Yes, a good chiropractic assessment will reveal whether or not you have sustained any injuries that may require treatment. Whiplash is typically the result of a sudden jerking motion of the head, most commonly from car accidents or falls. Chiropractic adjustments can help restore proper neck mobility after an accident and give your neck time to heal during the healing process. Whiplash affects muscles, ligaments, joints & bones; therefore, it is important to seek immediate medical attention after an accident.
Symptoms may include pain or tenderness in or around one or both jaws with varying degrees of severity. Other symptoms may include earaches, tightness in your face, headaches, neck pain, clicking sensation when opening mouth wide, and muscular cramps.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are a set of more than 30 conditions that cause jaw joint and muscle discomfort. “TMDs” are disorders caused by the temporomandibular joint (“TMJ”). Everyone has two TMJs, one on each side of the head just in front of the ears. Muscles and ligaments surrounding and attached to the TMJ control its movement. Problems with any of these structures can lead to TMDs.
Your first visit to a chiropractor typically involves patient intake, physical examination, possibly some diagnostic studies, a discussion of findings, and potentially your first treatment. You’ll start with paperwork to document your medical history, current condition, and treatment goals. The chiropractor will then conduct a comprehensive physical examination, possibly supplemented with diagnostic studies like X-rays, if needed. They will discuss your diagnosis, proposed treatment plan, and expected outcomes with you. Depending on your specific situation, you may also receive your first chiropractic adjustment during this visit, which is a specific manipulation aimed at improving joint function and movement. To facilitate ease of movement during your visit, it’s advisable to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
Yes. Sciatica pain is often caused by misalignment of the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves in your lower back or buttocks. A chiropractor can adjust subluxations (misaligned vertebra) that are believed to cause nerve interference. This adjustment takes the pressure off the sciatic nerve, allowing for better blood flow promoting healing within your body. With sciatica, many people experience pain in the sciatic nerve, which pierces through the piriformis. When the piriformis is tight, it squeezes on the sciatic nerve, resulting in sciatica. One approach involves reducing the tension in the piriformis, which will help release the tension on the sciatic nerve. Another is also treating the blowback as one unit with the sciatic nerve to decrease the Sciatic nerve’s inflammation.
You should go to a chiropractor when you are experiencing joint pains, after a fall, after a motor vehicle accident, throwing out your back, etc. If you wait too long, it can be challenging to pinpoint the damage and affect your recovery time. A chiropractor is great for treating your neck, low back pain, or even knee and hip pain. Chiropractors can also help improve the function of your body’s core muscles which allow you to exercise more efficiently, prevent injuries from occurring and enhance athletic performance.
You can exercise right after seeing a chiropractor but keep in mind that your body might be hypermobile. For example, if you are doing sprints after an adjustment on your hips, your joints will be hypermobile. After 24 hours, you should be good to return to vigorous exercise, but keep it to low-impact exercise in the first 24 hours.
You should consider seeing a chiropractor if you notice that your joints are not moving well, locking up, or feeling ‘out of place.’ If you are experiencing these pains in your knee, foot, ankle, wrist, back, neck, jaw, or shoulder, you should seek a chiro for treatment.
Yes, a chiropractor can help with arthritis. Chiropractic care may not cure arthritis, but if you have arthritis and go to a chiropractor, they can help reduce the symptoms of your condition. A chiropractor can help reduce the inflammation in the joint space and help to improve mobility in the area affected by arthritis.
Most health insurance plans in Alberta will cover chiropractic, but you should always check with your insurance provider to ensure that you are fully aware of your coverage. Based on your plan, some insurance will only cover a percentage of your chiropractic treatment.