Complaints of numbness, tingling and pins/needles are not uncommon complaints that cause a person to consult a Chiropractor. Numbness and tingling are usually the result of a disease (diabetes), lack of blood supply or injury to the nerves. Trauma or peripheral nerve impingement may cause numbness, pins and needles or it may be a metabolic condition such as diabetes.
Another complicating factor in numbness is that numbness may often be referred and felt in an entirely different location that the true problem area. For instance, numbness associated with the lower back may be felt in parts of the foot.
Irritation to the sensory nerves may be either a pins and needles type condition (paresthesia) or a painful sensation from light touch (dysesthesias).
One type of paresthesia that is commonly seen in Chiropractic practice is meralgia paresthetica. This condition produces a numbness in the lateral thigh. It is caused by impingement of the sensory nerves. Possible causes include pregnancy, prolonged sitting, wearing a holster/tool belt, or obesity/diabetes.
Intercostal neuralgia is a painful condition of the middle back or thoracic region. It may be associated with shingles. Other possible causes are joint fixations or rib fixations of the middle back. Chiropractic adjustments are often quite effective in relieving the pain of rib subluxations.
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Dizziness is also known as vertigo. Dizziness is a common condition seen in the Chiropractic office and this article will describe some of the common causes of dizziness related to the neck and Chiropractic treatments. In cervicogenic vertigo dizziness occurs during resting head motions. The dizziness is usually not associated with movements of the head. The joints of the neck and the proprioceptive system of the neck is the causative factor in cervicogenic vertigo. Most often this condition is associated with some type of injury. Whiplash is the most common injury that produces cervicogenic vertigo. It has been estimated that about one third of persons with cervicogenic vertigo have an associated whiplash type injury.
Tender points or trigger points in the muscles of the upper neck are common with cervicogenic vertigo. Trigger points in the muscles are also associated with pain in the face and nausea. Myofascial release techniques are one key technique to treat cervical trigger points.
Chiropractic is often effective treatment for cervicogenic vertigo as it is able to address joint dysfunction in the neck which is a major cause of the condition. The joints of the neck provide the brain with major input as far as head and body positioning. Joints that are fixed or immobile give the brain bad input and may cause vertigo. Chiropractic adjustments normalize the function and position of the joints and allow the joints to send the brain correct positioning information. A typical trial of Chiropractic care for vertigo would be 5-8 treatments over a 1-3 week span. It may also be helpful to do exercises for the neck and upper back that focus on neck extension and rowing type motions for the upper back.
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Acupuncture has established treatments for dizziness. The point locations for acupuncture treatment correspond with those for problems of the inner ear and ringing of the ears. Acupuncture treatment usually involves the insertion of 20-40 needles. The needles are very fine and thin and 5 can fit into the core of a hypodermic needle. The needles are used once then disposed of. Most of the points used in acupuncture for vertigo are near the front of the ear, the back, hand and ankle. Most areas of acupuncture needle insertion are not especially tender and most people have little problem with tolerating the sensation.
Chiropractic treatments for dizziness involve mostly causes in which the neck is associated with the vertigo. These cases are referred to as Cervico-genic vertigo. Cervico-genic vertigo is related to dysfunction of the joints of the neck. Chiropractic treatment of this type of neck pain and dizziness is often quite effective.
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Dizziness (or vertigo) is a very common condition that causes people to seek Chiropractic care. In the medical setting dizziness is one of the top three complaints. Probably the most common cause of dizziness treated by Chiropractors is whiplash. A higher incidence of dizziness is also seen in the elderly.
Dizziness is one of the most common complaints after a whiplash. One of the proposed theories is that the whiplash injures the joints of the neck which are responsible for proprioception.
Dizziness is also reported in up to half of elderly people. Some of the common causes of dizziness in the elderly included the fear of falling and age related changes to the inner ear. Disuse or lack of enough exercise is also associated with dizziness in some people. Medications and vision problems are also possible causes of dizziness.
This is the first article on dizziness and Chiropractic.
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Most people think of Chiropractic care only for neck and back pain. Chiropractic techniques are also very helpful in adjustments for the foot, shoulder, knee, elbow, jaw and wrist. Myofascial release techniques are especially helpful in chronic overuse injuries seen in many sports. Tendinitis of the shoulder is a very common condition that may be treated successfully by a combination of Chiropractic techniques and myofascial release. Overuse of the elbow often results in tennis or golfer’s elbow. Both conditions of the elbow are caused by overuse of the muscles and overstress of the tendons and can be very successfully treated by myofascial release techniques and Chiropractic adjustments to the elbow.
Running is a sport that has a very high incidence of overuse injuries. Some common running injuries are:hamstring problems, knee tendinitis, Ilio-tibial band syndrome (IT band), plantar fasciitis, arch pain, metatarsal arch pain, achilled tendinitis and shin splints. Most types of running conditions that involve overuse of the tendons or tendonitis respond well to myofascial release techniques.
Running and extended standing can be very tough on the feet and cause foot pain. Chiropractic adjustments to the feet are often very effective in relieving pressure on the arches and freeing stuck joints.
Shoulder injuries are another very common problem area for athletes. Rotator cuff problems, biceps tendonitis and shoulder bursitis are common conditions in the athlete. Rotator cuff conditions are often successfully treated with myofascial release techniques.
Dr. Etter has over ten years of practice experience treating a wide variety of sports injuries and overuse injuries. His practice serves the Olathe, Lenexa and Overland Park areas of Kansas.
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