Chiropractic is a safe, effective, non-invasive and gentle health care discipline that focuses on the neuromusculoskeletal system. Many common physical ailments are caused by dysfunction in the muscles, joints and nerves, or a combination of those. Chiropractic Doctors are trained to analyze the relationship between muscles, joints and nerves in order to determine the source of physical pain. With this knowledge, Chiropractors address the source of the problem to relieve present pain and prevent future pain.
There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Strains and sprains
- Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
Lower back pain – Lower back pain is probably the most common problem among men and women of all ages. The statistics suggest that at least 4 out of 5 people will experience lower back pain in their lifetime. Although the majority of these occurrences are uncomplicated and easily treated, if left unattended, can grow to a bigger problem. Chiropractic care can assess the severity and reason behind lower back pain to take care of it before it gets to a complicated state.
Neck pain – Neck pain is also another one of very common complaints that people get. It could be due to something as simple as sleeping in the wrong position at night or a consequence of an accident or an injury. Chiropractors can help patients treat neck pain no matter what the reason. The relief is often immediate in the simpler cases and patients can feel better with the increased range of motion.
Headaches – Instead of resorting to pain medication, headaches Can often be treated through chiropractic care. Spastic muscles, stiff neck joints, stress can cause headaches. These are fairly simple to resolve if you see a Chiropractor.
Whiplash – Whiplash is a soft tissue injury to the neck and is also called neck sprain or neck strain. It is characterized by a collection of symptoms that occur following damage to the neck, usually because of sudden extension and flexion. The disorder commonly occurs as the result of an automobile accident and may include injury to intervertebral joints, discs, and ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots. Symptoms such as neck pain may be present directly after the injury or may be delayed for several days. Chiropractors can help alleviate the pain and discomfort caused by whiplash. A few treatments usually are enough to treat this condition.
Shoulder / Rotator Cuff – It is extremely essential that shoulder problems are taken care of immediately. Although they are quite easy to treat, it should be done sooner than later. Most shoulder injuries are due to repetitive stress, and can be resolved with specific muscle exercises. Other methods of treatment include ultrasound and electrical stimulation. Chiropractors can pinpoint the cause for the shoulder problems easily, whether they are being caused by faulty spinal movement or are a result of injury or surgery. By going to a Chiropractor early, shoulder problems can be resolved without complications.
Pinched nerve – Our spine houses the spinal cord – a collection of nerves running from the brain to different parts of the body. When a vertebral joint is locked or inflamed, the associated nerves can become painful along their course. This is often referred to as a ‘pinched nerve’, although in fact it is rarely actually pinched. Once a nerve is activated, pain can be felt anywhere along the pathway; sciatic pain originating in the lower back can be felt in the buttocks and even in the legs and feet.
Repetitive Strain Injury – The term repetitive strain injury (RSI) is used to describe a range of painful conditions of the muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. It is mainly caused by repetitive use of part of the body. It is usually related to a job or occupation, but leisure activities can also be a cause. Unlike a normal strain following a sudden injury, symptoms of RSI can persist well beyond the time it would take symptoms of a normal strain to ease. Chiropractors are well trained in treating RSI and it is a good idea to see one before going for any invasive treatments.