Chiropractic care along with other alternative therapies has become more popular during pregnancy. It has been shown that chiropractic care is one of the more common forms of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) used. Among CAM, massage therapy and yoga are also a common form of alternative therapy used during pregnancy. It has been reported that about one third of the U.S. population uses alternative therapies, with a majority being women of childbearing age.
Patients often inquire whether to use ice or heat for their pain. In the chiropractic profession, ice is the recommended treatment over heat. This blog will hopefully provide some information on the benefits of using ice.
Ice is a type of cryotherapy (cold therapy), which is used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries. Acute pain is when it has occurred within the first 6 weeks of the onset of pain and chronic pain is anything over 6 weeks of the onset of pain. Acute pain means there is inflammation present, which is associated with signs of tenderness, swelling, and warmth. The pain typically occurs suddenly and can be temporary, whereas chronic pain occurs over a prolonged period of time or can be an aggravation of an existing injury or condition.
Chiropractic is a form of healthcare that focuses on the relationship between the structure of the spine and function of the nervous system on your overall health. Chiropractors evaluate the spine for subluxations, which are misalignments in the spine that restrict motion in the body. The spine is evaluated through several processes. These processes can be a structural examination, a patient history, and if needed diagnostic x-rays to determine the areas of these subluxations and any underlying issues that would affect the treatment. After, the spine has been evaluated and the findings are discussed with the patient then it is time for the adjustment. Chiropractic adjustments are specific manual adjustments to the misaligned joints in the spine that will restore mobility and help to alleviate pain, muscle tightness and promote healing of tissues.
Dr. West is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 2012. Prior to attending Palmer, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University.