Common Conditions we can help with:

Sciatica refers to pain, weakness, pins and needles or burning into specific areas of the leg. It is caused by injury to the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve that starts in the back and travels down the leg. Symptoms can be felt anywhere from the lower back down the toes. There are a number of different causes of sciatica; this cause needs to be identified so that appropriate therapy can be advised.

Lower Back Pain is one of the most common complaints. It is estimated that about 60% of the population is experiencing lower back pain of varying degrees. People with lower back pain can be experiencing varying degrees of sharpness, dull aches, burning, tingling or weakness. You chiropractor will do a number of different tests, physical, orthopaedic and neurological, to asses your lower back and musculoskeletal system integrity and to try to find out the underlying cause of the pain.

Leg/Knee/ Foot pain can be due to a problem locally at that area or can be due to a problem up stream in the back or down stream from another location in the leg. Leg, knee or foot pain can be referred from other area’s, so it is vitally important to have a thorough examination looking at things like gait, balance, reflexes, muscle strength and coordination and joint alignment and function.

Headaches there are varying types of headaches; tension, cluster, sinus or migraine. The pain may be dull, throbbing, tight, compressive or pulsating. The pain is generally felt in the head, but pain can also be felt in the shoulders, neck, and jaw or behind the eyes. Serious causes of headaches are rare, but a thorough examination needs to be made to identify the cause. Stress, poor diet, dehydration, poor sleeping positions and work postures can be contributing factors to a headache.

Migraines are no ordinary headache! Migraines are extremely debilitating. Nausea, vomiting, noise and light sensitivity are very often associated with a migraine in varying degrees. Some people have specific ‘auras’ also associated with their migraines. Research has identified some causes of migraines include hereditary factors, hormonal imbalances, certain medications, stress, diet, cervicogenic (coming from the cervical spine) and many more. Chiropractic can help you to identify the underlying cause for your migraine and give you ways to best manage and improve them.

Neck Pain is a common problem especially with office/computer workers. If the neck pain involves irritation nerves of the neck then you may experience headaches, shoulder tension and arm pain. People can get neck pain from poor posture, repetitive strain, whiplash and many more. When your neck is sore you may have problems moving it in certain directions. Many people describe this as stiffness. Research has shown that neck pain can be helped through chiropractic care.

Ear infections in each ear a eustachian tube runs from the middle ear to the back of the throat to aid in drainage of the middle ear. In infants the Eustachian tube is more horizontal, whilst in adults it is angled more downward, and this can be one factor that increases the chances of infants getting ear infections due to the physiological structure allowing more static fluid accumulation. Chronic ear infections are of concern, especially in infants due to the fact that their hearing and balance systems are not fully developed yet, and that long term, recurrent ear infections can have a negative effect these systems. Treatment with antibiotics is one of the treatments that is offered to parents for their child, however, most parents that have kids with recurrent ear infections will tell you that their kids have been on multiple courses with very limited results. Chiropractic is a natural alternative to antibiotics for ear infections. Chiropractic can help improve the body’s natural ability to drain the eustachion tube, limiting the chance of recurrent infections.

 

 

Vertigo/Dizziness is the sense of motion. People can feel that they are spinning on a merry-go-round or that the world around them is spinning. There are two main types of vertigo: peripheral or central. Peripheral involves a problem with the inner ear that controls balance or with the nerve that travels to the inner ear. Central Vertigo involves areas of the brain; these can be functional, non-pathological causes or more serious problems. A thorough neurological, musculoskeletal and other tests need to be perform in order to narrow down the possible causes of the vertigo. Chiropractic has been shown to improve some causes vertigo and improving balance.

Shoulder Pain is any pain around the shoulder joint and can include areas at the base of the neck and down to the shoulder blade. The shoulder is a very mobile joint and any tendon strain/tear, swelling, degeneration and referred pain from neck can lead to a limitation of movement of the joint. The shoulder girdle is made up of four different joints: sternoclavicular, acromioclavicular, scapulohumeral and glenohumeral joints. These four joints need to work in coordination with one another to create strength, good posture and smoothness in movement of the shoulder. Chiropractic care can help you to improve the function of the shoulder joint and reduce your shoulder pain.

Tennis Elbow – is inflammation of the outside part of the elbow. It is often associated with pain, limitation of movement and muscular compensation within the shoulder girdle. As the name implies, tennis elbow was commonly due to a repetitive strain injury playing tennis, however computer work, other sports and gardening have all been common causes of tennis elbow. Chiropractic can help address the alignment of the elbow, shoulder and hand to reduce the strain on the muscles and tendons at the elbow joint.

Golfers Elbow is inflammation and pain associated with the inside of the elbow. It can be due to poor alignment of the elbow joint leading to an increase in friction at the elbow of the tendons and muscles. Chiropractic can help improve the function of the elbow joint and help to relieve the pain associated with golfers elbow.

Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) is generally described as an overuse syndrome. Poor postures at work, computer/mouse work, musical instruments and certain sports can contribute to RSI. The strain is generally within the ligament and tendons, commonly at the elbow, wrist or hand. It is caused by repetitive use of the joint(s) causing inflammation, pain, weakness and swelling. Chiropractic can improve joint alignment and any muscular imbalances and reducing the problem with RSI.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) – True carpal tunnel syndrome is compression the median nerve as it enters under the ligament of the wrist. It is uncommon to have CTS in both hands, more often, if present in both hands, the origin of the nerve compression is at the neck rather than the wrist. CTS give very specific pins and needles into areas of the hand and fingers and is commonly worse at night. There are a number of tests that your chiropractor can do to ascertain if the pins and needles into the hand is due to compression of the nerve at the wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck area and can help to improve alignment of the joints to help reduce the irritation of the median nerve.