Our Chiropractic Treatments are based upon the results of an examination and often consist of chiropractic manipulative therapy (adjustment) along with adjunctive physiotherapy. Home care instructions may be prescribed including home exercises, nutritional supplements, supports, appliances and/or modification of daily activities.
A popular response to neck pain in taking drugs to cover up the problem (aspirin, analgesics, pain pills) or treating its symptoms (muscle relaxers, massage, hot packs). But neck pain isn’t caused by a lack of aspirin or drugs!
The Chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate its underlying cause. This begins with a complete case history and thorough examination. Special attention is given to the structure and function of the spine, and its affect on the nervous system. Is the proper spinal curve present? Are the nerve openings between each pair of spinal bones free and clear? Is the head balanced? Are the shoulders level? These and other considerations are used to create a plan of specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve the motion and position of spinal vertebrae.
With improved structure and function, neck pain often diminished or totally disappears, without addictive drugs or harmful side effects. One study, published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that patients who received chiropractic care reported significant improvement in their neck function and reduction in their neck pain whereas those taking pain-killers did not.
LOWER BACK PAIN
Many of the pain sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking “fingers” at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated and inflamed. Surgical treatment often involves removing these facet joints, exposing the spinal cord.
Another cause of lower back pain can be a bulging disc putting pressure on the spinal cord or a nearby nerve root. The result is often numbness, tingling or pain down the leg. Cutting away the bulging disc tissue can permanently alter its ability to separate and cushion the adjacent bones. This rarely addresses the underlying structural cause of the problem.
The Chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustment. The simplicity and success of this approach has been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery.
The lumbar spine, where the sciatic nerve begins, is the most frequently injured area of the spine. The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves of the body, reaching about the size of our thumb in diameter and running from the lower back (lumbar spine) down through the back of the leg to the toes. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctor refer to this as sciatica.
One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft pulpy discs which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting down either or both legs.
The Chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain. Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often respond dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through conservative chiropractic care.
Whiplash injuries are most often incurred during auto collisions, sporting events, slips or falls and they can all have a damaging effect on your neck and back. The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arm and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later.
The Chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help normalize 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. Consult a Doctor of Chiropractic before depending upon addictive pain medication, enduring constant whiplash related headaches or submitting to surgery.
Spinal discs have a very poor blood supply and depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. This is how many disc problems begin.
Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot “slip” as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, often interfering with their function.
The Chiropractic approach to disc problems is to help restore better motion and position to the spinal joints with specific adjustments, that help decrease inflammation so the healing process can begin. Many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependence on pain pills by choosing conservative chiropractic care.
Disc Tear: The most common disc injury is a small crack or micro tear in the tough, outer cartilage material of the disc called annular fibers. This allows the fluid to start leaking out, and the disc begins to wear thin.
Bulging Disc: The soft jelly like material in the middle of the disc pushes to one side, forward or backward, and swelling occurs. The nucleus remains contained within the tough other fibers of the disc, but still can cause pressure and painful symptoms.
Herniated Disc: The soft jelly like material from the nucleus in the middle of the disc ruptures through the tough, outer fibers and extends to the outer edge or beyond the normal limits of the disc.
Prolapsed Disc: A piece of disc material separates away and becomes a fragment or a free-floating piece.
Desiccated Disc: The disc loses its fluid content and degenerates to a rough, worn-down or worn-out appearance. This occurs as the bones begin to fuse to each other.
A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and upper back.
When bones of the spine lose their normal position or motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. When spinal nerves and related tissues are stretched or irritated, they can produce throbbing headaches. Aspirin and medications may cover up these warning signs, but do not correct the underlying structural cause.
If a thorough examination reveals reduced range of motion, loss of normal spinal curves, or mechanical restrictions, chiropractic care should be considered. Specific adjustments can help correct spinal joint dysfunction created by various chemical, emotional and physical stresses in our lives.
With the Chiropractic approach, many patients report headache relief immediately, while some find that the correction of their condition takes longer because their spinal problem has existed undetected for many years and requires a more extended treatment process.