Conditions We Commonly Help

conditions

Back Pain

Chiropractic is generally regarded as an effective treatment in cases of back pain. In fact, it is the most common condition that patients present with.

When it comes to back pain, most people will experience this at some point in their lives. It is estimated that 70–90% of people will suffer from lower back pain in some form at some point in their lives1.

Back problems may include:

  • Pain in the lower, middle and upper back
  • Tingling, numbness and weakness in the legs that starts from the lower back
  • Degeneration of the spine, wear and tear on the joints and disc problems
  • Pressure on spinal nerves
  • Neck pain/stiff neck caused by disc degeneration

Neck Pain

Are you experiencing neck pain or muscular tension? Perhaps you are having trouble turning your head? These are very common symptoms related to musculoskeletal disorders of the neck.

Today’s modern lifestyle contributes to issues in the neck and shoulder area. Spinal misalignments, poor work and computer posture, repetitive tasks, stress and injury may all results in symptoms of pain, discomfort and tension.

Chiropractors commonly help in cases of neck pain. A literature review (The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics2) found:

‘High-quality evidence’ that patients with chronic neck pain showed significant pain-level improvements following spinal manipulation/adjustments.

Headaches

Chiropractors may also help in some cases of headaches and migraines. Problems along your spine may contribute to headache pains. While painkillers might provide short term relief from your headache pain, chiropractors aim to identify possible underlying causes, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

Common headaches/migraine symptoms may include:

  • Reoccurring headache pains
  • Pain at the base of the skull and down the neck
  • Visual and hearing disturbances
  • Sensitivity to light and sound, nausea, even vomiting

Headache pain and dizziness can be related to neck misalignments pressing on the spinal nerves  and also stress on the cranium.

Our team at Banora Chiropractic has training in effective cranial techniques specifically for headaches.Please note: if we think your headache problem is not a Chiropractic case, you will be referred to the appropriate health care provider.

Sciatica

Sciatica (or nerve pain) is a condition that affects the sciatic nerve. This spinal nerve originates in the lower back and extends down into the back of the leg and to the foot.

Common symptoms of sciatica may include:

  • Numbness in the legs or pelvic area
  • Pins and needles, tingling
  • Pain and discomfort, from deep inside the pelvic area
  • Leg weakness
  • Bladder or bowel issues

Disc bulges (or herniations) may also contribute to sciatica. Changes in the disc may lead to abnormal function in the spinal joint, resulting in pain. The bulging disc can push out and partly compress the spinal cord and nerves. This may produce a sharp back pain, or referred pain in other area.

Shoulder Pain

We see many sports and posture related shoulder injuries. We use specific muscle testing procedures to identify the specific tissues responsible for shoulder pain and follows a shoulder correction procedure involving soft tissue releases, Chiropractic adjustments and joint mobilisations to achieve greater results and better tissue healing.

We find that as shoulders are very complex joints, the healing and strengthening process usually involves home rehabilitation. This may include stretches, strength work and/or theraband exercises that will be prescribed and demonstrated to you.

Sports Injuries

Chiropractors often help treat sports injuries, boost performance and improve movement.

When our spine, nerves and skeletal structures are correctly balanced, we perform and function better. Sporting injuries often interrupt this balance, and therefore several treatment options may be needed to restore this balance.

Chiropractors may treat injuries to the hamstrings, groin, quadriceps or hip flexors muscles. We may also help with incorrect hip, knee, ankle and feet alignment, as well as calf strains, plantar fasciitis or ‘shin splints’.

Injuries like rotator cuff, tennis elbow and wrist problems may also benefit from a thorough assessment and treatment recommendations.

All sports injuries are different and you will need a thorough examination to determine if your case may be benefited by Chiropractic intervention.

Cranial Therapy

Where does your nervous system start? In the brain, which is safely encased in the skull. The skull consists of many different bones and fibrous junctions. There is actually some very slight and important movement that occurs at these junctions.

In some patient cases, it may be warranted to assess the cranium. If clinically indicated, some small cranial movement changes may be performed.

References:

  1. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/chronic-musculoskeletal-conditions/back-problems/contents/what-are-back-problems
  2. Vernon H, Humphreys K, Hagino C. ‘Chronic mechanical neck pain in adults treated by manual therapy: a systematic review of change scores in randomized clinical trials.’ J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2007 Mar-Apr;30(3):215-27.