Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Your Shreveport chiropractor wants you to feel better. There are many benefits that have been linked to chiropractic care. The most obvious are pain relief from acute or repetitive injuries, usually manifesting as pain in the back or as headaches, but the list does not end there.

Chiropractic care seeks to treat the cause of a problem and not just the symptoms. The benefit of this is that you really get to the root of the problem. By treating the condition that causes the symptoms instead of the symptoms themselves, chiropractors can eliminate all the symptoms that the condition produces. The benefits of such an approach are extensive. It would be best to begin an understanding of the results of chiropractic care with a basic exploration of the common problems that cause patients to seek out chiropractic care and how these problems may benefit from such care.

PAIN RELIEF

The topic of pain relief covers many areas of the body. It may begin with headaches and extend to a discussion of back pain, neck pain, and joint pain. Every case is unique so only a cursory explanation can be given, but this will help you to understand the general concept and principles at work.

Back pain, for instance, is more complicated than whether you have it or not. It may be located in different parts of the back. The pain may also be a dull feeling of discomfort or a sharp pain. You must also take into consideration if the pain is a constant presence or if it only appears when certain positions are assumed.

The severity of the pain is another factor. It may be a mild feeling of discomfort, or it may be agony. The pain may exist independently or it may coexist with numbness or tingling sensations.

Pain without tingling or numbness may be caused by spinal joint inflammation, muscle tears, poor posture, or improper lumbar curve. This is not an exhaustive list, but it allows you to see how what may seem to be a simple problem could be caused by a number of different conditions. Excess weight, especially around the midsection, can contribute to postural problems and may cause or worsen back pain.

Pain with tingling may be caused by disc bulges, disc degeneration, or herniated discs. These are only a few possible causes. Numbness or a tingling sensation is not natural in the body especially if said numbness is prolonged.

The treatment of back pain may include adjustments that seek to stretch the muscles and increase the range of motion of joints. These actions can diminish pain and any tension in the muscles while increasing a patient’s mobility. The patient may also require additional therapy to strengthen the surrounding muscles, but chiropractic care alone can often reduce the patient’s suffering and increase mobility.

Headaches are often thought of as a problem requiring some over the counter medication and then continuing with your day. They may, however, be caused by poor spinal alignment and can often be improved with the help of chiropractic acre. They, too, can have a myriad of causes and can range from mild headaches to migraines.

The use of chiropractic care to ameliorate symptoms is often effective for patients who suffer from headaches. In some cases, muscles at the base of the neck clench and tighten which can create tension in the neck and may be a contributing factor to headaches. Chiropractic care can intervene and often provide relief from the pain and tension associated with headaches.

Neck pain can be caused by poor posture, acute trauma, or degeneration. The lack of proper posture in the work place is an increasingly seen cause of neck problems and pain problems in general. Computer screens especially cause people to put their heads into awkward positions. A computer screen that is not properly placed forces an individual to tilt their head at an awkward angle and often forces them to do so for a prolonged period of time on a daily basis. Over time, this poor positioning is bound to create problems. The weight of the head is significant and can easily strain the muscles of the neck if the weight is not distributed equally as it is when an individual’s posture is correct.

Chiropractic care can help to relieve pain and restore lost range of motion in the neck, allowing the patient to return to a natural position where the head is resting upon the neck and not leaning forward placing further undue strain on the neck. To maintain these results, the faulty ergonomics of the workplace will have to be fixed.

Shoulder pain is another injury centered on a joint that may very well benefit from chiropractic intervention. These injuries are made all the more important by the fact that people use their arms constantly in daily life. Shoulder pain may be cause by tendonitis, muscle tears, ligament tears, and any other of a number of conditions.

Injuries to the shoulder tend to be caused by a clearly identifiable traumatic experience although this is not always the case. Some shoulder injuries occur without a clear precipitating event.

Chiropractic treatments for shoulder injuries can prove helpful and are often used in conjunction with other healing modalities such as massage therapy. The joint and muscles must also undergo rehabilitation as the limited use experienced after the injury will necessitate it. To work towards healing the injury and then to return as much of the former joint mobility and strength as possible will probably require a combination of differing treatment modalities.

Call your Shreveport chiropractor today and let’s get you feeling better tomorrow!