Chiropractic Care


Allergies

Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an allergen, which can result in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, and rashes. These symptoms are caused when your immune system produces histamines in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen.

When your nervous system is under stress from spinal misalignment 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 more efficiently, fighting 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.

Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies because it allows your body to be better equipped to handle them.

Disc Problems

Intervertebral discs are pads tightly fixed between the vertebrae in the spine. These discs allow movement of the spine, separate the vertebrae and keep them from rubbing together. The rubbery middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniated, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Discs can also begin to weaken and dehydrate with age. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.

Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. In many cases, you may experience pain relief from through chiropractic care. 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.

Fibromyalgia

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 can also bring on other conditions like trouble sleeping, headaches, depression, and anxiety. While there is no known cure, chiropractic treatment can help to uncover what may be causing the pain and provide relief. The added effects of chiropractic treatment such as increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system can also help to fight the effects of fibromyalgia.

Headaches

Tightness in the neck and shoulders can misalign the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain and headaches. The pain can start at the base of the skull and radiate 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

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 cause 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 movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc.

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 pressing on the nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Unlike the temporary relief from pain relievers, chiropractic treats the cause of the pain with adjustments to properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released.

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. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to not function properly. 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 rather the body as a whole.

Sciatica

This condition is pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the sciatic nerve.

Whiplash

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 the overextension from the violent movement.

Chiropractic adjustments and alignments can help with these types of injuries. 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 before relying on pain medications and surgery.

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