Common Health Conditions

Specific, corrective, wellness-based chiropractic care can help

Health doesn’t have to be

Complicated

There is an urgent problem facing our community where families are being compromised due to misinformation about health. Americans have never been as sick, diseased, or symptomatic as we are today. There are an endless amount of people who are suffering, who have been through the ringer and have tried anything and everything to no avail.

For those of you who have a health condition and have been living with symptoms, we assure you there is a better way.

Health doesn’t have to be so complicated. There are answers to your unanswered questions. There is hope. We know because we have helped hundreds of people to overcome health challenges and regain their youth and vitality. It’s what we do that’s different and unique that allows for us to get results where other systems fail.

Specific, corrective, wellness-based chiropractic care

can help with these and other serious health conditions

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ADD / ADHD

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Aging

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Arthritis

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Asthma

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Back Pain Relief

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Carpal Tunnel Relief

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Cold, Flu and Chiro Care

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Crohn’s Disease

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Disc Conditions

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Ear Infections

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Endometriosis

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Fibromyalgia

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Headaches

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High Blood Pressure

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Hip, Knee, & Ankle Pain

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Kids and Chiropractic

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Low Back Pain

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Neck Pain

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Neuropathy

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PMS & Menopause

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Posture

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Pregnancy

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Sciatica

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Scoliosis

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Sinus & Allergies

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Sports Performance

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Stress Relief

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TMD / TMJ

Chiropractic for

ADD /ADHD Relief

If you are a parent of a child suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you may be wondering what all your treatment options are. The most common intervention for ADHD is prescribed medication. While this may have some success at treating the symptoms, it can come with a slew of unwanted side effects. Also, many parents may be concerned with the effects of long term prescription medication consumption may have on their children.

You may think that the only effective treatment for disorders such as ADHD are medications, but there are other treatments out there that are natural and effective. Did you know that many chiropractors have a proven track record of successfully treating the symptoms of ADHD and other learning disabilities? Chiropractic care can help treat an array of symptoms and disorders. If you think that chiropractic is limited to back pain, you haven’t learned about all that regular adjustments can do.

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Chiropractors work to find and address any subluxations in the spine.  By performing regular adjustments, chiropractors help to ensure proper nerve flow.  If a child’s spine is misaligned, it may be affecting their behavior and performance at school.

Chiropractic care is based on the concept of holistic wellness, meaning the health of the whole body.  If the spine and nerve flow are working properly then the rest of the body may follow.

 

Chiropractors suggest the following tips and
lifestyle changes for children dealing with ADHD:
  • Eliminate sugar, preservatives, food dyes and additives from the diet.
  • Use natural, unprocessed foods, avoiding all pesticides and herbicides.
  • Find out if your child has any allergies, and address them.
  • Avoid medications, alcohol, nicotine and any other stimulants while pregnant.
  • Find time to relax while pregnant as stress can affect the unborn baby’s health.
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Aging

and Chiropractic

Aging is a natural process that occurs as an individual goes through life. Over time, the body goes through natural changes such as thinning or graying hair, declining senses or decreased function in bodily organs and normal wear and tear on joints and muscles.

​Around the world, people are living longer, making proactive and preventative healthcare, such as chiropractic, critical to not only living longer, but enjoying the later years in good health.

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Longer Lifespans and the Baby Boomers

According to the 2012 Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, life expectancy in the U.S. is 78.7 years. Incredibly, that’s nearly double what it was in 1880, when Americans were living between 38.3 and 44 years. 

Currently, baby boomers are turning 65 years old at a rate of 10,000 per day! As this generation likely extends the average lifespan, drug-free and conservative forms of healthcare, like chiropractic, can play an important role in preserving good health.

Top Health Concerns Facing Aging Adults

Some of the top health conditions American seniors experience:

  • Heart disease

  • Arthritis

  • Mental health

  • Osteoporosis

  • Vision and eye diseases

Age-Related Falls and Injuries

Millions of senior Americans fall each year and many of these falls result in moderate to severe injuries. These injuries, which are largely preventable, can increase the risk of early death. 

One out of three adults (aged 65 or older) fall each year. Around 20 to 30 percent of these adults experience moderate to severe injuries such as lacerations, hip fractures and head traumas. Other fractures are spine, hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm and hand. 

Preventing Age-Related Health Issues through Chiropractic Care 

Chiropractic care helps encourage whole body wellness and prevent problems that can cause pain and other symptoms down the line. Choose the conservative approach of chiropractic care because:

  • Chiropractic adjustments keep your spine and nervous system interference-free so you can be at your physical, mental and emotional best

  • Chiropractic care is gentle, safe and effective

  • Regular chiropractic adjustments and supportive therapies encourage your body’s innate ability to heal itself and prevent injuries

  • Chiropractic is a natural, conservative approach

Through proper nutrition, exercise, limited medications, healthy relationships and chiropractic care, living in good health in “old” age is absolutely possible.

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Chiropractic for

Arthritis Relief

Understanding arthritis and how chiropractic care could help manage arthritis pain.

What is Arthritis?

Though common, arthritis is one of America’s most misunderstood diseases. Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints, which can cause pain, discomfort and stiffness throughout joints and the body. Common symptoms of arthritis and joint inflammation include swelling, joint pain and stiffness and decreased range of motion — typically worsening with age.

​In actuality “arthritis” is not a single disease. There are over 100 different types and severities of the disease, making it the leading cause of disability in America — affecting more than 50 million.

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There are two main types of arthritis that can benefit from routine chiropractic care:

  • Osteoarthritis – A degenerative disorder affecting flexible joint cartilage
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis – A chronic inflammatory disorder in joints

​In both cases, self care combined with non-invasive, non-addictive treatment, should serve as your first line of defense to manage and relieve pain and discomfort.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Those with Arthritis?

Chiropractic care can be a great way to manage and relieve pain caused by arthritis. Routine chiropractic care provides arthritis patients with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative to prescription opioids or over-the-counter pain medications (OTCs), which are commonly prescribed to patients to help them manage their pain.

​Chiropractors deliver a gentle, non-invasive, non-addictive therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments reduce joint restrictions or misalignments in the spine and other joints in the body in an effort to reduce inflammation and improve function of both the affected joint and nervous system. By increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health, your body has the ability to better manage symptoms caused by osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

Below are some of the health benefits chiropractic care and chiropractic adjustments can provide to arthritis patients:

  • Reduced pain and discomfort

  • Decreased inflammation

  • Improved range of motion

  • Improved flexibility

  • Increased activity and lifestyle

To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, our doctor will perform a consultation, examination and if necessary, refer you out for diagnostic imaging such as x-ray or MRI. 

 

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Chiropractic for

Asthma Relief

3 Reasons to see a Chiropractor for Asthma Treatment

Chiropractic care may help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Continue reading to find the 3 main reaons to seek chiropractic care as an asthma treatment.

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1. There is a Link between your Nervous System and Your Respiratory System

There is research that suggests a link between the spinal column, the nervous system and the respiratory system. This may be why many have mentioned improved breathing by consulting a chiropractor.

Asthma cases seem to be rising at an alarming rate. Some think it’s due to a combination of factors, especially the increase of chemicals in our environment.

​These days, airtight, super-insulated homes can trap chemicals, molds, formaldehyde and other irritants. Even the increasing use of cesarean births, antibiotics and our fascination with germ killing have been cited.

If these factors were the only issue, why wouldn’t all children living in the same house and breathing the same air, suffer equally?

2. The Chiropractic Connection – The Nerves in your Diaphragm

Your diaphragm is the primary muscle used for breathing. Nerves that control each breath leave your brain and exit the spinal cord in the mid-neck (C3, C4 and C5) area. Spinal problems in this area can have a profound affect on the nerve supply to the diaphragm.

Reducing nerve interferences in the spine may help restore proper nervous system control of the lungs and improved function can begin.

3. Research on the Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Asthma

In fact, research published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research documented the results experienced by 81 children with asthma who saw a chiropractor for asthma and received chiropractic care. The two-month study revealed that those under care saw a 45% decrease in the number of “attacks” and that 31% of the subjects voluntarily chose to decrease their medication.

All this from improved nervous system control of the lungs!

 

 

Here are some additional research articles that explain how a chiropractor for asthma can help improve patient’s lives.

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Chiropractic care may help reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks. Naturally, we can’t make any promises, however, if your son or daughter has subluxations, and they are the cause of their symptoms, many have found relief with conservative chiropractic care.

 

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Back Pain

and Chiropractic

Anatomy of the Spine

The spine is a combination of stacked bones, called vertebrae, flexible tendons and ligaments. The vertebrae are in a column divided into four regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral/coccyx. The spinal cord runs through the column of bones and nerve roots that are critical to the transmission of messages to and from the brain. 

Our spinal system is strong enough to protect the sensitive nerve roots, while at the same time it allows us the flexibility to accomplish all the movements of daily life like walking, twisting, bending and lifting. Between the vertebrae are discs, which are spongy pads of cartilage that act like shock absorbers. Each disc, along with the vertebrae immediately above and below, form what is called the spinal motion unit. 

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Back Pain

Unfortunately between 80 to 90 percent of the population has back or spinal pain at some point in their lives. A spinal motion unit that moves improperly or is overly strained can irritate nerves, interfere with muscle tension and result in pain. This nerve interference is called subluxation. Parts of the body serviced by affected nerves, including blood vessels, internal organs and limbs, may not function optimally because of subluxation.

Trauma, lifting injuries or other unknown causes can create a spinal disc herniation, which is sometimes referred to as a “slipped” or “bulging” disc.  When you have ongoing back pain, early diagnosis and care is important to avoid permanent damage.

Taking Care of Your Spinal Health

There are many ways to help take care of your spinal health including practicing correct lifting/carrying techniques, mindfully paying attention to your posture, sleeping with a pillow under your knees, quitting smoking, making sure your diet is nutritious and getting enough exercise. 

Back pain is one of the most common reasons for healthcare and chiropractic visits but it doesn’t have to be part of your daily life. Many back ailments respond well to conservative treatment, and research and studies have demonstrated successful treatment of back pain and injuries through chiropractic adjustments and care. With chiropractic care, gentle adjustments to any misaligned vertebrae may restore normal movement within the spine, decrease irritation of nerves and reduce pain.  

A healthy spine is key to your overall well-being.  With a normally functioning spine and healthy nervous system, the body is better able to heal itself. Trauma, lifestyle, age and injury can render the spine vulnerable, but chiropractic care can help alleviate discomfort and assist you along the road to improved overall wellness.   

Tips to Prevent Back Pain 

  • Maintain a healthy diet and weight

  • Quit smoking to ensure that maximum oxygen and nutrient amounts reach spinal tissues 

  • Make sure ongoing chiropractic care is part of your wellness lifestyle

  • Be active, avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle

  • Maintain proper posture

  • Wear properly fitted shoes with customized orthotics

  • Warm up and stretch before all physical activities, including chores like yard work

  • Lift with your knees, with objects close to your body

  • Avoid twisting when lifting

  • Talk to your chiropractor about creating an ergonomically correct workstation

 

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Chiropractic for

Carpal Tunnel Relief

Can chiropractic care help with carpal tunnel syndrome?

Each year, many people are diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), and experience symptoms like tingling, numbness, burning and pain in parts of the hands and wrists or even an inability to grasp properly. Carpal tunnel release is one of the most common surgeries performed in the United States, but new findings report that nearly half of these surgeries are unsuccessful in relieving symptoms. Learn more about this commonly diagnosed syndrome and how chiropractic can help with the symptoms of CTS.

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What is CTS?

Your carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway located in the wrist. This “tunnel” allows for the median nerve, which extends from the spine to the hand, to pass through. Any swelling of the carpal tunnel can cause compression on the median nerve, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome and potentially cutting off or limiting feeling and movement to portions of the hand. Women are three times as prone to developing the condition as men. Experts are unsure why women are more likely to get CTS, but it’s suspected it may be due to the smaller size of most women’s carpal tunnel.

Diagnostic Issues

Carpal tunnel syndrome cases can be complicated because it’s often impossible to pinpoint the exact cause. There is research indicating that some cases of CTS may be caused by repetitive motion, like construction work, factory work or typing. Evidence suggests that genetics could play a role as well; some people simply have a smaller carpal tunnel than others.

More importantly, CTS can be difficult to diagnosis. Often, misdiagnosed patients are suffering from another condition that exhibits similar symptoms, such as arthritis, subluxations or disc degeneration in the cervical spine that can cause irritation of the median nerve.

Invasive, Aggressive Treatments 

Despite these issues with diagnosis, invasive treatments like injected steroids and surgery are currently the major treatment options considered for the painful condition. This is particularly concerning since nearly half of the surgical treatments for CTS are unsuccessful, indicating that many patients are misdiagnosed, according to a study published by the Journal of Clinical Engineering.

Chiropractic Treatment of CTS

We strongly recommend seeking out non-invasive treatments first if you suspect CTS. Though the healing power of chiropractic is often overlooked, organizations such as the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and the University of Maryland Medical Center list chiropractic as an alternative treatment for CTS. 

The median nerve originates in the cervical spine. A chiropractor can investigate and locate any potential interference in your spinal vertebrae that may be causing compression of the nerves. Chiropractic methods of treatment can include gentle manipulation of the wrist, elbow and cervical spine. 

Left untreated, the syndrome can cause permanent damage to the hand or thumb. If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, a quick consultation with a chiropractor can kick-start the healing process and potentially prevent an unnecessary surgery.

 

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Chiropractic for

Cold and Flu Relief

Cold, Flu and Virus Symptoms

Typically, the cold and flu season arrives in the United States around October and tends to stay until May, peaking between December and February. Some years are worse than other years, in terms of number of people affected and the severity of the illness.

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Cold vs. Flu, What’s the Difference?

The common cold and the flu (influenza) often share many of the same symptoms, so it can be difficult to tell them apart. The flu is generally worse than the common cold, and those suffering from the flu will typically have symptoms such as fever, body aches, fatigue and dry cough. Symptoms for the common cold are usually runny nose, congestion and sneezing. Both conditions are common, contagious, short-term and typically self-treatable.

High-Risk Flu Patients 

Young children, elderly, pregnant women and those with chronic disease or a weakened immune system are considered high-risk for influenza and complications, and they should consult their doctor if they are experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Understanding Viral vs. Bacterial Infections

Bacteria are typically harmless and at times even helpful, while most viruses cause disease. Viruses hijack your normal cells and use them to multiply. Some common viruses are cold and flu—these types of infections cannot be treated through use of antibiotics.

Some common bacterial infections are strep throat and urinary tract infections. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics, but as antibiotic usage has become widespread, some strains of bacteria are becoming antibiotic-resistant. This poses certain risks and indicates that use should be limited. Other common infections like pneumonia, ear infections and sinusitis, can be bacterial or viral.

Treating Cold and Flu Symptoms

Many people turn to over-the-counter medications to mask the symptoms of the cold and flu, but often these medications come with other side effects and may or may not relieve the symptoms.

The Lymphatic System, the Central Nervous System and Chiropractic

One of the critical systems of the body is the lymphatic system, which is a network of organs, lymph nodes, lymph ducts and lymph vessels that move lymph (clear/white fluid made of white blood cells and chyle) from tissues to the bloodstream. This system is a major and important part of the immune system; the lymph nodes of the body (people have between 501 and 700 lymph nodes) make immune cells to help fight infection.

Lymph is transported throughout the body by the musculoskeletal system; to put it simply, it’s transported through the motions and contractions of the muscles. We also know through a study published in Nature in June of 2015 that the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) is connected to the lymphatic system.

These connections between the musculoskeletal system, central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) and lymphatic system help to explain how a chiropractic adjustment can improve the function of the immune system. The chiropractic adjustment removes subluxations in the spine, which occur when a vertebrae or vertebras move out of position and can prevent proper communication within the central nervous system. Subluxations can also thwart movement in the musculoskeletal system.

 

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Crohn’s Disease

And Chiropractic treatment

Named after the doctor who described the disease, Dr. Burrill B. Crohn, Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease affecting the gastrointestinal tract. While similar to ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease is not the same condition. An estimated 700,000 Americans suffer from this condition; it affects men and women, as well as any age group. The most commonly affected age group is between 15 and 35 years old.

Currently, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease but there are viable options for treating the painful symptoms, such as chiropractic care.

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SYMPTOMS OF CROHN’S DISEASE

Typically, Crohn’s causes inflammation along the lining of the bowel tissues, specifically at the end of the small bowel (called the ileum) and the beginning of the colon. This inflammation can be extremely painful resulting in abdominal pain, severe and persistent diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

CONSIDER CONSERVATIVE TREATMENT

While there is no known cure for Crohn’s, there are several methods of treatment. The most common treatment path is drug therapy and, in some cases, surgery.  As chiropractors, we recommend choosing conservative, non-invasive forms of treatment first, whenever possible.

COMPLEMENTARY MEDICINE, CHIROPRACTIC AND CROHN’S DISEASE

Multiple cross-sectional surveys have revealed that 51 percent of patients with inflammatory bowel disease use complementary medicine for treating their illness. These studies indicate an increase in people seeking out alternative treatment methods.

A 2007 study on Crohn’s disease patients found that 12 of the 17 participants who received spinal adjustments “showed long-term and stable remission of their symptoms.” They also found “that vertebral subluxation is a common and characteristic finding in patients with allergies and Crohn’s disease.”

​A 2003 case study by Dr. Charles L. Blum, reports a 32-year-old female patient suffering from inflammatory bowel disease was relieved of this chronic condition following chiropractic treatment.

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY OMEGA-3S

Known for their anti-inflammatory properties, omega-3 fatty acids may play a positive role in treating the symptoms of Crohn’s disease. A 1996 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that Crohn’s patients taking fish oil were twice as likely to remain in remission than those who took a placebo.

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Chiropractic for

Disc Conditions

If you’ve been suffering from painful disc condition, get ready to feel better than you ever had before! 

Our clinic is here to provide you with comprehensive pain relief solutions.

 

Surgery is not your only option!

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Disc Condition Solutions

Spinal discs, though blamed with causing a long list of physical ailments, do provide essential benefits to your health. These vital inter-vertebral “pads” allow you to move about with the ease and flexibility.  They are the spine’s shock absorbers.

A side view of a normal spine shows that it is not as straight as perhaps generally supposed. There are curves which give the spine additional shock absorbing properties. A jolt or bump to any part of the body is diffused to the spine and it is principally the discs which absorb the impact, even in such everyday jolts as those created by walking. Since a vertebra cannot become misaligned without involving one or more discs to some degree, it is easy to see why these innocent discs get blamed for causing trouble more often than they deserve.

Nature placed these cushioning discs between the spinal segments for a most special and serviceable purpose. They act as hinges between the vertebrae and it is their elasticity which gives the spine whatever mobility it has.

 

Back Symptoms

Any kind of persistent back or neck symptoms indicate a serious health problem. Like your teeth or almost any other part of your body, your vertebrae and spinal discs may be in trouble long before you experience symptoms or discomfort. A normal, healthy spine can withstand a tremendous amount of stress and strain without breaking down and without symptoms. When a severe symptom follows a slight accident or incident of stress or strain, you may be sure your spine was already weak and in trouble – perhaps for months or even years before the symptom was felt. Yet even a healthy spine can succumb to unusual stress, accidents, or jolts; the damage to the spine, as well as to surrounding muscles and joints, can produce spinal misalignments, disc problems, back symptoms, and continuing back disorders.

 

SLIPPED DISCS

The term “slipped disc” is really a misnomer. Discs are firmly attached to the vertebrae above and below and, as such, cannot “slip.” They can, however, become wedged or “bulged” due to misalignment of one or both of their neighboring vertebrae. This condition is often termed a “slipped disc.” A common cause of such wedging – and one which can cause indescribable symptoms – is a sudden injury to the spine from a fall, an auto accident, whiplash, strain from lifting, a blow to the neck or back area, etc.

The effects of disc injuries may be very extensive and distressing. There may be limited motion with severe symptoms, or even organic dysfunction resulting from pressure on the nerves that pass between the vertebrae and are adjacent to the disc, thus altering nerve supply to organs and parts of the body located away from the spine itself.

Note: The word “pressure” is used for clearer understanding; the scientific term is “irritation.”

 

RUPTURED DISCS

True herniation – or rupturing – of a disc is quite rare. More often than not, back conditions thought to be ruptured discs are really the result of a bulging disc due, primarily, to a spinal misalignment (called “subluxation”). When such a misalignment is corrected by chiropractic methods, the disc can return to its original, natural position and resume its normal function, thus relieving the nerve pressure and accompanying symptoms. However, in severe cases, a disc can actually rupture.

Such conditions are always extremely symptomatic and are generally caused by:

  • Tremendous traumatic force, such as a fall from a high level or perhaps an auto accident

  • Pathological weakness of the disc resulting from prolonged altered nerve supply to surrounding supporting areas, which may have been caused by a vertebral subluxation

  • Pathological weakness coupled with trauma.

When pathological weakness is present, complete recovery is not possible until the disc can regain its natural and normal toughness. Such pathological weakness is usually preventable or correctable through proper chiropractic care of the vertebrae and discs.

 

DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis is essentially naming the condition. Medical treatment is primarily dependent upon knowing the name of the condition, then administering drugs or perhaps performing surgery to alleviate the symptoms. However, many medical theories about back symptoms are not supported by scientific proof. The concept of this common problem of back or disc injury often is restricted in scope and unsound in theory.

The average family doctor does not have the specialized knowledge, training, or skill needed to properly analyze and treat back problems as effectively as a chiropractor can, though he may be thoroughly trained and qualified in other specialties. Surgical statistics factually report that up to 90% of all back operations fail to bring complete relief. Powerful drugs may relieve back symptoms, but they often cause other conditions to develop and are dangerously deceptive. Medication masks useful diagnostic symptoms and hides the signs of destructive processes, which may continue unabated. Such drugs interfere with the body’s natural recuperative processes and can cause a harmful delay in proper chiropractic treatment to correct the underlying causes, usually misalignments of spinal vertebrae and discs, rather than a true ruptured disc.

 

CHIROPRACTIC ANALYSIS AND CARE

Our chiropractor specializes in the area of spinal and disc conditions and related bone and nerve problems. Years of nerve-muscle-skeletal specialization and additional experience of obtaining results in all types of back problems enable them to analyze each patient’s unique disc problems with expertise found only through this chiropractic training. Your disc problem may be unique, but your symptoms will be similar to thousands of others because the general symptoms of most back disorders are similar.

A simple label of “slipped disc” or “pinched nerve” is useless as a diagnosis, unless the correct spinal and disc adjustments are given to solve the problem. Chiropractic diagnosis and analysis is designed to locate the real cause of your back problem. Our doctors have the special knowledge, training, and skill to correctly find and eliminate the cause of back symptoms in probably 80% of disc conditions.

 

PROTECT YOUR SPINAL DISCS

While medical diagnosis uses “slipped disc” as a cover name for most back problems, including those few true ruptured discs, a false impression is given that most all back problems are due to disc problems. This simply is not true, and statistics and results prove it. The fact is that most back problems, including disc involvement, can be corrected through specific application of chiropractic spinal adjustment.

Providing comprehensive solutions and pain relief for a variety of chronic conditions:

  • Bulging or herniated discs

  • Degenerative disc disease

  • Facet syndrome

  • Failed back surgery

  • Sports injuries

  • Car accident injuries

Chiropractic Treatment:

Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat herniated and bulging disc problems. By utilizing a comprehensive report of the patient’s history, performing a physical examination and potentially taking digital images, a chiropractic doctor will diagnose what type of disc problem may be occurring. In some cases, your chiropractor may need an MRI to be able to prescribe a suitable treatment plan specific to your needs including adjustments and therapeutic exercises. In many cases, surgery and injections should be considered your last option due to the risks and side effects involved.

 

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Ear Infections

and Chiropractic Care

If you have kids, it’s likely you know a thing or two about ear infections. In the United States, five out of six children experience an ear infection by three years old. Children are more prone to ear infections due to their immature Eustachian tube (part of the middle ear), which in infancy and early childhood is shorter and angled. This allows bacteria to more easily access the middle ear. While ear infections are most common in children, adults can experience them as well.

Luckily, there are non-drug treatments for this common condition. Read on to learn about how chiropractic can decrease ear infections.

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Symptoms and Causes

Ear infections are caused by a bacteria or virus in the middle ear, and can be painful due to inflammation and a build-up of fluids. Colds, flu and allergies can bring on an ear infection due to the congestion and swelling of nasal passages, throat and Eustachian tubes. 

In most cases, the symptoms and signs of ear infection develop rapidly. The most common symptoms include:

  • Ear pain, worsened when lying down

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Drainage of fluid from the ear

  • Diminished hearing

  • Loss of balance

  • Fever

  • Headache

 

Symptoms to Look for in Children

  • Tugging or pulling at an ear

  • Difficulty sleeping

  • Crying more than usual

  • Irritable/changes in mood

  • Lack of response to sounds

  • Fevers over 100° F

 

Medical Treatment of Ear Infections

Typically, ear infections clear up on their own, so low intervention is often the best route to take. Medical doctors will sometimes recommend antibiotics, especially for infants and in severe cases, as well as NSAIDs to relieve pain. Unfortunately, there are side effects associated with short and long-term antibiotic and NSAID usage, and it’s best to use them as sparingly as possible. 

Chiropractic Care for Treating Ear Infections

Developing research and studies do indicate a connection between ear infections and chiropractic. Popular pediatric doctor, William Sears, MD, highly recommends utilizing chiropractic treatment for improving middle ear drainage and decreasing ear infections. 

In a 1996 study, forty-six children under the age of five received regular chiropractic adjustments to treat the symptoms of ear infection, and researchers found that 93 percent of all episodes improved, 75 percent in 10 days or fewer and 43 percent with only one or two treatments.

 

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Chiropractic Treatment for

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a painful and chronic disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the uterus, grows outside of the uterus. This abnormality can cause significant pain, particularly during a menstrual period. This disorder typically develops within several years of the onset of menstruation and ends permanently with menopause. This disorder affects many women across the world, an estimated 1 in 10 women experience endometriosis.

Luckily, there are treatment options for the symptoms of endometriosis, including chiropractic. 

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Common Symptoms

The main symptom that women report with endometriosis is pelvic pain. Many women also experience dysmenorrhea (painful periods), and cramping and pelvic pain can begin days before a menstrual periods, as well as continue for days after.  

Other symptoms include painful intercourse, bowel movements and urination, fatigue, bloating and nausea. Around one-third to one-half of women with endometriosis also experience infertility issues. 

Causes of Endometriosis

While experts have yet to pinpoint an exact cause of endometriosis, there are several generally agreed upon explanations: retrograde menstruation, embryonic cell growth, surgical scar implantation, endometrial cells transport and immune system disorder. 

Are you at risk? 

There are several factors that increase risk of endometriosis:

  • Never giving birth

  • Relatives with endometriosis

  • History of pelvic infection

  • Uterine abnormalities

 

Treatment Options

Most often, women suffering from endometriosis are treated with drugs or surgery, although, doctors typically recommend conservative treatment before surgery.  The Endometriosis Foundation of America recommends several alternative and natural methods for treating this disorder:

  • Diet & Nutrition

  • Acupuncture

  • Exercise

  • Aromatherapy

  • Osteopathy          

  • Chiropractic Treatment

Several studies show that chiropractic adjustments and care can effectively manage dysmenorrhea, and women report pain relief while under care.

 

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Fibromyalgia

and Chiropractic Care

Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a disorder that causes widespread musculoskeletal pain in the joints, muscles, tendons and other soft tissues throughout the body. It is often combined with other symptoms like temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/TMD), irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, depression, anxiety, cognitive issues and sleep interruption. This painful and mysterious condition affects around three to five percent of the American population, predominantly women.

Diagnosis of FMS can be difficult, as there is no specific lab test to determine if the patient has the disorder. Current guidelines state that a diagnosis can be made if a person has widespread pain for more than three months, with no underlying medical condition.

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Finding a Cause

Beyond the painful symptoms, one of the more frustrating aspects of fibromyalgia is that doctors cannot pinpoint the cause of this disorder. At this time, medical professionals and experts believe that various factors cause the disorder, namely:

  • Genetics
  • Infections
  • Physical or emotional trauma/stress

 

The Chiropractic Connection

As chiropractors, one of our focuses in overall health and well-being is stress. Subluxations, misalignment of the vertebrae in the spine, can be caused by the three Ts, toxins, trauma and thoughts (stress). These subluxations hinder the optimal function of the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs and a network of nerve cells and fibers that transmit signals from different parts of the body. When subluxations thwart this communication between the brain and the body, health issues can arise. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to the spine to remove these subluxations.

Studies have linked chiropractic care and management of the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as pain, fatigue and quality of sleep. One study found that “chiropractic management improved patients’ cervical and lumbar ranges of motion, straight leg raise and reported pain levels.”

Resistance Training + Chiropractic Care

In a Florida State University study, FMS patients who combined resistance training and chiropractic treatment two times a week saw improvements in their symptoms, flexibility, balance, coordination and endurance.

 

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Chiropractic for

Headache Relief

Dive into Headache Research and Scientific Studies

According to the latest research, 9% of men and 12% of women in the U.S. experience at least 1-2 headache episodes per month. And, more than 4% of the U.S. population suffers from frequent headaches, defined as headaches that occur at least 180 days a year.

Needless to say, headaches have become a social and economic burden in the United States, as well as other parts of the world.

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Chiropractic Treatment for Headaches and Migraines

If you’re prone to headaches or migraines—or even just have one once in a while—you know how awful they can be. A headache disrupts your day or night and makes it hard or impossible to concentrate on any task. Learn some of the common causes and read how chiropractic can help alleviate this painful and common ailment.

 

Stats on Headaches

Headaches occur across populations and are extremely common—according to the World Health Organization, an estimated 47 percent of the worldwide adult population has experienced a headache at least one time in the past year. Research shows that women experience headaches more frequently than men, although scientists and researchers aren’t exactly sure why.

While there are more than 200 kinds of headaches, the “Tension Type Headache” is the most frequently seen. Episodic tension headaches reportedly affect 70 percent of some populations and 1 to 3 percent of adults suffer from chronic tension headaches. A tension headache causes pressure and dull pain around the forehead, sides or back of the head.

Migraine Headaches 

Migraines are the most severe type of headache and can completely debilitate the sufferer. Other symptoms of migraine headaches:

  • Dizziness 

  • Sensitivity to light 

  • Nausea 

  • Vomiting

  • Blurred vision 

 

Trauma, Toxins & Thoughts

There are many different causes of headaches, but as chiropractors, we look at the three Ts: trauma, toxins and thoughts. Trauma consists of accidents and injuries; toxins from chemical exposure, everyday skin and beauty products, food additives and alcohol; thoughts are emotional and mental factors like stress, anxiety and depression.

Treating Headaches with Chiropractic

These three Ts also contribute to subluxations in the spine—chiropractors treat these subluxations, which prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. When a subluxation occurs, one or more spinal vertebrate move out of position, and stress or irritation is placed on nearby nerves, preventing the body from healing properly. 

Multiple studies have found a correlation between chiropractic adjustments and the reduction of migraine and headache symptoms. A case study, published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, details the experience of a 52-year-old woman who had suffered chronic migraines for many years, typically experiencing an episode once a month, lasting around 15 hours. The patient received chiropractic spinal manipulative treatment (CMST; a.k.a., chiropractic adjustments), and at a six-month follow-up, the patient reported zero migraines since the CMST.

 

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Chiropractic Adjustments and

High Blood Pressure Relief

One-third of the adult population, around 70 million Americans, have high blood pressure (hypertension). In addition, 1 in 3 Americans has prehypertension, which means higher than normal blood pressure numbers. Even more alarming: 1 in 5 adults with high blood pressure do not know they have it, because typically there are no associated symptoms. 

Thankfully, chiropractic offers a drug-free approach to treating high blood pressure. Read on to learn more. 

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Understanding Blood Pressure and Hypertension

Each time the heart beats, it’s pumping blood into the arteries of the body. Blood pressure is the force of the blood as it pushes against the walls of the arteries. The two numbers in a blood pressure reading are systolic, the top number that measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats, and diastolic, which is the bottom number measuring the pressure in the arteries between beats. 

Normal levels are 120/80 and lower, prehypertension levels are 120-139/80-89, hypertension stage 1 is 140-159/90-99, hypertension stage 2 is 160/100 or higher, and hypertension crisis (emergency care needed) is 180/110 or higher. 

 

The Risks of Hypertension

This common condition is more dangerous and fatal than many people realize. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lists high blood pressure as the primary or contributing cause of more than 360,000 American deaths in 2013. That’s nearly 1,000 deaths each day.

The CDC also states that with high blood pressure, there’s a great risk of other dangerous conditions:

  • First heart attack: 70 percent of adults who have a first heart attack have high blood pressure

  • First stroke: 80 percent of adults who have their first stroke have high blood pressure

  • Chronic heart failure: 70 percent of adults with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure

  • Kidney failure: High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure 

 

Treatment of High Blood Pressure

Fortunately, high blood pressure is simple to diagnosis and there are many methods of treatment. Regularly, doctors prescribe medication to control hypertension, but blood pressure often can be lowered using natural, non-pharmaceutical methods. Lifestyle changes play a big role in blood pressure; losing weight, exercising regularly, eating well, reducing excess sodium, limiting alcohol, quitting smoking, cutting back on caffeine and reducing stress all positively contribute to a healthy blood pressure levels. 

 

Chiropractic Adjustments and Lowered Blood Pressure

In March of 2007, the Journal of Human Hypertension published a study that demonstrated a significant decrease in blood pressure following a chiropractic adjustment to the Atlas vertebra (located at the base of the skull). This study involved 50 individuals with high blood pressure; the improvement in blood pressure levels continued into the eighth week following the adjustment—potentially longer, as the study only assessed the patients following the adjustment and at a follow-up visit eight weeks later.

 

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Chiropractic Care for

Hip, Knee & Ankle Problems

Many patients come in with pain in their lower extremities which covers the area from your hips to your knees to your ankles. These issues are common in the United States. As of 2015, nearly 7 million U.S. adults are living with a hip or knee replacement. Before opting for a painful and costly surgery, be sure you’ve exhausted more conservative efforts first, like chiropractic care.
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Commonly Seen Lower Extremity Pain and Problems

Conditions in the lower extremity area of the body typically involve the soft and hard tissues in your hips, knees and ankles, and are often the result of wear and tear, injury or overuse. Specifically affected joints include the hips, knees and ankles.

Hip Problems

Critical joints in the body, your hips control much of your movement. Injury or dysfunction can result in pain ranging from sharp to dull or numbing and tingling. Some common conditions and symptoms we see and treat in our offices include bursitis (joint pain caused by burning and swelling), sciatica (nerve pain that extends from buttock to legs), strains (inflammation) and arthritis.

Knee Problems

Your knee contains muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage and is one of the most commonly injured joints in the body. Pain and symptoms can arise from conditions such as bursitis, runner’s knee (front and outside knee pain), tendonitis (inflamed tendons in the knee), degenerative arthritis and strain (ACL, MCL or meniscus).

Ankle Problems

Pain in the foot and ankle are often the result of a sprain. Other common issues include shin splints (pain in the lower leg through the ankle and foot), Achilles tendonitis (pain in the back of the ankle and heel), plantar fasciitis (sharp pain near heel of the foot) and heal spurs.

Treating Lower Extremity Pain Issues with Chiropractic Care

If you’re experiencing pain in your lower extremities, a chiropractor can help determine the cause of your pain and devise a treatment plan that fits your individual needs. Experts in the musculoskeletal system, a chiropractic physician will use a combination of chiropractic adjustments and therapies to restore function, increase range of motion and relieve pain. Since treatment is case specific, the best course of action is to schedule an exam with your chiropractor so he or she can create a course of treatment.

Bracing for Lower Extremities

If recommended by your doctor of chiropractic, bracing can be another clinically proven, safe and effective way to decrease pain in addition to chiropractic care. At our clinics, we offer a variety of bracing options that can reduce pressure, provide stabilization and relieve pain for joints such as your knee and ankle.

 

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Kids

and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care is an essential part of your child’s overall wellness. In the United States, more than 17 percent of all chiropractic patients are under the age of 18, according to the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners. Of that 17 percent, nearly 8 percent are five years or younger. While it may seem that children do not need chiropractic at a young age, starting them with preventative care early on in life will set them up for a lifetime of health and well-being.
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Your Child’s Nervous System

The nervous system, which consists of your brain, spinal cord and nerves, controls everything in the body, including growth and development. Subluxations, also known as misalignments, in the spine can prevent proper communication from the brain to the body. These subluxations cause stress to the nervous system, which can lead to a decrease in function of the affected area. 

Infants, children and adults can all experience subluxations in the spine. Infants and children can become subluxated from birth trauma, other minor or major traumas and developmental stress. During the first five years of life, the body produces more neural pathways than at any other time. It is vital this production is optimized through children’s chiropractic care, as the first few years are crucial to each child’s potential.

Even if your child is in excellent health, minor traumas from bumps, bruises, falls and spills accumulate over time and can result in pain, discomfort and/or health issues in their teen and adult years.

The Adjustment

The chiropractic adjustment is safe for patients of all ages, including newborns. After an assessment of your child’s spine, the chiropractor will perform a gentle adjustment using either his or her hands or a small tool. This adjustment, alongside the use of chiropractic therapies, serves to remove the subluxation.

Commonly Seen Improvements

Over the years, chiropractic doctors have received feedback about the benefits of kids and chiropractic from parents and young patients reporting significant or unexpected improvements in:

  • Sleep

  • Behavior and attitude

  • Immune system function

Additional symptoms and conditions patients have reported improvement on include ADD/ADHD, colic, torticollis, ear infections, bed-wetting, digestive problems, allergies, asthma, seizures and more.

 

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Chiropractic for

Low Back Pain Relief

Scientific research has proven that chiropractic corrective care can significantly decrease low back pain by removing neurological interference and restoring proper biomechanics to the lumbar spine.

 

Here are the results:

  • Decreased low back pain significantly

  • Improved lumbar spine range of motion

  • Decreased muscle spasms and inflammation

  • Decreased medication consumption

  • Reduced medical expenses and work days missed

  • Reduced possibility of low back surgeries and injections

  • Improved quality of life   

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People of all ages benefit from chiropractic care

because it restores optimal function to the nervous system, allowing the body to heal from the inside out, without drugs or surgeries. Who do you know that would benefit from a healthy, functioning nervous system?

 

RESEARCH REFERENCES

Low back pain: Comparison of chiropractic and hospital outpatient treatment. (1990). Bmj. 300 (6740), 1647-1650.

Tettambel, M., (2012). Is Spinal Manipulation an Effective Treatment for Low Back Pain? Yes: Spinal manipulation is a Useful Adjunct Therapy. Am Fam Physician. 15;85 (8):760-762.

Sanders G.E., Reinert O., Tepe R., Maloney P. (1990). Chiropractic adjustive manipulation subjects with acute low back pain: visual analog pain scores and plasma beta-endorphin levels Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 13(7) 391-395.

 

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Neck Pain

and Chiropractic care

One of the most common conditions chiropractors see and treat is neck pain. According to the National Institute of Health Statistics national survey, neck pain is the second most common form of pain in the United States (following back pain and tied with headaches and migraines). An estimated three quarters of Americans will be affected by neck pain at some point in their lifetime.

As experts in the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors are the ideal healthcare providers to treat problems associated with the neck.

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The Cervical Spine

The neck makes up the part of the spine referred to as the “cervical spine.” This curved portion of the spine consists of the first seven vertebrae, starting from the base of your skull at the C1 (atlas) vertebrae and ending at your thoracic spine. One of the three curves in your spine, the cervical curve is critical to overall spinal health. Any reduction or misalignment in this area of the body can cause pain, headaches, migraines, stiffness and more. It’s important to note that it may take years for pain or other issues to surface, which is why it’s critical to get check in order to prevent or delay potential health issues.

The Four Commonly Seen Cervical Curves

There are four different types of curvatures in the cervical spine—all of which can be determined through an X-ray. Our doctors typically see these four different kinds of curves in patients:

  • ​Lordotic. This is a normal, healthy curvature in the neck—which is about 42 degrees when standing upright. Think of it as a c-shaped curve that faces the opposite way your nose points.
  • Hypolordotic/Alordotic. This means that there is a decreased curve or no curve in the neck. In an X-ray, the neck may look straight.
  • Reverse Curve/Kyphotic. This is a reverse curve—and the kind of curve you want to stay far, far away from. This means that your neck has completely lost its healthy curve and is now curving the opposite direction, connecting your thoracic and cervical curves.
  • ​“S” Curve. The hardest curve to correct, the “S” curve is when the spine has both a lordotic and kyphotic curve.

Why is the Cervical Curve Important?

The curvatures in the spine act as shock absorbers for various body parts. If the correct curvatures are not present, the discs and joints will experience greater pressure. To give you an idea of how this may feel: imagine jumping off a ledge without bending your knees. Without proper curvature in your neck, this is the kind of pressure your discs and joints are under.

This isn’t the only issue hypolordotic/alordotic, reverse curve/kyphotic or “S” curves present. An unhealthy curve can also cause premature degeneration of the discs and joint spaces of the spine. This degeneration could lead to neurological symptoms down the road, as well as premature arthritis and joint fusion.

How Do I Know if I Have a Healthy Curve?

The best way to determine if you have a healthy curve in your neck is to be evaluated by your chiropractor. X-rays and physical examinations can help the doctor determine what kind of curve you have and the best methods of treatment. Remember: Pain is a late indicator of an issue. Even if you’re not currently experiencing any pain, it’s important to take preventative steps and have regular spinal evaluations and adjustments.

Many patients we see with neck pain and stiffness have a reduced curvature in their neck. Certain chiropractic adjustments and supportive exercises and therapies are designed to help restore the neck to the ideal (lordotic) curve. Shortly after beginning treatment, many patients see improvements, including a reduction or even elimination of pain. It’s important to continue care even after your symptoms have subsided, as it takes time to restore a healthy curve.

 

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Chiropractic for

Neuropathy Relief

What Is Peripheral Neuropathy?

Peripheral neuropathy is a frustrating, life impairing condition that is frequently overlooked until it’s too late to treat effectively.

This disorder involves nerve damage that affects the extremities of the body, such as the arms and legs, with symptoms that often include pain resembling the experience of pressure from pins and needles. It may result from an underlying cause such as diabetic neuropathy, or the disorder can be idiopathic, with no apparent cause.

Common causes of peripheral neuropathy include vitamin deficiencies, injury, and medication. In many cases of peripheral neuropathy, the underlying cause is idiopathic. Fortunately, recent advances in treatment are offering relief even for idiopathic peripheral neuropathy sufferers.

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Treating Peripheral Neuropathy

When it comes to the conventional treatment options available for peripheral neuropathy, many patients choose medication to alleviate their symptoms. The most common medical treatment consists of prescription drugs, such as Gabapentin, Neurontin, Lyrica and Cymbalta.

Unfortunately, these prescription medications interact with all of your nerves. They may relieve the pain that neuropathy can cause, but they won’t treat the underlying condition. There are better options available for sufferers today, and you can choose the treatment option you believe is best for your health. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Peripheral Neuropathy

Many people choose chiropractic care to fight this disorder. This solution gives sufferers a noninvasive yet effective way to treat their condition. There are several causes of neuropathy, ranging from diabetic neuropathy to chemotherapy treatment and nerve compression syndromes. 

Chiropractic care treats peripheral neuropathy by targeting affected areas with physical therapy. Patients who receive this treatment report a significant reduction in their symptoms. Each session improves the condition of the extremities, and the pain will slowly decline with chiropractic care. 

Peripheral neuropathy sufferers respond well to this method because it focuses on their pain. Chiropractic therapists take the time to understand why the patient is experiencing symptoms, and their solution focuses on alleviating those concerns. After examining the source of the problem, the therapy sessions can begin. 

Sufferers should notice relief even if they’re experiencing a chronic case of peripheral neuropathy. If symptoms persist, we can try a different approach. We work with you to understand and treat your peripheral neuropathy pain.

Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy:

  • Burning pain

  • Sensitive Skin

  • Cramping

  • Tingling Or Prickly Feelings

  • Leg Or Foot Pain

  • Electrical Shock-Like Pain

  • Increased Risk Of Falling

  • Muscle Weakness

  • Pain Or Muscle Cramping That Disrupts Sleep

  • Impaired Balance

  • Numbness & Pain In Your Hands Or Feet

In many cases, the initial symptoms are mild, but worsen over time – moving from the toes to the feet, the legs and can even affect the hands.

 

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Treating the Symptoms of

PMS & Menopause

with Chiropractic Care

Today, more women are seeking out natural and alternative methods to treat symptoms from PMS and menopause, such as chiropractic care. Not all women experience premenstrual syndrome (about three out of four women report PMS symptoms), but all women will go through menopause in their lifetime.
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PMS Symptoms Explained

There are over 150 identified and reported symptoms of PMS. Common symptoms include: bloating, irritability, headaches, migraines, breast tenderness, fatigue, stress, cramping, back pain, nausea and weight gain. 

There are physiological explanations for these symptoms. For example, lowered levels of serotonin during this time can cause mood changes, irritability and depression; high levels of excess estrogen can also cause irritability and nervousness. An imbalance of progesterone and estrogen can cause water retention, thus affecting weight gain. Abnormal thyroid function can contribute to breast tenderness, and blood sugar imbalance can lead to cravings, headache and fatigue.

Chiropractic for PMS Symptom Relief

Chiropractic adjustments are a safe, non-pharmaceutical alternative to treating the symptoms of PMS. Chiropractors perform adjustments in the lumbar spine and the sacrum, specifically L2 and L3. These vertebrae affect the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, which control hormonal regulation. In multiple studies, women report less bloating, headaches, cravings and cramping while under chiropractic care. 

Reaching Menopause

On average, women begin to experience the symptoms of menopause at age 51. This transitional time starts with “perimenopause,” which can begin several years before the last menstrual period. The most common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause reported are hot flashes, night sweats and sleep issues, which can be attributed to a change in levels of estrogen and progesterone.

Hormone Replacement Therapy 

Be cautious of hormone replacement therapy; research has shown that this once common menopause treatment carries significant risks and can increase your risk of breast cancer, heart disease and stroke. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have.

Treating Menopausal Symptoms with Chiropractic

Like PMS, chiropractic can provide a drug-free alternative to treating symptoms of menopause. Research has shown that more women are choosing alternative therapies, like chiropractic, for treatment and women who use these therapies generally find them beneficial.

 

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How Chiropractic Treatment

Helps Posture

Posture is position of the body while standing, sitting or lying down. Good posture, also referred to as neutral spine, has many health benefits, including the avoidance of injury back pain. Chiropractic can help improve and maintain posture.

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Why is Posture Important

Appearance benefits with good posture are obvious, but there are many less-obvious health benefits you should know. Good posture can:

  • Maintain correct alignment of bones and joints

  • Reduce stress on ligaments, minimizing risk of injury

  • Prevent muscle strain, overuse and pain

  • Conserve energy as muscles are used more efficiently

  • Decrease abnormal joint wear

Research has shown that poor postures may increase feelings of depression, affect your digestive tract and influence confidence and stress levels. 

Signs You have Poor Posture

There are many indicators of poor posture, but some of the more common are hunched shoulders, rounded shoulders, rounded upper back, forward head carriage and arched lower back. Another indicator is back pain. Unsure if you have good posture? Talk to your chiropractor or schedule an appointment for a spinal examination.

Factors that Contribute to Poor Posture 

There are several common factors linked to poor posture:

  • Stress

  • Obesity

  • Pregnancy

  • Weak postural muscles

  • Abnormally tight muscles

  • High-heeled shoes

 

How to Maintain or Correct Posture

The first step is awareness! Bring your attention to your posture as you sit, stand or lie down. If you’re sitting, keep both feet on the floor or a footrest, don’t cross your legs and use low-back support. While standing, keep your knees slightly bent, relax your arms and pull your shoulders back. When lying down it’s critical to choose the right mattress and pillow, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

Importance of Chiropractic Care and Therapies

Your chiropractor can help you to maintain and correct your posture through chiropractic adjustments, exercises and recommendations on proper positions during different activities.

 

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Pregnancy

and Chiropractic Treatment

Everyone knows regular prenatal visits and great nutrition are a big part of a healthy pregnancy—but many may not realize that chiropractic treatment is a great addition to prenatal care. Gentle and non-invasive, chiropractic is a safe and effective form of prenatal care that can provide the mother with relief from pain during pregnancy, may help position the baby in utero and can also assist the mother with postnatal pain, among other benefits.
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Why Should I Consider Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?

The body goes through an incredible amount of physiological and endocrinological changes during and following a pregnancy. As the body changes, the curve in the back increases, the abdomen protrudes, the ligaments relax and the pelvis changes, to name just a few. Regular chiropractic adjustments can help the body adapt to these changes and can treat common musculoskeletal symptoms.

A chiropractor can also assist in establishing pelvic balance and alignment, which can help the baby get into the best possible position for delivery.

More Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

There are a myriad of benefits a mother can experience by selecting a chiropractor to join her prenatal care team. The American Pregnancy Association lists the potential benefits of chiropractic care as:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Preventing a potential cesarean delivery

After receiving chiropractic adjustments, many women have reported relief from low-back pain due to pregnancy. Chiropractic treatment offers a non-pharmaceutical and safe form of pain relief.

Webster’s Technique and Breech Babies

The founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), Dr. Larry Webster, D.C., developed a now widely used specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment. Called Webster’s Technique, this chiropractic technique is performed with the goal of reducing the effects of sacral subluxation/SI joint dysfunction. (Sacral subluxation is a misalignment in the sacrum, which sits at the base of the spine, in between the pelvic bones. The sacroiliac (SI) joints attach the pelvis to the sacrum.)

Results from a mid-sized survey published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82 percent success rate in relieving the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint (a reduction in the amount of room for the fetus to move) using Webster’s Technique. Often intrauterine constraint can lead to breech positioning, which often results in a caesarean section.

 

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Chiropractic Care

for Sciatica

This common condition affects more than 3 million people each year in the United States. Sciatica can cause serious and persistent nerve pain that originates in the spine and typically extends down the back of the leg. For many people, the pain from sciatica can be excruciating and debilitating, sometimes making standing or sitting difficult or impossible. If you or someone you love is suffering from sciatica, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to learn how chiropractic can relieve the painful symptoms of sciatica.
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The Sciatic Nerve 

The longest nerve in the body, the sciatic nerve is actually a bundle of five nerves that exit from the lumbar spine and sacral foramen. These nerves group together at the piriformis muscle in the buttocks to form the one large sciatic nerve, which then travels down the back of each leg. The sciatic nerve provides strength and sensation to the legs and connects major muscles with the spinal cord. An impairment or issue with the sciatic nerve can cause muscle weakness, numbness and pain.

A Set of Symptoms, Not a Diagnosis 

Often misunderstood, sciatica is not the cause of the irritation at the nerve root, rather it is a set of symptoms. Some of the conditions that cause sciatic pain:

  • Herniated or slipped disc (most common cause)

  • Piriformis syndrome (muscle in the buttocks becomes tight or spasms)

  • Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal creates pressure on nerves)

  • Spondylolisthesis (slippage of a vertebra, narrowing the nerve exit)

  • General wear and tear on the lower spine

Risk Factors for Sciatic Pain and Damage

As the body ages, risk increases for sciatic nerve issues due to age-related changes in the spine, such as herniated discs and bone spurs. (Another important reason why continuous and preventative chiropractic care is essential to spinal and overall health.) Obesity also can increase risk, as excess weight can contribute to spinal changes. Diabetes increases risk of nerve damage, and is another risk factor for sciatica. Other lifestyle factors such as occupation and prolonged sitting can play a role in the development of sciatica. 

Supporting Research for Chiropractic and Sciatica

Whenever possible, opt for conservative treatments over more invasive and drastic measures, such as surgery. Chiropractic care and adjustments are a viable option for treating the pain and symptoms associated with sciatic nerve issues. A 2006 study published in Spine found that manipulations (adjustments) helped relieve pain due to acute back pain and sciatica. Another study published in 2010 found that sixty percent of sciatica patients (who hadn’t found relief from other therapies) experienced the same level of relief from chiropractic adjustments as patients who eventually had surgery.

 

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Scoliosis

and Chiropractic Treatment

At Chiro One Wellness Centers, one of the conditions we commonly see in our offices is scoliosis. While kids are the largest groups affected by scoliosis, adults can suffer as well. Find out what else you should know about this common condition and how chiropractic care can help.
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What is scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a spinal disorder traditionally defined as a sideways curvature (or curvatures) of the spine. Often, the curves appear S-shaped or C-shaped. The most common form of scoliosis is idiopathic, which accounts for about 80 percent of scoliosis cases.

Unfortunately—and frustratingly—idiopathic means “without known cause,” meaning experts don’t have all the answers for sufferers. Other forms of scoliosis are:

  • Congenital Curve (meaning you were born with the issue)
  • Paralytic Curve (meaning the muscles don’t work)
  • Myopathic Deformity (meaning the muscles don’t work properly)
  • Secondary (caused by a secondary condition, such as degeneration, osteoporosis or osteomalacia)

 

Who is affected?

Scoliosis affects between 6 and 9 million people—around two to three percent of the population—in the United States. Of those suffering from the disorder, children aged 10 to 15 are the largest age group, and girls are more often affected than boys. While it’s common in this age and gender group, there is a growing population of adults who have scoliosis.

What causes scoliosis?

As mentioned above, most cases of scoliosis are without a known cause. Some cases, such as congenital scoliosis, do have a known cause. In congenital scoliosis, the curves are thought to be due to abnormally formed vertebrae, present at birth.

What are the signs and symptoms?

Typically, those who have scoliosis won’t experience back pain, so it’s important to look for physical signs such as:

Uneven shoulders or a shoulder blade that protrudes farther than the other when standing
A rib hump (rib prominence) or a lower back hump (lumbar prominence) when bending forward
One hip may appear higher than the other

The Cobb Method

The main part of the diagnosis is the measurement of the curve, which is measured using the Cobb method. A positive diagnosis is determined by a curve greater than 10 degrees. A curve greater than 25 to 30 degrees is considered significant. And a curve exceeding 45 to 50 degrees is considered severe.

How is scoliosis diagnosed?

Scoliosis can be diagnosed using medical and family history, a physical examination and X-rays of the spine. Be sure be checked by a professional, the signs of scoliosis are subtle and can be easily missed.

What are the treatment options?

There are several options for treating scoliosis, such as chiropractic, observation and bracing. Studies have shown active chiropractic treatment has improved the Cobb angle and pain scores. At our clinics, we offer an adult brace that helps to relieve pain, improve posture, reduce pressure and more.

Experts agree that scoliosis is best treated when found early—so if you suspect scoliosis or are unsure, it’s best to get checked right away.

 

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Sinus, Allergies

and Chiropractic Treatment

Common in the United States and affecting over three million people a year, sinusitis or sinus infection is an infection or inflammation of the sinuses. Often when you have a cold that lasts longer than 10 days or begins to worsen after it started to get better, it’s likely you have sinusitis infection.

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Symptoms of a Sinus Infection

The most obvious sign of sinus infection is pain in the ear, face, forehead, sinuses, behind the eyes or nose. Other symptoms and signs include yellow-green nasal discharge, congestion, headache, cough, difficulty sleeping, throat irritation or soreness, fever and fatigue.

Causes of a Sinus Infection

Your sinuses serve an important purpose; the hollow cavities in your cheekbones, around your eyes and behind your nose contain mucus that filters, warms and moistens the air you breathe. An infection is typically caused by something blocking the mucus from draining.

​Typically, a sinus infection will start as a cold and then a virus or bacteria infect the sinuses. A good rule of thumb for determining if your infection is viral or bacterial, is the length and symptoms. If you’ve been sick less than 10 days and are not getting worse, it’s likely viral. If you have not improved at all within 10 days, or have begun to get worse after it started to get better, it’s likely bacterial.

Chronic Sinus Infections

Prolonged inflammation (not infection) of the sinuses, lasting 12 weeks or longer, is considered chronic sinusitis. Salt-water irrigation is often used to treat this condition. In some cases, surgery is performed, but it’s important to take a conservative approach first.

The Chiropractic Connection: Preventing Illness

In the United States, preventative medicine is often overlooked. Building a routine of healthcare around maintaining wellness versus treating illness is an important part of a wellness lifestyle. Chiropractic treatment focuses treating subluxations in order to maintain an optimally functioning nervous system. Subluxations, a misalignment of one or more spinal vertebrae that create stress or irritation on nearby nerves, can hinder the optimal function of the nervous system.

The Chiropractic Connection: Boosting Immunity

We know that the nervous system and the immune system are connected through the adrenal glands, and mounting evidence is revealing that these two systems are linked in other ways. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases states there is evidence that the “brain may send messages directly down nerve cells to the immune system.” This link supports the theory of chiropractic: Removal of subluxations through the chiropractic adjustment allows the body to function optimally.

Additionally, studies have also shown a connection between boosted immunity and chiropractic care, and continued research is being performed in this field.

 

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Sports Performance

and Chiropractic Care

Sports Performance & Injuries

As the leading experts in the musculoskeletal system, chiropractors are many athletes’ top choice for ongoing preventative and performance-based care. Used widely across many sports, the chiropractic adjustment and therapies can help to boost overall performance, decrease downtime due to injury and keep athletes in top shape.

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Common Injuries in Sports

Forceful impacts, repetitive motions and overuse often lead to sports injuries at any age. (Think: tackling in football, crouching as a catcher in baseball or softball, repeated movements as a gymnast.) Avoiding the injuries is optimal—and if you have experienced an injury, healing as rapidly as possible is critical to overall well-being and your ability to continue to enjoy the sport you love.

A study published in the journal BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders found that the addition of chiropractic care greatly reduced strain injuries, time missed due to knee injuries and lower back pain for athletes in a semi-pro Australian football team. These athletes also experienced an improvement in overall health and well-being.

Spinal Health, Subluxations and Chiropractic

Many people don’t realize how critical spinal health is to proper functioning of not only the musculoskeletal system but the entire body. Misalignments in the spine, known as subluxations, can occur from trauma and injury, in addition to toxins and stress. Chiropractors are the only healthcare providers trained to diagnose and treat subluxations. These misalignments hinder the optimal function of the nervous system, which consists of the brain, spinal cord, sensory organs and a network of nerve cells and fibers that transmit signals to different parts of the body.

Through the chiropractic adjustment of the spine and the removal of subluxations, chiropractic physicians help to return the body to a normal state, reducing tension, pain and the overall likelihood of injury.

Children’s Sports and Chiropractic

Chiropractic care isn’t just for pros and adults—children who are involved in any sport can reap huge benefits from ongoing care. Chiropractic is perfectly safe for children of any age and is an important tool for preventing long-term damage to your child’s growing body.

According for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children aged 0 to 19 years old are treated for sports and recreational injuries. Of these injuries, musculoskeletal are by far the most common. Whether your child is in a contact sport like football or hockey or a non-contact sport like gymnastics or swimming, regular exams, adjustments and therapies are essential.

Choose Chiropractic First

Choosing chiropractic as your first line of defense once an injury occurs can decrease the likelihood of surgery and further injury. Talk to your chiropractor to learn more about how regular care can boost your performance, as well as prevent and manage injury.

 

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Stress Relief

and Chiropractic

While stress has been trending downward in recent years, it’s still a massive issue in the United States and has a detrimental impact on health. Sources of stress vary from person to person, but the most commonly reported causes of stress are money, work, the economy, family responsibilities and health concerns.

Thankfully, chiropractic care can help combat the symptoms of stress. Read on to learn more.

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Stress in Children

According to a wide-reaching study by the American Psychological Association (APA), nearly a third of all children surveyed indicated they have experienced physical symptoms associated with stress in the month prior to the study, like trouble falling asleep, stomachaches and headaches. Even more staggering, the youth-suicide rate today is four times higher than in the 1950’s. 

Stress and Overall Health

The most common symptoms of stress are feeling irritable, angry, overwhelmed, anxious, fatigued and depressed.  When under stress, different areas of the body are affected. Here’s a snapshot of some of the effects:

  • Musculoskeletal system: Muscles tense up and contract under stress, causing headaches, migraines and other conditions
  • Respiratory system: High stress can cause rapid breath, or hyperventilation, and trigger panic attacks
  • Cardiovascular system: Acute stress can increase heart rate and inflammation in the coronary arteries, potentially increasing risk of stroke
  • Endocrine system: While stressed, the adrenal glands produce cortisol, increasing risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Nervous system: Under stress, the body will act as though it’s under threat. This reaction is an innate response that has been occurring for millions of years. When the mind perceives a threat or the body experiences a shock, the body releases hormones that boost the ability to either “fight” or flee (“flight”)  

Most modern humans don’t experience the same hazards our ancestors encountered, but this natural response has now transformed to reactions to modern day stresses—work, deadlines, traffic, illness, arguments, etc.

Combating Stress with Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is essential to healthy function of the nervous system, which contains the brain and spinal cord. Chiropractic adjustments activate the parasympathetic system, which calms the “fight or flight” reaction triggered in the sympathetic system. Research has also shown that chiropractic can reduce blood pressure. 

 

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TMD / TMJ Pain Relief

through Chiropractic Care

Treating TMD/TMJ

If you place your hands on your face, right in front of your ear lobes and open and close your mouth, you can feel your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), which connects your upper and lower jaw.

Many Americans experience some sort of temporomandibular-related pain or even a temporomandibular disorder (TMD). In fact, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) estimates that 10 million Americans have a TMD. Additionally, around 75 percent of the U.S. population may experience one or more symptoms of a TMD. Discover why chiropractic is a viable treatment option for this common condition. 

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Conservative, Uninvasive Treatment

Top experts, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and NIDCR, recommend conservative, reversible treatments as the best route of action. Our doctors agree and recommend choosing uninvasive treatments first, rather than aggressive treatments, like surgery and implants, which penetrate the tissues of the face, jaw or joint.

Chiropractic treatments may alleviate some of the symptoms of TMD through manipulation of the jaw and muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, potentially relieving tension and pain.

Symptoms

Issues with the complex temporomandibular joint and its surrounding muscles and tissues can cause a variety of symptoms—and some of these symptoms on their own may not indicate a disorder.

 

The most common symptoms are:

  • Dull, aching pain around the ear which may extend to the side and back of the head or down the neck
  • Difficulty or pain when biting, chewing, talking or opening and closing the mouth
  • Clicking, popping or grating sound when opening or closing the mouth
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Jaw or TMJ pain
  • Locking of the jaw 

If you think you are suffering from TMD or can relate to these symptoms, Draper Spinal Care recommends seeking out the opinion of a chiropractor or other healthcare professional. In the meantime, rest the jaw when possible and pay close attention to habits, such as teeth grinding or nail-biting, which may be worsening the pain or disorder.

 

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