Chiropractic care can help you with a number of symptoms and problems and even though we have listed a few of them here, there are plenty of others that you need to watch out for. If you find that you are experiencing any of the below problems, please find the time to call us up today and we will do everything that we can to help.
Did you know that 80% of headaches actually originate in the neck? This is normally because there is a lot of stress on the neck and this combined with tension in the shoulders can cause you to tense up without even realising it. This can all cause your vertebrae to misalign, causing pressure on the nerves in your spine. With a neck originating headache, you will normally feel pain at the base of the skull which then spreads to your temples, your eyes and your forehead.
Subluxations remain to be one of the most common causes for lower back pain. When the vertebrae is misaligned, it can put pressure on your spinal nerves and this can cause you even more pain. After this has been put in motion, you may also experience muscle spasms and this can add to the pressure that you are already experiencing. Of course inflammation then occurs, and the cycle starts all over again. You may find, in some instances that you can relieve the pain by stretching and massaging but this doesn’t do anything for the underlying problem.
The discs in your spine are small pads of cartilage that can be found between the bones in your spine. The centre of these discs are made out of a soft jelly like substance but they are protected by fibrous tissues. Think of each disc as being a spacer, a shock absorber for the spine. When the discs are healthy, they can bend and turn normally, but when they aren’t healthy, they can cause you real problems in the future. Spinal discs have a very poor blood supply so they count on joint circulation so they can bring in nutrients while also expelling waste. If your joints lose their normal motions then the action is impaired and the disc then starts to deteriorate. Think of it as being a wet sponge, if it is healthy, it is flexible but if it is dry, it is hard and stiff and this can lead to cracks at a later date. This is how a lot of problems begin.
The way each disc is attached means that it can’t slip out of place. If you experience a trauma or an injury to the spine however then they can bulge and rupture. This can be very painful and it can also put pressure onto the spinal cord and any attached nerve roots. This, in turn, interferes with their function so it really is something that you need to get treated. Many patients have managed to avoid surgery and pills by attending chiropractic care sessions.
Whiplash is normally the result of a trauma from a car collision. When the head is jerked back and beyond the normal limit, the muscles react and they can even tear under the intense pressure. The pulpy discs that are between the spinal cord can also tear or become swollen as well, causing the vertebrae to move out of place. This not only reduces the range of motion, but it can also cause a lot of pain as well. This is especially the case if you have a soft tissue injury with nerve damage. On top of this, the instability of the spine can then lead to blurred vision, pain in the shoulder and neck and even lower back problems. The main thing to consider in this instance is that you may not see the results of this until months later, because your body is trying to adapt to the new alignment.
Our chiropractic approach will help your spine to return to its normal function. We can also help to recommend a series of visits that will restore the motion back to your body and the spinal bones, reducing scar tissue and swelling wherever possible.
Arthritis is a condition that involves the gradual breakdown of the cartilage found between the joints. It is very common in the joints that bear a lot of the weight, such as the hips, knees and back. It is also very common in the neck and the hands as well, but after the joint has broken down, it can lead to stiffness and increased strain as well. You will also find that as the joint functions, it can lead to compensations and this can place additional strain on other parts of the body as well. Of course, degenerative chances are very common with those who are older but that doesn’t mean that it results in pain for everybody. There has been a lot of research lately that shows that the joint is responsible for the pain, but it is the effects of the degeneration that control how well the joints function. We can help you to restore the overall level of function for your joints by helping you to increase your ability and mobility. In addition to this, we can also assess how the body is functioning as a whole as this will help you to progress naturally and at a pace that you are comfortable with.
Joints are designed to move. When this movement becomes impaired, a lot of problems can arise. Some of these include stiffness, muscle tightness, degeneration and pain. Joint dysfunctions are more common in the spine and it can happen for a number of reasons, some of them being scar tissue, muscular imbalance or even poor posture. We will help to assess the movement in your joints as well as helping you to treat any underlying factors that may be contributing to the problem as well.
The sciatic nerve is the long nerve that starts in the lower back before it extends down into the leg. When this nerve becomes irritated, it can cause pain and numbness. It can also cause you lower pain in the back and leg as well. A misaligned vertebra can also cause your joints to inflame and again, this can put pressure on the nerve. Eventually this can even lead to bulging discs and spasms as well, but you may need to undergo an evaluation in order for this to be diagnosed completely.
A pinched nerve is exactly what you’d think it is. It is a nerve that has been compressed, normally by a misaligned vertebra. When this nerve becomes inflamed, the muscles can spasm and this can cause you even more discomfort in general. You may not even be able to move that part of the body, so you can already see how this can cause you problems if you don’t get it treated.
Millions of American’s have jobs that have damaging effects on the hands and the arms. Repetitive movements that are not performed with a good posture can cause micro-trauma in the hands and the wrists. This combined with joint dysfunction and spinal problems can eventually result in carpal tunnel syndrome. This is when the nerve which is affected travels from the finger, into the shoulder and up to the neck. This then connects with the spinal cord, so you can experience different symptoms depending on how severe your injury is. You may experience wrist pain, weakness, numbness, burning and even loss of function.
This condition is somewhat controversial and it can be difficult to understand at first. If you want a proper diagnosis then you may need to consider going to your doctor. After your examination and a number of specialised tests, you will be able to find the cause of your symptoms and a treatment plan that is suitable for your needs. You will also find that joint and soft tissue manipulation is very helpful in terms of relieving pain from this and other related conditions as well, but if this is not suitable there are other treatment options available. Some of these include ultrasounds and electrical muscle stimulations sessions. You may need to combine some of the above with a healthy eating routine and some herbal medicine but overall you should certainly see the benefits when you choose a chiropractic method of treatment.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that you don’t need to be physically injured in order to benefit from chiropractic care. After all, you could see an increase in your posture, your mobility, your energy and even your immune system. Everyone can see different results, but one main thing that brings people together is that they just feel better in general. If you are taking pain medication, or if you experience constant headaches, please do contact us today to see if we can help.
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