The Physiology of Chiropractic Care
The study of the relationship between sensorimotor integration and chiropractic adjustments is helping chiropractors to explain the exact mechanisms that make chiropractic adjustments effect such positive changes in their patients.
What Is Sensorimotor Integration?
Sensorimotor integration is the ability to respond to sensory information in our environment with the appropriate motor or physical response. For example, we have all experienced the reflex response after touching a hot stove or sharp object. The harmful stimulus activates sensory pain receptors signaling the central nervous system to excite motor neurons to contract the muscle and remove the body from danger. Because of this sensorimotor integration we are able to move our hand away from the hot stove even faster than we can consciously feel the pain. Read more
Pain During Pregnancy Isn’t “Normal”
It’s surprisingly common for pregnant patients suffering from back pain to not seek help because it’s seen as a “normal” part of pregnancy, but it’s important to know that dealing with debilitating pain that affects your ability to perform day-to-day activities is anything but normal, even when you’re pregnant. One of the most common reasons mothers-to-be tend to not seek care is a reluctance to take medications while pregnant. The good news is that chiropractic care at Wellness Way Chiropractic in Milwaukee is a drug-free, non-invasive option that has been shown to be incredibly effective at helping establish pelvic balance and alignment, relieving the cause of most pain related to pregnancy while also optimizing the position of the baby for development and delivery. Read more
Improving Your Golf Game With Chiropractic Care
There’s a reason Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer have all relied on chiropractic care throughout their careers, and it’s not just for relief from their aches and pains. It’s the same reason chiropractors have been part of the official PGA Sports Medicine Team for decades. Even if you’re not in pain, adjustments can improve your posture, increase flexibility, allow for full range of motion and decrease the risk of injury. Now research published by the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine has confirmed what most pro golfers already know: regular chiropractic care can indeed improve your golf swing and, as a result, lead to improved overall performance of your play. Read more
What Is TMJ Dysfunction?
Temporal Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD), also known as TMJ syndrome, is a complex musculoskeletal condition involving the teeth and mandible in conjunction with the surrounding nerves, ligaments, connective tissue, and the 68 pairs of muscles that control the joint. TMJ syndrome symptoms can vary from case to case but those with the condition will often experience jaw pain, headaches, problems chewing, earaches, clicking and grinding, or difficulty opening/closing the mouth. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, the disorder affects approximately 35 million people in the United States, with women experiencing it four times more often than men. Read more
A Turning Point in the Treatment of Low Back Pain
For decades following the inception of the chiropractic profession in 1895, Doctors of Chiropractic and Medical Doctors were often at odds with each other. It culminated in a ruling by a federal judge that the American Medical Association had engaged in an unlawful conspiracy “to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession.” But since the 1980’s, mainstream acceptance of chiropractic has spurred collaborative research efforts into the effectiveness of spinal manipulation for the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
Thankfully things have changed since the early days of chiropractic. Today, the AMA recommends chiropractic care as a first line of defense against low back pain. According to the Journal of the American Medical Society’s Patient Page public education initiative, spinal surgery and other invasive measures are usually unnecessary and should only be considered if chiropractic and other conservative treatments are unsuccessful. Read more