Back pain- this is a symptom that can arise from many causes.
It can occur as a dull ache to intense pain. A main source of back pain is caused by stress on the muscles and ligaments that
support the spine. Sedentary jobs and lifestyles may make a person more likely to experience this type of problem.
Migraine- originates in the brain but is often initially perceived
as neck pain or a stiff neck because of descending neural circuits that go deep into the neck region(www.mhni.com).
Chiropractic methods use a holistic approach to
pain relief. Use of massage, spinal manipulation
periodic adjustment of joints and soft tissue
can often help relieve pain caused by a migraine
One hundred and twenty-seven migraine patients
(at least one migraine per month) were divided into
groups for comparison. Group 1 received
chiropractic adjustments at specific vertebral
by the treating practitioner;
group 2 served as controls and received inactive
treatment (electrical stimulation
with no current
delivered). Subjects receiving chiropractic
adjustments reported substantial improvement in
migraine frequency, duration, disability, and
medication use following two months of treatment. One
in five participants reported a 90% reduction in
migraines, and half reported significant improvement
migraine severity. (Reference: Tuchin PJ, Pollard
H, Bonello R. A randomized controlled trial of
spinal manipulative therapy for
migraine. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological
Therapeutics, Feb. 2000:
Vol. 23, No. 2, pp91-95.)
Upper neck disturbances- they may be first felt as pain in the
forehead or within the eye (www.mhni.com).
- Musculoskeletal pain syndromes that produce low back pain include myofascial pain
syndromes and fibromyalgia.
- Myofascial pain is characterized by pain and tenderness over localized areas (trigger
points), loss of range of motion in the involved muscle groups, and pain radiating in a characteristic distribution but restricted
to a peripheral nerve. Relief of pain is often reported when the involved muscle group is stretched.
results in pain and tenderness on 11 of 18 trigger points when touched, one of which is the low back area, as classified by
the American College of Rheumatology. Generalized stiffness, fatigue, and muscle ache are reported.
- Information obtained
stretching exercises can aid chiropractic adjustments and help achieve and maintain pain relief.
this book for those interested in a regular stretching program: "Stretching" by Bob Anderson
This book provides stretches
for all muscle groups and describes how to know if strectching is helping or hindering...
Some reasons to stretch from
Bob Anderson's "Stretching."
Increase range of motion
Help prevent injuries such as muscle strains
muscle tension and make the body feel more relaxed
Helps maintain your current level of flexibility...