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Treating Pain With Chiropractic Care
Last updated: July 29th, 2016 - Chiropractors practice under the belief that a properly aligned spine can help the body heal itself.
Your spine is composed of 24 vertebrae that helps your body move through every motion you make each day. When two, three, or more of these vertebrae aren’t working together like they should, this is what many chiropractors refer to as a misalignment or subluxation. These are really joint dysfunctions and cause decreased mobility, pain, and a long list of various symptoms.
Also, the spine encloses your central nervous system, which is in control of every cell, every organ, every muscle, and every tissue in the body.
For this reason, a properly functioning spine is necessary for a healthy and active lifestyle. Chiropractic care is a popular choice for pain relief. It can help relieve pain in the joints, bones, muscles, and connective tissue—cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.
The 9 types of pain that your chiropractor can help you with:
Pain in the back is one of the most common reasons people seek medical treatment. Statistics show that nearly 80 percent of Americans will have some form of back pain at some point in their lives. When you experience back pain and visit a chiropractor, they will check your spine, feeling for vertebrae that are not in the proper position. If there is a misalignment, alignment will be restored using various methods. Depending on your situation and the chiropractor, the practitioner may use their hands only, or a combination of machines, tools, and hands to relieve the pain in your back.
Your feet have 26 bones each. Anyone of those bones can cause pain in the foot. In between the bones, you have joints. These, too, can be a source of extreme pain. Chiropractic care can help with heel pain. Many times this is what is referred to as plantar fascia and is common for people who spend a lot of time on their feet. Achilles tendonitis is another source of foot pain a chiropractor can help relieve. Dancers, athletes, and women who regularly wear high heels often suffer from this. Another foot condition that can be treated is flat feet. Not everyone with flat feet has pain, but some can experience certain levels of uncomfortableness.
There are many reasons for elbow pain and with chiropractic care, you can get relief from many of the most common forms of discomfort. Pain in the elbow could be from nerve irritation, arthritis, bursitis, golfer’s elbow, or tennis elbow. Your chiropractor can treat many of these conditions and give you the relief that you desire.
Hand and Wrist Pain
The hands and wrists are complex parts of your body that perform complex movements. There are many different reasons and conditions that can cause pain in the area. Not to mention, the bones, nerves, muscles, and tissues in the hands, wrists, arm, and even spine can contribute to the uncomfortable sensation. Many times, noninvasive treatment can alleviate hand and wrist pain.
Headache and Migraine Pain
Pain in the head can be caused by a variety of triggers. Many times, though, a headache is caused by muscle tension in your neck. Depending on the cause of your headache or migraine, a chiropractor can manipulate your spine to improve its function and help alleviate stress. Also, they can share exercises, posture advice, and relaxation techniques that can relieve tension and joint irritation causing your headaches.
Jaw and TMJ Pain
Depending on the cause of jaw pain or TMJ, manipulation therapy will likely be used to restore the normal joint function. This aids in relieving pain in the area and possible muscle spasms. Also, it can realign the joint, allowing it to move properly. Other options involved in chiropractic treatment include ultrasound therapy to decrease muscle spasms and inflammation and cold laser therapy to decrease the pain and inflammation.
A chiropractor can help treat your knee pain with joint manipulation and other noninvasive options. Since every situation is not the same, the treatment may also include stretching, exercises to strengthen the area, and advice for choosing suitable footwear.
Adjusting the neck works to restore range of motion, improve the spine’s mobility, and helps with the adjoining muscles, too. This precise procedure is applied to the neck joints by hand to reduce pain, stiffness, and soreness. Depending on the cause of the pain, the chiropractor may also include massage, rehabilitative exercises, mobilization, or other options to treat the area.
Chiropractic treatment is quite beneficial for shoulder pain. Many times, ischemic compression techniques are used for pain in the shoulder. This can increase relieve or reduce pain, improve range of motion, restore function, and increase flexibility. Also, many times shoulder pain can also cause the neck and spine to become inflamed and those areas will be given attention as well.
As you can see, chiropractic care can help with many of the acute and chronic pains our bodies experience.
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