What Is Intersegmental Traction?

by Administrator 26. April 2012 13:14

Intersegmental traction is a chiropractic technique which stimulates motion in the spine, leading to increased flexibility, a greater range of motion, and improved mobility. The technique is carried out with the help of a special bench designed for the purpose, which has rollers fitted on its surface. The patient lies on this bench, after which the rollers are set into motion, imparting a gentle, relaxing motion all over the length of the spine. Most patients describe the procedure to be extremely relaxing and effective in alleviating back pain and a host of other disorders.

The technique works by stimulating blood supply to the spinal discs. The flow of blood to these discs is usually impeded due to subluxations (a dysfunctional spinal segment). This causes a deficiency of essential nutrients, leading to the thinning and degeneration of the discs. When such a patient is subjected to intersegmental traction, the discs and the area around them is massaged, leading to increased blood supply, as well as increased intake of nutrients. This strengthens the discs, ligaments and muscles, leading to increased strength, flexibility and endurance.

The two main areas of concern that are effectively tackled by the procedure are muscle spasms and muscle guarding. The most common causes of both these conditions are fatigue, repetitive stress, and injury. The tightness and spasm in the back muscles results in shortening of these muscles, which in turn pulls the vertebrae (spinal joints) out of their original position, resulting in their misalignment. Due to this, the vertebral discs which serve as a protective cushioning to the vertebrae are either displaced or ruptured leading to varying degrees of pain.

During intersegmental traction, the rollers work in gently elongating the muscles in the back, restoring them to their original position. This leads to the alleviation of muscle spasm, and gradually improves the range of motion of the spinal joints.  When the muscles are loosened and relaxed the vertebrae regain their range of motion.  The vertebral discs also come back to their original position, and resume their previous function of cushioning the vertebrae, leading to relief from the pain experienced by the patient. All in all, intersegmental traction is an effective way for the long-term and sustainable management of back pain, which eradicates the root cause of pain, instead of temporarily relieving symptoms.

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Eczema And Chiropractics

by Administrator 19. April 2012 13:51

Eczema is a skin disorder that is associated with inflammation, itching and redness. The term is often used interchangeably with dermatitis, even though eczema actually refers to the chronic form of the disease, while dermatitis is the term for the acute form. Additional symptoms that can be experienced in patients with eczema are swelling, dryness, flaking, bleeding, blistering, cracking and oozing.


  • A form of the disease, known as atopic eczema, is believed to run in families. People who develop this form of eczema usually also suffer from other allergic disorders like asthma.
  • Eczema is also believed to be caused by certain environmental factors. The “hygiene hypothesis” postulates that people who live in increasingly clean environments are more prone to the disease.
  •  The disease might also be caused by excrement by house dust mites.
  • Patients with celiac disease are three times more likely than unaffected individuals to develop eczema, while their family members are twice as likely.
  • Eczema is also linked to Candidiasis fungal infection, which is why patients with the disease might be administered with anti-fungal medications.

Chiropractic treatment:

There is no known cure for the disease, and most treatment is symptomatic. The most common line of treatment in patients with eczema is the administration of corticosteroids, which provide significant relief from symptoms. However, there are various side effects associated with these drugs, which include skin-thinning, HPA-axis suppression, immuno-suppression, etc.

Most patients are now looking for alternative modes of treatment for eczema. The chiropractic treatment of the disease has been found to be effective in markedly improving the symptoms of patients with the disease. This has been a significant pointer towards the efficacy of chiropractic care in non-neuro-musculoskeletal diseases.

The treatment procedure is based on the basic principle of chiropractic treatment, according to which, the origins of all bodily and mental disorders lie in the spine. The treatment utilizes various spinal manipulative and stimulating techniques, to increase blood flow to the epidermis, and to work on the underlying cause of the disease, including immuno-suppression and genetic abnormalities.

According to a 1999 study, in which a patient with atopic eczema was subjected to a 7-week long chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy, consisting of once-a-weekly procedures. The patients reported improvement in symptoms like excoriation, pruritis and edema, as well as improved psychological wellbeing. The study has led to increased interest on how exactly chiropractic methods work on patients with eczema.

To know more about chiropractic care and its benefits, visit us at Corrective chiropractic and Wellness. We are located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Constipation: Chiropractic Care For Constipation

by Administrator 12. April 2012 13:03

Constipation is defined as a condition in which there is a decrease in bowel movements, usually less than three a week, and difficulty in passing stools. Stools are usually hard and small in patients with constipation. The condition can be associated with bloating and abdominal discomfort. 


  • Dehydration
  • Diet with low fiber
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Holding stools despite urge to defecate
  • Travel
  • Other diseases like irritable bowel syndrome, hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis, and other neurological and metabolic disorders.
  • Mental conditions like stress and depression
  • Certain medications like hydrocodone, meperedine, phenytoin, valproic acid, amitriptyline, aspirin, acetaminophen etc. 

Chiropractic care:

Even though most cases of constipation can be treated by making certain lifestyle modifications, like increasing dietary fiber intake, increasing physical activity, drinking at least eight glasses of water a day etc., some severe cases can be chronic, and can require medical intervention. 

Chiropractic care for constipation has been found to be efficient in treating long-term constipation that was not curable by any other mode of treatment. The treatment focuses on the lower part of the spine, in which the celiac ganglion connect. These nerves are responsible for supplying signals to the gallbladder, stomach, small intestine, spleen, liver, kidney and colon. Pressure on these nerves can result in constipation. 

Chiropractic methods are used for spinal adjustment in this region, as well as in upper cervical and cranial regions. Stimulation of these ganglion results in the restoration of their function, which is to push stool out from the anus. Chiropractic care also works in increasing the physical activity of the patient, which is a major cause of constipation in patients with sedentary lifestyles. 

The following case studies illustrates the efficacy of chiropractic care in the treatment of constipation:

  • The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics published the case of a young boy who had been experiencing chronic constipation since birth, and was found to have a subluxation in his pelvis, upon chiropractic examination. Adjustment of the subluxation, followed by massaging along the course of the colon, resulted in immediate improvement in his condition, and he experienced 3 bowel movements in 4 days, without any discomfort. After a few chiropractic sessions, he was reported to have recovered from the condition completely.
  • A study published in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, shows that an infant who was suffering from constipation due to a broken left clavicle during birth experienced relief with cervical adjustments using chiropractic techniques.
  • According to a case study published in Chiropractic Technique, a spine and cranial adjustment relieved a 7-month-old girl's chronic constipation. 

For more information, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Chiropractic Care For The Aged

by Administrator 5. April 2012 13:53

The human body faces challenges to its well being every single day, right from the thousands of microorganisms that it has to combat, to its own self-destructive mechanisms. With age, the protective machinery of the body begins to deplete, increasing one’s vulnerability to a large number of disorders. While most people resort to potent conventional drugs for immediate relief from the symptoms that accompany these disorders, they fail to realize how harmful these chemicals are for their body.

A much better approach would be a holistic treatment option, which cures these disorders right from within. Chiropractic treatment does just that, and is now gaining popularity as a daily ritual to deal with aging-related disorders. Here’s a look at which of these disorders are the most common, and how chiropractic care can help:

  • Pain- Right from osteoarthritis to back and shoulder pain, excruciating pain is one of the greatest woes of the elderly. What most people fail to realize, is that the root of nearly all the pain in the body lies in the spine. Spinal manipulation done by chiropractors offers significant relief from all sorts of pain.
  • Distorted equilibrium and increased risk of falls- One of the most affected aspects of our well being with age, is that of body balance. This explains why the elderly are more prone to falls, and hence broken bones and other complications. Chiropractic methods work on improving the body’s equilibrium, as well as the mind-body coordination, resulting in decreased incidence of falls.
  • Decreased range of motion- Climbing stairs, lifting grocery bags, or simply playing with their grandkids, can become an arduous task for the aged. Chiropractic care works on this, by increasing the flexibility of the limbs, and hence the agility of the patient. The result is an increased range of motion, and the ability to perform daily tasks with increased ease.
  • Deterioration of the joints- Joint care is an essential segment of chiropractic care for the aged. The regular spinal alignment procedures ensure that any joint disorders are tackled before they progress any further.
  • Memory loss and slowed motor functions- With Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the like, being taken as disorders that every second aged person has to acquire, chiropractic treatment comes as a welcome option to improve memory and brain function in the elderly. Believe it or not, chiropractic spinal adjustments alter the way both the brain and the spinal cord function, keeping neurological disorders at bay!

For more details, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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