Benefits of Long-Term Chiropractic Care

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Benefits of Long-Term Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic adjustments and treatments serve the needs of millions of people around the world.

 

Adjustments offer effective, non-invasive and cost-effective solutions to neck and back pain, as well as a myriad of other medical issues.

Have you ever stopped to wonder how many of us suffer from neck and back stiffness or pain?

Apart from the obvious discomfort, simple daily tasks such as driving a car, crossing a busy street and picking things up from the floor can become all too challenging for individuals experiencing such pain.

As anyone who has experienced pain would know, having restricted movement can be debilitating and unfortunately, our busy world doesn’t allow for us to stop.

 

Some of the benefits of long-term chiropractic care include:

  • Chiropractors can identify mechanical issues that cause spine-related pain and offer a series of adjustments that provide near immediate relief. Following appointments, patients often report feeling their symptoms noticeably better.
  • When a chiropractor performs an adjustment, they can help restore movement in joints that have ‘locked up’. This becomes possible as treatment allows muscles surrounding joints to relax, thereby reducing joint stiffness.
  • Many factors affect health, including exercise patterns, nutrition, sleep, heredity and the environment in which we live. Rather than just treat symptoms of the disease, chiropractic care focuses on a holistic approach to naturally maintain health and resist disease.
  • Chiropractic adjustments help restore normal function and movement to the entire body. Many patients report an improvement in their ability to move with efficiency and strength.
  • Many patients find delight in the results chiropractic adjustments have on old and chronic injuries. Whether an injury is, in fact, new or old, chiropractic care can help reduce pain, restore mobility and provide quick pain relief to all joints in the body. Such care can help maintain better overall health and thus faster recovery time.

Have you ever noticed that when you are in pain and unable to perform regular or favorite activities, it can put a strain on emotional and mental well-being?

For example, the increased stress from not being able to properly perform a paid job. This, in turn, can have a negative impact on physical health with increases in heart rate and blood pressure. The domino effect often continues with sleep becoming disturbed, with resulting lethargy and tiredness during the day. Does anyone really feel up to exercising in this state?

Chiropractic care is a natural method of healing the body’s communication system and never relies on the use of pharmaceutical drugs or invasive surgery.

Doctors of Chiropractic work collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. Should your condition require the attention of another healthcare profession, that recommendation or referral will be made.

 


To find out more and to see how chiropractic care can help you personally, give us a call to schedule your free initial consultation.

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

Many people seek chiropractic care when their back goes out or their neck tightens up.

But how does this form of care actually work? What are the benefits of receiving chiropractic care for nerve dysfunction compared with other healthcare options?

Let’s take a look!

First, let’s discuss how the nervous system “works.”

We have three divisions of the nervous system: the central, peripheral, and autonomic nervous systems.

The central nervous system (CNS) includes the brain and spinal cord, and it’s essentially the main processing portion of the nervous system. The spinal cord is like a multi-lane highway that brings information to the brain for processing (sensory division) and returns information back to the toes, feet, legs and upper extremities from which the information originated (motor division). 

For example, hiking on a mountain trail or simply walking requires constant input to and from the CNS so we can adjust our balance accordingly and not fall. These “sensory-motor pathways” are essential and allow us to complete our daily tasks in an efficient, safe manner as information is constantly bouncing back and forth between the brain and the rest of the body.

The peripheral nervous system (PNS) includes a similar sensory/motor “two-way street” system relaying information back and forth from our toes/feet/legs and fingers/hands/arms to the spinal cord (CNS). And if this isn’t complicated enough, we also have “reflexes” that, for example, allow us to QUICKLY pull our hand away from a hot stove to minimize burning our fingers.

Reflexes allow the information to “skip” the brain’s processing part so quicker reactions can occur.

The autonomic nervous system (ANS) includes the sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions that basically “run” our automatic (organ) functions like breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal output, and more. There is constant communication between the ANS, PNS, and CNS that allow us to function in a normal, balanced way… unless something disrupts them.

There are obvious conditions that interfere with this communication process that includes (but are not limited to) diabetes (with neuropathy), frost bitten or burned fingers, peripheral nerve damage from conditions like carpal/cubital tunnel syndromes, thoracic outlet syndrome, and/or pinched nerves in the neck, mid-back, low-back spinal regions, as well as conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS), Guillain-Barre Syndrome, after a stroke (spinal cord or brain), and after trauma with resulting fractures where nerve, spinal cord, and/or brain damage can occur. These are “obvious” reasons for delayed or blocked neurotransmission.

There are many other less obvious injuries or conditions that can result in faulty neuromotor patterns and nerve transmission of which chiropractic services can benefit.

The “subluxation complex” is a term some chiropractors use to describe the compromised nerve transmission that may occur if a nerve is compressed or irritated due to faulty bone or joint position along the nerve’s course. Reducing such nerve compression typically allows for a restoration of function. A good illustration of this is a patient who suffers from a herniated disk in the neck with numbness and tingling down the arm to the hand. The goal of treatment (for all healthcare professionals) is to remove the pinch of the nerve.

To realize this goal, Doctors of Chiropractic utilize spinal manipulation and mobilization in addition to other non-surgical, non-drug approaches that may include exercises, nutritional advice, home-care such as a cervical traction unit, and other anti-inflammatory measures (ice, modalities like low level and class IV laser, electric stimulation, pulsed magnetic field, and more).

Given the minimal side-effect risks and well-reported benefits, it only makes sense to try chiropractic FIRST and if you’re not satisfied, your doctor will help you find the next level of care.

Want to see if Chiropractic is right for you? Schedule your free no-obligation consult today!

216-342-9199

Reposted with permission from Chiro-Trust.org


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Orthopedic Doctor, Chiropractor or Physical Therapist?

Orthopedic Doctor, Chiropractor or Physical Therapy – Which is best for pain?

It can be difficult to know where to go for help when you are in pain with mild injuries, soft tissue damage, whiplash, back and neck pain, headaches, migraines, carpal tunnel, and sports injuries.  Should you see an Orthopedic doctor, physical therapist or chiropractor for your musculoskeletal pain? 

A physical medicine office that offers all these specialties is not only a great choice for providing the relief you need, but having all these services at one location can offer a unique advantage over other healthcare facilities. 

Eastside Medical Group, serving Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights, and surrounding communities, is your one-stop location offering Orthopedic, Chiropractic, and Physical Medicine!

The first step to addressing your pain – get a proper diagnosis

Identifying the cause of your pain is the first step to solving it, therefore a proper diagnosis is essential to create an effective treatment plan. A diagnosis allows you to find the correct treatment, and to rule out more serious disease processes. 

Which health specialty is best to go to for an initial diagnosis? Both medical doctors and chiropractors are licensed to diagnose and trained to be primary care physicians. They can provide an initial diagnosis, make treatment recommendations, and, if needed, will refer to other specialists, including oncologists, neurologists, and rheumatologists.  

However, if you believe your pain is coming from a structural imbalance, muscle, ligament, soft tissue pain, etc, then it is to your advantage to see a doctor of chiropractic. Both specialties are trained to diagnose all disease, both internal and structural, so if your back pain is coming from a kidney infection, a chiropractor will have no problem catching it.

Did you know?

The fact that chiropractors are trained to be primary care physicians may come as a surprise, as there is often misunderstanding about their role in health care. 

Chiropractic doctors receive eight years of training, just as medical doctors do. Both receive a similar education in their first two years of medical education, but in the second two years, their clinical training diverges. A medical degree emphasizes internal medicine, surgery, and pharmaceuticals, where a chiropractic degree emphasizes physical medicine, physical therapy, adjusting, and nutrition. Both are trained extensively in radiology and diagnostic imaging, so they can provide you with x-rays when needed, interpret MRI’s and CT scans. 

The second step to addressing your pain – get the proper treatment.

A diagnosis is important, but having right treatment is the key to seeing results. Many times individual treatments offer good results but by combining the conservative treatment options you will see GREAT results. Focusing on these unique treatment plans allow the patient to experience pain relief and in many cases prevent surgery. 

Whenever possible, try conservative therapies first. If conservative therapy is not an option, then our Orthopedic Physician and Chiropractor will refer you out accordingly. 

Don’t rush to surgery. 

Many are not needed. Surgeries are permanent, often over utilized, and can create new complications. You can always try conservative therapy first and then try surgery later, but you cannot do the reverse. Most musculoskeletal pain will respond well to adjustments, physical therapy (physiotherapy), bracing and trigger point injections.

Call today to schedule your free consultation with Eastside Medical Group in Shaker Heights! 

We are your one stop location offering Orthopedics, Chiropractic, and Physical Medicine, serving the Cleveland, Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights areas and surrounding communities!


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A Permanent Cure for Back Pain?

A Permanent Cure for Back Pain?

Back pain is one of the common complaints causing us distress and is severe enough to keep us away from our day to day work. It affects the 80% of Americans at least once in their lifetime. Back pain is easily in the top 5 reasons people to visit the doctor. The sedentary lifestyle, faulty food habits, obesity are increasingly affecting the back of people and leading to some or other issues.

To find a cure for back pain, following points are very important to know.

 

What causes back pain? 

Back pain often starts gradually and with low intensity which increases in severity over a period of time if not paid attention to treat it.

In more than 50% of cases of back pain, the major reason is faulty habits, bad posture, and obesity. All of these gives undue pressure on the vertebral column or back muscles and gives rise to back pain. In rest of the cases the accidental injury, muscle straining or sports injuries, some diseases of the musculoskeletal system produces symptoms of back pain.

The muscles of back become very stiff and spinal joints become less mobile and smoothness of the joint movement decreases due to all the above reasons. So it gives rise to back pain in that particular area.

 

“Prevention is better than cure”

Back pain is many times preventable with few lifestyle changes are made. Fitness exercises and weight management are directly connected to our back care.

Dramatica relief of back pain is noted following weight loss in obese patients. For those who are living sedentary life because of the tight schedules of job and family life suffers from back pain more often.

To prevent back pain it is advised to engage in some sports activity or mild exercises at least 3 times a week.

 

Home care for back pain

  • Have proper rest and good sleep at least 6 to 8 hours per day.
  • Do some stretching exercises on waking up.
  • Have hot water or ice fomentation on the back. 
  • Avoid prolonged sitting, have some movements or walk few steps in between.
  • Change of mattress in terms of soft to hard. Lying on a hard surface gives better support to the spine and relieves back pain. 
  • Use proper posture while at home in sitting, walking or lying especially when using the computer or watching TV.

Get help from your local Chiropractor 

Chiropractors are widely used as the main treatment for all types of back pain. This treatment method is directly focused on muscles, ligaments, joints, bones, and connective tissues etc., which are responsible for the production of pain, so the result is quick and long lasting.

The chiropractor uses techniques by manual adjustments of the affected muscles and structures to treat the back pain. The unique method of spinal decompression therapy has been proven extremely useful in the treatment of the variety of back pain. It does not give temporary relief but permanent cure from back pain in many of the cases. 

The major benefit is that by chiropractic treatment one can definitely keep oneself away from the spinal surgery to relieve back pain. It produces favorable conditions for the body tissue to heal naturally so assists in a permanent cure for back pain.

So, in short, do not ignore the early symptoms of back pain because if overlooked today it might be more distressing tomorrow. Get early help and live pain-free!

Contact us now!

Eastside Medical Group
216-342-9199
Dr. Lauchlin McKeigan, DC
Dr. Jessica Dilley, DC
Dr. Karen Bodnar, DC
Serving patients in Shaker Heights, East Cleveland, and surrounding areas


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