Neck Pain: Interesting Facts

by Administrator 25. February 2017 17:48
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Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

by Administrator 17. February 2017 14:39

Neck sprain refers to stretching of the ligaments and soft tissues present between the cervical vertebrae, which supports the weight of the head. Cervical vertebrae is highly susceptible to injuries due to its substantial capability to move and rotate. Neck sprain is a common problem caused mainly due to poor lifestyle and posture issues. A chronic sprain may lead to severe issues and impact the range of motion of the cervical spine.

Causes

  • Sudden jerk in the neck
  • Keeping the neck bent for a prolonged period
  • Using a stiff or too high pillow
  • Resting your head on your fist or arm for a very long time
  • Keeping the head in odd positions while watching TV, reading or using a phone
  • Stretching of the neck during workout
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Obesity
  • Carrying heavy weight on shoulders
  • Growing age

Symptoms

  • Stiff neck ( problems in side to side, up-down and circular movements )
  • Pain may radiate from back of the head to neck and shoulders
  • Muscle spasm in shoulders
  • Numbness in arms and hands
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sore Throat

Diagnosis

Physical examination to observe the posture, joint’s range of motion and the movements that cause pain to exaggerate. The curvature and alignment of patient’s spine may also be noted to check for spasm.

The chiropractor may conduct a neurological examination to observe the impacted nerve and patient’s reflexes. The following imaging tests may also be recommended:

  • X- Ray – It helps to identify any kind of bone related issue, such as a fracture, Arthritis, Bone Spur etc.
  • MRI and CT scans – These aid in visualizing any kind of herniation and bulging discs
  • EMG – An electromyography may be conducted to test your nerve response, if the chiropractor suspects a damaged nerve.

Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

The chiropractors use manual therapy and other chiropractic techniques to treat various musculoskeletal issues. They develop a customized treatment plan depending upon severity of the condition and symptoms experienced by the patient. The treatment includes the usage of neck adjustments, mobilization techniques, posture correction, rehabilitative exercises or traction procedures.

Neck Adjustments

These adjustments act as cervical manipulations which loosen the joints of cervical vertebrae, thereby improving spine’s mobility and range of motion. In just a couple of sittings, a patient may experience considerable reduction in pain and spasm along with increased muscle flexibility.

Cervical mobilization

The chiropractor moves the patient’s head in forward, backward, left and right directions, switching between the side motions and rotations. This technique aims at reducing stiffness between the spinal and the cervical segments.

Manual Traction

In this, the chiropractor stretches the patient’s spine, by pulling his neck at a certain angle that causes pain. This procedure is often combined with neck adjustments and cervical mobilization procedures to provide best results.

Interferential Stimulation

It is the most common electrical stimulation technique used in chiropractic setting which uses low frequency (<250pps) waves to stimulate the nerve impulses. This stimulation creates a current that sweeps into the affected neck tissue with very little resistance. The flowing current gives a massage like effect and triggers release of endorphins and pain relieving hormones which reduces swelling as well as soothes the muscles.

The chiropractic treatment reduces the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body, which may decrease muscle tension in the neck and help the patients to recover fast.

Neck Sprain Prevention Tips

  • Sit straight with relaxed shoulders and lower back supported
  • When working on computer, adjust the screen at eye level
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach
  • Use pillows that provide neck support
  • Perform exercises to strengthen your neck muscles
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Carry weight evenly on your shoulders
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

For complete treatment of neck sprain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest chiropractic techniques to help patients find relief from pain and regain joint’s lost functionality. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.

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Chiropractic Treatment For Scoliosis

by Administrator 26. January 2017 18:41

Scoliosis is a condition in which the spine is deformed and attains a sideways curvature either an “S or C” shaped. It leads to mechanical dysfunction of the backbone and in severe cases interferes with breathing. Scoliosis is more common in people between the age group of 10 – 20 and the ratio of affected females is more than males. This spine dystrophy reduces life expenatancy of an individual because it reduces the oxygen supply to the body by putting strain on the heart.

Risk Factors

  • Chances of having scoliosis increase if someone in family was already affected by it
  • Scoliosis  signs begin to appear in people mostly before attaining puberty
  • Poor posture
  • Delayed puberty in teens
  • Women undergoing post-menopausal period have lower estrogen levels which reduces bone density
  • Weak Bones and deficiency of nutrients
  • Osteoporosis

Causes

  • Injuries to the spinal cord
  • Heredity factors
  • Disorders like cerebral palsy
  • Imbalanced hormones
  • Abnormal bone development from birth

Symptoms

  • Body leaning towards one side
  • Disproportionate shoulders and hips
  • Waistline is uneven
  • Head appears to be off-centre and not above the pelvis
  • Spine grows in either C or S shape
  • Numbness is felt in toes, finger and limbs
  • Difficulty in breathing as a lot of pressure if formed on the lungs
  • Spinal discs start degenerating at a faster rate
  • Digestive problems
  • Excessive pain during mensuration, due to shift of the pelvis
  • Headache
  • Pain in hip knee and legs
  • Chronic backache
  • Difficulty in movement

Chiropractic Care For Scoliosis

Chiropractic care dates back to 1800’s when it was started by a man named D.D. Palmer.  These techniques are very accurate in correcting the spine and its position. Since Chiropractic care is a holistic approach for the treatment they see the body as a whole and try to provide correction to all the spine portions that are misaligned. Chiropractors take care of the facts that the adjustments should be made in such a manner that they do not cause further mobility of the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments

Alignment of the spine depends majorly on the position of the atlas bone. In normal conditions the head is placed at the centre of the spine followed by rest of the vertebra underneath. In Scoliosis the atlas shifts from its normal position and to compensate the brain tries to align rest of the vertebrae with it leading to bad curvature of the spine.  Chiropractic adjustments try to align the atlas and the spine. The Chiropractor may apply pressure for some minutes by using hands or an instrument at the spinal area after identifying the misaligned portion, in repeated cycles. These adjustments help to regain the normal Cobb’s angle and strengthen the surrounding damaged soft tissues.

Muscular rehabilitation exercises

Chiropractor may suggest the patient some rehabilitation exercises which prevent the further progression of Scoliosis. The exercises include the use of corrective weights, exercises for upper body rotation and the use of foam blocks to correct the alignment.

Posture correction

Correction of posture plays a significant role in preventing Scoliosis. Chiropractors suggest a combination of chiropractic manipulations, traction procedures and rehabilitation exercises. This helps further bending and rotating of the spine.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain a good posture, avoid activities that require you to bend
  • Do not swim or sleep on your stomach as its causes the thoracic spine to deflate
  • Avoid high jumps, dancing, and bending because it causes the further rotation of the spine
  • Don’t carry heavy things as it puts pressure on the spine
  • Use firm mattress
  • Take a walk and do stretching exercise frequently
  • Eat good food which is rich in minerals and vitamins

 

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Chiropractic Care For Knee Pain

by Administrator 16. January 2017 22:30

Knee pain is a common problem that affects almost every age group. The knee is a complex structure comprising of three major bones - femur, tibia and patella. Various tendons and ligaments are responsible for maintaining the stability of the joint. A tear or stretch in them can lead to knee pain. The condition can either be acute or chronic and may cause difficulty in performing day to day activities.

Causes

  • Direct blow to the knee
  • Age related degeneration of the ligaments and tendons that surround the knee joint
  • Knee conditions such as ACL Tear, Osteoarthritis, Runner’s Knee, Torn Meniscus etc.
  • Physical activities, like running, cycling and jumping, can cause inflammation of the tendons
  • Over striding
  • Sudden change of direction with the foot planted on the ground
  • Excessive weight
  • Weak muscles and bones
  • Incorrect landing from a jump
  • Twisting of the upper leg or knee
  • Improper stretching of muscles before exercise
  • Bursitis - Inflammation of bursae (sac filled with synovial fluid)due to activities that require frequent kneeling, e.g. gardening

Symptoms

  • Constant or intermittent pain in the knee
  • Swelling
  • Tenderness to touch
  • Visible deformity, redness and discoloration around the site of pain
  • Pain may increase while walking and standing
  • Difficulty in straightening or bending the leg
  • Feeling of warmth and stiffness in the knee joint
  • Churning sound from the knee while moving the leg
  • Muscle spasms

Chiropractic Care For Knee Pain

Chiropractic treatment is very effective in providing relief from acute as well as chronic knee pain. It aims at correcting any kind of misalignment or dislocation present in the joint. The chiropractic techniques usually involve a set of exercises and manual therapies to restore the normal motion, flexibility as well as stability of the knee.

Depending upon the cause and severity of knee pain, the chiropractor may recommend any of the following treatment methods:

Chiropractic Adjustments
The chiropractic adjustments involve gently manipulating the joint’s structures to eliminate pain and restore the normal range of motion of the knee. The therapy also corrects the position of dislocated bones, if any. When combined with certain corrective exercises, patients can witness a significant improvement in knee pain and muscle strength.

Ultrasound Therapy
Ultrasound therapy involves the use of ultrasonic waves to transmit heat into the affected tissues  to relieve pain. This therapy helps to reduce inflammation, stiffness, swelling, pain and increase blood circulation in the knee. Along with ultrasound therapy and joint manipulation, the chiropractor may also suggest certain stretching exercises to promote a faster recovery.

Rehabilitation Program
Chiropractors help their patients to get rid of knee pain by recommending certain exercises that involve gentle and passive movements of the joint. Patients may be advised to perform the exercises on a regular basis to heal any biomechanical misalignment present in the knee joint and improve its strength.

Interferential Therapy
It works on the principle of using a low voltage current that sweeps down into the damaged tissue. The chiropractor may recommend the use of interferential therapy because it proves very effective in pain management, swelling reduction and muscle strengthening.

Extremity Adjustments
Sometimes people who have previously suffered from a knee injury may experience constant pain for many years due to permanent damage, misalignment or dislocation of bones. In such situations, extremity adjustments may help to provide relief from the symptoms. The treatment involves realigning the medial meniscus or fibular head, to restore the normal anatomical structure of the knee joint.

Prevention Tips

  • Maintain an optimal body weight to avoid putting pressure on the knee
  • Maintain proper leg alignment by wearing shoes with a  good fit and arch support
  • Do regular exercise to improve joint strength and flexibility
  • Avoid carrying heavy weights
  • Do not begin any sports activity without proper stretching

It should be noted that the pain may take some time to subside depending upon the severity of the condition.

For comprehensive treatment of knee pain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest treatment techniques to help patients find relief from pain and improve overall joint strength. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.

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Tips To Avoid Back Pain In Winters

by Administrator 27. December 2016 01:30

As the temperature begins to fall, the risk of back pain increases for many people. Slipping on the icy surfaces and tension in the nerve endings are two common causes of backache. It can be chronic and greatly limit a person’s movement. There are several tips that should be be implemented to avoid back pain during winter season. Some of them are discussed below:

Maintain The Right Posture When Lifting

In case you live in an area that experiences snowfall, you may need to do a lot of shoveling and heavy lifting to clear your driveway as well as sidewalk. Twisting, bending and turning when removing the ice may lead to muscle spasms. Thus, it is important to maintain the correct posture when indulging in physical activities. Make sure you use your legs while lifting instead of pressurizing the back. Keep the spine properly aligned and do not bend forward.

Warm Up To Keep Your Muscles Limber

Muscles tend to become tight during winters and any injury sustained due to falling or slipping on ice can hurt more due to stiffness. A 5 to 10 minutes of warm up before any sort of physical activity can help to loosen up the tight muscles. Strengthening exercises can be really helpful in reducing sprains. If you are going to shovel or lift up the ice, practice small sets of squats and sit ups to prepare the muscles in the legs as well as lower abdomen.

Exercising regularly can help to keep the muscles limber and reduce sprains. You must avoid sitting continuously for prolonged periods by taking short breaks in between. It reduces the pressure on the spine.

Wear Snug And Warm Clothing

If you are prone to back pain during winters or have sustained a spine injury in the past, it is necessary to wear layers of clothes to keep yourself warm. Make sure the clothes block the cold air but do not cause hindrance in your movement.

Wear The Right Shoes

Falling on ice can greatly hurt your back and may even fracture the hip or wrist. It is thus important to prevent slips and falls when heading out. Make sure you wear slip-resistant, rubber soled and proper fitting shoes when walking on icy floors. Avoid stepping on areas that need shoveling.

Have A Nutritious Diet For Overall Wellbeing

Having a balanced diet that includes fish, chicken and fresh vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes as well as carrots can help to reduce back pain.  Calcium rich foods and nuts should be consumed to strengthen bones.

Chiropractic Treatment For Back Pain

Chiropractics is highly effective in reducing back pain.  A chiropractor uses spinal adjustments or manipulation to treat chronic pain. Apart from adjustment techniques, heat and cold therapy may be also performed to improve blood circulation in the painful area. The chiropractor may recommend certain dietary supplements after the treatment. A combination of these methods may be performed to provide quick relief to the patients.

Winter is a time when many people head to the doctor with complaints of pain in several parts of the body like shoulders, neck and most commonly the back. Take a hot shower or place a heat pack on the back to relax the sprained muscles. To prevent and protect yourself from hurting the back, the above mentioned tips should be followed.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer effective treatment for back pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Winter Related Health Problems Treated By Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 19. December 2016 21:28

With the onset of winter, there is an increased risk of getting afflicted with various health problems. The dropping temperature can bring along ailments such as cold, Flu, headache, pain in the joints and other injuries. Chiropractic care can be effective in alleviating the pain and treating these conditions. The chiropractors use efficient techniques that can help to improve your overall fitness and quality of life.

Listed below are few winter related health problems that can be treated by chiropractic care:

Cold And Flu:

During winters, getting cold or Flu is quite common. Symptoms of cold include running nose, congestion and sneezing. If you have sore throat, fever, headache, cough or muscle pain, you may be suffering from Flu. Children, elderly and women are at a higher risk of having these conditions. Cold and Flu are generally caused due to poor immune system.

Chiropractic care can be quite effective in treating misalignments or subluxations in the spine which, in turn strengthens the immune system. The chiropractors perform gentle manipulations which help to increase the number of white blood cells and keep you healthy even during the winter months.

Weather Related Injuries:

Skiing, slipping on ice, shoveling snow, ice hockey etc. can often result in injuries during winters. Motor vehicle collisions and falls can also take place in the snowy weather conditions. These injuries can lead to pain and stiffness in back, legs, knees etc. which can further affect the functioning of the body.

Chiropractic adjustments can prove to be beneficial in reducing swelling and discomfort caused due to the injuries. It can also help to improve flexibility of the affected joints and muscles. The chiropractor can diagnose any misalignments in the spine or extremity joints and help to prevent the formation of scar tissue.

Depression:

The feelings of anxiety, despair and depression may increase due to lack of sunlight during the winter months. This is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Spinal subluxations can affect the proper functioning of the brain which can intensify these symptoms.

Spinal manipulations performed by the chiropractors can help to reduce the symptoms of depression and enhance the mood of the patients. These techniques can be beneficial in restoring the balance of the nervous system and ensuring optimal functioning of the body. This further helps in reducing stress levels and improves overall health.

Painful Joints:

With the decrease in temperature, one may experience pain and stiffness in joints that have already been affected by Osteoarthritis. Elderly are more susceptible to suffer lower back pain during winter. This reduces the mobility and causes discomfort while performing even the routine physical activities.

The chiropractors may recommend certain exercises which can help to improve the mobility of the joints. Posture correction exercises can be recommended to relieve back pain. The chiropractors also provide core muscle strength training so that the patients can carry out their daily tasks in a better way.

Additional Tips That Can Help To Keep You Healthy During Winters:

  • It is important to take extra care of your health during the cold months. Following these tips can surely be beneficial:
  • Take a healthy diet: You must take a healthy diet inclusive of fruits and vegetables to strengthen your immune system.
  • Regular exercise: Make sure you include exercise as a part of your daily regime to improve overall well-being.
  • Drink adequate amount of water: Drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water is necessary to keep your body hydrated and maintain your fluid balance during the winter season. 
  • Get the right amount of sleep: Taking proper sleep can help to boost the immune system and keep illnesses at bay. It also provides relaxation to the body. 
  • Wash your hands regularly: It is imperative to wash your hands at regular intervals to protect yourself from bacteria, virus and other germs.   

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide effective treatment for a wide range of winter related health problems. The chiropractors at the clinic specialize in performing spinal manipulations to relieve pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Text Neck: How Chiropractors Can Help?

by Administrator 24. November 2016 16:25

Text Neck refers to an overuse syndrome characterized by soreness of the upper back accompanied by severe neck pain. Looking down at the mobile phone screen for prolonged periods can greatly damage the spine. The condition may also lead to serious medical conditions such as Arthritis, Pinched Nerve, Disc Herniation etc.

Causes

  • Overuse of mobile phones and similar electronic devices
  • Keeping the neck bent downwards or slouching in order to look at the mobile screen for longer periods
  • Reading steadily for prolonged periods can also be a cause

Symptoms

  • Tightness and soreness of the shoulder muscles
  • Pain in the neck
  • In extreme cases, it may be accompanied by headaches
  • Increased curvature of the spine
  • Inflammation of the neck muscles and veins
  • Pain may extend to the arms and wrists

Chiropractic Treatment For Text Neck

The chiropractor may conduct a thorough examination by inquiring about the symptoms and the history of neck pain. He may observe the movement of the neck, signs of tenderness and numbness in the shoulders.
Some of the common techniques used by chiropractors have been listed below:

Cervical Mobilization

This technique helps to remove any restrictions in the range of motion of the neck. The chiropractor uses hand movements to move the vertebrae from right to left and vice versa, while the patient lies on his back in a relaxed state. The procedure also involves moving the head forward, backward and to the sides.

Cervical Manual Traction

This method involves a gentle pulling of the neck by the chiropractor. The patient may rest in a comfortable position, be it sitting, lying on the back or the stomach. However, the most preferable position would be lying on the back with head on one edge of the table. The chiropractor may cup the base of the skull with one hand and cover the chin with the other. This technique is followed by a gentle traction to realign the spine.

Exercises

An important aspect when treating the Text Neck Syndrome is to maintain the right posture. Using a cell phone correctly requires holding it at an elevated angle. Slouching or bending the neck even by 15 degrees can significantly increase the pressure on the spine and lead to the condition. Practicing certain exercises can help to treat the symptoms:

Chin Tucking Exercise

This can help to strengthen the neck muscles and improve the alignment of the spine.

Procedure- Sit straight on a chair. Slowly bend your neck in order to touch your chin to the chest. This helps to stretch the muscles at the base of the neck. This exercise can be repeated multiple times a day, in any comfortable sitting position.

Head Rotation

It can be done to improve flexibility of the neck muscles. It also helps to ward-off any stiffness in the shoulders and neck by increasing the flow of blood to the muscles.
Procedure- Sit or stand in a comfortable position with the hands on the sides. Rotate your head in order to look at your right shoulder and stay in the position for 3-4 seconds. Repeat by rotating the head in order to look over the left shoulder for 3-4 seconds. Repeat the same process 8-10 times a day.

Shoulder Rotation

This exercise is very effective in restoring alignment of the spine.
Procedure- Place your arms down on your sides and stand straight. Rotate the shoulders back and forth in sets of 10-12. Rest for a few seconds and repeat the same vice versa. This exercise is a great way of treating stiff and sore shoulder muscles.
Exercising regularly can prove to be of great help in treating the symptoms of Text Neck.

Preventive Measures

Listed below are some preventative measures for the condition:

  • Maintain your posture to avoid bending the head forward
  • Practice exercises to strengthen the spine
  • While using cellphone, maintain a healthy level between the phone and eyes. Similarly, you can keep your computer screen at a higher level in order to avoid bending the neck
  • Take short breaks from your activities and practice stretching to relieve muscle tension in the neck

Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness offers effective treatment for Text Neck and other medical conditions. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 17. November 2016 21:35

Low back pain is a commonly reported ailment that may affect any person irrespective of age or gender. The lumbar spine is a complex network of bones (vertebrae), muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves and blood vessels. They work together in tandem to help the body parts move as well as perform the important task of relaying messages from one part of the body to the other. Damage to any part of these complex spine structures can result in lower back pain.

Causes

  • Poor posture is one of the major causes of low back pain. Sitting or slouching for long hours can stress the lower back muscles and bones
  • Weakening of the bones and ligaments with age
  • Lifting heavy weights places additional pressure on the back which may result in pain.
  • Sudden movements such as bending or straightening
  • Psychological stress
  • Muscle sprain or overstretching of the ligaments
  • Pinching or compression of the nerve endings as they emerge between the intervertebral spaces
  • Degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae
  • Direct injury or fall resulting in dislocation or compression fracture
  • Osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine
  • Overuse injuries suffered by sports persons or those indulged in excessive workout regimes

Symptoms

  • Inability to bend, move and lie down on the back
  • Muscle spasms
  • Dull ache or sharp shooting pain can be experienced in the lower back, buttocks, groin and thighs
  • The lower back may feel tender or sore when touched
  • A burning, pricking or tingling sensation in the lower spine
  • Pain after a period of rest, while waking up in the morning and it tends to subside with movement
  • Loss of range of motion
  • Pain may increase while walking, running, climbing the stairs, standing and sitting
  • Weakness and numbness

Diagnosis

  • X-ray imaging may be conducted to assess changes in the bone structure
  • MRI and CT scan may be required to get a clear picture of the soft tissues as well as nerve roots within the spine. These tests also help to detect damage to any of these structures
  • Detailed clinical examination of the back, hips, legs, knee joint as well as the past medical records of the patient and their lifestyle
  • In some cases, a myelogram (dye induced CT scan) may be required for a better view of the spinal column

How chiropractic care can relieve low back pain?

This is a safe and non-invasive form of treatment that can be very beneficial for patients suffering from low back pain. Chiropractic treatment is based on the process of manual stimulation and manipulation of the affected part of the spinal cord. It helps to provide relief from the symptoms, improve the functioning and also prevent chronicity of the disease. Chiropractic care involves a combination of specific exercises and adjustments made to the spine as well as some ergonomic modifications suggested by the chiropractor to improve the functionality of the back.

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain may involve:

  • The chiropractor may conduct a physical test to assess the strength and flexibility of the muscles. He may looks for misalignments in the bones or soft tissue structures of the spine and lower extremities. Certain some neurological tests may be required to check nerve functioning.
  • In order to treat subluxations, the misaligned parts of the spine may be subjected to a sudden arm thrust. This results in an audible pop sound which indicates the release of built up gases in the joint spaces, thus providing immediate relief to the patient.
  • In some cases this adjustment can be done using electric stimulators instead of arm thrust after applying ice packs or massaging the affected area to relax the patient
  • Hot or cold therapy may also be used as alternate methods of chiropractic treatment to reduce pain and swelling. 
  • Specific set of exercises, as recommended by the chiropractor, can be incorporated in the patient’s routine for better results
  • Traction- a set of rollers can be moved over the patient’s back to stretch and soothe the sore muscles. Traction devices may also help in decompressing the vertebral joints and reducing pressure exerted on them.
  • STIM- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is a process of placing electrodes at the specific points on the back to block pain signals in the nerve endings and promote the release of endorphins

The chiropractor may advise the patient regarding lifestyle and occupational modification, dietary habits as well as strategies to cope with stress.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, provide effective chiropractic treatment for lower back pain. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Pediatric Chiropractic Care For Colic

by Administrator 21. October 2016 02:28

Colic, also termed as ‘Infantile Colic’ is a condition that affects babies typically in the second or third week after birth. It is characterized by repeated episodes of crying, usually for more than three hours per day. It is a common condition and can affect up to three out of ten babies. However, Colic does not interfere in the baby’s development as it tends to settle down after a period of three to four months.

What Causes Baby Colic?

The exact cause of Baby Colic is not known. The following are some of the factors that may lead to the condition:

  • Mood swings
  • Environmental changes
  • Underdeveloped digestive system
  • Overstimulation by noise or light
  • Immature nervous system
  • Stomach pain 
  • Other causes may include Allergies, lactose intolerance, Infant Acid Reflux etc.

Signs & Symptoms

  • A baby with Colic cries in a pitch higher than normal
  • Flexes his legs, clenches the fist
  • Bloated stomach
  • Periodic fussiness
  • Crying bout generally occurs in the evening or at night.
  • Increased bowel movement
  • Change in sleeping habit
  • Face gets flushed or red

Treatment

Although there is no permanent treatment for Colic, the symptoms can be reduced with chiropractic adjustments. It is recommended to consult a pediatric chiropractor if the crying is uncontrollable. Based on the duration, intensity, pattern of crying, he may identify the root cause of the condition (infection, food allergies, hormonal imbalance etc.) and devise a treatment plan accordingly.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

According to the chiropractors, appropriate nerve supply is essential to ensure proper functioning of all the systems in the body. Vertebral subluxation can cause disruption in the nervous system causing discomfort and lead to conditions like Colic. Chiropractic care can help to establish proper alignment of the vertebrae which can relive the symptoms.

A chiropractor uses gentle adjustments to restore proper nervous system functioning of the baby. As the treatment does not involve the use of over-the-counter or prescription medications, they are no side effects caused.

Listed below are some of the benefits of chiropractic for Colicky babies:

  • It helps to address the problem of an immature nervous system as well as nerve dysfunction which inhibits the flow of signals and information from the brain to the digestive tract.
  • It reduces the stress caused to the baby by external factors such as sound and light
  • The affected infants show improvement within just 2-3 chiropractic sessions. There is a significant decrease in the amount of crying  which helps in getting a sound sleep
  • The baby’s spine may get slightly misaligned during the birthing process. Stimulations and manipulations done by the chiropractors can help to realign the vertebrae and ease the symptoms
  • It helps to relieve stiffness in the babies’ joints which could be a cause of irritation and pain
  • With the help of chiropractic care normal functioning of the infant’s spine can be restored

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer chiropractic care for Colic and other pediatric conditions such as acid reflux, infections, digestive problems etc. The chiropractors have extensive experience in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to improve the strength and flexibility of the spine. To schedule an appointment with the chiropractors in Harker Heights, TX, you can call at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Spinal Manipulation For Low Back Pain

by Administrator 12. October 2016 03:16

Spinal manipulation is a manual therapy practiced by chiropractors to treat chronic low back pain besides various other ailments. The manual therapy involves massage, exercises or physical therapy to manipulate the spinal cord and relieve pain as well as stress off the back.

The therapy can be carried out either to help the patient find relief from the prevailing symptoms or to rectify spinal misalignments, if present. It is based on the premise that displaced bones (vertebrae), muscles and nerves lead to pain in the low back. The body’s self-defense mechanism is hampered when the spinal cord is misaligned or the nerves are unable to carry transmissions across the body.

Low Back Pain

Low back pain is a complex ailment which may occur due to various causes and thus needs a holistic treatment plan. It is generally caused due to inflammation of the muscles, nerves, bones, discs or tendons in the lumbar spine. The pain can vary from mild to severe and be either localized or radiate to other parts of the body, particularly lower extremities. In most cases, the condition is not severe and subsides on its own within a few days. However, if low back pain is a result of an underlying medical condition, it may last for several weeks or even months.

Causes

  • Age related wear and tear of the lumbar spine may increase a person’s chances of suffering low back pain
  • Injury to the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the lower back may also be a potential cause
  • Poor postural habits put excessive stress in the lower back, thus leading to pain
  • The condition may also be caused due to lifting heavy weights, excessive or forceful twisting, bending from the waist or extending forward to reach for something
  • Medical conditions such as Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease etc. may increase the likelihood of developing the condition

Process Of Spinal Manipulation

The process begins after an initial clinical examination of the spine, patient’s medical history and the existing symptoms. An X-ray imaging may be required to analyze the position of vertebrae (subluxations) in the spinal column. Some range of motion tests and neurological assessments may also be conducted.

Spinal manipulation is carried out by applying sudden concentrated force or stretching a specific joint or the entire spinal column. In addition to manual adjustments, the practitioner may also use cryotherapy, heat therapy, traction, electric stimulation, or ultrasound to enable deep tissue stimulation and healing. The patient experiences a popping or cracking sound in the point where the pressure is applied just like cracking knuckles. In some cases, an instrument may be used to apply pressure on particular vertebrae.

How Does Spinal Manipulation Benefit?

Given below are some of the benefits of a spinal manipulation therapy:

  • It is a completely safe and non-invasive and holistic method of treatment
  • It reduces internal swelling and inflammation of the nerve roots
  • The nerve functioning is greatly enhanced
  • It restores the natural balance within the body by improving the circulatory system
  • The process is targeted at relieving pain from a particular part of the body
  • There is no permanent change made to the spinal cord
  • The overall physical functionality of the spine is improved and the range of motion can be effectively restored
  • Joint Cavitation- gases such as nitrogen, oxygen and carbon-dioxide trapped between the joint spaces are released which reduces joint pressure
  • The natural therapeutic measures are used in spinal manipulation, such as heat, massage, ice packs, which exert beneficial effects on the body and promote healing
  • Nutritional counseling and lifestyle modification may also be provided to enable the patient in coping up with the condition better

If you are suffering from acute or chronic low back pain, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness for comprehensive treatment. The chiropractors at our clinic specialize in using spinal manipulation and other techniques to restore the flexibility as well as strength of the lower back. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractor. 

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