Functions of your body, both voluntary and involuntary, are controlled by the nervous system. The nervous system is a network of nerves that transmit signals between your brain and other parts of the body. These nerves stem from the spinal cord and branch out to innervate the body. The spine is made up of a series of 24 bones called vertebrae. The vertebrae are responsible for protecting your spinal cord. Vertebrae are stacked on top of each other and separated by cushions called discs. Misalignments (Subluxations) of spinal vertebrae disrupt normal function of the nervous system, affecting organs and structures that may result in some of the common conditions listed below.
Headaches are common in many people. The cervical spine, which is your neck, contains nerves that extend from these vertebrae. When the nerves in this region become irritated, headaches are a common symptom. Other possible effects of a malfunction in this area include stiff neck, head colds, sinus trouble, allergies, hearing loss, and more. Our chiropractor is trained to find these misalignments (Subluxations). She has a high success rate alleviating pain in patients suffering with these symptoms.
The cervical spine, or your neck, is composed of a group of nerves known as the brachial plexus complex. This group of nerves controls the function of your arms from the shoulder down. Commonly misdiagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome, pain in the arms or hands can be the result of a cervical subluxation. A thorough evaluation will determine exactly where the problem lies.
Upper Extremity Pain
Upper Extremities includes your shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands. It is common for people to experience pain in an upper extremity. Proper evaluation of the cervical spine and extremity is crucial for applying proper treatment. Symptoms can include throbbing, burning, numbness, and pain.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfers Elbow
Lower Extremity Pain
Lower extremity includes hips, knees, ankles, and feet. Like your upper extremities, pain is common in these regions. One symptom a patient may experience is sciatica. Sciatica is pain that travels into your leg. It is caused by compression upon a nerve root located in your lumbar spine. The pain generally starts as a sharp pain in the low back and travels down the leg. Chiropractic is an excellent treatment option. Our doctor is trained to find the area of the spine that is causing pressure on the nerve root and release that pressure through a chiropractic manipulation.
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
Mid-Back (Thoracic) Pain
Nerves extend from what is called thoracic vertebrae in this area. Many functions and major organs are controlled by this group of nerves. These organs include your heart, lungs, liver, gall bladder, stomach, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and small intestines. Common symptoms resulting from misalignment in this area include asthma, functional heart conditions, stomach troubles, weak immune system, and mid back pain. Again, our chiropractor is trained to release nerve pressure that may be contributing to these type of symptoms.
The low back is also known as the lumbar spine. Nerves extending from these vertebrae control muscles of the lower back, abdomen, sex organs, appendix, uterus, bladder, buttocks, hip bones, legs, ankles, and feet. Some common symptoms that result from misalignments of this area include low back pain, pain at the end of spine upon sitting, sciatica, knee pains, bladder troubles (such as bed wetting), menstrual troubles, and more. Chiropractic manipulations can help alleviate these symptoms. You owe it to yourself to seek treatment if you have any of the above symptoms.
- Hip Pain
Natural physiological changes that occur during pregnancy can result in increased misalignments of the spine. Common symptoms during pregnancy include low and mid back pain, sciatica, rib pain, and pelvic pain. Chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy can help ease pain and discomfort brought on by these changes as well as facilitate a more comfortable delivery. Chiropractic adjustments are safe for both mother and baby.
Wear and tear on the body is often an unavoidable part of leading an active lifestyle. The physical stress exerted on your body can cause spinal misalignments. Sports related back, knee, and shoulder pain are common conditions treated by our chiropractor. Chiropractic treatment can help keep you active longer.
Work Related Injuries
Repetitive motion injuries are among the most common injuries in the United States. A repetitive motion injury is an injury to the musculoskeletal and nervous systems that may be caused by repetitive tasks such as sitting, typing, standing, or moving objects on a consistent basis for work. Chiropractic is an excellent choice of treatment for these types of injuries.
Whiplash is a common injury and occurs when an vehicle is struck from behind. Ligaments and muscles of the neck can be stretched/torn as a result of whiplash. Other common symptoms may include neck pain, shoulder pain, headaches, lack of sleep, low back pain, constant stiffness, and decrease in range of motion. If you or anyone you know has pain as the result of an auto accident call our Chiropractor today. She can help.