Conditions That Respond to Chiropractic Care
At Family First Chiropractors, with offices in Kearny Mesa, we identify treatable conditions like subluxations, or misaligned vertebrae, so that the body can function correctly. When a vertebrae moves out of its normal position it causes interference between the brain and body. This interference can lead to common conditions such as headaches, pain and discomfort.
Subluxations don’t always cause painful conditions. However, the body responds to these disconnections in many ways which often results in pain or discomfort. Proactively correcting these misalignments can ensure a healthy connection between the brain and body. When the spine is properly aligned, the body can function at an optimal state and heal naturally.
MIGRAINES / HEADACHES
Headache pain results when specific nerves of the blood vessels and head muscles are activated, sending pain signals to the brain. A migraine occurs when hyperactive nerve cells send out impulses to the blood vessels, causing constriction and eventually inflammation and increased pain levels. Restoring nerve function is key to helping.
NECK PAIN / WHIPLASH
There are many causes and treatable conditions of neck pain: traumas, automobile accidents, or developing postural distortions and muscle strains over time. Whiplash is an injury from a sharp acceleration and deceleration, as in an auto accident. Neck and whiplash pain can also radiate into the shoulders and upper back. Most neck pain/whiplash is caused by a structural misalignment in the upper neck, disrupting proper nerve function.
Concussions, also known as traumatic brain injuries, are becoming more common due to increase awareness. If you receive a blow to the head, the brain is slammed into the skull, and can create damage to brain tissue. Symptoms include dizziness, confusion, headaches, blurred vision, nausea, fogginess, and at times no symptoms at all! A misalignment in the upper neck is probable and should be corrected as soon as possible.
LOWER BACK PAIN / SCIATICA
Lower back pain and sciatica are quite common. The vertebra in your spine are separated by a disc of cartilage that acts as a shock absorber. Injury, long term wear and tear, or a misalignment of the upper spine creates pressure on certain nerves; causing pain, numbness or weakness in the lower back and even the legs. Sciatica occurs when the outer disc is damaged, causing a leak or bulge; shooting pain into the buttocks and leg. Restoring structure and nerve function can help!
VERTIGO / DIZZINESS
Vertigo/Dizziness, also known as Ménière’s Disease, is an inner ear problem that affects your hearing and balance. Passageways inside the ear canal can become blocked causing fluid buildup. Tinnitus (noise or ringing in the ear) and loss of hearing can also occur. Simply put, a misalignment in the upper cervical spine can be responsible for causing disfunction of the Vestibularcoccular nerve and the vertigo and dizziness.
Fibromyalgia includes muscle and joint pain, fatigue, as well as other symptoms. You may feel like your muscles have been overworked or strained…even without exercise or other causes. Pain and achiness around the joints in the neck, shoulder, back, and hips; including twitching, burning and stabbing pain throughout the body is also common. This makes sleep or exercise difficult and can often lead to isolation and depression. Addressing your nerve function can help!
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse/underuse of a joint, muscle imbalance, as well as other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles, and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.
One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc.
Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain. If you have joint pain, visit us for relief.
Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. 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.
If you suffer from one of these injuries you should see a chiropractor. Surgery is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer. Typing is a motion that, when performed repetitively and with poor posture, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation. The nerves in the fingertips travel 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.
Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies. Chiropractic does not work like an anti-histamine as a direct, short term relief from allergies. Chiropractic allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies.
Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an allergen (substances that normally have no effect on people) resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines your immune system creates in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen.
When your spine is misaligned it can impinge on the nervous system in your body. Studies have shown that the nervous system has an effect on the functionality of your immune system. When your nervous system is under stress and not functioning properly, your immune system cannot work at an optimal level. Chiropractors work with the nervous system by aligning the spine to relieve any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work at a higher level, making it easier to fight off infections while recognizing allergens. When your immune system recognizes allergens, it will not overreact to them, or at least not react as severely to them.
If you suffer from allergies, chiropractic can help you find relief. Schedule an appointment today.
We have discussed many treatable conditions that can be relieved through chiropractic. The best way to treat these treatable conditions is to prevent them before they even start. Regular chiropractic visits can help to prevent physical problems and injuries from occurring. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic visits are increased flexibility and mobility, higher level of energy, improved posture, more effective immune system, better circulation, and an overall better feeling of well-being.