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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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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