Conditions and Treatments

Arthritis and Chiropractic Care

Sufferers of hundreds of types of arthritis that may develop at some point in a person's life may benefit greatly from chiropractic care. Depending on the person and the type of arthritis, the results may vary.

When a chiropractor performs and adjustment, this helps keep the spinal joints moving smoothly and will minimize the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Studies over the years have revealed those individuals who receive regular chiropractic adjustments at a younger age greatly reduce their risk of developing osteoarthritis later in life.

There may be times when your chiropractor will refer you to another health care professional if it is necessary.

Can Chiropractic Care Help?
Again, many arthritis sufferers have benefited greatly from chiropractic care. But, the results will vary from person to person and also depend on the type of arthritis the individual is dealing with.

The exact reason why chiropractic care is so effective is not completely understood. But, what we do know is that there is a huge relationship between the spine, the nervous system, the muscles and joints of the body, as well as all of our internal organs.

Regardless of the your condition or complaint, you can benefit from a healthier spine.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

People all over the world suffer from Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) and many are seeking chiropractic assistance to help the problem.

Who Gets Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
The people who get CTS are those who perform consistent, repetitive tasks and job functions. Among these would include secretaries, assembly line workers, musicians, carpenters, computer users and many others. Fractures of the hand and wrist may cause CTS later in life. Other causes include rheumatoid, acromegaly, multiple myeloma, and gout.

The Relationship Between Your Spine and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The relationship between a healthy spine and CTS has been documented by a number of people who discovered spinal nerve root irritation among patients who had CTS. Other discoveries involved nerve compression in the neck that can block the flow of much needed nutrients to the wrist which makes them more prone to injury. Also, certain muscles may tight and as a result can entrap the median nerve. The person with this problem would present with CTS symptoms. A doctor of chiropractic can distinguish the site of nerve irritation and then address the problem with an appropriate treatment plan.

How Can Chiropractic Help Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Those who suffer from CTS should visit a chiropractor to make sure that their spinal column does not have nerve pressure between the arms and wrists and the nerves in the neck. (Fisher, H - Preventative Magazine)

Computer workers and music artists who have developed CTS are using their wrists and their neck when performing their daily tasks. Changes in movements of the spine may create strain on their necks which may be causing or irritating the condition. (Ferezy, J. & Norlin, W. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: A case report. Chiropractic Technique. Jan/Feb 1989, pp.19-22.)

A visit to the chiropractor is highly recommended for anyone suffering from CTS to ensure a healthy spine or to help correct tight muscles which may be entrapping the median nerve causing CTS symptoms.

Children and Back Injuries

Children have an extremely busy play life. Day in and day out, the consistent playing, wrestling, running, jumping, and other childhood events cause misaligned spinal columns that go undetected for months or even years. Then, the common signs and symptoms that may result begin to appear: fever, croup, poor posture, loss of hearing, sore throat, neckaches, skin disorders, consistent cough, poor coordination, and the list goes on and on.

Chiropractic and the Link to Healthier Children
Parents are so concerned about regular checkups for their child's eyes, teeth, ears, and heart; but never even think about a spinal evaluation. The spinal checkup could pose as the most important checkup a child could ever receive. A child's spine contains their entire life- the spinal cord and its attachment to the brain. The spinal cord contains billions of nerve fibers that consistently send messages along with energy from the brain to all parts of their body.

Children's Spines are Very Vulnerably to Injury
A child's spine is very vulnerable to injury. In harsh cases, "whiplash shake syndrome," when a baby is shaken severely, can cause such damage as eye or brain injury.

Physical and Psychological Benefits
Correcting a child's spine of misalignments can have a most beneficial effect on their lives. For many years parents have noticed positive changes in their child's physical health, behavior, and emotional states after a chiropractic adjustement.

Warning Signs
Due to the fact that your child may have spinal misalignments and you are unaware of it, it is highly recommended that all children receive regular spinal checkups. The following are warning signs that the spinal column may be out of alignment:

  • Neck tilt
  • One leg shorter than the other
  • Nervousness
  • One hip or shoulder higher than the other
  • Hyperactivity
  • Falling frequently
  • Certain skin conditions
  • Can't stand or sit still

A visit to the chiropractor is highly recommended for children of all ages to ensure a healthy spine which is free from nerve compression. The earlier, the better!


If you suffer from headaches, your first step should be to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors utilize safe methods that are drug free and have helped millions of such sufferers throughout the years.

Muscle Tension Headaches
There are a lot of things that can cause a headache. In fact, you can get a headache just by worrying about all the different things that can cause them! This leads to the muscle tension or stress headache. One of the most common headaches of all.

What Can Cause the Pain of a Headache?
The veins, arteries and cranial nerves within your skull and brain can be a cause. When they are stretched, pulled or irritated, a headache will often follow.

Migraines and Cluster Headaches
Migraines can be so severe that they can actually ruin lives. The migraine is in part a vascular headache. The migraine symptoms appear before the headache pain begins. These symptoms include redness, spots, lines before the eyes, swelling, hallucinations, complete discomfort, irritability, numbness, sensitivity towards light, and many more.
Then the actual pain hits!

The most common symptoms are

  • Pain is usually confined to one side of the head
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Consistent throbbing which becomes a blunt steady pain

A cluster headache arrives quickly with throbbing pain, often in one nostril, which then spreads behind the eye on that side of the face. These headaches tend to occur anywhere from once to multiple episodes daily in "clusters" which last weeks and even months. Strangely enough, this headaches stops as quickly as it starts.

How Can Chiropractic Help?
Headache victims are turning more and more to chiropractic care for treatment. Chiropractors work to remove any spinal damage so the individual's body may operate properly and heal itself. Millions of headache sufferers have had incredible results from regular chiropractic adjustments. By correcting a person's misalignments, some which have been shown to have a large referral into the head, their body is able promote its natural healing ability by showing a decrease in frequency and intensity of headaches, and hopefully complete resolution.

A visit to the chiropractor is highly recommended for all headache sufferers. The results can be dramatic!

Blood Pressure

Blood pressure is required to make blood flow to every part of our bodies. But there is no perfect blood pressure that applies to everyone; 120 over 80 is just an average. Some elements that cause blood pressure to change are:

  • Exercise
  • Time of day
  • Emotional tension and stress
  • Alcoholic consumption
  • Altitude
  • Tobacco use

Low blood pressure is called hypotension and high blood pressure is called hypertension. Yet the exact cause of high blood pressure is unknown.

Is High Blood Pressure Considered a Defense?
There seems to be the possibility that for some individuals, high blood pressure has an important purpose. That it may be the body's defense against spinal pressure on the spinal cord and the brain. The body then retaliates by a rise in blood pressure.

The Medical Approach and the Effects of Medication
Most doctors turn to prescription drugs to lower a person's blood pressure. This perspective ignores the important questions:

  • What causes the blood pressure to rise?
  • Is this drug just treating a symptoms and not the cause?
  • Is the high blood pressure performing a particular needed function for the person?

The side effects of prescription drugs are numerous. To name a few would include the following:

  • Mood swings
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of energy
  • Anger
  • Depression
  • Aching joints
  • Weakness
  • Rash and hives

How Can Chiropractic Help?
It is important to note that chiropractic is not a type of treatment for high blood pressure. Yet it seems to be one of the most important things that a person can do for their blood pressure and their entire bodies. Chiropractors do adjustments on the spine to correct joint misalignments which can relax tight muscles that have offset the body's balance and nerve function. The exact reason why chiropractic care is so effective is not completely understood. But, what we do know is that there is a huge relationship between the spine, the nervous system, and all of our internal organs.

Regardless of the condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine.

Seek a Chiropractor to Relieve Pain, Stay with a Chiropractor to Enjoy an Even Better Life!

Chronic or trauma related pain are usually the reason that most people visit their chiropractor for the first time. They are seeking relief and an end to the pain for their current problem. The reasons why they stay for life however, are many.

Our bodies require maintenance and upkeep just like everything else in the world, and amazingly the true success of chiropractic comes in the months and years when we are not in pain. One begins to notice that they have more energy, improved performance in physical activities, and better resistance to disease. The family doesn't seem to have the flu or cold as often as co-workers and classmates. The best part is that it's all drug free and is based on team-work between you, your body, and your chiropractor.

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