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Chiropractic Adjustments and Cancer Therapy
A Chiropractor diagnoses, treats and prevents disorders of the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints by using gentle manipulation techniques to correct the spinal column. It has been shown to have a powerful effect on the body's ability to heal. Chiropractic adjustments promote immune response and well being by restoring spinal health and nourishing the nervous system. Many patients receiving cancer therapy experience great pain. A Chiropractic adjustment is a gentle, non-invasive treatment which offers pain-relief as well as a feeling of well-being.
How Can Chiropractic treatment help?
As well as the pain felt by people with cancer, many report tension and headaches caused by the stress. Chiropractic treatment soothes the nervous system, which is closely related to the spinal column. The nervous system is responsible for communicating physical and emotional messages to the brain. Therefore, Chiropractic treatment has an impact on physical pain, and tension, and also a nourishing effect on our mind and emotions.
For patients with cancer, Chiropractic treatment can:
* Relieve pain, (back, neck, muscular)
* Relax tension
* Ease headaches
* Relieve Sciatic pain
* Relieve Painful walking
* Relieve nausea
* Prevent numbness and pain in hands and feet
I have Cancer can I receive a Chiropractic adjustment?
A natural and gentle therapy, Chiropractic adjustments are an ideal treatment for cancer patients. There are some cases however when it is advised that you should not see a Chiropractor. These include cancer of the bone (primary and secondary); bone marrow diseases (leukemia, myeloma); broken bones; diseases of the spinal cord; and severe osteoporosis. If you are in anyway unsure, always talk to your oncology consultant, and seek their advice.
The following are conditions are not suited to Chiropractic treatrment:
* Bone Cancer
* Bone marrow diseases
* Disease of Spinal Cord
* Broken bones
* Severe Osteoporosis
In some cases, however, a Chiropractor may be able to avoid certain areas and work on other parts of your body. If you are not sure, ask for advice from your doctor.
If you have cancer and would like to receive the benefits of Chiropractic treatment, it is important that your oncology consultant is aware of this. Your Chiropractor may wish to discuss your therapy and treatment plan with your health professional. There are some precautions to take in Chiropractic treatment with cancer. Your Chiropractor will need to use recent X-rays to be certain there is no metastasis in the area they are working on. Remember, Chiropractic treatment does not aim to treat, prevent or cure cancer. There is substantial evidence however, that it is an effective and health-promoting therapy that offers pain relief and a feeling of well-being.