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Common Medical Conditions We can Treat

Chiropractic care and massage therapy can treat a wide range of common medical conditions. See a few examples of conditions that the skilled team at Mickel Chiropractic & Massage can treat below.

Asthma

An increase in the number of people being diagnosed with asthma can be attributed to the increased pollution in the atmosphere. Furthermore, because houses are now sealed so tightly, an inadequate air filtration system can trap irritants in the air inside a house. However, since all people do not suffer from asthma, it can also be attributed to the body’s irregular response to these irritants.

Research shows a link between the spinal column, the nervous system, and the respiratory system. Patients affected with asthma receiving chiropractic care have reported improved breathing due to the relationship between these symptoms. In a recent study, 45% of participants with asthma saw a decrease in the number of asthma attacks, after seeking chiropractic care.

Auto Accidents

All auto accidents can cause serious damage to your spine that later can cause problems that linger for many years.

If you have recently been in an auto accident, consult a chiropractor whether you are experiencing pain or not. Chiropractic can correct this misalignment in your spine, even if you do not know it is there.

Back Pain 

One of the most common treatments associated with chiropractic is for back pain. Many people relieve their back pain by taking pain medication, what they don't realize is that this can make the back pain worse. Treating the cause of the pain is the best way to relieve it. Often times, this is caused by one of two things, the spine isn’t moving correctly or the discs between the vertebrae have been damaged. Both of these can be corrected with adjustments.

In western medicine, treating back pain goes something like this: rest (which can prolong the pain) medicate (which can help you ignore it, thereby making it worse), treat it with therapy (which can injure it further) and perform surgery (a drastic measure). A chiropractor can determine the cause of your back pain, which typically is misalignment in the spine. This can cause the patient to not only have back pain, but can also affect other parts of the body. A visit to the chiropractor can help relieve the pain in your back in as little as one adjustment.

Bedwetting

While most children are fully toilet trained by age 5, some children experience a lack of bladder control during the night. This causes them shame, embarrassment, and can ostracize them from their peers. However, chiropractic can help.

In the pediatric spine, there are 5 separate bones at the base of the spine that will fuse together later in life. Nerves run in and out of these bones, and if they become misaligned, they can affect the functionality of the bladder, causing bedwetting. This misalignment can be corrected by a chiropractor.

Carpal Tunnel

The wrist houses a kind of “tunnel” through which nerves run down to the hand and fingers. Sometimes, the tunnel can collapse, creating painful pressure on the nerves. This is known as carpal tunnel syndrome.

A slight shift in the spine may cause the joints in the arms to misalign, causing a painful collapse of the tunnel. Chiropractic can repair this through adjustments and alignments.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs when mild trauma happens in the foot, such as wearing shoes with improper foot support, standing for long periods of time, obesity, and other causes. The tendons in the heel are compromised and cause pain.

Traditional western medicine will treat the pain with medication to reduce pain and inflammation and they may recommend surgery. Chiropractic adjustments, along with other treatments, work with your body naturally to treat the underlying causes of the pain and inflammation.

Headaches

Most people experience headaches. There are many different reasons that people can get headaches. Typically they are caused by dehydration, illness, or if general wellness is decreased. They can also be caused by misalignment in the spine. Sometimes, headaches can be caused by a problem in the lower spine where the upper spine shifts to compensate, throwing off the balance of the head, causing frequent headaches.

While headaches are common, they are not normal. You do not have to live with them. After an assessment, a chiropractor can determine the cause of the headaches. If the cause is misalignment, a simple adjustment may be all that is needed.

Pinched Nerve

A pinched nerve can occur when a nerve opening is blocked by a misalignment. Then the function of the nerve can be impeded because the brain sends all commands through the spinal cord.

A “pinched nerve” feeling can occur due to a compressed lesion, which is the actual pinching of a nerve, or a facilitative lesion, which is the stretching, twisting, or chafing of the nerve root. The facilitative lesion is more common and can be quite painful.

A chiropractor will go thorough examination, and give your spine the little nudge it needs to put itself back into position. When your spine alignment is once again correct, the pressure on the pinched nerve will be relieved.

Pregnancy

Chiropractic can be beneficial during all stages of pregnancy, including pre-conception and post conception.

If you’re planning to get pregnant, a pre-conception adjustment can prepare the spine for the journey to come. It can keep the spine balanced and ready to carry the weight that it will soon hold.

During pregnancy, there is a great deal of extra pressure on the spine and the muscles surrounding it. There are ways to safely adjust and balance your spine during pregnancy to help your body adjust to the changes that are being made.

Often, people rely on chiropractic for balancing and alignment just prior to giving birth, which is known to help reduce the risk of complications during labor.

After birth, chiropractic can be beneficial to both baby and mother.

Sciatica

The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the body. It originates in the spinal cord and runs down through the buttocks and into the legs. A trauma can occur that may not be severe or even noticeable, but causes the discs between the vertebrae to bulge. This creates crowding and pressure on the sciatic nerve, which radiates down into the leg. Due to the size of the nerve, this is extremely painful and can make walking, sitting, standing, and lying down painful.

A consultation and thorough examination can help a chiropractor determine where the source of the issue is and how to help it.

Scoliosis

Scoliosis is an unusual sideways curvature of the spine. This can occur at different degrees, but there are three different kinds of scoliosis: congenital (genetic predisposition), habitual (caused by habits and behavioral routines), and idiopathic (other unknown causes).

Scoliosis can cause pain and discomfort in the spine. In some cases, scoliosis may not be completely reversible, but posture and curvature can be improved through a series of adjustments. If these adjustments are started during childhood, muscles can be trained to support the spine differently.

Slipped Disc

In between each vertebra is a disc made of cartilage which allows for space for the nerves to exit the spinal column. At times, these discs can become traumatized and “slip,” causing a great deal of pain.

The term “slipped disc” conjures an image of a whole disc actually sitting slightly out of its place in between 2 vertebrae. However, a slipped disc is actually a bulging, protruding, wedged, or herniated disc.

Slipped discs can occur from improper lifting, bending, turning, etc. Remember, if you are lifting something off the ground, the safest way to do so is to bend at the knees and lift with your legs; never bend at the waist to lift something from the ground.

Chiropractic can, after thorough examination, help correct the slipped disc.

Stress

Everyone has stress in their life. Between careers, families, school, and everything else we do, we are bound to get stressed about all the things we have going on in our lives.

Many people tend to carry stress in the muscles surrounding their spines. Tension in the muscles can pull the vertebrae out of alignment. If you have a great deal of stress in your life and having health issues, it might be about time see a chiropractor. A simple adjustment may be all you need.

Whiplash

Whiplash occurs when the head is snapped forward or backward very quickly. This is what usually happens in an auto accident. In a minor fender bender, the people will absorb the majority of the impact, resulting in an increased risk of whiplash. Whereas in a major car accident, the car will take the majority of the impact, therefore the chance of whiplash becomes less likely.

You might not even know you have whiplash. Some people do not experience pain until a week after their accident. Neck pain, headache, and pain in the arms and hands can occur.

Osteoporosis

Unfortunately, there are not many symptoms of osteoporosis. Many people are unaware that they have it until they have an x-ray done, usually in conjunction with a broken bone. Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones, where bones become porous like Swiss cheese.

Osteoporosis is not reversible, but it is preventable to an extent. A diet rich in calcium can keep bones strong through adulthood. Along with higher calcium intake, regular exercise, and not smoking can help decrease the chances of osteoporosis. Women are at a greater risk for osteoporosis, so they should try to decrease risk factors.

As there is some pain associated with osteoporosis, visits with a chiropractor can help. It can help maintain mobility and range-of-motion.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis occurs when the cartilage between the bones becomes worn down or wears away completely. This is not reversible, but the pain associated with it is treatable.

A chiropractor can help with pain management by introducing exercises that strengthen the muscles around the joints which will support the joint.
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