Although people generally associate chiropractic care with treatment for back pain, practitioners use spinal manipulation to treat other conditions. Nosebleeds are a common malady, but chronic nosebleeds aren't something that anyone wants to deal with. Sometimes, they can be downright scary.
If you get nosebleeds frequently, and need to have more invasive medical treatments repeated, chiropractic care may be the alternative answer you've been looking for. Chiropractic treatment has helped both children and adults who suffer from recurrent nosebleeds.
Cause of Bleeding
The blood vessels in the tissue lining the nasal cavity are tiny and fragile, so it doesn't take much for them to burst and cause a nosebleed. Vessels that are close to the surface are usually what cause bleeding.
Most nosebleeds are anterior nosebleeds that come from the front of the nose. Although this type of nosebleed isn't typically a symptom of a serious health problem, it can be unsettling each time you see bright red blood running out of your nose.
Role of Nerve Supply
Who would think that a problem with your spine could be the cause of your nosebleeds? Chiropractic physicians don't know why, but treating neck and spinal problems often stops recurrent nosebleeds.
Blood circulation to the mucosal lining inside your nose may have something to do with it. Vessels dilating and constricting change blood flow, affecting how effectively nerves can work. Pinched nerves in the spinal column are no exception.
If nerves in the neck get compressed because of subluxations, or misalignments of the spine, bleeding in nasal tissue can occur. Compression affects the vessels of the nerves in the neck that supply the nose. However, good nerve supply is needed to conduct impulses between the spinal cord and other areas of the body.
Problem with Misalignment
When vertebrae in the neck shift, your neck and head become misaligned. Falls, injuries, and accidents can cause misalignment, which will show on x-rays of the head and neck.
Correcting the alignment of the neck and upper spine increases oxygen and blood circulation to the body, which helps it to work more efficiently. Consequently, spontaneous nosebleeds often stop following chiropractic treatment.
See your family doctor to make sure there isn't an underlying medical problem that needs to be treated before scheduling an appointment with a chiropractor. While some causes of nosebleeds are minor, nosebleeds can be a symptom of something more serious going on.
Once your regular doctor rules out infection, an allergy, bleeding problem, a disease process, or other medical cause, a chiropractor like those at Moss Chiropractic can then evaluate you to determine if you have a spinal misalignment that could be contributing to your nosebleeds.