We realize that doctors don't heal you, your body does. Many musculoskeletal conditions aren't due to a deficiency of medication but actually stress put on your nervous system from misaligned vertebrae. Dr. Coates puts your spine in the best possible position to facilitate your body's healing. Common conditions or symptoms that see resolution with care in our office:
Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that are primarily water and separate the interlocking bones (vertebrae) of the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, allowing it to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region). The shift in the discs can result in neck and back pain. They can also cause Osteoarthritis, the breakdown of the tissue (cartilage) that protects and cushions joints; Herniated discs, abnormal bulges or breaking open of a spinal disc; and Spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal, the open space in the spine that holds the spinal cord. These conditions may put pressure on the spinal cord and nerves, leading to much worse pain and conditions than common disc herniation produces. If the spinal cord is affected, it can cause systemic issues within the body. Disc issues are a serious deal and one should take every natural treatment available before resorting to cortisone shots, and then ultimately surgery. Unfortunately, cortisone shots will more than likely numb the symptoms for a month or 2 at a time, but after your 3rd shot you will need surgery because during the process of it being numb, the disc was getting worse and worse because no corrective methods were taken. Chiropractic care balances the spine so there is equal pressure on each side of the disc to alleviate herniations and protrusions.
Migraines are more intense, painful, and longer lasting headaches often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and light sensitivity. Stress to the nerve cells and blood vessels in the brain are an often cause of migraines. People with migraines may be affected by triggers such as fatigue, bright lights, weather changes, emotional stress, sensitivity to chemicals in foods, caffeine, menstrual periods, skipping meals, and changes in normal sleep pattern. Many people do not understand why their body is producing chronic headaches and migraines. Often times it is due to compromise of the upper cervical spine, which the skull sits on top of. When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, the head does not sit properly on the top vertebrae, either. This causes constant stress on the blood vessels, nerves, and muscular system leading into the head and can be a precursor for the migraines/headaches and all the accompanying symptoms. Cervicogenic headaches and migraines are one of the most common types. These are caused by tension in the neck working its way up into the head. These types are most suited to be treated by a chiropractor by addressing the underlying issue which is the neck, rather than the head.
Nerve root impingement is due to intervertebral foramen occlusion. Foraminal stenosis causes the roots of the spinal nerve within the spine to become pinched as they exit the spine, resulting in a variety of symptoms. Foraminal stenosis is commonly caused by a condition such as herniated discs due to an injury or bone spurs. Symptoms of nerve root impingement include shooting or localized pain, numbness, tingling, weakness in arms or legs, and altered sensation due to nerve irritation. This type of conditions is what chiropractic has success with most often. The chiropractic adjustment allows the spinal bones to position themselves correctly so there is no pressure or irritation on an exiting nerve, which travels to the muscles and organs and produces pain, muscle tension or internal organ dysfunction. With gentle, specific chiropractic adjustments, the body is able to correct the spine on its own so it holds in place and lasts, so long as there are no intense exacerbations. This is the most effective method for taking care of this condition and naturally and quickly reducing the symptoms the nerve impingement is producing.
Injuries to the neck caused by a sudden movement of the head, backward, forward, or sideways, are referred to as 'Whiplash'. Whiplash is most commonly suffered as a result of a road traffic accident. An impact/collision causes the head to suddenly jerk back and forth beyond its normal limits. When this happens, multiple injuries are sustained by a variety of tissues: The muscles and ligaments supporting the spine can be overstretched or torn. Additionally, the discs between the vertebrae can bulge, tear or rupture. Vertebrae can be forced out of their normal position, reducing range of motion, resulting in stiffness. Lastly, the spinal cord and nerve roots get stretched, irritated and choked. Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments help to realign the spinal column so the tissues can heal more effectively and more quickly.
Here are some of the most typical causes of neck and low back pain: Injury and Accidents: Vertebrae become misaligned through trauma Growing Older: Degenerative disorders such as osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disease directly affect the spine. Osteoarthritis, a common joint disorder, causes progressive deterioration of cartilage. The body reacts by forming bone spurs that affect joint motion. Spinal stenosis causes the small nerve passageways in the vertebrae to narrow, compressing and trapping nerve roots. Stenosis may cause neck, shoulder, and arm pain, as well as numbness, when these nerves are unable to function normally. Degenerative disc disease can cause reduction in the elasticity and height of intervertebral discs. Over time, a disc may bulge or herniate, causing tingling, numbness, and pain that runs into the arm. Daily Life: Poor posture, obesity, and weak abdominal muscles often disrupt spinal balance, causing the neck to bend forward to compensate. Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten and contract, resulting in pain and stiffness. Postural stress can contribute to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back and the arms. All of the above are issues that chiropractic can successfully help by properly aligning the spine; allowing the nervous system to properly communicate with the body.
Age, poor posture and prolonged time on the computer or smartphone are the biggest contributors to neck and upper back stiffness. Perpetual forward head posture puts constant strain on your neck and upper back muscles, which results in chronic stiffness of these muscles. Your head is about as heavy as a bowling ball; if your arms had to carry a bowling ball around all day they would be tight and stiff too! Same is true with your spine. First step is to keep your head on top of your body. Second is to correct the alignment of your spine so it’s easier to to step one. These will allow the muscles to relax and restore normal movement of your neck.
By restoring proper alignment of your knee joint with a gentle chiropractic adjustment, it is able to track more properly, reducing the stress and therefore inflammation of the knee. Often knee pain resolves quickly with a few adjustments and advice on which leg muscles to stretch or strengthen. Your foot contains 26 bones and 33 joints. When the bones of the arch fall towards the ground it puts an increased amount of stress on the fascia or connective tissue in the bottom of the feet. Properly aligning these bones and providing proper stretching and strengthening to the surrounding muscles helps decrease the pain and inflammation within the foot.
The most common symptoms from SI joint dysfunction are low back and buttock pain. The pain may affect one side or both SI joints. The pain can radiate down the leg all the way to the foot and may be confused with a herniated disc in the lumbar spine. The pain may radiate into the groin area. People often feel muscle spasm in one or both of their buttocks muscles. Problems with the SI joint may make sitting difficult. Pain in one SI joint may cause a person to sit with that buttock tilted up. It is usually uncomfortable to sit flat in a chair. The sacroiliac joint is comprised of the sacrum, which fits in between the two sides of the pelvis. When these joints stop moving properly it creates pain and inflammation in the above described areas.