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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Chiropractic Treatment For Vertebral Subluxation

by Administrator 18. September 2014 15:20

Vertebral Subluxation can be defined as a dysfunction in the spinal column that hinders the smooth flow of nerve impulses and, thus, weakening the body’s ability to remain fit and healthy. It occurs when one or more of the spinal bones get displaced from their position and puts pressure on the spinal nerves. This can lead to the malfunctioning of those nerves and interfere with the signals that travel through them.

Causes

  • Physical Causes: These include critical shock to the spine or body, poor postural behaviors, repetitive movements that affect the spine, improper habits at the workplace and imbalanced or weak spinal musculature.
  • Emotional Causes: Excessive stress or inability to manage stress effectively can diminish the ability of the body to maintain proper functioning. Emotional stress can severely affect the immune system and make the body prone to various diseases and injuries.
  • Chemical Causes: These include poor nutritional and dietary habits, use and abuse of drugs and alcohol, ingestion of chemical toxins through food, water and air. Harmful chemicals can hamper the optimal functioning of the body as well as lower the ability to tolerate and adapt to external and internal stresses, thus, making us more vulnerable to vertebral subluxations.

Symptoms

  • Neck and back pain
  • Stiffness, soreness and tenderness at the area of pain
  • Dizziness and difficulty in maintaining body balance
  • Headache
  • Reduced spinal mobility
  • Weakness, tightness or contraction of spinal muscles
  • Stiffness and pain in joints
  • Poor overall health
  • Low energy
  • Numbness, tingling or pain in joint extremities
  • Poor healing of tissues

Treatment

Chiropractors use a number of procedures and techniques to treat vertebral subluxations. Majority of these techniques involve the use of spinal adjustments to bring the displaced vertebrae back in place.

Chiropractic spinal adjustments involve applying a gentle but quick corrective pressure on the ‘subluxated’ vertebrae of the spine. The adjustment can either be done manually by using hands or it can be provided with the help of specialized equipment. The pressure or force helps to detect subluxations, restore the alignment and flexibility of the vertebrae and adjust the spine. The condition normally requires multiple adjustments to get back into normal position.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness provide comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for vertebral subluxations. To schedule an appointment with the doctor, please contact (254) 698-1600. You can also visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Care For Long Term Health

by Administrator 11. September 2014 18:47

For ages Chiropractic has been considered to be one of the most effective and non-invasive methods for treating a large variety of conditions and illnesses. Chiropractic is still practiced and performed by experts throughout the world. People have reported having received enormous benefits from chiropractic care particularly when it comes to conditions and injuries that affect the bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments or muscle mass. Usually people seek chiropractic care for short term solutions like pain relief, relief from inflammation and restoration of range of motion but chiropractic care also has important long term health benefits. Those who have been under the purview of chiropractic care for years have always acknowledged that there are several long term health benefits to be had with Chiropractic care which serve to prolong life span, bring about an overall improvement in health and enhance the quality of life.

Here are a few important benefits of chiropractic care to consider

  • Physical Fitness – People who have received chiropractic care for years have been seen to be more physically fit as they age. Chiropractic treatment focuses on the health of the spine and the nervous system. With these in good shape, all body movements remain supple and all joints and areas important for motion remain robust. As a result, you can enjoy years of physical fitness even beyond the usual capability of your age.
  • Breathing – Good spine health is almost always reflected in the lungs. For people who receive long term chiropractic care, it has been observed that the lungs remain healthy for long. These patients have a significantly augmented lung capacity which enables them to breathe in and process larger volumes of air with every breath. This keeps the organs healthy and also dramatically reduces the risk of pulmonary diseases and heart related diseases in the future.
  • Spinal Health Benefits – With the significant improvement in spinal health that regular chiropractic care brings about, people might also sense improvement in other parts of the body. Normally observed areas include improvements in vision, improvements in balance and maintaining balance and improvement in reaction time. Combined with marked improvement of cardiovascular health these benefits can be felt even years into old age and they improve the overall quality of life. Chiropractic care cuts down on the risk of injuries, accidents and illness related to age and boosts overall living.

With these benefits, long term chiropractic care is a sure solution for a number of health concerns.

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Killeen Chiropractic Treatment For Enuresis

by Administrator 4. September 2014 16:34

Enuresis, more commonly known as bedwetting, can be a potentially humiliating problem both for the children and the parents. Although many children are unable to control urination, it becomes a matter of concern when they have not learnt bladder control even after the age of five. The problem can be witnessed either during day or at the time of night.

Types

Enuresis can be broadly divided as:

  • Nocturnal enuresis: It is the most common type and includes an uncontrolled bladder during night time.
  • Diurnal enuresis: It includes an uncontrolled bladder during day time.
  • Mixed enuresis: It involves a blend of both the above types.

Also, enuresis can be classified into two more categories:

  • Primary enuresis: refers to the children who have never attained bladder control since birth.
  • Secondary enuresis: refers to those who, after having attained bladder control, have reverted to bedwetting due to some stressful or traumatic experience.

Causes

Unfortunately, there has not been any specifically defined cause of enuresis till date. However, it is implicit that abnormal alignment of spine that causes irritation to the nervous system can be a factor behind enuresis. Another cause of Enuresis can be the ‘phrenic reflex.’ During sleep the breathing process is held up until the CO2 levels in the body rise up to a certain level that can trigger a quick shake which is called as ‘phrenic reflex’. If this reflex is not working properly, high CO2 levels will cause the body muscles to relax and as the bladder muscles are relaxed, urine is released.

How Chiropractors can help?

Chiropractic treatment has been found to be very effective in helping children with Enuresis. It intends to get rid of the interference in the nerve that is hindering the communication between the bladder and the brain. 
During your initial visit, your chiropractor would conduct a thorough examination of the child and infer if the problem is being caused due to subluxations in the nerve or your child is just slow in the development of phrenic reflex. Chiropractic treatment can help your child return to normal body functioning and reduce or even eliminate the problem of enuresis.

We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness, provide complete treatment for enuresis. We strive to find out and treat the underlying the cause of the problem. You can call us at (254) 698-1600 for consultation.

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Chiropractic Care For Tinnitus

by Administrator 19. August 2014 14:34

Tinnitus is a common medical condition that causes a person to experience ringing sound in the ears or head when there is no such noise present in the physical environment. Almost one out of five people have reported this problem at some point of time in their lives. It is important to understand that Tinnitus is not a disease in itself rather it is a symptom of some other underlying problem.

Causes

Some of the major causes of Tinnitus are:

  • Exposure to loud noise: Staying in frequent contact with loud noises, such as music players and iPods or noises from heavy equipment like firearms and chain saw can lead to hearing loss and ultimately Tinnitus.
  • Age Related Hearing Loss: After the age of 60 the hearing capacity tends to weaken and can also cause Tinnitus.
  • Blockage of Earwax: Accumulation of too much ear wax in the ear causes irritation in the eardrum and result in Tinnitus.
  • Changes in Ear Bone: Hardening of the middle ear bones can also cause Tinnitus and this condition is usually hereditary.

Apart from these, Tinnitus can also be caused by other disorders like Acoustic Neuroma, TMJ disorders, Meniere’s disease, neck and head tumors, high blood pressure and Atherosclerosis.

Symptoms

Tinnitus symptoms may include the sounds of intolerable sounds like ringing, roaring, buzzing, hissing and clicking in your ears. Tinnitus can be extreme and the sound may be present all day in the ear or it may come and go.

How Chiropractic Care Can Help

Taking the help of a chiropractor can really be of great help in curing Tinnitus. Chiropractic treatments are aimed at healing spinal disturbances which can cause problems in blood flow and damage the nerves thus causing Tinnitus. Chiropractic treatment heals the blood flow and can relieve you from the constant buzzing sound in the ears.

Research has proved that a properly balanced head can considerably reduce or stop the ringing sound in the ears. Some patients may feel relief after several adjustment sessions, however there are many who reported that the buzzing sound was manageable just after a single chiropractic session.

If you are also experiencing any of the symptoms of Tinnitus you should contact Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness. To schedule an appointment, please call at (254) 698-1600. You can also visit the clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Chiropractic Techniques For Treating Kyphosis

by Administrator 12. August 2014 13:39

Kyphosis is a medical term used for a hunched or round back. Chiropractors use a non-surgical approach for the treatment of Kyphosis and can help treat stiffness, pain and many other symptoms related with the condition. Generally, the first step in the treatment is to outline the causes of the abnormal appearance of middle back of which the most common cause is poor posture. However, it can also be a result of some disease, such as Scheuermann’s syndrome, and trauma.

Diagnosing Kyphosis

With a view to diagnose Kyphosis the chiropractor conducts physical examination and enquires about the patient’s medical history. The chiropractic doctor may also ask to get certain tests done, such as an X-ray to get detailed information. The doctor may also use certain techniques like static and motion palpitation to understand tightness, tenderness and movement of spinal joints.

How can Chiropractic Care help?

Chiropractic care for Kyphosis can help reduce inflammation, maintain spine health, decrease muscle tremors, enhance spine motion by increasing muscular strength, hold back the process of deterioration in the back, lessen prolonged pain and heal the inter-vertebral discs.

Chiropractic techniques for Kyphosis

The chiropractor may use spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation for treating Kyphosis. There are multiple variations of this technique.

  • Spinal specific manipulation- This helps the doctor to identify the joints that are showing abnormal movement and by using a gentle technique the chiropractor can promptly stretch soft tissues and arouse the nervous system to make the spine return to its normal motion.
  • Instrument Assisted Manipulation- The chiropractor uses a portable instrument to lay force without prodding into the spine.
  • Flexion Distraction Technique- It is a gentle technique for spinal manipulation for the people who have developed Kyphosis due to a progressive disc problem or motion constraint in the middle back.

The chiropractor may also sometimes use manual therapies to treat this condition. Some of them are:

  • Trigger Point Massage- In this, the chiropractor puts direct but light pressure on the painful points to release tension.
  • Joint resistance Manual technique- It can also help to reduce the symptoms of Kyphosis. Muscle energy therapy is an example of such technique.
  • Instrument Assisted soft tissue therapy - This can help to heal any damaged tissues. Graston technique may be used in which repeated strokes are made with an instrument on the muscle injury.

Visit us at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness to get complete treatment for Kyphosis. To schedule an appointment, you can us call at (254) 698-1600.

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Killeen Chiropractic Care For Volleyball Injuries

by Administrator 5. August 2014 13:34

Volleyball is a physically intensive sport that involves a lot of activity and physical contact. Athletes who play volleyball are required to be fit, active and flexible. Injuries are common to volleyball players and during the course of a career in volleyball an athlete might have to face different kinds of injuries resulting from on-field action or the rigorous practice schedule. While minor injuries might cost players weeks or months of field time, severe injuries can sometimes be career threatening. Prompt and effective chiropractic treatment for volleyball injuries enables players to regain their good health and fitness to rejoin their field duties in a short duration of time.

Common Injuries

Volleyball typically requires physical activities like running, jumping, vigorous use of the hands and the prospect of physical contact from tackles and charges. There are a few different kinds of injuries that volleyball players typically get affected by which include:

  • Strains and Sprains – The most common injuries suffered by volleyball players are strains and sprains. These are caused due to hyperextension of the limbs or a low level trauma. The extra tension on ligaments and tendons causes strains and sprains, which can cause recurring pain, loss of mobility, soreness and inflammation.
  • Fractures – Fractures happen due to impact damage or trauma caused either due to hard tackles, collisions or as a result of falls from a height. However, players might also suffer cases of collarbone fracture, pelvic fracture or trauma to the spinal column.
  • Dislocations – Dislocations are common in volleyball players, affecting mostly the shoulder joint or fingers. Overuse of the limbs and the requirement to use them for extended periods of time contribute to the risk factor when it comes to dislocations.

Chiropractic Treatment

With different kinds of volleyball injuries, it has been found that chiropractic treatment can be of great help, bringing fast and steady recovery while assisting players to regain their fitness and active life. Chiropractors carry out a detailed and comprehensive physical examination to pinpoint the problems and the affected areas. Treatment commences in the form of chiropractic manipulation, which uses short thrusts and targeted movements to restore balance and alignment to the joints and the spinal column. With restored alignment the circulation improves and natural healing occurs. This allows the players to make a full recovery from their injuries in very little time and helps them get back to their on-field duties free of pain and discomfort.

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Killeen Chiropractic For Golfer's Elbow

by Administrator 21. July 2014 13:21

Overuse and repetitive strain to the joints, and tendons surrounding them can cause a majority of injuries to the elbow. One injury in the same category is Golfer's Elbow, which is also called Medial Epicondylitis and commonly occurs because of a golf swing. People, who play golf, chop wood with an ax, run a chain saw and use similar hand tools are more prone to it because of the stress the forearm is subjected to. People who suffer from Golfer's elbow usually feel pain on the inside of their elbow. Seeking professional help from a chiropractor can help in treating the pain to the elbow. Any delay can cause long term damage.

Causes:

As a result of force applied to the muscles of the forearm because of strenuous motion, there is inflammation of tendons at their attachment site. If the movements are repeated frequently and no time is given to heal the pain, it results in injury.

Symptoms:

The main symptom of Golfer’s Elbow is tenderness and swelling at a particular region of the elbow. This pain can gradually spread to the forearm and trying to bend the arm, twisting the forearm and even grasping objects can worsen the pain.

Chiropractic Treatment

  • Chiropractic Manipulation: It is also called reduction manipulation and helps to realign the elbow to its normal position. It usually takes about four to six weeks and applying pressure using fingers on the affected joints reduces inflammation and normalizes the nerve function. This treatment relieves the pain and corrects the underlying problem.
  • Extremity Adjustments: These adjustments are often required to regain the mobility of the elbow structures. After assessing the adjustment required, specific adjustments are applied to facilitate recovery.
  • Rehabilitation: These are strengthening exercises that help in recovery of the affected part from the injury. Tailored to each patient, a rehabilitation program is devised that focuses on returning the flexibility, strength and stability of the elbow.

Golfer's elbow can be avoided by warming up and stretching the muscles before starting the activity that causes it. For effective recovery from the injury a chiropractor's advice should always be followed. We, at Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness provide chiropractic treatment for Golfer's Elbow. You can schedule an appointment by calling us at (254) 698-1600 or you can visit our clinic at 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102, Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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