Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care whether it’s to relieve a new or existing injury, alleviate the symptoms of illness or just to keep a strong healthy body. Figurelli Chiropractic Wellness Centers of New Jersey has compiled a list of chiropractic benefits below for each type and age group.
If after reviewing the benefits you still have questions, one of our expert staff at our Hazlet or Neptune, NJ
How Can a Young Infant’s Spine Be Traumatized?
A young spine, with few exceptions, usually develops perfectly by the end of pregnancy. It’s what happens around the time of birth and in the months thereafter which can sometimes upset the normal functioning of the spine. Spinal segments can be pushed out of place or jammed by the position of the baby in the womb, or can suffer similar problems during labor from the trauma of the trip through the birth canal, or from the birthing process itself. Medical research has identified the fact that many problems early in a child’s life can come from birth trauma (See “‘KISS’ Syndrome” in Dynamic Chiropractic, 6/3/94).
Spinal problems can also occur as a result of the frequent falls suffered by young infants in the first months of life. A fall from a bed, a sudden stop in an automobile, or any significant unsupported movement of the head and neck in an infant can induce excessive movement in the spine causing vertebral subluxations. At the other end of the spine, the act of learning to walk, and the number of simple falls encountered in this way, can induce trauma to the lower spinal segments and to the large sacroiliac joints of the pelvis. Young children learning to walk also fall and hit their heads. These apparently innocent, frequently occurring events can also create spinal subluxations.
How Can Parents Recognize Childhood Spinal Problems?
Unless a child has an obvious problem, it can be difficult for parents to recognize when a child has spinal subluxations. It is not always easy for someone other than a chiropractor, highly trained in evaluating the spine, to determine if the child has a problem, just as it is difficult for someone other than a dentist to determine if a child has any cavities. Both cases take the skills of a trained specialist to perform a thorough evaluation.
There are some signs however which parents may look for which can be an indicator of a child with a spinal problem. Common indicators of spinal problems may include the child’s head consistently being tilted to one side; restricted head or neck motion to one side; disturbed sleeping patterns where the child sleeps for only an hour or two at a time; feeding difficulties in the very young infant; the infant may have difficulty nursing at the breast on one particular side.
Common childhood disorders can also sometimes indicate a spinal problem. Persistent earaches, sore throats, colic, headaches, bed-wetting, and growing pains are but some of the more common problems for which parents bring their children to the chiropractor.
How Are Children’s Spinal Problems Treated?
The first thing your chiropractor will do is to conduct a careful and thorough evaluation of your child’s spine. Most chiropractors are trained to evaluate pediatric spinal problems and will use gentle, specific skills to identify, evaluate, and treat any involved spinal areas.
What Does the Treatment Involve?
Spinal adjustments for infants and young children involve very light finger-tip adjustments to correct malfunctioning spinal structures. A light spinal adjustment, using no more than two pounds of pressure, is usually sufficient to restore mobility to spinal joints which have become locked and are causing interference with the normal function of the nervous system. Most adjustments make a “popping” sound when the spinal joints are moved, however this sound is not always heard when children’s spines are adjusted.
Does It Hurt?
Generally, no. However, very young infants sometimes take momentary fright at the sudden movement, and may cry for a few seconds.
How Many Treatments Are Required?
Children’s spines are a lot more mobile than those of adults and as a result, usually require only a few adjustments to restore normal function. The actual number of adjustments, however, may vary depending on the length of time that the condition has been present.
What Risks Are Involved in Having My Child’s Spine Adjusted?
The risk of a child suffering a permanent injury from a spinal manipulation is extremely rare. Chiropractors have been adjusting children’s spines for most of the 100 years since chiropractic was first established, and has an excellent safety record. A check of some of the largest insurance carriers, who provide malpractice insurance coverage for chiropractors in the United States, has identified that despite the recent adverse media coverage, not one claim for injury to a child has been filed in the past five years.
Toddlers, Kids & Teens
Chiropractic care serves as preventative maintenance for various conditions including:
- Respiratory problems
- Sleep disturbances
- Ear infections
- Sore throats
- Poor posture
- And bed wetting
Working with a qualified and experienced chiropractor is also beneficial in caring for children affected by behavioral or developmental disorders, such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With continued chiropractic after care, children reportedly display improved behavior, have greater flexibility and reduced pain.
Pre & Post Natal Pregnent Women
Relieve the pain and discomfort of pregnancy
During pregnancy, most women experience a number of neuromuscular and biochemical problems which respond favorably to gentle, safe, noninvasive chiropractic care, These include:
- Release hormone relaxin causes muscle and ligament relaxation (allows joints to more easily misalign)
- Change in weight distribution:
- Increased demand and fatigue on spinal pelvic musckes
- Increased stress on spinal and pelvic ligaments
- Increase in lumbar and thoracic spinal curves which further increase the above
- Increased joint stress and thus occurrence of vertebral and sacroiliac joint misalignments
The above changes primarily affect the pelvic and spinal ligaments, muscles, joints and other supportive soft tissues. These changes cause sprain/strains of pelvic and spinal structures, as well as alteration of the normal spinal biomechanics. The result is an increased stress on the body leading to pain and discomfort.
Regularly scheduled pre-natal chiropractic care visits will help you stay comfortable and healthy throughout your pregnancy term. Schedule a free consultation with DR. FIGURELLI to see how chiropractic care can help you.
Senior Citizens & Chiropractic Care
Senior citizens are more active than ever these days. Many still work, have active social lives, travel, gardening, spending time with grandchildren and families. Some prefer a more sedentary lifestyle, reading, watching movies or just taking it easy. Most have a little of both in their life.
Chiropractic treatment is available to senior citizens and offers a variety of health care benefits. For those seniors who are in good physical health and lead an active lifestyle, chiropractic care may be needed on a “wellness” basis. They will feel results more quickly and benefit from maintaining good spinal care
Occasionally, some seniors enter our office with either significant pain, injury, degenerative conditions or other health problems. Although they can still benefit from chiropractic care, they typically respond slower to treatment, and sometimes lose patience in the healing process. Time and consistency make all the difference.
Some common senior citizen issues that we address at Figurelli Chiropractic Wellness Center include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- High or low blood pressure
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Muscle aches
- Sprains and strains
- Neck and back pain
- Sciatica, leg and foot pain
After examination and depending on the health history of the patient, Dr. Figurelli will discuss the goals that can be expected and the process in obtaining them. Again, more active patients will respond more quickly to treatment than those who do not lead an active lifestyle. In many cases there are no unrealistic goals, just an unrealistic time frame.
Being active means different things for different people. Tennis, hiking, vacationing, walking your dog, even socializing, all require being active. Do you want to exercise more, to play with your children longer, do you want to improve your golf swing or simply age gracefully? Regardless of your activity goal, balance and proper body function is vital for healthy living. Proper posture and a healthy spine lead to better function. This includes flexibility, power, speed, performance and quicker recovery from injury.
When the body becomes out of balance, through everyday activities, sports injuries or accidents, for example, it effects not only how you “feel” but how your body will “function”. Overall health declines as well.
Corrective care becomes imperative for acute as well as any chronic subluxations that are present. Once subluxations are corrected, your body has a better ability to heal and function better.
Here is a list of some reasons active adults have contacted Figurelli Chiropractic Wellness Center for treatment:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Digestive issues
- Herniated or bulging discs
- High or low blood pressure
- Muscle aches or strain
- Neck, back pain or injury
- Numbness/tingling in arms or legs
- Pre and post natal care
When your spine is in correct alignment your nervous system will function at its most optimal level. Chiropractic care is one element in wellness that can help your body function better and feel better. Optimal wellness is achieved by balancing many aspects of life such as nutrition, fitness, mental, spiritual and relationship.* Therefore, you can continue to lead an active lifestyle.
*Source: PLM-Pro Adjuster Lifestyle Magazine
Auto Accident Patients
Being in a car accident and dealing with the issues that follow, can be one of the most stressful events in your life. We often focus on the vehicle damage, insurance companies, deductibles, and rental cars. Often injuries are overlooked or not detected immediately. It is absolutely imperative that anybody involved in an auto accident be evaluated by a doctor trained in soft tissue injuries; a chiropractor. Since the most common injuries associated with this type of accident are sprains, and strains of the spinal muscles and ligaments, it’s only natural that chiropractic care is the right treatment choice.
Typically, passenger can be hurt more than the driver, particularly in a side wreck or T-bone type of crash. Children can suffer the same injuries as adults and should be evaluated as such. Despite the feeling that a child can’t be hurt because there are no broken bones or bruising to the skin, they absorbed the force of the accident as well, often in car seats.
Whiplash is a common injury to accident victims but another complaint often made is that “they just don’t feel right”. There may be other symptoms present such as dizziness, headaches, blurred vision, back pain, neck pain, muscle stiffness or spasms, numbness and tingling, fatigue, difficulty sleeping, irritability, memory loss and difficulty concentrating.
Auto accidents can also cause post-traumatic osteoarthritis. This causes discs in the spine to degenerate and create scar tissue formation leading to chronic stiffness. This can damage your posture, if not treated, producing a slumped or hump back appearance.
At Figurelli Chiropractic Wellness Center, besides the initial diagnosis and treatment of soft tissue and joint injuries, you may be referred for x-rays or MRI (if needed). These will be used to detect for any structural damage. We routinely evaluate and treat accident victims and make appropriate referrals to other health care professionals when needed. Our primary responsibility is providing the proper care and submitting the required medical reports to the insurance companies or attorney, so the rights of the patient are protected.
If you have been in an auto accident recently, there are some important decisions you need to make. It is critical to make the decision to be evaluated for chiropractic treatment, one of the first. So you can get under care and begin the road to recovery.