Many people come to us for Chiropractic care for relief of pain. Often, people do not realize that Chiropractic care can help one adapt far better to life’s stresses, as well as being of great help with correcting the underlying cause of a host of other health concerns, …ones not necessarily associated with neck pain, back pain or headaches.
In our practice, we have had great success helping people with:
The most common causes of neck pain are irritation to the nerve roots that exit between the vertebrae in the neck, as well as muscle, and ligament strains and sprains.Other culprits are the soreness and stiffness resulting from injuries, poor posture, deteriorating posture and weak postural muscles. Another major cause of moderate to severe neck pain are bulging and herniated discs pressing on the nerve roots or spinal cord. Conventional treatments for neck pain run the gamut from mild to strong pain killers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications, …to soft and hard restrictive collars, traction, heat or cold packs, to surgery. None of these do anything to permanently restore the normal spinal biomechanics of the neck, nor to lessen or eliminate pressure on the discs, ligaments, nerves and muscles of the neck. Once all the biomechanical measurements are analyzed, we can then begin to teach each patient what they individually should do to restore the normal relationship of the bones, discs, nerves, muscles and ligaments in their own neck. Patients with bulging or herniated discs or postural muscles that are particularly resistant to change tend to respond very well wiht the spine and disc protocol that we offer. Classical chiropractic care often does a great job of providing symptom relief or elimination, while we look to teach you what to do to make the deeper correction of the underlying cause.
With lower back pain, even life’s simplest activities can become a torturous challenge. Simple bending, putting on ones shoes, sitting for work or travel, caring for our family, even walking, standing or sleeping can instigate pain. In reviewing in depth, all our new patient evaluations since 1979, it has become clear that even with lower back pain of sudden onset, at least 95% of the time, long standing imbalances of muscles, discs, ligaments and improper spinal alignment have conspired to create fertile ground for even the slightest daily extra strain to cause a collapse of spinal stability, and pain. Once the spine had lost its stability, it is easy for nerves to become impinged by misplaced vertebrae, or bulging/herniated discs, causing mild to severe pain. One can treat lower back pain with medications and rest, or even surgery to remove the disc or bony material causing the nerve impingement and pain, but unless all of the lower back’s, and in fact even the whole spine’s biomechanical factors are addressed, most lower back pain episodes will recur. Our full spine, comprehensive, approach to restore, as closely as possible, normal spinal form and function, ensures that the nerves, spinal bones, ligaments, muscles and discs all function together properly, without the nerves and discs becoming irritated. Of course, our primary concern is to first bring relief from the pain and fortunately, some level of relief often comes fairly rapidly. However, relief is only part of the process. We must then analyze each patient individually, to find out exactly where the weak areas are, …the ones that have allowed the spine to deteriorate, and teach that patient what they personally need to do to strengthen these areas so we do not see one back here with the same, or similar problem again. This ensures your ability to help fix the cause of your low back pain and keeps you from becoming forever dependent upon us for relief of the same issue.
The word sciatica describes the symptoms of leg pain, and possibly tingling, numbness or weakness that travels from the low back through the buttock and down the large sciatic nerve in the leg. For some, sciatica can be severe and debilitating. Clinical diagnosis of sciatica is referred to as a “radiculopathy,” which means simply that a disc or spinal bone has protruded from its normal position in the spine and is putting pressure on the nerve root in the lower back, which forms part of the sciatic nerve. Medications will not correct the aberrant spine, nor disc structure. Only procedures to make the compressed area more malleable, coupled with spine and disc rehabilitation protocols, and then spine and muscle strengthening, will correct this type of debilitating pain as well as prevent its recurrence. We often achieve excellent results in helping patients with sciatic pain.
Headaches can come in a variety of forms, including migraine, cluster or those related to tension and imbalances in the neck. They also may be the result of physical or emotional stress, toxicity or blood sugar issues. In rare cases, they can be a sign of a more serious condition. Often, recurring headaches are related to pressure on the roots of the nerves in the neck and/or at the base of the skull, …nerves that help in regulating neck and head muscles, as well as some of the flow of blood to the brain. Typically, various forms of pain relievers, blood vessel dilators or constrictors, and anti-inflammatory drugs are used to relieve the pain. However, if the headaches continue to recur, it’s important to locate their cause and correct it. Otherwise, we are merely figuratively “cutting the wires tot the fire alarm, without putting out the fire.” Clearly, the body, via its pain signal is attempting to let us know that something is amiss. At Central Park West Wellness, we look to see if displacement of neck vertebrae is a factor affecting the nerves related to some of the brain’s blood supply or the blood supply to other tissues in the head or neck. We then discern the correct procedures to align these areas, and teach our patients what they themselves should do to correct any related bio mechanical imbalances/weaknesses of the spine that are associated with causing the headaches, so they can correct the cause of these headaches themselves.
(Bulging, or Herniated): These are discs (spongy and shock absorbing tissue between the bones of the spine that keep the vertebrae separated) that have, through either sudden or long standing pressure on them, lost their normal shape, and bulge out of their normal positioning placing pressure on the nerve roots or spinal cord. This pain can range from mild to severe and does, in some patients, travels into the shoulders, arms and/or hands. If the disc issues are in the lower back, pain and other symptoms can travel into the buttocks and one or both legs. If present for some time, atrophy of the shoulder, chest or arm muscles, or buttocks, legs and feet is often noted, along with loss of strength of the arms and hands,mor with lumbar discs, the butt, legs or feet. Conventional (medical) treatment for this type of pain is usually oral pain relieving medications, or anesthetic drugs being injected directly into the disc and nerve root area. With conventional methods of treatment, bed rest for a week to a month is also often recommended. Ice, ultrasound or electrical stimulation treatments might also be employed. Often, surgery ends up being performed. When explaining our approach to correcting bulging or herniated discs, it is often helpful to bring up the image of a marshmallow cookie, …two pieces of cookie above and below a marshmallow, the cookies representing two of the bones in the neck or low back, and the marshmallow the disc. If we squeeze one side of the cookie, the marshmallow bulges out. This can be likened to a bulging or herniated disc. The disc of course, presses on and irritates the nerve root at that level, causing pain and dysfunction. You will note in our simplistic, yet accurate cookie analogy, that the causative issue lies not with the marshmallow, but rather the squeezing together of the cookies. If we release the pressure and separate the cookies, the marshmallow has at least some ability to come back into alignment between the cookies. Specifically delivered chiropractic adjustments to the affected area have the ability to release some, if not all the pressure on the disc, which can help to reduce or eliminate some, if not all of the herniation or bulging, and thereby remove the pressure from the nerve root and stop the pain. Very importantly, we then teach the patient what to do to reshape the alignment of the bones of the neck and/or lower back, as well as to balance disc material over time, so pressure does not recur. It’s important to note that when surgery is performed, the disc only is wholly or partially removed, and nothing is usually done to restore the normal placement of the bones, nor improve other discs in the spine, or the optimal alignment of the spine. Post surgery unless this type postural restoration is implemented, one can be almost certain that the spinal segment just above or below the surgically treated area will speedily degenerate in the same manner as the original disc, within 3 to 5 years, often requiring additional treatment and/or surgery. The sensible way to deal with disc bulges and herniations is to find and correct the structural cause. This is chiropractic’s strong suit.
Arthritis (osteoarthritis, or “boney” arthritis) usually in the neck, or lower back refers to an increase in bony growth of the vertebrae in these areas. When the head is continually held forward from where it optimally belongs, when there have been even minor injuries to the head or neck and the weight of the head is not carried equally among all the vertebrae of the neck, then pressure will build up more on one, or a few vertebrae, rather than being distributed evenly. When pressure builds in any area of the spine, the body will, over time, deposit additional bone (calcium) onto those bones bearing the extra weight, in an effort to reinforce these areas. These additional bony growths are called osteoarthritic growths, or more commonly referred to simply as arthritis, or arthritic spurs. These arthritic changes can limit normal ranges of motion of the neck and put pressure on the discs and nerves in the neck, causing minor aches to major pain. Traditional medicine’s most common method of treatment for this type of arthritic pain are NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).which may help to reduce the symptoms of pain, inflammation and stiffness. It’s important to note that although sometimes needed for some level of pain relief, these medications do not stop, reverse nor prevent the future growth of bony arthritic changes in the neck. They simply “cut the wires to the fire alarm, without putting out the fire.” The specific biomechanical imbalances that have been causing the improper bearing of the weight of the head on the neck bones, or imbalances in the lower spine must be isolated, and specific corrective procedures employed to alter this arthritis-producing imbalanced structure. This is chiropractic’s, in particular the Pettibon System’s (the advance protocol that we offer) strong suit. Arthritis of the spine can only be stopped, and its associated pain naturally reduced, when the form and function of the neck are restored as closely as possible to biomechanical norms. Classical chiropractic spinal mobilizations will also free fixated vertebrae enough to relieve pain and possibly slow additional arthritic build up. Whichever approach best fits the patient’s needs is the one we employ.
Shoulders that are just not working right, are sore, painful and have restricted motion, …as well as those that have sustained injury, take time and require restored alignment to heal as rapidly and completely as possible. As with any area of the body that is not healing as rapidly as possible, nor functioning as well as is possible, the nerve supply to that area, (in this case the shoulder) must be evaluated to determine if any pressure on the nerves feeding the shoulder are compromised at the level where they emanate from between the vertebrae of the neck, or upper back. If such nerve pressure is detected, it must be eliminated through the type chiropractic care we offer, if recovery and optimal functioning of the shoulder is to be achieved as rapidly and completely as possible.
When our energy is in short supply, even with a good night’s sleep, we usually experience fatigue. There are a host of causes including poor diet, lack of exercise, mental and emotional challenges, or even adrenal and thyroid under functioning, allergies, blood sugar or blood pressure issues or being overweight. Certainly these and other possible causes should be investigated and above all, it is imperative to be certain that there is as little interference to the nerve system as possible. Since its role is that of the master system, the nerve system controls, enlivens and coordinates all the tissues, organs and systems of the body. We must therefore be certain that the nerve system is as free of interference as possible. We can put the best food in the body, attempt to improve our health through daily exercise and even get eight hours’ sleep, but if the nerve system remains compromised and our deteriorated posture requires massive amounts of bodily energy each day to hold us upright, then all will be for naught, and fatigue will persist. A course of care to lessen or remove nerve pressure, and restore postural balance will ensure that all the body’s organs and systems function at their best and that we will have our best ability to adapt to daily stresses and strains while being able to maintain a great level of energy.
The sinuses are air spaces in the front of our head, in the forehead and around the nose. They humidify the air we breathe and add resonance to our voice while also softening any blows to the face. They are lined with mucous membranes. If these membranes become inflamed, as when one has a cold, excessive mucous is produced.The sinuses must be able to adapt to dry and moist environments, as well as heat and cold, and high and low air pressure. Many people who suffer from chronic sinus congestion and recurring sinus infections often rely on antihistamine sprays or tablets and antibiotics. While these help to temporarily relieve the pain, irritation and congestion, they do not improve the sinuses’ ability to better adapt to the environmental factors above. Nerves stemming from the neck area bring signals from the brain to the sinuses, instructing them in how to adapt to the environment. If, due to even subtle displacements of the bones in the neck, the transmission of signals along these nerves is compromised, the sinuses will not have their optimal ability to adapt to the environment and will more easily become infected, inflamed and congested. By aligning these vertebrae in the neck, the conductivity of these nerves can be optimized, thereby fully “connecting” the brain with the sinuses. The result is sinuses that can better drain, have normal amounts of protective mucous and resist infection. If, as we do in our office, appropriate home protocols are taught to the patient to stabilize these spinal bones, then recurrences of these type sinus issues can be minimized or eliminated.
The nerve system is the window through which we view the world, and through which we express ourselves. Going through life with an irritated nerve system is analogous to driving a car at night with a foggy windshield, and you know how stressful, irritating and draining that can be! Have you ever heard someone say “that grates on my nerves?” Well, when one, or many stimuli in your environment irritate, or over stimulate your nerve system, without it having a chance to refract (have a quiet phase), you will experience irritability, possibly feel anxious for no particular reason and your ability to adapt to any more stress will be compromised. Chiropractic care’s main objective is to lessen, or remove irritation to the nerve system. Our work allows the nerve system to wind down. In fact often, during and after receiving care, a patient is heard to sigh, …a sigh of relief of irritation and tension. By teaching our patients what they each personally need to do to prevent and remove irritation to their own nerve systems (which tends to build up daily just from what we ask of our ourselves in this culture), they can then keep themselves aligned in such a way so as improve their ability to adapt to day to day stressors, thereby also helping to prevent anxiety and irritability.
If blood is not getting to your brain as well as it should, or if there is even a subtle infection or clogging in the ears, one can experience dizziness. There can be many causes, from blood pressure being too low, to stress, to heart issues and even depression. Aside from those listed above, one of the most common causes with which we can be of help in our chiropractic practice, is in the correction of the misalignments of the cervical (neck) vertebrae that have been either directly affecting the flow of blood to the brain, or that are irritating the nerves that direct blood flow to the brain, or that innervate the supportive structures of the ears. If caused by an ear infection, by aligning the neck the eustachian tubes (that lead from the middle ear to the throat) are better able to clear, allowing the ears to drain which decreases pressure on the balance structures in the inner ear, reducing dizziness.
Insomnia can have many causes, causes that range from mild to severe mental disorders and/or the medications used to treat them, as well as stimulants such as caffeine and other herbs, supplements and other medications. Hormone imbalances, and simple “garden-variety” anxiety can also be at cause. One particular sleep depriver can be the irritation of the brain stem, the “sleep center,” by chronic imbalances of the vertebrae in the upper neck, where the neck vertebrae meet the skull. Imbalances here can put pressure on the spinal cord and cause remote irritation of the brain stem, which is just inside the skull where the neck meets the skull. Removal of this sort of pressure usually allows this sleep center to quiet down, enabling one to more easily slip off to sleep, as well as sleep deeper, and longer.
When the head is held forward of where it optimally belongs, the shoulders curve forward, the chest caves to some degree and there is pressure on the nerves emanating from the spine in the upper back that regulate the muscle of breathing (the diaphragm), and the upper digestive tract. People will often experience slow, poor, incomplete or difficult digestion of their food, resulting in pains, bloating and/or cramping.If, also due to this type of nerve pressure, the diaphragm is weakened, then stomach acid can come up out of the stomach and into the food pipe (esophagus) causing a burning sensation. One of the most commonly purchased over the counter, as well as prescribed medications in this country are antacids, and digestive aids. These do bring relief but do nothing to improve the free space for breathing and digestion, nor do they improve the nerve supply to the digestive organs or the diaphragm. Chiropractic care does both, and practiced the way we do in our office, trains the patient in what to do to assist with correcting this for themselves.
With asthma, the bronchi (the air passageways leading to the lungs) constrict, making it very difficult to breath. For these airways to remain relaxed and open, they must be able to adapt to heat and cold, moist and dry air, high and low weather related air pressure, as well as the sudden physiological body changes (like increased breathing) that come with exercise. Medications such as bronchial dilators will relax these air passageways, making easier to breathe, but only the restoration of the full nerve supply, the bronchi’s connection to the brain, will improve their ability to adapt in a healthy way to the environment and daily activities. Chiropractic spinal adjustments, delivered to relieve nerve pressure on these nerves, coupled with spinal postural alignment restoration, do accomplish this. PS: We have helped literally thousands of children reduce, or eliminate asthma medications, and experience long lasting healthy breathing.
Antibiotics will assist in defeating most garden variety bronchial and lung infections, but only restoring these organs’ optimal natural immune response will help the body prevent chronic recurring infections. Have you ever noticed that some infections easily find further hospitality in the bronchi (bronchitis) or the lungs (mucous, fluid, or even pneumonia)? Spinal distortions in the upper back, where the nerves that enliven and regulate the lungs and bronchi come from, can interfere with the neural impulses that flow along these nerves, thereby decreasing communication between the brain and these vital organs, leading them to become more prone to chronic infections. By freeing these upper back distortions, essentially removing nerve pressure from the nerves that control these organs, and instructing patients in what they can do personally to keep these vital nerve pathways open, these organs can strengthen, and better adapt to environmental and microbial stresses. Please note that all breathing issues can be worsened by deteriorating, slumping posture, which reduces the capacity to breath deeply!
When we have frequent colds, sore throats, bronchial, ear or lung infections, or when these infections take root for much longer than the average person, or when we do not adapt properly to certain substances in our environment (allergic reactions), we need to look toward what is compromising our immune response. When a cold always ends up in our lungs, and our sinuses are often congested, or we simply live on the edge of always getting sick, there can be many causative factors. Lack of exercise, poor diet, asking way too much of our bodies and minds without proper rest, are some of the main culprits. But, by far, the most important thing to evaluate is our nerve system. Since the nerve system is the master system, the wiring system, …that which controls and coordinates all the other systems and adapts us to our environment, …any compromising of this system will cause disorganization of all the other systems in our body, thereby compromising (at the very least) our immune system’s ability to adapt to our environment. We then become fertile ground for diseases and infirmities of many kinds. By removing interference from the nerve system, and most importantly instructing people in what they personally can do to keep their own nerve system as free of interference as possible, we give the body’s immune system its best ability to adapt to germs (that are always present), to the environment, as well as to other varied sources of stress.
If the pelvic bones are not aligned properly, then the uterus does not tip at its ideal angle to slough off monthly menstrual tissue, and excessive pooling and clotting will occur, requiring massive effort by a woman’s body to accomplish its monthly task. If, through specific chiropractic procedures, the pelvic (hip) bones are optimally aligned, it becomes easier for the body to rid itself of the menses, and consequently there is less cramping, less abdominal pain, and less associated lower back pain.
Have you ever heard someone say “that grates on my nerves?” Well, when one or many stimuli in your environment irritate, or over stimulate your nerve system, without it having a chance to refract (have a quiet phase), you will experience irritability. Chiropractic care’s main objective is to lessen or remove irritation to the nerve system. Our work allows the nerve system to wind down. In fact often, during or after receiving care, a patient is heard to sigh, …a sigh of relief (of irritation and tension). By teaching our patients what they each personally need to do to prevent and remove irritation to their nerve systems, they can then keep themselves aligned in such a way so as to improve their ability to adapt to day to day stressors, thereby preventing irritability, and have a much greater experience of peace.
Of late, this disorder has been addressed a great deal in both the popular media and scientific literature, particularly with the great number of children being diagnosed, and even more alarmingly by the type and amount of medication given to treat the condition. For the pediatric chiropractor, attitudes toward the diagnosis and treatment of children with a diagnosis of ADHD runs counter to accepted medical practice to say the least.
The chiropractic Perspective on ADHD: Recent research efforts are now bringing to fruition supporting evidence upon the chiropractic principle of the supremacy of the nervous system. ADHD is a central nervous system disorder. Attempts at understanding the underlying neurobiology of ADHD remain a challenge, but one thing is clear: no one functions better with interference to their nerve system, especially someone with ADHD. Since the clinical goal of chiropractic care is to reduce or eliminate interference to the nerve system, this type care can only bring more overall ease to the nerve system.As of this writing, the first and only documentation in the scientific literature addressing the effects of chiropractic care in children with hyperactivity was performed by Giesen et.al. Five out of seven children showed improvement in behavioral scores. Four of seven showed improvement in arousal levels, and the improvement in the group as a whole was highly significant. The majority of the children in this study did, in fact, improve under chiropractic care. The results of this study do suggest that chiropractic care has the potential to become an important, non-drug intervention for children with hyperactivity.Considering that many alternative therapies that have been shown to be effective in helping patients with ADHD, and that many of these therapies are incorporated in, or at least networked into by most chiropractic practices, it is our contention that chiropractic provides one of the best methods of care for children with a diagnosis of ADHD.
Cervical Spinal stenosis (CSS), or lumbar stenosis (LSS) are conditions in which the spinal canal narrows and compresses the spinal cord and/or nerve roots. This is usually due to the process of spinal degeneration that occurs with an imbalanced spinal structure, usually initially caused by weak postural muscles, or even minor injuries, or habitual imbalanced postures. It can also sometimes be caused by spinal disc herniation, osteoporosis or in rare cases, a tumor. Spinal stenosis may affect the cervical, mid back or lumbar vertebrae. Signs of CSS include spastic gait, upper or lower extremity numbness, weakness, or both. Radiating pain in the upper limb(s), sphincter disturbances, muscle wasting, sensory deficits, and reflex abnormalities are also sometimes present. If severe, treatment will usually include surgery. From our perspective, it is vital to locate the cause of the stenosis. If due to bony growth impinging the spinal cord or nerve roots, chiropractic care is not going to remove those bony growths. However, if the pressure producing effect of the bony growths on the spinal cord or nerve roots is being aggravated due to misalignment of the vertebrae, then whatever realignment of these vertebrae that can be achieved through advanced chiropractic care, will produce a corresponding reduction in pain and symptomatology, as well as prevent further progression of the stenosis, which is of vital importance. Specific corrective exercises can also be helpful in preventing worsening, while strengthening supportive tissues.
Posture, Slumping Posture, Forward Head Posture, Dowager’s hump (mid and upper back kyphosis, or hunching, or hunchback):
The head has moved farther forward of the chest and the lower neck, and the upper and mid back have begun to bow backward. Although some causes may hinge on chronic posture, nutritional and/or bone calcium deficiencies, …from a chiropractic,biomechanical perspective, this area of the spine has begun to bow outward because the normal forward (lordotic) shock absorbing curve within the neck has been lost to some degree, and an inordinate amount of the weight of the head is now carried by this lower neck/upper back area, which is not meant to bear such weight. Consequently, the spine begins to bow under the extra weight, particularly if the postural muscles in this area are weak. Often restoration of this normal forward neck curve, along with strengthening the neck and upper back postural muscles, is enough to lessen, or completely reverse this condition. Much of this work can be performed by the patient at home, with some visits to the chiropractor to assist in freeing long standing spinal pressures in this area. An upper body that is starting to bend forward goes hand in hand with forward head posture (FHP, see neck area). Both are clear indicators of weak postural muscles and both place excessive stress and strain on the entire spine and body, leading to further postural deterioration, pains and loss of normal ranges of motion elsewhere in the body, even lower back pain. A slumping upper back causes the chest to cave, thereby decreasing our oxygen intake, which then affects our brain functioning, overall energy level and our emotional state. It also, in decreasing our lung capacity, slows the transfer of air in and out of the lungs, increasing the onset and length of colds, bronchial and lung infections. (And you thought that it simply didn’t look so great!) Thorough postural muscle evaluation and subsequent strengthening of the weak postural muscles can contribute to improving a slumping posture of the upper back and its ever present cohort, Forward Head Posture (FHP), restoring stronger stature and overall improved whole body vitality.
Any sudden forceful movement, or physical impact to the spine, can cause neck, mid, or low back injury. One of the most common is whiplash. Whiplash is commonly associated with motor vehicle accidents,usually when the vehicle has been hit in the rear however this type of injury can be sustained in many other ways, including falls from bicycles, horses and other sports or amusement related events. A whiplash injury may also be the result of sudden stretching of the neck, mainly the muscles and ligaments at the front and back of the neck, as the neck snaps forward and then back again. Whiplash may be caused by any motion similar to a rear end collision in a motor vehicle, such as may take place on a roller coaster, or other rides at an amusement park, or sports injuries such as skiing accidents, other modes of transportation such as airplane travel, or from being hit, kicked or shaken. Symptoms may include: pain and aching in the neck and back, referred pain to the shoulders, sensory disturbance (such as pins and needles) to the arms or legs and/or headaches. Symptoms can appear directly after the injury, but often are not felt until days afterwards. The most common areas affected by whiplash or neck injury are the neck, and the mid-back. With collar support to prevent re-injury, rest and gentle chiropractic realignment toward the normal structure of the neck, muscle strengthening and ligamentous rehabilitation, healing of injured tissues is accelerated, and long term damage, with associated physical restrictions, aches and pains are minimized or prevented entirely. All of this can only be accomplished, and permanently stabilized when all the structures of the neck and spine are returned to as normal a state as possible through personalized spinal corrective exercises.
When, over time, with life’s daily stresses and strains, the spine has lost some of its optimal alignment, the muscles of the body, and particularly around the spine, become much tighter in an effort to protect a spine that is “slipping” from its ideal alignment. This tightening of muscles around the spine contributes to a loss of our flexibility. Restoring the spine back to its ideal alignment and improving its ability to adapt to everyday activities, allows these protective muscles to relax, thereby increasing our flexibility. Flexibility is an important barometer of our overall health! Look at a baby’s, or an athlete’s flexibility!
When observing the spine from behind, scoliosis is a term that refers to a right or left bend of the spinal column. A scoliosis can range in severity from mild to moderate to severe. Scoliosis is a progressive curvature of the spine. It can affect people of all ages; not only children and adolescents, but also adults. Scoliosis can cause headaches, shortness of breath, back pain, digestive problems, menstrual-cycle disturbances, leg, hip and knee pain, chronic fatigue and mood swings. More rarely, a scoliosis must be treated with surgery, but most often they can be reduced, or corrected through conservative means utilizing the Pettibon(Chiropractic) System for spine and posture rehabilitation. A scoliosis can be either anatomical, meaning that it is caused by a congenital anomaly (mis-shaping) of one or more vertebrae in the spine, causing the spine to bend sideways. Or, a scoliosis can be classified as functional, meaning that the spine has begun to bend as the result of imbalances in the spine or the body’s other structures that may have lost their proper alignment over time due to, physically repeated, or long standing stresses, postures or misalignments of the vertebral column. The key to lessening or correcting scoliosis is to first free the spine from its chronic positioning, and then balance and strengthen the supportive and postural muscles so they can hold the spine in a more erect
positioning. Too often overlooked, forward head posture must be reduced or corrected, and normal shock absorbing curves restored in the neck and lower back if scoliosis is to be ameliorated. The Pettibon System’s chief goals are to restore these shock absorbing neck and low back curves, as well as to improve forward head posture, and balance the supportive postural muscles of the whole spine. The effect of these three aspects of the protocol will often be to reduce the scoliosis.
By now most of us are aware of the toll that prolonged typing, texting, improper use of gym weights and other repetitive hand motions take on our wrists. When it’s gone on long enough to misalign the small bones in the wrist, this can cause compression of the nerves that travel between these wrist bones causing localized pain. This is called Carpel Tunnel Syndrome. It is imperative that a chiropractor re-align these wrist bones. Plese note that importantly, and very often, an allied component of, and frequent co-causative agent in this type of wrist pain is pressure on the roots of the nerves in the neck, nerves that feed the muscles of the wrist, weakening the wrist’s strength. When both the neck and wrist scenarios are present, it is referred to as a “double crush” syndrome. If the nerves in the neck, whose malfunction is contributing to the wrist pain are not freed of pressure, there can never be complete healing of the carpel tunnel syndrome. It is also imperative that once pressure has been removed from the neck’s nerves, that the neck be stabilized with corrective exercises to prevent recurrence.
Symptoms such as these almost invariably have their causation in the misalignment of the neck bones, bulging or herniated cervical discs, arthritic growths in the neck, and forward head posture. Their most common cause results from irritation to the nerve roots that exit from between the vertebrae in the neck. With our comprehensive protocol, once all the biomechanical measurements are correlated, we can then begin to manually correct these areas of imbalance, and teach each patient what they individually should do to restore the normal relationship of the bones, discs, nerves, muscles and ligaments in their neck. The purpose of all of the above is ultimately to remove the pressure from the roots of the nerves in the neck, thereby allowing the arm symptoms to subside.
When more rare possible causes such as blood clots have been ruled out, these three symptoms most frequently result from pressure on the nerves in the lower back, and are sometimes also due to pressure on the spinal cord in the lower back and/or even the neck. Locating the source of these impingements, gently freeing them as best as is possible, realigning aberrant spinal structure, and rehabilitating the areas that have allowed discs or vertebrae to affect the nerves feeding the feet and their muscles, is the course of care that will correct the source of pain, tingling or weakness in the legs.
When foot misalignment itself, along with blood circulation in the feet have been ruled out, these three symptoms most frequently result from pressure on the nerves in the lower back, and are sometimes also due to pressure on the spinal cord in the lower back or even the neck. Locating the source of these impingements, gently freeing them as best as is possible, realigning aberrant spinal structure, and rehabilitating the supportive tissues (muscles, ligaments, etc.) that have allowed discs or bones to affect the nerves feeding the feet and their muscles, is the course of care that will correct the source of pain, tingling or weakness in the feet.