Treatments & Conditions

ALLERGIES

Allergies are problematic for people of all ages. Unfortunately, we in Columbus, Ohio have grown to “get used to” and tolerate our allergies and simply treat the symptoms instead of getting to the root cause and correcting the problem. Chiropractic treatment for allergies addresses the sources of the malfunction rather than trying to band-aid the symptoms.

Allergy sufferers know what allergies look and feel like on the outside, but they often overlook what is actually happening in their bodies on the inside. Allergies happen when your body creates an abnormal immune response to a common molecule or substance in nature. For some people this leads to sinus problems, runny noses, and eye irritation – but this is by no means an extensive list. We can also have reactions in the intestine from foods that we eat. Sometimes this creates symptoms like stomach aches, bloating or gas, or diarrhea…but sometimes we can have no outward symptoms from the gut at all. The key point here is that if your body was simply functioning normally and healthily, you simply would not have allergies.

Instead of the immune suppressing drugs, Ability Chiropractic’s chiropractors in Columbus Ohio use natural methods to reduce and eliminate allergies. With allergies, chiropractors use a multi-faceted approach. First with restoring the proper neurological connection between the body and the brain. The immune system, neurological system, and endocrine system (glands and hormones) all work together, and therefore if dysfunction is present in one, there is dysfunction in one or both of the others. Chiropractors remove interference in the communication of the nerve system by making sure the spine and joints are firing properly up to the brain so that it gets the proper information.

Secondly, chiropractors use diet, blood testing, and supplementation to reduce the inflammatory process in the body. By identifying individual nutritional deficiencies and toxicities that can lead to more inflammation (that causes allergies to happen in the first place), we can help eliminate inflammation through diet and supplementation, naturally reducing and eliminating allergies.

ASTHMA

Asthma is a disease in which airways become blocked or narrowed. These effects are marked by shortness of breath, breathing difficulties and possible death. In Columbus Ohio, asthma is typically triggered by chemical allergens such as pollen, animals, dust, and stress factors such as exercise or emotional stress. Conventional medicine usually includes anti-inflammatory and bronchodilator drugs. These drugs tend to lose their effectiveness over time and subject the patient to side effects, which can sometimes be life threatening by themselves! Many children on these drugs are not able to live normal, active lives. Parents are often concerned about putting their children at risk with the long term use of these drugs. Columbus chiropractors take a natural approach to helping kids and adults with asthma that has shown to be effective.

There is an alternative to this potentially dangerous drug approach. Asthma patients have been discovering awesome results with their chiropractor in Columbus. Many patients usually don’t think to tell their chiropractor that they suffer from asthma. As care progresses, they find themselves asking their chiropractor, “Will chiropractic affect my asthma? I’ve noticed an amazing improvement in my asthma symptoms since I started getting adjusted!” Thousands of asthma sufferers have found relief in a chiropractic office, and studies are supporting this phenomenon. In a 1997 study published in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research, doctors placed 81 asthmatic children under chiropractic care. These children were evaluated after 60 days of chiropractic care and the results were simply amazing! There was a significant improvement in the child’s asthma impairment score in 90.1% of the children, and many of the children decreased their medications. In a 1995 study published in Chiropractic Pediatrics, seven out of eight children who were under chiropractic care were able to reduce or eliminate their asthma medication.

Wellness Chiropractic is a natural means to restore function to your body. If you are an asthma patient, give your body the drug free, natural alternative using Chiropractic!

COLIC

Parents of infants with colic report significantly higher stress levels than parents whose babies don’t have colic. The stress and frustration of trying to soothe a colicky baby may interfere with mother-baby bonding and can increase the risk of postpartum depression. Despite the research done on colic there is “no known cause,” which can make conventional treatment difficult.
Chiropractic care on the other hand has shown some of the best results, with 94% of colicky babies demonstrating improvement with chiropractic adjustments in only two weeks!
A colicky baby typically presents with a loud piercing cry, flexed legs, tensed abdominal muscles, and clenched fingers. It typically starts around three weeks of age and lasts until around three months but sometimes lasts for as long as six months. Approximately 10-20% of babies in Columbus, Ohio are affected by colic. Doctors diagnose colic based on the previously mentioned “Rule of 3” and after ruling out other diseases that may make a baby cry uncontrollably. This unfortunately means that colic can also be a catch-all diagnosis of exclusion when your pediatrician doesn’t have a great idea about what is actually happening.
Research on chiropractic care and colic has shown significant benefits over other treatments such as dietary changes, medication, and infant positioning. A randomized clinical trial published in 1999 in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that “Spinal manipulation is effective in relieving infantile colic”. One group received chiropractic care for two weeks and the other group was given the anti-gas medication dimethicone for two weeks. The babies in the chiropractic group showed a 67% decrease in crying while the babies on medication showed a 38% decrease in crying. In other words, in just 2 weeks, chiropractic adjustments were almost twice as effective as medication at treating colic, and it was 100% natural treatment.
Another study with 316 children also showed significant improvement in colic in response to chiropractic care. This prospective study used diaries from mothers of colicky babies to track the amount of crying. The three month long study showed a “satisfactory result of spinal manipulative therapy in 94% of the cases”. The improvements occurred after an average of only three adjustments within two weeks.
Chiropractic care is a conservative, gentle, and very successful option for treating infants with colic. Chiropractic adjustments for infants are specific, gentle, and safe.
Sources:
Infantile Colic Treated by Chiropractors: A Prospective Study of 316 Cases http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Infantile_Colic.shtml
Friday, April 17, 2009 by: Sheryl Walters http://www.naturalnews.com/026069_colic_chiropractic_care.html
4 Healthy Kids, Infant Colic Treatment (http://www.4healthykids.com/infant-colic/infant-colic-treatment.html)
The Short-Term Effect of Spinal Manipulation in the Treatment of Infantile Colic: A Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial with a Blinded Observer J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1999 (Oct); 22 (8): 517-522
Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/026069_colic_chiropractic_care.html#ixzz1xcF2OfxR

CROHN’S DISEASE

A lot of patients that initially come in for back pain or other musculoskeletal complains tell us that they’ve seen a marked improvement in their other health complaints like frequently getting sick, sinus problems, and even digestive problems like Crohn’s disease. The association between organ disease, immune system problems, and the nervous system are well known in the medical community, but not to the general public. Chiropractors in Columbus, Ohio are able to help all of these by correcting the spine, which

Columbus Ohio Chiropractor Treats Crohn’s Disease Naturallywill increase the connection between the brain and organs, allowing for better regulation of their processes. What’s great about this is that this allows chiropractors to treat Crohn’s disease naturally.

In Crohn’s disease patients, vertebral subluxations in the thoracic and lumbar areas can cause nerve irritation leading to a chronic inflammation in the tissues that nerve runs to leading to autonomic dysregulation and organ dysfunction. Conventional medical treatment is to give immune suppressing drugs, which merely eliminate the symptoms of the organ disease and never address the neurological root cause.

In one study of 17 patients who received chiropractic adjustments, 12 showed long-term and stable remission of their Crohn’s disease and 9 experienced reduced symptoms. In other words, 100% of the people that got adjusted improved!

And, while the pain of Crohn’s is often severe and understated, the other associated problems it produces are rarely mentioned. The aforementioned nerve compression leads to a chronic functional disorder having a significant effect on digestion, absorption of nutrients and liquids, conveyance of food as well as various other functions of the digestive tract extending to excretion.

So come in to Ability Chiropractic today and talk to one of our chiropractors about your health.

Source: Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research 2003

EAR INFECTION

Around 50% of children in will experience at least one middle-ear infection (otitis media) before they’re one year old. By age three, it’s more like two-thirds. Otitis media is caused by a bacterial or viral infection which may arise from another condition such as a cold, and produces a buildup of fluid behind the ear drum, and inflammation inside the ear. Symptoms include ear pain, fever, and irritability. Some children end up suffering this condition on a chronic basis and require treatment year in, year out, with the potential for permanent hearing damage and associated speech problems. At Ability Chiropractic in Columbus, Ohio, we have the technology and experience to treat ear infections naturally.

Otitis media usually occurs when the muscle designed to keep bacteria or viruses out of the Eustachian tube (connecting the throat to the inner ear) doesn’t work well, often due to disruption in the nerve communication between that muscle and the brain. Columbus Ohio Chiropractors restore the proper connection between that Eustachian tube and the brain so that it can properly regulate its opening and closing. Ear infections in general are less common in adults because the Eustachian tubes are longer and shaped differently, making for better drainage and less chance for bacteria to invade. Drainage is further enhanced by the fact that adults do not spend as much time lying down as kids do.

Conventional treatment aims to kill the invading bacteria or virus but, obviously, this does not attend to the root cause of the otitis media. Chiropractic, on the other hand, looks to the root cause and restores normal innervation and therefore normal drainage to the ears and the lymphatic system of the neck so that the problem has less chance of taking hold (and faster recovery.) Also, conventional medical treatment usually uses amoxicillin, an oral antibiotic which repeated use can lead to drug-resistant bacteria, and which is barely any more potent than the body’s own immune response.

An alternative medical treatment is to relieve the pressure and pain by surgical intervention that involves placing drainage tubes in the ears. To do this, a cut is made in the eardrum and a tube placed into it to release the buildup of fluid. The body naturally pushes the tube out and closes the hole after a couple of months. Again, this does not address the root cause of the problem, namely the disconnection of the nerves, muscles, lymphatic and immune system of the ear nose and throat.

It is important that you talk to your chiropractor if your child experiences frequent recurrent ear infections. Chiropractors in Columbus Ohio are experts in diagnosing and treating patients of all ages and will carefully gear their treatment according to the age of the patient. When the normal function of the tissues of the neck are restored, the problem of otitis media very often improves or completely disappears, and the use of antibiotics and surgery can be avoided.

HEADACHES

90% Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain, nausea, dizziness, and the list goes on…

What do you do when you suffer from a pounding headache? Do you grit your teeth and carry on? Lie down? Pop a pill and hope the pain goes away? There is a better alternative that you might never have heard of.

Research shows that chiropractic is an effective treatment for tension headaches and cervicogenic headaches (headaches that start in the neck.) At Ability Chiropractic in Columbus, Ohio, we focus on how we can treat headaches naturally, by aligning your nervous system and skeletal system.

A report released in 2001 by researchers at the Duke University Evidence-Based Practice Center in Durham, NC, found that chiropractic resulted in almost immediate improvement for those headaches that originate in the neck, and had significantly fewer side effects and longer-lasting relief of tension-type headache than a commonly prescribed medication.

Also, a 1995 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic is an effective treatment for tension headaches and that after four weeks of chiropractic treatment patients experienced a sustained therapeutic benefit in contrast with those patients who received a commonly prescribed medication.

Headaches have many causes, or “triggers.” These may include foods, environmental stimuli (noises, lights, stress, etc.) and/or behaviors (insomnia, excessive exercise, blood sugar changes, etc.). About 5 percent of all headaches are warning signals caused by physical problems.

95% of headaches are primary headaches, such as tension, migraine, or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are not caused by disease. The headache itself is the primary concern.

“The greatest majority of primary headaches are associated with muscle tension in the neck,” says Dr. George B. McClelland, a doctor of chiropractic from Christiansburg, VA. “Today, Americans engage in more sedentary activities than they used to, and more hours are spent in one fixed position or posture. This can increase joint irritation and muscle tension in the neck, upper back and scalp, causing your head to ache.” In addition, those fixed positions or postures are typically with the head in a flexed position, such as while slouching in a chair, hunched over a desk, or a computer which further irritates spinal cord tension.

MENIERE’S DISEASE

Meniere’s Disease was first identified as a specific ailment back in 1861 by Prosper Meniere, a 19th-century French doctor who served as chief physician at an institute for deaf-mutes. His studies there led to his specialization in diseases of the ear.

Meniere’s disease, or MD, is thought to affect one in 1,000 people, or about one-tenth of one percent of the world’s population. Both sexes are affected equally, and the MD’s onset usually occurs between the ages of 20 and 50.

In this particular case study of a 40-year old female, the patient had been diagnosed with Meniere’s disease and had a 3-month history of vertigo and a 16-month history of tinnitus (also known as ringing in the ears) in her left ear. She also showed a low frequency hearing loss.

According to the case study report, which was published in the Journal of Chiropractic Medicine, the patient underwent a course of chiropractic care consisting of adjustments in the cervical and thoracic spine, soft-tissue trigger-point therapy, home ice therapy (as needed), and cervical spine rehabilitation exercises.

The patient’s initial course of intensive chiropractic care consisted of three visits per week for two weeks. After just two weeks, her tinnitus was resolved and her vertigo was much improved.

The patient continued with chiropractic care on a less frequent, maintenance program, and her Meniere’s disease continued to remain under control.

These results should offer some encouragement for people suffering with the symptoms of Meniere’s Disease.