Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Disorders
The effectiveness of chiropractic for treating spinal disorders is recognized by the tens of millions of people who see a chiropractor each year. Patients are often seeking the help of a chiropractor for low back pain, neck pain, headaches, upper-extremity and lower-extremity conditions, as well as whiplash-associated disorders frequently caused by auto accidents.
For spinal problems, chiropractors correct the alignment of the individual joints of the spine. This helps restore proper joint function. Realigning the joints and restoring proper joint motion helps alleviate associated spinal joint pain at the level of correction. Typically when a spinal joint’s position and motion are optimal, there should be little to no nervous system interference to nerve roots exiting through the space between two spinal vertebrae. Optimal nervous system function is important because the nervous system is responsible for the bodies sensory and control. If interfered with a patient may have altered sensation which can be experienced as pain, numbness or tingling. In addition to possibly affecting motor function. Spinal nerve root interference in the neck can be felt in the arms and whereas spinal nerve root interference in the lower back effects the legs. Spinal nerve root interference can also affect the function of the organs and glands of the body as well.
So improving joint mobility and position, can not only alleviate pain but improve the overall function of the body and support the body’s natural ability to heal itself. The benefits do not only apply to patients with symptoms. Because often there are no symptoms until the problem progresses to a certain point. So someone with sub-optimal spinal joint function is more likely to be developing osteoarthritis at the affected level. Disc health may also be compromised and the nerves which are exiting the spine at the affected level may not be functioning as good as they could. This can result in diminished health including mental and physical performance. Which is why many health-conscious individuals and competitive athletes get adjusted regularly regardless of whether they are aware of having any symptoms or not. They are doing it to maintain a higher level of overall health and performance. Often they may not feel the effects of a spinal vertebral misalignment but after the correction, they notice improvements in the way they feel and their performance level.