Chiropractic is not only the obvious choice for headaches and back pain, but more and more evidence is showing the effectiveness of chiropractic in carpal tunnel syndrome, ear infections, fibromyalgia, and more!
It is estimated that 2 million children in the United States have ADHD. This means that in a classroom of approximately 25 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD. However, many normal children may show signs of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsive behavior, and difficulty concentrating, It is important that a child receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis before any treatment is considered. The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but the current thought is that it is a combination of an overactive nervous system coupled with a decrease in the brain's ability to filter out extraneous sights, sounds, thoughts and emotions. There are a number of things that your chiropractor can do to help eliminate stresses on a child's nervous system, such as remove spinal subluxations that irritate the nervous system, suggest dietary changes to avoid common problem foods and suggest changes to the home to help reduce exposure to toxic chemicals. It is important for a parent to look at all treatment options and chiropractic care is a great place to start.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers there seems to be no end in sight. The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can be caused by an injury or sustained use from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing. Symptoms of CTS range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort. In most cases, a chiropractic adjustment to the affected area is an extremely effective solution for CTS symptoms. In addition, we would want to do a spinal analysis to confirm if a misalignment in either the back or neck is causing this condition. These treatments, along with physiotherapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with CTS.
One of the most common conditions following a car accident is whiplash. Whiplash occurs when the head and neck are abruptly thrown forward and backward. This results in damage to the supporting muscles, ligaments and other connective tissues in the neck and upper back. Numerous studies have shown that years after whiplash victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don't assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain. A thorough chiropractic exam and treatment plan should be performed to ensure proper alignment and to avoid any long term effects if possible.
Chiropractic has repeatedly shown to be the most successful treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies show that chiropractic care is more effective, less expensive, and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. Quite commonly, it's simply a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and musculoskeletal alignment. Even long-term back pain sufferers and sciatica sufferers find relief after one or two visits.
The neck is where our cervical spine is located. It is one of the most important areas of our body and unfortunately, it is very susceptible to injury. Picture your neck and head much like a bowling ball being held on top of a stick by small, thin, elastic bands. It doesn’t take much force to disrupt that delicate balance. The spinal cord runs through a space in the vertebrae to send nerve impulses to every part of the body. Between each pair of cervical vertebrae, the spinal cord sends off large bundles of nerves that run down the arms and the upper back. This means that if your arm is hurting, it may actually be a problem in the neck. Symptoms in the arms and hands can include numbness, aching, tingling, and a cold feeling in the fingers. These symptoms can be confused with carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition in the hands that is often found in people who work at computer keyboards or perform other repetitive motion tasks for extended periods. Problems in the neck can also contribute to headaches, muscle spasms in the shoulders and upper back, tinnitus or ringing in the ears, otitis media or ear infections, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), restricted range of motion and chronic tightness in the neck and upper back.
The underlying cause of ear infections or otitis media is usually a biomechanical problem. There is a reduction of drainage in the lymph vessels found in the lymphatic chains that will cause a build-up of fluid in the inner ear. This may lead to a loss of normal function of the small muscle at the opening of the eustachian tube in the throat that allows bacteria and viruses from the mouth to enter the inner ear. Instead of treatment that tries to kill the bacteria or virus, a more natural approach would be to restore normal drainage of the ears and neck lymphatics.This is most effectively done through chiropractic.
Chiropractic care is critical for those who suffer from fibromyalgia in order to keep the spine and muscles from losing too much movement. Because fibromyalgia causes the muscles to tighten up and lose some of their natural pliability, it results in a global loss of movement in the spine. The loss of movement in the spine results in a neurological reflex that causes the muscles to tighten further. This vicious cycle will continue and over time will lead to increased pain, increased muscle tightness, a loss of movement, more difficulty sleeping and the development of more and more trigger points. The only option is to continually adjust the spine and keep it moving. It is not uncommon for those with fibromyalgia to be adjusted three to four times per month to keep everything mobile and relaxed. The biggest concern in treating people with fibromyalgia is that their muscles have a diminished healing ability. For this reason, chiropractic adjustments are usually modified to be more gentle for the fibromyalgia patient.
Headaches can be due to a wide variety of causes, such as drug reactions, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ), tightness in the neck muscles, low blood sugar, high blood pressure, stress and fatigue. However, the majority of recurrent headaches are either tension headaches or migraine headaches. Chiropractic care is highly effective at treating headaches by adjusting the cervical spine to correct misalignments and relieve muscle tension.
The term "pinched nerve" is somewhat of a catch-all phrase that is commonly used to describe the pain associated with a variety of conditions from subluxations, to tunnel syndromes to the referred pain from trigger points. Most of the time, what is called a pinched nerve is actually an irritated, or inflamed nerve where the nerve itself is not actually pinched. In most cases, nerves become irritated and inflamed when the bones, joints or muscles of the spine are not in their proper position, or are not moving properly. Treating this condition is the specialty of the doctor of chiropractic.
During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. This additional weight in front, causes stress to the joints of the pelvis and low back. As the baby grows in size, the added weight causes the curvature of her lower back to increase, placing extra stress on the fragile facet joints on the back side of the spine. Any pre-existing problems in a woman's spine tend to be exacerbated as the spine and pelvis become overtaxed, often leading to pain and difficulty performing normal daily activities. Studies have found that about half of all expectant mothers develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancies. This is especially true during the third trimester when the baby's body gains the most weight. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort frequently experienced in pregnancy, and creates an environment for an easier, safer delivery. It is one of the most safe and effective ways to help the spine and pelvis cope with the rapid increase in physical stress by restoring a state of balance. In fact, most women have found that chiropractic care helped them avoid the use of pain medications during their pregnancy, and studies have shown that chiropractic adjustments help to reduce time in labor.
Those that suffer with sciatica know how painful this condition can be. Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations or misalignments, herniated, slipped, or bulging discs, pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one's back pocket wallet. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in your body. It runs from your pelvis, through your hip area and buttocks and down each leg. The sciatic nerve branches into smaller nerves as it travels down the legs providing feeling to your thighs, legs, and feet as well as controlling many of the muscles in your lower legs. The term sciatica refers to pain that radiates along the path of this nerve. Chiropractic adjustments help to reduce the nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments should not be painful. Chiropractic adjustments are proven to be safe and effective.