Pain is an obvious symptom that something is wrong and a visit to the chiropractor may be in order. However, not all symptoms are as evident. The sooner a symptom is recognized and treated, the less damage it may cause. Consulting your chiropractor may be the best option for preventative care, especially if any of the following have occurred.
Range of Motion Problems
If you are experiencing problems bending to one side, raising your arm, or turning your head due to a limited range of motion, this may be a sign of a beginning problem. There are several disorders that can limit your range of motion, however chiropractic treatment can include exercises that help regain your flexibility. Adjustment, referred to as manipulation, may help reduce the subluxation, or the slight misalignment of vertebrae. This treatment may reduce inflammation as the vertebrae are moved back into place and nerves are decompressed. Reducing the inflammation allows healing to begin and increases the range of motion.
In Las Vegas, many people are office workers, or work in an environment where sitting is required for eight hours per day. The problem with a constant sedentary lifestyle is that the muscles are not worked and become weak. The hip flexors begin to tighten and can lead to injury. Also, after hours at the computer your posture will worsen, resulting in a stiff neck and shoulders. Chiropractic treatment can realign the body and improve posture. The chiropractor can also prescribe exercises to strengthen the weak muscles and increase flexibility.
A small accident may not do any noticeable damage, however more harm may be done internally. Being assessed by a chiropractor after a fall or auto accident, may prevent pain from starting by catching an issue sooner rather than later. The chiropractor will perform x-rays and possibly order an MRI, if necessary. An evaluation will be performed and a diagnosis made. The chiropractor will discuss a chiropractic plan of care, if it is needed with the patient.
Uneven wear on the soles of shoes can be a sign of musculoskeletal issues. The human body will try to adapt to keep from feeling pain. If a problem resides with your muscles, vertebrae, tendons, ligaments, joints, or discs, you may be unconsciously walking and standing incorrectly to avoid pain, Chiropractic treatment can be used to realign any musculoskeletal imbalance before permanent damage occurs.
According to the Nevada Arthritis Foundation, 1 in every 5 adults in the nation has arthritis. Since the practice of chiropractic began, it has served to relieve pain and heal the musculoskeletal system and the effects it has on the nervous system. By using chiropractic treatments for the joints, mobility may be improved in an arthritic patient. Consult your chiropractor on when the best time might be to begin treatment. Some doctors believe swelling from a flare-up needs to be controlled before any adjustments should be made.