Conditions and Symptoms
Chiropractic care is effective for a wide variety of conditions. The following is a partial list of some of the most common. If you do not see your specific condition listed, we encourage you to give us a call so we can personally address your particular concerns.
- Slipped Disc
- Headaches and Migraines
- Back Pain
- Neck Pain and Shoulder Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Numbness & Tingling
Spinal structure and pain
Back and neck pain are among the most common of chronic ailments. So many factors are involved in pain in these areas, that establishing an exact cause is not always straightforward. One factor, however, is the complex structure of the spinal column. Also known as the vertebral column, it consists of thirty-three small bones or vertebrae. The arrangement of these bones defines the structure of the body and protects the spinal cord or network of nerves that connect directly with the brain. The interlinked vertebrae are separated by cartilage discs that add flexibility to the spine and help prevent injury. Occasionally, one or more of these discs slips out of place, causing what we call the “slipped disc”.
The modern world and spinal disorders
Poor posture is to blame for much neck and back pain. Daily, we spend hours seated at desks and in vehicles. We lift heavy shopping in and out of cars, and suitcases onto and off of luggage trolleys. Over time, the constant bias in the ways that we sit, the bending, flexing and straining exposes our spinal cords to injury and inflammation. For example, sitting constantly hunched over a computer screen stresses the nerves in the cervical or neck area of the spine. This condition eventually inflames the nerves that run through it, causing the familiar throbbing in the temple, forehead and eye areas that we know as headaches and migraine.
Other spinal disorders
Often, scoliosis is a condition that is present from birth, and can be cured only by surgery. However, other factors can cause an “s” or “c” bend in the spinal cord, for example, an irregularity in the skeleton that leads to spinal bias over time. Other common symptoms of poor spinal alignment include numbness and tingling in the hands, legs and feet, a sensation caused by spinal discs compressing and trapping nerves. Better posture and sleeping position can help to minimise all of these symptoms. However, we at the Chiropractic First clinics recommend spinal realignment and manipulation for the greater relief of back and neck pain.
The facts about chiropractic manipulation
Successive treatments by our professional practitioners at clinics in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham can help eradicate stress and pain-inducing biases in the spinal cord. The basic principle of the treatment is the manipulation of the muscles in the back to realign the spinal vertebrae. This manipulation releases trapped nerves and eases spinal vertebrae back into position. Over time, the treatments can help reduce lower back pain and symptoms of the other spinal disorders.