Whether it’s the result of a labor-intensive job, pregnancy, a wrong move at the gym, or even just discomfort after a long day of working around the house, back pain is one of the first and most important signs signifying a problem that needs attention.
Chiropractic care offers a therapy system that manipulates joints to fix pressure and tension issues. An adjustment is often quick, pain-free, non-invasive, and doesn’t involve medications. After the adjustment, many patients report feeling better than they had before they even had the back ailment. Your individual care plan will address your unique issues and will lead you to the best solution for back pain.
We Also Help With Slipped Discs
A slipped, or prolapsed, disc is a medical condition affecting the spine that can cause severe lower back pain. The bones that make up the spine – the vertebrae – have cartilage discs between them, connected by a gel-like tissue. A slipped disc is caused when the soft part of the disc bulges through the circle of connective tissue. The disc does not actually slip out of place, but rather it bulges, causing a push on the spinal cord.
A slipped disc can many times be symptom-free. However, when pain does occur, it is due to the pressure placed on the spinal cord or nerve roots. This type of pressure can result in feeling muscle spasm, paralyzed muscles, disturbed feelings in the limbs, and problems controlling the bladder.
How Chiropractic Can Help Slipped Discs
A chiropractor will develop a care plan that may include spinal manipulation and other chiropractic techniques to ease the slipped disc symptoms. Adjustments to remove subluxation (when one or more of the bones in your spine move out of position) are also helpful for a slipped disc. The adjustments decompress the vertebrae, allowing the disc the ability to heal itself.
Your neck and shoulders work hard every day. Neck pain is almost a universal human experience. The slightest deviation in the relationship between the bones of the cervical spine can cause pain and limit head and neck mobility. Research shows that chiropractic can relieve neck pain more effectively than any pain medication.
Neck pain can derive from any type of neck strain or neck injury (whiplash), virus infection of the throat (which may lead to lymph gland swelling thus putting strain on the neck), headaches, poor posture, uncomfortable sleeping positions or even physical and emotional stress. Spinal manipulation and/or chiropractic neck adjustments have been shown to be beneficial in the improvement of neck pain, regardless of the cause.
The nerves that extend from your brain and spinal cord are essential for sending critical messages throughout your entire body.
When these nerves are compressed or pressured by the surrounding tissues, the body sends a sharp shooting ‘pinching’ feeling as a warning. This is nothing to ignore! Essentially, this is a warning of a damaged and/or injured nerve. This nerve pressure may come from either the repetition of a certain body motion, or holding the body’s position for a long period of time. Other causes of pinched nerves may be: herniated discs (when a cervical disc slips out of place), degeneration of disc (spine degenerating due to age or other factors), and bony growths (bony growths in your neck due to arthritis or degenerative disc disease).
Why Are Pinched Nerves Dangerous?
If a nerve gets “pinched”, the entire flow of the nerve stops and eventually may cause that nerve fiber to die. When enough fibers stop working, the skin may feel perpetually numb and muscles may stop contracting.
How Chiropractic Can Help Pinched Nerves
Chiropractic has been proven to be extremely effective for pinched nerves, as it concentrates on spinal adjustments and checking specifically for compression or constriction of nerves between vertebrae. Finding and nudging the specific area where the spinal bones are not moving correctly will undoubtedly alleviate pinched nerves. This realignment of your spine will ease the pressure on the vulnerable nerves, allowing relief from pain and helping nerves function more effectively than before.
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curve of the spine. Everyone’s spine has natural curves; however, those suffering from scoliosis have spines that also curve from side to side, independent from posture. The spine of a person with scoliosis looks more like an “S” or a “C” rather than a straight line. It usually begins as a postural distortion, but may eventually become a permanent deformity. When allowed to advance, it may interfere with the lungs, heart and many other vital organs.
Why Does Scoliosis Occur?
Scoliosis is called an idiopathic disease because the cause is unknown. It is often caused by neuromuscular conditions (cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy), birth defects that affect bones of the spine to develop, and infections of the spine. Other causes of scoliosis include bone collapse, major back surgery and osteoporosis.
How Chiropractic Can Help Scoliosis:
Usually, scoliosis care depends on your age, how much you’re likely to grow, how much curving there is, and whether the curve is temporary or permanent. Significant research suggests that the function and structure of the spine can be manually manipulated by a chiropractic adjustment, thus relieving the discomfort associated with scoliosis.
Dr. John's patient, before and after chiropractic care.
Sciatica, or sciatic neuritis, is a distracting pain that radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve - beginning in the lower back and extending down one or both legs.
Symptoms of sciatica may include lower back pain, buttock pain, numbness or weakness in various parts of the leg and foot, and a shooting pain making it difficult to walk or stand up. The level of pain varies from person to person – from infrequent and irritating to quite severe and debilitating. Simple movements such as coughing or sneezing lead to excruciating pain for some people dealing with sciatica.
Why Does Sciatic Pain Occur?
Sciatica symptoms occur when the large sciatic nerve is irritated. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in the body, made up of isolated nerve roots that branch out from the spine in the lower back. When the nerve becomes pinched (by a herniated disc or overgrowth of bone) on your vertebrae, sciatica is likely to occur.
How Chiropractic Can Help Relieve Sciatica
Chiropractic adjustments are known to provide ready relief. A visit to the chiropractor can also help assess the nature of sciatica, such as misaligned vertebrae or pelvis, and care for it accordingly – resolving the root of the problem.