Chiropractic care is all about using the best evidence and clinical expertise for diagnosis and treatment. An excellent Chiropractor thinks about your body like a biomechanical engineer. They are interested in the structure (muscle, tendon, bone, fascia), and how it all functions together. This means that treatment can improve the current symptoms, and help treat the root cause to prevent recurrence.
This Biomechanical approach is helpful for all types of physical injury. It can often compliment your current physiotherapy or massage therapy by addressing the biomechanics of the injury/issue.
Our necks allow for considerable ranges of motion to be able to experience the world around us, however, with more mobility comes less stability. Even with very little force, a whiplash injury can cause significant damage to the soft tissues in the neck due to it’s vulnerable structure. Chiropractic management can help identify and alleviate compensatory muscle guarding, strengthen areas of muscular weakness and restore proprioceptive input following a whiplash injury.
Following a concussion, specialized receptors within the joints and tissues of the neck may become stretched and damaged. When functioning optimally, these receptors provide the brain with information regarding the head and neck’s position in space. When injured, these receptors can send false information to the brain, contributing to feelings of dizziness, neck pain and balance deficits. Chiropractic management of the joints and tissues in the neck and upper back following a concussion can help to address these dysfunctions and allow the appropriate signals to be interpreted by the brain, easing concussion symptom severity.
Dizziness and vertigo are complex sensory experiences, often described as the spins or unsteadiness, which can follow head trauma, infection, medication use, stress or can come on without reason. There are multiple structures in the neck, middle ear and inner ear that may cause or contribute to dizziness, each presenting in a slightly different way. Dizziness caused by proprioceptive changes in the muscles and joints of the neck, or vertigo involving positional changes to the organs within the inner ear can be greatly improved with chiropractic treatment.
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction:
Eustachian tube dysfunction is a condition where the eustachian tube is plugged and unable to properly equalize. This can result in a number of different symptoms including but not limited to:
- Ear plugging/fullness
- Whooshing sound
- Hearing your heartbeat in your ears
- Feeling like you want to pop your ears
Eustachian Tube Dysfunction is usually treated with the endonasal technique for ear drainage. This involves clearing any blockage at the base of the eustachian tube (in the back of your mouth). This is done manually (with the hand). If you google endonasal technique, it may show videos or description of balloons that are inflated in the nose. This is an error. The balloon treatment is called nasal specific and is used to use the nasal bones.