Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Care

Benefits of Regular Chiropractic Care Blog

Chiropractic care can improve any aspect of your life. Even if you’ve never had a backache, headache from neck tension and limited range of motion from misalignment can steal the joy from your life. Listed below are just a few of the conditions related to spinal misalignment that can be corrected by chiropractic care, without resorting to surgery or medications.

Sciatica

Sciatic pain occurs when the large nerve that runs from the lower spine and down your leg is impinged or inflamed. Symptoms include lower back spasms that may run across the buttock and down the leg. The condition can manifest as numbness, an ache, or heat running down the affected leg. The leg may also become weak and feel unreliable. You may find that you stumble on the floor because your affected foot drops slightly as you try to walk.

Chiropractic care can release the pressure on the nerve and reduce inflammation in the nerve sheath. As the nerve heals, the pain will lessen and the condition will fade. With time, chiropractic treatment of sciatic pain can reduce the need for corticosteroid injections at the site of the damaged nerve.

Low Back Pain

While lower back discomfort can be part of sciatica, if buttock and leg pain are not present, the condition is treated as lower back pain. It can be caused by disc degeneration or herniation, or by damaged or over-worked muscles.

Low back soreness can be debilitating or a minor irritant. Depending on the source, regular chiropractic care can lessen or even forestall flare ups of lower back trouble. Regular adjustments and alignments are the best way to keep your spine healthy. Depending on the source of your pain, other treatments for lower back injury include physical therapy, medication, or time.

Neck Pain

Constant connection to electronics from a seated position are not kind to your spine and can be especially hard on the neck. While muscular pain can be a challenge, serious spinal misalignment in the upper back and neck can lead to numbness in your hands, pain in the upper back, jaw tension and headache.

Manipulation of the upper spine and neck can make some uncomfortable as it requires the chiropractor to maneuver your head. If you’re uncomfortable being grasped around or near the neck, let your practitioner know so they can warn you of when they’re going to put their hands on you. Being aware can help you stay calm and keep your muscles relaxed so the chiropractor can do their work.

Headaches

Headaches can be caused by many factors. Hormonal swings, some medications, food sensitivities and dehydration can all cause a headache. Other factors that can lead to a headache include muscular tension in the neck and joint irritation in the upper back and base of the skull.

A chiropractor treating you for headache may need to manipulate the upper back, neck and the joints at the base of your skull. Again, if hands on your head and neck are troubling or tension-filled for you, let your practitioner know. They can make you aware of what they’re doing and lessen your worries about being manipulated.

Your chiropractor may give you other activities to consider, such as drinking plenty of water, keeping your jaw loose at all times, and low-impact exercises like walking to keep the upper body loose and muscular tension to a minimum.

Finding Your Practitioner

Each chiropractor and each patient have their own communication style. If your first chiropractic experiences were not positive, keep searching until you find the right practitioner. Proper, healthy spinal alignment can greatly improve your life.

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In this instance, an athlete was originally diagnosed with minor quadriceps muscle strain and was treated for four weeks, with unsatisfactory results. When he came to our clinic, the muscle was not healing, and the patients’ muscle tissue had already begun to atrophy.

Upon examination using MSUS, we discovered that he had a full muscle thickness tear that had been overlooked by his previous provider. To mitigate damage and promote healing, surgery should have been performed immediately after the injury occurred. Because of misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment, the patient now has permanent damage that cannot be corrected.

The most important advantage of Ultrasound over MRI imaging is its ability to zero in on the symptomatic region and obtain imaging, with active participation and feedback from the patient. Using dynamic MSUS, we can see what happens when patients contract their muscles, something that cannot be done with MRI. From a diagnostic perspective, this interaction is invaluable.

Dynamic ultrasonography examination demonstrating
the full thickness tear and already occurring muscle atrophy
due to misdiagnosis and not referring the patient
to proper diagnostic workup

Demonstration of how very small muscle defect is made and revealed
to be a complete tear with muscle contraction
under diagnostic sonography (not possible with MRI)

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Complete tear of rectus femoris
with large hematoma (blood)

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Separation of muscle ends due to tear elicited
on dynamic sonography examination

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