Common complaints


Common conditions which are related to chiropractic, and chiropractors can help with it.

Tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches are common types of headaches. Tension headaches are mostly caused by muscle tension or blood vessel problems. Symptoms can be relieved by stretching and relaxing the muscles. Most of the cervicogenic headaches are caused by the subluxation of the cervical spine. It is necessary to seek help from a chiropractor to adjust the neck bone and to correct the subluxation, which the headache will disappear naturally. Clinical report also pointed out that chiropractors have achieved remarkable results in the treatment of cervicogenic headaches.

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Neck pain

Neck pain is very common, and about two-thirds of people have experienced neck pain (Binder, 2007). Acute trauma or chronic strain can also cause neck pain. Acute and serious injuries require sports injuries to the neck bones, which can cause horsewhip-style trauma and excessive neck flexion and extension injuries. Poor posture can also increase pressure of our cervical spine. Our head should be right above the shoulders. If there is a forward head carriage, the pressure on the neck will be increased proportionally. Aparting from getting adjusted by a chiropractor, you also need to pay attention to posture and do more exercises which are aimed at correcting the posture.

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Low back pain

Causes of low back pain include trauma, accidents, poor posture and so on.

Common causes of acute low back pain include trauma, accident or poor posture. Other causes include obesity, stress, and osteoporosis. Sudden movements may cause the muscles to overstretch and overload the back muscles; the muscles may also be too late to contract properly to protect the spine, causing muscles and ligaments to be overstretched or torn. In more severe cases, the intervertebral disc in the lower back will be herniated.

Chronic low back pain refers to low back pain that lasts for more than three months. The cause is cumulative injury. Most patients are caused by the gradual deterioration of the waist due to old age, long-term poor posture, or frequent need for heavy objects. Long-term incorrect posture can cause subluxation of the spine, which can cause low back pain by pressing on the nerve line in the wrong position, and affect the mobility of the limbs. Patients will feel pain and weakness in the waist after walking for too long or standing for too long.

Chiropractors relieve those discomfort by releasing pressure on the lumbar nerves through spinal adjustments. A research report pointed out that chiropractors are more economical and effective in treating low back pain. 2

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Sciatica most commonly occurs when a herniated disk or a bone spur on the spine compresses part of the nerve. Our Sciatic nerve is the largest nerve in our body, which arises from nerves coming from L4 to S3. The sciatic nerve bundle extends through the hips to the feet. When our joints are subluxated, it causes inflammation, pain and often some numbness in the affected leg. Some may have mixed up sciatica vs piriformis syndrome, the cause of piriformis syndrome is tight piriformis muscle, causing numbness or weakness down the legs, by stretching the piriformis muscle, symptoms will be gone.

Symptoms of sciatica Sciatica: It can be:

  • lower back pain
  • hip and leg pain, especially when sitting down
  • needle-like burning sensation that extends to one side of the whole leg
  • continuous side of the hip pain
  • lower extremity pain, numbness and muscle atrophy
  • lower extremity pain, numbness and muscle atrophy

For sedentary patients, coughing, blowing your nose, long standing, or lifting heavy objects will causing more serious symptoms.

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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition in which the movement of the shoulder becomes limited. Frozen shoulder occurs when the strong connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint (called the shoulder joint capsule) becomes thick, stiff, and inflamed. The direction of treatment of the frozen shoulder is mainly to help to relax the over-tensioned rotator cuff muscles, relieve inflammation, and gradually increase the range of movement of the shoulder joint. Chiropractors will also correct the spine and advise the correct posture to reduce the loss of shoulder joints caused by daily activities.

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Numbness and tingling of hands and feet

Both “numbness” and “tingling” are abnormal tactile phenomena, both of which are caused by interference with the nerve supplying the skin. “Numbness” refers to the complete loss of touch or decreased acuity of the skin, while “tingling” refers to the sensation of needles and needles when there are thousands of ants walking on the skin without any external stimuli. Because of the subluxation of the neck bone or lumbar bone, the joint activities are hindered, which affects the normal transmission of nerves.

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Bone spur

Bone spurs are bone hyperplasia which is a kind of normal physiological degeneration. Bone spurs formed in the spine can suppress spinal nerves, blood vessels and soft tissues, causing symptoms such as paralysis and muscle atrophy. Bone spurs are mostly caused by long-term excessive joint pressure, such as poor posture or excessive strain, new bone and cartilage tissue will grow out of the joint near the end of the bone to fill the void due to loss. These new bone and cartilage tissues appear as needles on X-rays, so they are called bone spurs. If the spine is under pressure for a long time due to misalignment, the formation of bone spurs will be accelerated.

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Intervertebral disc herniation

Intervertebral Disc Herniation is mostly caused by incorrect posture or accidental injury. Disc herniation is a medical condition affecting the spine in which a tear in the disc. A disc begins to herniate when its jelly-like nucleus has been pushed out due to wear and tear or a sudden injury. This pressure against the spine may interrupt the nervous system and trigger discomfort in different areas depending on which nerves are interrupted. If the disc is herniated at your neck, your shoulder and arm will feel numbness. Sometimes even when you cough, sneeze you will feel this numbness or tingling. If the disc is herniated at your back, your legs may feel numbness and weakness of muscle power. Chiropractic treatment can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root and eventually any associated pain and inflammation into the leg. Chiropractic treatment can help move the disc away from the nerve, reducing inflammation of the nerve root and eventually any associated pain and inflammation into the leg.

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