Uncommon Conditions That Chiropractic Helps With
by Brian Bartholomew D.C. & Marybeth Large
Ithaca Family Chiropractic 2415 N. Triphammer Rd. Ithaca, Ny 14850 (607) 257-9355
Chiropractic care is well known to aide in decreasing back and neck pain, as well as pains within the muscular and skeletal systems. The main purpose of chiropractic care is to encourage the body to heal naturally with hands-on spinal adjustments coupled with exercises, stretches and natural lifestyle changes. Chiropractors specialize in and focus on the nervous system which has far reaching effects. The nerves of the body transmit messages from the brain to the body controlling everything including your heart beating, lungs breathing, digestion, balance, coordination, sensory and an endless list of other functions. Doctors of chiropractic have a unique perspective on health and impressive ability to improve the neurological function of the body which allows them to work naturally with patients who are experiencing a variety of health conditions.
Chiropractic care is an amazing option for anyone looking to get truly healthy for 3 main reasons:
1. Because chiropractic focuses on the patient’s overall function and quality of life and what it takes to get incredibly healthy, not simply to cover up a symptom.
2. Chiropractors understand that most health problems are not simply solved with a pill. In fact, taking medications regularly and the associated side effects are one of the main causes of suffering in America today.
3. With chiropractic care people often are able to truly recover and heal sooner. By locating the cause of the problem and helping improve the neurology and healing capacity of the body naturally chiropractors empower the patient to heal completely. Read on to learn about a few health issues, both common and lesser-known conditions, which can be helped by visiting Doctor of Chiropractic.
High blood pressure had been successfully helped with chiropractic care in thousands of people. In fact, there are many published studies by WebMD, PubMed and many chiropractic case studies. Unfortunately high blood pressure is such a widespread condition that most people have been told pharmaceuticals are the only option. Medications are not a permanent solution, as all they do is temporarily reduce the symptoms. The day you stop taking the pills the symptoms come back because the cause was never corrected. There is much evidence that high blood pressure caused by nerve interference is improved with specific spinal adjustments in the upper neck region. Chiropractic care also help addresses lifestyle factors like weight, exercise, stress levels that are often all a large component of high blood pressure.
IBS is defined as chronic abdominal pain that is often accompanied by irregular and/or painful digestive tract activity, such as bloating, cramping, constipation and diarrhea. It is difficult to diagnose because there are so many variables that contribute to the state of our overall digestive health. Chiropractic care can address the difficulty in different ways:
1. By counseling practice members on the use of the natural supplements, uniquely chosen for each person taking into account their specific lifestyle and health needs.
2. Spinal adjustments, which have been shown to release pressure on the nerves involved with digestion, cramping, bloat and other symptoms typical IBS. Improved nervous system function is a key to longterm healing.
3. Encouraging a healthy, wholesome diet and regular exercise routine.
4. Stress is also widely considered to be a contributor to IBS. Doctors of Chiropractic work with the patient to reduce stress neurologically and holistically.
Headaches are often caused by misalignments in the neck and are commonly helped with chiropractic care. The neck houses a complicated system of muscles and nerves, which together are working hard to support the head and the brain.When a patient suffers a headache, the Doctor of Chiropractic examines the alignment of the spinal bones in the neck. Spinal adjustments in the neck area often bring rapid headache relief by releasing pressure on the nerves/muscles and potentially increasing and/or regulating blood supply to the brain.
Osteoarthritis is joint inflammation, and it often affects people by limiting their ability to move muscles and joints without pain. This means that the entire body is vulnerable to severe pain with any movement, thus limiting a person’s ability to enjoy an active life. Chiropractic care focuses on the source of the inflammations and works to decrease swelling and speed healing. A combination of the appropriate adjustments, exercises, nutritional advice and natural supplements helps people get back the quality of life they desire.
Bells Palsy is partial facial paralysis due to facial nerve damage. There are myriad possible causes for the nerve to become irritated but the one we see most often is brainstem tension caused by upper neck misalignments. Chiropractic care helps correct the afflicted areas via specific adjustments, which can relieve the pressure on the nerves and allow the body to begin its healing process. This is a unique chiropractic skill, no other profession specifically adjusts the spine for the cause of health problems. While steroids are known to treat the traumatized facial nerve, they do not reengage the nerve and facial muscles and oftentimes are ineffective.
Cancer: who hasn’t been touched by this disease in one way or another? Chiropractic care has proven to be a valuable option for patients as they consider their quality of life while battling the disease. Regular chiropractic care works to relieve pain and aide the patient in regaining strength and mobility for everyday living. A typical course of action for most cancer patients consists of chemotherapy, heavy medication to offset the negative side effects of the therapy, and bed rest, after which the patient is then subject to potential side effects from the medication, as well as extended period of time in bed. Body soreness and muscle loss are common aspects to dealing with this disease. Chiropractic care provides relief for cancer patients via adjustments to release pain within joints and improve the immune system, exercises to strengthen the body and lifestyle changes to build health. Chiropractors also are one of the few doctors that teach people how to improve their health naturally. By focusing on strengthening the body people get to control a big part of the healing process.
ADHD is a condition many of us deal with and medications for this problem tend to be vastly overprescribed. The standard medical route of pharmaceuticals, especially in children at varying ages and stages of development, has proven to be dangerous and mostly ineffective. Going down this road doesn’t seek to understand the source of the patient’s issues but to temporarily quiet the symptoms while the cause remains. Chiropractic begins caring for people with ADHD via a spinal and neurological exam to check nerve function. Many of the symptoms of ADHD can be linked to nerve stresses from postural distortions, nerve imbalances, altered ranges of motion, spinal immobility and spinal misalignments. These nerve stresses must be addressed with chiropractic care. Without improving the neurology of the body many conditions have no chance in fully healing. Because chiropractors are concerned with bringing about total healing for all the body’s systems, the chiropractic recommendations of care will certainly consider various aspects of health like proper eating and exercise habits.
Considered standard among many women, PMS (Pre-Menstrual Syndrome) tends to be treated with pain relief medications. Typical problems associated with PMS are bloating, cramping, abdominal and back pain all influenced by the nerves in the lumbar and sacral areas. It has been shown that spinal adjustment can relieve pressure on the lumbar and sacral nerves, thus decreasing the bloating, cramping and pain suffered by the patient. Chiropractic can also advise on proper herbal supplements to improve internal function and hormone levels, which can aide in healing the cause of PMS symptoms.
There are many other uncommon conditions that chiropractic care helps with so please search our website and testimonials to learn more.
Consider a consultation with a chiropractic doctor if you or your loved ones would like to have a more active role in the healing process. Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, Ny is the leading chiropractic center in our area. We have helped thousands of people get health improvements. Call (607) 257-9355 and let us help you.
About the author:
Dr. Brian Bartholomew owns and operates Ithaca Family Chiropractic in Ithaca, Ny. His expertise is in pediatric care and structural corrective chiropractic care for all ages.
Dr. Bartholomew is available for outside speaking for businesses, churches, groups, athletic teams, rotaries, health food stores and anyone who wants to take charge of their health naturally!