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Justin Family Chiropractic & Physical Therapy » Symptoms

Stress

Stress is a physical response to events that occur in our everyday lives and during times of crisis. Stress is your body’s way of protecting you. In small doses, stress can help you perform under pressure. However, chronic stress stops being helpful and can be harmful to your health. At Justin Family Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, physical stress can be attended to. Many common side effects of physical stress are, body aches and pains, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, rapid heartbeat and frequent colds. If you’re experiencing physical symptoms of stress, give us a call today!

Headaches

Headaches are a common issue in many people’s lives. At Justin Family Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, we understand the uniqueness to each trigger and cause and can work with you accordingly. Many patients don’t realize that a common cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the neck and/or the upper back. With as little as a few adjustments, we can have you on the road to headache recovery. If you’re experiencing chronic headaches and would like more information about the benefits of chiropractic care, call Justin Family Chiropractic and Physical Therapy at 940-242-6641.

Neck Pain

A popular response to neck pain is taking drugs to mask the problem (aspirin, Advil, pain killers) or treating its symptoms (muscle relaxants, massage, hot packs). But, neck pain is not caused by a lack of aspirin or drugs in your system! The chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate its underlying cause. This begins with a complete case history and thorough examination. Special attention is given to the structure and function of the spine, and its affect on the nervous system.

Are the proper spinal curves present? Are the nerve openings between each pair of spinal bones free and clear? Is the head balanced? Are the shoulders level? These and other considerations are used to create a plan of specific chiropractic adjustments to help improve the motion and position of spinal vertebrae. With improved structure and function, neck pain often diminishes or totally disappears – without addictive drugs or harmful side effects!

Back Pain

Low back pain results in millions of dollars of lost workdays and untold suffering around the country. Many factors can be responsible for low back pain. Improper sitting or lifting, overexertion, trauma, or inherited spinal abnormalities may contribute to the cause. Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are in the facet joints, the two interlocking “fingers” at the back of each spinal bone. The normally smooth surfaces on which these joints glide, can become rough, irritated, and inflamed. In addition, spinal bones may misalign and interfere with spinal nerves causing certain areas of the body to lose proper function.

The chiropractic approach is to help restore a more normal motion and position of affected spinal bones with specific chiropractic adjustments. The simplicity and success of this approach had been documented in numerous research projects and has helped many patients avoid risky surgery. Many research projects show conservative chiropractic care is safer and often more effective than back surgery, and more effective than any other methods of care.

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 the musculo-skeletal system. Its optimal function is necessary for overall good health. Ask Dr. Larson for more information about a care program that may include specific spinal adjustments, exercises recommendations, nutritional advice or other conservative methods of care based on your health history, age, current condition and lifestyle.

Arm & Shoulder Pain

The joints in your body can lose their normal motion and position leading to symptoms of pain, swelling, and loss of function. Many people are surprised to learn that joint pain in the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle, or knee can often be helped by chiropractic care.

When joint function is impaired, there is reduced range of motion, inflammation, calcium buildup, and scar tissue.

This can be caused from repetitive motions, improper sitting, overexertion, slips, falls, accidents, and other causes. Awareness of these types of problems has become more common with terms like tennis elbow, runner’s knee, frozen shoulder, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

The traditional treatment of these problems can involve splinting the joint to reduce movement, pain medications, muscle relaxants, steroid injections, and even surgery.

Today a more common sense approach is being taken. Joint mobilization, like chiropractic care for the spine, is being used in the care of elbows, wrists, and other joints of the body. Helping to restore normal range of motion to joints that have become “locked-up”, “jammed”, or injured, leads to improved blood circulation, reduced scar tissue, and a speedy healing process.

Doctors of Chiropractic are uniquely trained to detect and help restore proper joint function of the spine and the extremities. Find out if you can be helped, by arranging for a consultation and thorough examination.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Traditionally, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be caused by the cumulative damage of repetitive wrist and hand motions. Symptoms may include pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, or a loss of strength in the hands. The carpal “tunnel” refers to the space created by the bones in the wrist. A spinal nerve, tendons, and blood vessels pass through this opening. If one or more of the bones forming this tunnel should “collapse”, then inflammation, nerve pressure, and painful symptoms can result.
However, the nerve, which supplies your hand with information, starts at the spinal bones in the lower neck. When these spinal bones lose their normal motion or position, they too can cause problems and symptoms in the fingers and wrist. In addition, bones or muscles in the shoulder, elbow or forearm may entrap this nerve, called the median nerve. Thus, carpal tunnel syndrome may not be “just” a wrist problem.
Doctors of chiropractic are trained to find and correct the problem at any of these crucial junctions. Specific chiropractic adjustments can help return malfunctioning joints to normal motion and position. When this occurs, nagging symptoms are resolved.

Posture

What People Want to Know About Posture
Q: How do postural distortions get started?
A: Your posture is a window into your spine and nervous system. It reveals how we adapt to stress. Common examples include uncorrected physical stress from the birth process, childhood sport injuries, automobile accidents and even unresolved emotional pressures. As a result of these and other stressors, our bodies assume a defensive, protective posture.
Q: What are the early signs of postural problems?
A: During our examination we look for the head tilting to one side, forward head position, a lowered shoulder or a hip that has improperly rotated. We also look at the way you walk, unusual shoe wear or a leg that appears contracted (shorter). We encourage parents to have their children evaluated so these same issues can be resolved at an early age.
Q: Are arthritis and posture related?
A: Yes, arthritis (spinal decay) can result from an abnormal, long-standing adaptation to gravity. The body deposits calcium in malfunctioning joint surfaces in an attempt to shore up or “splint” the joints. Bone spurs, and eventually fusion, can result.

Scoliosis

What People Want to Know About Posture
Q: How do postural distortions get started?
A: Your posture is a window into your spine and nervous system. It reveals how we adapt to stress. Common examples include uncorrected physical stress from the birth process, childhood sport injuries, automobile accidents and even unresolved emotional pressures. As a result of these and other stressors, our bodies assume a defensive, protective posture.
Q: What are the early signs of postural problems?
A: During our examination we look for the head tilting to one side, forward head position, a lowered shoulder or a hip that has improperly rotated. We also look at the way you walk, unusual shoe wear or a leg that appears contracted (shorter). We encourage parents to have their children evaluated so these same issues can be resolved at an early age.
Q: Are arthritis and posture related?
A: Yes, arthritis (spinal decay) can result from an abnormal, long-standing adaptation to gravity. The body deposits calcium in malfunctioning joint surfaces in an attempt to shore up or “splint” the joints. Bone spurs, and eventually fusion, can result.

Sleep Problems

Sleep is one of the most important periods of the day for your brain. A healthy and restful sleep is important each and every night. Does it take you more than 30 minutes to fall asleep? Do you wake frequently throughout the night or too early in the morning and then have a hard time going back to sleep? Do you feel groggy and lethargic during the day after a night’s rest?

If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, then you may be suffering from sleep debt. This can substantially affect your health and your life. Sleep is not merely a break from our busy routines. Sleep is essential for good health, proper mental and emotional functioning and ultimately our safety.

Insufficient sleep may result in reduced productivity and concentration, impaired memory, decreased learning and logical reasoning abilities. It can also lead to an increase in feelings of stress, which may cause difficulties in all areas of life. There is mounting evidence that long-term sleep debt may be a factor in managing the conditions of diabetes, obesity and a weakened immune system. A National Sleep Foundation poll found that 60% of American adults routinely experience sleep problems.

Although everyone’s individual sleep needs may vary, most healthy adults need an average of eight hours of sleep each night. However, the quality of sleep is usually more important than the quantity of sleep. Getting proper sleep without interruptions from your environment or internal factors will help maintain your body’s natural sleep pattern and result in more restful and restorative sleep.

Doctors of chiropractic have helped countless individuals restore normal sleep patterns by correcting subluxations in the spine. Subluxations of the spinal bones are misalignments that result in nerve interference. When the spinal bones lose their normal position and proper motion, nerves can be twisted or stretched. Since your nervous system controls all body function, it is imperative for normal sleep patterns to have a nervous system that is working properly.


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