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From chronic back pain to recurring headaches, chiropractic care treats common pain symptoms and other health problems caused by spinal misalignments. Many of our patients come to our practice complaining not only of chronic pain, but also general poor health. Patients feel exhausted, stressed and “not like themselves.” Chiropractic adjustments treat pain symptoms and also enhance overall health, helping our patients return to living full, active lives.
At Twisted Spine & Joint Center, our chiropractic services treat common pain conditions, including chronic back pain, neck pain and sciatica. These pain conditions typically occur when a herniated or slipped disc compresses nearby nerves, which then triggers pain. This misalignment, also known as a spinal subluxation, can have a profound effect on overall health. For example, sciatica occurs when a herniated disc compresses the sciatic nerve in the lumbar spine. This compression then triggers a numbing, tingling or radiating pain sensation along the length of the sciatic nerve, which stretches from the lower back down through the buttocks and branches out in the legs.
Whiplash symptoms are also triggered by a misalignment in the spine. In the case of a whiplash injury, patients experience recurring headaches, neck pain, difficulty sleeping and trouble concentrating. These symptoms indicate a misalignment in the cervical spine. Just like with sciatica, nerve compression from a spinal misalignment is triggering pain and compromising a patient’s health. For example, the cervical spine misalignment may place pressure on the rectus capitis posterior minor muscle, causing it to spasm. This spasm, in turn, can trigger recurring tension headaches.
If your pain symptoms are caused by a spinal misalignment, chiropractic care is the most effective treatment option. Unlike medication, spinal adjustments address the underlying cause for pain rather than “masking” pain symptoms. While drugs can provide pain relief, this respite from pain is only temporary. Chiropractic care treats pain symptoms by restoring proper alignment to the spine, relieving pressure on the nervous system and correcting the underlying mechanical cause for pain.
In addition to treating common pain symptoms, our chiropractic adjustments could also be effective for relieving other symptoms, including fatigue, low-grade illnesses and allergies. In addition to causing pain, spinal subluxations interfere with the central nervous system’s ability to transmit messages from the brain. When nerve compression affects the message transmission process, overall health declines and the body slips from a state of ease to a state of dis-ease. During this gradual decline, individuals suffer from fatigue, illness and general poor health. Chiropractic care can help treat these symptoms, including general fatigue, by relieving nerve compression. With regular adjustments, patients enjoy increased energy levels, better concentration and focus, and improved sleep.
If your chronic pain or general poor health is compromising your life, chiropractic care can help treat these symptoms. To learn more about the pain symptoms we treat, contact our chiropractor.