I hope your New Year is going well!
I’d like to tell you about a patient I’ve known for many years. Her name is Jennifer. Jennifer initially came to my office 15 years ago. She had constant achiness, tension and tightness in her neck, shoulders and mid back. She suffered from headaches every day. She was a working, single mother with two children and her pain made it difficult for her to be able to concentrate at her job and to have the energy needed to take care of her kids.
Her condition had started several years before. She’d been in two whiplash auto accidents that had injured her neck. But, as she was busy, she had not seen any healthcare professionals for treatment of her injuries. As a result, her problems gradually worsened. She finally got to a point where she knew something had to be done. That’s when she came to my office.
We found the ranges of motion in her neck was very restricted and painful and she had significant muscle spasms.
To help her I utilized gentle chiropractic methods to realign her spine. After her neck movements were improved and her muscle spasms were reduced we used more traditional chiropractic adjusting methods. As Jennifer’s problems were corrected she felt better and, eventually, was pain free.
I tell you about this case because many people and healthcare professionals have concern that chiropractic treatment might be harmful. When initially meeting with a patient, chiropractors are trained to determine if we can help. Sometimes we may not be able to use traditional chiropractic methods, however we are trained in many other gentle “soft touch” chiropractic care treatments that are safe and effective. If I can help a patient, I’ll let them know. If I can’t help, I will also let them know.
If you, a friend, or a loved one is involved in an accident please call our office. We are always ready to help you in your quest for good health.
James J. Schofield, D.C.
Chiropractic therapy and specific exercises for the neck muscles have been shown to be one of the most effective treatment methods to help patients suffering from neck pain. For over 100 years chiropractic care has been helping patients who have neck discomfort.
Most people know that chiropractors help those with neck discomfort by finding and correcting misalignments and improperly moving joints of bones of the neck called the cervical vertebrae. This helps alleviate pain that may have begun suddenly from an accident or may have accumulated through minor irritations and poor head and neck posture.
In addition to utilizing “spinal adjustments” to correct physical abnormalities of the cervical spine doctors of chiropractic also train patients to perform strengthening and stretching exercises which enhance outcomes. These exercises speed healing and pain relief and help, long-term, to improve upper body posture to keep painful conditions from recurring.
These exercises are simple and easy to perform and take very little time. No exercise equipment is needed. The patient is educated to perform the exercises on their own.
By utilizing methods of chiropractic care and specific stretching and strengthening neck exercises a great majority of patients can avoid taking pain medications and invasive surgery and gain relief from neck pain.
Many may be unaware that a condition called frozen shoulder may be helped with chiropractic care. A frozen shoulder, sometimes called adhesive capsulitis is a painful restriction of the shoulders range of motion. It occurs in about 3% of adults. Typically, it occurs from trauma to the shoulder or overuse of the shoulder joint.
The shoulder joint is called a ball and socket joint. Along with the hip and thumb joints it is one of three joints in the body that can move in every direction. Because of this there are many muscles, tendons and ligaments associated with this joint. There is also an anatomical structure called the capsule which surrounds the joint and produces a lubricating fluid. This lubricating fluid is contained within the capsule.
When adhesive capsulitis occurs the patient may suffer from a mild discomfort and minimal loss of range of motion of the shoulder to excruciating pain and complete loss of ability to use the upper extremity. One research study published in the Journal of Back in Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, October 2018 showed that of 148 adults, have of whom had frozen shoulder identified a strong association between pain, anxiety, and sleep disturbance. The findings suggest that anxiety and disturb sleep are common among patients with frozen shoulder.
Fortunately, chiropractic care, is a conservative, safe, cost-effective therapy aimed at reducing pain in improving motion of the affected shoulder joint.
Doctors of chiropractic have been helping patients with frozen shoulders for over 125 years. If a patient is looking for a nonsurgical, drug-free treatment for shoulder pain they should consider chiropractic consultation for help.
People with diabetes commonly suffer from musculoskeletal disorders. These musculoskeletal conditions may be helped with chiropractic care.
According to a new paper published in the European Journal of Rheumatology, October 2018 patients with diabetes mellitus have an elevated risk for a number of musculoskeletal conditions including: limited joint mobility syndrome, frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, gouty arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.
Although chiropractors do not treat diabetes, they commonly treat the musculoskeletal disorders noted above. Doctors of chiropractic, in conjunction with a patient’s medical provider, may be considered for consultation as a safe, non-pharmaceutical, nonsurgical, cost-effective method to treat these extremely common, painful and disabling musculoskeletal disorders.