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Chiropractor serving Frederick, Walkersville, and the surrounding area.

Introduction to Chiropractic Care

Most people think that a chiropractor pops, cracks or snaps back pain away, but there is so much more to the profession. In 1895, the first chiropractic adjustment was delivered to a man that had lost the ability to hear in one of his ears. Following an adjustment to his spine the man explained that his hearing had been restored. While this is not the most common result of chiropractic care it is an example of one of the many conditions chiropractic care has helped over the last century.

Dr Mimi adjusting a patient's neckChiropractic is a type of health care that works with the nervous system as well as the musculoskeletal system. Doctors of chiropractic are trained to diagnose and treat injuries and disorders that involve the nervous system, muscles and bones. Chiropractors in Walkersville work directly with the spine to remove any interference that may be preventing the body to heal itself and to restore natural processes within the body. Like all other areas in health care, new patients will undergo a consultation that involves reviewing past and current health conditions, medications and surgeries as well as a physical examination. Once this process is completed our team will use all of the information to establish a diagnosis and create an individualized treatment plan.

Chiropractic is not limited to people suffering from back pain in Walkersville. There are a myriad of different conditions that chiropractic care has been shown to be helpful for. At McLaughlin Family Chiropractic, we have a large number of patients that see us as a part of their wellness lifestyle. Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments can help the body function at its optimal potential.

Chiropractic is just as much about preventing injury and disease as it is about relieving pain from existing conditions. Chiropractic adjustments can help to decrease the stress that is put on the nervous system thereby allowing the body to function closer to it's full capacity. There is also no age limit when it comes to chiropractic care.

If you want to find out if chiropractic care is right for you, please give us a call today. Our team at McLaughlin Family Chiropractic in Walkersville is here for you.

How does Chiropractic Care relate to physical symptoms?

Cervical SpineHave you ever wondered how a pounding headache or sinus problems could be related to a misaligned spine? The explanation is simple. Every organ in your body is controlled by your nervous system and your spine houses your nervous system. When nerves in the spinal column become pinched or impinged, a number of symptoms can develop. Different areas of the spine control the health of associated areas of the body. Basically here is how this works:

Cervical Spine (Neck) — Top Section of the Spine (Vertebra C1 through C7)

Nervous System Functions:
  • Intracranial Blood Vessels
  • Eyes
  • Lacrimal Gland
  • Parotid Gland
  • Scalp, Base of Skull
  • Neck Muscles
  • Diaphragm
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Arms, Wrists, Hands & Fingers
  • Esophagus
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Chest
Symptoms Possible:

Thoracic Spine — Middle Section of the Spine (Vertebra T1 through T12)

Nervous System Functions:
  • Arms
  • Heart
  • Lungs
  • Chest
  • Esophagus
  • Larynx
  • Trachea
  • Gallbladder
  • Liver
  • Diaphragm
  • Stomach
  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Kidneys
  • Small Intestine
  • Appendix
  • Adrenals
  • Colon
  • Uterus
  • Buttocks
Symptoms Possible:
  • Numbness or Pain in wrist, hands & fingers
  • Pain in Middle Back
  • Lung Congestion
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Asthma
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Heart Conditions
  • Bronchitis
  • Pneumonia
  • Gallbladder Issues
  • Jaundice
  • Liver Conditions
  • Stomach Problems
  • Ulcers
  • Gastritis
  • Kidney Problems

Lumbar Spine — Lower Section of the Spine (Vertebra L1 through L5)

Nervous System Functions:
  • Large Intestines
  • Groin
  • Buttocks
  • Colon
  • Reproductive Organs
  • Legs, Thighs, Knees, Feet
Symptoms Possible:
  • Constipation
  • Colitis
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas Pain
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Bladder Problems
  • Menstrual Issues
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Numbness & Pain in Legs/Feet
Headaches – Tension Headaches/Migraines

Headaches can be triggered by many factors such as insomnia, blood sugar changes, foods, noises, & stress to name a few. Primary headaches are those categorized as tension, migraine or cluster headaches. These types of headaches are primarily associated with muscle tension in the neck. Spending hours in front of a computer screen or in a fixed position aggravates the neck, shoulder and back areas leading to increased joint irritation and muscle tension in these areas. This ultimately can lead to the pounding headache you are experiencing.

A holistic chiropractor like Dr. Mimi at McLaughlin Family Chiropractic can evaluate your lifestyle and triggers. Traditional spinal manipulation or adjustments can be performed to improve and alleviate your physical stresses. Dr. Mimi goes even further. She can provide nutritional counseling and offer advice to improve posture & relaxation to relieve your body’s stresses.

Headaches – Sinus Issues

Sinus headaches are commonly related to the increase of pressure in the sinus cavity caused by poorly draining sinuses. However, this is not the only contributing factor to sinus headaches. Misaligned or subluxated vertebrae can create nerve pressure in the neck region and create the same sinus headache pain. A simple chiropractic treatment to the neck region can remove the pressure and tension allowing the sinuses to open and drain properly. This procedure is safe and effective without any harmful side effects.

Allergy Relief

Now I know you are wondering how chiropractic care can help you with allergies. Your relief lies within the care of your nervous system. Chiropractic removes the subluxation (interferences to your nervous system) and consequently boosts your immune system. There is a direct pathway between the nervous system and the immune system. If a road block occurs in the nervous system, symptoms present themselves. Removing the same road block alleviates these symptoms. Ultimately, your healthy, well-functioning immune system produces less allergy symptoms.

Tingling or Numbness in Extremities

If you are experiencing tingling, numbness or pain in your legs, feet, arms, or hands, you may actually have a pinched nerve. A pinched nerve often occurs at the spine and migrates to upper and lower extremities. A chiropractor can perform an adjustment to realign the spine and alleviate the nerve irritation.

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The contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Dr. Mimi. The information on this site is not intended as medical advice. The information contained on this website is a sharing of knowledge based on the experience and research of Dr. Mimi and her staff. Dr. Mimi recommends that patients make their health care decisions after doing their research and consulting with a qualified health care professional.

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