Here are some of the common reasons people present to our practice
If you are suffering from low back pain, you are not alone.
Over 80% of people experience low back pain at some time and low back pain is the most common reason people see a chiropractor. At Connect Chiropractic, we find that at least half the people consulting our practice are seeking relief from low back pain. Low back pain is the most common cause of work-related disability and the second largest musculoskeletal cause of lost work time.
How Connect Chiropractic can help with low back pain ?
Many people often seek help from medications such as pain relievers and or anti-inflammatories when suffering from low back pain. Although medication may reduce the symptomatic pain, it does not address the underlying cause of the problem. Chiropractic is very effective in relieving low back pain in the short and long term. At Connect Chiropractic our chiropractors can help by providing a thorough spine and nerve system examination to determine the cause of your low back pain. Once we have performed all the necessary examinations our chiropractors will explain your findings and if chiropractic care is appropriate for you an individual plan of care will be recommended. At Connect Chiropractic we provide exceptional chiropractic care that is gentle, safe, professional and effective treatment for low back pain. Our Chiropractors may also provide home advice such as the use of ice or heat therapy; stretches or exercises that may also assist you in getting well and reduce the likelihood of future relapses.
If you are suffering neck pain, you are certainly not alone. It is estimated that over 80% of people will experience neck pain at some stage in their lives and it is the second most common reason people see a chiropractor.
Our Connect Chiropractic chiropractors find that at least a third of our people consulting our practice are seeking relief from neck pain. With increasing amount of time on technology (computers, tablets, mobile phones) neck pain is becoming increasingly more common, often being referred to as “Text Neck” that at times can be a very debilitating condition interfering with a person’s ability to manage their normal day to day activities.
Causes of neck pain :
There can be many different causes of neck pain, sometimes it can begin with trauma such as a fall or motor vehicle accident resulting in a whiplash injury however neck pain can also begin from minor daily activities or a build up of stress and poor posture from using the computer, laptop or mobile phone. In most cases neck pain coincides with restriction of neck movement and muscle spasm of the muscles and ligaments of the neck that contribute to nerve irritation. Neck pain is not only a problem for adults but can affect people of all ages. With increasing number of children and teenagers using technology such as tablets, mobile phones and laptops at Connect Chiropractic we are seeing and increasing number of children and teenagers suffering from neck pain and dysfunction. Even infants particularly with birth complications or trauma can have pain and dysfunction in the neck area.
How Connect Chiropractic can help with neck pain ?
Many people often seek help from medications such as pain relievers and or anti-inflammatories when suffering from neck pain. Although medication may reduce the symptomatic pain, it does not address the underlying cause of the problem. Chiropractic has consistently been shown to be effective in relieving neck pain in the short and long term. At Connect Chiropractic our chiropractors can help by providing a thorough spine and nerve system examination to determine the cause of your neck pain. Once we have performed all the necessary examinations our chiropractors will explain your findings and if chiropractic care is appropriate for your care a plan of care will be recommended. At Connect Chiropractic we provide exceptional chiropractic care that is gentle, safe, professional and effective treatment for neck pain. Our Chiropractors may also provide home advice such as the use of ice or heat therapy, stretches / exercises that may also assist you in getting well and reduce the likelihood of future relapses.
Headaches are one of the most common complaints presenting to our Connect Chiropractic chiropractors and one of the most common reason people visit a chiropractor overall.
Headaches can have a tendency to run in the family and often we find an inherited family pattern. With ever increasing busy and often stressful life, combined with modern technology of mobile phones and computer based work headaches are a very common problem for patients we see.
Causes of headaches
In many cases the cause of headaches can be related to your neck. When there joint restriction and reduced movement in your neck this can affect the ligaments, discs, nerves, muscles and blood vessels of the neck. When this dysfunction is left uncorrected the irritation of these structures can cause pain to be referred into the head often leaving us with a debilitating headache.
If you are experiencing headaches it is important that you have the cause properly diagnosed. At Connect Chiropractic our chiropractors are primary care practitioners, university qualified and experienced to thoroughly examine and provide you with care and potential solution to your headaches.
How Connect Chiropractic can help with headaches?
For many of our patients that come to see us for help with headaches they have been taking pain relief medication and or anti-inflammatories regularly to mask their pain and help them get through the day. Headaches are the third most common reason people seek our help and also one of the conditions that we find responds best to chiropractic care. When you see our Connect Chiropractic chiropractors a thorough history and examination will be performed to determine the cause of your headaches and the appropriate type and course of care will be recommended. Your care plan may also include home advice to address the triggers of your headaches assisting you lessen the likelihood of your headaches reoccurring. Our Connect Chiropractic chiropractors have a wonderful reputation in providing safe, gentle, professional chiropractic care for the relief of headaches.
Nerve impingement can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort. It occurs is when the joints of the spine or pelvis lock up after an abnormal movement, which then causes pinching of the cartilage (also called facet joint impingement). The pinching puts pressure on the adjacent nerve root that causes nerve pain and pressure. Nerve impingement can cause pain to walk, sit or stand.
Disc injuries are very common and can happen over time or have a sudden onset. The disc is made up two components, the outer two thirds (annulus fibrosis) and the inner third (nucleus pulposus). When there is wear and tear on the outer component of the disc, there is the susceptibility for the inner gel component to leak out. When this happens it is an injury and the gel contents puts pressure on the nerve root, thus causing pain.
Arthritis or degenerative joint is a condition where over time the protective cartilage of a joint wears away which results in bone on bone contact of a joint. Over time this bone on bone contact wears away the healthy bone and cause degenerative change of the bone surface. Arthritis can cause joint pain and soreness, stiffness and restriction in movement, tenderness, swelling and inflammation. Later stages of arthritis can result in joint weakness, instability and deformity. Depending on the type of arthritis pain may be isolated to one joint or multiple joints from fingers, to knees, hips and spinal regions.
There are many different types of arthritis and almost as many different causes whereby it’s of relevance to focus on the two most common types; osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
In osteoarthritis, the cartilage has worn away the bone surface is exposed and then rub together causing degeneration and further damage. Stressed bone surfaces begin to form abnormal bone outgrowths known as bone spurs, that can cause irritation, swelling and inflammation which leads to further damage and joint restriction. As this degenerative process continues your joints become harder to move and more restrictive in range of movement.
In rheumatoid arthritis, the joint lining swells invading surrounding tissues, and producing chemical substances that attack and destroy the joint surface. Rheumatoid arthritis is more often found in women, can sometimes being in early childhood and the joints of the hands and feet are often affected first.
Lower back pain, hip, knee and neck pain are the most common symptoms people seek chiropractic for arthritic pain relief. Arthritis is often considered a progressive, crippling and debilitating disease process that can have a mild to severe effect on your life. For many, simple activities of daily living such as checking your blind spot while driving, bending to put your socks on in the morning or hanging up the washing can be very difficult especially during an acute episode.
How can Connect Chiropractic help with Arthritis?
Chiropractic care can improve the function of your joints, assist in reducing the ongoing discomfort, joint restriction and inflammation that occurs with arthritis. Combined with exercises and often nutritional advice, chiropractic care can help reduce the pain of arthritis and ultimately improve your quality of life. Connect Chiropractic can help assist to determine if arthritis is affecting you. If you have arthritis your Connect Chiropractic chiropractor may help relieve your pain and discomfort and improve your movement and body function.
Pregnancy is a very special time when your health and wellbeing is of great importance to you and your developing baby. During pregnancy there are many growing demands on your spine and nervous system. As your unborn baby grows your body movements and postures are constantly changing and adapting. Sometimes this does not happen as smoothly or comfortably as it should. Many problems suffered during pregnancy may be directly related to the health of your spine. These include low back pain, headaches, sciatica, nausea, indigestion and dizziness that should not necessarily be considered ‘a natural part’ of pregnancy even though many women suffer from these as early as the first trimester.
Chiropractic care can help during pregnancy by:
- Correcting abnormal joint mechanics that lead to joint and nerve stress that reduces pain and improves function
- Maintaining joint function and spinal balance so spine is able to adapt to changes in weight distribution and posture
- Provide freedom from nerve interference to allow for development of a healthy baby and mother
- Ensuring joints of low back and pelvis are moving freely to assist in thebirth process. Optimal joint movement can assist in pelvic alignment and opening.
- Educating correct posture, lifting techniques and other lifestyle factorsthat reduces spinal stress
- Recommending exercises to assist your posture and spinal health.
Chiropractic care help many famous athletes perform at their peak, and in injury prevention as well as in recovery and assisting them back to sport after being injured. Chiropractic care may help restore the normal function to joints, nerves and muscles that are not functioning properly, and may also help relieve pain and inflammation. With experience in sports injury and performance management our Chiropractors will not only assist you through your injuries but we aim to help you in achieving your sporting goals.
- Shoulder Pain
- Chest Pain
- Tennis and Golfers Elbow
- Knee and Ankle Pain
- Leg cramps and weakness
- Hip Pain
- Jaw Pain
- Dizziness or Vertigo
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