Conditions

Conditions 

Below you will find information on some of the most common symptoms and issues that are commonly helped with proper corrective chiropractic care.  Remember that we don't do the healing.  Your body does. We like to say, "we move the bones, God does the healing."
Here are some tips to help you understand chiropractic and our care better.  
  1. Just because you didn't have a good experience in the past with other chiropractor, it doesn't mean chiropractic has failed you.  Just like trying to find a good plumber or a dentist, if you are not happy with one, find another one!   Common sense!
  2. It takes time to get where you are today.  Problems didn't happen overnight.  Take time to heal.  
  3. Stick to your treatment plan, keep your appointments, do your homework.  This is teamwork!  If we give 100% but you barely give 50%, what do you expect?
  4. Chiropractic is not the treatment of diseases.  Chiropractic detects, finds, and restore nerve irritations or disturbances caused by misalignment of spinal vertebrae, as well as other skeletal joints, and in the process, allowing the nerve signals from the brain to be sent to various body parts, organs, tissues, at 100% without interference, which allows the body to self-heal and self-regulate better, leading to a balanced and vibrant health.

Asthma

Asthma can be defined as a reversible narrowing of the large and small airways due to spasm of the bronchial smooth muscle, inflammation of the bronchial mucosa, and production of mucus. 
Asthmatic attacks can be brought on by stress, exercise, and viral respiratory infections. Allergens such as pollen, mold, dust and animal danders can also increase the risk of asthmatic episodes. One study has shown a decrease in Bronchiodialator use by 20% with chiropractic care, and decreased the severity of the reactions by 39%. Even better, after a year follow up, the improvements maintained. 
 Isn't it time you tried chiropractic care for you and your family? If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment.

SHORTNESS OF BREATH
DIFFICULTY IN BREATHING
WHEEZING
TIGHTNESS IN CHEST
DRY COUGH
ITCHING SENSATION IN FRONT OF NECK
OR CHEST IN CHILDREN

References:
Bronfort, G: Chronic pediatric asthma and chiropractic spinal manipulation: a prospective clinical series and randomized clinical pilot study, JMPT 2001; 24: 369-77

Carpal Tunnel

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is common in people who perform repetitive motions of the hand and wrist, such as typing. 
When the wrist is poorly positioned, there isn’t enough space for the median nerve to travel to the hand. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is caused by pressure exerted on the median nerve at the point where it passes through the wrist. The median nerve supplies sensation to the thumb-side of the ring finger. It also supplies movement to part of the hand. 
The nerve enters the hand between the wrist bones (called the carpal bones) and the tough membrane that holds the bones together (the transverse carpal ligament). This space is called the carpal tunnel. Since the passageway is rigid, any swelling in this area can cause compression of the nerve (this is also called entrapment of the nerve). 
If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment.

WEAKNESS IN ONE OR BOTH HANDS
NUMBNESS OR TINGLING IN THE THUMB AND NEXT TWO OR THREE FINGERS OF ONE OR BOTH HANDS AND PALMS.
WRIST OR HAND PAIN
PAIN EXTENDING TO THE ELBOW
IMPAIRED FINE FINGER MOVEMENTS (COORDINATION) IN ONE OR BOTH HANDS
WEAK GRIP OR DIFFICULTY CARRYING BAGS OR OPENING A BOTTLE / JAR

Bursitis

Bursitis is the Inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone. This condition may be acute or chronic. Bursae are fluid-filled cavities near joints where tendons or muscles pass over bony projections. They assist movement and reduce friction between moving parts. 
Bursitis can be caused by chronic overuse, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or infection. Sometimes the cause cannot be determined. Bursitis commonly occurs in the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip. Other areas that may be affected include the Achilles tendon and the foot. 
Common symptoms include joint pain, joint tenderness, swelling, warmth over the affected joint, and limited range of motion.
"Chiropractic care is SAFER and MORE EFFECTIVE than drugs, surgery, painkillers, bed rest, and general practice for managing low back pain." ~ Pran Manga, PhD et al, University of Ottawa Canada Government Study 1998.

"Three years later, chiropractic patients reported a 29% greater improvement compared to hospital patients for the same complaints. The most dramatic improvements were associated with pain reduction, as well as sitting for more than a short period of time, sleeping quality, personal care, lifting, walking, standing, sex life, social life, and ability to travel also improved." ~ BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, 1995.

Migraine / Headaches

What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative.
 
Duke University Evidence Report in 2001 by McCrory, M.D.: “Patients with HEADACHES improved best with chiropractic care compared to acupuncture, painkillers, amytriptyline drugs (Elavil, Endep), exercise, surgery, TENS unit, stress therapy."
 
Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Man. & Physiolog Therapeutics found that chiropractic care is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that those who ceased chiropractic treatment after four weeks experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.

Another randomized clinical trial by Macquarie University in Australia studied people who have had migraines all their lives and found that over one-fifth of the participants were reported more than 90% reduction of migraines by chiropractic care. Approximately 50% more participants reported significant improvement in the morbidity of each episode.

Migraine headaches have no known cause, but often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, light sensitivity (photophobia). Certain external triggers such as perfume, coffee, chemicals in food / air, and emotional stress have been known to trigger migraine.  

Misalignments of upper neck bones (vertebrae) as well as the occiput in relation to C1, can irritate nearby nerves, including the optic nerves, facial nerves, suboccipital nerves, mandibular nerves (jaw), etc. Chiropractic care realign these structures, taking the pressures and irritation off of the nerves. This is also related to the tension headaches cases.

Tension headaches, on the other hand, are a condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. Tension headaches are one of the most common forms of headache. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents. If a headache occurs two or more times weekly for several months or longer, the condition is considered chronic. 

Tension headaches result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety. Any activity that causes the head to be held in one position for a long time without moving can cause a headache. Such activities include typing or use of computers, fine work with the hands, and use of a microscope. Many office workers, dentists, dental assistants, surgeons, hairstylists, students, electricians, and pharmacists have these issues and have been helped by chiropractic care. Sleeping in a cold room or sleeping with the neck in an abnormal position can also trigger this type of headache. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, alcohol use, excessive smoking, excessive caffeine use, sinus infection, nasal congestion, overexertion, colds, and influenza. 

If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment. 

dull pain, pressure-like generalized pain, 
worse pain in the scalp, temples, or back of the neck, 
feels like a tight band or vise on the head, 
occurs as an isolated incident, occurs constantly, occurs daily, 
worsened or triggered by stress, fatigue, noise, or glares, 
causing sleep disturbances, and it can be one sided.

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Ear Infections / Earaches

Ear Infections or Otitis media is an inner ear infection generally caused from a blockage of the Eustachian tubes. The Eustachian Tube allows equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away from the inner ear.  
When the Eustachian tube is blocked, fluid builds up and causes an infection. The transverse process, bones sticking out from the sides of a vertebrae, run next to the Eustachian tubes at C1, the first Cervical vertebrae.  
When a vertebra is misaligned or subluxated, swollen tissue will result causing the Eustachian tubes to block. By removing the subluxations at C1 and C2 you can reduce the tissue swelling around the Eustachian Tubes and allow the inner ear to drain, clearing the infection within a couple days in many cases. 

If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment.
EAR ACHES OR TUGGING AT THE EAR
EAR AND NASAL DRAINAGE
FEVER
POOR SLEEP
IRRITABILITY AND CRYING
DECREASED APPETITE

A FEW PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH, CASES & QUOTES ON CHIROPRACTIC FOR EAR INFECTIONS:
“I firmly believe that chiropractic adjustments to the skull and neck can improve middle ear drainage and decrease ear infections. Taking a stronger, more convenient antibiotic can make the bacteria that dwell in your child more resistant to the stronger antibiotics, and can make future infections more difficult to treat.” ~ Dr. Bill Sears MD, Harvard Pediatrician, Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine.

Adenoidectomy (surgical removal of adenoids) NOT more effective with Ear Tubal Surgery. Mattila PS et. al Prevention of otitis media by adenoidectomy in children younger than 2 years Archives of Otolaryngologists Head & Neck Surgery 2003

“Blocked (pinched) nerve impulses at the atlas (upper neck) may cause many clinical features from central motor impairment to lower resistance to infection - especially ear, nose, and throat infections. From his and other German medical studies, Gutmann MD concluded approximately 80% of all children are not in autonomic balance and have atlas blockage or (upper neck) subluxation.” Dr. G. Gutmann MD, Originally published in Germany: “Manuelle Medizin” 1992. 
 
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"All truth goes through three steps: 
First, it is ridiculed. 
Second, it is violently opposed. 
Finally, it is accepted as self-evident." 
- Arthur Schopenhauer
 

Chiropractic Users Save Money

A study led by Antonio P. Legorreta, MD, MPH and Helen Oster Chernicoff, MD, MSHS from the UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, published in Archives of Internal Medicine 2004 (Oct 11); 164 (18) Comparative Analysis of Individuals With and Without Chiropractic Coverage: Patient Characteristics, Utilization, and Costs) found that: "Chiropractic care CUT THE COST of treating pain by 28%, reduced 41% hospitalizations, reduced back surgeries by 32%, reduced the cost of medical imaging by 37%." [Archives of Internal Medicine 10/2004 & WebMD] 

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a common condition characterized by widespread pain in joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. Some other problems commonly linked with fibromyalgia include fatigue, morning stiffness, sleep problems, headaches, numbness in hands and feet, depression, and anxiety. Fibromyalgia can develop on its own, or secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, or systemic lupus.

Diagnosis of fibromyalgia requires a history of at least three months of widespread pain, and pain and tenderness in a least 11 of 18 tender-point sites. These tender-point sites include fibrous tissue or muscles of the Neck, Shoulders, Chest, Rib Cage, Lower Back, Thighs, Knees, Arms (elbows) and Buttocks. The overwhelming characteristic of fibromyalgia is long-standing, body-wide pain with defined tender points. Tender points are distinct from trigger points seen in other pain syndromes. (Unlike tender points, trigger points can occur in isolation and represent a source of radiating pain, even in the absence of direct pressure.) Fibromyalgia pain can mimic the pain experienced by people with various types of arthritis. The soft-tissue pain of fibromyalgia is described as deep-aching, radiating, gnawing, shooting or burning, and ranges from mild to severe. Fibromyalgia sufferes tend to waken with body aches and stiffness.

Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and symptoms associated with fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment. Common symptoms include multiple tender areas, sleep disturbances, fatigue, body aches, and chronic muscle pain.

Sciatica

Sciatica is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs, caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerves, the largest nerves of the body. It usually begins as an acute pain in the lower back and then radiates down the back of either or both legs. There are 5 pairs of nerves that exit the spine in the lower back. These nerves make up what we know as the sciatic nerves. 
If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are misaligned or out of place; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. This can cause tremendous pain and normal daily activities become almost impossible.

Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function.  If you are experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment. Common symptoms of sciatica include seakness of the knee or foot, sensation changes on the back of the calf or the sole of the foot, numbness, tingling, pain from the back to the calf, difficulty walking, inability to move feet or foot, and the inability to bend the knee.

Torticollis

Torticollis is a form of dystonia (prolonged muscle contractions) in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily causing the head to turn.  Often seen in babies whose heads are tilted to one side all the time or children or adults who slept in a bad posture.
Torticollis may occur without known cause (idiopathic), be genetic (inherited), or be acquired secondary to damage to the nervous system or muscles. It may develop in childhood or adulthood. Congenital torticollis (present at birth) may be caused by malpositioning of the head in the uterus, or be prenatal injury of the muscles or blood supply in the neck. 
Very often we see newborns who have had difficult birth, head yanked by forceps or vacuum / suction, or born with shoulder/arm by the face or head, develop torticollis / wryneck within days or weeks after birth.  Thankfully these are easily corrected with pediatric chiropractic care.  See the TESTIMONIALS section of our site.
If you, or your little one, or someone you know is experiencing any of the common symptoms below, please call our office now to schedule an appointment.  Common symptoms of torticollis include the enlargement of the neck muscles, asymmetry of an infants head from sleeping on the affected side (head tilted to one side all the time), elevation of the shoulder on the affected side, stiffness of neck muscles, limited range of motion, headaches, neck pain, and head tremors.

"Manual therapy / chiropractic is more effective in treating neck pain compared to physical therapy or medical care. A randomized controlled clinical trial of 183 patients, 18 to 70 years of age, for 6 weeks." 
Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Cabrini Hospital, Victoria, Australia. Manual Therapy, Physical Therapy, or Continued Care by a General Practitioner for Patients with Neck Pain. A Randomized, Controlled Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine 2002 (May 21); 136 (10): 713-722
How Does Chiropractic Work?
At every second, your brain sends and receives signals to and from every organ, tissue, and parts of the entire body. It sends signals through the nerve down the spinal cord, and to every organ (heart, lungs, liver, bladder, etc.), tissues (muscle, ligaments, etc.) and system (endocrine, immune, respiratory, digestive, etc.). 
The nerve (nervous) system controls and coordinates the function of all the systems in the body: circulatory, respiratory, digestive, hormonal, eliminative and immune system. Any aspect of health may be impaired by nerve interference caused by spinal misalignments . 
The chiropractic adjustment restores nerve system function allowing the body the ability to express a greater state of health and well-being. Even though some therapist or medical doctors claim to be able to manipulate joints, only doctors of chiropractic trained in the detection and removal of nerve interference caused by spinal misalignments.
Think of the circuit breaker in your house. If one of the breakers trips, wherever the wires go, it will no longer transmit electrical power and those appliances will stop working properly.
The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain and carries information from the brain to the body parts and back to the brain again. Subluxations interfere with the nerves’ ability to transmit this vital information.
The doctor of chiropractic will take a case history and perform a chiropractic exam to determine if spinal subluxations exist. Chiropractic adjusting procedures are modified to fit a child's size, weight, and unique spinal condition. They are both gentle and specific to the child’s developing spinal structures. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and look forward to subsequent visits. They also report that their children experience a greater level of health while under regular chiropractic care. In our office we use the gentle, spring-loaded Activator instrument to perform these adjustments.  

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