spasms and tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. Approximately 80% of all headaches originate from the neck or what we call "Cervicogenic" tension headaches. With a typical Cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, and Chiropractic care can help restore proper alignment in the neck. Chiropractic can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief from the symptoms.  

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. Our Medical physician, Chiropractic physicians and Therapy team have years of experience in treating the causes of Sciatica. Call us today for a FREE consultation and evaluation!

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, Therapeutic Massage and Nutritional guidance is very effective in reducing the symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia.  The added effects of chiropractic treatment such as increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system can also help reduce the symptoms associated with "Fibro".  If you are experiencing any symptoms associated with Fibromyalgia, call us today so we can establish a plan to start you on your road to recovery.

Allergies

Chiropractic care 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, rather it allows your body to strenghten its immune system and fight against the noxious chemicals, inflammation and seasonal agents that contribute to 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. Chiropractic physicians work with the nervous system by gently aligning the spine to alleviate any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work at its highest 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, call us today for your FREE consultation and evaluation! 

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 care 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 further injury to other parts of your body. After thorough examination, our Physicians will recommend the proper therapy, nutrition and supplements to not only reduce the localized symptoms but prevent future arthritis from developing.

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 (SI) 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.

Our chiropractic and physiotherapy team can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific adjustments, therapeutic massage and proper exercise techniques, we can help restore proper mobility and relieve pain. Call us today for a FREE consultation and evaluation!
 

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.

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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