Allergies/Sinuses/Asthma: Many allergic and asthmatic reactions are caused by hypersensitivity of the immune system and chiropractic care can help.
Auto Accident injuries: Because symptoms of an auto injury can take weeks or months to manifest, it is easy to be fooled into thinking that you are not as injured as you really are. Too often people don’t seek treatment following a car accident because they don’t feel hurt. Unfortunately, by the time more serious complications develop, some of the damage from the injury may have become permanent. Numerous studies have shown that years after auto accidents, victims settle their insurance claims, roughly half of them state that they still suffer with symptoms from their injuries. If you have been in a motor vehicle or any other kind of accident, don’t assume that you escaped injury if you are not currently in pain.
Colic: Gentle chiropractic adjustments can improve symptoms of colic in newborns, such as an unusual amount of crying. The theory that an irritated spine may contribute to colic is supported by the frequent improvement in symptoms with gentle chiropractic adjustments.
Ear Infection: Otitis media commonly emerges when there is improper drainage of the lymph system in the neck, or when the muscle that is supposed to keep bacteria or viruses from entering the eustacean tubes (the tubes in the back of the throat that lead to the inner ear) doesn’t work correctly. While both of these things can happen in adults, it usually does not result in an ear infection for two reasons: First, the shape and the length of the eustacean tubes are different in adults, allowing easier drainage and making it more difficult for bacteria to invade. Second, adults tend to spend more time upright than young children do, which also encourages better drainage and decreases risk of infection. If your child experiences recurrent ear infections, chiropractic can help by restoring normal drainage of the lymphatic vessels.
Pinched Nerves: Most of the time, what is called a pinched nerve is actually an irritated, or inflamed nerve where the nerve itself is not actually pinched. In most cases, nerves become irritated and inflamed when the bones, joints or muscles of the spine are not in their proper position, or are not moving properly. This condition is called a “subluxation”, the treatment of which is the specialty of the doctor of chiropractic.
Sciatica: Sciatica is actually a sign that you have an underlying problem putting pressure on a nerve in your lower back. The most common cause of this nerve compression is a bulging or herniated lumbar disc. Piriformis syndrome is another common cause of sciatica. The piriformis is a muscle that lies directly over the sciatic nerve. If this muscle becomes tight or if you have a spasm in this muscle, it puts pressure directly on the sciatic nerve. The vast majority of the time, sciatic pain can be relieved through a combination of stretches, deep tissue massage of the piriformis muscle and chiropractic care. Occasionally, in cases where chronic spasm of the low back or piriformis muscles is causing the sciatic pain, it may be necessary to do a procedure called a trigger point injection, where a medical pain specialist injects a small amount of anesthetic directly into a spasmed muscle to break the spasm cycle.
Scoliosis: Scoliosis is a sideways curve of the spine that causes stiffness and pain. People with scoliosis have a sideways curve in their spine that makes an “S” or “C” shape. Regular visits to observe the progression of scoliosis, are an integral part of living a full and happy life. Scoliosis can be treated in various ways to help alleviate pain and restore normal functionality. Chiropractic and physical therapy can treat scoliosis by increasing muscle strength and mobility.
Stress: Stress has been linked with the nervous system as well, since it can lead to depression, anxiety, panic attacks. Chronic stress tends to dampen your immune system as well, making you more susceptible to colds and other infections. Typically, your immune system responds to infection by releasing several substances that cause inflammation. Chronic systemic inflammation contributes to the development of many degenerative diseases. Exercise is a good way to deal with stress because it is a healthy way to relieve your pent-up energy and tension. It also helps you get in better shape, which makes you feel better overall. By getting physically active, you can decrease your levels of anxiety and stress and elevate your moods. Numerous studies have shown that people who begin exercise programs, either at home or at work, demonstrate a marked improvement in their ability to concentrate, are able to sleep better, suffer from fewer illnesses, suffer from less pain and report a much higher quality of life than those who do not exercise. This is even true of people who had not begun an exercise program until they were in their 40s, 50s, 60s or even 70s. So if you want to feel better and improve your quality of life, get active!
Headaches: Tension type headaches are the most common, affecting upwards of 75% of all headache sufferers. Most people describe a tension headache as a constant dull, achy feeling either on one side or both sides of the head, often described as a feeling of a tight band or dull ache around the head or behind the eyes. These headaches usually begin slowly and gradually and can last for minutes or days, and tend to begin in the middle or toward the end of the day. Tension headaches are often the result of stress or bad posture, which stresses the spine and muscles in the upper back and neck. Tension headaches, or stress headaches, can last from 30 minutes to several days. In some cases, chronic tension headaches may persist for many months. Although the pain can at times be severe, tension headaches are usually not associated with other symptoms, such as nausea, throbbing or vomiting. Chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy have proven successful in the treatment of many types of headaches.
Neck and Back Pain: Most neck and back pain is caused by a combination of factors, including injury, muscle spasm, poor posture, chiropractic subluxations, stress, and in some instances, disc problems.
Herniated/Bulging Disc: A herniation is a displaced fragment of the center part or nucleus of the disc that is pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc. Pain results when irritating substances are released from this tear and also if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve. Mild to moderate disc herniations can usually be treated conservatively with stretching, exercise, physical therapy and chiropractic care. More advanced cases will often require some form of spinal decompression, such as traction or mechanical decompression. Occasionally, a herniation may be severe enough to warrant surgical intervention. These cases are usually reserved as a last resort when other forms of therapy have failed to relieve pain, or if there is significant compression of the spinal cord or nerves.
Shoulder Dysfunction: The shoulder is a complex joint with many tendinous attachments. Due to repetitive use, trauma and other stressors, the shoulder often becomes painful and loses full function. Conditions such as frozen shoulder, subacromial bursitis, post-operative repair and others can be successfully treated with physical therapy exercises, stretching and strengthening of the affected tissues.
Knees/Ankles/Feet: Many conditions affect these weight bearing joints. Sprains/strains, ligament, tendon damage as well as arthritis are common to these areas. Physical therapy as well as modalities such as ultrasound and electric muscle stimulation, alleviate many of these conditions.
Plantar Fasciitis: Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition caused by overuse of the plantar fascia or arch tendon of the foot. The Plantar Fascia is a broad, thick band of tissue that runs from under the heel to the front of the foot. The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is very tight calf muscles which leads to prolonged and / or high velocity pronation of the foot. This in turn produces repetitive over-stretching of the plantar fascia leading to possible inflammation and thickening of the tendon. As the fascia thickens it looses flexibility and strength. Physical therapy, along with ice, stretching and physio-therapy modalities are successful in treating this condition.
PMS: Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is characterized by mood swings, swollen abdomen, headaches, back pain, food cravings, fatigue, irritability or depression in the days before a woman’s monthly period. The severity of these symptoms can range from mild to incapacitating and may last from a couple of days to two weeks. Although chiropractic care cannot fix the way your body responds to the hormonal changes that precede menstruation, several studies have shown that it can help decrease many of the symptoms of PMS without the potential side effects of prescription drugs. Since the nerves that exit the low back are responsible for regulating all of the tissues in the lower abdomen, any pressure or irritation that can be alleviated through chiropractic care can be helpful.
TMJ Disorders: The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the hinge joint that connects the lower jaw (mandible) to the temporal bone of the skull. Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) occur as a result of problems with the jaw, jaw joint, and surrounding facial muscles that control chewing and moving the jaw. Injury to the jaw, temporomandibular joint, or muscles of the head and neck such as from a heavy blow or whiplash can cause TMD. Other possible causes include: Grinding or clenching the teeth, which puts a lot of pressure on the TMJ. Dislocation of the soft cushion or disc between the ball and socket. Stress, which can cause a person to tighten facial and jaw muscles or clench the teeth. Common symptoms of TMD include: Pain or tenderness in the face, jaw joint area, neck and shoulders, and in or around the ear when you chew, speak or open your mouth wide. Limited ability to open the mouth very wide. Jaws that get “stuck” or “lock” in the open- or closed-mouth position. Clicking, popping, or grating sounds in the jaw joint when opening or closing the mouth (which may or may not be accompanied by pain). Difficulty chewing or a sudden uncomfortable bite as if the upper and lower teeth are not fitting together properly. Swelling on the side of the face. Other common symptoms include toothaches, headaches, neck aches, dizziness, earaches and hearing problems. Chiropractic adjustments to the affected area, along with physical therapy, stretching, and massage, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with TMJ disorder.
Sports Injuries: Sports injuries result from acute trauma or repetitive stress associated with athletic activities. Sports injuries can affect bones or soft tissue (ligaments, muscles, tendons). It is also important to remember that many types of injuries that affect athletes may also occur in workers in certain occupations; for example, many people in the building trades develop tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. The principles of sports medicine, chiropractic and physical therapy can be applied in the treatment of most common musculoskeletal injuries. Wellness care, along with stretching and warming up, is often the best prevention from these injuries.
Tendinitis/Bursitis: Inflammation of a tendon (tendinitis) and inflammation of one of the fluid-filled sacs that allow tendons to move easily over bones (bursitis) usually result from minor stresses that repeatedly aggravate the same part of the body. These conditions often occur at the same time. These repetitive use injuries can respond with ice and rest. Sometimes this is not enough. Wellness care, along with stretching and warming up, is often the best prevention from these injuries.
Whiplash: Whiplash is caused from rapid extension and flexion of the head and neck. With proper care, many mild whiplash injuries heal within six to nine months. However, more than 20% of those who suffer from whiplash injuries continue to suffer from pain, weakness or restricted movement two years after their accident. Unfortunately, the vast majority of these people will continue to suffer from some level of disability or pain for many years after that, if not for the rest of their lives. Whiplash is a unique condition that requires the expertise of a skilled health professional specially trained to work with these types of injuries. The most effective treatment for whiplash injuries is a combination of chiropractic care, rehabilitation of the soft tissues and taking care of yourself at home.
Work Related Injuries: South Shore Wellness Center treats a variety of work related injuries. These injuries can either be traumatic or repetitive use in nature. We are board certified worker’s compensation doctors.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) has become one of the most widespread occupational health problems we face today. It affects millions of people a year, and with our growing reliance on computers there seems to be no end in sight. The syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve just above the wrist. Pressure on this nerve can be caused by an injury or sustained use from common activities like typing, chopping, hammering, or pushing. Symptoms of CTS range from wrist pain, numbness, tingling, burning, weakness or loss of grip strength, and loss of sleep due to discomfort. Chiropractic adjustments to the affected area, along with physical therapy, stretching, and strengthening exercises, can in most cases effectively alleviate and eventually eliminate the symptoms associated with CTS.
Preventive/Wellness Care: Regular visits to the South Shore Wellness Center, eating a healthy diet, taking vitamin supplements, keeping your weight under control, eating fruit and vegetables, cutting down on sugar and stress management are all part of an overall wellness lifestyle that, if followed, results in a longer, healthier and pain-free life.