Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies. (1) Chiropractic does not work like an antihistamine as a direct, short-term relief from allergies. Instead, chiropractic allows your body to be able to fight against allergies.
Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an allergen (substances that typically do not affect people), resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. The histamines cause these symptoms your immune system creates 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 affects 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, and 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.
If you suffer from allergies, chiropractic can help you find relief. Schedule an appointment today.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is most commonly associated with people 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.
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 have a tough, rubbery exterior and a soft interior. They sit between the vertebrae to act as shock absorbers. Unfortunately, as we age, the spinal discs begin to degenerate, and 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. In addition, compressed nerves often cause pain, which can also travel to other areas of the body like the buttocks, arms, and legs; you may also experience numbness and tingling in the arms and legs. Pain can range from mild to severe and debilitating.
As mentioned previously, our spines can degenerate as a natural part of aging. As we grow older, tears in the more rigid outer layer of the disc are common. And when the discs begin to lose fluid, they become smaller and less flexible. In addition to aging, other factors may come into play, including obesity, smoking, repeated physical work, and injury.
Pain caused by degeneration is often treated with hot or cold packs and anti-inflammatory medication. Other forms of treatment may be beneficial when disc degeneration causes problems like herniated or bulging discs, spinal stenosis, or osteoarthritis; 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, visit our office for an examination so we can create a treatment plan for you.
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 spine movement, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. In addition, the gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and activity. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniate, bulge, displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. However, trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can pressure the nerves around the spine and cause pain.
You should see a chiropractor if you suffer from one of these injuries. Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. However, you can experience relief from these conditions in many cases through chiropractic. Properly aligning the spine can relieve pressure on nerves and the discs themselves; this will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that we still do not know much about as there is no specific known cause, and many different factors could bring it on. 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 uncover what may be causing the pain and provide relief. The cause of fibromyalgia could be physical, mental, or emotional so we will perform an examination. Adjustments and chiropractic massage can relieve pain from the affected areas. The added effects of chiropractic treatment, such as increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system, can also help fight fibromyalgia's effects. 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, tiredness, or stress. While these factors 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. 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 can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief from the symptoms.
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted, and it can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse/underuse of a joint, muscle imbalance, and other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles and cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.
One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. Unfortunately, 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. Specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain. If you have joint pain, visit us for comfort.
Subluxations or misalignments of your vertebrae usually cause pain along the spinal column in your neck or back. A minor misalignment can cause pain by causing pressure on nerves, and if it is left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine to release pressure on joints and nerves. 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 caused by the cartilage wearing down between joints. Some major joints affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrist. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas not to function correctly. 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 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 the body as a whole. 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, or other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms. The pressure on the nerve must be relieved 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 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 condition's cause must be diagnosed and properly treated. Your chiropractor can help you 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 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 overextension from the violent movement.
Chiropractic 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. In addition, Chiropractic massage can help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery.
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, a higher energy level, improved posture, a more effective immune system, better circulation, and better well-being.