Headaches

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Did you know your chronic headaches may be related to spinal joint dysfunction? Mechanical restrictions, loss of spinal curve and decreased range of motion are common conditions that can contribute to headaches—and are also common conditions treatable through chiropractic care.

Find Drug-Free Relief
When the sensitive nerves and surrounding muscle tissue are irritated from the spine being in an abnormal position, it can lead to pulsing, throbbing headaches. Popping prescription drugs or over-the-counter medications may alleviate the symptoms associated with headaches, but they do not address the underlying cause.

Luckily, there are certain chiropractic adjustments that can help correct spinal bone malfunction in the upper back and neck. While everyone responds differently to treatment, many patients eventually experience long-term headache relief after having finally confronted the cause head-on.

Headaches don’t have to be part of your daily routine—and a chiropractic consultation may help you find the relief you need.

Spinal Decompression

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If you are looking for safe, effective and lasting relief from your lower back pain, non-surgical spinal decompression therapy may be the right treatment for you. Using advanced technology, spinal decompression targets the source of the pain to help alleviate the pressure on your affected discs.

How Does It Work?
Spinal decompression works by specifically targeting the herniated discs and gently separating the surrounding vertebrae to allow oxygen, water and nutrients to penetrate the discs and promote healing. Over time, the spine is repositioned and pressure is taken off the pinched nerves.

What Can I Expect During Treatment?
The patient experience is designed to be as comfortable and pain-free as possible. During each session, you will lie on a padded table, held securely into position by harnesses wrapped around your upper and lower body. The table is controlled by a computer, programmed by your doctor to customize your treatment. Depending on your needs, the treatment time will vary, generally lasting 20 to 30 minutes, and several sessions may be required over a span of a few weeks to see results. The treatment can also be supplemented with complementary therapies to help speed up the healing process.

Chronic Pain

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Nearly one third of the population suffers with chronic pain. One third of them state that low back pain is their major complaint. Most pain sufferers resort to taking over-the-counter painkillers, known as NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). These include aspirin and ibuprofen. Others resort to prescription medication, such as CELEBREX®, Indocin and Cataflam®. Many NSAIDS have been found to be unsafe, causing side effects which include internal bleeding, heart attacks and stroke and an increase in blood pressure. Other side effects include respiratory problems, kidney complications, liver disease, GI complications and central nervous system problems.

For those suffering with low back pain and sciatica, chiropractic has been proven to be a safe and natural approach to correcting the underlying problem of a pinched nerve caused by vertebral subluxation (misaligned vertebrae) or by a herniated disc (bulging disc). Relieving the pressure on the pinched nerve through spinal manipulation or spinal decompression will reduce the irritation and inflammation on the nerve, thus correcting the problem without the harmful side effects of drugs.

NSAIDS

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Adverse Effects of Drugs
The FDA has recently released a warning that there is an increased risk of heart attack and strokes associated with taking common painkillers such as NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs are taken to relieve pain or reduce fever. NSAIDS include ibuprofen, naproxen and celecoxib. These drugs only help to mask the symptoms but do not correct the underlying problem. Common brands include Motrin, Aleve and Celebrix, which are used for symptoms such as headaches, cold, flu and menstrual cramps. Chronic and long-lasting conditions such as back pain, arthritis and muscle strains and spasms can commonly be masked by common brands as well. If you are suffering with back pain or arthritic pain, consider Chiropractic care, a safe and drug-free approach to correcting your problem.

Sciatica

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Sciatica: A Common Health Complaint
Ever have a shooting pain down the back of your leg? Both legs? Pain in your lower back? Doctors call this condition sciatica, and it’s one of the most common health complaints these days. Sciatica pain results from pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, and it can be a minor complaint or a disabling pain.

What is the Sciatic Nerve?
The sciatic nerve, roughly thumb-sized in diameter, runs down your spine and the back of each leg. The longest nerve in your body, often the sciatic nerve is irritated by inflamed soft tissues around it or by bulging discs protruding from between the bones of your vertebrae.

How is Sciatica Treated?
While in bygone days, sciatica was treated with muscle relaxers, pain meds or even surgery, today’s chiropractors can often relieve not only the pain of sciatica but also the cause. By using strategic points on the body and controlled pressure, your chiropractor can actually keep the bones of your spine from pressing on the sciatic nerve.

Yes, We Can Help You
Make an appointment today with Heartlake Chiropractic & Spinal Decompression Centre to see if your sciatica or lower back pain can be successfully treated with chiropractic. There’s no need to suffer another day!

Whiplash

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Whiplash as a Result of Accidents
Whiplash is most commonly received from riding in a car that is struck from behind or that collides with another object. When the head is suddenly jerked back and forth beyond its normal limits, the muscles and ligaments supporting the head and spine can be stretched or torn. The soft, pulpy discs between spinal bones can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion.

Suffering Whiplash in a Collision
The spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck can get stretched and irritated. While the occupants can suffer considerable soft tissue injury, the car may be only slightly damaged. The resulting instability of the spine and soft tissues can contribute to headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, pain in the shoulders, arms and hands, reduced ability to turn and bend, and low back problems. As the body attempts to adapt, symptoms may not appear until weeks or even months later.

How a Chiropractor Can Help
The chiropractic approach to these types of injuries is to use specific chiropractic adjustments to help normalize spinal function. After a thorough case history and examination, the doctor will recommend a series of visits to help restore proper motion and position of the spinal bones. If caught early enough, inflammation can be reduce and scar tissue can often be minimized.

Chiropractors are experts in the care of the bones, nerves, muscles and connective tissues that make up about 60% of your body. All of the joints in your body are part of this musculo-skeletal system and its optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask the chiropractors at Heartlake Chiropractic for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercise recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.

Spinal Manipulation Information

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Various health problems that originate from spinal joint dysfunction and your nervous system can benefit from chiropractic care. Past injuries, damage from everyday use as well as stress can result in the loss of proper position or proper motion in your vertebrae. Dysfunction in the spinal joints can irritate the nervous system, causing nerve interference and pain throughout your entire body. Chiropractic care helps to correct spinal joint dysfunction, aiding your body in its healing process.