The back is made up of many bones, joints, ligaments and muscles. There are several ways to injure your back including: spraining ligaments, straining muscles, rupturing disks, and irritating joints, all of which can lead to back pain. Causes of tissue injuries range from sports injuries or accidents to the simplest of movements like bending at the waist to pick up a small object. In addition other complicating factors include arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and psychological stress.
With new research and many positive case studies chiropractic is becoming the leader in back care needs. Now, with today’s growing emphasis on prevention and cost effectiveness, adjustments are receiving more widespread attention.
Chiropractic spinal manipulation is a safe and effective way to treat your back pain. It reduces pain and inflammation, decreases need for medication, and is used in conjunction with physical therapy to speed recovery.
Many people suffer from neck pain in the world today and get limited relief, but unfortunately these people feel they have to suffer through the pain instead of fixing the problem. Common chiropractic cases that can lead to neck pain include conditions such as neck strain, degenerative disc disease, herniated discs and fibromyalgia. Other risk factors that can affect the occurrence of neck pain include injuries such as those that would occur due to contact sports, accidents involving motor vehicles, poor sleeping posture, and strain from a repetitive work environment.
One of the most beneficial forms of neck pain relief is a neck adjustment at the hands of a chiropractor. More and more patients are discovering the benefits of chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic treatment, according to research and practice, has been shown to be effective for many individuals suffering from neck pain.
Chiropractic care is one of the most cost effective strategies for fixing the problem of neck pain. Chiropractic care is a means of alternative therapy that is non-invasive and when used in conjunction with other neck pain treatments provides fast and effective results. Combining more conservative forms of treatment with neck adjustments can often reduce the required amounts of medications and can eliminate a large amount of the patient’s dependence on analgesic and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Chiropractic treatment has been shown to be especially helpful to patients who have undergone injury leading to the shifting and misalignment of the spine, called subluxation. Individuals suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis have also reported significant improvement. Chiropractors, through the use of numerous different techniques and strategies involving adjustments to the spine and neck, can often succeed in reducing neck pain and improving a patient’s general condition. This adjustment can work to correct posture and properly align the neck and spine so as to significantly reduce pain and improve the individual’s overall condition.
Injuries to the neck caused by the sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, is referred to as “whiplash”. Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine and head can be overstretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion. The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged.
The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can result in headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulder, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and even low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear for weeks or even months later.
The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help return spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduced and scar tissue can often be minimized.
Children and Chiropractic
How many of us have grown older and have looked back and wished we would have taken better care of ourselves? This is probably the case for many of us, so why should we let our children make the same mistake as us? Many spinal problems begin in childhood and develop gradually. Chiropractic approaches spinal and overall health care from a preventative point of view. Catch a problem before it develops and it can be corrected much quicker.
Right from birth, your child’s spine is subjected to daily stresses. The birth process is one of the most traumatic experiences many of us will ever go through. An infant’s neck must be bent one way and then the other in order to pass through the birth canal. This can leave a baby’s neck with subluxations or misalignments, which can be corrected with Chiropractic treatment.
As your child grows, other problems may arise. Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine, which if not detected early may become a serious disfiguring problem. It is important that, when present, it is caught before a child begins his or her “growth spurt” at approximately 12-16 years of age because scoliosis can progress rapidly during these years. The best part about fixing a problem when a child is young is that children heal so much faster.
Parents do not think twice about the importance of regular dental visits for their kids. Check-ups are scheduled every six months to help prevent cavities. When you consider that children use their teeth only when they eat, yet they use their spine every time they sit, stand, run, crawl, play and move shouldn’t they receive regular check-ups for one of the most important structures in their body? Remember, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”
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The human spine is made up of the vertebrae (the bones making up the spine), having cartilage discs between them. The discs have a circle of connective tissue with a central gel-like core, which makes the spine flexible and at the same time functions as a defensive buffer. The discs act as shock absorbers in your back and unfortunately take the brunt of a lot of daily stress. This stress can weaken the cartilaginous outer portion of the disc, which can cause injury. A slipped disc is a very painful medical condition in which the soft part of the disc extends through the circle of connective tissue. This prolapse may push on the nerve roots or on the spinal cord. Chiropractic treatment can be applied to relieve this pain. Chiropractic care is a non-surgical alternative used in treatment of disc injuries.
Many people who work in offices, or perform repetitive tasks can suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpel Tunnel Syndrome causes pain in the wrist, hand and forearm area that can severely interfere with a person’s quality of life.
What many people don’t realize is that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can often be prevented if caught early. Through conservative treatment and some occupational posture changes the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be prevented or relieved. Even if a person does develop carpal tunnel syndrome, there is still a way where the aches and pains can be alleviated. Chiropractors deal with, not only the bones in the wrist, but also the muscles of the forearm, and the tightened ligaments and the irritated nerves of the wrist and forearm that lead into the hand.
What is Fibromyalgia? In 1990 the American College of Rheumatology published their criteria for the classification of Fibromyalgia Syndrome (FMS). These criteria consisted of two parts: (1) chronic, widespread pain that has been present for three months, and (2) pain elicited by palpation of specific tender points, more specifically 11 of 18 predetermined sites. Today FMS includes chronic pain, specific tender points, fatigue, irritable bowel, headache, cold sensitivity, atypical patterns of sensation, exercise intolerance, anxiety, depression, dysmenorrhea, bruxism, and other symptoms associated with increased nervous system activity.
While no one solution is a magic bullet for everyone, many fibromyalgia patients have found significant help with chiropractic care. Fibromyalgia and chiropractic are linked at their core. Both are dealing with overactive nerves that cause an abnormality in the link between nerves and muscles, which leads to pain in different areas of the body. Gentle adjustments can help relieve these overactive nerves and reduce the muscle tightness and pain. These improvements are often enough to help them manage their own care successfully, with exercise and diet. You don’t have to live with fatigue, depression, chronic pain, anxiety etc., there are answers for you.
Visiting a chiropractor to get help with your headache problems is common. Chiropractors successfully treat headache sufferers without using any medication. The main cause of many headaches is actually problems with the spinal vertebrae in the neck. The reduction of neck muscle spasm following a chiropractic adjustment or manipulation to the cervical spine helps to relieve the pressure on the vertebrae and spinal nerves. You can think of your head as a bowling ball, weighing roughly the same (roughly 12-16 pounds on average). This weight is held up by small muscles in the back of your head that are often overworked and is one cause of headaches. Other causes of headaches can be sinus congestion, eye problems, stress, and several others. All of which can benefit from chiropractic care.
Subluxation (also known as spinal misalignment) results in irritation of the nerves. Chiropractic treatment can reduce this irritation through adjustments and manipulations. Through chiropractic treatment, you can get relief from irritations of the muscles and tissues of the upper neck, and also the inflammatory irritation that is caused by the spinal nerves of the upper cervical spine.
Chiropractic corrects spinal abnormalities called vertebral subluxations that result in interference of the nervous system by placing pressure on nerves. Since the nervous system controls all functions of the body, including the immune system, chiropractic care can have a positive effect on immune function.
During an immune response, the brain and the immune system ‘talk to each other’ and this process is essential for maintaining homeostasis or balance in the body. When your nervous system is not in alignment it creates irritation to your bodies immune function and allows viruses and bacteria to multiply and lead to sickness. Routine chiropractic treatments can help maintain your immune system and either help you get over your sickness or even prevent you from getting sick.
Chiropractic care is most commonly thought of as treatment for joints and muscles of the spine. It has also proven to be an extremely safe and effective method for treating many common extremity disorders. There are many similarities between the joints in your back and the joints in your shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and foot. Just as in your back, a chiropractor can adjust the joints in your extremities.
An example of this is that there are 27 bones in the hand and wrist and 26 bones in our feet and ankles that can become malpositioned and cause pain over the years due to many things, including repetitive stress (i.e. long term keyboard use or extensive running) or injury for example. Chiropractic care can re-align these bones and relieve the pain that has been caused by these misalignments.
There are certain factors that may make you more likely to develop osteoarthritis. Most cases of arthritis develop after age 40. So just being over 40 years old makes it more likely you may have arthritis. Also, women are more likely to develop arthritis then men. Finally, previous joint injury makes you much more likely to develop arthritis. This means a knee injury while playing football or a minor car accident increases your chances of getting osteoarthritis in the injured area.
Chiropractic care can be used to manage your arthritis pains. Maintaining joint motion is essential to managing arthritis. Gentle chiropractic adjustments help to restore proper joint motion in a way that exercise cannot. Adjustments also reduce joint pain caused by arthritis. Your chiropractor can also assess for and correct any muscular imbalances to ensure proper and even joint loading. Chiropractic is an effective and non-invasive way to manage your osteoarthritis.