Chiropractors May Help TMJ

Gisborne Chiropractors May Help TMJ

tmjAmong the areas of the body that Gisborne chiropractors are able to help, many people are surprised to learn that the jaw is on the list. It’s easy to associate back pain and neck pain with chiropractic treatment, but people who suffer from TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder in Gisborne can also find relief.

What Is TMJ?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder refers to a group of conditions that affect the temporomandibular joint in the jaw. This joint connects your jaw to your skull, so it stands to reason that if you have issues with the muscles or ligaments that control its movement you may experience problems.

Some common symptoms of TMJ include pain in your jaw, cheek, teeth or front of the ear when you chew or yawn, clicking noises in the jaw, an inability to open your mouth wide or having your jaw lock when you are able to open it. You also may notice that your upper and lower teeth no longer fit together properly when you close your mouth. Some patients experience headaches, hearing issues, dizziness or earaches as part of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder.

Causes of TMJ

TMJ has a myriad of potential causes that your Gisborne chiropractors will explore when you book your appointment. Some of the known causes of TMJ include serious jaw trauma or dislocation, physical or emotional stress or even sitting in a dentist’s chair for long periods of time with your mouth wide open. The emotional stress doesn’t end up causing TMJ on its own, but if you tend to clench your teeth as a result, this may end up causing it. Statistics show that women are four times as likely to suffer from TMJ as men.

Can Chiropractic Help TMJ?

Once your chiropractor confirms that you do have TMJ, you’ll be given a treatment plan based on the specifics of your situation. Our team at Jackson Chiropractic wants to get to the cause of your problem, so every angle is explored before a thorough plan is created. Usually, a treatment plan for TMJ will include chiropractic adjustments, special exercises and possibly heat or ice to lessen pain if it is particularly painful.

If you have any of the symptoms of TMJ, schedule a consultation with a chiropractor as soon as possible. It’s also important that you follow any advice or recommendations given during that consultation and subsequent appointments. Every exercise and treatment is designed to remove the underlying cause of the problem and restore your jaw function back to normal.

At Jackson Chiropractic our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today.

Chiropractor Discusses Different Types of Headaches

Gisborne Chiropractor Discusses Different Types of Headaches

headaches and migrainesHeadaches are one of those health issues that can be mild and irritating, severe and debilitating or one of many degrees in between. They can build up slowly or come on suddenly, and no matter how bad it is, almost everyone wants a remedy as soon as possible. There are several different types of headaches that a Gisborne chiropractor can treat, so it is important to make an appointment if you suffer from any of the following.

Tension Headaches

A tension headache is probably the most common type people experience. Some of the common characteristics of a tension headache include; a pressing or tightening feeling, bilateral location, mild to moderate intensity, pain lasting from 30 minutes to one week. Tension headaches don’t normally include nausea or vomiting, but they may include light or sound sensitivity.  The presence of tension headaches is not attributed to another health disorder.

Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches aren’t as common as tension headaches, and they are often mistaken for something else. Quite often, a sufferer will attribute any bad headache pain to a migraine, but this isn’t always the case. Migraine is a condition that can be described as a recurrent headache that lasts up to 72 hours, featuring unilateral pulsating pain of moderate to severe intensity. Migraine pain includes nausea and/or sensitivity to light, and it is often made worse with normal physical activity.

Approximately 20% of migraine sufferers will experience a neurological symptom known as an aura before they get a migraine. Auras take the form of visual disturbances or other sensory disturbances. Sometimes, auras occur between migraine headache attacks. Migraines aren’t typically associated with any other health issue.

Cluster Headaches

Cluster headaches are quite different from both tension headaches and migraines, occurring in only about 1% of the population. While most migraine sufferers are women, men between 20 and 40 are the main recipients of cluster headaches. This type of headache produces severe pain around the eyes or along the side of the head. Attacks usually last from 15 minutes up to 3 hours and have been known to occur 8 times in a single day. Tearing, forehead sweating and nasal congestion may accompany cluster headaches. The intense pain makes some sufferers restless or agitated during the attack.

If you suffer from any of the above types of headaches and want a natural, non-invasive approach to ease your pain, a Gisborne chiropractor will take the time to assess every aspect of your lifestyle, medical history and body to find a permanent solution.

Contact our team today at Jackson Chiropractic to schedule an appointment or learn more.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Chiropractors May Help Scoliosis

Gisborne Chiropractors May Help Scoliosis

scoliosisAmong common back conditions, scoliosis is one that has the potential to cause a great deal of discomfort and immobility. Between 5 million and 7 million people in the United States are affected by scoliosis. Gisborne chiropractors have the ability to provide relief to many scoliosis patients, making their day-to-day lives more manageable.

What is Scoliosis?

Scoliosis is a condition of the spine where a lateral or sideways curvature of greater than 10 degrees develops. Most of the time, the cause of this unique curvature is unknown, but in around 20 percent of the cases things like neurological disease, trauma or tumors are responsible. Scoliosis with no known cause is called idiopathic.

If someone has functional scoliosis, it means that a postural issue, muscle spasm or legs that are different lengths is the cause. This type of scoliosis can usually be remedied. If the scoliosis is considered structural, various postural strategies are usually ineffective. Scoliosis is more common among girls and it typically develops between the ages of 10 and 15. It can also be passed down, so if a parent or sibling has it there is a higher likelihood of a younger child getting it.

Common Symptoms of Scoliosis

Some of the common symptoms of scoliosis include intense pain, reduced range of motion, reduced lung function and reduced heart function. Psychological problems including decreased self-esteem are also a common issue with people that have scoliosis. Around 80 percent of people with scoliosis have a curvature of less than 20 degrees, but since it occurs most often during adolescence, it is possible to see large increases in curvature within a short period. Scoliosis is usually diagnosed through physical evaluation and x-rays to determine the extent of the spinal curvature.

Chiropractic Treatment for Scoliosis

Some of the most effective treatments performed by Gisborne chiropractors for scoliosis include spinal manipulation, electric muscle stimulation and therapeutic exercise. This is an area that hasn’t received a lot of attention or research, but many patients with scoliosis that have had chiropractic treatment report an improvement in their condition.

Even if the spinal curvature is not completely corrected, any associated pain or issues that have been adding to the scoliosis discomfort will be addressed. Sometimes the change in posture and gait created by scoliosis causes other areas to overcompensate, causing pain and leading to new issues. Your chiropractor at Jackson Chiropractic will search for the underlying cause of all your structural aches and pains, and find the solution that works best for your specific situation.

At Jackson Chiropractic our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today.

Chiropractor Talks about Bulging Discs

Gisborne Chiropractor Talks about Bulging Discs

degenerationThe concentric rings made from cartilage and other materials that are located between your vertebrae are known as discs. These discs provide a cushion between the vertebrae, preventing them from grinding against one another while your spine is moving. Gisborne chiropractors have very good results when treating this type of problem, and this article will help to shed some light on the problem.

What is a Bulging Disc?

If you receive a diagnosis of a bulging disc, it means that a portion of one of your intervertebral discs is protruding past the outer edge of the vertebra. When this happens, the likelihood of the disc pressing on a nerve or other tissue increases. Bulging discs are common, and while they often remain asymptomatic, they do have the potential to cause debilitating pain in some cases.

A bulging disc can be caused by sports injuries or other trauma such as a bad fall or car accident. Regular aging can also cause a bulging disc, because the outer portion of your discs can become weaker over time. When pressure from the center of a disc stretches to the outer perimeter, a bulging disc may be the result.

What Are the Symptoms?

Symptoms of a bulging disc begin when the disc puts pressure on nerves in your spine. Almost 90% of bulging discs occur in the lumbar region of the back. In certain cases, pain can radiate from that area to your hips, buttocks, legs and down to your feet. If you happen to have a bulging disc in your cervical spine, you may notice pain radiating downward from your neck through your arms and to your fingers. In a worst-case scenario, a bulging disc can cause severe pain that almost limits mobility completely.

Bulging Disc Chiropractic Treatment

Chiropractic treatment for a bulging disc may include gentle spinal adjustment at the site of the problem, and exercises. Each patient is treated as an individual and treatment plans are customized for maximum effectiveness. Usually, several sessions are required to ensure the disc is successfully improved back to where it needs to be, and that the patient is making steady progress.

We hope this information helps you to make the best choice for your health.  Our chiropractic team at Jackson Chiropractic is here to assist you in any way we can.  Feel free to contact us today for more information

Chiropractic Care Helps Whiplash

Gisborne Chiropractic Office Helps Whiplash

whiplashOne of the most common injuries that people suffer from after an auto accident in Gisborne is whiplash. When a chiropractor books an appointment to see a patient after a car accident, it is often to treat the pain that results from a whiplash injury.

What Is Whiplash?

Whiplash is a term that is used by the medical profession to describe a neck injury that occurs as the result of a car accident. Being hit from behind or “rear-ended” is one of the most common type of auto accidents, and the one most likely to produce whiplash. When you are hit from behind, the head whips back and then forward, causing the injury.

How Is It Diagnosed?

When a Gisborne chiropractic office diagnoses a whiplash injury, your entire spine will be evaluated to ensure the only injury is in the neck. They will look for any areas that display poor range of motion, muscle spasm, general weakness and pain. In the acute phase, you probably won’t be able to turn your head comfortably and your head may hurt. Your chiropractor will also feel around your neck and back, looking for tender spots and tightness.

Chiropractic Treatment for Whiplash

When whiplash is still in the acute stage, a chiropractor may use gentle stretching, ultrasound and other techniques in an effort to reduce inflammation. You might also be advised to apply ice in order to reduce the swelling. After the initial swelling has subsided and the pain lessens, the treatment will turn to spinal manipulation to restore the normal blood flow and motion to your neck.
No one likes the thought of getting into a car accident, but you have little control over being hit from behind when you’re driving. If you think you may have whiplash, the key is to seek attention as soon as possible. If you’re not in a medical emergency, book an appointment with our team at Jackson Chiropractic so we can assess the situation and get started on the appropriate chiropractic treatment.

At Jackson Chiropractic our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today.