The Importance Of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 24. February 2017 23:12

A woman’s body undergoes various physical changes during pregnancy. In order to cope up with the severities that come along with pregnancy, it is important to stay healthy. Prenatal chiropractic care can help to maintain a balance in the body and ensure that the abdominal muscles are strong enough to bear the rigors of a childbirth.

Chiropractic care can help the would be mother in the following ways-

  • Preventing subluxations - The developing baby inside the womb may put pressure on the pelvic bones and due to the relaxation of the muscles and ligaments even the spine may get misaligned, leading to subluxation. This condition may make the mother uncomfortable and affect her nervous system by building pressure on the nerves, which may lead to muscle weakness, pain, sensory issues and improper functioning of other organs.

In order to improve the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis and eliminate subluxation issues, chiropractors use the Webster technique on their patients. In this the chiropractor aligns the two complex bones, pelvis and sacrum present at the bottom of the spine whose misalignment may cause severe low back pain and problem in the atlas bone, making it difficult for the patient to stand and walk.

  • Proper position of the fetus- The Webster technique helps the patients to prevent the breech position (the head isn’t upside down) of the baby. Uterosacral and pubocervical ligaments hold the uterus and act as shock absorbers in the abdomen. With the progress in pregnancy these ligaments become stretched, tight and thin causing sharp pain with any sudden movements such as sneezing, coughing etc. These constricted ligaments may restrict the normal movement of baby, causing it to remain in that position. The chiropractor applies pressure on these ligaments to help the patient obtain a vertex (head is upside down) position of their baby.

Chiropractic treatment also ensures that the s minimum labor pain while giving birth.

  • Prevention of Dystocia - It is a condition in which cervix and uterus muscles do not contract properly while giving birth and is the most common cause of intervention surgery. Uterus’ and cervix’s improper functioning may result from reduced neurological impulses which affect the optimal working of their muscles. Adequate spinal and cranial muscles adjustments given by chiropractors may help the patients to restore the functioning of these organs.
  • Reduce the poor posture problems – The protruding belly during pregnancy lays stress on your back and increases the curve which causes pain and posture related issues. Effective chiropractic techniques can help to eliminate this stress and prevent the long term problems.
  • Control pregnancy symptoms – Regular chiropractic care is effective in handling the regular symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea and morning sickness.

In order to avoid complications in pregnancy the chiropractors suggest their patients to follow certain preventive measures –

  • Swimming, walking or stationary cycling are the recommended exercises. They help to prevent stiffness and enhance the blood flow in the body. In case, a patient experiences nausea or dizziness, the exercise must be stopped.
  • Wearing flat shoes may be suggested to maintain a healthy spine.
  • The patients may be asked to bend using their knees instead of back, to avoid pressure on the abdomen.
  • To take pressure off the lower back, sleeping on the side with pillows kept between the knees may be recommended. For this, full length pillows and pregnancy wedges may be used.
  • The patients may be advised to take small meals after short intervals to alleviate nausea and maintain sugar balance of the body.
  • Chiropractors suggest their patients to consume diet rich in vitamins, minerals and iron for the perfect growth of developing fetus.
  • Chiropractic treatment is usually a safe and an effective practice during pregnancy. A regular chiropractic checkup and treatment can help to manage pain in patient’s back, hip or other joints. It can also help to restore the pelvic balance and reduce the delivery time. 

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness, offer complete chiropractic care for would-be mothers to make sure that they have a happy pregnancy period. For more information about how chiropractic care can be helpful, feel free to call us at (254) 698 – 1600.

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Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

by Administrator 17. February 2017 14:39

Neck sprain refers to stretching of the ligaments and soft tissues present between the cervical vertebrae, which supports the weight of the head. Cervical vertebrae is highly susceptible to injuries due to its substantial capability to move and rotate. Neck sprain is a common problem caused mainly due to poor lifestyle and posture issues. A chronic sprain may lead to severe issues and impact the range of motion of the cervical spine.

Causes

  • Sudden jerk in the neck
  • Keeping the neck bent for a prolonged period
  • Using a stiff or too high pillow
  • Resting your head on your fist or arm for a very long time
  • Keeping the head in odd positions while watching TV, reading or using a phone
  • Stretching of the neck during workout
  • Pinched Nerve
  • Obesity
  • Carrying heavy weight on shoulders
  • Growing age

Symptoms

  • Stiff neck ( problems in side to side, up-down and circular movements )
  • Pain may radiate from back of the head to neck and shoulders
  • Muscle spasm in shoulders
  • Numbness in arms and hands
  • Difficulty in sleeping
  • Sore Throat

Diagnosis

Physical examination to observe the posture, joint’s range of motion and the movements that cause pain to exaggerate. The curvature and alignment of patient’s spine may also be noted to check for spasm.

The chiropractor may conduct a neurological examination to observe the impacted nerve and patient’s reflexes. The following imaging tests may also be recommended:

  • X- Ray – It helps to identify any kind of bone related issue, such as a fracture, Arthritis, Bone Spur etc.
  • MRI and CT scans – These aid in visualizing any kind of herniation and bulging discs
  • EMG – An electromyography may be conducted to test your nerve response, if the chiropractor suspects a damaged nerve.

Chiropractic Care For Neck Sprain

The chiropractors use manual therapy and other chiropractic techniques to treat various musculoskeletal issues. They develop a customized treatment plan depending upon severity of the condition and symptoms experienced by the patient. The treatment includes the usage of neck adjustments, mobilization techniques, posture correction, rehabilitative exercises or traction procedures.

Neck Adjustments

These adjustments act as cervical manipulations which loosen the joints of cervical vertebrae, thereby improving spine’s mobility and range of motion. In just a couple of sittings, a patient may experience considerable reduction in pain and spasm along with increased muscle flexibility.

Cervical mobilization

The chiropractor moves the patient’s head in forward, backward, left and right directions, switching between the side motions and rotations. This technique aims at reducing stiffness between the spinal and the cervical segments.

Manual Traction

In this, the chiropractor stretches the patient’s spine, by pulling his neck at a certain angle that causes pain. This procedure is often combined with neck adjustments and cervical mobilization procedures to provide best results.

Interferential Stimulation

It is the most common electrical stimulation technique used in chiropractic setting which uses low frequency (<250pps) waves to stimulate the nerve impulses. This stimulation creates a current that sweeps into the affected neck tissue with very little resistance. The flowing current gives a massage like effect and triggers release of endorphins and pain relieving hormones which reduces swelling as well as soothes the muscles.

The chiropractic treatment reduces the production of inflammatory cytokines in the body, which may decrease muscle tension in the neck and help the patients to recover fast.

Neck Sprain Prevention Tips

  • Sit straight with relaxed shoulders and lower back supported
  • When working on computer, adjust the screen at eye level
  • Avoid sleeping on your stomach
  • Use pillows that provide neck support
  • Perform exercises to strengthen your neck muscles
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Carry weight evenly on your shoulders
  • Maintain a healthy body weight

For complete treatment of neck sprain and other medical problems, visit Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. The chiropractors at the clinic use the latest chiropractic techniques to help patients find relief from pain and regain joint’s lost functionality. Patients in Killeen, TX can call at (254) 698 – 1600 to schedule an appointment with the chiropractors.

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