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Nashville Cervicogenic Headache Treatment

Nashville headache care by Sweeney ChiropracticWe know how difficult chronic headache pain can be. Sweeney Chiropractic and our staff have worked with many people in our Nashville chiropractic office, and we've had great success in helping people eliminate their headache pain.

Research Supports Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A 2016 research study verifies what we see in our practice. In this paper, the authors started with 110 individuals who were suffering from headaches that originated in the cervical spine. 58 of these patients were given a series of neck adjustments; 52 were given some stretches and exercises. The treatment period for both groups was four weeks.

The report found that the patients who received cervical and thoracic spinal adjustments "experienced significantly greater reductions in headache intensity, disability, headache frequency, headache duration, and medication intake as compared to the group that received mobilization and exercise."

The study also found that these outcomes were maintained at the three-month follow-up exam.

Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to treat chronic headache pain, back pain, neck pain, and many other health conditions. If you're tired of suffering, give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at our Nashville office at (615) 331-7040. We're here to help get you relief.

Research

Dunning JR, Butts R, Mourad F, Young I, et al. Upper cervical and upper thoracic manipulation versus mobilization and exercise in patients with cervicogenic headache: a multi-center randomized clinical trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016;17(1):64.

 

Don't Choose Drugs for Back Pain

Chiropractic Better Than Drugs for Back Pain

Here in our Nashville office, Sweeney Chiropractic has helped countless patients heal from back pain. If you are struggling with back pain, you've probably been tempted to take drugs to decrease the discomfort. You should understand that research indicates that chiropractic care is often a much healthier alternative than drugs when it comes to relieving this particular type of problem.

In a 2013 study published in the medical journal Spine researchers included 101 subjects who had suffered back pain for more than two days. Each individual was then designated to one of three groups. The first group, which was made up of 37 patients, received chiropractic care and a placebo of the medication diclofenac. The second group of 38 patients received sham chiropractic adjustments and the real drug. The third group of 25 people served as the control as those subjects received sham chiropractic care and also received the placebo, thus having no real care at all.

Both of the groups that received some form of treatment, whether through chiropractic or the drug diclofenac, fared better than the control patients who had no real treatment. However, when the two active groups were compared to one another, the patients who received chiropractic had results that were "significantly better" than those who took the medications.

Natural Healing with Chiropractic

Because chiropractic care is non-invasive and involves no use of medication, it helps enhance healing without unwanted side effects. For instance, anti-inflammatory drugs can result in ulcers, hypertension, and other serious health complications. Plus, the benefits of chiropractic care last longer as it's designed to correct the source of the spinal interference, not just treat the signs and symptoms.

If you're ready to get help for your back pain naturally, then chiropractic is for you. Make an appointment in our Nashville office with Sweeney Chiropractic today at (615) 331-7040. We'll help relieve your back problems in a healthy way!

References

von Heymann WJ, Schloemer P, Timm J, Muehlbauer B. Spinal high-velocity low amplitude manipulation in acute nonspecific low back pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial in comparison with diclofenac and placebo. Spine 2013;38(7):540-548.

 

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Car Accidents

We manage many car accident cases in in our Nashville office, and a common symptom we see in our patients is thoracic outlet syndrome. Why is thoracic outlet syndrome such a common symptom after a car crash? How can your chiropractor help you get better?

The thoracic outlet is a bundle of blood vessels and nerves that travel through your neck and shoulder to your arm. These vessels don't have a lot of room, so they pass underneath and through the strong bands of muscles that support your head.

In a crash, these muscles can be stretched and strained. If injured, the muscles become inflamed and tender, and they can develop scar tissue which limits movement and puts pressure on the tissues of the thoracic outlet. Pressure on the nerves can cause tingling or numbness in the shoulder, elbow and even the hand. Pressure on the blood vessels can also cause problems in the arm.

Nashville Thoracic Outlet Treatment

Chiropractic adjustments can be an effective way to treat thoracic outlet syndrome, as Sweeney Chiropractic will help improve mobility in your spine and restore normal nerve function in your neck and shoulder.

Sweeney Chiropractic is here in Nashville to help you recover from thoracic outlet syndrome. We've been helping patients since 2004 and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful assessment to figure out the root cause of your problem, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040 to make an appointment.

 

Relief from Tension Headaches with Chiropractic

Nashville Headache Treatment by Sweeney ChiropracticMany people suffer from headache pain, and tension headaches are a common problem in our busy lives. Postural problems and stress are common causes of tension headache pain, and ones that Sweeney Chiropractic and the team here in our Nashville chiropractic office have a lot of experience in treating.

Research Supports Chiropractic Eases Tension Headaches

The scientific literature confirms our findings: A 2016 study from Spain treated a group of 76 men and women with chronic tension headaches. The participants were divided into four treatment groups: 19 patients were treated with suboccipital inhibition (the doctor presses on the tight tissues at the top of the spine); 19 with chiropractic adjustments; 19 with both adjustments and suboccipital inhibition; and 19 received no treatment.

The authors reported that the spinal adjustments were effective at relieving pain, and that the best results were found when adjustments were mixed with the suboccipital inhibition.

When we get run down, the nerves and tissues in the neck can be disrupted, causing pain. Chiropractic works by removing these stresses and restoring the normal nerve function to the area.

We're Here to Help People Find Help From Tension Headaches

If you live in Nashville and are suffering from any kind of headache, we're here to help you get relief. Call Sweeney Chiropractic today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or more information.

Source

Espi-Lopez GV, Rodriguez-Blanco C, Oliva-Pascual-Vaca A, et al. Do manual therapy techniques have a positive effect on quality of life in people with tension-type headache? A randomized controlled trial. European Journal of Physical Rehabilitation Medicine 2016; February 29.

 

Why You Should Avoid Drugs for Back Pain

Nashville chiropractic back pain treatmentChiropractic is based on the approach of helping your body to naturally heal through spinal adjustments and lifestyle changes that promote wellness. For Sweeney Chiropractic, this means working to reestablish your body's natural performance to prevent the need for medications or surgery. We find that many of our Nashville patients are pleased to find a natural solution for their health issues.

One advantage of chiropractic care is that it helps people decrease or eliminate the use of drug treatments. Prescription medications are oftentimes supplied to individuals who have back soreness. This is such a serious problem that the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) issued a report stating that opioid (painkiller) dangers overshadow the advantages when prescribed for back pain.

Some of the most common narcotics, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, include hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin and Percocet), morphine, and codeine. Figures offered by the AAN cite the fact that about 50% of the patients taking these drugs for a period of three months are still on them five years later. This can further complicate the issue of back pain and recovery, especially if an opiate dependency occurs.

Compare that to chiropractic care which features natural healing and the advantages are crystal clear. While a pill might be helpful at briefly relieving the discomfort of a health condition, it's not a long-term solution to the problem. A drug won't mend your damaged spine; it will only cover up the pain.

Sweeney Chiropractic will first examine you to get to the origin of your back pain and then work with you to solve the spinal interference -- without the need for risky medications.

If you're ready for relief, naturally, give our Nashville office a call at (615) 331-7040 to make an appointment with Sweeney Chiropractic.

References

  • Risk of opioids outweigh benefits for headache, low back pain, other conditions. American Academy of Neurology;September 29, 2014.
  • What are opioids? National Institute on Drug Abuse. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/research-reports/prescription-drugs/opioids/what-are-opioids
 

Back Pain and Car Crashes

Back Pain is a common condition after a car accident, and it's something that Sweeney Chiropractic sees often in our Nashville office. Chiropractic can be very helpful for back pain symptoms after a crash. Let's see what causes back pain and why chiropractic works.

During a rear-end car crash, your car and car seat are quickly accelerated forward against your torso. Since car seats don't perfectly align with the curve of your spine, the car seat can put uneven force on your lower back. This can cause some of your spinal vertebrae to move in one direction while an adjacent vertebrae might move in another direction. This differential motion can sprain or strain the structures that hold your spine together. This kind of injury can cause chronic back pain if not treated promptly. Fortunately, chiropractic is one of the most effective ways to treat back pain.

Let us help you recover from back pain. Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many patients with the same condition, and we can probably help you, too. First, we'll do a careful examination to establish the root cause of your pain, and then decide how to restore your body's natural functioning. Ready to make an appointment? Give us a call at (615) 331-7040 and we'll get you back on the road to health.

 

Chiropractic Helps Prevent Lower Limb Injuries for Athletes

Nashville-sports-therapyWhen playing sports that require a lot of lower body motion, like football, soccer, and basketball, it's not at all uncommon to sustain some type of injury to your hips or legs. Between pulled hamstrings, sprained ankles, knee injuries, and more, many athletes have found themselves out of commission. Sweeney Chiropractic has seen all of these problems in our Nashville patients. The good news is, chiropractic can help prevent some of these injuries from developing and research proves it.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Sports Injuries & Recovery

Sweeney Chiropractic keeps current with all of the recent scientific research, and in a paper published in BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, researchers from Macquarie University in Australia studied 59 semi-elite Australian Rules football players. Roughly one-half were placed in a control group and the others were put in a therapy group that received sports chiropractic care at regular intervals. During the first six weeks, this meant engaging in care once a week. The following three months consisted of an adjustment every two weeks before reducing those to one visit monthly for the final three months of the study.

The authors noted that there was a "significant" decrease in the number of lower limb strains the players received in the treatment group when compared to the control. Furthermore, they observed that the subjects who received chiropractic also had fewer weeks of missed practice and games as a result of non-contact knee injuries. This led them to conclude that sports chiropractic intervention should be added to "the current best practice management."

Every major sports team in the United States and the US Olympic Team has chiropractors on staff for their athletes, because they know that chiropractic works. If you live near our practice in Nashville and would like to see if Sweeney Chiropractic can help you boost your performance or reduce sports injuries, give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment.

Sweeney Chiropractic Can Help Patients Find Relief From Sports Injuries and Recover Faster

If you're suffering from severe pain, Sweeney Chiropractic and our staff are here to help you recover. Give our Nashville office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment today.

Reference

Hoskins W, Pollard H. The effect of a sports chiropractic manual therapy intervention on the prevention of back pain, hamstring and lower limb injuries in semi-elite Australian rules footballers: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2010;11(64).

 

Faster Sciatica Recovery with Chiropractic Adjustments

In our Nashville practice, it isn't uncommon for us to see people suffering with sciatic nerve pain, and Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many of these people improve with chiropractic. What makes chiropractic care so beneficial to those who suffer with this condition? First off, it shortens their healing time and a Norwegian research study confirms it.

In the article, which took place in a Norwegian hospital's orthopedic department, researchers looked at 44 patients who presented with sudden low back pain that was identified as acute sciatic nerve pain. The individuals were all treated by a chiropractor, with the mean follow-up being two years after treatment.

The researchers discovered that all but two patients went back to work after receiving chiropractic care, which is a 95% success rate. Furthermore, the average period of time that the individuals spent off work "was reduced by two thirds as compared with that associated with conventional medical treatment."

Given the fact that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that over 170,000 workdays were missed in 2013 due to employees dealing with back or spine-related issues, that is about 112,500 work days that could potentially be recovered each and every year solely by receiving chiropractic care. Not only could that increase work productivity, but it would also reduce costs to businesses and employees from lost work.

If you live in Nashville and you suffer with sciatica pain, Sweeney Chiropractic is here to help. Give us a call at (615) 331-7040 and we'll work with you to find the source of your sciatic pain and get you back on the road to health.

Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30(2):135-139.

 

Nashville Neck Pain and Headache Care

Nashville neck pain and headache treatmentHeadache and neck pain are common problems that affect millions of men and women around the world. If you are dealing with this type of issue, you're not alone. The good news is that chiropractic care is the best way to not only treat these common issues, but also help avoid future episodes.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With Neck Pain and Headaches

For many years, patients with neck and headache pain in Nashville have been helped by the chiropractic adjustments of Sweeney Chiropractic. Our success is supported by a recent review done in Canada that found that non-surgical, non-drug solutions are the best choice for neck and headache pain.

The study looked at 15 studies from 1990 to 2015 and found that conservative treatment comprised of chiropractic adjustments, exercises, and stretches was advisable before resorting to drugs or more invasive procedures.

Past studies have shown that chiropractic is effective and safe for neck pain and many other health conditions.

We Can Help Patients Find Comfort From Neck Pain and Headaches

If you're suffering from neck pain or headaches, Sweeney Chiropractic and our staff are here to help you heal. Give our Nashville office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment today.

Reference

Varatharajan S, Ferguson B, Chrobak K, et al. Are non-invasive interventions effective for the management of headaches associated with neck pain? An update of the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders by the Ontario Protocol for Traffic Injury Management (OPTIMa) Collaboration. European Spine Journal 2016; February 6:1-29.

 

Nashville Chiropractic Care for Headache

Nashville neck pain and headache treatment

There are many different kinds of headache, but one of the most common types is known as "cervicogenic headache," or headaches that start in your neck.

Sweeney Chiropractic sees a lot of patients in our Nashville office who are struggling with frequent headaches. Fortunately, chiropractic adjustments can often help, potentially reducing these types of headaches by 50 percent, and research confirms it.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Cervicogenic Headaches

A study was conducted involving 80 participants who reported experiencing at least five cervicogenic headaches during the prior three months. The goal was to discover how effective chiropractic care was for this type of head pain, as well as to ascertain the number of treatment sessions necessary to achieve a positive effect.

The individuals were divided into four separate groups, so that each group was similar in age, gender, number of cervicogenic headaches, and their intensity. Of the four groups, two engaged in chiropractic treatments and two received light massage. Furthermore, one group assigned to each treatment received eight sessions and the other group received twice that amount.

Each person was assessed based on head pain, neck pain, and disability prior to the study and 12 and 24 weeks after treatment was complete. The researchers found that those who received chiropractic as opposed to massage reported fewer headaches at the conclusion of the study. Furthermore, improvements were maintained when checked six months after treatment ended.

Additionally, participants who were taking medications for their headaches were able to lower their intake after completing the study. Those who received chiropractic had lower drug usage 24 weeks post-study.

We Can Help Clients Find Relief From Head Pain

Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many patients who were suffering from headaches in our Nashville office. Call us today at (615) 331-7040 for more information or for an appointment.

Reference

Haas M, Spegman A, Peterson D, Aickin M, Vavrek D. Dose response and efficacy of spinal manipulation for chronic cervicogenic headache: a pilot randomized controlled trial. The Spine Journal 2010; 10: 117-128.