What Is It?
Chiropractic treatment is the act of providing a high velocity (fast), low amplitude (small) thrust to a joint to remove a restriction in motion. By eliminating motion restrictions, we can take stress away from nearby joints, which may have been forced to move beyond their normal limits in order to make up for the lost movement in the restricted segment. These restrictions also have consequences for the nerves which exit the spine at the joint, which in turn affects the function of whatever structures the nerve controls. In addition to these problems, more immediate concerns commonly arise, such as inflammation of the joint itself and ache or tension in the muscles trying to move the restricted joint or guard a painful segment.
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What Can A Chiropractor Help Treat?
Migraines and Headaches:
Sufferers of migraines and headaches often experience relief following a chiropractic adjustment, particularly when that treatment is combined with care for the surrounding muscles. A common cause of headaches is tightness of the muscles in the neck which are associated with restricted joints, and these tight muscles can place pressure on structures at the base of the skull resulting in a migraine like pain called a cervicogenic headache (headache associated with neck pain). The diagnosis of migraines (figuring out if it is a headache or a true migraine) is not an easy task, as many of the symptoms are very similar. It is common for a migraine to be felt on one side of the head more than the other, but this can also be true of headaches where one side of the neck has more joint restrictions and, as a result, has tighter muscles than the other. Many headache and migraine sufferers will comment that the problem always arises at the same time as their neck pain. A chiropractor allows us to restores movement to the joints of the spine (in this case, the head and neck) which takes pressure off of the nerves in the region and allows the surrounding muscles to relax, relieving many of the symptoms of the headache or migraine in the process. Treatment of these conditions with chiropractic adjustment can help by reducing the frequency (how often), severity (how bad), or duration (how long) of a headache or migraine, or a combination of those three!
Back Pain and Neck Pain:
For patients who suffer back pain, it is very common to feel a general tightness which sometimes becomes sharp. The muscles of the back can become tight in response to pain in the joints of the spine in an attempt to support the area, this tightness can end up contributing to the back pain. Low back pain, midback pain (between the shoulder blades) and neck pain can often be treated very effectively with chiropractic adjustment. Low back pain often arises after a small movement which causes a slight jolt and results in injury to a joint, when this occurs, there is inflammation in the area which can affect the muscles and nerves, and the body restricts the movement of the joint to prevent further back pain. In order to resolve this issue, your chiropractor can apply adjustments to those joints to stop them being restricted and take pressure off of the nearby structures. In particular low back pain and neck pain sufferers often feel a stiffness which resolves for a short time after a massage or stretching, but returns again shortly after. These cases commonly arise when the muscles are tightening to prevent the movement of a restriction, so no matter how often the muscles are relieved, neck pain or back pain will reoccur as long as the muscles are responding to that painful joint.
The shoulder is a highly complex structure, and determining the exact cause of shoulder pain can be a difficult endeavour as many of the parts of the joint have referral patterns to areas distant from the problem itself. Shoulder pain felt just between the shoulder blades can often arise when one of the joints in the midback is restricted. This can result in local pain, shoulder pain referred to the joint itself, and even neck pain or headaches. Restoring motion to these joints is the specialty of your chiropractor and, with the return of movement to the joint, the surrounding muscles and nerves are able to relax. In this way, chiropractic adjustment of the midback can have wonderful results on shoulder pain, neck pain, and other remote areas, not to mention chiropractic adjustment of restricted joints in the shoulder itself!
Is a Chiropractor Safe? I Hear There’s Not Much Scientific Evidence?
Chiropractic treatment has been around for thousands of years in some form or another, with carvings in ancient Greece depicting Hippocrates administering primitive adjustments to warriors, as well as historical evidence from Mongolia describing the use of joint adjustments in the treatment of those thrown from their horses. Despite this it’s over the past 50 or so years that the most significant advances in chiropractic treatment have been made, with increasing scientific evidence supporting the use of chiropractic adjustment and the effect of these adjustments on neurological function, pain responses, and general motor control of the body. The science here is also reaping benefits in regards to having more evidence for the safety of chiropractic adjustment, case in point would be the fact that the chiropractic profession was one of only a select few in 2014-15 to have a decrease in premiums for professional indemnity insurance. If it wasn’t safe, the insurance companies would charge a fortune!
The original hallmark of chiropractic treatment was ‘cracking backs’; now the profession has diversified to provide chiropractic adjustment to all of the joints of the body. It is by treating the dysfunctions found throughout the body that we can treat the variety of conditions listed above. Here at Reflex Chiropractic and Physical Therapy we combine these chiropractic adjustments with the other treatment methods such as acupuncture, in order to get the best results for our patients. So book your chiropractor today in the Kardinya, South Lake and Fremantle areas, and see what we can do to help you!