Great Relief From Hip Pain With Chiropractics

by Administrator 27. August 2012 10:01

Hip pain is usually an extension of back pain that progresses to the lower extremities of the body. When caused by trauma, the condition is most prevalent in the post-60 population, and affects 10% more women than men, with more than one-quarter of post-menopausal women suffering from hip pain. Risk factors for osteoarthritis associated hip-pain include obesity, poor lifting habits, sedentary lifestyle, auto accidents, sport-related injuries, and a family history of the disease. Patients with hip pain commonly experience pain early in the morning, during physical activity, and during cold weather. This pain can limit your everyday activities like walking, bending, climbing stairs, etc.

If there is minor inflammation in the hip joint and not much damage has been caused to the joint, rest can help to improve the condition. Some patients might find relief by using orthotic support like braces or a stick. Chronic hip pain might need to be cured with surgical intervention. Even though there is not much evidence to show the reversal of damage caused to the hip joint by the means of any non-surgical treatment, chiropractic treatment helps to slow the progress of the disease and provide relief from pain and disability.

Chiropractic treatment for the disease usually starts with a physical examination and X-Ray screening, in order to ascertain the extent of damage caused, and decide an appropriate line of treatment. Manipulation and mobilization techniques are then used to relax contracted muscles, improve mobility of the joints, and tighten required muscles. Along with this, the chiropractor might also apply ultrasound or interferential modalities to restore functionality in the affected joints.
Chiropractic treatment of hip disease follows a holistic approach, in which treatment is combined with lifestyle and nutritional modifications. Many chiropractors balance the treatment with other alternative practices like yoga, stretching, deep tissue massage, heat packs, etc, for expediting the recovery process.

In case of hip pain caused by spinal misalignments, chiropractic service can provide instant relief from the condition. In these cases, misalignments in the vertebrae can result in pressure being applied to the surrounding nerves that supply to the hips. Chiropractors are trained to identify these subluxations and manipulate the spine to correct them. By doing so, the nerves that were initially being pinched are released, and the pain associated with the condition is relieved. Chiropractic care can help you to restore the functioning of your hip joint, and resume the physical activities that are limited by your condition, without the need for medicines or invasive surgical procedures.

To know more about chiropractic care and its benefits, kindly 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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Chiropractic Treatment For A Herniated Disc

by Administrator 20. August 2012 07:11

Herniated disc is a condition that arises when the gelatinous protective cushioning between the vertebrae in the spine slips off or ruptures, leading to pain in the back or sciatica. Since this cushioning is in the form of a disc, the condition is also known as “slipped disc”. The role of this cushion is to absorb the shock on the vertebrae, and distribute it evenly. When this disc is ruptured due to excessive body weight, poor posture, age-related dehydration, or any other reason, this protective cushioning is damaged, leading to direct impact when pressure is applied on the vertebrae.

When the herniated disc is in the upper back, the pain can often radiate into the shoulders, neck and arms. In case of a herniated disc in the lower back, the pain is limited to the buttocks and legs. Other symptoms of the condition include numbness, spasms, a tingling sensation, and weakness.

The most common modes of pain management for a herniated disc include anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. In severe cases of the disease, the patient might need to resort to surgery. Due to the invasive nature of these treatments, and the side-effects associated with the medications, many patients are now opting for chiropractic treatment of the disease. Chiropractic treatment for herniated disc eliminates the disease from its root cause, which is the presence of vertebral subluxations.

A vertebral subluxation basically refers to a region in the spine where one of the vertebrae dislocates from its original position. This might cause pain due to pressure being applied on the surrounding nerves. Chiropractors are trained to identify these subluxations and treat them, hence relieving pressure from the surrounding nerves. Once the vertebrae are decompressed with the help of chiropractic techniques, the disc is enabled to heal itself, gradually causing relief from the pain associated with a herniated disc.

Chiropractic treatment for herniated disc will begin with a thorough medical examination in which your chiropractor will ascertain the cause of the disease, and devise a treatment plan as per your health needs. Since the spine functions as a single entity, and abnormality in a single region is usually addressed with complete spinal manipulation and other forms of manual therapy. Along with focusing on the basic cause of the disease, chiropractic care also encourages lifestyle modifications that can be adopted to improve the overall health of the spine. These include improved posture, regular exercise, proper lifting techniques, and a healthy diet.

For chiropractic treatment in Killeen, Harker Heights and Fort Hood, 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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Wrist Pain And Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 13. August 2012 05:52

Wrist pain is a common disorder that can be caused by a number of underlying conditions. In some cases, the disorder might result from injuries involving sprains or fractures, while in others it can be accompanied by a more serious disorder like carpal tunnel syndrome, stress, arthritis, tendonitis, etc. The wrist pain management is begun after a detailed diagnosis to determine the exact cause and severity of the disorder. The nature of pain usually varies as per the cause of the disorder, ranging from a dull, persistent pain, to a sharper and more excruciating one.Ascertaining the region of the wrist in which pain is experienced can also be helpful in determining its cause.

It is important to visit a doctor if you experience any type of wrist pain. If left undiagnosed, it might lead to more severe complications like impaired movement and reduced range of motion. In milder cases of wrist pain, an icepack, OTC pain medications, and a few simple exercises can be enough to provide relief. However, if the pain persists for several days, and is accompanied by other symptoms like swelling, fever, redness, warmth, and difficulty in motion, more advanced treatment might be needed.

Chiropractic treatment for wrist pain has been gaining popularity over the years, and is widely accepted as an effective way of treating the disorder without surgical treatment. The treatment is based on the relationship between the central nervous system, which is responsible for pain response, and the peripheral nervous system, concerned with transmitting signals to the wrist. By correcting any structural misalignment, the balance in the core can be restored, hence alleviating the pain associated with the condition.

It has been found that any misalignment in the spinal vertebrae results in pressure being exerted on the surrounding nerves, which in turn results in pain and reduced function of the organ supplied by these nerves. Repetitive motion in the affected region, in this case the wrists, further impairs healing by locking the bones in unsuitable positions. When spinal and related misalignments create pressure on nerves, the pain can manifest in confusing ways.

Chiropractic care follows a holistic approach to correct these vertebral subluxations, and hence cure wrist pain, as well as any other physical and mental complications that might have been caused by these misalignments. In case of wrist pain caused by injury or other underlying causes, chiropractic care is combined with treatment with the concerned specialist for effective treatment.

If you are seeking a chiropractor in Killeen, Fort Hood, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Belton, Lampasas or Gatesville, 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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Impact Of Core Muscle Weakness On Children

by Administrator 6. August 2012 08:38

Children with core muscle weakness experience reduced function in the core muscles, which lie deep within the trunk of the body and play a key role in movement, coordination, and a variety of other functions. The intensity of this abnormality can vary from being mild and almost unnoticeable, to severe. The muscles in the upper legs and hips are most affected in patients with the disorder. Most patients experience slight yet prolonged weakness in these muscles, which does not get worse with time.

Infants with the disease usually appear “floppy”, and experience difficulty in developing gross motor skills like  lifting their head while lying on their stomachs, rolling over, sustaining a sitting position, crawling, walking etc. Fine motor skills like grasping, transferring objects from hand to hand, pointing, self feeding etc. are also delayed in such infants.

A weak core can be responsible for several abnormalities in children, including speech delays, improper posture and even poor handwriting. Children with weak core muscles are described to be “melting” while in the sitting position, due to their slumped posture which forces them to lift their heads to look at objects in front of them. They also experience difficulty in coordinating different sets of muscles together. Other complications associated with the disease include an abnormal spinal curvature, deformities and restricted movements in joints, and hip dislocation.

Telltale signs of weak core muscles include the inability to create a hollow in the abdomen, deviation of the spine to one side, and the spine appearing to be sinking inwards.

Chiropractic Treatment-

Chiropractic care for the disease follows a gradual procedure that aims at strengthening the core muscles. This begins with simple exercises that are used to improve the lumbar-support mechanism. This is done by training the patient to co-contract the Transverse Abdominus muscles and the Multifidus muscles.

Basic core-stability exercises like abdominal hollowing in various positions are performed on the patient, after which he/she is introduced to more advanced exercises.

Another mechanism on which chiropractic treatment for core muscle weakness is based, involves the treatment of subluxations in the spine. The chiropractor identifies and treats these subluxations, hence taking the pressure off the surrounding nerves that are responsible for supplying to the affected muscles. This results in increased mobility, better alignment, and an increased ability of the brain to control the muscles.

Chiropractic treatment, when used hand-in-hand with occupational therapy can help to significantly improve the quality of life of children with core muscle weakness.

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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