Chiropractic treatment for neck pain or stiffness may consist of gentle manual adjustments, muscle mobilization, and rehab techniques to prevent the problem from continuing to occur. By addressing the root causes of the problem- most likely a combination of spinal misalignment and muscular tension or tightness- chiropractors are ideal for helping you recover from neck discomfort. Depending on the severity of your neck pain, it may take one adjustment or multiple to fully improve, but the more involved you are with your treatment, the better and more quickly your symptoms will respond.
Low Back Pain
Most often, low back pain can be caused by what is referred to as “recurring micro-trauma”, meaning the same small, and sometimes unacknowledged, incorrect movement patterns throughout the day. Examples of this are lifting incorrectly over and over, poor sleeping posture, and sitting for extended periods time. Low back injury may also occur via one major incident- such as trying to lift or pull something heavy and suddenly feeling your back “go out”. Either of these types of injuries can be very damaging to the spine, especially when left untreated. Fortunately, chiropractic care has been shown to be very successful in regard to treating low back pain and preventing it from recurring.
Chiropractors have many tools available when it comes to treating low back pain, with the most common being the chiropractic adjustment. When performed correctly, an adjustment can re-align the spine and decrease pressure off of the spinal nerves (which is how we sense pain). By also addressing the tight and tense muscles of the lower back, pain and stiffness can be reduced. The doctor may also recommend ice or heat, RockTape, and stretches and/or exercises.
A chiropractor is specifically trained to find and treat misalignment. If a vertebra is found to be out of alignment, a chiropractic adjustment is performed to re-align and straighten out the spine, thus removing pressure off of a “pinched nerve”. When the pressure is taken off of a nerve, immediate pain relief can frequently be experienced. By also addressing any surrounding tight muscles, especially those located at the base of the skull, patients will often notice their symptoms reduce. If you have not tried chiropractic care for headaches or migraine relief, it may be time to do so.
Because each rib actually attaches to the spine, having a chiropractor examine the spine and surrounding muscles is very important if you think you may have a rib out of place, as well as to rule out possible fracture. If joint dysfunction is the reason for your pain, a chiropractic adjustment using either hands-on therapy or the use of a handheld instrument can help to put the rib back into position, often giving immediate pain relief. Applying RockTape to the painful area may also help to decrease inflammation and aid with normal range of motion.
It is not uncommon for women to experience rib pain during pregnancy, and as the baby continues to grow, this usually worsens. Having regular chiropractic treatment to assess for rib dysfunction can help to prevent pain from occurring and help to alleviate pain when it arises. Often runners and those doing intense physical cardio-type training will also experience rib discomfort, and regular chiropractic care allows for them to continue working out pain-free.
Sciatic pain may be traced back to several causes, and it is important to differentiate where it is coming from in order to know how to treat it. Your chiropractor should perform a thorough examination to determine what exactly the cause of your pain is. Depending on where the problem lies, a chiropractor may perform a chiropractic adjustment, administer manual muscle work, assist with rehab techniques, or a combination of these treatments. Oftentimes stretches will be prescribed for the patient to work on outside of their office visit, in order to help decrease muscle tightness in the lower back and buttocks. Sciatic pain may respond to treatment fairly quickly, or may take several treatments to fully dissipate.
If you are currently experiencing any of the above symptoms due to running, have no fear, chiropractic may be just what you need to help recover. Just as the joints of the spine can become misaligned, so can any other joint in the body- and re-aligning joints is exactly what a chiropractor is trained to do. Ankle sprains respond particularly well to a combination of gentle chiropractic manipulation (adjustment) and RockTape to alleviate pain, restore mobility, and decrease inflammation. If you have experienced a running injury, or are interested in preventative strategies, a chiropractic evaluation will determine if chiropractic care is right for you.
Chiropractic care works well to not only decrease pain and discomfort that you may currently be experiencing, but with the correct guidance on proper rehab techniques, can actually help to prevent you from further episodes of pain. At MCW, we not only focus on adjustments of the spine to increase mobility and decrease stiffness, but work to release muscle tension and adhesions, and to re-train muscles which have become weakened or de-conditioned. By addressing all of these components, you are setting yourself up for better long-term outcomes.
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