Be Well: Conditions You Didn’t Know a Chiropractor Could Treat

MSP Mag | May 10, 2019

Chiropractic treats many conditions.

Think chiropractic is just for aching backs? It actually focuses more broadly on disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems and the effects of these disorders on overall health. “Chiropractic care is most often thought of as treating complaints of the back and neck, but it can also be used on all bones and joints of the body, including the arms, legs and jaw…even bones in the ears can produce symptoms that can be treated,” says Christie Weibel-Maanum, doctor of chiropractic and clinical assistant professor at Northwestern Health Sciences University. Read on for some surprising ways chiropractic can make you feel better.

Relieving benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).
BPPV is the most common cause of dizziness and vertigo-type symptoms, says Weibel-Maanum, and is most often caused by debris in the semicircular canals of the ear. “The typical presentation involves sudden episodes of dizziness that last 10-20 seconds after positional changes of the head. This type of vertigo can be experienced when going from lying to sitting, rolling over in bed, bending forward or even just moving the head,” she says. First the doctor will rule out other types of vertigo or potentially more serious conditions. Once the diagnosis has been made, there are various repositioning maneuvers that can be performed to move the debris and relieve the symptoms.

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