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Fibromyalgia Treatment with Chiropractic

Nashville natural fibromyalgia treatmentIf you suffer with fibromyalgia, you are not alone, as Sweeney Chiropractic sees many people with this particular syndrome in our Nashville chiropractic clinic. Actually, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that roughly two percent of all adults in the US have fibromyalgia. Fortunately, chiropractic care is one treatment option that can provide positive results.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps Fibromyalgia

In a medical study released in mid-2015, 215 women and men with fibromyalgia were evaluated based on factors ranging from pain to quality of sleep to the levels of depression or anxiety they felt. Then they were split into two groups with one group receiving a multi-modal treatment plan for three months and the second group receiving the same program with the addition of chiropractic adjustments (specifically, to the upper neck tissues) for the same length of time.

The individuals who received chiropractic adjustments in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary therapy program reported greater results in all areas (pain, sleep, depression, and anxiety) at 12 weeks post-treatment when compared to the study participants who received multi-modal treatment without chiropractic care. Additionally, those positive benefits were long-lasting as the people reported continued improvement one full year later.

Fibromyalgia can significantly decrease your quality of life, both mentally and physically. If you're struggling with fibromyalgia, we might be able to help.

You don't have to suffer! To see what Sweeney Chiropractic can do for your fibromyalgia pain, call our Nashville chiropractic office today.

Studies

  • Fibromyalgia. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/fibromyalgia.htm on November 2, 2015.
  • Moustafa I & Diab A. (2015, July). The addition of upper cervical manipulative therapy in the treatment of patients with fibromyalgia: a randomized controlled trial. Rheumatology International;35(7):1163-74.
 

Chiropractic Care Effective for Herniated Disc Pain

Nashville chiropractic disc herniation treatmentUnfortunately, many of our Nashville patients are familiar with the pain caused by a herniated disc all too well. On a positive note, Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many people with disc pain, and a number of medical studies have confirmed that chiropractic can help patients recover from this kind of condition.

Research on Chiropractic for Disc Herniations

In one report, specialists from Switzerland recruited 148 patients who were suffering with pain in their lower back and legs due to a herniated disc (which was confirmed through magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI). Each person then received chiropractic adjustments that focused on the location of his or her disc problem.

Results were gathered after the first treatment session at set intervals--namely, 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 12 weeks, 6 months, and 1 year--to ascertain what type of short-term and long-term effects, if any, chiropractic offers when it comes to treating this particular problem. Among the data gathered was the individual's self-reported changes in both lumbar and leg pain.

Researchers found that, as a whole, the study participants reported "significant improvement" for both types of pain every time the results were collected. In fact, over 90% of the individuals reported that their pain "improved" within the first three months, with 88% still citing improvement one year after their first treatment session.

Even those patients who were defined as "chronic" still reported an improvement in pain at a rate of 89 percent one year beyond when treatment first began. This is the same positive result that was found in the following case study.

Case Study Results

In this report, a 26-year-old male had presented with disc herniation symptoms such as pain in the low back, left leg, and left groin area, along with left foot drop and muscle weakness. He had suffered with these problems for more than two years after sustaining a sports injury, and his disc herniation was confirmed via MRI.

After receiving chiropractic, "The patient responded favorably and his multi-symptom complex resolved within 90 days of treatment." In addition, the patient was still enjoying relief one year after the chiropractic intervention.

Studies like these show how beneficial chiropractic can be when it comes to alleviating herniated disc pain and reducing the symptoms they bring about. So, if you are suffering from back ache caused by a herniated disc and want to find some relief, chiropractic may well be an effective solution.

Don't suffer from chronic herniated disc pain. Give our Nashville office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for a consultation or appointment.

References

  • Leemann S, Peterson CK, Schmid C, Anklin B, Humphreys BK. Outcomes of acute and chronic patients with magnetic resonance imaging-confirmed symptomatic lumbar disc herniations receiving high-velocity, low-amplitude, spinal manipulative therapy: a prospective observational cohort study with one-year follow-up. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2014;37(3):155-163.
  • Polkinghorn BS, Colloca CJ. Treatment of symptomatic lumbar disc herniation using activator methods chiropractic technique. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 1998;21(3):187-196.
 

Natural Carpal Tunnel Treatment with Chiropractic

Nashville natural carpal tunnel treatmentSweeney Chiropractic sees a lot of people struggling with carpal tunnel syndrome in our busy Nashville chiropractic office. While some people think that the origin of this wrist-related pain is muscular, it's really a syndrome that stems from the nerves--and not just the nerves in your hands.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

A recent study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy assessed 71 women between the ages of 35 and 59 who were diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Upon investigating the subjects' neck range of motion, the researchers found that the women had reduced cervical mobility when compared to a healthy control group.

Furthermore, it was also discovered that the level of the women's reported carpal tunnel pain was connected to the lateral flexion of the cervical spine. In other words, the less mobility in the neck area, the higher the level of pain.

This research is very important, as you cannot successfully address a problem until you fully understand its cause. By understanding that the root of carpal tunnel pain is in the neck, this means that all-natural approaches like chiropractic can often restore normal function, eliminating the need for risky operations.

If you suffer with carpal tunnel pain, call our Nashville location and ask how Sweeney Chiropractic can help you get relief!

References

De-la-Llave-Rincon A et al. (2011, May). Women with carpal tunnel syndrome show restricted cervical range of motion. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy;41(5):305-10.
Simon H. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. University of Maryland Medical Center. Updated May 6, 2012. Retrieved from https://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/carpal-tunnel-syndrome on November 2, 2015.

 

Effective Back Pain Treatment

Nashville back pain treatmentWe see quite a few people with back pain in our Nashville practice, and Sweeney Chiropractic has been able to help many of them get relief with chiropractic. At the same time, recovering from back problems doesn't necessarily mean having to make a choice between chiropractic care and medical care, as many people use both types of care with great results.

Study Confirms Chiropractic and Medical Treatment Work Well Together

In a report published by the medical journal Spine experts1 looked at a group of active-duty military personnel between the ages of 18 and 35 who were suffering from both acute pain and limited function due to back symptoms. Some of the test subjects engaged in treatment via standard medical therapy, while the remainder were given chiropractic care together with regular medical care, as the authors wanted to see which group fared better.

The authors determined that the patients who received standard medical care in combination with chiropractic scored "significantly better" than the patients who received medical care alone; 73% reported positive benefits compared to just 17 percent of the medical treatment only group who reported the same amount of improvement. This was true regarding both pain and level of function at two and four weeks.

Therefore, integrating these two forms of care can greatly benefit you--the patient--offering advantages when compared to medical care alone. However, while chiropractic care and medicine can work alongside each other, chiropractic offers some unique advantages over medical therapy.

Where Chiropractic Care Is Successful

Although it might seem as if each approach plays a 50-50 role, there is one major benefit that chiropractic has over medical care and that is in patient satisfaction. In fact, a piece of research done at UCLA2 that was printed in the American Journal of Public Health found that, on average, chiropractic patients are generally more satisfied with their recovery than people undergoing medical care.

According to the experts, the main aspects that patients favored over medical care were "self-care advice and explanation of treatment." This isn't surprising, as chiropractors tend to spend much more time advising their patients as to how they can better their health on their own, as well as explaining more thoroughly what to expect from chiropractic.

Chiropractic Offers a Non-Invasive Approach

Without a doubt, the strategies associated with chiropractic are very different than those provided with medical therapy, but a large amount of the distinction is the fact that chiropractic is a natural approach to health and well-being. Instead of focusing on just relieving the symptoms, chiropractic care means finding the primary cause of your pain, which often results in greater improvement as you are tackling the problem at its source.

In addition, while medication is sometimes helpful for treating certain conditions, many health issues respond well to a natural approach such as chiropractic care. This means fewer negative side effects from medications and lasting recovery.

You don't have to suffer from back pain or other health issues. Give our Nashville clinic a call today at (615) 331-7040. We'll do everything we can to help you get and remain free from back pain.

References

  1. Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC. Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: results of a pragmatic randomized comparative effectiveness study. Spine 2013;38(8):627-634.
  2. Hertzman-Miller RP1, Morgenstern H, Hurwitz EL, Yu F, Adams AH, Harber P, Kominski GF. Comparing the satisfaction of low back pain patients randomized to receive medical or chiropractic care: results from the UCLA low-back pain study. American Journal of Public Health 2002;92(10):1628-1633.
 

TMJ Pain Relief with Chiropractic

Nashville TMJ pain recoveryAs trauma to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is often rather painful, we do our best to help our Nashville patients find relief as quickly and effectively as possible. In fact, Sweeney Chiropractic will tell you that the medical research shows just how much chiropractic can help ease discomfort in the jaw.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps With TMJ Pain and Discomfort

For instance, one study published in Physiotherapy Theory and Practice involved 15 participants with temporomandibular disorders who were treated with neck adjustments, middle-back adjustments, and trigger point therapy via dry needling. Individuals were assessed prior to these methods and at 15 days and two months post-treatment. The clinicians reported positive results such as reduced pain, greater jaw movement, and lower impairment at both follow-ups.

Another group of researchers carried out an analysis of almost 800 papers involving manual and manipulative therapy for conditions such as TMJ and found similar findings. The authors concluded that there is a "fair...level of evidence" that chiropractic care can help ease pain associated with jaw pain and other upper extremity disorders.

This is great news since the origins of TMJ are largely unknown. While injury to the jaw area can cause pain symptoms, there are other sources to consider as well, such as grinding teeth, osteoarthritis, and clenching of the jaw due to stress.

Sweeney Chiropractic Can Help Clients Find Relief From TMJ Pain

No matter what is making your jaw ache, call Sweeney Chiropractic today and make an appointment to come into our Nashville practice. We'll do our best to help you smile pain-free!

Studies

  • Gonzalez-Iglesias J et al. (2013, November). Mobilization with movement, thoracic spine manipulation, and dry needling for the management of temporomandibular disorder: a prospective case series. Physiotherapy Theory and Practice;29(8):586-95
  • Brantingham J et al. (2013, March-April). Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a systematic review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics;36(3):143-201
  • Oral Care. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/oral-health/guide/temporomandibular-disorders-tmd on November 2, 2015
 

Nashville Car Accidents and Chronic Pain

Nashville auto injury pain treatmentIf you live in Nashville and you've been in a car crash, you have to know that you don't have to suffer from chronic pain.

Research Shows Chiropractic Helps With Chronic Pain after an Auto Injury

We work with a lot of auto injury patients in our Nashville office, and a lot of these people are dealing with chronic pain caused by an old crash. In fact, research shows that a significant proportion of rear-end accidents lead to pain and disability even ten years after the initial injury.

Sweeney Chiropractic is here to help you avoid developing chronic symptoms by helping to restore the healthy function of your spine soon after a collision.

The most frequent causes of chronic pain are reduced flexibility of your spine and the development of scar tissue in your spine. The ligaments of your neck and back can easily be damaged during a collision, and chiropractic care works by decreasing inflammation and restoring normal movement.

We Can Help With Chronic Pain and Auto Injury Recovery

If you're nearby our Nashville office, and you've been injured in a collision, don't wait to get treatment. Sweeney Chiropractic is here for you. Give us a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or for more information.

 

Nashville Chiropractic Auto Accident Treatment

Nashville auto injury recovery and treatment by Sweeney ChiropracticEvery year, there are millions of auto accidents in the world, and a significant number of people end up getting hurt in a collision. While most accidents are "minor," chronic back and neck pain are still common health issues. The good news is that chiropractic care is a great way to address these kinds of injuries.

We've treated many auto injury patients in our Nashville office, and Sweeney Chiropractic has been treating people with these types of injuries since 2004. During a car wreck, your body is exposed to large forces that it simply wasn't built to deal with. These forces place strain and stress on your neck, shoulder, and back, and can cause damage to the ligaments that hold your spine together. A collision can result in a vast array of pain symptoms.

A ligament tear in the neck can cause pain, swelling, and radicular symptoms in the arm and hand. Chiropractic care works well for these types of problems, because chiropractic concentrates on restoring the healthy function and mobility of the injured areas.

Sweeney Chiropractic Can Help Clients Recover From an Auto Accident

Sweeney Chiropractic, your Nashville chiropractor, can help by decreasing inflammation in the injured area and can help decrease the creation of scar tissue that can cause chronic pain and disability.

You don't have to suffer from auto injury pain. Learn more about how we can help you get well here or call Sweeney Chiropractic today at (615) 331-7040.

 

Nashville TMJ Pain and Auto Injury

Nashville TMJ Treatment by Sweeney ChiropracticJaw pain is a fairly typical condition experienced by many people after a car wreck, and it can be hard for some physicians to find the cause of the problem. Complicating the issue, many times you won't develop TMJ pain until many weeks or months after a crash.

Sweeney Chiropractic has helped many individuals with jaw pain after an injury, and the medical research explains what causes these types of problems. During a crash, the tissues in your neck are commonly stretched or torn, causing ligament, muscle, or nerve damage. This can obviously cause pain in the neck and back, but since your nervous system is one functioning unit, inflammation of the nerves can cause issues in other parts of your body.

For example, with radicular pain, irritation of a nerve can cause prickling or numbness in the arm and hand. Similarly, it can affect parts of your body above the injured area, like your head and jaw. Headaches after a collision are very common because of neck injury, and the jaw works the same way. Sweeney Chiropractic sees this very often in our Nashville office.

Research Proves Chiropractic Helps TMJ Pain After an Auto Injury

Research shows that the source of many jaw or TMJ problems begins in the neck and that treatment of the underlying neck problem can fix the secondary headaches or jaw symptoms. The secret to resolving these symptoms is simple: Sweeney Chiropractic will work to restore your spinal column back to health, alleviating the inflammation, treating the injured tissues, and eliminating the irritation to the nerves in your spine.

Sweeney Chiropractic has found that jaw and headache symptoms often resolve once we return your spine to its healthy state.

If you reside in Nashville and you've been hurt in a crash, Sweeney Chiropractic can help. We've been working with auto injury patients since 2004, and we can probably help you, too. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040 for an appointment or consultation.

Ciancaglini R, Testa M, Radaelli G. Association of neck pain with symptoms of temporomandibular dysfunction in the general adult population. Scandinavian Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 1999;31:17-22.

Brantingham JW, Cassa TK, Bonnefin D, Pribicevic M, Robb A, et al. Manipulative and multimodal therapy for upper extremity and temporomandibular disorders: a system review. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2013;36(3):143-201.

 

What causes persistent pain after a motor vehicle accident?

Nashville auto injury treatmentOf the roughly 2 million rear-end accidents in the United States each year, a substantial number of folks end up experiencing chronic pain and disability. Some research indicates that 18% of people are still in pain 12 months after a crash.

Sweeney Chiropractic sees many car crash patients in our Nashville office, and we regularly see individuals who have been suffering for many years and have not been able to find relief. Sweeney Chiropractic has great success in helping these patients.

The Roots of Chronic Pain

During a collision, the ligaments of your spine can be stretched or torn. The damaged area becomes swollen and irritated and transmits pain impulses to the spinal cord and central nervous system.

Pain tells your central nervous system that something is wrong, which tells the muscle tissues in the damaged area to contract to shield the area from further damage.

If the injury isn't treated right away, a negative cycle develops. The hurt area keeps sending pain signals and each time, your central nervous system responds. This brings about a feedback loop in your nervous system that experts refer to as "central sensitization." Your nervous system basically becomes oversensitive to any kind of stimulation, leading to chronic pain.

Sweeney Chiropractic is able to help this kind of condition, as chiropractic is a proven way to restore the nervous system's healthy functioning. Studies show that adjustments are successful at reducing pain from auto collisions and shows that chiropractic in fact has positive effects on the pain centers of the brain.

If you live in Nashville and have been in a crash, you don't have to suffer with chronic pain. Give Sweeney Chiropractic a call today at (615) 331-7040 for a consultation or appointment.

  • Ferrari R. A prospective study of the 1-year incidence of fibromyalgia after acute whiplash injury. Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disease 2015; doi:10.1136/rmdopen-2014-000007.
  • Stone AM, Vicenzino B, Lim EC, Sterling M. Measures of central hyperexcitability in chronic whiplash associated disorder - A systematic review and meta-analysis. Manual Therapy 2012;18(2):111-7.
 

Lumbar Pain and the SI Joint

We see a large number of people with back pain in our Nashville office, and Sweeney Chiropractic has noticed that quite a few cases of back pain stem from the sacroiliac (SI) joint. Investigation shows that roughly 25% of all back pain begins in the SI joint, and now fresh research corroborates what we see in our clinic: chiropractic is an effective way to treat this issue.

In the study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, thirty-two women who suffered from sacroiliac joint syndrome were separated into two groups and asked to take part in one of two treatment methods. one group went through a chiropractic adjustment only at the sacroiliac joint, and the other group had an adjustment to the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine.

Specialists observed greater improvements in both pain and movement immediately after treatment, two days post-treatment, and 30 days later for the individuals who underwent high-velocity low-amplitude manipulation to both the sacroiliac joint and the lumbar spine. This demonstrates that chiropractic therapy applied to these two areas offers both prompt and lasting results for sacroiliac joint pain sufferers—even with only a single treatment round.

So, if you are dealing with sacroiliac joint pain, or live with back and leg pain and want to see if your sacroiliac joint is the source, a consultation at our Nashville office may be the first—and best—step towards recovery. Give our office a call today at (615) 331-7040.

Kamali F, Shokri E. The effect of two manipulative therapy techniques and their outcome in patients with sacroiliac joint syndrome. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 2012;16(1):29-35.