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Keystone Chiropractic is a NeuroStructural Chiropractic office in West Des Moines, Iowa. We provide a comprehensive solution to problems related to Structural Shifts of the spine, allowing you to experience life to your highest potential. We serve the communities of West Des Moines, Urbandale, Waukee, Des Moines, Johnston, Grimes, Norwalk, and other surrounding towns.

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Do you have structural shifts of the spine?

Structural Shifts can lead to premature damage to the structures of the spine and nerve system. This often results in what we call Secondary Conditions, or symptoms. A spine with normal structure results in a strong and stable foundation, allowing optimal nerve system function and optimal health.

Common Secondary Conditions

Allergies

Allergies are the immune systems overreaction to things like dust, pollen and dander. The immune system is controlled by the nerve system, and obstruction of the nerve system can lead to immune system dysfunction.

Asthma

Asthma is related to abnormal constriction of the airways. Normal constriction and dilation is regulated by a well functioning nerve system. Structural shifts can obstruct these nerves, resulting in asthma like symptoms.

Back Pain

Structural shifts of the mid or lower back result in obstruction of the nerve system. This can result in muscle tightness and the experience of back pain.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

CTS occurs a nerve (the median nerve) is compressed as it passes through the wrist, resulting in numbness, tingling, or perhaps weakness in the hand. CTS symptoms may also be due to structural issues in the neck, causing radiating pain to the hand.

Colic

Colic is a common secondary condition experienced by infants and is thought to be related to digestive discomfort. Pediatric care focuses on gently correcting the structural shifts caused by the birth process, resulting in a more comfortable colic-free baby.

Degenerative Disc Disease

Narrowed disc space and bone spurring are both signs of Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD). DDD is secondary to long standing structural dysfunction of the spine. Imagine driving on a poorly aligned car: the tires are bound to wear unevenly. Spinal misalignment can cause the bones and discs to wear unevenly.

Digestive Conditions

Nausea, constipation, indigestion, upset stomach, diarrhea? These are all signs of digestive distress. Nerve system function directly controls the body’s ability to efficiently digest food and eliminate waste.

Ear Infection

Structural shifts in the upper part of the neck, related to the birth process or early development, obstruct nerve function to a small muscle surrounding the Eustachian (auditory) tube. This can cause a fluid build up in the ear causing an ear infection.

Fatigue

Energy production and all of the related processes are controlled an coordinated by the nerve system. Obstruction to normal operations of the nerve system can result in decreased energy production and fatigue.

Herniated Disc

A herniated or bulging disc is a progression of DDD, and often secondary to structural shifts of the spine. Structural misalignment accelerates wear and tear unevenly and leads to tears of a disc, causing it to swell, bulge, and potentially herniate.

Jaw Pain/TMJ

Jaw pain, or TMJ, can result for structural misalignment of the mandible (lower jaw) itself, or dysfunction of the muscles which operate the jaw. Structural shifts of the upper spine can obstruct normal function of the nerves which control these muscles.

Migraines

Migraines and other headaches can result from muscle tension in the upper neck or poorly regulated blood vessel constriction and dilation surrounding the head. These structures are controlled by nerves branching from the upper spine, and issues arise when there are structural shifts in this area of the neck.

Muscle Tension

Muscles are controlled directly by nerves which branch outward from the spine. Any obstruction to these nerves impacts the function and coordination of your muscles. This can lead to muscle tension and soreness.

Neck Pain

Structural shifts of the upper spine can result in incoordination of the nerves, muscles and other soft tissues of the neck. This can create pain and discomfort as the muscles tighten.

Numbness/Tingling

Numbness and tingling, whether to the hands, feet, or other areas of the body are a sign of a long standing structural shift of the spine. Obstruction of normal nerve function can cause the nerves to work improperly, leading to abnormal sensations.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can result from a structural misalignment of the ankle, or dysfunction of the calf muscles and plantar fascia. Structural shifts in the lower back, which control the muscles of the lower leg, contribute to the discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis.

Sciatica

Sciatica is characterized by a radiating pain into the buttocks and/or leg. The sciatic nerve is a large nerve formed by smaller nerves branching from the lower back. Structural shifts can obstruct normal sciatic nerve function at this area resulting in pain.

Uterine Constraint

As a mom progresses through pregnancy, the pelvis and lower back have a higher likelihood of shifting from normal structure. This can place abnormal strain on the uterus, affecting a baby’s ability to move around, receive proper nutrition, and create discomfort for mom.

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