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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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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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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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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Chiropractic Care For The Aged

by Administrator 5. April 2012 13:53

The human body faces challenges to its well being every single day, right from the thousands of microorganisms that it has to combat, to its own self-destructive mechanisms. With age, the protective machinery of the body begins to deplete, increasing one’s vulnerability to a large number of disorders. While most people resort to potent conventional drugs for immediate relief from the symptoms that accompany these disorders, they fail to realize how harmful these chemicals are for their body.

A much better approach would be a holistic treatment option, which cures these disorders right from within. Chiropractic treatment does just that, and is now gaining popularity as a daily ritual to deal with aging-related disorders. Here’s a look at which of these disorders are the most common, and how chiropractic care can help:

  • Pain- Right from osteoarthritis to back and shoulder pain, excruciating pain is one of the greatest woes of the elderly. What most people fail to realize, is that the root of nearly all the pain in the body lies in the spine. Spinal manipulation done by chiropractors offers significant relief from all sorts of pain.
  • Distorted equilibrium and increased risk of falls- One of the most affected aspects of our well being with age, is that of body balance. This explains why the elderly are more prone to falls, and hence broken bones and other complications. Chiropractic methods work on improving the body’s equilibrium, as well as the mind-body coordination, resulting in decreased incidence of falls.
  • Decreased range of motion- Climbing stairs, lifting grocery bags, or simply playing with their grandkids, can become an arduous task for the aged. Chiropractic care works on this, by increasing the flexibility of the limbs, and hence the agility of the patient. The result is an increased range of motion, and the ability to perform daily tasks with increased ease.
  • Deterioration of the joints- Joint care is an essential segment of chiropractic care for the aged. The regular spinal alignment procedures ensure that any joint disorders are tackled before they progress any further.
  • Memory loss and slowed motor functions- With Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and the like, being taken as disorders that every second aged person has to acquire, chiropractic treatment comes as a welcome option to improve memory and brain function in the elderly. Believe it or not, chiropractic spinal adjustments alter the way both the brain and the spinal cord function, keeping neurological disorders at bay!

For more details, visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, located at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548 or call us at (254) 698-1600.

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Improve Your Posture With Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 2. March 2012 07:17

The first thing that gets noticed about anyone is his posture. Posture is believed to be a reflection of one’s state of mind, and is a key factor of an individual’s personality. Despite making a conscious effort to straighten one’s back and ‘square’ the shoulders, correcting a distorted posture isn’t as easy as it seems. After all, considering the fact that the damage has been done over a period of several years of slouching and hunching, it is only fair that you go that extra mile to get back your straight back.

You will be amazed at how different you feel with a good posture, and it will also be beneficial for your overall health, as it aligns all the internal organs correctly. The major effect of this is witnessed in breathing, which becomes deeper and longer, resulting in a multitude of benefits.

The various symptoms that can accompany incorrect posture are-

  • Muscle tension
  • Joint pain
  • Stress headaches
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain

The main focus of chiropractic cure for any disease is aligning the spine correctly, with the help of manual techniques. Considering that an incorrect posture is a direct manifestation of a spine that isn’t correctly aligned, chiropractic techniques are found to be highly effective in correcting posture. The major practice used in correcting the posture is the shoulder retraction technique. This technique is focused in aligning the head and neck with the spinal column, and is effective in relaxing the tightened pectoral muscles.

Another common technique devised from chiropractic principles, which is efficient in correcting the posture is the reverse shoulder shrugs. This simple technique reverses stiffness in the neck and shoulders, and gradually works towards an improved posture. Chronic muscle fatigue and stress, which are commonly encountered predicaments in the era of sedentary, office jobs, results in neck craning and anterior head carriage, which can be painful, as well as dangerous. This simple technique, which can easily be performed in a few minutes in an office environment, combats both these symptoms, resulting in an improved posture.

The muscles that are most severely affected by an incorrect posture are those in the upper cervical spine region. The chiropractic exercise, named the repetitive chin tuck focuses on these muscles, relaxes them, and hence alleviating the symptoms like headaches, that result from the chronic tension in them. This simple technique, if repeated 10 times each day, can drastically improve one’s posture.

For more details, 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 Pain Management?

by Administrator 12. January 2012 11:12

If you are suffering from body pain and are tired of taking several medications, it is high time that you opt for pain management. It is defined as that part of science which deals with the treatment and prevention of body pain.

What are the types of body pain?  Pain is broadly classified into acute and chronic pain. Acute pain is the result of tissue damage and is usually temporary. This pain gradually disappears with time i.e. normal healing takes place. On the other hand chronic pain continues for a longer period of time (more than six months). It may be due to some injury to your back or knee and sometimes even due to ongoing chronic medical problem.

How can pain management help? Pain management can cure almost every kind of pain such as back pain, neck pain, leg pain, shoulder or upper extremity pain, pain from injuries or accidents, post surgical pain, headaches, arthritic pain and many more. Pain management can help you get back to a healthy and quality life. Pain Management has gained a lot of recognition worldwide as it aims at minimizing the pain by using special procedures and latest advances in medicine. It also improves your body functioning and quality of your life.

Pain management basically involves the following steps:

  • Evaluation of pain through a number of diagnostic Tests.
  • Referral to surgeon, if required.
  • Interventional treatment which involves injections or spinal cord stimulation.
  • Physical therapy includes heat/ice packs, ultrasound (passive physical therapy) and stretching, strengthening exercises, pain relief exercises (active physical therapy).
  • Psychiatry and alternative medicine (to provide a complement to your other treatments).

How Corrective Chiropractic can help? The experienced and highly qualified chiropractors at our clinic will help you in relieving acute pain and providing corrective, rehabilitative, or wellness care. After analyzing your medical condition, we impart chiropractic pain management and wellness therapy to relieve patients. Chiropractic therapy is known for providing relief through various manipulation and surgery free treatment procedures.

For any further information or any other queries related to the pain management and its medical implications, and how it can help in preventing various kinds of body pain, feel free to visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, 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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