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Treating Sciatica with Chiropractic Treatments

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by admin No Comments

Sciatica can be caused by many different things. But one thing is consistent across all cases, however: an unbearable pain in the lower back that extends down through the buttocks and the leg.

Sciatica can be caused by many different things. But one thing is consistent across all cases, however: an unbearable pain in the lower back that extends down through the buttocks and the leg. It can affect one side or both and be quite debilitating. While many may resort to using medications to deal with this pain, it is much more advisable to seek out chiropractic treatment to resolve the condition and its symptoms for good.

So, sciatica is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve, which is a nerve that runs down the entire body. The term “sciatica” refers to any pain that affects this nerve. It is not a disorder or a disease, rather just a symptom. That’s why masking it with pain relievers is such a bad idea because you don’t know the cause of the pain.

When you first seek out chiropractic care, it’s important that you undergo a thorough examination. You should be asked about the location of your pain and if any specific movements make it worse or better. This will give the practitioner information he or she needs to make a diagnosis as to the cause of your pain. Specific tests will be conducted as well like touching the skin, testing muscle strength and taendon reflexes, as well as orthopedic evaluations. Sometimes, imaging will be used in diagnosis if initial tests aren’t forthcoming.

Some of the most common causes of sciatica are disc herniation, arthritis, hypertonic muscles, and spondylolisthesis. These conditions can be definitively diagnosed using CT scans or MRIs since they allow the chiropractic professional to evaluate the soft tissues.

Once a diagnosis is made, you can undergo treatment. Your chiropractor will perform a series of adjustments designed to take pressure of the sciatic nerve and to provide you with long-lasting pain relief. High velocity low amplitude adjustments or HVLA is one option, which involves quick impulses to the spine. Be sure to talk over all of your treatment options with your chiropractor before you begin a course of therapy. It may be that a combination of different therapies is found to be best for you. A TENS or IFC machine might help to relax spasming muscles. Massage might bring additional relief.

The type of chiropractic treatments you receive will depend on the cause of your sciatica and your current physical health but rest assured, you will be in good hands under this type of care.

Chiropractic Treatments for Headaches

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013 by admin No Comments

chiropractic-treats-headaches-sxc.huOne of the primary reasons people set up an appointment with a chiropractor is because they have a headache. In fact, 13% of current chiropractic patients are those complaining of headaches or related ailments. Now, it’s well-known that having a headache can seriously impact your quality-of-life. Tension headaches, migraines, and cluster headaches can make it difficult to go about your daily life. For some, the pain is so bad that they have to take high doses of pain relievers and even then they are stuck lying in bed with the lights off just trying to “wait it out.”

A recent study is showing frequent chiropractic treatments have a significantly positive impact on both the severity and frequency of headaches. In fact, a review published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics outlines official guidelines by which chiropractors can provide manipulation and adjustment with the aim of treating headache pain in mind.

Specifically, it was found that high velocity and low amplitude thrusts are most effective for the management of migraine and cervicogenic headaches. An additional study performed in Holland showed that chronic tension headaches also respond to chiropractic care more frequently than general practitioner care. Specifically, manual therapy was found to reduce the symptoms of chronic tension headaches in both the short and the long-term.

So what does this all mean for someone like you? If you suffer from frequent headaches that greatly impact your quality of life, it would behoove you to set up an appointment with your local practitioner. He or she can review your current health and you can provide a detailed account of your symptoms. From there, the treatment plan will be set forth. Should you stick to this treatment plan, the likelihood that you will experience a significant reduction in pain and the frequency of your headaches is very high. There’s no need to live with this pain any longer. There’s no need to rely on pain medications that you will likely build up a tolerance to overtime and need to have the dosage increased. There’s no need to miss work and fun events because of your headaches. Especially when such a convenient treatment option is available.

Chiropractic treatments can provide you with a level of symptom reduction, pain relief, and long-term effectiveness unlike any other form of treatment. Isn’t that alone worth giving it a try?