Raynaud’s Syndrome is a rare disorder of the blood vessels that affects mostly the fingers and toes. A lack of blood flow to the fingers and toes will cause them to turn blue or white and may be painful. More and more information about Raynaud’s Syndrome is being discovered. The more we learn about this syndrome, the better we can understand how to manage the symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome. While there are ways to manage the lack of blood flow to the extremities, chiropractic care has shown to significantly help those who suffer from symptoms of Raynaud’s Syndrome.
What Is Raynaud’s Syndrome?
Raynaud’s Syndrome affects the blood flow, usually in the fingers and toes. Circumstances such as cold weather or even stressful situations cause the blood vessels to narrow, restricting blood flow and turning fingers and toes blue or white. Shortly after an “attack,” blood flow will return to the fingers and toes, but this causes skin to turn red and tingle or throb. In some extreme cases, the loss of blood flow may lead to sores on the skin or tissue death. Raynaud’s Syndrome is more common in women over 30 and is also more prevalent in colder climates.
How Can I Manage My Raynaud’s Syndrome Symptoms?
There are some simple ways to manage the loss of blood flow to the fingers or toes during an attack. Soaking your hands in warm water as soon as an attack starts will widen the blood vessels and allow blood to flow more freely, thus stopping an attack. Also, for people with Raynaud’s Syndrome it is imperative to keep hands and feet warm in cold weather. Thick socks, specialized glove, or hand warmers should always be worn when going outside to prevent attacks from cold weather. Because stress can also narrow blood vessels and lead to an attack, avoid any situations of stress that could be a trigger. Some turn to medication to keep blood vessels open, but with medication comes potentially harmful side effects and risks. Lithia Springs chiropractor Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help manage the attacks caused by Raynaud’s Syndrome in a safe and natural way.
How Can Chiropractic Help?
The nervous system controls all other systems in the body. If the nervous systems isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to many problems, such as increased attacks of Raynaud’s Syndrome. Because the spine houses the spinal cord which is key to the nervous system, spinal health is crucial to ensuring all other systems function correctly and for promoting overall health and wellness. Misalignments of the spine interrupt nerve communication between the central nervous system and other parts of the body which can affect blood flow and circulation. Raynaud’s can also be contributed to an overstimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. Chiropractic adjustments from a Lithia Springs chiropractor can remove misalignments, thus restoring proper nerve communication, increasing blood flow, and correcting the overactive sympathetic nervous system. Correcting the misalignment can result in decreased Raynaud’s attacks and also promote a healthy lifestyle. Dr. Ronnie Bolar of Vital Life Chiropractic is a published author on the effects of chiropractic on those with Raynaud’s. His expertise in the area ensures effective chiropractic care for Raynaud’s. In fact, his case study of a 29-year-old female who had suffered from Raynaud’s for 10 years showed significant improvements in neurological functions and a decrease of Raynaud’s symptoms after 11 weeks of consistent adjustments.
If you are suffering from Raynaud’s Syndrome, Dr. Ronnie Bolar can help. Call Vital Life Chiropractic in Lithia Springs for more information.
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