Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Disorders

Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Disorders

Chiropractic Treatment for Spinal Disorders

The effectiveness of chiropractic for treating spine related 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 effecting motor function. Spinal nerve root interference in the neck can be felt in the arms and where as spinal nerve root interference in the lower back effects the legs. Spinal nerve root interference can also effect 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 patient’s 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 effected level. Disc health may also be compromised and the nerves which are exiting the spine at the effected 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 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.

Problems Associated With Spine Disorders

 

Problems which may be associated with the malfunctioning of the spinal joints are;
•  Scoliosis
• Degenerative Disc Disease
• Disc Herniation
• Myelopathy
• Spinal Stenosis
• Spondylolisthesis
• hyperkyphosis and hypokyphosis
• hyperlordosis and hypolordosis
• Ankylosing Spondylitis
• Degenerative Joint Disease (Osteoarthritis)

 

Symptoms and conditions which may have an underlying spinal component;
• Neck and Back Pain
• Migraines and other Headaches
• Arm Numbness & Tingling
• Leg Numbness & Tingling
• Sciatica
• Dizziness
• Sinus problems
• Allergies
• Asthma
• Fibromyalgia
• Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
• Stress
• Seizures including Epileptic
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Horner’s Syndrome
• Bell’s Palsy

 

Possible Causes;
• Spinal Trauma
• Auto Accident Injuries
• Athletic Injuries
• Improper Lifting and Bending
• Receptive Stress
• Sleeping Posture

 

Chiropractic Spinal Treatment

A health history is taken and a physical examination performed. Depending on the chiropractic findings — x-rays, an MRI and or lab tests may be ordered.  After the chiropractic evaluation a suitable treatment plan will be recommended.

During the course of the chiropractic care for a spinal problem the chiropractor will adjust the position of the spinal vertebrae using their hands or with instruments to apply a controlled force in a precise line of correction.


 

For Chiropractors

Many chiropractors are using intersegmental traction tables in their offices and or high end decompression massage chairs. Besides the therapeutic benefits they are some of the most popular therapies, which patients tend to really enjoy.

High quality beds and pillows which provide the right support for the spine may help your patients hold their adjustments better and have fewer sleep related neck and back troubles. Tempur-Pedic beds and pillows have been long time favorites for many chiropractors and still are. A Dynasty Mattress memory foam mattress paired with Leggett & Platt adjustable bed base is one of the few beds in the same class.

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