Keep Charlie Horses at Bay With Chiropractic Care

Keep Charlie Horses at Bay With Chiropractic Care

Have you ever experienced a Charlie horse so painful that it brought tears to your eyes? Do muscle cramps in your legs occur more often than you’d like? If so, you are not alone. It is a common problem and there are various ways to find relief. But before we talk about getting rid of muscle spasms in the legs, let’s explore why they happen. Why Do Bad Charlie Horses Happen to Good People? The legs are obviously part of humankind’s musculoskeletal system. As such, they are impacted by our nervous and circulatory systems as well as our diets. Consequently, when nerves get compressed and blood flow is inhibited, cramps may happen. Similar may be said if we don’t provide our bodies with enough minerals, vitamins and water. An inadequate diet, poor circulation and pinched nerves are not the sole causes of leg cramps though. They may also be brought about by inactivity or overuse. Examples include people who stand in one position or run for hours at a time. As such, people may guard against getting those types of leg cramps by altering their activity levels and changing positions often. What Can Chiropractors Do to Keep Cramps at Bay? The initial causes we mentioned, however, are best addressed with professional help. We’d recommend relying on chiropractic care. A skilled practitioner has the potential to help improve a person’s circulation, nerve pathways and entire musculoskeletal system in numerous ways. As a consequence, muscle cramp frequency and related episodes of pain are significantly reduced. Clearly it also stands to reason that chiropractic care may resolve existing, persistent muscle cramps too. If your Charlie horses tend to happen at night, a chiropractor may check to see if restless leg syndrome is to blame. It is a fairly common disorder of the central nervous system and chiropractic care may help to resolve it as well. Additional items chiropractors often recommend for their restless leg syndrome patients are compression socks, therapeutic massage, heating pads, sleep supplements and assorted...

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Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

Common Myths about Chiropractic Care

There are a number of myths commonly believed by the public at large when it comes to chiropractic care. These myths about chiropractic care are not only untrue, but may also discourage those who could benefit from chiropractic treatment the most from following through with a treatment regimen. Self-Treatment Versus Professional Visits A number of people believe that they can adjust their back or other joints in their body by themselves or enlist the help of a friend or loved one. Not only can this mentality cause little relief to the underlying problems, but it may also promote further injuries or long-term pain due to improper adjustment procedure. Chiropractic is Only for the Treatment of Back Pain Although most people tend to relate to back issues when mentioning chiropractic care, all joints in the body can benefit from the treatment. Fingers, wrists, ankles, elbows and knees are all involved in the practice of chiropractic. In fact, many patients who are commonly on their feet choose to follow through with a professional since improper alignment in this area can carry up the kinetic chain to cause further problems and may also lead to chronic headaches. Eating Properly and Exercising Regularly Ensures Optimal Health without Chiropractic Care Many people believe that if they eat healthy foods and exercise on a regular basis that optimal health is achievable. Although it may be true that these habits while drastically increase the quality of your health, a harmonic balance is essential for an optimized health portfolio. According to the Chiropractic for the World Foundation, “Proper balance, healthy spinal motion and a resulting healthy nervous system are all integral to health. Very often, the missing piece of the puzzle in the picture of health is a healthy spine and nervous system. During exercise, it is important to have your spine moving properly and your body to be balanced. If your spine is imbalanced, the physical impacts of exercise will actually wear it out faster”. Image courtesy of Stockimages /...

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Chiropractic Care May Help Eliminate Debilitating Leg Pain

Chiropractic Care May Help Eliminate Debilitating Leg Pain

Chronic leg pain or discomfort knows no age boundaries and has many different origins. In some instances, it may be caused by over exertion, poor circulation or claudication. In others, lumbar spinal stenosis may be to blame. If the origin of a person’s leg pain turns out to be lumbar spinal stenosis, Indianapolis chiropractic care is an excellent treatment option to consider. Lumbar spinal stenosis is a common health problem that involves the spinal cord, facet joints, vertebral body, intervertebral discs and associated nerves. It occurs when the when facet joints, vertebral body or intervertebral discs put undue pressure onto the spinal cord and corresponding nerves. When that happens, a person is likely to experience chronic leg pain or discomfort. However, there are also cases where a person temporarily loses feeling altogether or has his or her legs unexpectedly buckle during routine activities. The legs are often not the only part of the body that is impacted by a spinal stenosis diagnosis. A person may also experience problems with his or her feet, bladder and bowels. To determine if lumbar spinal stenosis is the cause of the pain, a Indianapolis chiropractor will typically request that the patient undergo a battery of tests. These tests may, or may not include a myelogram, bone scan or computerized axial tomography. Once the testing is complete, your chiropractic physician can provide the proper care. Chiropractic care may reduce or eliminate lumbar spinal stenosis pain by minimizing the amount of pressure being exerted onto the person’s nerve endings. It can also help to improve the person’s balance and overall flexibility over time. Depending on the severity of the person’s leg pain, chiropractic care may also include the use of medications and ambulation aids as well as consultation with an orthopedic surgeon. To learn more about how chiropractic care may help people living with a lumbar spinal stenosis diagnosis, please contact our chiropractic office...

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Spinal Adjustments: A Look at the Basics of Flexion Distraction

Spinal Adjustments: A Look at the Basics of Flexion Distraction

Have you heard about flexion distraction yet? It’s one of the spinal adjustment techniques used by some Indianapolis chiropractic practitioners. It is perfect for treating a variety of painful conditions including chronic headaches, osteoporosis, slipped discs, spondylolisthesis and pregnancy related back pain. So how does flexion distraction spinal adjustments work? In most instances, the Indianapolis chiropractic clinic subjects the patient to tolerance testing and a full, initial exam. Afterward, he or she is asked to lie face down onto a specially designed chiropractic table so the spinal adjustments may begin. Oftentimes, the chiropractor performing the spinal adjustments keys in on a single vertebral segment at a time. While focusing on the vertebral segment, the chiropractor uses a series of spinal adjustments to drop intradiscal pressure. Intradiscal pressure, in case you’re unaware, plays a crucial role in how well the human spine functions in certain situations. As such, it has been studied by chiropractic professionals for years. Basically, when a person’s intradiscal pressure is high, pain occurs. That’s why chiropractors generally try to lower it to a normal range. The patient’s intradiscal pressure isn’t all that is taken into account during flexion distraction spinal adjustment sessions. The chiropractor also works on opening up the foraminal canal. This canal houses a person’s spinal nerves, which can become pinched or otherwise irritated over time. By opening it up, the nerves are able to resume their normal position and hopefully heal in the process. Depending on the patient’s state of affairs, flexion distraction spinal adjustments may or may not be combined with other chiropractic techniques. The chiropractic professional may also opt to complete the treatments over several months’ time. To ask questions about flexion distraction and other forms of spinal adjustments that may benefit you or a loved one, please contact our office today. Image courtesy of cooldesign /...

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Importance of Chiropractic for Seniors During Aging

Importance of Chiropractic for Seniors During Aging

For seniors, regular Indianapolis chiropractic treatment is essential for preventing the development of back pain, misalignment and osteoporosis. The prevelance of such conditions tends to increase as we age, which is why chiropractic treatment is so important as a preventative measure. By learning more about the advantages of chiropractic for seniors, deciding if chiropractic is right for yourself or a senior that you know should be achievable. Increased Range of Motion in the Spine and Extremities As we age, maintaining flexibility is essential for retaining the ability to complete everyday actions such as walking up stairs, doing laundry or lifting up a child. An increased range of motion can also compute to higher performance in sports such as golf or being able to garden or complete repairs and maintenance around the house without difficulty. Decreased Joint Degeneration As the human body ages, the spine is more prone to damage from a misaligned spine. According to NewMilfordPatch, “A subluxated (misaligned) spine is much like a misaligned wheel on an automobile. This misalignment will cause the spine (and the wheel) to wear out prematurely. Since all moving parts will eventually wear down over time, it is very important to get your spine aligned periodically. Chiropractic care decreases spinal degeneration and other arthritic changes by normalizing the spinal alignment and reducing spinal stress.” With a young body, misalignment may not be so serious. However, older spines can become damaged much more quickly, which is why preventative chiropractic treatment can be so important. Staying Out of a Nursing Home No one who is aging looks forward to the day they may need to check into a nursing home. Seniors who underwent regular chiropractic treatment are not only more likely to participate in strenuous exercise and less likely to suffer from arthritis, but also have only a 5% chance of being admitted to a nursing home. It seems that there is a definite connection between chiropractic treatment for seniors and their ability to exercise, leading to a prolonged independent...

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