Shortly after eating, do you find yourself with stomach and chest pains? Are you having trouble understanding why all of a sudden this is occurring? The answer may lie in your mid-back. Many people who have symptoms of GERD also suffer from mid-back pain. This is not a coincidence. The nervous supply to the stomach originates from the mid-back and irritation in this region can many times play a role in stomach dysfunction. Research has shown that Chiropractic adjustments to the mid-back (thoracic) can be successful in not only alleviating symptoms associated with GERD but also can normalize the acid/base functionality of the stomach and associated digestive system.
What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Take an over the counter medication and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative. A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that spinal manipulation resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication. Chiropractic Physicians are experts in spinal manipulation.
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is an injury caused by a impinged nerve in the wrist. The condition causes pain and numbness in the index and middle fingers and weakness of the thumb. CTS is commonly treated by Chiropractors. The methods most Chiropractors use to treat CTS include manipulation of the wrist and upper spine, microcurrent therapy and wrist supports. In a recent study, 25 individuals diagnosed with CTS reported significant improvements in several measures of strength, range of motion and pain after receiving chiropractic treatment. Most of these improvements were maintained for at least 6 months.
Have you been experiencing a "clicking" or "popping" sensation when opening or closing your mouth? Does your jaw occasionally seem to lock, or get stuck, in an open position? Do you have pain when chewing or tenderness on the side of your cheeks? Does your jaw constantly seem tight and you find yourself sometimes suffering from a headache? If you do, you may be suffering from Tempomandibular Joint Disorder, specifically TMD, that is a result of upper cervical misalignment. The delicate relationship between the head and neck changes when the first vertebrae (the Atlas) shifts from its normal position. A structural imbalance involving the Atlas restricts joint motion and will apply abnormal amounts of pressure to muscles and ligaments in this region. In some cases, this can impair normal TMJ function.
Have you been suffering from a finger that feels like it gets "caught" or locked when either bending or extending that finger? Do you feel pain or hear an audible "pop" when this occurs? If so, you may be suffering from trigger-finger that occurs when the sheath surrounding the tendon in the affected finger, narrows and causes the tendon to get "stuck". Many times this narrowing is due to inflammation. A Chiropractor at Sowa Chiropractic Associates can help correct your trigger finger by treating it with Frequency Specific Microcurrent (FSM) by reducing the swelling of the tendon sheath and allowing the tendon to move freely without getting "stuck".
Do you have pain on the outside or inside of your elbow or upper part of your forearm? Does it hurt to extend or flex your hand or to grip something? It is very possible that you are suffering from tennis elbow or golfer's elbow, even if you've never picked up a tennis racquet or golf club! These are overuse injuries that result in inflammation of the tendons around the elbow. Reduction of inflammation with Frequency Specific Microcurrent, soft-tissue work, spinal manipulation and application of Kinesio-Tape have proven to be a very effective treatment protocol for countless Sowa Chiropractic patients.
Neck pain is one of the most common complaints seen across the general population. Whether you're feeling stiffness, tightness, having headaches or are experiencing a limited range of motion, a Chiropractor is a good start to finding relief. A recent study found in The Annals Of Internal Medicine, found that chiropractic and exercise were significantly more beneficial than medications for patients suffering neck pain. This significant improvement was noted within 8 weeks for chiropractic treatment and within 26 weeks for home exercises. The improved benefit lasted at least 52 weeks (the length of the study).
Pain felt between the shoulder blades or the mid back is becoming increasingly more common. Whether this pain is the result of repetitively poor posture or a traumatic injury, most people will experience some form of upper or mid back pain at some point in their lives. A thorough postural exam will be performed to determine the origin of your pain in order to create a personalized treatment plan that will not only help alleviate your current pain or discomfort but also correct the cause and help prevent future upper/mid back pain.
Lower back pain is an extremely common complaint that many Americans live with everyday. Activities such as moving from sitting to standing or even simply just walking at a normal pace can seem like a painful effort, but does it have to be? Many times nerve irritation in the low-back can cause referral pain into the legs, both front and back. It is very important that a proper exam be performed in order to properly diagnose the cause of your symptoms, so an effective treatment plan can be created to correct and eliminate the cause of your symptoms. Research has shown that Chiropractic care is the MOST effective form of treatment when dealing with low-back pain to not only alleviate the patient of their present pain, but also to avoid reoccurrence.
Pain experienced within the knee is not age specific. This joint is constantly under a tremendous amount of stress as it bears most of our body weight under gravity. This stress is best handled in a front to back motion. When we begin to bear weight on a knee that is not oriented in its neutral position, we begin to exert uneven force on all of the supportive ligaments, tendons and other surrounding tissue. Eventually this leads to dysfunction and pain. It is important to address any issues you may be having within the knee because prolonged use of this joint with poor biomechanics can result in permanent damage.
Foot pain can be one of the most frustrating ailments one can experience. When dealing with the feet, the cause of the discomfort being experienced is many times multi-factorial. The structure and functionality of the human body begins from the ground up, as we operate under constant gravity. When there is dysfunction in the foot there are usually other issues that arise as a result, such as knee, hip and low-back pain. To truly address pain being experienced in the foot, a thorough exam should be completed so the cause of the problem can be identified and addressed. Chiropractic education equips each Chiropractic Physician with the precise knowledge to help not only alleviate your symptoms but to correct the underlying cause, in turn preventing further injury.