When you think about chiropractic care, you might assume it’s only appropriate for spinal injuries and backaches. While you can certainly benefit from spinal manipulation if you have these conditions, other treatable ailments aren’t as obvious. Learn some surprising and not-so-surprising conditions a chiropractor can treat.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Back Pain
When you have prolonged back pain, a trip to the chiropractor can set you straight. Your pain may be caused by a variety of conditions, such as a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal arthritis, muscle sprains, and a myriad of other causes. Chiropractors can treat both chronic and acute back pain to help you get relief that painkillers can’t match.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Sciatica
The sciatic nerve runs from your pelvis down the back of your leg. Pain from a damaged or constricted sciatic nerve, a condition called sciatica, causes a radiating pain from the buttock down the back of the thigh. Since sciatica is almost always a symptom of an underlying spinal issue, a chiropractor is the person to see for help.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Whiplash
This injury most often occurs in car accidents. If your head whips forward and backward violently in a rear-end collision, severe neck pain is a common result. Let an experienced chiropractor realign the damaged area and allow the soft tissues to heal quickly and correctly. Seeking treatment quickly following a car accident may prevent chronic pain from setting in.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Fibromyalgia
This mysterious chronic disorder is characterized by widespread pain and sensitivity, long-term fatigue, and/or disturbed mood and sleep patterns. Symptoms vary widely and experts argue about the potential causes.
While it may be difficult to find a single technique to combat all your symptoms, chiropractic care can certainly help. U.S. News & World Report states that 60 percent of fibromyalgia patients experience significant improvement from visiting a chiropractor. The doctor treats sensitive pressure points in the back, neck, shoulders, head, and other places. Even basic spinal adjustments increase spinal mobility to increase your range of motion and decrease pain.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Headaches and Migraines
Nine out of 10 Americans have headaches, which are often linked to muscle tension in the neck. This condition is common among people who spend long hours at the computer or in front of the TV. Taking a painkiller, locking yourself in your room, and hoping your headache or migraine goes away is one approach – but there’s a better way.
If you get headaches regularly, we suggest making chiropractor visits a regular part of your routine. Chiropractors can perform manipulations that improve spinal function to treat tension headaches that originate in the neck. Even 72 percent of migraine sufferers experience improvement in their symptoms after a chiropractic treatment, according to a clinical trial performed at Macquarie University.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Immune System Problems
If you have an immune system disease such as HIV, multiple sclerosis, or rheumatoid arthritis, chiropractic care can help! The nervous system and endocrine system – which chiropractic care treats directly – are inseparably linked with the immune system.
Consider this: when your nervous system is too active because of stress and painful subluxation of the spine, the adrenal gland may produce too much cortisol, a stress hormone that inhibits the immune system. When chiropractic care eliminates subluxation and relaxes your body to reduce stress, cortisol levels also drop, which can help diminish the symptoms of your immune system disease.
A Chiropractor Can Treat Leg Length Discrepancy
When one leg is shorter than the other, your joints can experience odd and uneven wear. This condition is often a result of structural problems caused by birth defects, but if a tilted pelvis caused by poor posture is to blame, a chiropractor can help. Proper pelvic alignment can undo your leg length discrepancy and eliminate any associated pain.
Meet with Our Fort Collins Chiropractor
If you have any of these health conditions or another problem you think might be treatable with chiropractic care, we encourage you to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Michael Farrell, DC or Dr. April Cardwell, DC, our Fort Collins chiropractors. You just might be able to enjoy relief from your symptoms without surgery or pharmaceuticals. Contact Spine Correction Center in Fort Collins at (970) 658-5115 to get started!