Chiropractic care is often perceived as a method for managing back and neck pain. But in reality, chiropractic care can be so much more than this. Chiropractors do focus on adjusting the spine, which runs through the neck and back. However, they can do so for purposes other than treating back pain. Chiropractors who specialize in chiropractic neurology focus on treating and managing neurological disorders and symptoms by adjusting the spine. This is a drug-free approach, and one that many people respond well to. Here are some of the types of patients who could benefit from seeing a chiropractic neurologist.
Migraines are often caused or made worse by tension in the back of the neck and at the base of the skull. Muscle tension and spinal misalignments in this area can press on nerves that trigger migraines. A chiropractic neurologist can adjust the spine in a way that takes pressure off of these nerves, leading to a reduction in the severity and/or frequency of migraines. Some people use chiropractic neurology in addition to migraine medications. Others turn to it when medications have failed or caused unwanted side effects.
If you have had a stroke in the past and are still working to regain certain functions, then you might want to see a chiropractic neurologist. They can adjust your spine to help activate certain neurological pathways that may have been compromised in the stroke, or which you may be able to better develop to compensate for the pathways damaged by the stroke. Chiropractic neurologists can often also show you exercises and stretches to help re-activate and engage specific neurological pathways.
Parkinson's disease tends to affect certain neural pathways more than others. Often, patients can work to reconnect various neural pathways or build new ones by engaging in certain exercises and movement sequences. While there are physical therapists trained to help Parkinson's patients with this, it is also something chiropractic neurologists can do. They can also adjust the spine in ways that may reduce tremors and make the musculature more comfortable in the short term.
If you struggle with any of the issues above, don't hesitate to make an appointment with a chiropractic neurologist. They can provide the treatment needed to help you stay more comfortable and experience fewer symptoms, and they do it in a very natural and safe way. Feel free to ask them any questions you still have about the care they provide.
For more information on chiropractic neurology, contact a professional near you.