The spine and the nerves that connect to it are incredibly complex systems that require years of study to understand. While all doctors receive basic training on the health and care of the musculoskeletal system, they simply aren’t educated on all of the conditions that afflict it and their proper treatments. Surgery or long term use of narcotic pain medications are usually the only two options offered to patients with disorders like sciatica, compressed discs, or chronic pain with no apparent cause. Doctors of chiropractic care, such as Dr. Bosler, specifically focus on the health of the spine and nerves alone. If you’ve sought help from other doctors and received sparse testing or a general lack of interest in your care, visiting our clinic in New Haven could change your life.
The chiropractic care we offer our patients in New Haven is broken down into four main categories. We mix and match these treatments with other therapeutic types of care based on the problems you are facing. This allows us to relieve numerous symptoms without the need for surgical intervention or a lifelong addiction to pain killers.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
The practice of chiropractic care is based around the concept that a healthy spine follows a normal alignment. When the spine becomes misaligned, related discs and the nerves are easily compressed. Restoring natural alignment often relieves the pain and other symptoms that resisted more conventional treatments. The chiropractor applies a small amount of focused pressure to move vertebrae and to loosen joints that have become frozen in an incorrect position. Once the spine is aligned, it’s easier to access damaged nerves or relieve muscle tension that is also contributing to your discomfort.
Is a Chiropractic Adjustment Safe?
Many people worry that the popping noises and feelings of adjustment are causing damage to the spine. However, your skeleton creaks and pops anytime you stretch, even if you can’t hear it or feel it. Trained and licensed professionals like Dr. Bosler have the training, education, and experience you need in a chiropractic professional to give you peace of mind about your treatment. In addition, keep in mind that a chiropractic adjustment has a notably lower rate of associated risk than other notable medical procedures experienced daily by people around the world. For instance, taking an over the counter pain killer is 20 times more likely to harm you than a simple chiropractic adjustment. That is likely why there has been an even more noticeable increase in interest in chiropractic over the recent years.
In addition, keep in mind that a chiropractic adjustment has a notably lower rate of associated risk than other notable medical procedures experienced daily by people around the world. For instance, taking an over the counter pain killer is 20 times more likely to harm you than a simple chiropractic adjustment. That is likely why there has been an even more noticeable increase in interest in chiropractic over the recent years.
What Can Chiropractic Adjustment Do for Me?
If you are struggling with chronic pain, neuropathy symptoms like numbness, or low back pain, the issue may lie with your 24 vertebrae. A series of adjustments could restore proper alignment, improve your posture, relieve any number of related symptoms, and restore greater flexibility and range of motion. Many issues that affect the limbs originate in the spine, and therefore respond well to adjustment.
Cervical Spine Decompression
What Is Cervical Spine Decompression?
The cervical spine consists of the seven vertebrae that make up the neck column. When injury or poor posture causes compression of these vertebrae, the resulting pressure causes herniated discs that are extremely painful. This pain can radiate down the back or even cause limb pain and numbness without any symptoms actually affecting the neck. While surgical decompression is available, it often only works for a few years at a time or causes the problem to worsen. We offer a non-surgical cervical spine decompression option that uses traction and gentle stretching to correct this problem. This may release pressure on the discs and could even reverse herniated discs if completed as soon as possible.
What Are The Symptoms Of Cervical Spine Compression?
- Bulging and herniated discs noted on imaging tests
- Unusual wear to the spinal joints
- Nerve root damage that causes fatigue, chronic pain, and tingling
- Lack of flexibility and stiffness in the neck
Is Spinal Decompression Painful?
While even the lightest stretch can cause a little discomfort, this option is far less painful than surgery or even some types of massage therapy. The traction device features a padded harness to keep you comfortable as a computer carefully stretches the neck to release tension. Many patients start feeling better as soon as the process begins, while others require a few visits to notice a difference.
What Does Spinal Rehabilitation Involve?
Sometimes spine surgery is unavoidable. There are many life-threatening nerve and spine issues, such as acute Cauda Equina syndrome, which requires immediate surgery to repair. Other patients have their spines damaged during a car accident or other traumatic event. When the spine is damaged due to surgery or injury, careful rehabilitation is the best way to ensure it heals correctly. Careful treatment during the healing process will prevent scar tissue and misalignment that only make the pain continue long after the bones, muscles, and skin are healed.
Why Do I Need Spinal Rehabilitation?
Many patients visit our team because they are concerned that a potential or past spinal surgery will leave them struggling with permanent symptoms. Our team can help you reduce pain as you heal with ice and heat treatments, monitored stretching to prevent further damage, and electrostimulation to soothe irritated nerves. As the incisions heal, we can help you develop a set of safe exercises that build back muscle strength. This provides support for proper spinal alignment and increases blood flow to the area for faster healing.
Can Treatment Help If It Has Been Years Since My Surgery Or Accident?
If you missed your window for rehabilitation during recovery, don’t assume it’s too late for help. We can provide help for patients that have been struggling with pain and numbness for decades. If you can’t completely resolve the symptoms, we can at least help you manage them without pain medications.
What Is Vibration Traction Therapy?
While it may not sound very powerful, a little vibration can have big effects for your spine and joints. A few minutes on a vibration platform can relieve chronic pain, allow tensed muscles to relax, and calm nerves that are irritated due to compression. The powerful vibrations work on tendons, ligaments, muscles, and discs all at the same time.
Can Vibration Really Help?
Many patients are skeptical of vibration traction because it’s been shown that long-term drivers can suffer from serious back pain due to exposure to constant vibration. However, the seated position of a truck driver is what leads to compression and pain rather than relaxation. Our patients usually sit or lie on the platform, which allows their muscles and spine to relax.
What Conditions Are Usually Treated With Vibration Traction?
The relaxing effect of vibration treatment is indispensable when dealing with scoliosis and other misalignment of the spine. It’s very difficult and painful to try and restore alignment when the muscles of the back are tensed due to the pain of nerve compression. Relaxing the muscles gives our chiropractic care team better access to your spine. It can also work to support better disc alignment, especially when combined with other treatments.
Rest assured – you don’t have to decide which chiropractic treatments are right for you. Come in for an evaluation at our New Haven office, and we will discuss all of your options and make recommendations based on your lifestyle and needs. Even more, remember you are an invaluable part of this healing process. So, we work collaboratively with you as we develop goals and deliver treatments that work best for you. Whether you live in the New Haven, Fort Wayne, Woodburn, or surrounding areas, contact us for a prompt consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.