Here at Achieve Wellness Chiropractic and Nutrition Center, we specialize in chiropractic adjustments.
A chiropractic adjustment will make your body feel amazing. Other terminology for chiropractic adjustments are as follows: chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation, or spinal manipulation. The adjustment refers to the manipulation of the vertebrae that has abnormal movements and are not functioning properly. A chiropractic adjustment will assist in alleviating these issues. Dr. Ley provides Chiropractic Adjustments to the Timonium, Cockeysville, Hunt Valley, Towson, Baltimore, Reisterstown, Parkville, Hereford, and other surrounding areas.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to reduce the subluxation, increase the range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, and improve mobility. Our compassionate and qualified chiropractor will work with you to relieve this pain and get you back to being pain free every single day.
A chiropractic adjustment involves high velocity thrusts applied to the vertebra, relieving sensation, discomfort, and spasms in the surrounding muscles. It also releases joint cavitation, which is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide.
Although many people visit their chiropractor and have an adjustment when something feels out of alignment, a regular visit will help you avoid any pain in the future and will keep your body feeling great all day long.
If you are having one of those days when you are not in the best mood, an adjustment may actually help. Your body will feel much better, which will naturally improve your mood.
Degenerative Disc Disease
Degenerative disc disease is when natural changes in the discs of your spine cause pain. The discs between vertebrae act as shock absorbers for your spine, and as you age, they begin to lose flexibility. While this is a normal part of aging, it should not cause pain. If you experience pain due to this, it is classified as degenerative disc disease.
Each disc is composed of a sturdy outer wall and a soft, gel-like inner core. When we are born, these discs are primarily composed of water, but as age advances, the discs lose some of this water content and begin to get thinner. As you might imagine, this means each disc doesn’t absorb the shocks of everyday life as well.
Additionally, vertebral discs can develop small cracks as a result of regular, daily movement. The outer wall of each disc contains nerves, and these tiny tears can lead to pain if they occur near them. Depending on the severity of the crack, the soft, inner core may also begin to squeeze out, resulting in discs that bulge, which may also press on nearby nerves and cause pain.
Symptoms of degenerative disc disease may include pain that:
- Occurs in your lower back, buttocks, or upper thighs
- Gets worse when you sit, but improves with walking and moving
- Gets worse if you bend, lift, or twist
- Comes and goes, ranges from minor to severe, and lasts from days to months
- Improves if you change positions or lie down
What is Spinal Stenosis? Spinal refers to your spinal cord, which consists of vertebrae running down your back, and stenosis simply means narrowing. When these vertebrae start pressing on the nerves in our spinal cord, this narrowing begins.
Spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by arthritis, scoliosis, or injury. Symptoms may include: pain or numbness in the neck, back, or legs, trouble controlling bladder and bowel function, a burning sensation down the legs, loss of sensation, weakness, or cramping in the arms or legs, loss of sexual drive, or difficulty walking for long periods and distance, foot pain.
Spinal stenosis can be diagnosed through a variety of tests such as x-rays, CT or MRI scans, bone scans, EMG, or myelograms. During your consultation, we will discuss your symptoms and perform a thorough physical evaluation. Our team is highly trained to help you through this diagnosis every step of the way!
If diagnosed, we will develop a customized treatment plan for you to make sure your pain and symptoms are well-managed. Treatment plans may include medications, physical therapy, surgery, and chiropractic adjustments. We will also provide you with tips on how to improve your overall diet and exercise routines, as maintaining a healthy weight can improve symptoms and your overall well-being.