Chiropractic is the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders of the musculoskeletal system that focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic is a treatment that involves manipulating misalignments of the joints, with an emphasis on the adjustment of the spine to align the body into its proper position to facilitate healing and promote a healthy nervous system.
Chiropractic is a holistic, non-invasive, natural, and effective treatment option for those who suffer from aches and pains and is used to treat many different conditions. In this article, we highlight just a few of the many ways a chiropractor can help you and how you may benefit from chiropractic treatment.
1. Back Pain
Back pain is the most common condition to be treated by chiropractors. Those suffering from back pain may experience a sharp or dull pain in the lower back, between shoulder blades, at waist level, and either side of the back.
Your chiropractor will find the cause of pain in the back – whether as a result of poor posture, repetitive stress, trauma from injury, heavy lifting, or even a trapped nerve – there can be any number of reasons why you may be suffering from back pain.
Once this has been determined, your chiropractor will most likely use hands-on spinal manipulation to align the spine and restore mobility, free stiff joints, and ease pain. They may also use stretching exercises, acupuncture, and electrotherapy to treat your back pain.
2. Neck Pain
You may experience stiffness, aching, and pain in the neck after a traumatic accident such as a car accident, from a sports injury, as a result of poor posture, from tissue and muscle strains and sprains, or wear and tear of discs in between vertebrae.
Your chiropractor will establish what type of neck pain you have to determine the best course of treatment. The most common technique used in treating neck pain is spinal manipulation which can loosen restricted joints and align the spine and vertebrae in the neck to reduce pain caused by muscle spasms and pinched nerves and restore your range of motion.
3. Shoulder Pain
Shoulder pain can occur as a result of poor posture which presents itself as a dull ache due to misaligned joints and knotted muscles. Injury can also cause shoulder pain, in which joints and ligaments may shift out of place and pull differently, even resulting in the inability to carry or use your arm.
Shoulder pain is also caused by rotator cuff injury which arises as a result of overuse of the shoulder. Shoulder pain may also be caused by pinched or trapped nerves which produce a needle-like pain. Or pain could be a result of frozen shoulder, which can restrict movement in the shoulder and make it hard to carry out the most simple everyday tasks.
When treating shoulder pain, your chiropractor will make spinal adjustments to realign the shoulder joint and surrounding tissues, nerves, muscles and tendons to take the weight and stress off the shoulder and reduce spasms, inflammation, and pain.
Other therapies your chiropractor may use include electrical muscle stimulation, cold and hot therapy, and stretching and exercises of the joint to restore your range of motion and flexibility.
4. Elbow Pain
Many may experience elbow pain, and it is often exacerbated when lifting and gripping, making everyday tasks difficult and painful. Pain in the elbow is often a result of damage to the muscles and tendons of the elbow joint.
A chiropractor will recommend rest, ice therapy and compressions, joint manipulation to align the elbow joint and surrounding muscles, tissues, and tendons, and make spinal adjustments to re-adjust the body to its correct position to promote natural healing and reduce pain.
Headaches are the second most popular condition that is treated by chiropractors. Chiropractic can be used to cure, prevent, and ease all kinds of headaches, from dull, throbbing tension headaches to painful and nauseous migraines.
Your chiropractor will first diagnose the cause of the headaches before determining the best course of treatment. They can perform spinal adjustments to ease headaches that originate in the neck and manipulate the spine to treat subluxations and improve spinal function to alleviate stress on the nervous system and mitigate pain.
Sciatic pain presents itself in the lower back and often spreads down into the legs and is caused by the compression of the sciatic nerve, which can be a result of lumbar spine subluxations and herniated discs.
Your chiropractor will diagnose what is causing sciatica and determine the best course of treatment to help your body heal itself. Chiropractic manipulations and spinal adjustments will realign the spine and vertebrae to reduce nerve irritability and lessen severe back pain and other sciatica symptoms. Other treatments may include cold therapy, ultrasound, and TENS.
Chiropractic Care at Jenkins Chiropractic
If you are suffering from back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, elbow pain, headaches, or sciatica, you could benefit greatly from chiropractic treatment. To learn more about the different ways in which a chiropractor can help you, the range of treatments available, or what to expect at your next chiropractic appointment, get in touch with Jenkins Chiropractic today.