Chiropractic Treatment For Drop Foot

by Administrator 20. October 2014 18:38

Drop Foot is the inability to lift the front part of the foot while the heel is kept on the ground. This condition happens due to weakening of the nerves and muscles that allow for smooth movement of the ankle and the toes. As a result the foot drags along the ground while walking and this condition can go unnoticed for a long time.  Drop Foot can cause loss of function of the foot, pain, weakness and numbness. People who suffer from this condition tend to lift their knee higher than usual to avoid dragging the foot. This exaggerated or high stepping walk is also called Steppage Gait or Foot Drop Gait.

Causes:

Drop Foot is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying problem. Some of the causes that can lead to a Drop Foot are:

  • Nerve Injury:  Drop Foot is often associated with injuries to the Peroneal nerve which are branches of sciatic nerves that run along the outside of the lower leg and branch into the ankle, foot and toes. This nerve is responsible for transmitting signals to the ankle, foot and toes for movement, and is prone to damage because it sits close to the surface. Certain conditions like sports injuries, diabetes, childbirth, hip or knee replacement surgery etc may result in damaging these nerves and causing Drop Foot.
  • Brain or spinal disorders:  Various conditions like Stroke, Cerebral Palsy and multiple Sclerosis can also contribute to Drop Foot.
  • Muscle disorders:  The muscles in legs may get damaged or compressed due to muscular Dystrophy or Amyoptrophic Lateral Sclerosis and may cause Drop Foot.

How chiropractic treatment can help:

Spinal Adjustments is the most effective technique for treating Drop Foot. A chiropractor relieves the nerves that carry signals, of pressure and this spinal adjustment helps in mobilization of the particular joint and free flows the fluids in and around the joint. The compression of the nerves can be eliminated in a few sessions to provide complete relief from the problem. Besides spinal adjustments, gentle massage techniques, therapies like neuromuscular therapy, trigger point massage and stretching techniques can also be used in chiropractic treatment to treat this condition.
 
We at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness provide complete diagnosis and treatment for Drop Foot. We help you in finding relief from the problem by diagnosing the underlying cause and devising a treatment accordingly. To book an appointment, call us at (254) 698-1600 or visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Administrator 6. October 2014 16:23

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a serious medical condition that can be triggered after a person has witnessed or experienced a terrifying event. PTSD is a long-term consequence of a stressful incident that can lead to a feeling of helplessness, intense horror or fear, such as an accident, sudden death of a close one, assault, natural calamity or a war. Although these symptoms are quite common after any such event, the person suffering from this condition may experience these feelings at an extremity that it hampers their normal functioning.

Causes

  • Witnessing or going through a terrifying incident
  • Genetic vulnerability to certain mental conditions, such as increased risk of developing depression and anxiety
  • Stressful life experiences, such as abuse or assault during childhood
  • Inherited personality traits, such as temperament
  • Irregularity in the release of hormones and certain chemicals by the brain at the time of stress

Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder may be classified into three main categories. These are:

  • Reliving: Individuals with PTSD may relive the stressful incident by way of memories and thoughts of the suffering. These may comprise of nightmares, hallucinations and flashbacks. Also, they may experience acute distress when they are reminded of the shock, such as the date or time of the event.
  • Avoiding: The individual may start to avoid the places, people, situations or thoughts that remind him of the traumatic incident. This can instill a feeling of isolation and detachment from friends and family as well as a loss of interest in pleasurable activities.
  • Increased arousal: These consist of excessive emotional reactions, including showing or feeling affection, problems getting along with others, difficulty in sleep, anger outbursts, poor concentration, irritability and being easily frightened. Physical symptoms such as increased heart rate, high blood pressure, muscle tension, nausea, rapid breathing and diarrhea may also be seen.

Treatment

Chiropractic care can help relieve chronic pain and distress, as well the associated psychological symptoms, caused as a result of a traumatic experience. Chiropractors use a non-invasive mode of treatment to relieve the pain by way of spinal manipulations and alignment. Chiropractic care can help enhance the healing process of your body and release stress. Also, if there has been any physical injury due to the incident, this treatment method can help to restore normal spine function and curvature.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, provide efficient treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. To know more, call us at (254) 698-1600. You can also visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Chronic Cough

by Administrator 6. October 2014 15:26

A cough that persists for a long time is known as chronic cough. While chronic cough is not a disease in itself, it might be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. It is more than an annoyance, disturbs sleep and keeps you feeling exhausted. In some cases, chronic cough can result in vomiting, lightheadedness and can even cause rib fractures. Chronic cough can last more than 8 weeks in adults and around 4 weeks in children.

Chronic cough can result from a number of factors which can be Sinusitis, Asthma, tobacco use, respiratory tract infections and acid reflux (causing the backflow of stomach acid that irritates the throat) besides other causes. Chronic cough can either be dry, in which no mucus is produced and it may be caused by a viral infection, or wet cough, that produces mucus (sputum) and may be result of a bacterial infection. A chronic cough results in runny or stuffy nose, hoarseness, frequent throat clearing and sore throat, shortness of breath or heartburn and sour taste in the mouth. The cough that interferes with your work, sleep and social life while also lingering on for weeks needs immediate medical attention.

How Chiropractic Care helps Chronic Cough

Cough is a reflexive action of the body to get rid of unwanted junk. Since the autonomic nervous system is in control of it, if the nervous system is out of balance it is unable to get rid of the toxic substances and the immunity system of the body is compromised. These occur as a result of vertebral subluxations of the spine. Subluxations are minor misalignments of the spine that cause nerve interference and if the nerves in spine get stressed and have muscle imbalance, nerve interference can cause the nervous system to be unable to communicate with the immune system.

Chiropractors treat these misalignments using spinal manipulations that help in relieving the stress and help in reducing postural and nerve pressure from the spine. It lets the spinal cord and the nervous system work optimally to eliminate any condition that causes cough. These adjustments are also helpful in improving mental stamina, concentration, anxiety and hyperactivity.

Chiropractors cure the reason behind a chronic cough and help in improving the quality of life of the patients dealing with it. A few common conditions like poor posture, sinus problems, frequent colds, weakness or fatigue etc can be caused due to a misaligned spine and can be corrected in a few adjustments by visiting a chiropractor.

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