Low back pain is a common problem facing many people today. But just because something is “common,” that does not make it, “normal.” We were designed to live life abundantly and without pain or restrictions. Pain or weakness in the lower back or legs, muscle spasms, and other neurological symptoms such as digestive issues, are just some of the symptoms associated with misalignments in the vertebrae of your lumbar spine.
Medications only work to mask the problem by decreasing the inflammation and the pain you feel, allowing you to function at more of a normal level. Chiropractic adjustments, however, help restore proper alignment and motion to these joints, which is essential to correcting the problem in order to allow your body to heal naturally. If you or a family member is experiencing back pain, please schedule an appointment located in our chiropractor Frisco TX office and see how we can help you.
Misalignments, or subluxations, in your spine can cause pain around your neck and lead to muscle spasms and trigger points. When left untreated, a seemingly small misalignment can progress into more significant issues. Symptoms of headaches or pain down your arms and in your hands. Chiropractic adjustments help relieve the pressure on your nervous system caused by these misalignments thus restoring proper function to your nervous system.
Joint pain and dysfunction occurs when joints loose cartilage and become stiff which restricts full movement and function. While joint pain is typically caused by an injury or trauma, overuse or underuse of the joint also contributes to joint dysfunction, as well as poor posture and muscle imbalance. Joint dysfunction can cause pain and inflammation both in the joint and the tissues surrounding the joint. If left unresolved, joint dysfunction in one joint can lead to dysfunction in another joint. Just like in the children’s song where the hip bone is connected to the knee bone which is connected to the ankle bone, if one begins to breakdown, the muscles around the joint must compensate which causes other joints to eventually fail. Our body works as a team, and when one member of the team falls behind, the rest of the team must pick up the slack.
Many people in our society today suffer from headaches. While it is estimated that nearly 45 million Americans suffer from headaches, it is important to realize that just because something is COMMON, that doesn’t make it NORMAL. Healthy people shouldn’t experience headaches more than just a few times throughout an entire year. An estimated 25 million work or school days are missed each year because of migraine headaches (Steiner et al, Cephalalgia, 2003). Headaches can be triggered by many things and have many different contributing factors, but they are most commonly caused by tight neck and shoulder muscles or misalignments in your neck and upper back. Chiropractic adjustments and therapies will restore proper function to your nervous system and help relax the tight muscles which trigger most headaches. If you suffer from headaches, don’t continue to be a statistic, come to our office and see how chiropractic can help you.
Did you know that sciatica is actually a symptom and not a diagnosis? True sciatica is caused by compression of the sciatic nerve which irritates and inflames the nerve causing sharp, shooting pain into leg, buttock, or lower back. Other symptoms associated with sciatica are numbness or weakness in the affected leg. Compression of the sciatic nerve typically occurs from misalignments in the spinal vertebrae, or degeneration of the vertebral discs such as herniated or bulging discs. Chiropractic adjustments help with sciatic nerve pain by realigning the spine, relieving pressure on the nervous system and restoring proper function to your nervous system.
Your spinal cord is protected by your spinal vertebrae, and in between these spinal vertebrae are intervertebral discs. Your discs are made of primarily water with an outer layer made up of cartilage. These discs act as little shock absorbers to help cushion our spine whenever we take a step or jog, and they provide your spine the ability to flex and move. As we get older or we have trauma to our spine, these discs start to lose the amount of water and fluid inside. What happens when a water balloon loses its water? It gets flatter and smaller.
Well just like a water balloon that shrinks with water loss, so do your discs. When your discs start to degenerate and their height decreases, the available space for your nerves to exit the spinal cord through the vertebrae is decreased. The decrease in disc height can inflame and irritate your nerves causing all sorts of symptoms. Traditional medical protocol calls for pain relievers and anti-inflammatories to deal with disc pain, and if the symptoms are severe enough, an artificial disc replacement is often the last and final result. Before allowing someone to remove parts from your body and replace them with something artificial, I urge you to first see if Chiropractic can help. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.