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La Mesa Chiropractor | La Mesa chiropractic care | CA | About Chiro

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                                                       Gary M. McDowell, DC, CCSP, QME
          Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner | Qualified Medical Evaluator

8300 University Avenue
    La Mesa, CA 91942 
       619-670-7700

About Chiro
 

Allergies:
Chiropractic can help reduce the severity and the frequency of your allergies.  It doesn’t work as a direct, short term relief from allergies like anti-histamine. Chiropractic equips your body to fight against allergies more effectively.

Allergies are a reaction by your immune system to an allergen resulting in sneezing, coughing, congestion, hives, rashes, and in severe cases, seizure and anaphylactic shock. These symptoms are caused by the histamines in your immune system  that attempt to protect your body against the allergen.

When your spine is misaligned, it can impinge on your body’s nervous system.. When your nervous system is under stress and not functioning properly, your immune system cannot work at an optimal level. Chiropractors work with the nervous system by aligning the spine to relieve any stress on nerves. This allows the immune system to work more effectively, making it easier to fight off infections while recognizing allergens. With your spine properly aligned,  your immune system recognizes allergens.  Now it will not overreact to them, or at least not react as severely to them.

If you suffer from allergies, chiropractic can help you find relief. Schedule an appointment today.

Back Pain:
Pain along the spinal column in your back is usually caused by subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae. Even a small misalignment can cause pain by putting pressure on nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage.  

If you are experiencing back pain, visit us today.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
This condition is most commonly associated with people who are constantly using a computer or doing repetitive motions with their wrists. Typing, combined with poor posture, can cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Symptoms include pain, numbness, weakness, or a burning sensation. The nerves in the fingertips travel through the wrist, up the arm, and into the neck. The spine is the center of the nervous system, and the pain in your hands and wrists can be relieved by your chiropractor with concentrated spinal and joint adjustments. 

Disc Problems:
Intervertebral discs are positioned between the vertebrae in the spine. The outside of a disc is made from cartilage, and in the center is a jelly-like solution. These discs serve many purposes, including allowing movement of the spine, creating space between the vertebrae, and acting as shock absorbers. The gelatinous middle allows the disc to compress and expand based on impact and movement. Trauma to the spine can cause the discs to herniate, bulge, become displaced (slipped disc), or even rupture. Trauma or direct injury to the area is not the only cause of disc problems. As we get older, the discs can begin to weaken and dehydrate. These conditions can put pressure on the nerves around the spine and cause pain.

If you suffer from disc trauma or disc pain, you should see a chiropractor. In many cases, you can experience relief from these conditions through chiropractic without having to go through surgery that is risky, expensive, and requires recovery time. By properly aligning the spine, pressure can be relieved on nerves and on the discs themselves. This will reduce and hopefully eliminate your pain and discomfort and allow you to live a normal lifestyle. 

Fibromyalgia:
Fibromyalgia is a condition that we still do not know much about. There is no specific known cause, and it could be brought on by many different factors. The main symptom of fibromyalgia is chronic pain throughout the body, mainly located in joints. The pain may be achy, sharp, radiating, burning, or shooting and it may be mild or severe. Fibromyalgia has also been known to bring on other conditions like trouble sleeping, headaches, depression, and anxiety.

While there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, chiropractic treatment can help to uncover what may be causing the pain and also provide relief for the pain. The cause of fibromyalgia could be physical, mental, or emotional, so a full examination will be performed. Adjustments and chiropractic massage can be used to relieve pain from the affected areas. The added effects of chiropractic treatment such as increased energy levels, better circulation, and a stronger immune system can also help to fight the effects of fibromyalgia.

If you are experiencing symptoms of fibromyalgia, schedule a consultation with us, so we can start you on your road to recovery.  

Headaches:
Many people believe that headaches are caused by loud noise, being tired, or being stressed. While these are all factors that can lead to headaches, the direct cause is tightness in the neck and shoulders. The tightness can cause misalignments in the vertebrae of your neck, resulting in pain. Eighty percent (80%) of all headaches originate from the neck. With a typical cervicogenic (neck origin) headache, a person usually feels pain starting at the base of the skull which radiates into the temples, eyeballs, and forehead. Massage of the neck and shoulder muscles can release tension, and a chiropractic adjustment can realign the vertebrae in your neck.

Chiropractic can help eliminate the cause of your headaches and offer more than  a temporary relief from the symptoms. 

Joint Dysfunction:
Joint dysfunction occurs when joints become stiff and full movement is restricted. It can be caused by an injury, poor posture, overuse/underuse of a joint, muscle imbalance, as well as other factors. Like arthritis, joint dysfunction can cause pain in the joint and the surrounding muscles, and can also cause problems in other parts of the body due to overcompensation.

One common form of joint dysfunction is sacroiliac joint dysfunction, which occurs where the base of the spine meets the pelvis. It causes low back pain and prohibits movement. This condition is often misdiagnosed because the symptoms are similar to sciatica or a herniated disc. Your chiropractor can properly diagnose this condition and provide relief. Using specific adjustments for the affected joint can return proper mobility and relieve pain.

If you have joint pain, visit us soon for relief.

Osteoarthritis:
Osteoarthritis is a condition that is caused by the wearing down of the cartilage between joints. Some of the major joints that are affected are the knees, hips, back, neck, and hands/wrist. Arthritis can be painful and can cause the affected areas to  malfunction.. Osteoarthritis in one area can also cause problems in a different joint. For instance, if you have osteoarthritis in your left knee, you may compensate for this by putting more pressure on your right side, leading to right hip problems.

Pain killers can  give temporary relief, but  they are not a good long term solution. Chiropractic can alleviate pain by releasing pressure on the nervous system with proper alignment. It can also restore proper joint movement, helping to ensure that you use proper motion so that you do not cause injury to other parts of your body. We are not concerned strictly with the affected area, but rather the body as a whole. We aim to restore and maintain proper movement and functionality to increase your overall well-being. 

Neck Pain:
Pain along the spinal column in your neck  is usually caused by subluxations, or misalignments of your vertebrae. Even  a small misalignment can cause pain by  putting pressure on nerves. Left untreated, these subluxations can cause muscle spasms and increasing pain. Chiropractic adjustments properly align your spine so that pressure on joints and nerves is released. It is a direct treatment for the cause of the pain, not a temporary relief like pain relievers or massage.  

If you are experiencing  neck pain visit us today.

Pinched Nerve:
When a nerve is squeezed or compressed it is called a "pinched nerve". This can be caused by spinal misalignments, bulging or herniated discs, or other factors. The increased pressure on the nerve causes inflammation, pain, and sometimes muscle spasms.  An examination can reveal the cause of the pain, and an adjustment can relieve the pain by properly aligning the spine.

Sciatica:
Sciatica is a condition that results when the sciatic nerve becomes irritated. Bulging discs, spinal subluxations, and muscle spasms can all cause increased pressure on the sciatic nerve. When this happens it causes pain, numbness, and weakness in the lower back and leg. To properly treat sciatica, the cause of the condition needs to be diagnosed and properly treated. Your chiropractor can help you do this.

Whiplash:
Whiplash is a common injury for people involved in car collisions. When a car is struck from behind or collides with another object, it causes the neck to snap back and forth violently. This causes the muscles and ligaments to overextend, leading to strains and/or tears. This is referred to as soft tissue damage, and can cause stiffness and soreness. Whiplash can also cause structural damage such as misaligned vertebrae, herniated, bulging or ruptured discs, or nerve damage due to the overextension.  

Chiropractic can help.  Adjustments and alignments can be performed specifically for those who have been in car accidents and suffered from whiplash. The pressure on the discs and nerves is released when the spine is returned to its proper alignment. Chiropractic massage can be used to help relieve the pain and discomfort from soft tissue injuries.

If you have been in a car accident, schedule an appointment with us before relying on pain medications and surgery.

Maintenance Care:
We have discussed many conditions that can be relieved through chiropractic. The best way to treat these conditions is to prevent them before they even start. Regular chiropractic visits can help to prevent physical problems and injuries from occurring. Other potential benefits of regular chiropractic visits are increased flexibility and mobility, higher levels of energy, improved posture, a more effective immune system, better circulation, and an overall better feeling of well-being.


 

Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15965403?dopt=Abstract

 
 
 
La Mesa Chiropractor | About Chiro. Dr. Gary McDowell is a La Mesa Chiropractor.