The jaw bone is connected to your skull by the temporomandibular joints located on each side of your head just in front of your ears. Jaw muscles are attached to these bones allowing you to open and close your mouth as well as talk and eat. The ligaments that hold these joints together gradually wear out causing inflammation and pain which can eventually lead to arthritis if left untreated.
If you are diagnosed with scoliosis, please tell your chiropractor during your initial assessment. A chiropractor can effectively reduce the risk factors of scoliosis, depending on the type of scoliosis. Scoliosis can be treated with specific types of chiropractic adjustments and exercises to improve range of motion, flexibility, posture & more. A Chiropractor can figure out the cause of scoliosis and treat it accordingly.
Temporomandibular disorders (TMD) are the number one cause of orofacial pain. Jaw pain, earaches, headaches, or neck pain are common symptoms of TMD. TMD is an umbrella term that describes a number of different conditions all with the same primary symptom: jaw pain.
Chiropractors are health care professionals who diagnose, treat, and prevent disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system, including nerves, bones (including the spine), muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Chiropractors have a doctorate degree and are accredited by the DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) upon passing a 3 part board exam. The amount of education is extensive. Both DC’s and MD’s are strong in basic sciences and clinical diagnostics, where one degree may have slightly more training than another in any specific area. Chiropractors focus on the musculoskeletal system instead of MDs, who focus on diseases or what we know as internal medicine.
Chiropractic care is extremely safe. Chiropractors take great measures to ensure that your treatment will be as comfortable as possible. However, there are some examples where chiropractic treatment is not recommended. Specifically for people who have something such as brittle bone disease or are osteoporotic, depending on the degree of osteoporosis. Chiropractic adjustments may not be an acceptable way to treat that patient. Therefore, a Chiropractor will use different methods in order to help treat that individual, such as instrument-assisted techniques or with tools like the Activator. Overall, chiropractic adjustments are safe.
Yes! Hip pain can be caused by misalignment of the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves around the pelvis. A chiropractor has many tools to address this type of pain using spinal adjustments that take pressure off the sources of chronic pain.
It varies from person to person. On average, visiting a chiro over 4-6 weeks should be sufficient depending on the condition, of course. After your initial appointment, you’ll need specific treatments based on the source of the pain through spinal manipulation, soft tissue therapy, and exercise therapy. Depending on your root issue, some people can feel better after a single treatment, while other more complicated issues (like disc herniation) can take six months up to a year to treat.
Yes, chiropractors can help reduce and even eliminate neck pain! Neck pain is often caused by misalignment of the spine, which puts pressure on the nerves in your neck. A chiropractor can adjust subluxations (misaligned vertebra) which are believed to cause nerve interference. This adjustment takes the pressure off the nerves, allowing for better blood flow promoting healing within the body.
No, a chiropractor cannot make you taller. The height of an individual is primarily determined by their genetics and bone structure. Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal issues, particularly those related to the spine. They may provide adjustments and manipulations to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and promote overall well-being, but these treatments do not have the capability to increase a person’s height.
During growth and development, bones reach their genetically predetermined length, and once the growth plates close, further height increase is not possible. While chiropractic care can help improve posture and alignment, which may make a person appear slightly taller by standing more upright, it does not lead to actual increases in height. If someone is concerned about their height or posture, it is advisable to consult with a healthcare professional who can provide appropriate guidance and support.
After an assessment, a chiropractor will find an area that’s locked up. Now, what most chiropractors do is adjust in extension and rotation. What Dr. Joshua Konu at Human Integrated Performance does is flexion and rotation to reduce any detrimental effects. Rotate the area that’s locked up and apply a high-velocity, low amplitude force to the area.
Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep up with your wellness during pregnancy. Chiropractic care can help your body during this time of change and allow you to feel the best you possibly can. Throughout pregnancy, women’s hips undergo changes to their regular dynamic. A chiropractor can help reduce the amount of pain experienced in the hips as well as the lower back and surrounding areas. You can visit a chiropractor before, during, and after pregnancy to help you get back to your normal lifestyle as fast as possible. Chiropractic care also helps with conditions such as: Headaches/Migraines, Sciatica, Nausea, Scoliosis, Constipation, Back Aches, Swelling, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Pelvic Instability, Leg Cramps, Tired Feet, Balance Disturbance, Etc.