We use a number of treatments in our office to treat everything from arthritis to carpal tunnel. How can chiropractic improve your quality of life? Let me count the ways…
- Help Arthritis Loosen Up
Arthritis is caused by the wearing away of cartilage between joints. It is painful and can affect movement. And, as the body tries to compensate for part of the body that is affected by arthritis, it often results in misalignment. Chiropractic helps restore alignment, as well as movement in the joints. Other therapies may also be used to decrease pain and stiffness.
- Send Sciatica Packing
When a bulging or herniated disc, spinal misalignment or muscle spasm adds pressure to the sciatic nerve, it becomes irritated. This typically leads to sciatica’s sharp shooting pains and burning sensations. Chiropractic adjustments and other therapies can be performed to relieve pressure from the sciatic nerve, helping the body heal itself.
- Treat that Pain in the Neck, Back AND Shoulder
Even the smallest of misalignments can cause pain in your back, neck or shoulder. If left untreated, these misalignments can cause muscle spasms and intense pain. Chiropractic adjustments can be performed to realign your vertebrae and reduce stress to the nervous system. Massage therapy also works to sooth muscles around the affected area and release toxins.
- Give Those Discs a Reason to Chill
Trauma to the spine can cause intervertebral disc to bulge, rupture, or become displaced or herniated. Additionally, as we age, these discs begin to weaken and dehydrate, putting pressure on the spine. Aligning the spine through chiropractic adjustments can relieve pressure on the nerves and on these discs, which can help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Help Restore Your Body to Pre-Whiplash Condition
If you’ve ever been in a car accident, you may still be suffering from this condition and not even realize it. Whiplash can lead to overextension, leading a host of problems – from muscle sprains and tears to misalignment, disc problems and nerve damage. Many of these conditions can be treated through chiropractic therapies. Chiropractic massage helps ease pain in the muscles and ligaments, while chiropractic adjustments remove pressure on discs and the spine.
- Provide Hand-On Relief for Carpal Tunnel
This condition is most commonly associated with repetitive activity, such as typing, but can be caused by a variety other conditions as well. The nerves in your fingertips are tied directly to your spine, so joint and spinal adjustments can often help relieve many symptoms associated with carpal tunnel. Additionally, inflammation and pain can often be reduced through ultrasound and wrist supports.
- Reduces the Frequency of Headaches
Believe it or not, most headaches originate from tension, strain or spasms in the neck. They are also caused by stress, poor diet and a number of other underlying conditions. Manipulation of the neck can bring immediate relief in many cases. Diet changes can help reduce the frequency of headaches, while massage therapy works to ease muscles and increase the overall functioning of the immune system.
- Keeps Fibromyalgia at Bay
Fibromyalgia is chronic pain that can occur throughout the body and is typically localized in the joints. This pain can also cause depression, anxiety and sleep loss. Chiropractic can be used to identify the cause of this pain, which could be physical or emotional. Once the cause is identified, chiropractic adjustments or massage can be called upon to provide relief.
- Sidelines Sports-Related Injuries
Common sports-related injuries include strains, sprains, tendinosis and stress fractures, such as shin splints. These are often caused by overtraining or putting the body through undue stress or unnatural movements. Chiropractic adjustments are typically performed to align the vertebrae and restore the body’s ability to heal itself. Massage therapy is used to reduce stiffness and improve blood flow to affected areas. Exercise therapy can be used to strengthen muscles and reduce injury in the future, while physical therapies are employed to reduced pain.
- Helps Reduce Allergy Symptoms
While anti-histamines provide temporary relief, chiropractic promotes changes in the body, often leading to a more long-term relief of symptoms. Studies have shown that there is a link between the immune system and the nervous system. When your spine is aligned through chiropractic, this relieves stress on the nerves, helping the immune system respond properly to allergens.
Chiropractic can often provide more lasting, long-term results, without the use of drugs or surgery. Additionally, chiropractic treats the whole body. That means if one of these conditions has a waterfall of other affects on the body, chiropractors take those into account and treat them all. Call us if you have questions about this article, or if you would like to make an appointment. We are committed to helping you feel your best.
About The Auhtor
Dr. Marc Browner is the Founder of iChiropractic and Wellness in Naples, Florida. A graduate of the University of Florida in 1991, he earned his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic in 1995. In private practice since 1998, Dr. Browner is a member of the Florida Chiropractic Society, the Florida Chiropractic Association, and he attends continuing education seminars, classes, and workshops to remain abreast of the most current treatment methods and technological advances in the field.