How Do Chiropractors Mitigate the Effects of Whiplash?

Whiplash is a common and somewhat undertreated condition of the neck and back. Because of its well-known symptoms and frequent occurrence, many patients attempt to treat whiplash on their own at home, waiting for the day the pain subsides. However, whiplash is a serious problem that should be handled by a professional. If the pain does not go away with at-home care, whiplash patients should seek alternative forms of treatment, including chiropractic.

Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP), the holistic chiropractic technique disseminated by Ideal Spine, exemplifies the ideal approach to mitigating whiplash symptoms. It encompasses treatments for all the affected components of the neck and back, including the joints, muscles, and spinal discs, to provide a comprehensive remedy that may reduce pain or discomfort and get patients back to their regular activities.

Types of chiropractic treatments for whiplash

Before chiropractors can begin to form a treatment plan for a whiplash patient, they must first assess the patient in their entirety and identify pain points and places where immobility, discomfort, and instability stem from. Every case of whiplash is unique. Thus, a thorough examination of the muscles, vertebrae, and nerve pathways in the back and neck should be tested.

Once problems have been identified, a chiropractic treatment plan may be formed. This plan might include a number of the following treatment methods designed to improve mobility, relieve muscle tension, realign the spine, and support proper nerve communication:

  • Chiropractic manipulation: Spinal manipulation may use short, controlled thrusts or slow movements on the spinal joints to attempt to realign them and improve their mobility. Joints can become restricted in a whiplash injury, and chiropractic adjustments aim to alleviate these restrictions so the joints can move freely.
  • Muscular massage: Restricted joints and the injury itself may cause muscles in the neck and back to tighten or underperform. Chiropractic massage of these muscles, as well as trigger point manipulation, may help alleviate pain and restore muscle function and mobility.
  • Exercises: Physical therapy-like exercises and stretches may be taught to the patient to help them strengthen muscles, improve mobility in the neck and back, and stabilize dysfunctional or unstable discs that are at risk of herniating.
  • At-home care plan: At-home care techniques may include heat or ice therapy, stretches, mobility exercises, rest, activity modification, and other treatments the patient can perform on their own to help reduce pain.

In performing a multitude of targeted treatments, chiropractors may be able to help patients heal faster and reduce their risk for whiplash-related chronic pain. If pain persists a while after the initial injury, continued chiropractic treatment is a safe and effective way to potentially reduce pain and improve mobility over time.

Chiropractors should emphasize to their patients the importance of initial and continued care following a car crash, sports injury, or other whiplash-causing incidents. Without medical intervention, the body may experience heightened dysfunction, resulting in further injury or chronic pain. Using Ideal Spine’s CBP approach to spinal and total-body care, chiropractors will be well-equipped to diagnose and treat whiplash patients in a multi-faceted way.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Recovering From Transverse Myelitis Demands a Guided Approach

Nerve conditions are never easy to deal with – especially not when they’re acute. Chiropractors often need to perform extensive, thorough testing to pinpoint a nerve condition – and even then, it can be hard to qualify. Such is the case with transverse myelitis. This sudden inflammatory condition interrupts nerve signals, causing myriad symptoms that require investigation before chiropractors can move on a meaningful treatment approach.

Conditions like transverse myelitis necessitate Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP). Ideal Spine advocates thorough investigation of nerve pain using CBP techniques. Once the extent of the condition is qualified and a patient’s symptoms are contextualized, a targeted recovery process can begin.

The path to recovery

There are two steps to treating transverse myelitis. First, addressing the cause of spinal inflammation. Second, addressing the areas of the body affected by nerve signal interruptions.

Inflammation response

Transverse myelitis is often the product of another ailment. Autoimmune disorders and complications from multiple sclerosis are the most common. Regardless of the cause, the objective is inflammation reduction. To do this, chiropractors often perform targeted adjustments to alleviate stress on nerve pathways.

Easing inflammation also involves stress-reduction therapies, changes to diet, and gentle stretching on the part of the patient. A CBP plan may have patients cutting out red meat, meditating, or doing a series of stretches as they recover from a transverse myelitis episode.

Targeted treatment

A transverse myelitis attack can send the body into disarray in short order. Pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, and other generic nerve symptoms are common and can be severe. But more than that, bigger problems occur when nerve signals are impeded. Bladder and bowel control issues, sexual dysfunction, depression and anxiety, and even partial paralysis may occur.

To treat these symptoms, chiropractors may need to make targeted adjustments. For example, pelvic adjustments may alleviate tension and improve blood flow to help with sexual dysfunction. Or, myofascial stimulation may be used to help ease numbness and temporary paralysis in crucial joints.

Guiding treatment to meet symptoms

Because transverse myelitis is an “attack,” chiropractors need to worry about the aftermath. Moreover, the issue is focused on the nervous system, not musculoskeletal. This requires a different approach to patient care than addressing a chronic condition or the effects of a physical injury.

It’s important to identify transverse myelitis and establish a recovery plan quickly. As with all nerve conditions, lingering problems can become permanent. Nerve damage cannot be repaired, which makes addressing it an imperative first step. Chiropractors also need to focus on patient symptoms to address them before they worsen. A combination of spinal adjustments, physical therapy, and stress reduction techniques is often prescribed.

Patients with severe symptoms will also likely need to consult with a physician. Physicians can prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and steroids to quickly ease nerve inflammation. This is often what’s needed to kickstart the healing process. Chiropractic relief and physical therapy can then help the body transition past the transverse myelitis attack and its effects.

Having a CBP plan is essential in addressing transverse myelitis and other nerve-related conditions. It allows chiropractors to act swiftly and decisively against conditions that will only get worse if not treated appropriately. Ideal Spine recommends CBP for analysis and recovery planning – especially when the long-term wellness of a patient depends on the swiftness of treatment.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Teaching Patients to Manage Degenerative Disc Disease Pain at Home

For most people, degenerative disc disease is an unfortunate side effect of aging. Almost everyone will experience some of the uncomfortable effects of the natural degeneration of their spinal discs at some point, including minor pain, reduced mobility, or numbness and tingling. However, some patients may experience persistent pain and symptoms related to wear and tear on these discs more than others.

While alternative forms of treatment like chiropractic care may provide relief from these degenerative disc disease symptoms, chiropractors should also inform their patients of ways they can manage their symptoms on their own. Many at-home treatments complement the traditional Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach that Ideal Spine emphasizes and may help keep patients from turning to pain medication to get their symptoms under control.

Chiropractors should encourage the following at-home treatments and teach patients how to do them properly for effective pain management:

  • Physical activity: Stretching and exercising are two of the most important at-home treatments for pain caused by degenerative disc disease. Physical activity is required to strengthen the muscles that support the spine. Exercising also improves blood flow to the back, providing oxygen and nutrients that muscles need to remain strong and flexible and that discs need to stay pliable. Patients should engage in low-impact exercises like walking, biking, or swimming multiple times per week. Chiropractors should also teach patients stretches and exercises to target specific points of pain, such as hamstring stretches.
  • Heat and cold therapy: The application of ice and heat at different intervals may help reduce pain when disc degeneration flare-ups occur. Heat is most appropriate when degenerative disc disease causes muscle tension or spasms in the back. Ice is useful when the condition has caused inflammation in the back, as well as after exercising.
  • Correcting posture: Maintaining good posture is another crucial aspect of mitigating degenerative disc disease pain at home. Good posture alleviates stress on the spinal discs and may help patients avoid falling into postures that aggravate their pain more, like slouching forward. Patients should sit up straight in chairs that provide adequate lower back support and maintain the natural curvature of the spine. Frequently changing position while standing or sitting may also help prevent stiffness in the spine. Activity modification may be necessary to avoid exacerbating disc pain caused by certain movements or positions.
  • Healthy living: A number of healthy habits can protect the spinal discs and potentially prevent disc pain from worsening. Eating a healthy diet and staying hydrated ensures proper hydration and nutrient flow to the discs; it may also contribute to maintaining a healthy weight to prevent unnecessary stress on the spine. Quitting smoking is essential in degenerative disc disease patients because smoking interferes with adequate nutrient flow to the discs and may make disc degenerate faster.

Through a combination of at-home treatment methods and holistic chiropractic approaches, chiropractors can create a comprehensive treatment plan that may alleviate disc pain. The CBP approaches from Ideal Spine are designed to address concerns related to degenerative disc disease and similar spinal conditions, so patients have the best chance at life-long comfort.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Gentle Chiropractic Techniques for Patients Dealing with Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

Proper function of the sacroiliac joints, the two small joints connecting the sacrum to the hip bones, is essential to facilitate easy movement. If one or both of the sacroiliac joints suffer from inflammation, stiffness, or pelvic instability, patients may experience pain in the hips, back, and legs, as well as reduced range of motion and improper alignment of the hips and spine.

Fortunately, chiropractic is a safe and effective method for treating sacroiliac joint dysfunction in a wide range of patients. Chiropractors trained by Ideal Spine in our comprehensive Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) approach learn gentle, yet effective ways to target the source of sacroiliac joint dysfunction and potentially restore function for easy, pain-free movement.

Although traditional spinal manipulation, which uses a fast, high-pressure thrust to the hips, may be an option for some patients experiencing problems with the pelvis and sacroiliac joints, gentler movements are widely preferred due to the lower risk of discomfort. Slower, more mobilizing techniques are also useful if the sacroiliac joint dysfunction is caused by a lack of mobility in the hips.

Chiropractors might employ a number of low-force techniques to manipulate the hips and spine, including the following:

  • Adjusting blocks: By placing padded blocks under the patient’s body, the chiropractor can leverage gravity, rather than strong force, to maneuver the sacroiliac joints, pelvis, hip bones, and lumbar spine into the proper positions.
  • “Drop” tables: Specialized tables containing sections that can be raised and dropped during chiropractic manipulations combine gravity and force to assist in delivering gentler sacroiliac adjustments.
  • Long-axis leg traction: Some techniques may include the chiropractor pulling the patient’s leg in a specific angle. The patient may employ long, deep breaths to assist in the adjustments.
  • Activator tools: An Activator is a spring-loaded device that can be used to administer a gentle force to a specific section along the spine or hips. The fast speed of the instrument and its lack of torsion in other parts of the body are believed to contribute to its effectiveness.

In addition to gentle manipulation techniques performed in the chiropractic office, chiropractors can teach their patients other gentle treatments to alleviate sacroiliac joint discomfort, including heat therapy and stretches of the hips and legs. Massage and exercise techniques may also assist in the loosening and strengthening of muscles that support the joints and contribute to misalignment or dysfunction. Chiropractors may perform some of these treatments in the office, as well as teach patients how to conduct them on their own at home to assist with pain management and gradual strengthening of the area.

Chiropractors using Ideal Spine’s CBP techniques aim to not only mitigate pain but also restore proper function and mobility to dysfunctional joints in the body. If you are experiencing sacroiliac joint dysfunction, reach out to one of our chiropractors to learn how our expert-led technique might be able to assist you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.