In the regular course of your daily events, you may experience a surprising limit to your normal mobility from simply moving a piece of furniture or from doing that twist move you enjoy so much in your dance routine. Suddenly, acute pain has got you in its grips, and you are at a loss as to how to relieve the intensity so you can move and breathe again comfortably. Maybe you have been experiencing aches and pains throughout your body and you just don’t know why but the pain doesn’t seem to be subsiding.
If you have gone through a similar experience, you are not the only one. A sudden movement or a quick jerk can startle us so when we go through a traffic collision or maybe it was out on the lawn in a friendly game of tackle football. You could have an underlying issue that has surfaced, it could simply be age or even sleeping on the wrong mattress. There are countless circumstances that can leave us at the mercy of unrelenting pain and the underlying question is whether or not an Oakville Chiropractor can help with your issues.
Sudden Onset or Prolonged Conditions
Oakville Chiropractor Dr. Brian Huggins sees these and many other debilitating conditions every day. Whether the circumstances are due to an acute condition brought on suddenly, without notice or the result of an ongoing chronic condition, a chiropractic adjustment is universally beneficial for easing pain and getting us back to functional mobility and ensure our body is functioning at it’s highest potential.
Chiropractic Treatment is for All Ages
In fact, the chiropractor sees patients of all ages from new born babies to seniors and everyone in between. The earlier in life, treatment is corrective. The older we get, chiropractic treatment is useful in maintaining ease of movement in the body and proper alignment to help alleviate the pain associated with inflammation occurring from injury and misalignment that causes pain.
What Chiropractic Treatment Consists Of
The treatment from a chiropractor Oakville residents see consists of hands-on spinal manipulation (along with a tool called an activator) as well as other alternative treatment methods. The focus is on the proper alignment of your body’s musculoskeletal structure. When your spine in aligned, your body can naturally heal itself without surgery and without medication.
Joint manipulation is the quick and shallow yet forceful thrust through the stiffened or restricted areas of the body that are producing what is called a subluxation, or misalignment. The term “back cracking” is often used when referring to an adjustment in laymen’s terms (not by Chiropractors lol). This is the result of the sound that happens when the buildup of gas in the joints is released. This release is usually accompanied by the popping or cracking noise, which is completely normal.
Chiropractic treatment most often provides for significant pain relief for muscles, ligaments and tendons. We see this often in sports injuries. In addition, the bones, joints and cartilage may be in need of attention. Any aspect of the body that is affected by the alignment of the spine, which is essentially the entire body, is relieved from stress and tension after spinal manipulation.
Chiropractic is touted not only as the least invasive treatment, but it is also the safest therapy for a whole host of ailments.
Some of the Medical Conditions Chiropractors Treat
The chiropractor Oakville patients seek may be suffering from a genetic condition, a work-related injury or age-related discomfort. Degenerative disc or joint diseases, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel and golf or tennis elbow are among the common complaints when seeking treatment. There are also chronic conditions including migraine or cluster headaches, Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Spondylolisthesis, or slipped vertebra.
One of the more commonly treated conditions is Sciatica, which causes pain, weakness, tingling or a feeling of numbness in the legs resulting from the sciatic nerve being impinged. Piriformis Syndrome is yet another neuromuscular disorder resulting from muscular compression of the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is about the size of your thumb and it exists at the base of your spine. It is no wonder a nerve of that size can cause so much discomfort when it is not allowed to let the necessary nerve impulses flow properly.
Whiplash, which is not limited to occurrence behind the wheel of a car, produces neck pain or discomfort as a result of the sudden distortion of the neck. It is wise not to go crazy whipping your hair back and forth, if you can help it.
These are just some of the common complaints chiropractors see from patients seeking relief for their pain. All too often, people think chiropractic is limited to ‘back pain.’ In and of itself, this collective title covers a wide range of causes. Unlike other medical treatment, rather than treating the symptoms, chiropractic treats the cause, and as a result, it has been found that spinal manipulations are more effective.
Spinal manipulation is restorative giving mobility back to joints that may be restricted by tissue injury. Actions as simple as a slip and fall or repetitive physical movement that can stress the joints can be adjusted and corrected through chiropractic treatment. Many of us impede the proper flow of electrical impulses through our nervous systems from poor posture, whether sitting or standing. These are all conditions that benefit from treatment by a chiropractor Oakville patients seek.
What to Expect on Your First Visit to the Chiropractor
The chiropractor will first get a complete medical history from patients to properly evaluate the nature of the injury or complaint. If you would like to fill out your forms prior to your visit simply visit our page titled “Patient Forms“. It is important to rule out symptoms that might otherwise indicate that a trip to the emergency room is the better option.
The chiropractor will perform a physical examination in addition to x-rays (if necessary) to determine the best treatment approach for your pain. Treatment may include one or more manual spinal adjustments where the doctor manipulates misaligned joints. This involves the use of controlled, sudden force to realign the joints.
When the nerves are released from the compression that results from misalignment, both the flow of electrical impulses throughout the body and the improved range and quality of motion produce a marked improvement instantly. Repeat visits may be required to help rehabilitate an injury and maintain proper alignment.
Chiropractic Ranks Preventative Care as Number One
Typically, chiropractic manipulations are combined with recommended strength and stabilization exercises, if the circumstances indicate these are appropriate. Since patients are better able to move after treatment, adding exercise to strengthen the weaknesses is one of the best methods of preventative care, the long-held chiropractic belief that helps maintain a healthy, functioning body.
Many patients maintain regular chiropractic visits as part of a preventative health maintenance choice. Being one of the most conservative treatments for most musculoskeletal conditions, chiropractic treatment is known to reflect the lowest rates of adverse effects and risks when compared to surgeries, due to nature of the procedure and the recovery time, or drug therapies, due to the side effects.
Visiting your Oakville chiropractor will give you relief from your pain, keep your joints freely moving and your muscles tension-free and relaxed not only to help prevent further injury, but also to keep you functioning at your most optimal level. Your chiropractor will work in concert with other health care practitioners whenever it is in the best interest of you, the patient.
Regular chiropractic adjustments help you manage the daily wear and tear on your body. Whether a routine visit or an urgent one, your Oakville chiropractor is dedicated to providing you with effective and lasting results. Call today at 905-845-2291 or fill out a form on our website to book a consultation with one of our Chiropractors today!