7 Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions that Chiropractic Care Can Help

7 Neuromusculoskeletal Conditions that Chiropractic Care Can Help

Every move your body makes relies on the communication network between your peripheral nervous system and your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Conditions that affect this communication may result in health problems like pain, numbness, or weakness.

Chiropractic care is all about improving communication between your central nervous system, mainly the spine, and your peripheral nervous system, keeping your neuromusculoskeletal system in good working order.

At Apple Wellness Center, our experienced chiropractor, Michael Pasternack, DC, uses many innovative tools and techniques to ease pain and improve overall well-being. 

Here, we want to share with you some of the neuromusculoskeletal conditions chiropractic care can help.

Back pain

Almost everybody develops back pain at some point in their life. Though the underlying cause of this type of pain varies, it often develops because of structural issues related to the spine that may compress or irritate a nerve root as it exits the spine. 

Compression or irritation of a spinal nerve affects communication between that nerve and your central nervous system. With chiropractic care, we perform spinal adjustments to improve alignment, ease irritation and compression, and restore communication.

Whiplash

The forceful back and forth movement of your head when you’re rear-ended can lead to neck pain and stiffness, along with neurological symptoms like dizziness, ringing in your ears, or numbness in your arms and hands. This is known as a whiplash injury.

Though most people recover from this injury within a few weeks, whiplash may affect the structures of your cervical spine (neck), causing alignment issues that interfere with nerve communication.

With chiropractic care, we use many techniques to restore the structure and function of your cervical spine, easing your whiplash symptoms.

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy refers to conditions in which you have damaged or dysfunctional peripheral nerves. Though we focus on spine and joint alignment to improve health and well-being, chiropractic care also focuses on lifestyle. 

When it comes to peripheral neuropathy, we first treat the root cause of your nerve problem. Diabetes is a common cause of peripheral neuropathy. We can help you understand how diet and exercise affect your diabetes and what you can do to improve it. 

We also recommend transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), a noninvasive pain-relieving treatment for peripheral neuropathy. 

Sciatica

Sciatica causes pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of the leg. It’s a type of nerve pain condition that occurs from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. 

In most cases, the pain originates from compression of one of the sciatic nerve roots as it exits the lumbar spine. Like with back pain, we perform spinal adjustments to ease the pressure on the nerve root, reduce inflammation, promote healing, and ease symptoms.

Radiculopathy

Radiculopathy is a pain condition that occurs from pinching of a nerve root as it exits the spine. It causes pain, tingling, burning, or numbness to the areas of the body where the nerve travels. Sciatica is a type of radiculopathy. 

Like sciatica, we focus on finding affected nerve roots and perform spinal adjustments to reduce pressure on the nerves to ease symptoms. 

Headaches

If over-the-counter pain medication no longer eases your headache pain, then it may be time to consider chiropractic care. We use various tools and techniques depending on the type of headaches you have to help you get pain relief. 

Joint pain

Whether from an injury or arthritis, joint pain can make it hard to manage your day-to-day activities, especially if you have knee pain.

Though joint pain is more of a musculoskeletal condition, it’s a type of pain that chiropractic care can help. Improving spine and joint alignment improves the distribution of your body weight, reducing excess pressure on any one joint, potentially preventing or delaying the wear-and-tear arthritis — osteoarthritis.

We also provide physical therapy procedures to improve muscle strength for joint support.

Your brain and spinal cord run the show, but depend on your peripheral nerves to keep the lines of communication flowing in the right direction. Neuromusculoskeletal conditions interfere with this communication, affecting body and mind. 

Whether for pain or wellness, chiropractic care supports the structure and function of your neuromusculoskeletal system. Call our office or click the book online button to schedule an appointment today at our Winchester, Virginia, office.

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