Chiropractic Treaments and Care

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Lifestyle Adjustment  - Back and Neck Pain - Sports Injuries - Whiplash - Shoulder Injuries - Repetitive Strain Injuries - Arthritic Pain - Headaches and Migraines - Sciatica - Pinched Nerve - Scoliosis - Slipped Disc - Tempormandibular (TMJ) Disorder  - Nutritional Counselling

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A Lifestyle Adjustment

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Chiropractic is the world's third largest health profession after Medicine and Dentistry. Australians make over 16 million visits to Chiropractors each year for Nerve, Joint and Muscular problems; most commonly back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headache, migraine, joint pain, spinal disc conditions, arm and leg pain. People attending Chiropractors are highly satisfied with their care and report less time off work and faster recovery from injuries.Chiropractic is the world's third largest health profession after Medicine and Dentistry. Australians make over 16 million visits to Chiropractors each year for Nerve, Joint and Muscular problems; most commonly back pain, sciatica, neck pain, headache, migraine, joint pain, spinal disc conditions, arm and leg pain. People attending Chiropractors are highly satisfied with their care and report less time off work and faster recovery from injuries.

Through Chiropractic and Massage, at A Family Chiropractor we aim to help with relief for your presenting problem, maintenance of your overall health and an explanation of what else Chiropractic / Massage care can do for you and your family. Whether you are seeking help for health and maintenance care or fast relief from a painful problem, we intend to do our best to meet your needs.

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Back and Neck Pain

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Are you suffering from back or neck Pain?

Back pain, rightly or wrongly is sometimes referred to as general back pain, sciatica, lower back pain, lumbago and disc bulge. 

Back pain that many experience is likely a buildup of catastrophic events culminating in "the straw that broke the camel’s back scenario", for example a sneeze or reaching for an object can trigger huge back spasms without any effort. Neck pain is much the same and can show up after sleeping incorrectly or after a repetitive strain injury. If back pain or neck pain is left alone it may feel better but can also come back worse later on, say days to weeks or months later. If back pain persists, later, back surgery may be threatened.

 

Chiropractic treatment for back pain and neck pain can be effective in returning you back to health.
Depending on the level of lumbago, joint restriction, back pain & neck pain we can assess and diagnose the cause. You'll be given an explanation of your back or neck pain with the aid of models of the human skeleton, and prescribed a back pain or neck pain exercise rehabilitation plan on your first visit. Your back pain will resolve and decrease with the avoidance of aggravating activities like squatting and reaching forward without bending the legs.

 

For neck pain relief call A Family Chiropractor today
At A Family Chiropractor in , Sydney, NSW we help people with treatment for back pain and neck pain every day and their feedback keeps us focused on delivering the best care treatment for back pain we can provide in the area of St Marys, Sydney. We spend time viewing posture and assessing reflexes, sensation and muscle strength. The true site of your back pain or neck pain is determined and usually responds very well to chiropractic treatment. Interferential therapy, acupuncture, graston technique, therapeutic ultrasound and massage techniques may help in addition to correct icing and strapping and chiropractic adjustments to restricted joints and if indicated.


Let A Family Chiropractor St Mary's and Kings Langley help you walk away from back pain and neck pain once and for all the safe and natural way. There are several more invasive and severe methods of treatment for back pain and headaches which includeepidurasl steroid injections and lumbar interbody fusion.

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Sports Injuries

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There are a number of conditions that can result from playing sports. A variety of muscles, joints and ligaments are used when involved in active play, all of which can be affected by strain from overuse, trauma, or not being properly warmed and cooled down. 
Sports injuries are generally in the form of soft tissue injuries, which refers to any damage to the soft tissues of the body, such as ligaments, muscles, tendons, nerves, joints and connective tissue




There are a number of ways in which a soft tissue sports injury can occur: 

  • > Muscle strain - when the muscle or tendon is pulled too far in one direction
  • > Contusions - resulting from a direct blow to the muscle/tissue
  • > Tendonitis - when the tendon becomes overstressed and inflamed, often due to inappropriate equipment, faulty technique and lack of flexibility
  • > Ligament Sprains - when the ligament is stretched beyond its normal range


The Chiropractors at A Family Chiropractor specialise in the non-drug treatment of musculoskeletal problems, including joint sprains and disk injuries. Often, when a muscle or joint is injured, the body naturally compensates, attempting to maintain balance and protect itself by tightening other muscles and joints. For example, the persistent pain in your shoulder could be the result of a direct injury to the shoulder; it could also reflect your body's compensation for spinal-joint movement restrictions in your neck. 

Many athletes are being sidelined with injuries that could be avoided, or sitting out on the bench because their injury is not responding to ordinary treatment. Others still are playing, but at less than peak efficiency, simply because their structural system is not balanced. During many sports, body contact, fast stops and starts, and positioning place an unusual amount of strain on the spine and structural system. As a result, chiropractic gives special attention to the spine, joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and nerves of the athlete. In fact, many high level athletes visit a Chiropractor for a 'tune-up' before a game to help prepare joints and muscles and reduce the risk of injury. 

Chiropractic adjustments help restore the natural balance that was present before the injury. Treatment of sports injuries at A Family Chiropractor includes widely used physical therapies such as ice for swelling and inflammation and heat and electronic muscle stimulation for muscle strains and sprains. These techniques help athletes return to training and perform at their peak level sooner.

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Whiplash

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What is a whiplash neck sprain?


A whiplash neck sprain occurs when your head is suddenly jolted backwards and forwards in a whip-like movement usually caused in motor car accidents known as a “rear-ender”.  These movements generate considerable force, typically causing the neck to move far beyond the normal range of movement and causes damage to the delicate supporting structures of the neck.  Whiplash is effectively a sprain of the joints in the neck – Chiropractors refer to this as a vertebral subluxation.
Whiplash can also result from forceful sporting injuries that cause similar stress to the neck joints, ligaments, muscles and discs.

 



Who gets whiplash neck sprains?


Whiplash neck sprains are common. About 2 in 3 people involved in car accidents develop neck pain (with or without other injuries).  Many people are surprised with the onset of neck pain following even minor car accidents some hours following the accident. It is important to note that even minor car bumps can cause enough whipping of the neck to cause symptoms. Less commonly, whiplash can result from everyday mishaps such as jolting your neck when you trip of fall.

 

Symptoms of Whiplash


Whilst the symptoms of whiplash will vary, the following represent the most frequently noticed effects of whiplash.

  • - Pain in the neck
  • - Head feels too heavy for the neck
  • - Reduced neck movement
  • - Neck stiffness
  • - Pain into the shoulders and arms
  • - Tingling in the arms and fingers
  • - Dizziness, headache, blurred vision and pain on swallowing
  • - Irritability and difficult to concentrate

 

Treatment for Whiplash


Chiropractic management of whiplash is extremely effective.  All Chiropractic care initially consists of a through history, orthopaedic, neurological and spinal examination to determine the exact location of your neck pain.  Diagnostic imaging such as Xray, CT or MRI scans may also be required to fully assess any damage.


Treatment consists of reducing pain and inflammation and stabilizing your neck to prevent further damage.  Ice is perhaps the best natural anti-inflammatory modality and it is also very soothing when your neck is painful.


If you are able to support your head and neck, it is especially important to keep your neck mobile rather than immobilizing it in a soft cervical collar.  Studies have shown that you are more likely to make a quicker recovery if you do regular neck exercises, and keep your neck active rather than resting it for long periods in a collar.


As your pain decreases, and your stability improves, your chiropractor will massage and gently adjust your spine to help improve your neck function and reduce nerve pressure.
Some other helpful advice is to avoid poor neck posture during your daily routine and to use a firm supporting contoured pillow when sleeping.
Whiplash responds very well to Chiropractic care, with most people experiencing significant improvement within weeks of beginning care.
Call A Family Chiropractor Clinics Sydney NSW for your comprehensive whiplash assessment.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Shoulder Injuries

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About Shoulder Pain


Painful shoulder conditions that limit movement are very common, and are caused by injuries affecting the shoulder joint, muscles, tendons, ligaments and cartilage.  As the shoulder has a high degree of flexibility, it is therefore less stable and more prone to injuries than other joints of the body.

Since the nerves that supply the shoulder and arm originate from the neck and upper spine, conditions such as Vertebral Subluxations commonly contribute to pain in the shoulder.

 





Chiropractors can assist with the following shoulder conditions:

  • Chronic Shoulder Pain and Stiffness
  • Shoulder Muscle Spasm and Tension
  • Rotator Cuff Disorders such as tears and strains
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder

Diagnosis of Shoulder Pain


In order to determine the cause of your pain, your Chiropractor will conduct a full physical, orthopaedic and neurological examination of the shoulder, cervical and thoracic spine.

You will be asked to perform shoulder range of motion and muscle strength tests.  Where the pain is felt, both at rest and during movement of the shoulder, provides important clues as to the cause of the shoulder pain.

It may also be necessary to undergo specialized diagnostic tests such as XRay, Ultrasound and/or MRI scans.

 

Treatment of Shoulder Pain


The initial objective of all shoulder injuries is to relieve pain and inflammation.  Whilst many doctors will recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to relieve pain and swelling, the benefit obtained by applying ice-packs can be equally, if not more beneficial.

As your shoulder begins to heal, it is vitally important to restore range of movement, and later to improve muscle strength so as to stabilize the shoulder and help prevent further injury and aggravation.

 

A Family Chiropractor Sydney NSW will be able to assist you with suitable shoulder range of motion exercises and shoulder strengthening and rehabilitation exercises during your recovery.


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Repetitive Strain Injuries

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Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) - is generally described as an overuse syndrome. Poor postures at work, computer/mouse work, musical instruments and certain sports can contribute to RSI. The strain is generally within the ligament and tendons, commonly at the elbow, wrist or hand. It is caused by repetitive use of the joint(s) causing inflammation, pain, weakness and swelling. Chiropractic can improve joint alignment and any muscular imbalances and reduce the problem with RSI.

 

A question commonly asked is if you suffer from RSI, how is your body affected? Primarily RSI damages your muscles and tendons as well as the nerves that run through your muscles and tendons. Every time your muscles are used tiny tears happen in your muscle tissue, this area in your muscle then becomes inflamed, your body tries to repair it but if you continue with the repetitive actions it becomes very thick and scar tissue forms over the torn muscle tissue causing even more pain. If you do not seek treatment, the cycle gets worse and worse causing further damage.

 

The team at A Family Chiropractor have noticed a strong correlation between poor posture and RSI. When the head is forward and the upper back is a bit hunched it affects the nerves that come out between the neck bones often putting them under increased tension. There is usually associated muscle spasm and increased neck and back stiffness. In this altered posture the functioning of the shoulders and upper limb often right down to the hands is affected and can lead to RSI.

 

It is at the early stage that you should really seek assessment and treatment, but if you have let it go and you are at the severe stages it is essential that you seek urgent assessment and advice. A Family Chiropractor at St Marys and Kings Langley have found that by correcting posture as well as treating the RSI directly is a great combination for sufferers.

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Arthritic Pain

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Arthritis is a condition which affects the smooth movement of the joints. While the term arthritis usually conjures up images of crippled fingers and hobbled movements, the effects of arthritis can actually range from benign to severe. 

There are several different forms of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis. It first appears in the second and third decade of life, and can become very common by age 70. This does not mean, however, that arthritis only affects the elderly. Some forms of arthritis can appear in childhood and early adulthood. General arthritis symptoms include pain, stiffness, redness, heat and often swelling in inflicted areas. 

There are several reasons for arthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). Some arthritis types have auto-immune causes (when the body begins to attack itself), and others are due to undue stress placed on the joints of your body. People with poor posture, excess weight, injuries or those who work in physically stressful industries are at most risk. 

Inside healthy joints, the ends of the bones are covered with a tough tissue called cartilage. This cartilage is smooth and slick, so the bones can move easily. Inside arthritic joints, the cartilage becomes rough and pitted. As the joints wear down, calcium deposits, spurs and swelling may develop. This restricts the movements of the joints and causes pain and inflammation.

Many arthritis sufferers assume that nothing can be done to reverse the degeneration or relieve arthritis pain. Others resort to surgery to replace joints with synthetic devices. While there may be not yet be an arthritis cure, some arthritis treatment is available. With proper diet, an active lifestyle, and regular chiropractic care, the effects of arthritis can be mediated. 

The most important thing with arthritis is to maintain as much normal function as possible in the affected areas. This is where chiropractic is of benefit. Specific chiropractic adjustments help to return normal motion and position to "stuck" or fixated spinal joints. These adjustments are effective in reducing pain, improving joint mobility and increasing muscle flexibility for arthritis sufferers. 

Chiropractors can also recommend stretches, exercises, and aids available to help improve mobility and range of motion in people with arthritis. Activities such as yoga, swimming and specific joint mobilisation exercises can be beneficial in this respect.

A Family Chiropractic Clinics Sydney NSW allow sufferers to maintain as much normal function as possible, so that arthritis need not be a crippling disease. 

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Headaches and Migraines

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Chiropractic is an ideal alternative therapy that works not only to relieve headache pain but to also restore normal functioning to the nervous system and spine. Please read on for more information.

 

What is a Headache?

A headache is when someone feels pain or discomfort in the head and/or face. It is a symptom of many different conditions, and physiologically may be caused by a disruption to pain-sensitivity structures in the head.

Headaches may be classified as either primary or secondary. Primary headaches develop on their own, whereas secondary headaches develop as a symptom of another disease, condition or illness.


What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is an alternative form of medicine that aims to diagnose, treat and prevent mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system via manipulation and realignment of the spine and other bodily structures.

 

How Does Chiropractic Help Alleviate Headaches?

Most good chiropractors employ the use of physical, orthopedic and neurological tests to pinpoint potential causes of the headache. The practitioner will then use spinal manipulation to treat the headache, thus:

  • Improving spinal alignment.
  • Reducing nerve irritation.
  • Reducing muscle tension.
  • Improving blood flow and circulation


A chiropractor may aim to reduce headache symptoms with massage and Trigger Point Therapy, and may even use x-ray to determine whether abnormal positioning of the shoulder and neck are causing the headaches. They may also recommend a suitable lifestyle plan including relaxation techniques, daily stretches, changes in posture and other exercises.

 

Chiropractic and Tension Headaches

Tension headaches result from muscular tension in the head, neck and shoulders. This tension ultimately leads to changes in normal posture and movement in order to compensate, which itself results in even more muscular tension, thus creating a vicious cycle that causes an increasingly painful headache.

Chiropractic aims to resolve and break the vicious cycle by releasing any muscular tension, and by realigning skeletal structures. Relief is often experienced from tension headaches minutes after Chiropractic treatment, after which muscle tension has eased and nerve irritation has been reduced.

 

Chiropractic and Migraine Headaches

Certain triggers cause a sudden dilation of blood vessels in the head to occur, thus producing a painful migraine.

Recent scientific studies have shown chiropractic may play an important role in treating migraines in its subtle manipulation and realignment of the spine. The adjustments also improve blood flow by reducing any irritation to nerves rooted in the spine which themselves are responsible for vascular system tension control.

 

If you are interested in trying chiropractic to relieve your headaches, please speak to our professional chiropractor for more information at A Family Chiropractor Sydney NSW

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Sciatica Chiropractic Treatment

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Doctors of Chiropractic medicine regularly treat sciatica. Sciatica is characterized by pain that originates in the low back or buttock that travels into one or both legs. Sciatic nerve pain varies in intensity and frequency; minimal, moderate, severe and occasional, intermittent, frequent or constant.

Pain is described as dull, achy, sharp, toothache-like, pins and needles or similar to electric shocks. Other symptoms associated with sciatica include burning, numbness and tingling sensations. Sciatica is also called radiating or referred pain, neuropathy, or neuralgia. A misconception is that sciatica is a disorder - however, sciatica is really a symptom of a disorder.

 

Caused by Nerve Compression

 
Sciatica is generally caused by sciatic nerve compression. Disorders known to cause sciatic nerve pain include lumbar spine subluxations (misaligned vertebral body/ies), herniated or bulging discs (slipped discs), pregnancy and childbirth, tumors, and non-spinal disorders such as diabetes, constipation, or sitting on one's back pocket wallet.

 

One common cause of sciatica is Piriformis Syndrome. Piriformis syndrome is named after the piriformis muscle. The piriformis muscle is located in the lower part of the spine, connects to the thighbone, and assists in hip rotation. The sciatic nerve runs beneath the piriformis muscle. This muscle is susceptible to injury from a slip and fall, hip arthritis, or a difference in leg length. Such situations can cause cramping and spasm to develop in the piriformis muscle, thereby pinching the sciatic nerve and causing inflammation and pain.

Sciatic nerve compression may result in the loss of feeling (sensory loss), paralysis of a single limb or group of muscles (monoplegia), and insomnia.

 

Proper Diagnosis

 
Since there are many disorders that cause sciatica, the chiropractor's first step is to determine what is causing the patient's sciatica. Forming a diagnosis involves a thoughtful review the patient's medical history, and a physical and neurological examination. Diagnostic testing includes an x-ray, MRI, CT scan and/or electrodiagnostic tests (nerve conduction velocity, electromyography). These examinations and tests help to detect possible contraindications to spinal adjustments and other chiropractic therapies.

 

Treatment Approach 


The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to help the body's potential to heal itself. It is based on the scientific principle that restricted spinal movement leads to pain and reduced function and performance. Chiropractic care is non-invasive (non-surgical) and drug-free. The type of chiropractic therapy provided depends on the cause of the patient's sciatica. A sciatica treatment plan may include several different treatments such as ice/cold therapies, ultrasound, TENS, and spinal adjustments - sometimes called manipulation.

 

1. Ice/Cold therapy reduces inflammation and helps to control sciatic pain.

 

2. Ultrasound is gentle heat created by sound waves that penetrates deep into tissues. Ultrasound increases circulation and helps to reduce muscle spasms, cramping, swelling, stiffness, and pain.

 

3. TENS unit (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation) is a small box-like, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulating machine. Variable intensities of electrical current control acute pain and reduce muscle spasms. Larger versions of the home-use TENS units are used by chiropractors, physical therapists and other rehab professionals.

 

4. Adjustments (Spinal Manipulation) At the core of chiropractic care are spinal adjustments. Manipulation frees restricted movement of the spine and helps to restore misaligned vertebral bodies to their proper position in the spinal column. Spinal adjustment helps to reduce nerve irritability responsible for causing inflammation, muscle spasm, pain, and other symptoms related to sciatica. Adjustments should not be painful. Spinal manipulation is proven to be safe and effective.


In college and during their training, students of chiropractic learn many different adjustment techniques enabling them to treat several types of subluxations and disorders. Techniques vary from a swift high velocity thrust to those that combine minimal force and gentle pressure. Mastery of each technique is an art that requires great skill and precision. Spinal manipulation is the treatment that differentiates chiropractic care from other medical disciplines.


To prepare a patient for adjustment, the chiropractor may instruct the patient to sit up or lie down. It is not uncommon for the chiropractor to use a totally different adjustment technique during the patient's subsequent visit. Treatment tables differ too. Some are stationary, flat padded tables and others are elaborate with electrically or manually operated head and foot rests.

 

Chiropractic's Limitations

 
Sciatica can be caused by other disorders beyond the scope of chiropractic practice. If the Doctor of Chiropractic determines the patient's disorder requires treatment by another type of doctor, then the patient is referred to another specialty. In some cases, the referring chiropractor may continue to treat the patient and co-manage the patient's care with the specialist.

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Pinched Nerve

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A pinched nerve, also known as a compressed nerve, is the result of too much pressure being applied to the nerve by muscles, tendons, cartilage, or bones. The sensation of pain, weakness, numbness, or tingling is caused by the pressure disrupting nerve function.

Though most often associated with the back, a pinched nerve can be found anywhere in the body. Pressure may be put on a nerve in your lower back by a herniated disk causing pain to radiate down the back and into the legs. A pinched nerve in the wrist, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, leads to numbness in the fingers and hand.

 

Symptoms of a pinched nerve may include:


  • A “falling asleep” sensation
  • Muscle twitching and/or weakness
  • A “pins and needles” feeling
  • Burning or even sharp pain
  • Decreased sensation on numbness


A pinched nerve may be caused by a number of conditions but all involve too much pressure applied to the nerve. Common causes of pressure are poor posture, stress, sports, obesity, and osteoarthritis.

 

Many people go through their normal everyday lives an have no idea that the very activities that they are involved in put them at risk of a pinched nerve. Some of the coming risk factors are:


    1. Overuse – Repetitive hand, wrist, shoulder, or back movements increase the chance of a pinched nerve.

    2. Obesity – In our society people are much larger than they used to be. Recent studies revealed that 31% of Americans and 22% of Australians suffer from obesity with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 35. Of those, 3% – 5% were classified as morbidly obese with a BMI of 40 or higher. Excess weight can add severe pressure to nerves.

3. Heredity – The predisposition to conditions that lead to pinched nerves

4. Osteoarthritis – This conditions causes bone spurs and many times nerves can become compressed

    5. Posture – A pinched nerve can be caused by the added pressure to your spine that is caused by poor posture.    

     

Prepare for your first appointment by writing down a list of symptoms in specific and high detail. The more that the doctor knows the faster you will recover. Anticipate the questions that will be asked. Use this list and write down your answers.

 

Symptoms


  1. What symptoms are you experiencing?
  2. How long have you been experiencing them?
  3. Are the symptoms occasional or continuous?
  4. Is there an activity or body position that triggers them?
  5. Is there an activity or body position that relieves them?
  6. Does your job require repetitive motions?


This is just a short list and will help you be prepared to answer the doctor’s questions. Be sure to write down anything that you think is important no matter how trivial it might seem.

Chiropractors will treat your pinched nerve with safe, non-invasive, natural, and drug free methods that are designed to relieve pain and discomfort as well as promote a feeling of overall health and well being.

 

If you live in Sydney Australia, check out the Best Sydney Chiropractor – A Family Chiropractor. It is a state of the art chiropractic care facility located in Sydney. They have been successfully treating pinched nerves as well as many other conditions for more than 5 years.

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Scoliosis Chiropractic Treatment

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Everyone's spine has natural curves, they are what make our shoulders round and make our lower back curve slightly inward. However, in some people their spine also curves from side to side and this condition is called Scoliosis. In these cases, unlike poor posture, these curves can't be corrected simply by standing up straight.  Scoliosis is defined as a lateral curvature of the spine with its name derived from the Greek word for curvature

 

On an x-ray, the spine of a person with Scoliosis looks more like an "S" or a "C" than a straight line. Scoliosis can be disfiguring because often some of the vertebrae become twisted or rotated and pull the ribs around with them, causing the shoulder blade to stick out, or if the curve is low down in the spine, the ribs will not be affected but one hip may be higher than the other.



The spine can bend towards either side of the body at any place, in the chest area, in the lower part of the back or above and below these areas. When the spine bends twice, it causes a S-shaped curve. When the curve is S-shaped, Scoliosis is often not noticeable as the two curves counteract each other.

 

Muscles that are attached to the spine can be affected due the condition and muscle spasm’s are quite common for people with Scoliosis.

 

By visiting A Family Chiropractor and receiving a Full Chiropractic Spinal Analysis including x-rays, it can be determined not only if you have this condition, but what can be done to correct or relieve symptoms associated with Scoliosis. 

 

Facts about Scoliosis


  • 1. Approximately 4% of the general population is affected by Scoliosis.
  • 2. 90% of people affected are female.
  • 3. The most common time for scoliosis to develop is in pre to early teens when hormones are changing.
  • 4. The cause of Scoliosis is unknown however,contributing factors can be poor posture and habits.
  • 5. One in 10 people will have scoliosis.
  • 6. One of the most common signs of scoliosis is a prominent shoulder blade, frequently the right one. One shoulder might also be higher, and the person seems to tilt to one side. One hip might seem higher than another.
  • 7. Eighty percent of cases have unknown causes.
  • 8. Scoliosis can either be hereditary or developed.

 

Treatments


According to the Scoliosis Association of Australia, the treatments available for treatment including bracing, stapling, magnets and pillows. However, alternative and more effective treatments are recommended by the Australian Spinal Research Foundation and can be provided by Chiropractors. These Chiropractors have a Masters degree and highly specialised techniques for manipulative and passive therapies to help improve and correct the spine. This is not always possible, as it is dependant on the type and severity of the scoliosis.

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Slipped Disc Chiropractic Treatment

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A slipped disc is a very painful medical condition which is the result of the injury. In this the vertebra which is the cushion between the bones in the spine is injured and moved from its position. This displacement presses the vertebra against the nerve leading to its inflammation. At times the pain is so severe that it extends to the leg. You can try out chiropractic treatment to cure this pain. The chiropractor will first get complete information about your illness, its history along with a complete medical examination including orthopedic and neurological tests before deciding on the treatment.

 

Chiropractors use a variety of methods to arrive at the diagnosis. Not only do they go in for conventional medical texts such as x-rays and MRI's if required. Along with it they also use certain other diagnostic methods which are unique to chiropractic care. These include motion and static palpation where they perform tests on the muscle after palpating them to check for pelvic balance and find out if any leg is shorter than the other. Besides this they also use postural analysis to check the patient's posture. After all these tests have been done then only does the chiropractor decide on the treatment.

 

Next step for the chiropractor is to analyze the findings of the various tests that have been conducted. With these tests reports he decides whether there is a disc injury or not? If yes then what kind of injury and what is its intensity. There are cases when chiropractic care is not suited to the patient. Particularly in cases where the patient has suffered from excessive damage with advanced loss of strength, sensation, and reflexes. In such a case the chiropractor first refers the patient to a spine surgeon.

 

Chiropractors treat disc problems with very low thrust techniques being careful all the time. They give their patients instructions to carry out at home these include stretching exercises and use of ice and heat either together or separately. Through out their program they keep taking a feed back from the patient. They also keep having neurological and chiropractic tests to compare and evaluate the changes in patient's condition. If they find that the patient is not responding to the treatment then they refer the patient to a spine specialist.

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Tempormandibular (TMJ) Disorder Chiropractic Treatment

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Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the term for the paired joints between the upper and lower jaws, as well as the term generally used to describe pain or other dysfunction of these same joints. Initial treatment for a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) can include applying heat or cold to the jaw area, eating mostly soft foods, taking anti-inflammatory drugs, or wearing a bite guard in the mouth at night. If these methods are unsuccessful, many patients resort to dental treatments to modify the bite or even surgery of the jaw. For those with TMJ symptoms, chiropractic is available as an alternative to those more invasive treatments.

 

How Can Chiropractic Help the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ)?

Chiropractic care for the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can ease pain by correcting the misalignment between the spine and nervous system. Chiropractic can be effective at reducing the pain associated with TMJ, either when used alone or as a complement to other treatments. This is because, rather than change the diet or modify the teeth, it relaxes the muscles, adjusts the joint and uses specific trigger points to accurately re-position the jaw. When done successfully, this will not only relieve pain in the short run (as would medications or eating soft foods), but it will help prevent TMJ pain from returning.


Chiropractic treatment of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) focuses on relieving tension in the muscles around the joints themselves—working both outside and inside the mouth, using massage and trigger point therapy. A trigger point is a very sensitive area made of muscle fibers. Trigger points feel like knots and may cause pain or even a twitching response when pressure is applied to them. A chiropractor can manipulate trigger points in such a way to alleviate the pain associated with them.

 

Trigger points common to TMJ include:


- Trapezius muscle, located at the base of the neck. Manipulating this trigger point can influence the areas behind the ear, at the temple and at the jaw bone.

- Sternocleidomastoid muscle, located along the neck from the collarbone to the ear. This trigger point can be used to relieve pain in the forehead, front of the jaw and around the eye socket.

- Masseter muscle, located at the back of the jaw. This refers to pain in the upper jaw, ear and above the eye.

- Medial Pterygoid muscle, located behind the molars on the jaw. This trigger point influences pain in the TMJ, as well as in the ear, nose, lower jaw, and the neck.


Adjustments to the joints can also be done by hand, using a technique that causes a tiny stretch inside the joint to release any fibrous attachments made by the body due to previous trauma. The chiropractor may also give the patient home exercises to help strengthen the joint and loosen the tight muscles.

 

In some cases, misalignment of the jaw that results from improper posture or a back problem can cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. An approach to treating TMJ caused by misalignment in the neck and upper back is to perform chiropractic adjustments on the spinal joint in these areas. In addition, a chiropractor may use massage to relieve tight muscles in the back around the spine. This reduces the amount of stress put on the jaw so that other treatments to adjust the jaw will be more effective.

 

When these treatments are employed, motion of the jaw joint can improve and symptoms such as ear pain, jaw locking, headaches, and neck pain can be reduced.

 

Why use Chiropractic for Temporomandibular Joint Disorder?

While there are numerous ways to effectively treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, scientific studies have shown that chiropractic was helpful in cases of TMJ. In a 2003 study, 15 participants were administered treatments with the Activator Method, which uses a tool that delivers high-frequency, low-impact adjustments. All participants showed improvements in the distance they could open their jaws and in pain measurements. Although this group was not compared to a group receiving traditional treatment, it shows that chiropractic treatments like the Activator Method show promise as an emerging treatment for temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).

 

Many report relief and satisfaction with chiropractic care for temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. In a survey of 192 members of a health maintenance organization published in 2003, nearly two-thirds reported using some form of complementary medicine to treat TMJ. Almost everyone surveyed used complementary approaches together with other traditional treatments, and the greatest satisfaction was reported for the hands-on alternative therapies, including chiropractic.


Chiropractic may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatment approaches. Medications can include anti-inflammatories, analgesics (pain killers) and muscle relaxants, as well as local injections of corticosteroids in severe cases. Application of hot and cold compresses also reduces inflammation. When teeth grinding or clenching is an issue, wearing a mouth night guard can help prevent these actions during sleep. Bite plates can help correct misalignment. Stress reduction, relaxation techniques, jaw-stretching exercises, and modifying chewing habits are all behavioral approaches that are proven effective.

 

More research into chiropractic methods used to treat temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder are needed; meanwhile, evidence from existing studies as well as patient testimony suggest that chiropractic therapies are helpful in relieving TMJ symptoms.

 

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is an alternative healthcare practice that focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system. It is based on the principle that improper alignment of the vertebrae or other skeletal structures can cause symptoms related to neurological function at local or remote points in the body.

 

What Causes Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder?

Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) symptoms can be the result of an injury to the joint, improper alignment of the jaw and teeth, overuse due to excessive or vigorous chewing, or the action of orthodontics. Habitual clenching or grinding of the teeth, especially while sleeping, can cause or aggravate symptoms. Besides pain and difficulty chewing, jaw symptoms can include decreased range of motion, locking, popping, clicking or sudden misalignment of the teeth. TMJ can lead to pain that radiates to the face, head, neck and shoulders. Some chronic sufferers experience headaches, dizziness, earaches and even difficulty hearing.

 

For individual experiencing symptoms of TMJ, receiving treatment from a qualified chiropractor can help.

A Family Chiropractor

Chiropractic Nutritional Counselling

A Family Chiropractor St Mary's NSW and Kings Langley NSW

 

At A Family Chiropractor, we believe that good nutrition is vital to your overall health. You cannot be an active, vital, energetic person without it.

 

You have no doubt heard that people with diabetes and high blood pressure can control their conditions via the right diet. But did you know that the right nutritional plan can help patients with rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, and even muscle injuries? By choosing the right foods, vitamins and herbal supplements, you can enjoy better energy and mobility, and you can also prevent illnesses and diseases. At A Family Chiropractic, we can help you make those good choices.

We collect the medical and family history of each patient so that we can create the most effective personal nutritional guidelines and recommendations. Then we monitor your progress as you become healthier!

 

We provide specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to enhance our patient´s return to optimal health. Do you know which supplements and vitamins are good for you? A Family Chiropractor can provide a structured nutritional program based on your individual needs.

 

We adjust your plan as necessary, and always answer all of your questions.

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