Commonly Helped Conditions

chiropractic helped conditions

How We Help

Discover how our skilled chiropractor can effectively treat conditions like back pain, neck pain, and headaches using evidence-based techniques. This page provides detailed information about the range of conditions that chiropractic care commonly assists with.

lower back pain

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain often presents as a persistent ache or sharp, shooting pains localized in the lower back. It leads to stiffness, reduced flexibility, and difficulty getting up and down, maintaining positions and disrupted sleep.

This pain can radiate to the hips or down the legs, causing tingling sensations or numbness. Muscle spasms, weakness, and limitations in mobility, such as bending or lifting, are common.  

Lumbar spine and pelvis misalignments can result from sporting injuries, falls, repetitive lifting and twisting or prolonged sitting and standing.

Ignoring these problems may lead to arthritis, herniated discs, nerve damage and greatly reduced mobility. In these cases severe chronic pain affects everyday activities like walking, driving, carrying groceries, gardening, picking up your grandkids or backyard cricket with your kids. 

Early intervention and specialised care are vital for effective treatment and long-term relief.

mid back pain

Mid Back Pain

Mid back pain is usually felt between or just under the shoulder blades. 

A spinal misalignment in this spinal region may cause headaches, neck pain, dull or sharp aches, burning sensation, difficulty taking deep breaths, pain in bed, restricted rotation, rib pain and even pain in the chest/breast bone.  

Causes of issues in the thoracic spine can be poor sitting posture, falls, sporting hits, incorrect lifting and bending.  Thoracic misalignments also play a big role in shoulder function, leading to difficulty and pain reaching in front, overhead or to the side. 

Ignoring thoracic problems can lead to long term postural issues, headaches, faster wear and tear on joints and shoulders and even frozen shoulders!

Foam rolling may give a satisfying ‘pop’ but this won’t help for long at all!  A Chiropractic assessment will locate the problem vertebra and with a specific correction, deliver much needed relief and healing to the area.  After treatment people often remark they can stand taller, breath deeper without pain and move with greater ease.

chiropractor for headaches and migraines

Headaches and Migraines

There are many different types of headaches.  The most commonly experienced are:

  • tension headaches
  • sub-occipital headaches, and
  • migraines.  

Tension headaches are experienced during the day and feel like a dull ache around the head with tight shoulder and neck muscles. 

Sub-occipital headaches can last for days with constant dull pressure felt at the base at the head affecting concentration and may be accompanied by feeling lightheaded and dizzy. 

Migraines typically include intense throbbing or pulsing headache, often concentrated on one side of the head and are frequently accompanied by nausea, sensitivity to light and sound.  Migraines can last hours to days, significantly impacting daily activities.

Chiropractic Movement conducts a thorough history and examination to determine the source of your headaches. 

Guidance and recommendations are offered to empower you with steps you can take to reduce recurrence.

chiropractor for neck pain

Neck Pain

Neck pain can be a debilitating issue, often presenting with a spectrum of symptoms. These can include localized stiffness, dull or sharp pain, limited neck movement, muscle tenderness in neck and shoulders, and headaches. Some experience tingling, numbness, or weakness in arms or hands, indicating potential nerve involvement. 

Activities like prolonged desk work, improper computer ergonomics, carrying heavy objects on one shoulder, repetitive or sudden neck movements during sports, improper sleeping positions, and poor posture while using smartphones or tablets can all contribute to neck pain by straining muscles or stressing the cervical spine.

Massage, stretching and pain killers may only provide short lived relief.  Treatment at Chiropractic Movement assesses these symptoms comprehensively, to identify the root cause of the problem leading to a long term solution.

chiropractor for sciatica

Sciatica

Sciatica manifests as a distinct set of symptoms stemming from compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve.

Patients often experience intense, shooting pain that originates in the lower back or buttocks, radiating down one leg, sometimes reaching the foot.

This pain might vary from a mild ache to sharp, excruciating sensations, affecting mobility and comfort.

Alongside pain, individuals might encounter tingling, numbness, or a pins-and-needles sensation along the nerve’s pathway. The affected leg could feel weaker, making it challenging to stand, walk, or perform routine activities.

Sciatica symptoms can intensify with prolonged sitting, coughing, or sneezing, further impacting one’s quality of life.

Gonstead Chiropractic focuses on identifying and addressing the underlying causes of sciatica, aiming to alleviate discomfort, restore nerve function, and enhance overall well-being through targeted, personalised care.

The top five conditions leading to sciatica include:

  1. Herniated Discs: Among the primary causes, when the inner gel-like substance of a spinal disc protrudes and presses on the nearby nerve roots, especially the sciatic nerve.
  2. Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal, often due to age-related changes, causing compression on the nerve roots, including the sciatic nerve.
  3. Degenerative Disc Disease: Wear and tear on spinal discs, which can lead to disc herniation or nerve irritation, triggering sciatic pain.
  4. Spondylolisthesis: When a vertebra slips out of its normal position and compresses the nerves, including the sciatic nerve.
  5. Piriformis Syndrome: Involves the piriformis muscle in the buttocks irritating or compressing the sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica-like symptoms.

Through specific adjustments and tailored treatments, chiropractic aims to alleviate pressure on the sciatic nerve caused by misalignments, herniated discs, or other contributing factors. This approach can reduce inflammation, restore proper nerve function, and provide relief from sciatic pain, promoting overall healing and improved mobility.

chiropractor for leg pain

Extremities

Extremity problems refer to issues affecting the limbs, including shoulders, elbows, wrists, knees, ankles and feet.

These problems encompass injuries, strains, or conditions like tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, or ankle sprains and general foot pain.

Symptoms often include localised pain, swelling, limited range of motion, or stiffness. 

Extremity injuries can arise from a variety of activities, including:

  1. Sports: High-impact sports like basketball, football, or soccer can lead to knee, ankle, or shoulder injuries due to sudden movements, collisions, or repetitive actions.
  2. Repetitive Motions: Jobs or hobbies involving repetitive movements, such as typing leading to carpal tunnel syndrome, or repetitive arm motions causing tennis elbow.
  3. Overuse: Continuous strain on specific body parts from activities like weightlifting, running, or cycling can lead to injuries in joints or muscles.
  4. Accidents: Sudden falls, twists, or impacts in everyday activities or accidents can result in extremity injuries, such as ankle sprains or wrist injuries.
  5. Improper Posture: Poor posture while sitting or standing for extended periods can contribute to extremity issues, leading to strain on joints and muscles.

Using specific chiropractic techniques, they apply gentle adjustments to realign joints, reduce inflammation, and restore proper function to the affected area. This approach aims to alleviate pressure on nerves and tissues, promoting natural healing and improved mobility.

Additionally, Gonstead chiropractors might recommend exercises, stretches, and lifestyle adjustments to complement the treatment, facilitating a comprehensive recovery from extremity injuries.

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