Chiropractic Treatment Areas

Head

Headaches ranging from "migraines" to tension related respond to Chiropractic treatment. Treatment of headaches is directed toward a combination of improving range of motion and circulation, reducing muscular tension coming from the neck and decreasing postural stressors.

Neck

Neck injuries and poor posture including sleeping positions is a common ailment treated at our office. Neck problems can also cause shoulder pain and/or numbness in the arms and hands. Just because it's been painful for years doesn't negate treatment. We have even provided relief to people with surgical neck fusion. The seven cervical vertebrae are designed in a curve to carry the weight of your 12-15 pound head. If the natural curve becomes too straight or vertical or reverses direction such as with trauma, it causes pain. The proper range of motion must be returned, and specific strengthening to correct the curve is prescribed.

 

Shoulder

Too much or too little of something is not good, especially with the shoulder. From low grade tears in the rotator cuff causing instability or too much motion to "frozen shoulder" or lack of motion — restoring proper range of motion is critical to improving shoulder pain. Treatment of this ball and socket type of joint requires a lot of therapy directed at the supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments. The shoulder is also treated as part of a kinetic (moving) chain of the neck, mid-back, arm and hand.

Arm, Wrist and Hand

"Carpal Tunnel Syndrome" has been renamed Upper Extremity Cumulative Trauma for a good reason. Modern day keyboards don't have the previous typewriter return, so the muscles are not permitted a rest period or a stretch. This compounds the fatigue of "typing". Most wrist or hand ailments are a combination of muscle fatigue in the arm translating to tension on the muscles. The tension is then transferred to the tendons (rubber bands that connect muscles to bones) which inflame and then irritate the nerves closely packed in the wrists. Restoring proper motion to the wrists and reducing the pressure on the median nerve requires treatment of the muscles and tendons of the arm.

Mid-Back

If your shoulders are round, you probably will experience mid-back pain. The "hunchback" is too much stress for the spine. This can result from trauma, weak muscles or poor posture. Don't accept the "It's genetic.". Just because your grandparents aged into poor spinal posture, doesn't predetermine your spinal health. Treatment will make standing "upright" feel like your spine is young again.

Low Back Pain

80% of the population experience low back pain at some point in their life. It may resolve without treatment, but with each experience of low back pain the chances of it becoming more intense and taking longer to heal increase. While the number one recommendation outside of the chiropractic office is to lose weight, our treatment focus is to reduce inflammation and swelling, remove nerve irritations, relax muscles and improve proper function. While taking medications may relieve symptoms, they do not treat the cause of the pain or even physically relax the muscles. Chiropractic care is focused to the long term improvement of your spinal health, taking time to treat the cause of the pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Treatment whether pre or post surgery often includes flexion - distraction to promote natural movement and relax tension (i.e. proprioceptive movement to reset nociceptive firing of joint receptors and sensory afferents mostly large diameter myelinated A beta and A delta fibers). It is a gentle traction with range of motion applied in a prone position according to patient tolerance, muscle response and individualized spinal level. It is not a computerized decompression by vectors of force.

Iontophoresis using capsaicin is frequently the first approach to addressing the chronic inflammation during a two week trial therapy. This approach may turn down the nociceptive firing of the small unmyelinated c fibers often cited as the most susceptible to the inflammatory broth.

I do not hesitate to refer for prescription strength adjunctives of symptom management during therapy or pain management/surgical alternatives for patients who do not respond to conservative management within a two week time period.
 

Leg Pain, Piriformis Pain Syndrome or "Sciatica"

Often the result of nerve irritation in the low back or gluteal region, leg pain just like all other pain syndromes treated at this chiropractic office is first diagnosed as to what is causing the pain. While either a hamstring strain (muscle), or piriformis (gluteal/hip) muscle irritating the sciatic nerve can be as intense as the spinal nerve pain of "sciatica" they require different treatments.

Knee Pain

Locking up, locking out or falling out whatever the symptom, abnormal movement or lack there of may be over stressing your knee. Lack of integrity in the movement or position of the knee, can compromise the healing process.  If clinically indicated, radiographs or an MRI will be prescribed. Sometimes it's the fibula (small bone on the lateral side of the leg) that is causing knee pain, often the pain is coming from too much wear and tear on the knee ligaments and cartilage. Get your knee evaluated before it's an end stage surgical case.

Ankle and Foot Pain

The foot is referred to as the "bag of bones" named for the 26 bones mobility to change position during each phase of walking. The foot can be the asymptomatic cause of many other conditions such as knee pain and low back pain. Proper movement, balance and stability are necessary and part of the chiropractic treatment protocol. Acute injuries such as sprains and strains are not only treated but also rehabilitated to strengthen post injury.

Chiropractic Services Can Aid Those Undergoing Cancer Treatment

The experience of a cancer diagnosis and related treatment can be a traumatic one for both the mind and body. Certain aggressive malignancies, including mesothelioma cancer, are extremely difficult to treat and will often require incredibly toxic dosages of either chemotherapy or radiation to effectively eradicate malignant cells. These treatments put the body through a great of stress, pain, and illness. Therefore, some of the most important treatments utilized by patients during cancer care will be those that effectively alleviate cancer-related pain and discomfort.

Many oncologists, such as Dr. Harvey Pass, recommend the utilizations of alternative therapies to complement traditional therapies. Chiropractic care is one emerging area in which patients have introduced into formal and traditional treatment regimens. Musculoskeletal pain is one of the most common symptoms of malignant cell growth as well as radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Chiropractic care has been shown effective in some exploratory clinical trials as a pain management tool. Other services by many chiropractic care providers, such as acupuncture and massage have also assisted in providing and easing of anxiety and decreased pain for those undergoing cancer treatments.

Chiropractic care is not appropriate for all cancer patients, particularly those with whom the introduction of additional stress on the body may be detrimental, or those who are not healthy enough to undergo treatment. Patients are urged to speak with their primary oncologist before commencing any integrative or alternative cancer therapy. Ability to participate in such therapies will depend on any other number of specific patient conditions. However, all patients are encouraged to explore any therapy which improves overall health and quality of life.

James O’Shea
Mesothelioma.com