Lower Back Pain
Low Back Pain
Chiropractic treatment for low back pain focuses on finding the source of the problem and correcting it, rather than treating the symptom; this allows the body to naturally heal. When vertebrae positioning is corrected and normal motion is restored, low back pain is often significantly alleviated.
A chiropractor uses spinal manipulations or adjustments to help the vertebrae that are out of alignment to return to their normal position, function, and range of motion. Depending on how the misaligned joint is treated, the doctor may either apply a quick thrust or use specialized tools.
Disc problems, the fibrous cushion between the vertebrae, can be a cause of low back pain, since bulging or ruptured discs can irritate spinal cord nerves, resulting in leg pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the legs. Poor physical condition, jobs that require lifting, standing or bending for long periods, and jobs involving heavy lifting all lead to low back problems. Inactivity or emotional stress may exacerbate symptoms or trigger the return of the problem.
As well as chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor may recommend exercises, hot or cold compresses, or massage to complement your care. Making changes to your lifestyle, such as eating healthily and trying to reduce stress, may also be helpful.
In the first month following the onset of back pain, treatment is important. Do not wait until the pain is unbearable or immobilizing, because this may result in increased time, stress, and cost down the road. At District Wellness Chiropractic, we can help get you back to living pain-free so there is no reason to suffer from prolonged pain!
If you’re suffering from neck pain, you’re not alone. It’s a common complaint, and there are many potential causes. Poor posture, muscle strain, and arthritis are all common culprits. In some cases, neck pain can also be caused by a herniated disc or pinched nerve.
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective treatment for neck pain. Chiropractors use gentle adjustments to relieve pressure on the spine and nerves. This can help to reduce inflammation and pain. Chiropractic care is often combined with other treatments, such as massage therapy or physical therapy, for maximum benefit.
If you’re suffering from neck pain, talk to your doctor about whether chiropractic care could help you find relief. As well as chiropractic adjustments, your chiropractor may recommend exercises, hot or cold compresses, or massage to complement your care. Making changes to your lifestyle, such as eating healthily and trying to reduce stress, may also be helpful.
When you first notice your neck pain, it’s important to not delay treatment. Neck pain can become worse over time, so seeking chiropractic care early can help you avoid further problems down the road.
If you’re looking for a safe and effective treatment for neck pain, talk to your doctor about chiropractic care today. At District Wellness, we’re committed to helping you get pain free and back to doing what you love.
There are several types of headaches and the exact cause can be complex, causing throbbing pain that is hard to ignore because the head controls the whole body.
The presence of recurring headaches is not normal. Sometimes this symptom is due to an underlying problem, and medication such as aspirin or ibuprofen can mask the symptoms. However, they do little to correct the problem. The headaches will continue to return as long as the problem persists.
Cervical vertebrae problems are the cause of vertebrogenic headaches, which can affect the back, sides, or the front of the head or neck. Changes to the cervical spine’s normal curve caused by trauma, degenerative arthritis, or poor posture may cause chronic irritation of the nerve roots between the vertebrae.
Pain is the body’s way of alerting us that something is wrong. It is unwise to ignore these signals and treat only the symptoms. Often, the onset of pain is acute, accompanied by muscle contractions in the neck that can often trigger tension headaches.
Using their experience, chiropractors can determine whether the headaches result from a physical or structural problem and remedy it. They can identify the cause of your headache and provide relief to your pain. Misaligned vertebrae can usually be realigned to return them to their normal position. Relaxation exercises and lifestyle changes may also be suggested to avoid further headaches. Chiropractic offers a natural and safe method of relieving and preventing headaches. Traditional treatment usually involves some kind of medication that can result in side effects or dependency. That’s not what we’re about. Instead, we help you get the relief you need without the use of perscription drugs.
Disorders of the temporomandibular joint, also known as TMJ, commonly cause clicking or locking of the jaws, pain, and stiffness. Muscle adhesions in the jaw or misaligned joints can cause these symptoms, along with grinding your teeth, poor posture, or injury to your jaw.
In this condition, the muscles tighten, and the lower jaw and skull become misaligned, to the point that pressure is put on the joint and the disc becomes compressed.
Stretches or tears of the ligaments can cause the disc to slip out of position. Wear and tear on the disc leads to degeneration of the joint, which allows the bones to rub against each other and injure the nerves.
An overall approach to wellness helps determine the best course of action for your problem. Chiropractors look beyond your jaw, as well as at the rest of your lifestyle. Chiropractic adjustments may help you with TMJ treatment depending on the cause of your jaw disorder. The chiropractor may apply pressure to your jaw, skull or upper spine to relieve irritated nerves and increase the range of motion in your jaw.
The Active Release Technique, a patented tissue-based therapy, can be incorporated into your treatment to break up adhesions and scar tissue around muscles and ligaments. When combined with regular chiropractic treatments or when used alone, this method is proven to be highly effective.
There are a number of causes of heel pain. The most common is fasciitis, a rheumatic illness affecting the fascia, which connects heel bone to toes and supports the arch of your foot.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain from:
- Climbing stairs
- Being on the bed
- Standing/sitting for long periods of time
Several factors contribute to Plantar Fasciitis, such as increased walking, running, physical activities, flat feet, overpronation, and poor arch support. There are several treatment options, and one does not work for all individuals. It is commonly suggested to ice the area, reduce physical activities, and stretch the calf frequently.
Medical doctors often prescribe steroid shots. The pain may subside for a while using this method, but it is not a permanent solution. A chiropractor can help break up the inflammation with laser and soft tissue treatments such as ART or Tecnica Gavilan. A chiropractor can prescribe custom orthotics if the cause is collapsed arches or flat feet. This will not only relieve pain, but also fix the underlying structural problem that led to the injury. This will allow for the body to heal properly and prevent future injury.
We now know that disc problems are only a small portion of the causes of back pain, and require surgery only rarely to alleviate pain. Doctors and scientists believed that most back pain is caused by slipped or torn discs for decades.
The spinal discs are ligaments that connect the top and bottom of each vertebra, absorbing shocks, protecting the spinal cord, and ensuring flexibility of the spine, among other functions. As a result, the vertebrae are used to direct the movement of each vertebra.
What are Disc Problems?
- An annulus fibrosis “bulge” is the result of small tears that occur in the outermost fibers. These small tears can be painful for a brief period
- The protrusion or extrusion of a disc, also known as a herniation, is a more serious injury. This usually occurs where the annulus becomes completely or significantly damaged, allowing the nucleus to leak through Herniations can be painful and may even cause nerve compression. Additionally, a herniation may cause pain and even nerve compression. It may even compress the spinal cord in more severe cases
- There are two types of disc problems that affect adults – degenerative disc disease and herniated discs. A disc nucleus loses water over time and small tears form. This then promotes bone spurs along the edges of the vertebra, and the disc space narrows. Recent evidence indicates that degenerative disc disease is mostly a hereditary problem, even though trauma/injury may also be involved. In the past, we believed this was caused by “wear and tear” as we aged
Common signs of disc problems include, but are not limited to:
- Back or neck pain
- Leg or arm pain
- Tenderness of the spine and spinal muscles
Disc problems typically respond well to conservative treatments. Early in the course of a disc injury, your chiropractor will probably make pain control the primary goal. Your chiropractor will help you determine which treatments are most effective for you based on your specific injury. Ice and heat have both been shown to be effective in managing acute low-back pain. You should also learn to get up and move as quickly as possible after your medical procedure. Typically, the less time you spend in bed, the better your results will be long-term. You must also learn not to fear movement. Chiropractic spinal manipulation has also been shown to be a safe and effective method of treating disc issues. If you “baby” your back, in most cases, you will have worse results over time.
Even though regular exercise strengthens your back, NIOSH recommends that people do not lift more than 50 pounds. However, staying fit and using proper body mechanics are not sufficient to prevent injury. In addition, repetitive stresses and postures that require awkward and prolonged postures place individuals at higher risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders and disc problems regardless of their body mechanics and fitness level. Your Chiropractor can help you to prevent injuries by performing an ergonomic assessment of your home and work tasks. It is also crucial to be aware of your spinal position. Whenever you sit, stand, lie down, work, or exercise, be mindful of what posture you’re maintaining. Whenever you lift an object, bend your knees, keep the object close to you while keeping your back straight. Don’t bend over and twist when lifting.
A combination of manipulative therapy and therapeutic exercises is particularly effective when treating disc problems, as injections and surgery rarely resolve disc problems and often cause more pain than they’re worth. Chiropractic doctors will explain all treatment options available to you and assist you in choosing the best one.
When the body is violently hit in a sport such as football or hockey, there is a risk of verrucae and soft tissues being damaged. A contact sport is similar to an auto accident in that soft tissues and vertebrae can be injured. When an injury occurs to the arms or legs, it is often detected immediately, and can be corrected. However, if a vertebrae in the neck or back becomes misaligned, it may not be detected for a long period of time. Sporting activities such as twisting, bending, and impact can also cause injury. From repeated jarring, the soft tissues around the spine, such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, and discs can become injured. Athletic activities such as golf, tennis, running, and gymnastics can result in injuries to the soft tissues around the spine.
In addition to spinal adjustments, chiropractors may use soft tissue work and therapeutic modalities, such as hot or cold compresses and traction, to restore proper spinal alignment. Specifically, sports chiropractors are trained to help athletes and sports teams recover from injuries.
Sports chiropractors help to restore biomechanical and muscular function to athletes to ensure they return to peak performance by applying chiropractic ideals throughout recovery and performance. Chiropractic helps athletes avoid future injuries and improve their performance. Chiropractic care has proven to be valuable to athletes in a wide variety of sports, including running, soccer, basketball, bowling, and skiing.
Shoulder, Arm, Hand, & Neck Pain
A sprain, strain, frozen shoulder, bursitis, neuralgia, rheumatism, bursitis, bursitis, and bursitis are all terms that refer to conditions of the neck, shoulders, arms and hands. Your brain is what controls your muscles in your shoulders, arms, and hands. Your nervous system is composed of billions of nerve fibers that carry signals to and from your brain. While some of these nerves go directly to their destination points, others mix with other nerves to form complex nerve networks. Throughout the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist, hand, and fingers are various nerves that take information from the brachial plexus, situated between the middle and upper back.
It is possible for the nerves in the brachial plexus to become irritated as they leave the spinal column. This can occur when the vertebrae in the neck and upper back are misaligned or don’t have the range of motion they typically should so that they damage the nerves they are supposed to protect. A bone can become misaligned or lock down as a result of injury or trauma, decreasing range of motion. Accidents or falls down can cause the vertebrae to become misaligned, or cause them to not work properly. Even sleeping in an awkward position can cause the vertebrae to become misaligned.
A tight brachial plexus can also be caused by muscle and joint tightness throughout the chest and shoulder. This can be caused by structural characteristics, such as previously sustained shoulder injuries or anatomical variations, or can result from sedentary lifestyles, such as sitting at a desk. Numbness, tingling, and pain in the arm can also be caused by pressure on nerves and blood vessels. This is also known as “thoracic outlet syndrome”.
Brachial plexus damage can produce different symptoms based on its location of the trama.
Common symptoms to the shoulder, arm, wrist or hand are:
- Muscle weakness
- Muscle numbness
- Neck pain
- Neck stiffness
- Decreased range of motion in the neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist
As a result of irritation to the brachial plexus nerve, you may experience headaches, facial pain, dizziness, thyroid or nasal problems, in addition to symptoms in your arm or neck.
Numbness and tingling in the hand are common symptoms. Intense pain causes sufferers to wake up at night. The reason for this pain is the swelling in the wrist. It is common for people to confuse nerves that are disrupted by the spine, muscles, or joints with carpal tunnel syndrome, however, this requires a completely different kind of treatment from a chiropractor. It is possible that these misdiagnosed conditions may lead to unnecessary injections or surgery when they could have been treated comfortably and effectively with conservative chiropractic care and Active Release Technique.
In recent years, the number of people seeking chiropractic treatment for shoulder pain and neurologic symptoms has increased. Chiropractic techniques analyze the body’s structure to identify and correct nerve-damaging structural issues known as subluxations. Chiropractic sports medicine can further help through functional training, rehab exercises, and Active Release Technique (A.R.T. ), a gold standard in soft tissue therapy. As a result, the pain will be eliminated, and the underlying structural problem will be corrected, thereby alleviating arm, wrist, and hand problems.