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.
Chiropractors can provide chiropractic treatment to relieve pain and stiffness in your joints and muscles caused or intensified by surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care
Cancer and treatments for cancer can cause stress on the musculoskeletal system. Some cancer patients experience peripheral neuropathy, aches and pains in the neck and/or back, muscle tension, headaches, or difficulty walking.
Chiropractic care can help to reduce stress and increase mobility, flexibility, strength and function, as well as help improve overall well-being. Specially, a chiropractic adjustment can help alleviate a variety of symptoms, including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Painful walking
- Neuropathy (pain or numbness in the hands and feet)
- Experienced care team
Our chiropractors are licensed physicians with expertise in using non-invasive manual or instrument procedures to restore the muscle and joints of the body, particularly the spine. They work closely with your oncologists and the rest of your care team to help to reduce stress to the nervous system without the use of drugs or surgical treatment.
Individualized treatment approach
If your oncologist determines chiropractic care is safe and appropriate, a chiropractor will work with your oncologists and the rest of your care team to develop a plan. Your plan may include non-invasive manual chiropractic techniques to correct bone, muscle and joint problems and restore nerve function.
A common therapeutic procedure 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.
Some specific chiropractic techniques to restore alignment include:
- Hands-on adjustments
- Electrical stimulation of the muscles
- Application of special instruments
- Non-force techniques
Throughout your cancer treatment, we will consistently monitor your scans and X-rays, as well as your lab results, to ensure safe delivery of care. Our chiropractors can also work closely with your hometown doctor to ensure your care is safe and appropriate once you return home.
While chiropractic care can be helpful to many patients, it may not be for everyone. For example, chiropractic services may not be recommended if a bone metastasis is found or your platelet counts are low.