Is Chiropractic Treatment Safe during pregnancy?

In now word: YES!! It’s an effective, non-invasive treatment that can help with the aches and pains that so often is associated with pregnancy. And a properly aligned spine can help make both pregnancy and delivery more comfortable.

Back pain during pregnancy has both mechanical and hormonal causes. Mechanically your centre of gravity moves forward as the baby develops which causes an increase in the curve of your low back and thus the load on the joints, ligaments and muscles of the spine and pelvis. Hormonally the body produces greater amounts of pregnancy hormones which results in a loosening of ligaments and joint capsules.

Chiropractic Treatment Safe during pregnancy

Bearsden Chiropractic in Glasgow offer a safe, gentle and drug free alternative for the relief of pregnancy-related discomforts including pelvic girdle pain, lower back pain and sciatica.

The treatment restores normal function to the body and helps relieve the joints from the added stresses at this time. This generally results in less pain for the mother-to-be and more room for the developing baby so that both mother and baby experience less physical and emotional stress.

Looking for a safe and natural way to ease discomfort during pregnancy? Check out chiropractic care!

Trapped Nerve in the Lower back / Sciatica

The Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment for Sciatica

Sciatica refers to irritation/pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower spine all theway down the back of each leg. This condition usually occurs when there is pressure on the nerve due to a herniated disc in the spine or spinal stenosis.

This condition gives rise to severe and more or less constant pain in the leg going all the way downto and affecting the foot. In most cases the pain is so strong that standard painkillers do not even touch it. It’s often associated with tingling or pins and needles in the foot, numbness and even weakness of the muscles below the knee.

These symptoms are not the same as coming from ‘mechanical back pain’ which by far is the most common form of lower back problem diagnosed. ‘Mechanical back pain’ usually starts in the small of the back and may spread to include the hip area and into the front or the back of the thigh. It rarely extends below the knee. ( see post on Mechanical Back Pain) The two most common causes of Sciatica, are Disc Herniation (often referred to as a slipped disc) and Degeneration (aka wear and tear).

Lumbar Disc Herniation:

Tends to happen to people aged between 30-50 years but fortunately is not that common. The disc at L4/5 and L5/S1 are most commonly involved. It is a very painful condition and can take a bit of time to get resolved.

The intervertebral disc sits in the space between the bones which make up the spine. The disc normally acts as a shock absorber. It is made of two parts. The centre, called the nucleus pulposus, which is spongy and provides most of the shock absorption and the outer strong ligament rings surrounding it, called the annulus fibrosus.

A disc herniation happens when there is a weakness or injury to the outer fibers allowing some of the spongy material to ‘run out’ causing pressure/irritation to the nerve root as it leaves the spine.

Degeneration (aka osteoarthritis)

This tends to happen to people over 60 years of age. As we get older, several changes happen to the bones and soft tissues. The disc loses its water content and may begin to collapse, causing the space between the vertebrae to narrow. This causes the space where the nerve exits the spine to become smaller which may lead to Spinal Stenosis and Sciatica (trapped nerve).A thorough history and a full examination will help in identifying the cause of the pain and the appropriate treatment for you.

Chiropractic care is an effective method for managing sciatica symptoms. Through manual manipulation of joints and relaxation of the surrounding muscles, a chiropractor can reduce inflammation around compressed nerves and restore normal mobility in your affected spinal joints.

Our chiropractors will also give you exercises and stretches that can help alleviate discomfort associated with sciatica. Additionally, they may recommend lifestyle changes such as improved posture and diet modifications to support healing.

This is a very very painful condition and at times we may need to work with your GP who can prescribe some strong pain relief to take while we work on your lower back to get it functioning again. We will do our best to get you off the medication as soon as possible to avoid the side effects from it.

Torticollis (aka Wry Neck)

Torticollis is defined as a condition whereby the head becomes fixed in an abnormal and asymmetrical position, and is often accompanied by painful muscle spasms. There are different presentations depending on age and cause.

Most commonly the condition occurs in adults and is due to a painful spasm of the SCM (sternocleidomastoid) muscle in the neck resulting in the head being held in a rotated and flexed position. This is referred to as Acquired torticollis and can be a result of injury, muscle spasms, ear infection, tumour, or use of certain drugs.

Congenital torticollis is rare and occurs within hours or weeks of birth. The infant will present with a fixed asymmetry of the head which can be a result of birth trauma, or of the baby’s head being at an awkward position during the later stages of development.

Chiropractic treatment can help alleviate the symptoms of torticollis and restore normal motion to the neck. Once any underlying sinister causes have been ruled out the chiropractor can apply gentle manipulation to the joints in the neck to encourage normal function. In addition soft tissue muscle work, stretches, and exercises can all be used to help the condition. This is true of the congenital type also, very gentle joint and muscle work can help to reduce the tension in the neck and return the head to a normal position.

Tennis Elbow

Treating Tennis Elbow with Chiropractic Care

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is an inflammation of the tendons that attach to theoutside of the elbow, causing pain and discomfort. While tennis elbow is often caused by playing tennis—hence its name—it’s also common among other types of sports players, as well as manual labourer’s and those who are frequently using their elbows/forewasrm muscles in daily activities. Fortunately, chiropractic care can be very effective in treating
tennis elbow.

Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive stress on the tendons and muscle fibers that attach to the outside of the elbow joint. These muscles and tendons are responsible for controlling wrist motion and grip strength. When these muscles become overworked due to repetitive motion, they become inflamed, leading to pain and discomfort when moving or rotating your arm. This condition can be extremely debilitating, making it difficult to perform
everyday tasks such as opening doors , lifting the kettle or even shaking hands.

Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to help treat tennis elbow including soft tissue massage, elbow adjustments, stretching exercises, ultrasound therapy, taping techniques, electrical stimulation therapy and cold laser therapy. In addition to these treatments, chiropractors may also ask you to use icepacks to decrease the swelling.

We will always check your neck for any dysfunction as a loss of spinal movement can lead to a weakness in the arm muscles. This can at times be an underlying cause as you stand a greater risk of incurring tennis elbow if you have weak forearm muscles and then engage in some sort of activity that puts a lot of strain on your elbow.

We will also work with our patients to create a personalised treatment plan that fits their needs so they can get back into their normal routine as quickly as possible without exacerbating their injury. The goal is not only to reduce pain but also increase mobility while strengthening muscles around affected areas so they won’t be injured again in the

The Importance of Good Posture

Understanding Torticollis and How Chiropractic Can Help

Have you ever experienced neck pain that makes it difficult to move your neck? If so, you may be dealing with a condition known as torticollis. Torticollis is a disorder of the neck muscles that causes your head to tilt sideways and rotate to one side. It can be caused by several different factors, including poor posture and muscle trauma. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help alleviate the symptoms of this condition. Let’s explore how.

What Causes Torticollis?

Torticollis often develops due to poor posture or muscular strain. Sitting in one position for too long or sleeping in an awkward position can cause the muscles of the neck and shoulders to become strained, resulting in neck discomfort and limited range of motion. Other causes include injury or inflammation of the neck muscles, birth defects, tumors, or nerve damage.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

Chiropractors are trained to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders such as torticollis. They use manual manipulation techniques to adjust the spine and relax tense muscles that are causing pain and stiffness. This helps reduce inflammation, improve mobility, and relieve pain associated with torticollis. Additionally, chiropractors may also recommend lifestyle modifications such as ergonomic adjustments at home or work as well as specific exercises designed to strengthen weak muscle groups and improve flexibility.

Chiropractic care is an effective treatment option for those who suffer from torticollis. By using manual manipulation techniques along with lifestyle modifications and exercises prescribed by a certified chiropractor, patients can experience significant improvement in their symptoms while preventing future episodes of this condition from occurring. If you think you might be suffering from torticollis it is important to seek professional medical attention right away so that an appropriate treatment plan can be created for you based on your
individual needs.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain

Sacroiliac pain is a type of lower back pain that occurs at the SI joint, which connects the spine to the pelvis. The pain can range from mild to severe and is more often than not worse while sitting.

The sacroiliac joints (SI joints) are located between the sacrum, which is the triangular shaped bone at the bottom of the spine, and the iliac bones on either side of the pelvis. The joints are held together by strong ligaments and support the entire weight of the upper body when standing erect which places large amount of stress across them.
Sacroiliac joint pain can be caused by sprain/strain injury ( common), wear and tear of the joints, or very occasionally a forms of arthritis that cause inflammation, restrictions, and pain.

Conditions that affect the normal walking patterns, such as a leg length differences, or pain in the hip, knee or foot will also place increased stress on the sacroiliac joints and can result in strains or accelerated wear and tear of the joints. Another common cause of SI pain is pregnancy as the hormone relaxin is released to allow the ligaments to stretch in preparation for childbirth. This can cause increased movement in the joints which can cause increased stress and abnormal wear and tear. Sacroiliac joint pain during pregnancy is referred to as pelvic girdle pain ( see separate post on pelvic girdle pain ).

When you visit a chiropractor for sacroiliac joint pain we will likely perform an adjustment or manipulation of your SI joint(s.) This involves applying gentle pressure to the affected area in order to restore proper alignment in the spine, reduce inflammation, and improve mobility in the joint. We also use soft tissue techniques to relieve any associated muscular tensions.

Rotator Cuff Problems

How Chiropractic Care Can Help with Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator cuff injuries can be incredibly painful and inconvenient. Many people don’t know that chiropractic care is an effective way to treat these types of injuries, as well as other types of shoulder pain. Chiropractors are trained to identify the underlying cause of shoulder pain and provide treatments that address the specific needs of each individual patient.

What Is A Rotator Cuff Injury?

The rotator cuff is made up of four muscles—the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis—which surround the head and neck of the humerus (upper arm bone). These muscles are very small but very important for proper shoulder function. They help move your arm away from your body and up toward your head. A rotator cuff injury occurs when one or more of these muscles are injured or strained, resulting in pain and limited mobility in the shoulder joint. The Supraspinatus is the muscle most commonly injured.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Your chiropractor will check the shoulder function but will also assess the muscle balance and examine the neck and upper spine to find out how to best improve the biomechanics of the whole shoulder girdle. Often rotator cuff problems is associated with a mechanical neck problem (restricted movement) why it’s important that we check and treat more than just the painfull muscle.

Chiropractors specialise in treating musculoskeletal injuries such as rotator cuff injuries.Their treatment approach focuses on restoring alignment and function to the joints and muscles in order to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and promote healing. The goal is to reduce inflammation by freeing up any restrictions so that there is less pressure on the injured area. Treatments typically include manual adjustments to restore proper alignment, as well as soft tissue manipulation to reduce muscle tension and stiffness. Depending on the severity of the injury, treatment may also include therapeutic exercises designed to strengthen weak areas and increase flexibility in order for patients to return to full activity faster.

Benefits of chiropractic care for rotator cuff injuries:

Chiropractic care offers a number of benefits for people suffering from rotator cuff injuries: it encourages healing without surgery; it helps relieve pain naturally; it improves range of motion; it reduces inflammation; it strengthens weakened areas; and it increases overall joint health. Additionally, chiropractors can provide guidance on lifestyle changes that may help prevent future injury such as improving posture or modifying exercise routines.

Pulled Hamstring

Chiropractic Care Can Help Treat a Pulled Hamstring

The hamstrings play a crucial role in many daily activities, such as, walking, running,jumping, and controlling some movement in the trunk. The hamstrings cross and act upon two joints – the hip and the knee and they are influenced by the lumbar spine.

One of the most common injuries among athletes is a pulled hamstring. We see a lot of runners and footballers with this kind of injury.

To understand this injury, it is important to first understand the structures that make up this portion of the leg.

The hamstring itself is not actually a single structure. It is a group of four muscles that provide support between the pelvis and the knee. Three of the four muscles actually cross the knee joint and are connected to the tibia (lower leg) by a series of tendons; the fourth muscle connects at the knee joint. If you stand straight and bend forward to touch your toes, you will feel all four hamstring muscles being stretched (mentioned here to make you
aware of where the muscles are, NOT a good way to stretch hamstrings or lower back!!)

As far as the injuries are concerned, there are two types of pulled hamstrings. The most common involves the muscles in the back of the leg. The injury is caused by a sudden shock presented by jumping, kicking, or accelerated running. Those suffering from this injury will note pain in the back of the thigh along with swelling and, in some cases, bruising.

The second pulled hamstring injury involves the area where the muscle group meets the pelvis. This is the less common of the two, and manifests itself with pain in the buttocks and the back of the upper leg. The pain increases every time the foot comes in contact with the ground or it may be uncomfortable to sit for a long period of time.

Both types of pulled hamstrings can be treated by a chiropractor through deep tissue massage techniques ( we will refer you to one of our sports massage therapists for this), after we have done adjustments to the lumbar spine to increase mobility of the lower back. ** It is worth mentioning here that a chronic lower back problem can cause
tightness in the hamstrings. This increases the risk of sustaining a sprain/strain injury to the hamstrings (pulled hamstring).

Poor Posture

Poor posture is often the result of an individual’s daily activities and patterns of muscular dysfunction. Some muscles become tight or shortened while others lengthen and become weakened. Many factors contribute to  bad posture, including work, lifestyle and stress levels.

Having poor posture can also contribute to a number of problems as it affects the physiological functioning of the human body. Changes in posture can result in neck and back pain and headaches.

Changes in posture can present as rounding of the shoulders which may also be elevated, and a forward carriage of the head. This results in extra stress on the joints of the spine and the surrounding muscles and soft tissues. The shoulder joints lose stability which alters normal movement patterns of the arms.

Another common pattern seen is a forward tilting of the hips which increases the normal curve of the lower back and causes the stomach to stick out. As a result there is increased stress on the spinal joints of the lower back and pelvis.

Other common findings include unnatural tilting of the head, one shoulder or hip being slightly higher than the other, abnormal changes in gait, or feet that turn in or out.

Those who spend a lot of time sitting, such as drivers or office workers are at risk of developing poor posture. More recently there has also been an increase in children and adolescents with posture related back pain as a result of carrying heavy school bags (often incorrectly) and spending hours slumped in front of the television or gaming.

Poor posture is easily recognised by a chiropractor, as are the various musculoskeletal issues resulting from it.

Chiropractors use specific joint manipulations and mobilisations, and soft tissue therapies to address any muscular tension or weakness that has resulted from postural abnormalities. Although the chiropractor cannot force good posture on a patient, he or she can realign the structures of the back, neck, hips and pelvis, recommend exercises to strengthen the core muscles or address any muscle imbalance that may exist as well as giving ergonomic advice.

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain During Pregnancy and Chiropractic Treatment

Pregnancy is an incredible experience for many women, but it can also be incredibly stressful and uncomfortable. One of the most common issues pregnant women experience is pelvic pain, which can range from mild to severe and can cause a great deal of discomfort. Fortunately, chiropractic care can help alleviate these symptoms and provide relief. Let’s take a closer look at how this type of treatment works for pregnant women.

During pregnancy the body releases a hormone called relaxin which allows the ligaments to stretch to accommodate the growing baby and allow passage through the pelvis during labour. As a result of this the pelvic joints can become misaligned and restricted more easily, resulting in muscle spasm, inflammation and pain. Increasing weight and the postural changes that occur also put more stress on the joints. This can cause them to
become strained.

As a result, many pregnant women experience pelvic pain, lower back pain, hip pain, sciatica, pubic bone pain, or tailbone pain. These symptoms can range from mild to severe and can interfere with everyday activities like walking or sitting down.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care focuses on restoring balance to the spine and pelvis by realigning them into their natural positions. This helps reduce pressure on nerves that may be causing pelvic pain, as well as improving overall joint function in other areas of the body like the hips and knees. Additionally, chiropractors specialize in helping pregnant women feel more comfortable throughout their pregnancies by providing special prenatal adjustments that focus on relieving pelvic discomfort. They also offer advice on exercises that are safe for pregnant women to do at home to help alleviate some of their symptoms.

Chiropractors also have extensive knowledge about nutrition during pregnancy and can provide advice on foods to eat (or avoid) to ensure optimal health both before and after childbirth. These nutritional tips are important because they help maintain energy levels throughout pregnancy so that mothers-to-be feel less fatigued during what can be a physically challenging time for them.

Conclusion:

Chiropractic care is an excellent way for pregnant women who are experiencing pelvic pain to find relief without having to resort to pharmaceuticals or invasive treatments like surgery. It!s safe, non-invasive, and tailored specifically towards helping expectant mothers maintain their comfort levels throughout pregnancy so they can enjoy this special time with confidence. If you!re suffering from pelvic discomfort during your pregnancy, consider consulting a local chiropractor who will be able to assess your individual needs and create
a personalized treatment plan just for you!