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Chiropractic Elyria Therapy and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is widely believed caused by continuous stress and motion of the wrist and hand. A misaligned spine can aggravate this problem, as well.  Chiropractors have patients undergo physical and diagnostic exams to assess the patient thoroughly and give an accurate diagnosis of the problem. Chiropractic treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is not limited to spinal manipulation but with extremity and joint manipulation, as well.  Same as spinal manipulation, pressure is applied to the affected areas giving relief for the patient.  Ice therapy can also be applied to these areas at specific time intervals to help minimize inflammation and pain.

Chiropractic therapy for carpal tunnel syndrome involves manipulation and/or massage of the wrist, upper spine and elbow.  The upper spine and elbow is where the pain radiates and manipulating these areas can give considerable pain relief for the patient.  Main treatment is done with the hands; however, some methods may also be used as part of the treatment.  Ultrasound therapy relies on sound waves to help relax the muscles, which aid in minimizing inflammation and pain.  Wrist supports are extremely useful to prevent misalignment of joints and muscle strain.  They also help prevent the reoccurrence of carpal tunnel pain and discomfort.

Chiropractic therapy provides a very safe and noninvasive approach for carpal tunnel syndrome pain.   It is also as effective as surgery and much less expensive.  Depending on the age of the patient, the chiropractor Elyria can gauge the relative result of chiropractic therapy of the patient.  If the problem had occurred a long time ago, chances are the problem has degenerated further and the treatment probably might take a little longer to finish.  If you suspect yourself suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, it is better to consult a chiropractor as early as possible to avoid further complications of your problem.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is so named from the carpal or wrist bone (karpos is latin for wrist).  The wrist bones are shaped like tunnels connecting the forearm with the hand. The medial nerve passes through the carpal tunnel.  Constant and repeated stress or injury to those bones and joints causes the nerve to irritate and pinch producing pain, which causes the syndrome. Both hands are prone to suffer carpal tunnel syndrome but often the dominant hand that will have this problem.  Pain from the hand going to the arm together with finger numbness and a tingling sensation felt by the hand are symptoms of this syndrome. The hands often become weak and have poor range of motion.

Chiropractors are frequently consulted on for carpal tunnel syndrome pain.  Patients knowing the cost of surgery and the overall inconvenience associated with it will often opt treatment by a chiropractor rather than endure invasive surgical procedures.

Written by Valerie

July 16th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Chiropractic Lorain Care and Scoliosis

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Scoliosis is the abnormal curvature of the spine that makes the body twist laterally visibly showing a spinal deformity in the back of the affected person. The origins of scoliosis are unknown and this is not a disease or a deformity caused by carrying heavy objects.  Usually, the cause is idiopathic, meaning it developed spontaneously or from an unknown cause. People of all ages can be affected by scoliosis but it mostly affects young people from childhood to adolescent stage, when growth spurts occur and spine curvatures can be easily observed.  Sometimes, a deformity called double curvature occurs in which there are two bendings in the spine formed in such a way that causes the deformity to appear hardly noticeable.  A protruding shoulder or a lump in the back caused by the malformation of the spine usually identifies scoliosis sufferers.

It has been proven that chiropractic therapy can help treat scoliosis although the chances vary on the severity of the problem.  There are also cases that are treatable but hard and resistant and some are relatively responsive to the treatment.  Usually, spinal adjustment is the technique used to treat scoliosis.  Chiropractors apply pressure to a joint to realign the misplaced vertebra and muscles surrounding it.  This helps increase the movement of the joints and eases the discomfort the misalignment causes. The chiropractor Lorain also will help manipulate the back to help the muscles move the right way allowing the spine to move to its proper position.

Exercises are recommended to limber the muscles and make it more flexible.  Exercises such as yoga and pilates have produced good results for scoliosis patients.  The patient, to improve spine realignment, sometimes uses braces and orthopedic devices.  Treatment may last for months depending on the severity of the problem and not all scoliosis problems are treatable with chiropractic therapy.  It is up to the chiropractor to give a good diagnosis of the problem to determine if chiropractic therapy is the best approach for a patient’s scoliosis problem.

Some skeptics scowl at the effectiveness of chiropractic therapy in treating scoliosis but ignore the growing numbers of scoliosis patients who got cured by it.  These are the same skeptics who criticize effective treatments such as acupuncture because it does not go with their prejudiced way of thinking. The former patients have stepped out have shown proof on how the treatment helped them relieve their pain, improve their condition and given them answers to their physical problems.

Scoliosis should immediately be treated once it is noticed since allowing this condition to stay untreated may worsen the condition and make treatment more difficult as time goes on.  Chiropractic treatment for scoliosis involves no drugs and no surgery and will, in time, help the patient improve his/her range of motion.

Written by Valerie

May 28th, 2011 at 5:29 am

What is Chiropractic Elyria Medicine?

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Though chiropractic was used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks thousands of years ago, modern chiropractic was founded by a Canadian, Daniel David Palmer in 1895. Chiropractic literally means “to perform with the hands” which is essentially what chiropractic does: to perform manual treatment of the joints and muscles of the body. Modern chiropractors are well-educated and graduates of a three to four year course in chiropractic medicine. They need to pass a national chiropractic state board exam in order to be eligible to practice chiropractic medicine in that state. They also need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council in order to be legally called chiropractors. Today, chiropractic medicine is the most popular alternative form of treatment for neuromusculoskeletal injuries in the US.

Chiropractors focus on the neuromusculoskeletal (NMS) system because it is their belief that most pains and sicknesses stem from problems in the NMS system. The chiropractor Elyria “manipulates” or adjusts the system to improve their function. Chiropractors look for a subluxation or a misalignment of a vertebra that interferes with proper neural signals of the brain to the muscles, organs and tissues. This subluxation is often the cause of the pain and the problem itself and if not treated leads to spine degeneration, which further complicates the health problem of the individual.

Just like going to a mainstream physician for consultation, the chiropractor will need to physically examine the patient before it is determined that chiropractic is the best treatment for the patient’s problem. The chiropractor will need to review the patient’s medical history and a physical examination before a diagnosis is reached. Physical examination usually entails checking the vital signs of the patient. Apart from the vital sign checkup, the patient might undergo orthopaedic (bone), neurological (nerve) tests and joint and muscle examination. An x-ray examination may be done to locate exactly where the pain is originating. The chiropractor usually treats injured patients. Physical injuries, muscle strains, chronic back pain, shoulder and arm pain, arthritic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome are among a few problems, which chiropractic medicine treats. Many injuries affect the nerves and many times, the affected nerves are the most painful experienced in the body.

A particular and common form of chiropractic treatment is the chiropractic adjustment. A specific misplaced joint is treated by applying force, with a certain pressure going in a specific direction to move it to its proper position. There are many techniques to chiropractic adjustment and it is up to the chiropractor to use the best technique for one’s problem. The chiropractor not only treats but also trains the patient on how to properly handle the body to avoid further neuromusculoskeletal injuries. Chiropractors do have exercise programmes for this that can be done at home.

Written by Valerie

May 21st, 2011 at 6:57 am