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Chiropractic for Muscle Spasms

Muscle SpasmsA muscle spasm, or muscle cramp, is an involuntary contraction of a muscle. This can be annoying and when severe quite painful. Muscle spasms occur suddenly causing your muscle to shorten. Muscles are complex structures that allow movement in the human body. Skeletal muscles move external body parts, like the arms and legs, and the neck, back and trunk. Muscle spasms are most common in the neck, legs (hamstrings, quadriceps), arms and back. They are caused from from 1) mineral imbalance such as dehydration; 2) inflammation that occurs when a muscle is overstretched or torn; or 3) a protective mechanism of the spine to stabilize a severely damaged structure, like after a whiplash. Good detective work by the doctor finds the cause and leads to correcting the problem.

Most episodes of acute lower back pain are caused by damage to the muscles and/or ligaments in the low back. The most common cause is (misalignment of the spinal column) when the vertebrae is putting pressure directly on the spinal nerves. This can cause inflammation leading to severe low back pain making it difficult to move. Lower back pain due to muscle strain occurs most frequently after lifting a heavy object, lifting while twisting, or a sudden movement or fall injury. This is a localized pain that doesn’t radiate to the leg and may be sore to the touch. You may feel better when resting because the muscle hurts.

Skeletal MusclesIf this low back pain persists the muscles may start to weaken. Since using the muscle causes discomfort, people tend to avoid using them. This process can lead to muscular atrophy and subsequent weakening causing you more pain. Your muscles are less able to help hold up the spine. Specific Chiropractic adjustments is effective treatment for muscle spasms commonly triggered by a joint pinching in the spine. We provide treatment options depending on your injury and level of pain. Both Dr. Petrie and Dr. Kellerman practice healthy chiropractic care, combining multiple methods of chiropractic techniques. Our primary technique focuses on correcting the cause of your pain.

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center

Chiropractic for Headaches

HeadachesApproximately 80% of headaches originate from the neck. Increased stress and tension can build in the shoulders causing contractions surrounding neck muscles. Contracting muscles can cause the vertebrae to become misaligned causing pressure on spinal nerves. This ultimately creates pain that leads to headaches. A person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. This is the typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache. Chiropractic techniques including spinal manipulation is known to improve migraine, neck and tension headaches.

The duration of treatments would be based on the evaluation in a consultation visit. The effectiveness of chiropractic for headaches depends on the origin of the patients headaches. There are a number of contributing factors such as sinuses, hormones, chemical imbalances, nutritional (red wine, chocolate), and structural imbalances. We try to educate patients about the effectiveness of chiropractic care in reducing structural imbalances (misaligned spinal joints that irritate the nerves that go to the head) that lead to headaches. Chiropractic treatments can also decrease the frequency or intensity of headaches.

Chiropractic AdjustmentsMany patients have felt almost immediate improvements with significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief through spinal manipulation than commonly prescribed medications. If you suffer from a primary headache we might suggest spinal manipulation or chiropractic adjustments to improve spinal function and alleviate the stress on your system. Other recommendations may include nutritional advice, recommending a change in diet and perhaps the addition of B complex vitamins. We can offer advice on posture, exercises and relaxation techniques that help with overall healing and wellness. This advice could help to relieve the recurring joint irritation and tension in the muscles of the neck and upper back. Relieving tension in the spine will help reduce headaches.

Dr. Michael Petrie, D.C.
Spine and Joint Center