If our doctors of chiropractic are not able to diagnose and correct what’s causing your health condition, we will recommend you to other health care professional who may be able to help. At the SPINE Chiropractic Center, your health is our primary goal.
You may send your inquiries to Dr. T.J. Meyer at info [AT] ourspine.com. Or call your Alamo chiropractors at 925-939-7778.
Read what other patients have to say about the SPINE Chiropractic Center at http://ourspine.com/testimonials.
Statistics pertaining to chiropractic treatment include:
- In 1997, Americans made approximately 192 million visits a year to chiropractic care centers. It was also estimated that 88 million of those visits were to relieve back or neck pain.
- In one latest survey, more than 40% of individuals getting chiropractic care were being treated for back or lumbar pain. Over 50% of those surveyed reported that their symptoms were persistent (chronic).
- Health conditions that are usually treated by doctors of chiropractic include back pain, neck pain, headaches, sports injuries, and recurring strains. Individuals also look for treatment for pain related to joint disorder, like arthritis.
Each form of health care can carry some risks and the media usually sensationalize those risks and bring about fear. But, what are the real figures? Below shows a comparison between spinal manipulation (chiropractic adjustment), spinal surgical treatment, and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs.
Risk Statistics: Chiropractic Care Versus Medical Care
Cervical Spine Manipulation:
Complication – 2.09 per million
Death – .268 per million
Cervical Spine Surgical Treatment:
Complication – 15,600 per million
Death – 6,900 per million
The Use of Anti-inflammatory drugs:
Serious gastrointestinal event (all ages) – 1,000 per million
Serious gastrointestinal event (65 and over) – 3,200 per million
Headache is one of the most commonly treated health conditions in our Walnut Creek chiropractic care center. There are lots of types of head pain and their causes vary, but “Muscular Tension Headache” is the most common type. Tension head pain usually originate from long term contraction of the suboccipital muscles. The suboccipital muscles connect the junction between the back of the skull and the bones of the neck. A number of factors are generally involved causing a common head pain, as follows:
- Inflammation of the muscles and other “trigger points.”
- Irritation of the joints and compression of the nerves.
- Dural traction on the spine and brainstem.
Nowadays, more and more individuals are inclined to sit for many hours with contracted postural muscles but with no significant physical exercise. Your muscle use up fuel and produce waste everytime there is contraction. Some of the waste products of this contraction are histamine, bradykinins and lactic acid, which are irritants. If they are not properly taken out of the muscle they can trigger muscular inflammation, pain and build up into localized tender parts generally known as “trigger points.”
Those waste products must normally be watered down and taken out of the muscle tissue by the circulation. This procedure depends on the regular “contract – relax” muscle cyle. When the muscle contracts it generates a force on the fluids in the muscle and drives the blood out transporting away muscular waste products. When the muscle relaxes the force falls and blood surges back in transporting essential nutrients and energy.
Whenever we sit or stand, we are making use of our back and neck muscles necessary to support our body. When these muscles are kept contracted for a long time (several hours spent sitting or standing), the muscles are producing irritative waste products, but not relaxing and burning themselves of the irritants. After a while these irritants will cause the muscles to shed their normal flexibility and resting length starting to be stiffened and shortened. These stiffened and shortened muscles, often supported by trigger points could cause head and neck reflex pain.
If you are curious on how chiropractors can help you treat your head pain, call our Walnut Creek chiropractic office at 925-939-7778.