Chiropractic Care For TMJ

by Administrator 27. July 2012 07:22

TMJ, short for Tempomandibular Joint disorder, is a condition associated with severe pain in the mouth region, caused by an inflammation in the tempomandibular joint, which connects the skull to the mandible; or in the muscles involved in jaw movements. It is closely related to bruxism (grinding/ clenching of teeth), with the underlying cause being an abnormality in the oral musculoskeletal system. It could be caused by altered function of the muscles of mastication, or disc displacement. The most common symptom of the disease is pain, which can also be associated with loss of function in the affected region.

Other symptoms that are commonly experienced by patients with TMJ include- involuntary blinking, difficulty while chewing, grating sound in the mouth, impaired ability to close and open mouth, headache and ear pain (mostly in the morning), dizziness, shoulder pain, neck pain, etc.  With most of the conventional forms of treatment for TMJ being high-risk and irreversible, or merely symptomatic, chiropractic treatment of the disease is emerging as a widely-sought option.

Chiropractic treatment lays its major focus on correcting disorders in bones and joints, which makes it a favorable choice for TMJ patients.
The treatment usually begins with a thorough physical and lifestyle examination, which will include a check into your family history, an X-ray examination, a posture evaluation, a palpation test, and any other tests that your chiropractor might consider significant. If the X-ray examination indicates improper positioning of the condyle head, this might be corrected with the help of an intra-oral splint. In case of TMJ caused by stress, various stress-relieving therapies like massage, counseling, meditation, lifestyle modifications, etc. might be suggested. The programs in the chiropractic treatment of this disease are individually tailored and non-invasive. Certain techniques like electric stimulation, ultrasound, heat, etc. can also be a part of the treatment.

Chiropractic treatment for TMJ also involves joint manipulation, in which the tension in the affected region is relieved by manipulating certain points known as “trigger points”. These points are highly-sensitive knot-like structures rich in muscle fibers. A chiropractor is trained in identifying and manipulating these trigger points for TMJ, hence resulting in pain management. If the jaw misalignment is a result of poor posture, spinal adjustments might offer relief to the patient. Apart from this, your chiropractor is also likely to recommend some home exercises that will aim at strengthening the affected joints, and relieving tension in the tight muscles. The overall effect of the treatment is improved jaw motion and relief from the symptoms of this disorder.

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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Chiropractic Treatment For Cervical Radiculopathy

by Administrator 20. July 2012 06:02

Cervical radiculopathy refers to a condition involving pain in the cervical region of the spine, which includes the neck, shoulders, and upper back. The pain has been described as an acute, “pins and needles” sensation, which might travel down the arm, and is associated with numbness in some cases. The pinching of nerves in the surrounding region causes this pain. Even though the disorder is most commonly found in older people, above 50 years of age, it can also be found in younger individuals. In the latter, the most common causes are disc herniation and acute injury in the affected area. 

Certain occupations that involve lifting heavy weights (more than 25 pounds) have been found to be a risk factor for the disease. In the elderly, the disease causes due to aging of the discs, which is accompanied with a loss in height, an increased bulge, reduced flexibility, and loss of water. The result is compressed vertebrae, which are viewed by the body as a weak area. The natural defense mechanism of the body leads to the formation of bone-line structures known as spurs, around the affected area. These structures further stiffen the spine, and lead to narrowing of the foramen region, as well as pinching of the surrounding nerves, resulting in the pain associated with the condition. 

Chiropractic treatment of cervical radiculopathy begins with a thorough spinal examination, which aims at identifying the root cause of the disease. This is followed by the development of an individual treatment plan, in which various chiropractic techniques are used to cure the disorder, as per the needs of the patient. Spinal manipulation has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of the condition. It might need to be combined with certain other techniques like therapeutic exercises and manual therapy for complete relief from symptoms. 

The key principle on which this chiropractic treatment works, is that of identifying the vertebral subluxations and decompressing them. Once that is done, the pressure from the surrounding nerves is taken off, and this results in immediate relief from cervical radiculopathy. Unlike the drastic forms of treatment, like the administration of steroidal drugs and surgical treatment, chiropractic treatment is non-invasive, and has no documented side-effects. Several patients across the world have benefited from this form of treatment, making it one of the most sought-after methods for the management of cervical radiculopathy.

To know more about chiropractics 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 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Ulcerative Colitis And Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 12. July 2012 13:40

Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the digestive system, and is one of the major types of Inflammatory Bowel disease. The typical symptoms of the disease are frequent diarrhea with blood. The disease usually manifests by the age of 30, and affects around 10% of the American population. It is believed to occur due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Dietary modifications are found to relieve the symptoms to a certain extent. The treatment of the disease follows the standard approach for treating autoimmune disorders, including anti-inflammatory drugs and immune-suppressants. In severe cases, a surgical procedure referred to as colectomy might be performed.

Chiropractic treatment of ulcerative colitis is gaining popularity owing to the side effects of the prolonged use of medications prescribed for the disease. Since ulcerative colitis is essentially non-curable, its treatment merely involves remission, or the suppression of symptoms, which is followed by a relapse upon discontinuation of medicine. Chiropractic cure for the disease, on the other hand, follows an approach in which the cause of the disease is eradicated, instead of merely focusing on the symptoms. The underlying basis of this treatment is that the mind and the body are deeply interconnected, and need to be treated as a single entity.

Chiropractic care for ulcerative colitis places focus on the spine, by correcting vertebral subluxations, which in turn relieve pressure from the nervous system, and ultimately correct the abnormalities in the immune system, which underlie the disorder. The mechanism of how chiropractic treatment works for ulcerative colitis involves a complex chain of interlinked events, which in tandem with each other, lead to the complete eradication of the disease. The chiropractic treatment starts with a thorough physical and lifestyle examination, in which the chiropractor identifies the cause of the disease in the patient being treated.

In several cases, ulcerative colitis has been found to be a result of prolonged stress and poor lifestyle habits. The chiropractic treatment also involves counseling for these aspects, to ensure that the basic cause of the disease is eliminated. Apart from this, the correction of posture that is a part of this treatment also helps in restoring the normal functioning of the colon. Most patients also report a significant fall in the amount of stress experienced by them, following a few chiropractic sessions. Finally, the treatment works by correcting subluxations in the vertebrae, hence taking off the pressure on the surrounding nerves, and improving the functioning of the immune system.

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Chiropractic Care Helps Kids Suffering From ADHD

by Administrator 4. July 2012 07:59

ADHD is a common developmental disorder that affects approximately 12% of all school-going children, affecting thrice as many boys as girls. The most common symptoms of the disease include inability to concentrate and sit still, repetitive body movements, inability to control certain thoughts and behavioral patterns, difficulty in following instructions, etc. This disorder is classified as a neurological disorder, and its treatment usually involves the administration of Type-II psychotropic drugs, which can have several side effects. These drugs, when administered to young children, can bring about permanent alterations in the brain structure.

Chiropractic treatment is gaining wide acceptance as a natural way of reducing symptoms of this disease, and works by correcting abnormalities in the spine, which affect the transmission of nerve impulses, resulting in the disorder. Children with ADHD are often found to have undergone some form of head or neck trauma during their childhood, or even during childbirth. This might result in subluxations, or misalignments in certain spinal vertebrae, which can in turn apply pressure on the surrounding nerves. By correcting these misalignments, chiropractic treatment helps in releasing the pressure from these nerves, and hence restoring normal nervous function.

Since chiropractic methods work by eliminating the underlying cause of the disease, instead of merely focusing on alleviating the symptoms, this treatment is long term and sustainable. After a few sittings with a chiropractor, you will notice visible changes in your child’s behavior, and with the consultation of your child’s neurologist, he can be gradually taken off the dangerous ADHD medications. Chiropractic treatment for ADHD has no side effects whatsoever, and is especially designed keeping in mind the needs of children suffering from the disease, making it easy to comply with.

Several studies establishing the efficacy of chiropractic treatment for ADHD have been conducted and published. In these studies, it was found that the subjects on whom chiropractic treatment was carried out, not only experienced benefits due to the treatment of ADHD, but were also greatly benefitted by the discontinuation of the strong medicines administered to patients with the disease, which work by suppressing the nervous system. The children whose vertebral subluxations were corrected exhibited, a newfound confidence and will power, and were able to develop their personalities and live a normal life, with liberation from the side effects of the drugs they were previously being administered with.

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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