Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. Chiropractic adjustments are a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage. Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back is usually caused by subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae. Even a small misalignment can cause pain by causing pressure on nerves. If left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain.
There are many beliefs of what causes headaches, but the direct cause of headaches is tightness in the neck and shoulders. This tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. 80% of all headaches originate from the neck. Chiropractic care can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief from the symptoms.
The most common symptom of sciatica is shooting pain down your leg. The sciatic nerves come out of your lower back and travel down your leg. When these nerves are irritated or “pinched”, it can cause shooting pain all the way down your foot. Some of the common causes of sciatica are a spinal joint problem, muscle problem or a disc problem. Chiropractic spinal adjustments, deep tissue/trigger point work and therapeutic modalities can all successfully treat sciatica.
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a “pinched nerve”. This can be caused by spinal misalignments, bulging or herniated discs, or other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms. The pressure on the nerve must be relieved in order to alleviate the pain. An examination can reveal the cause of the pain, and an adjustment can relieve the pain by properly aligning the spine and addressing the cause of the pain.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common condition that causes pain, numbness, weakness and tingling in the hand and arm. The condition occurs when one of the major nerves to the hand — the median nerve — is squeezed or compressed as it travels through the wrist up the arm and into the neck. The spine is the center of the nervous system, and the pain in your hands and wrists can be relieved by your chiropractor with concentrated spinal and joint adjustments.
There is a spinal disc between each of the 24 bones (vertebrae) in your spine. The spinal discs act like shock absorbers in your spine, allowing you to bend and twist. The rubbery discs, also known as intervertebral discs, are filled with gel-like fluid, making your spine flexible. Together the vertebrae and the discs surround and protect your spinal cord, the bundle of nerves that connects your brain to the nerves in your body. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniated, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause, however. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain. Chiropractors can properly align the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort.