We often take it for granted, but pain is a warning sign that something is wrong in the body. Painkillers and other drugs may cover up that warning sign, but they don't correct the underlying structural cause(s). Specific chiropractic adjustments can help correct spinal and other joint dysfunctions, allowing the body to function normally.

The most common complaints that we see patients for in our clinic are:

neck pain
back pain
pregnancy malaise

Headaches are very common, so most people just assume they're a part of normal everyday life. Headaches, as with other types of pain, are a sign that something is wrong.

Headaches are often caused by malfunction of the spinal bones in the neck and upper back. Incorrect positioning or motion of the head affects sensitive nerves and blood vessels and can produce throbbing headaches.

Related symptoms:
ringing in the ears
blurred vision
difficulty concentrating
sleep issues
sinus pain and pressure

Neck problems can include throbbing or pulling pain, difficulty looking over your shoulder, or pain and difficulty turning your head.

Neck pain is often the result of an improper spinal curve or a restriction of the nerve openings. An unbalanced head and shoulders that are not level can also cause neck pain. This is why proper posture is critically important!

Related symptoms:
tennis elbow (elbow pain and weakness)
TMJ symptoms (clicking/pain when open and close jaw)
disc problems

Back pain can be debilitating, affecting your ability to function normally in everyday life.

The middle and lower back are reactive and often compensate for pelvic irregularities and misalignments in the upper back and neck. Extended periods of sitting, for example at a computer or driving, often trigger back pain. Back pain can also be caused by complications involving major organ systems in the body (e.g., prostate, ovaries, and uterus).

Related symptoms:
muscle spasms and tightness
trigger points (acute areas of spasm, pain, and tenderness)
sharp, stabbing pains radiating toward the front of the body
sciatica (see below)
pseudo-respiratory/cardiac problems (e.g., shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat) from distortion of rib cage
knee problems

The sciatic nerves are the largest and longest nerves in the body, and are located in the gluteal region. Inflammation of nearby soft tissues puts pressure on the nerve, resulting in pain, burning, cramping or numbness. These may be limited to points along the nerve (e.g., buttocks, knee, and calf) or may radiate through the entire nerve path into the thighs, lower legs, ankles, feet, and toes.

Sciatica is often caused by bulging of the jelly-like discs that separate each spinal bone (vertebra). This can put pressure on and irritate the sciatic nerve roots as they branch off the spinal cord.

Related symptoms:
difficulty standing
difficulty sitting
difficulty walking

Women often experience low back and pelvic pain during pregnancy. Many women report faster and more comfortable deliveries with chiropractic care!

Pregnancy is a time of hormonal changes, the loosening of connective tissues, and the shifting of weight-bearing structures.

Related symptoms:
heartburn/acid reflux
hip pain
leg pain
knee pain
ankle pain
difficulty walking
difficulty sitting down and getting up from a seated position

Spinal and other joint injuries decrease strength, range of motion, endurance, and slow reflexes. Injuries decrease performance and affect a person's ability to do daily tasks. Chiropractic care relieves both pain and inflammation, restoring joints to proper motion and function.

workplace accidents
repetitive strain
sports and leisure activities
motor vehicle accident

Related symptoms:
decreased blood supply
sprains and strains