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Do you ever have trouble sleeping because of pain in your back, neck or shoulders? Do you dread getting an MRI because it hurts to lie on the table? Do you find it difficult to walk because of muscle weakness or tightness? Are you hesitant to travel because you can’t sit comfortably on an airplane?
For some people with cancer, chiropractic care can relieve these aches and pains and improve function so you can go on with treatment, and with life.
Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health (American Chiropractic Association).
Chiropractors, also known as doctors of chiropractic, use a drug-free, hands-on approach that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment (ACA).
Cancer and treatments for cancer can cause stress on the musculoskeletal system, including the bones, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments. For instance, chemotherapy may cause neuropathy and radiation therapy can cause tissue fibrosis, both which can lead to loss of mobility and/or painful movement.
Chiropractic care helps to correct musculoskeletal problems and restore the frame of the body so it can work more efficiently as a whole and heal faster. When used during cancer treatment, chiropractic care may help to:
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is spinal manipulation, or chiropractic adjustment. Manipulation involves manually applying a controlled force to the spine and/or other joints in the body that have become misaligned or restricted in their movement.
Chiropractors may use some of the following techniques to restore alignment:
Chiropractors may also recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises to correct various problems related to the bones, muscles, joints and nerves. They can also provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
NOTE: THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED NOR IMPLIED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE. ALWAYS SEEK THE ADVICE OF YOUR PHYSICIAN OR OTHER QUALIFIED HEALTHCARE PROVIDER REGARDING CHIROPRACTIC CARE DURING CANCER TREATMENT.
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