Proper diagnosis is key to proper treatment
Most people will experience neck pain at some point in their lives. Neck pain can result from a variety of causes with a wide range of severity from simple muscle strains to more serious complications like disc heriation and pathological disease. Neck pain can be acute (occuring immediately as a result of an injury) or chronic (occurring gradually over a period of time) and has a profound effect on quality of life. Most common causes of neck pain include stress, trauma, repetitive stress injuries, poor ergonomics, and poor posture.
Mid Back Pain
The mid back is made up of 12 vertebrae. Attached to these vertebrae are 24 ribs (one on each side). In between the vertebrae is a disc. Because of the ribs, the mid back moves a lot less than your low back or cervical spine.
Sometimes, one of these joints in the mid back become locked, either by trauma or everyday activity or simply by repetitive sitting at a desk. It is a comon area for immobility issues and left untreated can lead to lower back and neck pain.
Sciatic and Nerve Pain
At some time in our lives, most people have experienced a pain or tingle going down their arms or legs. It is rarely due to a problem in the arm or leg, but the being caused by pressure being placed on the nerve root as it exits the spine.
In the case of sciatica, this usually means that there is pressure being placed on the nerves that exit the lower lumbar spine.
The cause of the nerve root pressure is usually due to a problem with the disc, lumbar or Sacral joint dysfunction or in rarer cases a piriformis syndrome. In all cases chiropractic can reduce the pressure on the nerve roots.
Characterized by recurrent headache, are among the most common disorders of the nervous system. Common types of headaches include cervicogenic, tension, migraine, cluster, trauma induced, and medicine induced (overuse of analgesics).
Whether you have frequent or infrequent headaches, chiropractic can help.
Your chiropractor will first take a proper history and determine which type of headache you have and determine a treatment program that can help. Most headaches have a muscular or a neurological component. Chiropractic is effective at reducing the frequency, duration and intensity of headaches by properly aligning your spine and correcting dysfunctional joints. This will reduce muscle tension and allow for better neurological responses.
Migraines, in particular, have a cervicogenic component. A dysfunctional joint in the upper vertebrae of the spine tends to be one of the triggers for such headaches. If you suffer from migraines, you may have noticed that the medicine you take will help with part of the migraine but not all. This is due to the cervicogenic component, which medicine does not help. The reason for this is that you most likely have two types of headaches, migraine and cervicogenic.
Low Back Pain
Over 80% of Norwegians will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lifetime. Chiropractors are specifically trained to treat this debilitating condition and get excellent results. Like any complaint, a complete examination and history are vital in determining the correct diagnosis and treatment.
The main causes of low back pain are trauma, lifting with a twisting motion, disc problems and poor posture.
Your low back pain may also be accompanied by sciatica (pain down one or both legs). This is usually due to abnormal pressure being exerted on the nerve roots as they exit your spine.
Chiropractic is effective in treating this condition, as it realigns the spine. Taking pressure off of the spine will in turn decrease or eliminate your low back pain.