2 Locations in Nassau County:

Oceanside

516.764.7760

Valley Stream

516.593.7990

January, 2017

What is Spinal Subluxation and How Does Chiropractic Treatment Help?

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractor in Valley Stream

Chiropractic care involves a special focus on spinal manipulation and treatment of surrounding structures. Chiropractors while providing chiropractic services will focus on investigating the level of your spinal health. They will check for areas of spinal misalignments and joint restrictions called spinal subluxations.

The International Chiropractors Association defines ‘spinal subluxation’ or ‘vertebral subluxation’ as “the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body”.So this common chiropractic term is used to describe a specific set of signs and symptoms of the spinal column which can affect both adults and children. Subluxation can be found in the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back) or lumbar (low back) region.

It is important to detect spinal conditions before they become more serious and difficult to correct. Usually presented with pain and sometimes difficulty in turning your spine, this can lead to major issues. These structural and functional issues can interfere with the smooth functioning of the nervous system and with the control and regulation of bodily functions. As your nervous system controls the cells, tissues, organs and systems of your body, vertebral misalignments will affect your overall health.

Chiropractors use a variety of tests to detect spinal misalignment:

  • X-rays to screen for tenderness, muscle spasm, joint restriction and misalignment – the common indicators of spinal subluxation
  • Checks for leg length imbalance and muscle weakness
  • Instruments to evaluate spinal muscle tone problems or skin temperature variations
  • Neurological tests
  • Orthopedic tests to check the structural and functional integrity of the spinal column and rule out nerve injuries

With this and other comprehensive assessment, your chiropractor will develop a treatment plan to correct the spinal misalignment and ease the areas of restricted subluxation.

Chiropractors treat spinal subluxation with special manual adjustment techniques. Hands-on manipulation of the spinal column using diversified and non-force techniques can effectively reduce or eliminate pain and restore function and balance. The adjustments will work to:

  • realign the spinal joints
  • stretch constricted muscles and ligaments
  • improve circulation in the area
  • Address chronic joint pain and inflammation
  • stimulate nervous system

Along with this, the chiropractor may recommend specific exercises to correct postural distortions and structural misalignments.

Serving the Long Island area, CHG has chiropractors who are highly skilled in assessing patients and helping them enhance their spine health levels with customized treatment plans.

Musculoskeletal Pain - Causes, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Musculoskeletal Pain

Chiropractor in Valley Stream

Musculoskeletal pain can be caused by musculoskeletal disorders or a fall, slip or something as simple as lifting or pushing. Work injuries, repetitive actions or overstress to the joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves or bones when performing routine activities, could cause musculoskeletal pain. Jerking movements, sprains, fracture, dislocations, direct muscle blow and sprains could all cause pain in the concerned part of our musculoskeletal system. Inflammatory and degenerative conditions, MSD scan also impair range of motion. Usually patients consult an Orthopedist, Chiropractor or a Physical Therapist for these issues.

Symptoms

The symptoms of musculoskeletal pain vary based on the kind of the injury or overuse. Pain can be acute or chronic and symptoms could also differ among individuals. Common symptoms include:

  • Pain can be widespread or localized, and increase upon movement
  • Overall stiffness and aching in the whole body
  • Muscle stress and strain
  • Muscle spasms and cramps
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Fatigue

Musculoskeletal conditions cause more than just pain. They could affect your overall quality of life. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is important to consult an orthopedist for a diagnosis.

Importance of Accurate Diagnosis

The diagnosis would identify the root cause of the pain or discomfort you’re experiencing. The doctor will review your medical history, perform a physical exam, and review your symptoms to identify the possible causes of the pain. X-rays, CT scans, MRIs and laboratory tests will be conducted to check out the bones, cartilage, muscles, ligaments and tendons. In a multispecialty rehabilitation center, orthopedists will work with other healthcare providers to diagnose pain accurately.

Treatment Options

Non Invasive treatment options available include physical therapy, chiropractic care providing modalities such as heat or cold therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises, therapeutic massage. Anti-inflammatory medications and muscle relaxants are usually prescribed by physicians if needed. Surgery is recommended only in severe cases.

Use of minimally invasive techniques such as arthroscopy that involve just tiny incisions to examine and treat patients, minimizing the trauma of surgical intervention are used at times to get patients back to regular activities quickly. The treatment prescribed would depend on the definitive diagnosis of the root cause of your musculoskeletal pain and the muscles, ligaments, bone, tendons or joints that are affected.

Chiropractor in Valley Stream

At Comprehensive Healthcare Group our practitioners provides noninvasive and invasive treatments at our locations in Valley Stream and Oceanside in Long Island, New York.