Neurodegenerative diseases are on the rise in America. In fact, they account for roughly $53 billion of current healthcare spending with projected increases for the next several years.
Far more importantly, they can be incredibly debilitating. If you or someone you love is struggling with a neurodegenerative disease, it’s important to seek a chiropractic neurologists care as soon as possible.
In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of chiropractic care for neurodegenerative diseases and disorders. We will also provide some tips on how to reduce symptoms associated with these conditions.
What are neurodegenerative diseases and disorders?
Neurodegenerative diseases are conditions that affect the nervous system and can lead to progressive damage to nerve cells. There are many different types of neurodegenerative diseases, and they can affect people of all ages. Some of the most common neurodegenerative diseases include:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Huntington’s disease
These conditions can cause a wide range of symptoms, including problems with memory, movement, balance and mood. They can be very difficult to manage, and they often progress and get worse over time.
How can you reduce symptoms associated with these conditions?
Most neurodegenerative diseases and disorders will require some type of medication to properly manage the more severe symptoms. Typical prescriptions written for this type of medical challenge include:
- Anti-inflammatory drugs
- Pain relievers
- Anti-anxiety medications
- Muscle relaxants
In addition to medications, there are also some lifestyle changes that can help to reduce the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases and disorders. Some common examples:
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising regularly
- Getting enough sleep
- Reducing stress
- Quitting smoking
Of course, it’s important to always speak with a doctor before starting any new medication, as they will be able to determine what is best for each individual case. But it’s also important to seek other methods of therapy as well, and that’s where chiropractic care can really help.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care for neurodegenerative diseases and disorders?
Chiropractic care is a type of alternative medicine that focuses on the treatment and diagnosis of musculoskeletal disorders. Chiropractors use a variety of techniques to relieve pain and improve function. Common techniques include:
- Spinal manipulation
- Massage therapy
- Exercise and stretching
- Lifestyle counseling
- Nutritional counseling
- Neuro-rehabilitative care
There is some evidence to suggest that chiropractic care may help to improve symptoms associated with neurodegenerative diseases. One study found that chiropractic care was associated with reduced pain and improved quality of life in people with Alzheimer’s disease. And another study found that chiropractic care may help to improve symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Here’s what to look for in a chiropractor capable of treating these diseases and disorders
There are many different chiropractic techniques that can be used to help relieve the symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases and disorders. One popular technique is spinal manipulation, which is often used to help relieve pain and improve range of motion.
Another common technique is manual therapy, which can help to increase flexibility and reduce inflammation. Manual therapy is when the chiropractor uses their hands to massage the muscles and soft tissues around the spine.
Exercise and stretching are also important components of chiropractic care. Exercise can help to improve range of motion and reduce pain, while stretching can help to increase flexibility.
Neuro-rehabilitative care to improve cortical, proprioceptive, vestibular and visual system function in order to improve balance, stability, coordinated movement, posture and cognitive health.
Other techniques, such as electrical stimulation, can be beneficial in relieving symptoms and promoting healing. Each technique has its own unique benefits, and a qualified chiropractor can help to identify the best approach for each individual patient.
When looking for a chiropractor, it’s important to find a chiropractic neurologist who is experienced in treating neurodegenerative diseases and disorders. The chiropractic neurologist should be able to offer a variety of different techniques and should be able to tailor a treatment plan specific to each individual patient.
Ready to Feel What It’s All About?
Neurodegenerative diseases are an increasing concern, and they can bring your quality of life to a screeching halt. Don’t suffer in silence if you or a loved one have been diagnosed.If you are in the San Mateo area and would like to learn more about neurodegenerative diseases and disorders, or if you would like to set up an appointment, please contact us today. Neurolink Chiropractic has decades of knowledge and experience for how to treat these conditions, and we’re ready to help you manage the effects of these conditions.