Since chiropractic physicians are expertly trained in the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal conditions, the care that you receive may include treatment to any part of the body: head to toe. Chiropractors are trained to take a medical history, perform an examination, diagnose, and treat any part of the body that involves the nerves, the muscles or the joints. Comparative studies have shown that a student fresh out of chiropractic college has a better academic understanding of neuromusculoskeletal conditions than do seasoned orthopedists.
Tension and migraine headaches respond particularly well to chiropractic care.
When you have neck pain, it affects every aspect of your quality of life. It becomes hard to move your neck to back your car from your garage. It even becomes hard to move about the house. Your work suffers because your neck pain makes the muscles in your shoulders tighten and burn. Your neck pain radiates down your shoulders.
There are techniques that handle rib pain and shoulder aches while simultaneously improving posture and breathing. Whenever your rib heads are causing problems and pain, one important technique that I use in my office gives you the benefit of having relaxes paraspinal, trapezius, scalene and other supporting muscles.
One of the common painful syndromes in my practice involve the pain in your chest where the bony ribs meet the cartilage formed ribs, or where the cartilage meets the sternum. You might feel this as a sharp sensation, like there’s an ice-pick stuck in your ribs. This painful syndrome (costochondritis) is easily helped and managed with chiropractic care.
Everyone knows that chiropractors are the experts in low back pain and sciatica management. There’s nothing magical going on. Chiropractors adjust the spine with special techniques in spinal manipulation. Spinal manipulation helps relax tight back muscles. Relaxing your tight muscles improves blood flow so your muscles can heal themselves. Adjustments also trigger and sustain reflexes for pain relief, so you don’t have to suffer with your back condition like before. Adjustments also restore normal movement patterns in the spine, so the soft tissues and discs in the spine can receive more nutrients.
As pain develops in your low back, this pain can refer down the leg. This is called “sclerotogenous” pain. It’s diffuse and achy, and the treatment is to get the pressure off of your low back. Irritation to the nerves also cause pain to travel down the path of the nerve. This is neuritis, and it feels like there is a hot wire traveling down your leg. The treatment is to identify where there is irritation, and remove the offending irritation. More pressure on the nerve will cause tingling then numbness. The treatment for this is to find out what is putting pressure on the nerve and take it away.
Along with all of these spinal conditions, chiropractors are also experts with adjusting and improving the function of the joints in the arms and legs. You don’t know what you are missing until you’ve had your ankles evaluated and adjusted.
Most of your daily aches and pains are best treated and maintained with at-home activities. Sometimes a condition that you are suffering from is so severe that you need surgery or pharmaceutical management. Chiropractors are trained to evaluate your frame and help you decide the best, most appropriate treatment for you. If we are unable to help, we will tell you.