In the field of chiropractic, subluxation refers to the improper alignment of the vertebrae in the spine. It means that bones are not in the proper position or have incorrect alignment. It happens when your body experiences pathological articular, functional, and structural changes.
There is a way to treat this spine problem. You can consult your chiropractor in order to conduct chiropractic care adjustments. It can correct and manage subluxation. It aims to restore your misaligned vertebrae and bring it back to its proper place.
Subluxation is a bone problem that can happen regardless of your age. The primary reasons for subluxation are the toxins in your body, physical trauma, and even stress. Your physical trauma creates an impact on your body. It triggers significant changes and adaptability that causes your bones to misalign. It usually happens while you are playing sports or sleeping in a bad and wrong position. Apart from physical trauma, the toxins in your body also cause a subluxation. Having a poor diet can lead to muscle contraction. It causes an internal imbalance, which then puts pressure on your muscles and your bones. Aside from that, stress is also one of the primary causes of subluxation. It is universal, and once you suffer from tension, it tightens your upper back and neck that causes bone misalignment.
Neck and back pain are some of the signs that you can experience during nerve compression. Symptoms under subluxation carry depending on your conditions. Here are the general symptoms that are associated with subluxation
· Balance problems or dizziness
· Spinal mobility or limited range of motion
· Spinal muscle weakness, tightness, or spasms
· Numbness, pain, or tingling sensation all over your body
· Joint pain
2. Back Pain
Back pain is a debilitating condition that affects people, especially adults. Once you suffer from back pain, your overall productivity is affected. There are instances that it involves your physical activities, sleeping habits, and even sitting position. Based on the survey conducted by the American Chiropractic Association, 32 million Americans suffer from back pain.
It is important to note that having chiropractic care to manage your back pain can help you bring back the enthusiastic and energetic version of yourself. It is also beneficial because chiropractic treatment enables you to avoid any surgical or medical procedures.
What are the different types of back pain
Back pain comes with different shapes and even conditions. However, the most common types are chronic back pain and acute low back pain.
Chronic Back Pain. People experience chronic back pain once they are used to the medication. It is important to note that medication does not improve your condition. It only focuses on relieving the pain. Chiropractic adjustments are advisable to treat chronic back pain, improving your overall productivity, and reduce the pain you are experiencing.
Acute back pain. Acute back pain is a condition that can be treated using self-care and staying active. You need to improve your body movements through exercise to keep your body busy. If your acute back pain persists after a month, you can consult your doctor for other therapy.
What causes back pain
Your spine is a complex structure from your joints, discs, tendons, muscles, and ligaments. There are lots of reasons behind your discomfort and back pain. One of the pseudo-thinkings that people believe is it will heal on its own, and medical assistance is irrelevant. Through time the pain is becoming unbearable and complicated.
Strained muscles and ligaments. Once your muscles, ligaments are pulled or torn, it causes back pain. It damages the fibers that cause extreme pain. This condition is common to athletes who are into physical outdoor activities.
Stress. Your body will become tense once you are stressed. In return, it tightens your muscles, increases your heart rate and blood pressure. And once you consistently engage yourself with stress, your muscles will weaken, causing back pain.
Vertebral Subluxation. It happens when there is a misalignment in your spine and changes in the structural alignment of your body as well as the integral movement.
Herniated Disc. It happens when the bones in your spines are ruptures. Once the crack is developed, your discs will be pushed from the spinal canal onwards. It will affect your nerves, which causes extreme pain, numbness, and weakness.
3. Chronic Pain
Traditionally, medication is one of the ways to address chronic pain. However, it does not solve the problem. It focuses on hiding your symptoms and pain. The medication itself also adjusts the process of accumulating signals in your brain. It gives you temporary relief from the pain. But, once your medication wears off, your pain will come back, and there are cases that you can even feel worse. People are now becoming conscious, especially in the cycle of pain and medication.
Your spine is the foundation of your body. If there is a misalignment, you suffer from pain. For instance, whiplash puts pressure on your nerves and muscles, affecting your cervical spine’s alignment. It happens especially when you have a car accident. A herniated disc is another example. It compresses your sciatic nerve that causes numbing and radiating pain sensations in your legs, back and buttocks. To manage the pain, relieving the pressure on your nerves is important. And you can have this through chiropractic care adjustments.
Chiropractic care adjustment is one of the safe and effective ways to treat subluxations. It aims to restore the proper alignment of your spine and support your overall well-being. A chiropractic adjustment is also helpful and beneficial to people suffering from chronic pain conditions like fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that is characterized by repeated pain in your joints all over your body. People who suffer from this condition also experience headaches, chronic fatigue, and migraines. It is important to note that chiropractic care does not treat fibromyalgia, but it helps restore your spinal alignment. It also helps you alleviate the pain it caused. Treatments also come with exercises that assist you in improving your range of mobility and circulation.
4. Neck Pain
You will never know how long the pain will take once you experience neck pain. The primary cause of neck pain is bad posture; in most cases, it is due to accidents, falls, sports, and whiplash.
Treatment. It is to ensure that every procedure will perfectly suit your needs. Chiropractors will first observe your posture, your overall physical condition, and your range of motion. They will take note of all the movements that cause your pain, starting from your spine, examine its alignment and curvature, and even its muscle spasm. They also take into account your muscle strength, reflexes, and nerve changes.
What is good about chiropractic care is professionals are trained to practice their specialized scope without surgery or to use drugs.
To treat your neck, chiropractors will make neck adjustments, also known as cervical manipulation. This process involves a precise application of pressure using your hand to your neck joints. Neck adjustment aims to restore your body movements and improve your mobility. Neck adjustment also allows you to increase your adjoining muscle movement. It also makes sure that you will not suffer from pain and improve your daily productivity.
To address your needs, your chiropractor will combine various treatments that cover your physical needs. Besides manipulation, your chiropractic care treatment can also come with rehabilitation exercises, massage, and mobilization activities.
5. Herniated Disc
A herniated disc happens when a portion of the disc nucleus gets pushed outward into the spinal canal through tears or ruptures, irritating the surrounding nerves. This condition is often the early indication of degeneration and may happen at any of the discs. It’s a common health condition characterized by a sharp or stabbing sensation radiating from your back to your shoulders, arms, buttocks, and legs. Depending on the affected area, you may also feel tingling, numbness, or loss of sensation in addition to the standard sharp pain.
Herniated discs are very common in individuals aged between 30 and 50 years old. Fortunately, herniated discs are treatable, and in most cases, people find relief from pain caused by herniated discs through medication and physical therapy. However, in severe cases, a patient may need to get surgery. There are several treatment alternatives that you can explore for faster and safer relief and recovery from symptoms caused by a herniated disc, one of them is getting chiropractic treatment.
Although many people hesitate when they get referred to a chiropractor to treat their herniated discs, and having pops and cracks can be intimidating—chiropractic treatments are among the best options to help mitigate pain and prevent you from getting surgery. Most people with herniated discs can benefit from the advantages that come with chiropractic adjustments.
Typical chiropractic sessions for herniated disc treatment begin with examining the patient to see if you’re eligible for the treatment. A chiropractor may look at your MRI, X-ray results and check for your posture during the assessment phase. For people with neurological issues or other chronic conditions, they may be referred to an orthopedic surgeon.
However, after seeing no other problem aside from the herniated disc, a chiropractor will make a tailored treatment plan for you. However, remember that the results aren’t instantaneous, and there will be gradual improvements as you regularly attend adjustments.
6. Migraine Headaches
Bad habits often cause stress and headaches. Poor posture, repetitive activities combined with stress leads to tension headaches.
Knowing the root cost of the problem is one of the best ways to treat it. There are a variety of ways to manage headaches. First, limit yourself from stressful events, or avoid them as much as possible. It would also be great if you will take a break. Adjusting your sleep position can also help you minimize your neck tension. Your state of being is essential in maintaining your physical activity.
Prescriptions can also help you relieve the pain. However, it is not something that helps you in the long-run. Your headache can come back and give you pain. Consulting a chiropractor can help you relieve your headache. Your chiropractor will provide you with exercises to improve your physique. Aside from being drug-free, the stretches and the exercises improve your overall well-being.
Sciatica is a term describing the pain and numbness radiating near your sciatic nerve, traveling from the lower spine through your hips and buttocks down to your legs. The medical condition often only affects one side of the body.
Sciatica happens when your herniated disc, bone, or spine’s spur tightens the nerves, causing severe pain, inflammation, and insensitivity in the affected areas. Typically, the pain associated with the medical condition is severe but can get treated in a couple of weeks without undergoing surgery. However, those who have sciatica and experiencing severe pain or weakness on the affected leg alongside bowel and bladder issues may need to have an operation.
Medical experts suggest that sciatica can easily be relieved with the right interventions, including sleeping in the correct position, using a posture corrector, regularly practicing good hygiene, and using the right type of mattress and pillows. Getting a massage may also help relax tense muscles and reduce tension on the nerves by stimulating your soft tissues to start discharging hormones called endorphins, making you feel happy and relaxed. However, it can’t directly ‘cure’ the pain.
You can prevent developing sciatica in the future by paying attention to your posture and being wary about other circumstances that may result in discomfort and sciatica. Improper body alignment is also a habit that can trigger sciatica and back pain, so make sure to sleep in the right positions.
However, if you’re currently suffering from sciatica and have tried the remedies mentioned, consulting with a chiropractor is your next best choice. These professionals can help by taking pressure off your sciatic nerve, restoring normal range of motion in the lower back, pelvis, and hips through a chiropractic adjustment.
8. Sports Injuries
Musculoskeletal injuries from sports activity can be treated through chiropractic care.
Stretching, warming up, and body conditioning are essential workouts for an athlete to prevent body injuries. But, athletes can still suffer from injuries. You can suffer the usual sports injuries: strains and sprains, tendonitis, neck and back pain, runner’s knee, and even tennis elbow. Fortunately, you can treat it with chiropractic care. Chiropractors can treat your injury and reduce the pain.
The symptoms vary depending on the sport you are playing, the time you have the injury, and its severity. You will experience inflammation, swelling, pain, bruising once you are suffering from acute injury. Proper rest is necessary when you experience this problem. You also need to consult your chiropractor. On the other hand, chronic injury can arise every time. You are having a chronic injury if you experience extreme pain, muscle weakness, and motion loss for more than three months. These injuries will get worse if athletes continue performing tasks.
What are the non-invasive treatments that cure sports injuries?
Chiropractic Therapy. This therapy includes techniques that adjust your joints, and spine bringing them back to their original position. Misalignment caused by injuries leads to pain and injury. Chiropractors will realign it, making sure that it will reduce the pain and heal your joints.
Spinal Decompression. The main aim of spinal decompression is to heal your neck and back pain. It reduces the pressure in your nerve roots by decompressing your spine. It helps you manage the pain and fasten your recovery.
X-rays. Diagnosing your sports injury is beneficial to come up with appropriate treatment. The digital images will help you and the chiropractor to see and determine the injured joints and bones.
Rehabilitation. Muscle weakness and loss of motion are the chronic cases that you can experience in having sports injuries. With restoration, you can regain your flexibility and strength to perform your tasks. It also helps you bring back your usual way of living as an athlete.
Pain Management. Engaging yourself with chiropractic therapy will provide you alternative treatments that help you manage the pain. In return, you can reduce the intake of anti-inflammatories and pain medications. It will help you in the long run, especially by regaining your life, increasing your mobility, and limiting the pain.