Chiropractic Care with Our Chicago Chiropractor Can Help With A Number of Pains & Misalignment Issues
Below are a few of the conditions or issues that chiropractic can help. If you have any additional questions please give our office a call at 773-665-4400!
Neck Pain or Back Pain
Pain along the spinal column in your neck or back is usually caused by misalignments of your vertebrae. A small misalignment can cause pain by putting pressure on nerves. Left untreated, these misalignments can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage. If you are experiencing back or neck pain visit us today.
Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired, or being stressed. While all of these are factors that can lead to headaches, the direct cause is tightness in the neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. As many as 0% of all headaches originate from the neck. With a typical cervicogenic (which means of neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull, and that radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, but a chiropractic adjustment is the only thing that can realign the vertebrae in your neck, and fix the underlying cause of the problem. Chiropractic can help eliminate the cause of your headaches rather than offering a temporary relief from the symptoms.
Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. When this happens it causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and properly treated. Your chiropractor can help you do this.
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a "pinched nerve". This can be caused by spinal misalignments, bulging or herniated discs, as well as other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms. The pressure on the nerve must be relieved in order to alleviate the pain. An examination can reveal the cause of the pain, and an adjustment can relieve the pain by properly aligning the spine and addressing the cause of the pain.
Call us today so we can locate the cause of your pinched nerve.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using their hands, usually at a computer. Typing is a motion that, when performed repetitively and with poor posture, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include severe pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation. The nerves in the fingertips travel through the wrist, up the arm, and into the neck. The spine is the center of the nervous system, and the pain in your hands and wrists can be relieved by your chiropractor with concentrated spinal and joint adjustments.
Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies. Chiropractic does not block your symptoms like an anti-histamine, which provides short term relief. Chiropractic allows your body to be better equipped to fight against allergies. Basically, it strengthens your immune system to not react against an allergen.
What are allergies?
Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an outside substance known as an allergen (substances that normally have no effect on some people) that results in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, or in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines your immune system creates in an attempt to protect your body against the allergen. Your body is trying to defend itself from something that does not have to be an enemy!
How does chiropractic help with allergies?
When your spine is misaligned it can impinge on the nervous system in your body. Studies have shown that the nervous system has an effect on the functionality of your immune system. When your nervous system is under stress and not functioning properly, your immune system cannot work at an optimal level. Chiropractors work with the nervous system by aligning the spine to relieve any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work at a higher level, making it easier to fight off infections while recognizing allergens. When your immune system recognizes allergens, it will not overreact to them, or at least not react as severely to them.
If you suffer from allergies, chiropractic can help you find relief. Schedule an appointment with us today and we can tailor a plan for you and your allergies!
Between the vertebrae in the spine are discs called interverbreal discs. The outside of the disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly-like solution. These discs serve many purposes, and act a lot like shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma can cause the discs to become herniated, bulge out, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture, however, trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause of these conditions. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.
How does chiropractic help with disc problems?
By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle. If you believe you are experiencing disc problems or nerve pain, request an appointment today!
Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car accidents. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth with a lot of force. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as ‘soft tissue damage’, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated/bulging/ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension from the violent movement.
How can chiropractic help with whiplash?
Chiropractic can help with both types of injuries- the soft tissue damage or the structural damage. Adjustments and alignments can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment. Sometimes you don’t feel the damage from a car accident until much later, but it is important that you consult your chiropractic doctor in Lakeview immediately.
Chiropractic massage can also be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries. If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery. Other patients have avoided these fates by simply getting in immediately! Schedule an appointment today.
Arthritis is a condition that is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage between joints. Some of the major joints that are most often affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrist. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to not function properly. Arthritis in one area can cause arthritis or other problems in a different joint. For instance, if you have arthritis in your left knee, you may compensate for this by putting more pressure on your right side, leading to right hip problems. Everything is connected!
Pain killers can cause temporary relief from pain and discomfort, but it is not a long term solution. Pain killers can often have serious side effects, especially when taken over a long period of time.
How can chiropractic help with osteoarthritis?
Chiropractic can alleviate the pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system with proper alignment. It can also restore proper joint movement, helping to ensure that you use proper motion so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body. We are not concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well being. If this sounds like something you would benefit from, contact our Chicago office today at 773-665-4400!
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse or under-use of a joint, muscle imbalance, or other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles, and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.
One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction. This occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc.
How can chiropractic help with joint dysfunction?
Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief by getting these joints to move. Using specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain. Our Chicago chiropractic office also utilizes different therapies to provide pain relief to the muscles surrounding the affected joints. If you have joint pain, visit us for relief.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that many medical professionals do not know much about. There is no specific known cause, and it is often brought on by many different factors./p>
The main symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain throughout the body, mainly in the joints. The pain may be achy, sharp, radiating, burning, or shooting and it may be mild or severe. Fibromyalgia has also been known to bring on other conditions like trouble sleeping, headaches, depression, and anxiety.
How can chiropractic care help fibromyalgia?
While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic treatment can help to uncover what may be causing the pain and also provide relief. The cause of fibromyalgia could be physical, mental, or emotional, so a full examination will be performed. Adjustments and massage can be used to relieve pain from the affected areas. The added effects of increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system can also help to fight the effects of fibromyalgia. If you are experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia give us a call to schedule a consultation so we can establish a plan to start you on your road to recovery.
We have discussed many conditions that can be relieved through chiropractic, but the best treatment of any condition is always prevention. It is best to maintain regular chiropractic visits in order to stop conditions before they even start. Chiropractic care can help to prevent physical problems and injuries from occurring. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic visits are increased flexibility and mobility, higher levels of energy, improved posture, a more effective immune system, better circulation, and an overall better feeling of well-being.
Ensure your optimal health through chiropractic- give our Chicago chiropractic office a call today!