Morton’s Neuroma: Treatment With Chiropractics

by Administrator 6. September 2012 13:33

Morton’s neuroma might have a scary name, but the good news is that this painful disorder can be easily cured and despite being a “neuroma”, it is benign. The disorder is associated with acute pain in the foot which is usually present between the third and fourth toes. The feeling might be compared to having a solid object like a small stone stuck under the foot. The underlying cause of the disease is the thickening of the tissue surrounding the nerves that supply to the foot, hence the name “neuroma”.

Along with pain radiating through the entire foot, patients might also experience numbness and a stinging sensation in the foot. While some patients might experience relief by changing footwear, others might need more advanced treatments, and in some cases, even surgery.

Chiropractic treatment of Morton’s neuroma starts with a thorough physical examination and screening tests to determine the cause of the disease. In most cases, the chiropractor is able to detect a subluxation in the pelvic region of the spine. This subluxation disrupts the sciatic nerve, which is responsible for supplying to the lower extremities, including the feet. By correcting this subluxation, the pressure is released from the nerve, hence restoring its normal functionality and providing relief from pain.

In other cases, the subluxation might be found in the upper cervical region. In these cases, the affected nerve is the phrenic nerve, which is responsible for lifting the arches in the feet.  Spinal manipulation is used to correct these subluxations, and helps by stretching the soft tissue along with stimulating the nervous system.  The chiropractor is also trained to perform manipulations in the foot, which help to restore integrity of the arch, and correct subluxations in the bones of the feet, as well as the ankles. This helps to relieve acute pain associated with Morton’s neuroma by easing tension in the foot region and treating the affected soft tissues.

In some cases, the chiropractic treatment for the disease can be supplemented with orthotics, which are used to provide additional support to the feet. This is especially useful in case of Morton’s neuroma caused by injury, in which it is important to hold the affected joints and bones in place with the help of orthotics.  Patients who suffer from muscle inflammation might need to undergo ultrasound treatment to relieve the condition. Chiropractic treatment for Morton’s neuroma is a holistic treatment option, which follows a step-by-step approach to eliminate the cause of the disease, instead of merely providing symptomatic relief.

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.

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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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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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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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Epilepsy And Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 19. June 2012 09:18

Chiropractic care is thought of as a treatment that is reserved to cure back and neck ache. However, the extensive nature of treatment offered by this popular practice is no short of amazing. Research on the efficacy of chiropractic care in the treatment of epilepsy has been long-running, and there have been several documented studies of people who have experienced a significant reduction in the intensity as well as frequency of seizures.

Patients who undergo neurological treatment for epilepsy are usually administered with a large number of drugs that they need to consume every day. These drugs are accompanied by severe side effects, and greatly affect the quality of life of patients. Chiropractic care for epilepsy, on the other hand, is a completely drug-free approach, which focuses on the cause of the disease, instead of just the symptoms. The underlying cause of epilepsy is purely neurological, which is why the prime focus of any treatment for the disease needs to be the nervous system.

The chiropractic treatment for this disease works by identifying and correcting the subluxations in the spine of the patient, which are basically regions of miss-aligned spinal vertebrae. By doing so, the tension on the adjoining nerves is relieved, which helps the nervous system in its recovery from seizures. This process is a gradual one, and might take up to six weeks for effects to become visible. However, as opposed to the treatment of the disease by drugs, the effects of chiropractic cure are sustainable and long-term, and have no side effects.

When the subluxations remain undiagnosed in a patient, they apply stress on the adjoining nerves, ligaments, blood vessels, and tissues. This has a direct impact on the way nerve impulses are signaled to the brain. The improper transmission of nerve impulses from the affected group of nerves results in a seizure. The chiropractor diagnoses these subluxations with the help of a through physical examination, followed by an EMG scan of the back. Once they are treated, the nerves and the vertebrae are restored to their original positions, and hence alleviate seizures.

Accidents and physical trauma are often found to be the reason why these subluxations arise, which explains why most patients with seizures began experiencing them after such an episode. Some patients experience relief from seizures after the realignment of the Atlas, while for some, spinal decompression relieves the pressure on the nerves. Your chiropractor will identify the treatment that is best suited to your case, and guide you on how effective chiropractic care is likely to be for you.

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. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Chiropractic Care For Allergies

by Administrator 12. June 2012 11:01

If you thought that chiropractic treatment was all about curing neck and back disorders, it is time to update your knowledge. Recent research has established the efficacy of chiropractic treatment in alleviating allergies of various types. The central focus of chiropractic treatment remains the spinal region, which is believed to be the center of good health.

By curing the spine of dislocations in the vertebrae, which are commonly referred to as subluxations, the pressure on the adjacent nerves is relieved. This in turn leads to strengthening of the nervous system’s responses, which have a direct impact on the immune system. Since allergies are caused when the immune system fails to function properly, by strengthening the immune system, the chiropractic practitioners are able to cure the patients of allergies.

Another proposed mechanism of how chiropractic treatment works in patients with allergies, is that the nerve supply to the lungs is strengthened. This improves the body’s reflexes in responding to allergens, hence relieving the respiratory discomfort that commonly accompanies allergic reactions.

The main reason why patients encounter repeated allergies is that the misalignment in the spinal vertebrae causes the nerves to be impinged, which then imparts pressure on the nervous system. Since the nervous system is the nucleus of all the physiological systems in our body, when it is under stress, this affects all the bodily functions.

A chiropractic practitioner manipulates the spine to restore the original positions of the vertebrae. This causes the previously compressed nerves to be released, and in this way, the functioning of the nervous system is restored. Thus, the body is able to neutralize the allergens, and hence protect itself from an allergic reaction.

Boosting the functioning of the immune system also has several other profound effects on the patient’s overall health. It attacks the abnormal cells in the body, such as those that are cancerous; fights infections; is resistant to allergens; and is safeguarded from illness.

In some patients, the reason for repeated infections and allergens is found to be a cervical injury, which they might have contracted during a previous accident or trauma. Chiropractic treatment is used to treat this misalignment, and hence restore the vertebrae in the upper cervical region to their original position.

Chiropractic treatment is being preferred over conventional anti-allergy drugs, since unlike these drugs, it focuses on the cause of the disease, and not just on the symptoms. Moreover, it is free from all the side effects that accompany long-term administration of anti-histamines, the most common anti-allergy medication.

To know more about chiropractic care 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. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Curve Restoration Traction

by Administrator 5. June 2012 11:34

With a sedentary lifestyle becoming the norm, subluxation, or structural dislocation of the spine is an increasingly common health disorder. While nearly each one of us suffers from impaired function due to subluxations to a certain extent, it is when this problem becomes severe that we need medical intervention. The most common indication of a dislocated spinal curve is a forward head posture, in which the head appears to be protruding in front of the body.

The mechanism of how this works can easily be understood by comparing the spine to a chain. When we sit for prolonged periods in an incorrect posture, the spinal curve gets distorted, and moves forward. This creates an elongation of the vertebrae in the neck region, which not just leads to an unsightly hunch, but is also accompanied by various other abnormalities, which include neck pain, back pain, headaches, stiffness and tightness in the neck and back region.

While an improper posture and a sedentary lifestyle are the leading causes of this disorder, it might also be a result of accidents or traumas in some cases. Whatever may be the cause and extent of the forward carriage of your spine, you can get back your natural posture with the help of an advanced chiropractic technique known as curve restoration traction. Since the problem arises due to purely physical reasons, it is understandable for the treatment to be physical as well, with allopathic medicines being unable to offer any more relief than pain suppression.

Curve restoration traction involves a series of contractions and manipulations in the affected region of the spine, which are performed along with the use of a traction machine, to achieve the desired results. This treatment can either be performed by chiropractor, or by the patients, at their home, depending on the physical condition of the patient, as well as their personal preference. It usually takes a few sessions performed over regular intervals for the spinal curve to be completely restored.

Even though this might be accompanied with some pain and discomfort initially, the final result is not only cosmetically appealing, but also physiologically beneficial. To make the most out of your curve restoration traction, you should ask your chiropractic practitioner about a measured standard that he shall provide during the course of your treatment, for you to be able to gauge the progress being made.

To know more about Curve restoration traction 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. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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What Is Spinal Curve Restoration?

by Administrator 18. May 2012 17:34

A disoriented spinal curve, more commonly known as a “hunchback”, is something that nearly everyone in the present age of sedentary lifestyles suffers from. Apart from simply looking unsightly, this problem might also manifest in physical symptoms like neck and back pain over time. The most common indications of a spinal curve that need restoration are-

  • Head that extends forward, away from the rest of the body
  • Rounded shoulders
  • Arched upper back
  • Suppressed rib-cage
  • Neck pain
  • Upper back pain
  • Tightness in upper shoulders
  • Stiff neck

This is commonly caused by hours of prolonged sitting, as is demanded by most office jobs, and hunching over laptops, TV screens, smart phones, and other gadgets. Spinal curve restoration is a chiropractic technique that employs various spinal manipulations and advanced equipment designed for the purpose, to offer relief from pain and discomfort in the spinal region. It also enhances the overall appearance of the patient, making them look taller and more confident.

The distortion of the ideal spinal curve is a gradual process that develops over years, which is why it takes some effort and time to undo it. The spine can be compared to a chain. When one link of the chain is distorted, the complete functioning gets disrupted. Similarly, when we begin to extend our heads forward, this shift in the spine is duplicated in the upper back, and so on right until the end of the spine, in an attempt to make up for the elongation. The result is a spine that’s shifted forward, and hence misaligned.

Spinal curve restoration using chiropractic techniques employs an ideal blend of compression and extension, applied all along the spine’s length. This, when combined with therapeutic exercises for spinal curve restoration, shows positive results within several weeks. Your chiropractor might also suggest the use of certain equipment such as a linear traction neck pillow, a neck exerciser, or a cervical traction unit, depending on your condition. Some patients find it relieving to use hot and cold therapy for pain relief in the initial stages of therapy.

Before signing up for any such program, be sure to look into the professional experience of the chiropractor in the procedure. You should also ask for a lateral post x-ray examination before and after the treatment, so that you can see the visible changes.

To know more about Spinal Curve Restoration 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. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Dietary Guidelines For Women

by Administrator 10. May 2012 14:33

Eating right is imperative for our wellbeing, no matter what is the age. However, being a woman, this becomes even more important, considering the plethora of physical changes that her body goes through. In addition, as a woman plays the role of a nurturer to a baby, she is responsible for not just her health, but also that of another human being, making it vital for her to pay attention to what she eats.

Being caught up in busy routines, most of the women are aware of the fact that they aren’t getting all the nutritional requirements that they need, yet they keep ignoring it, until a severe health complication arises. In this simple guide, we take a look at the most important elements that every woman needs to include in her diet, and tell you how much of them you need, and where you can get them from.

  • Carbohydrates: These make for the bulk of diet, and serve as a source of energy. Ideally, you should be getting 65% of your daily calorie requirement from carbohydrates. Avoid refined, processed, fatty, sugary, and salty foods. Some of the best sources of carbohydrates are wholegrain cereals, fruits, and starch-rich veggies.
  • Proteins: Proteins should make for 10-35% of your food requirements. The best sources of proteins are beans, lentils, nuts, eggs, soy products, cheese, and lean/ low fat meat.
  • Fats: Contrary to common belief, fats are not always bad for you. In fact, they are important for the absorption of certain vitamins, for maintaining cell structure, and for the proper functioning of the immune system. Go for unsaturated fats like olive oil, fish, lean poultry, and other nut oils. Avoid fast food, which often contains high levels of trans fats, which are bad for your heart.
  • Iron: Considering all the iron that’s lost during menstruation, most women are deficient in iron. Make sure that your diet contains iron-rich foods like green vegetables, red meat, and iron-fortified breakfast cereals.
  • Calcium: As a woman, one of the most important minerals that you’ll need to keep your bones healthy and to keep osteoporosis at bay is calcium. Get regular servings of dairy products, calcium-rich tofu and greens, and calcium-fortified orange juice to fulfill your calcium requirements.
  • Zinc and Vitamin B12: While non-vegetarians usually get plenty of these nutrients, vegetarians and vegans need to look for alternative sources. Red meat, fish, shellfish, eggs, soy milk, and milk are good sources are great sources of Vitamin B12. Zinc can be obtained from meats, especially oysters, and whole grains like wheat germ.

For more dietary guidelines for you and your family , visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548. You can also call us at (254) 698-1600.

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