Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies. 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.
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 heavily contribute to the development of carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation in the hand. 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 each vertebrae and act as shock absorbers throughout your spine. 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 be quite 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. When the discs begin to lose fluid, they become smaller and less flexible. In addition to aging, there are many other factors that may come into play including obesity, smoking, repetitive 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 develop an individualized treatment plan for your needs.
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 grow older, these 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 can require extensive recovery time. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic care. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and has the potential to eliminate your pain and discomfort. Further, allowing you to once again get back to your normal lifestyle.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that we, as healthcare providers, 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, primarily located in joints. The pain may be achy, sharp, radiating, burning, or shooting and can range from mild to 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 that 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, improved circulation, and a stronger immune system can also aid 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.
Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired, or feeling stressed. While these are all factors that can lead to headaches, the direct cause is tightness in the neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. Eighty precent of all headaches originate from the neck. 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 a chiropractic adjustment can realign the vertebrae in your neck. Chiropractic care can treat the source of your headaches rather than offering temporary relief from the symptoms.
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 lead to 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 proper movement at these joints. 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 & 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 cause pain by placing increased pressure on your nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage. If you are experiencing back or neck pain visit us today.
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, wrists, and hands, However, arthritis can occur in any joint throughout the body. Arthritis can be painful and cause dysfunction in the affected regions. Arthritis in one area can also contribute to the development of arthritis or other problems in neighboring joints as well. For instance, if you have arthritis in your left knee, you may be compensating for this left knee pain by putting more pressure on to your right side when you're walking. Although this may not be apparent immediately, doing so over time can contribute to faster breakdown of the involved cartilage and contribute to the development of pain in over utilized right-sided joints.
Pain medications can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long term solution - think of them as a band-aid. Chiropractic care can alleviate pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system through proper alignment of the vertebral segments. It can also restore proper joint movement, helping to ensure your ability to use proper movement patterns and body mechanics so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body by means of compensatory strategies. We are not concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole and the root of the problem. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well being.
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a "pinched nerve". This can be caused by spinal misalignments, bulging or herniated discs, and many other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. This pressure 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 is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all contribute to increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. When this occurs it generally causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the affected lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and treated appropriately. Fully understanding this multifaceted condition allows your chiropractor to do this.
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 in a rather violent manner. From there, the muscles and ligaments overextend, leading to strains and/or tears of these involved soft tissue structures. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause the neck and associated regions to feel very stiff and sore. 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 of the collision.
Chiropractic care 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 for a more conservative option for pain management rather than relying on pain medications or surgery.
We have discussed many conditions that can be relieved through chiropractic care. 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 and pain from manifesting. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic visits are increased flexibility and mobility, higher energy levels, improved posture, more effective immune system functioning, better circulation, and an overall better feeling of well-being. Impairments are continuing to develop each day within our bodies due to the high demands we place on ourselves. The pain experience is the last step in this process, but wouldn't it be better to avoid the pain before it even begins? Contact our office today to discuss our individualized maintenance care plans to keep you moving how you deserve to!