National Chiropractic Health Month

National Chiropractic Health Month

October is National Chiropractic Health Month! It is a month dedicated to educating and engaging the public about the benefits of receiving chiropractic care. We hope that the more you know, the less afraid you will feel about stepping into our clinic. Your comfort is our goal, so we’ve broken down chiropractic care to help better your understanding.

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a health-care profession that deals with the spine and joints of the body as well as their connection to the body’s nervous system.

The word ‘chiropractic’ is thought to be derived from the Greek words for “hand” and “done”, leading to the meaning ‘done by hand’.

Chiropractic care uses precise manual adjustments to restore joint function and support to the nervous systems without using medicine or surgery.

Chiropractic is holistic care where providers want to improve a patient’s overall wellness as well as provide preventive healthcare.

What is a Chiropractor?

A chiropractor is a primary care doctor who specializes in spinal health and general well-being. They provide patients with care for spine-related disorders and other joint issues. Some chiropractors also offer soft tissue therapy, lifestyle recommendations, fitness coaching, and nutritional advice.

Isn’t it just for backaches?

Though back pain may be one of the more common reasons to go to a chiropractic clinic, it isn’t the full extent of their help. Chiropractic care isn’t just for those in chronic pain. Sometimes perfectly healthy people visit clinics for preventive care.

Chiropractic care helps with acute and chronic issues such as headaches, neck pain, sciatica, injuries due to trauma and stress, prenatal discomfort and much more.

Providers work to provide relief to the patient’s bones, muscles, joints, and connective tissue such as cartilage, tendons, and ligaments.

Chiropractic Adjustment: Does it Hurt?

You might think popping or cracking in your body might be painful, but chiropractors are trained professionals who understand the mechanics of the human body. A very specific and controlled force is applied to a joint to restore proper function and mobility. Treatment shouldn’t hurt, though there may be minor soreness as your body acclimates to adjustments.

Most patients report feeling lighter after treatment as though a weight had been removed.

What are some of the benefits of receiving chiropractic treatment?

Chiropractic care helps patients improve flexibility, immune functions, range of motion, and overall health.

All-natural treatment

  • No medicine or invasive procedures

Improves organ health

  • Spinal adjustments help relieve pressure on the spinal cord which improves the functionality of the body’s nervous system
  • Your nervous system is responsible for regulating cellular function and work as a communication line to your organs. Proper alignment will help your organs function at their very best

Reduces pain

  • Helps reduce muscle tension and inflammation leading to pain relief
  • Chiropractors search for the root of your pain, they want to treat not only your discomfort, but the cause of it as well.

Preventive care

  • Chiropractic is wellness care, which means not only working to relieve your current discomfort, but also preventing it from returning

Sleep quality

  • Pain and tension can be the cause of sleepless nights. Chiropractic care can help realign your body and relieve tension, enabling you to achieve a better night’s rest

And much more!

We are confident that you will enjoy the benefits of chiropractic care and we hope we’ve relieved some apprehension towards our practice. Come visit us at Get Well Chiropractic of Northville for a consultation: we will work with you to find a treatment plan that is best for you!

What Causes The Noise When You Crack A Joint

What Causes The Noise When You Crack A Joint

Pop! Every person hears this noise when they crack a joint, whether it be the knuckles, the legs, or the shoulders. Many people also tend to get worried when they hear this noise. Is it a sign that your bones are weakening? Is it an indication that there’s something else wrong? Is the noise normal?

Rest assured that hearing the popping noise is completely normal, and it does not indicate that bones are breaking or weakening.

The noise associated with cracking a joint is usually completely normal and not a cause for concern. However, if the sound occurs with pain and swelling, it may then be an indication of an issue. Otherwise the pop or crack sound is completely natural.

Why Does Cracking A Joint Make Noise?

As people get older, their joints tend to get louder as well. Again, it is completely normal to hear these sounds, as they are a result of the aging process. As you age, the cartilage on your joints tends to wear away, which causes the surfaces of the joints to become rougher and the noises that they make to get louder. These occasional sounds, which you may notice while walking up the stairs or when getting up after sitting for a while, are most likely nothing to worry about unless you experience pain and swelling.

What Is The Sound When You Crack Joints And Why Do Cracking Joints Make That Sound?

There are a few reasons why cracking joints cause the sound that they make. If you bend slightly, you might hear a soft snapping sound coming from your knees. If you twist your torso, you may hear a cracking sound from your back or spine. That sound usually indicates that a muscle in that particular place is tight and is rubbing against the bone. The sound may also be caused by a tendon or by multiple tendons rubbing over the bone.

The noisiest sounds come from near the shoulder blades because there are so many tendons located in close proximity to the bone. If the noise from such parts tends to annoy you or becomes a cause of concern for you, you may wish to try gently stretching or doing yoga. The sound may reduce overtime. Once again, these sounds are generally nothing to worry about and are a completely natural process.

The Sound Emitted When You Crack Your Knuckles

Many people tend to crack their knuckles to loosen their muscles and tendons around the area, and because it can be a satisfying feeling. The sound which comes from cracking one’s knuckles is caused by nitrogen gas bubbles compressing and bursting. The nitrogen occurs naturally around these joints. The sound emitted is referred to as cavitation, and it simply means that the gas bubbles are being released or popped.

To avoid creaky knuckles and joints or the sounds associated with cracking, move as much as possible. Moving lubricates your body.

Joints crack naturally when we move, especially as we age. These sounds should not be a cause for concern unless we also notice pain. However, deliberately cracking one’s own joints, or even getting your friend to crack your back for you, can cause harm.

It is best and safest to get adjusted by a trained and certified chiropractor. Schedule an appointment at Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today and experience the joy of a balanced and well-adjusted body!

Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

Non-Invasive Treatment for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

A bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc can be an incredibly painful obstacle for people to face- especially those with particularly busy lives. Those suffering from any of these conditions will likely find themselves restricted to a bed due to pain and the inability to move as usual.

When the symptoms associated with bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs occur, it’s essential to seek treatment from an expert immediately. By consulting with a knowledgeable chiropractor at the earliest signs of trouble, you can avoid further complications and damage. While many procedures for bulging ruptured, or herniated discs require surgery, this isn’t always, and non-invasive treatment methods are sometimes available.

Today we’ll be discussing in-depth what to look for in the case of bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs as well as the non-invasive treatments available to help you recover.

What Are Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs?

A herniated disc occurs when the tough outer exterior of a disc is torn, leaving the inner substance to extend through. This substance, known as the spinal disc, has a significant role in protecting the spine from damage and acting as a means of shock-absorption.

There are a variety of things that can cause disc herniation with the most common being degradation through the aging process. Another common reason for this injury is overexertion due to repeated use of the back’s muscles through heavy lifting. When all the weight of lifting heavy objects or twisting is put directly on end rather than the leg or thigh muscles, you’re at a higher risk for disc bulging, rupture, and herniation.

Non-Invasive Treatments

So what are the best means of correcting these issues aside from surgical treatments? The first step in the treatment of herniated discs is known as conservative therapy. To determine the extent of damage done, your physician may begin with this method rather than immediately jumping to more invasive means of treatment.

Conservative Therapy

Conservative therapy begins with the act of merely avoiding the activities and positions most likely to bring on the pain. While you may assume this means lying still, this is far from the case. Your chiropractor will likely give you several exercises to perform that can, in a sense, kill two birds with one stone. While practicing these exercises, you’ll be actively reducing pain while also strengthening the spine. If conservative therapy exercises fail to alleviate the symptoms associated with your condition within a few weeks, your chiropractor may recommend physical therapy to reduce further the pain associated with these symptoms.

Medications for Bulging, Ruptured, or Herniated Discs

As another means of non-invasive treatment, likely, your provider will also prescribe you certain anti-inflammatory medications. These medications are prescribed to effectively reduce the irritation surrounding the nerves most directly positioned around the herniated, ruptured, or bulging disc. Some medicines will be over the counter options while others may require cortisone injections- again, depending on the severity of your injury.

Minimally Invasive Options

While non-invasive treatment for bulging, ruptured, or herniated discs have been shown to deliver effective results, conservative therapy will sometimes be generally ineffective in addressing the issue.

If this is the case, it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll have to undergo invasive surgical procedures! There are, in fact, a variety of minimally invasive surgical treatment options. With the recent developments in minimally invasive spine surgery, these procedures have been found to both minimize the trauma brought on by more traditional means of surgical treatment while also reducing the risks for a domino effect brought on by more invasive procedures.

Don’t despair if more conservative means of treatment are unavailable to you. These minimally invasive options have been found to drastically reduce recovery time, risk of complications, and incision size while also proving to be less costly to you.

Get Well Chiropractic of Northville Can Help!

If you believe you may be suffering from the symptoms of bulging, ruptured, or herniated disc, Get Well Chiropractic of Northville can help you! Our Northville chiropractor can help alleviate your painful symptoms and form a treatment plan designed to meet your unique needs most effectively.

Contact our office or stop by to book an appointment today!

Improve Your Exercise Routine with Chiropractic Care

Improve Your Exercise Routine with Chiropractic Care

Regular exercise is critical to living a healthy life. We sit in our car while we drive. We sit in a chair at work, at the movies, at school. Regular exercise is what keeps our bodies—and us—alive.

Exercise requires one critical thing: movement. And if it hurts to move our bodies and muscles don’t have the full range of motion that they should, then our exercise quality suffers. You can’t do deadlifts with a bad back. Have you ever tried playing tennis with a shoulder that can’t rotate fully?

This is where chiropractic care comes in. Proper spinal maintenance can go a long way to not only reducing pain and fixing skeletal problems, but it can give your workouts a boost, so you are getting the most out of every gym session.

Pain Reduction

Do you know the old saying, “No pain, no gain”? Well, that isn’t entirely true with chiropractic care. While feeling the burn during a workout can be a great feeling, some types of pain can inhibit your performance.

It’s easy for your body to get thrown out of alignment during workouts. Muscles swell up or even get inflamed, joints and ligaments get compressed or stretched, and your spine can take a beating with all the quick moving and heavy lifting. This can create the “bad” type of pain that accompanies workouts—the kind that isn’t going to get you any gains. Proper chiropractic care regularly can help fix these misalignments, compressions, and stretches to keep all the parts of your body exactly where they should be—freeing you to focus on getting that next personal best on the track or in the weight room.

Mobility

It’s hard to lift weights if your shoulder doesn’t want to move in the direction it needs to go, sports are a no-go when your back is feeling stiff, and pretty much any movement feels nearly impossible when your neck stubbornly refuses to rotate.

Chiropractic care can increase your flexibility and range of motion so you can get the most out of each rep. Functional mobility also helps prevent future injuries from happening. It’s essential for you to have confidence in your body— knowing that it is capable of bending and twisting and folding in the ways it needs to for whatever sport you play or workout style you choose. Get Well Chiropractic is here to do just that for you.

We Can Help

No matter what activities define you, whatever fills up your day, our goal is to keep your body as healthy and adjusted as possible—ensuring you can fully enjoy doing the things you love and keep doing them for a long time to come. Give us a call today or make an appointment, we are more than happy to discuss how we can make your life better.