Lumbar Facet Pain: Causes, Symptoms & Chiropractic Treatment

by Administrator 24. January 2013 14:05

Lumbar facet joints act as a solid support for the spinal vertebrae. These joints are encapsulated in synovial fluid, further surrounded by a soft tissue called synovium. Another coating of cartilage also adds mobility to the joints. These help in smooth functioning of the joints.

The lumbar spine consists of five vertebrae L1-L5 and in a good working condition these work in tandem with the inter-vertebral discs to absorb shock and provide motion. However, these joints are subject to deterioration and damage because the lumbar spine has to bear most of the body weight. Also, the lumbar spine is a very flexible region; hence it can wear off with the passage of time.

The facet pain is basically classified into two types depending on the spinal area that has been damaged.  Severe pain is experienced in the neck, shoulders and upper or middle back if the cervical spine is affected. The person feeling such facet pain can also suffer from headaches as well.

On the other hand, a person suffering from lumbar facet pain can experience throbbing pain at the back of the thigh as well as lower back and hips.

The symptoms can be generalized as follows:

  • Stiffness in the back
  • Loss of flexibility
  • Back pain
  • Inability to maintain a straight posture
  • Sciatica

Although allopathic medicine can manage the lumbar facet pain effectively, but for a long-term relief you must opt for chiropractic treatment. In case you experience symptoms of lumbar facet pain, you must visit a chiropractor as soon as possible. A chiropractor will manipulate to provide relief from the muscle spasm. This manipulation is not applied to the dilapidated joint directly. Instead the chiropractor will decide on the best treatment for you that does not worsen your ache. You will also be explained various exercises that you have to perform. Severe painkillers only provide temporary relief and also cause many side-effects. But there is no such thing in chiropractic treatment.

Once the pain subsides, the chiropractor starts teaching core muscle exercises to the patient in order to improve the condition of the spinal cord and increase its stability. This will work towards providing permanent relief as the injury will not re-surface after this treatment. Suggestions related to posture are also given to lumbar facet pain patients. All this is part of the treatment when the pain is not extremely severe. On the other hand, severe pain requires a longer chiropractic treatment to manage the whole problem.

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Chiropractic And The Treatment Of Diabetes

by Administrator 10. January 2013 09:49

Diabetes is a common health problem in the present scenario and it affects the young and old alike. Bad eating habits, sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and increasing stress levels; all take a toll on the human health and are the leading causes of diabetes. One has to be on a daily dose of allopathic drugs to control the blood sugar levels. In such a situation, chiropractic treatment provides a huge sigh of relief to patients suffering from diabetes.

Nerve imbalances are supposed to be the main reason behind abnormalities in blood sugar. Chiropractic treatment aims at rectifying the subluxations i.e., it tries to readjust one or more vertebrae of your spine to their normal position so that they don’t create pressure on spinal nerves. This relieves the body of nerve imbalances and brings down sugar levels.

In chiropractic treatment, major joints and muscles of the body, besides the spinal column are readjusted to provide relief to the patient. It helps improving the health condition of diabetic patients. Blood and sugar levels show a remarkable improvement after a patient undergoes chiropractic care. The adjustments made in the treatment help improve the coordination between nervous system, brain and organs, and this leads to normalization of blood sugar levels. People diagnosed with diabetes must incorporate some lifestyle and dietary changes to improve their condition. These changes increase the metabolism rate and reduce stress on the body. In addition to chiropractic care, the lifestyle changes help improve the overall health of diabetics.

Chiropractic treatment also enhances the functioning of the nervous system and reduces the bad effects that increased blood sugar levels might have had on one’s body. In short, chiropractic treatments can help one maintain a good posture, better blood circulation, improved sleep patterns, relief from back and neck pain, and joint and muscle problems. It can be concluded that diabetic people who are on the lookout for alternative medicine to cure their problem, must try the chiropractic treatment for overall well-being. This type of treatment tries to eliminate the root cause of the disease rather than just subduing the symptoms temporarily.

Allopathic medicines only provide a fleeting relief from the problem of diabetes and the problem returns back causing further damage to the human body. Chiropractors ensures that the exact reason behind the irregularities in blood sugar levels is determined and the treatment is carried out accordingly. It does not have any side-effects thereby benefitting the patients positively.

If you want to know more about chiropractic treatments and its benefits in various health problems, contact 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 at 254-698-1600.

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