Written by Dr. Warner
Those at the country club may call it “tennis elbow”, the “old timers” might say they have a “touch of rheumatism”, but most of us just recognize it as pain in the shoulder or arm.
It may start as stiffness when we wake up in the morning and progress to the use of liniment in the morning and evening with aspirin throughout the day.
The “shawl” muscle across the top of the shoulder becomes achy and we let our head loll all the way back to relieve the tension . You twist and turn to find the spot where you can recieve relief. You join the health club and try the sauna and whirlpool. The pain may radiate into the arm with numbness and tingling developing in the fingers . Some try fad cures of wearing copper bracelets or a bag of garlic around the neck – but nothing seems to produce the relief so earnestly sought. You can;t touch spots on your back that you used to and it’s a real chore to wash your hair. You can’t sleep and you try sedatives, shots, infrared hear, and whatever an acquaintance , or distant aunt found to be effective.
And all this time there is a cause for the problem that you are facing. The cause has to do with the musclo-skeletal system of the body and it’s alignment.
When you have a misaligned vertebra in the mid back through the neck area you often begin having the symptoms just described.
Surprisingly, many of the people that accept the Chiropractic solution for low back pain dont seem to draw the same conclusion when they have other disorders of the musclo-skeletal system. That numbness in the hands, that tingling of the fingers, that pain in the elbow is very possibly caused by the problem with the nerve. The nerve that is serving the finger, hands, and elbow can be traced right back to the spinal column and in order for that nerve to get to the spinal column it must pass between the vertebrae – through a little opening that is just the right size. Unless, of course, an accident or an accumulation of minor injuries has caused that vertabraeto misalign. When that happenes, the opening can be reduced so it is no longer large enough for the nerve. When the openingis not large enough and there is pressure on the nerve it cuts down the effectiveness of that nerve just as you wuld see a kink in a water hose cause a diminuitionin the flow of water.
So many of our patients that have searched for relief in liniments, polls, and shots, before coming to Chiropractic say it is like a “miracle”. Well indeed there is a miracle to life and to the healing powers within each body as long as that body is permitted to function as nature originally intended.
The “miracle” that I’m searching for is the one that will encourage those persons that start to suffer from shoulder and arm pain to try Chiropractic first. Health problems are so much easier to deal with when we don;t let them get a big “head start on us”.
Remember the five most dangerous words are, “MAYBE IT WILL GO AWAY!”