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Some Of The Many Conditions Treated At FBNCC
Carpal Tunnel SyndromeEvery day, assembly line workers, keyboard operators, grocery store clerks, and many others, receive micro-traumas to their hands and wrists. vibration and repetitive motions, when combined with spinal problems and other joint dysfunction, can result in a condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a loss of strength in the hands.
The major nerve controlling the thumb, index, and parts of the middle and ring finger is called the median nerve. From the tip of
your fingers, it travels through the bones in your wrist, past your elbow, up your arm, through your shoulder and neck, and finally to your spinal cord. Problems can develop in one or more of these areas.
The carpal "tunnel" is formed by bones in the wrist. The median nerve, tendons, and blood vessels pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should "collapse", inflammation, nerve pressure, and painful symptoms can result. The median nerve connects to the spinal cord through openings between several bones in the lower neck. When these spinal bones lose their nomral motion or position, they can cause problems in the fingers and wrist.
After a thorough examination, your Chiropractor will perform specific adjustments where needed, to help normalize structure and reduce nerve irrations. When given time, conservative chiropractic care has produced excellent results with carpal tunnel problems -- without drugs or surgery.
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Disc ProblemsThe disc is a small cartilage pad that is situated between spinal bones. The soft jelly like center is contained by layers of fibrous tissues. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer, and shock absorber for the spine. When healthy, discs allow normal turning and bending.
Since spinal discs have a very poor blood supply, they depend upon the circulation of joint fluids to bring in nutrients and expel waste. If a spinal joint loses its normal motion and this pumping action is impaired, the health of the disc deteriorates. Like a wet sponge, a healthy disc is flexible. A dry sponge is hard, stiff, and can crack easily. This is how many disc problems begin.
Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot "slip" as commonly thought. However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate, prolapse, or dessicate. This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, often interfering with their function.
The chiropractic approach to disc problems is to help restore better motion and position to the spinal joint. Besides reducing disc bulging, better spinal function helps reduce inflammation and begin the slow process of healing the surrounding soft tissues. While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by choosing conservative chiropractic care.
HeadachesBecause headaches are so common, some people think that getting a headache is just a normal part of life. They couldn't be more wrong! Headaches are a definitive sign that something has gone wrong.
There are many types of headaches: migraine, tension, cluster, dehydration. The most frequent cause of headaches in chiropractic patients is spinal dysfunction. This will cause irritation of the nerves as they exit the upper spine resulting in pain along their path. The nerves in the upper half of the neck are responsible for sensation throughout the head and neck. Is it any wonder then that neck problems will cause headaches?
So what can be done? The first thing to do is seek professional help. A chiropractor will be able to diagnose your problem and tell you why you are having these headaches. A 'hands-on' treatment program will be recommended and/or you may be referred for further investigation if your
chiropractor feels that would be valuable. Management of your headaches will include chiropractic adjustments (no drugs or surgery) to normalize the function of your spine, advice on lifestyle changes to help prevent further recurrences and advice on how you can help deal with the problem.
Can you help? Yes. Knowledge is the key to preventing headaches from starting in the first place. Understanding how they are triggered will aid you in stopping them. In addition, you need to report all that you feel to your chiropractor so that he/she knows all there is to know about how your headaches occur. Once the headache has begun, you can use heat/ice, rest/activity, or stimulation/repression techniques as your chiropractor advises. You will come to know when it is appropriate to seek care and when it is not necessary. As time goes by, you should have less and less headache as all factors are dealt with.
Most patients seeking chiropractic care for headaches receive relief to some degree. Those who do not may still receive help from wherever the chiropractor refers them.
Lower Back PainYears of abusing your back (poor posture, improper lifting and the lack of body conditioning) makes the back prone to injury. The lower back is particularly vulnerable and the dysfunction of its major joints can lead to painful results. Other pain-sensitive structures can be stretched, torn and distorted. Using spinal adjustments and other techniques, your chiropractor can treat many of the common low back problems described below.
pain, stiffness and difficulty moving. You may find yourself bent off to one side.
Your chiropractor is specially skilled in the techniques of spinal adjustments and knowledge in the prevention of lower back problems. Sufferers of back pain, acute or chronic, should seek professional help. Chiropractic adjustments can restore joint function and mobility and relieve irritation of pain-sensitive structures. Good health habits can help you avoid lower back pain and live better. Chiropractic stresses the importance of body wellness in maintaining a healthy back. Treatment/prevention programs will include instruction in good back habits, diet, exercise and overall body conditioning. If alterative forms of therapy are required, your chiropractor is knowledgable about other health professionals and can refer you.
Neck PainNearly everyone at some time or other has known a pain in the neck. No, not that kind, an actual pain in the neck! From stiffness to tenderness, pains in the neck are all too common. But is it any wonder. Consider the possibilities: poor posture and stress, abuse and neglect, wear and tear. You force your joints to work incorrectly and stretch and strain the other tissues in your neck. Using "hands-on" care, your chiropractor can help get your neck working again and alleviate the pain and stiffness. So just what kind of problems can you have in your neck?
Your neck is made up of the seven vertebrae. Strong yet flexible it supports your head and protects the spinal cord and cervical nerves where they exit the spine. It should be well balanced with a slight forward curve (lordosis) and allows an extensive range of motion. Your neck moves more than any other area of your spine. In turning side to side (rotation), it moves 90° in each direction. In bending ear to shoulder (lateral flexion), 60° to each side. Forward and backward (flexion/extension) totals about 90°. If you have a neck problem it will adversely affect this range of motion, referred to as CROM.
Part of the process of recovery will include spinal adjustments and the use of ice and/or heat as your chiropractor will advise. Your part of the care requires the understanding of how your neck got into this predicament in the first place. Whether you're standing, sitting, lifting, moving or sleeping, your posture is important. Learn the dos and don'ts of good posture and practise them.
Once the acute episode is over, you will be given exercises to do to increase the flexibility and/or strengthen in your neck. These are extremely valuable for they will be the first line of defense in preventing a recurrence of your injury. Do them daily as directed by your chiropractor. Another phase of care will be the analysis of your job to discover what you may do to improve your neck hygiene. Little things like moving regularly if using a computer terminal all day, stretching regularly, using a telephone headset and thinking before acting go a long way to making sure you have a healthy and pain-free neck.
SciaticaThe sciatic nerves are the largest (and longest) nerves of the body, reaching about the size of your thumb in diameter, and running down the back of each leg. When these nerves are irritated or affected by the inflammation of nearby soft tissues, doctors refer to this as sciatica.
Pain is caused when the sciatic nerve roots are irritated, scraped, twisted, stretched or pinched as they exit the spine. Causes of the impairment may be chemical, physical or the emotional stress of everyday living. A full-blown sciatic flare-up can involve the entire sciatic nerve path resulting in symptoms of lower back pain, burning, cramping or numbness that radiates
into the thighs, legs, ankles, feet and toes. Pain may also be limited to various points along the nerve, such as the buttocks, knee area and calf.
One of the most common causes of sciatic leg pain is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. It can be accompanied by the bulging or herniation of the soft, pulpy discs, which separate each spinal bone. This can irritate or put pressure on the sciatic nerve roots as they leave the spinal cord. The result can be an intense pain shooting down either or both legs.
In the past, treatment has involved pain medications, muscle relaxers, physical therapy, and even surgery. The chiropractic approach is to use carefully directed and controlled pressure to remove the interference from spinal structures. These chiropractic adjustments can be quite effective in reducing nerve irritation and its associated pain. Sciatica, like other health problems that can be traced to the spine, often responds dramatically to the restoration of normal spinal function through chiropractic care.
ScoliosisScoliosis is a side to side curvature of the spine which is most often first noted in childhood. When viewed from behind, the spine should be straight. There are two main types of scoliosis:
In both cases the curvature develops slowly, usually during the growth years from age 12 to 16. In severe cases, the spinal curvature may be disfiguring, as well as causing the rib cage to compress the heart and lungs.
Early detection is essential if treatment is to be effective. Because the spine continues to grow until into the early 20s, if left uncorrected it often worsens. Once the curvature is fully developed, correction by any means becomes much more difficult and serious complications are more likely. If your child has not had a chiropractor examine their spine, it would be wise to arrange that by the time they reach age 12. This would include a detailed physical examination, and if warranted, x-rays. In the meantime here are several things to look for.
While standing behind your child, check the level of the ears, shoulders and hips. Each pair should be approximately equal. Have the child bend forward. The spine should be straight as they bend, not veer to either side, and both sides of the rib cage should be at approxiamtely the same level. Pay attention to any symptoms your child reports such as "growing pains", fatigue, or back or leg pain. Scoliosis may not cause any symptoms so a thorough chiropractic examination may be required.
What can be done? If scoliosis is present or suspected, your child's spine should be reassessed at least at 6 month intervals. Your chiropractor is able to determine which approach to treatment is most advisable. Chiropractic care may include spinal adjustments, exercise and postural and activity advice. Severe cases are referred for additional care. Chiropractic care maintains the mobility of the joints of the spine and allows the spine to develop normally. Proper treatment can prevent progression of the curve and may help reduce it. With scoliosis particularly, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
StressStress is an integral part of life. The complete absence of any stress results in death. Stress plays a key role in daily life, influencing - if not governing - happiness, productivity and health. Conservative estimates indicate that stress - that is abnormal stress - is the major contributing cause in 75% of all human illnesses. Given this astonishing fact, it has been reasoned that living with the stresses of the modern world is more hazardous to health than smoking cigarettes, having elevated cholesterol levels, or living with almost any other of the publicized threats to human health.
Modern society is characterized by an epidemic of runaway stress-related illnesses. More specifically, stress has been implicated in diseases ranging from backaches to headaches, from hypertension to chronic degenerative diseases. It is, therefore, not surprising that the present era is thought of by many to be the "age of stress". Your present condition mirrors a lifetime of stresses imposed upon your body. Your neck may have been twisted starting with the birth process. Accidents, over exertion, poor posture and falls are
all physical stresses which may have caused your vertebrae to malfunctionand irritate the nerves. It is this irritation produces dysfunction in your body and causes pain and other symptoms to eventually appear.
Mental stress occurs from a shock as severe as the death of a loved one or from a simple thing like a faulty alarm clock making us late for work. Physical stress on the body can be caused by anything from not getting adequate sleep to a severe whiplash injury from a car accident. In addition, there is a chemical stress which may come from environmental pollution, the side affects of medications or even consumption of overly refined food. So it is unrealistic to hope to escape the sources of stress in our daily lives. Compounding all this is the tension cycle, in which mental stress triggers physical stress or vice versa, leading to a downward spiral of health and happiness and an increasingly painful series of symptoms. Yes, mental stress affects us physically.
It is alarmingly clear that vast numbers of people are manifesting signs of vulnerability to stress in virtually all areas of social living. There is an urgent need for efforts to address the problem at thei source. Chiropractic is a natural for the treatment of stress and stress related conditions. Stressors usually result in knotted muscles and spinal dysfunction in the neck and upper back that can cause various symptoms and chiropractic care helps remove the pressure and stress from the spine by breaking the tension cycle, thus helping to relieve possible serious stress-related conditions.
WhiplashIn motor vehicle accidents, the occupants suffer more than the cars do. When a moving object stops suddenly there are tremendous forces generated. When these are applied to the human neck, the forward and backward movement is referred to as Whiplash. No matter the direction of impact, the results can be devastating. Whiplash is commonly thought to be the result of being struck from the rear. However, it occurs with impact from any direction. And the impact doesn't have to be severe. You can suffer terribly from an injury caused in an accident in a grocery store parking lot.
Following impact, the head is forced back and forth moving beyond the normal limits of movement. The tendons, ligaments and muscles are overstretched and occasionally torn. The pressure generated on the disc may cause bulging, or in extreme cases, rupture (herniation). Spinal joints are subluxated and their motion greatly restricted. The nerve roots and possibly the spinal cord itself are stretched causing serious irritation. The instability that results from the soft tissue damage can cause headaches, dizziness, blurred or fuzzy vision, ringing in the ears, pain in the neck, arms and hands, and loss of strength and limited movement.
And don't forget the lower back. Not all whiplashes are confined to the neck. Especially in cars with only lap-type seat belts, lower back whiplash is common. As the body changes and adapts to this damage, problems abound. The sooner treatment is begun after an accident the better. The chiropractic approach is to perform a thorough case history and examination similar to when you had your first visit. X-rays are commonly taken unless they were done immediately following the accident.
Based upon his/her findings, your chiropractor will establish a treatment program for you in order to appropriately manage your care. This will include the application of ice to reduce the effects of inflammation. Occasionally, a cervical collar is recommended to help stabilize the neck during the acute phase of care. You may or may not be removed from work for a short period of time. Certainly, spinal adjustments will form a large and important part of your care to return your neck to normal mobility as soon as possible. Later, exercising becomes an integral part of care: your part. Additional modalities are used if your chiropractor feels they would benefit you, including massage therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation courses, attendance at a fitness center, et cetera. Be sure to consult your chiropractor immediately after an accident so you needn't suffer!
Hello my name is Laura Critten and I first became a patient in June of ’07. In 2005 I became aware of severe pain in my back. Because of this pain I couldn’t stand or walk. I suffered from headaches, I couldn’t sleep and I had no energy. I tried different kinds of treatments such as medications and surgery but the only results from these treatments were severe pain and loss of movement. Within two weeks of starting chiropractic care I had more mobility and less pain. I was able to stand in lines and walk a short distance. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Dr. Maurer is good at explaining treatments and how they work.
I know there is so much controversy between chiropractic and medical care, but if it were not for chiropractic I would still be in pain. A car accident left me with constant lower back pain. I tried everything from painkillers to preparing to have surgery. I heard stories from my friends who had surgery and to this day wish they never had it. So I decided to go to a chiropractor before the surgery and I am so thankful that I did. My back pains are gone and I am living my life to the fullest and pain free.
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