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Spinal Realignment Isn't Everything - What Else Does a Chiro Do?

If you were under the impression that chiropractors only performed spinal realignments, you’re in for quite a surprise. A good chiropractor undergoes thorough training to deal with a wide variety of ailments.  

You may have been overlooking a source of reliable treatment for a nagging problem that you wish would go away. Once you discover some of the conditions that respond well to chiropractic sessions, you just may have the urge to make the earliest appointment possible. 

Knee Pain

One of the more common areas to suffer from osteoarthritis is the knee joint. It forces many people into early retirement or the ranks of the disabled due to the amount of pain it causes.  

As the cartilage between the bones of the knee wears away, the bones began to rub against each other each time you move. In addition to the pain, there's swelling and stiffness. Imagine trying to work as a delivery person, restaurant waitperson, or retail salesclerk under those conditions. 

Researchers have yet to find a cure for osteoarthritis. Generally, it tends to increase in severity with time. However, some sufferers have found that they can mitigate the pain with chiropractic treatments. 

The chiropractor can perform knee adjustments in addition to back and spine adjustments. Realignment can take some of the stress off the knee while the knee adjustments can help slow down the range of motion of the joint. 

Migraine Headaches and Tension Headaches 

Vicious migraine headaches are only underestimated by people who have never had one. Those who have to endure these mysterious pains will do practically anything to make them go away.  

Until a cure is found, migraine sufferers will often seek relief with medication, bed rest, and good nutrition. Another helpful technique is stress relief. That’s where chiropractic treatment comes in.  

An effective session with a trained chiropractor can reduce stress and pain. Some migraine sufferers may find that lowering their overall stress and pain decreases the severity of their migraine headaches. 

Tension headaches may also improve with chiropractic treatment. Incorrect posture can be either a root or contributing cause of tension headaches. As a patient’s posture improves, often so do the tension headaches. 

Frozen Shoulder 

A frozen shoulder has nothing to do with the temperature. The condition features pain and stiffness that limit the range of motion of the shoulder joint. 

Some people have developed frozen shoulder after a period of inactivity due to some other medical issue. However, there are others for whom frozen shoulder seemed to occur out of nowhere. 

Patients can receive injections to lessen the inflammation and speed the healing process, but not all do. Usually, regular exercise will progressively return the range of motion to normal. Chiropractic sessions could loosen the muscles in the shoulder, making it easier to move and carry on with your daily routine. 

Sacroiliitis and Sciatica 

Sacroiliitis is a condition marked by lower back pain and swelling of the sacroiliac joints at the base of the spine. Sufferers often feel pain in their buttocks. Many also complain of the pain radiating down the back of their legs. 

The possible causes of sacroiliitis are many. It’s a common complaint of both men and women. Women may suffer their first bout of sacroiliitis as they begin gaining weight during pregnancy. 

Arthritis seems to be a common culprit, as does a physical injury to the general area. A chiropractic adjustment can bring relief by removing some of the pressure on the sacroiliac joints. 

Sacroiliitis and sciatica can feel similar but have different causes. Sciatica is the result of a herniated lumbar disc. As with sacroiliitis, the sufferer may report pain radiating down their legs.

To treat sciatica and its underlying herniated disc, a chiropractor might use a special table that slowly and gently moves your spine to reduce the pain and prompts a bulging disc to return to its proper location. 

Lower Back Pain 

Lower back pain is one of the more common complaints in hospital emergency rooms, doctors’ waiting rooms, and chiropractic centers. Whether a person has a sedentary job or one that requires walking and lifting, there’s an excellent chance that at some point during his career, he’ll experience lower back pain. 

For a long time, it was believed that complete immobile bed rest was the best medicine. However, researchers eventually realized that sufferers who blended bed rest with moderate exercise often recovered faster than average. 

Today, it’s typical to incorporate some sort of physical activity into the treatment for lower back pain. Many people have found that they responded well to chiropractic treatment. 

Chiropractic sessions can help correct pain caused by the incorrect alignment of the spine. Chiropractic treatments can also increase blood flow to the lower back, thus aiding the recovery. 

Neck Sprains and Neck Soreness 

A neck sprain is when the soft tissue between the neck muscles is damaged by the neck moving suddenly and violently. The classic example is whiplash. Drivers and passengers of cars that are rear-ended might complain of this condition after the impact forces their heads forward and backward in rapid sequence. 

A sprain is likely to feel worse in the days following the injury. Along with the pain, patients generally have a reduced range of motion in the neck, possible muscle spasms in the upper body, especially the shoulders, and headaches.   

A chiropractor can help a patient understand what has happened to his neck tissues and the best way to speed recovery. Gentle chiropractic sessions may help increase some of the range of motion and make it easier for the patient to cope as his body heals. 

General neck soreness not directly attributable to an accident may respond well to neck manipulations. Some patients may respond better to chiropractic sessions than medications. 

Your Chiropractor Helps With More Than Spinal Realignment 

Now that you’re aware of some of the other conditions that a chiropractor can treat, do you see where he can be of help to you?  

ShoreLife Chiropractic & Wellness offers a full range of treatments, including massage therapy, digital x-rays, and Flexion Distraction. 

Whether you need spinal realignment of one of our other treatments, don’t delay. Contact us today. The sooner we hear from you, the sooner we can begin helping you to achieve your wellness goals.