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Chiropractic care can alleviate your pain and promote physical and mental wellbeing.
In 2011, over 100 million Americans were battling chronic pain. It might seem startling, but chronic pain now affects more people than heart disease, diabetes and cancer combined. Chronic pain can also increase medical expenses exponentially. If arthritis, whiplash, injuries or trauma have left you with pain and discomfort, it’s time to consider your options. Your Federal Way chiropractor is here to talk about some of the most effective chiropractic treatments that you may not even know exist.
Traction stretches the muscles and connective tissue by pulling and lengthening the limbs. The main purpose of traction is to increase both the range of motion and flexibility of problem joints. Traction offers mild to moderate intensity and can be both therapeutic and relaxing. Traction can also be offered before spinal adjustment to help make this treatment more comfortable and easier on the patient.
Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy
Often shortened to OMT, this treatment uses a combination of pressure, resistance and stretching to move joints and muscles throughout different parts of the body. OMT can help patients of all ages and with all types of disorders including asthma, carpal tunnel syndrome and even menstrual pain. This is also a great chiropractic treatment option for those who do not want to take medication or for those looking for alternatives to surgery.
In manual physiotherapy, also know as simply manual physical therapy, the chiropractor only uses his hands rather than a device or other massage equipment. By placing gentle and localized pressure to the muscle and joints, your chiropractor can relieve tension, spasms and pain. As the muscles and joints are released, patients may even hear a popping sound. The main purpose of manual physiotherapy is to increase flexibility, mobility, and stability.
While it might seem a bit odd, electricity has been treating pain for over a century. In fact, electricity is known to benefit both those with acute and chronic pain. There are several types of electrotherapy including Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS), Interferential Current (IFC) and Galvanic Stimulation (GS). During this treatment, electrodes are placed on your skin to apply an electrical pulse to the nerves and muscles to reduce pain. This therapy is also known to stimulate endorphins, which blocks pain signals to the brain.
Chiropractic treatment has been known to lessen symptoms in a variety of problems including lower back pain, headaches, sciatica, scoliosis, and fibromyalgia. If you want to find out whether chiropractic care in Federal Way could relieve your discomfort, call us today to schedule an appointment. Pain relief is just a phone call away!
Neck pain afflicts almost three-quarters of adults at some point; for nearly one in six, pain is chronic. If you suffer from neck pain, many different forms of therapy are available, including spinal manipulation, drug regimens and exercises - but which form is best?
To compare the effectiveness of three forms of neck pain therapy, researchers followed approximately 200 people suffering from chronic neck pain over 11 weeks of treatment, and recorded their progress over the next two years.
The patients were randomly divided to receive 20 one-hour treatments, in one of the methods listed below:
- spinal manipulation and light soft-tissue massage from experienced chiropractic clinicians;
- chiropractic spinal manipulation plus rehabilitative exercise from trained exercise therapists, including stretching and dynamic neck exercises; or
- rehabilitative neck exercises using a variable resistance, neck extension and rotation machine.
Patient-rated pain was lower for both exercise groups than for manipulation alone, and the exercise groups benefited more regarding pain, disability, improvement and health status. Spinal manipulation plus exercise provided greater satisfaction than manipulation alone or rehabilitative exercises, however. The advantage of both manipulation plus exercise and machine exercises over manipulation alone continued over the two-year follow-up period.
If you suffer from chronic neck pain and don't know where to turn, your local chiropractor is the best place to start. Cervical manipulations along with regular neck exercises can help end the pain and get you headed in the right direction.
Evans R, Bronfort G, et al. Two-year follow-up of a randomized clinical trial of spinal manipulation and two types of exercise for patients with chronic neck pain. Spine 2002:27(21), pp. 2383-2389.
To read more about neck pain, go to http://www.chiroweb.com/tyh/neckpain.html.
First, the simple explanation.
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.
It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
Now, the detailed explanation.
Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time. These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body. For this reason chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex", or "VSC" for short.
In the VSC, various things are happening inside your body simultaneously. These various changes, known as "components," are all part of the vertebral subluxation complex. Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC. These five are:
The osseous (bone) component is where the vertebrae are either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing physical changes such as degeneration. This component is sometimes known as kinesiopathology.
The Nerve Component is the malfunctioning of the nerve. Research has shown that only a small amount of pressure on spinal nerves can have a profound impact on the function of the nerves. This component is scientifically known as neuropathology.
The Muscle Component is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC. In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. This component is known as myopathology.
The Soft Tissue Component is when you have misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves resulting in changes in the surrounding soft tissues. This means the tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can occur at the point of the VSC or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is also known as histopathology.
The Chemical Component is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body, and therefore causing some degree of chemical changes. These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by your subluxations. This component is often known as biochemical abnormalities.
Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred years. Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them. To be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting VSC. Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the VSC.