The skeletal structure of the body is the foundation upon which all other systems are supported. When there is a vertebral subluxation in the spine which causes an abnormal curvature, it can result in chronic pain and a number of other health issues. A study in which patients had a lateral cervical radiograph before and after receiving chiropractic treatment for vertebral subluxations showed a significant measurable difference in the lateral cervical curve as the result of treatment.
Many people are aware that chiropractic services are beneficial in alleviating shoulder and low back pain caused by misalignment due to remaining in fixed positions for long periods of time while working. However, most of those people may be surprised to learn that many other health issues, such as migraine headaches which are often caused by misalignment of the neck, can be successfully treated with chiropractic adjustments.
Did You Know Chiropractic Services Can Help With…
Hypersensitivity of the immune and respiratory systems cause many allergic reactions. Researchers have discovered that effective functioning of these systems depends on communication between the brain and the spinal cord. This fact helps explain how chiropractic services can effectively reduce allergy symptoms.
Research has also shown that adjustment of the C-1 vertebra, commonly referred to as the Atlas vertebra because it holds the head up, resulted in lowering patients’ blood pressure without the use of medication.
Fibromyalgia, characterized by chronic pain which results in the tightening of muscles, can cause spinal misalignment, thereby perpetuating the cycle of pain. Periodic chiropractic adjustments can help prevent a worsening of the condition as well as provide pain relief.
Vertigo, or dizziness, is one of the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease. The evidence of one study showed that chiropractic care reduced vertigo in 97% of the patients that participated. Many people also report experiencing a restored sense of balance.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a painful condition often caused by shingles which affects one side of the face. Chiropractic stimulation of specific nerve centers can provide a pain-blocking effect in the trigeminal area of the brainstem.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is often accompanied by paraesthesia, which can result in numbness or tingling sensations. Two studies were conducted in which patients received chiropractic treatment consisting of manipulation of the upper spine, elbow and wrist, combined with the use of ultrasound for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. Not only did patients report significant improvements in range of motion, strength and pain reduction as a result— those improvements were maintained for at least six months. The study concluded that chiropractic treatment was as effective as traditional medical approaches. An added benefit is that chiropractic treatment has none of the potentially negative side effects of pharmaceutical pain relievers.
Surprisingly, neck adjustments can even improve inner ear drainage and reduce the healing time of ear infections, as well as reduce their frequency. Not surprisingly, scientific research is continually providing new information about medical conditions and potentially effective treatments for them.
For example, one theory suggests that acid reflux syndrome or GERD may be caused by nerve root compression in the T1-T4 areas of the thoracic vertebra, which control the impulses of the lower esophageal sphincter. Swelling caused by misalignment results in reduced nerve impulse transmission or false signaling.
Each new medical discovery demonstrates the degree to which every system and function of the human body is affected by proper alignment of its basic skeletal structure and the importance of maintaining it. Rather than treating just the condition, chiropractic services effectively treat the whole person with the goal of increasing their overall quality of life.
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