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Cervical Chiropractic for Work Life Balance & Relief

Adjusting former gymnast

Many people find difficulty balancing all the stresses — mental and physical — from their work, exercise, and life in general. This built-up stress can often contribute to or even cause back pain.

Believe it or not, visiting a chiropractor can help reset this work-life balance.

Below are some examples of situations in which people benefited tremendously from chiropractic work.

Case Studies

People involved in gymnastics often visit chiropractors. Julie is a star gymnast. She’s won several major competitions and her coach believes she has a shot to make the U.S. Olympic team if she can avoid injuries. Unfortunately, she suffered an injury while making use of one of those home balance beams, and though the injury was mild, it has plagued her for months and is ruining her focus.

As you can see, it’s pretty common:

Sandra suffers from migraines. She has a prescription for a triptan drug, but the drug is costly and her insurance regulates how many she gets per month. To tide her over, her doctor has also given her a prescription for a narcotic pain reliever, but this leaves her feeling groggy and out-of-sorts.

Lisa has fibromyalgia. She’s constantly tired and in pain, and her symptoms come and go randomly. Her doctor dismisses her complaints and tells her that there’s nothing he can do to help, so he gives her an anti-depressant.

Joe was in a car accident and suffered from whiplash. He took a variety of pain killers, both over-the-counter and prescription, but he never got consistent relief. Now, in addition to the original pain from whiplash, he has rebound headaches when he tries to stop using the meds.

Will had back pain. At 60 years of age, he wrote it off as a matter of course. He tried heating pads, NSAIDs, and a variety of stretches and massages to ease the pain, but little seemed to help. He resigned himself to dealing with the symptoms rather than healing his back.

All these people had one thing in common: they all could be helped by utilizing upper cervical health care. Instead of merely treating the symptoms of the various health problems, upper cervical chiropractic gently corrects the source of the problem. Upper cervical doctors concentrate solely on the craniocervical junction. Keeping the head properly aligned with the spine is at the heart of their work: when the brain can communicate freely with the rest of the body, the body is able to function at its best.

A misalignment of the spine can lead to a host of health problems: pain may directly occur from the misalignment, such as back or hip pain, or it may come secondarily as a neurological problem. Upper cervical chiropractic care gets to the source of the problem, realigning and correcting the entire spine by merely realigning the cervix.

Now, we don’t tout upper cervical chiropractic as a cure-all or a miracle. What we do say is that it allows the body’s innate healing processes to function. He goes on to say that “Prevalent is not normal.” Simply because back pain is common, migraines are on the rise, joint pain comes with age, does not mean those things are all normal. Allowing your body to work as it was intended allows it to heal itself, no drugs required.

While all people can benefit from upper cervical chiropractic (even those who are perfectly healthy), it can be a pricey endeavor. A first-time patient can be looking at more than 50 visits the first year, multiple visits in the first weeks, tapering off towards the end. Once a patient reaches the point of maintenance, they can drop down to once every two weeks or even once a month.

This care may or may not be covered through insurance: if your insurance covers chiropractic care, physical medicine, or physical therapy, your costs will be greatly reduced. If not, you can still take advantage of reduced costs through a healthcare reimbursement account. The work is pricey, but it’s an investment in your health. Rather than throwing money away on pills (and dealing with the side effects and risks), rather than continuing visits to your doctor, start an HRA solely to help with your upper cervical expenses.

If you decide to visit an upper cervical doctor, do your homework first. Not all doctors of chiropractic are fully qualified to handle upper cervical healthcare. In fact, few are. But your search will be worth it.

Expectations of Chiropractic Care

Let’s take the mysteries out of what chiropractic care is all about with an overview of how it works and what you might come to expect. What is chiropractic? Chiropractic theory revolves around joints and bones that may be out of adjustment or misaligned and when they are manipulated back into place the rest of the body will adjust accordingly and naturally.

A licensed chiropractor makes physical adjustments to misalignments, which are called subluxations. An adjustment to a joint is performed by pushing, twisting or pulling movements and they are referred to as adjustments. Other treatments may include using ultrasound, electrical stimulation or using heat prior to an adjustment in an effort to get a patient’s muscles to relax.

An adjustment may result in a cracking or popping sound as a joint is being manipulated. This sound can occur when a joint has been released or moved from a restrictive state during a treatment. Only a small number of patients feel more than mild discomfort or pain when an adjustment is being performed. After an adjustment, most people feel fine and report no discomfort.

Who should use chiropractic services?

Chiropractic is used to treat people with headaches, neck pain and back pain as a treatment. A chiropractic adjustment is generally safe and this information is provided for interested parties about chiropractic services. It is not intended to replace consultation with a physician.

Side Effects

Possible side effects of a chiropractic adjustment could include fatigue, headaches or discomfort where an adjustment was made. Rare or serious problems can occur sometimes and you should confer with your chiropractor before services are rendered.

Why consider chiropractic care?

People rely on chiropractic treatment to resolve reoccurring conditions quickly and resume normal life. Individuals may develop back pain and are unsuccessful using current treatment methods to relieve pain.

An initial visit with a chiropractor will entail questions about your health history and a physical examination including your spine. The chiropractor may perform an adjustment at this time or later depending upon your situation and create a treatment plan.

Adjustments take place on a padded chiropractic table. Chiropractors may use their hands applying force against a joint to release pressure. The concern of the chiropractor is to relieve pain, while improving your body’s overall physical condition.

When an adjustment has relieved pressure and pain, this allows the body to heal itself. A chiropractor may recommend stretching, massage, applying cold or heat, rest, exercises or discuss lifestyle changes. Many chiropractors perform services in conjunction with wellness programs believing that the entire body benefits as a whole.

Treatment is evaluated based on your condition and progress. The chiropractor may change the course of treatment or recommend seeing a medical physician. Each individual must evaluate whether the pain they are experiencing can be relieved or eliminated through chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractic Relief for Migraines

chiro massage

Chiropractors offer a way of treating migraines that is more natural and holistic. They don’t rely on pharmaceutical methods to treat these painful headaches.

Instead, chiropractors rely on methods such as massage, spinal manipulation, readjustment and even acupuncture. Methods like these tend to offer some migraine sufferers a way of controlling pain that they have not known through other methods.

Massage

Saying the word massage conjures up images of a relaxing day at the spa. It’s true that massage can be a wonderfully relaxing but it is also an excellent way of dealing with tight, painful muscle spasms. Many people who suffer from migraines understand what it is like to live with tight muscles that tend to spasm and tighten on their own. Sometimes these spasms actually cause their migraines. A chiropractor can use ultrasound from an ultrasound machine along with deep tissue massage to find relief for a migraine patient. Some patients have such great success that they return on a regular basis to receive this treatment.

Here’s an example of chiropractic massage:

Spinal Manipulation

An article by Rebecca S. Fischer, D.C., F.I.A.C.A., reports that 78% of all headaches can be related to biomechanical problems in the upper cervical spine and these can be effectively treated by a chiropractor. Spinal manipulation is another tool that is used by chiropractors to help realign the spine back into its natural position. Having the spine realigned will support the proper blood flow and nerve conduction that the body needs.

Periodic Adjustment

Periodic adjustment is a method of keeping the spine and cervical bones aligned properly. To do this a patient must return on a frequent basis for treatment. The method helps to provide relief by reducing the number of migraines that a patient suffers from. After realizing the benefits, many people will return to their chiropractor on a periodic basis to obtain this therapy. Some people even report being able to feel when their spine and cervical bones are becoming misaligned.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is another common method of migraine relief that is utilized by chiropractors. Chiropractors have special training that is taken to do Acupuncture. The Acupuncture method has been used for centuries by the Chinese culture as a method of reducing and relieving chronic pain. The Mayo Clinic website reports that Acupuncture involves a method of strategically placing pins at varying lengths into the body. Acupuncture helps to reduce pain during a migraine attack and can ultimately reduce the number of recurring migraines a person suffers from.

When Should You See a Chiropractor?

If one experiences back pain for a long time it is appropriate that he visits the Chiropractor in addition to his backache specialist. The treatment of Chiropractors has been known to give good results.

Lower back pain is a painful ailment. Some feel the pain for a few days and then the pain recedes. But in some cases, the pain continues for a long time and could even be severe.

Causes for Lower Back Pain

Lower Back Pain could occur due to various reasons like poor sitting posture, sleeping on an uneven mattress, stress, lifting of heavy weight, injury to spine due to accident or mental fatigue etc. When the back pain is experienced, it causes stiffness, muscular spasms, burning sensations in the legs and some times even in the lower back.

There are no known medicines which cures the back pain. Anti-inflammatory drugs are prescribed in addition to exercises. In some cases, surgery is also suggested.

What is Chiropractor?

Chiropractor is an alternative health care system which works on the hypothesis that the disorder of the spine affects the general health of the patient sooner or later. This is an alternative and complementary system of treatment with special emphasis to spine. There are two methods of treatment and they are manual therapy and spinal manipulation. Chiropractor also prescribes exercise and counseling.

Although this system of medicine was initially resisted by the medical fraternity, it has now been accepted as an alternative system of medicine and now this is a well established system of alternative treatment in US, Canada and Australia.

Depending on the gravity, the Chiropractor may suggest for an X ray or other investigations and then decide on the line of treatment. If the pain is continuous or increases day by day, the Chiropractor may go in for a treatment called ‘spine manipulation‘.

Spine manipulation

Normally, even little movement of the spine would cause pain of the lower back. But Chiropractor uses a technique called spine manipulation to alleviate the pain. This is based on the concept that restricted movement of the spine is the reason for the pain due to the fact that the spine has reduced its function. In the spine manipulation technique, the chiropractor uses his hands in a controlled manner and applies sudden force to a joint and pushes the joint beyond its normal range of motion. Some times, the movement is followed by a popping or cracking sound. This sound is caused because of the change of the position of the joint.

Chiropractic is a safe method of treatment particularly for backache. Normally the help of Chiropractor is taken in addition to the normal treatment like anti inflammatory medicines etc.