What are some examples of problems Chiropractors treat?
When your spine is misaligned or subluxated 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 and when your nervous system is under stress and not functioning properly, your immune system cannot work at it’s 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, colds, and helping to reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies.
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 causing pressure on nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms, increasing pain, fatigue, irritability, headaches, and some of the other problems listed here. 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.
Allergies: Chiropractic does not work like an anti-histamine as a direct, short term relief from allergies, but Chiropractic allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies especially seasonal ones.
Disc Problems: There are two possible ways that can cause the discs to herniated, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture: trauma to the spine or 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 near the spine or even radiating pain like sciatica. 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. Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires a lengthy recovery time.
Whiplash: Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions, sports injuries, or falls. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears, 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.
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. 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.
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, the direct cause is tightness in the neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. 80% of all headaches originate from the neck. Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, and a chiropractic adjustment can realign the vertebrae in your 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 from bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and/or muscle spasms When this happens it causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation into the first three fingers. 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.