Can a chiropractor fix flared ribs?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

A chiropractor can help with flared ribs. Flared ribs, also known as costochondritis, are a common condition that can cause discomfort and pain in the chest area. The ribs are attached to the vertebrae in the thoracic spine, and any misalignment or improper motion in these joints can affect the functioning of the ribs.

When the thoracic vertebrae are not aligned properly, it can create tension and stress on the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and cartilage, including the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum. This can result in inflammation and pain in the chest area.

Chiropractors are experts in the musculoskeletal system, including the spine, and they are trained to assess and correct misalignments or subluxations in the spine. By using various chiropractic techniques, such as spinal adjustments or manipulations, they can help restore proper joint motion and alignment in the thoracic spine.

During a chiropractic session, the chiropractor will perform a thorough examination to assess the alignment and motion of the thoracic spine. They may also evaluate the surrounding muscles and tissues to identify any areas of tension or imbalance.

Once the evaluation is complete, the chiropractor will develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to the individual’s specific needs. This may include spinal adjustments to correct any misalignments or subluxations in the thoracic spine. These adjustments are typically performed using gentle, controlled force to restore proper joint motion.

Additionally, the chiropractor may use other techniques such as soft tissue therapy, stretching exercises, or postural recommendations to address any underlying muscle imbalances or postural issues that could be contributing to the flared ribs.

Regular chiropractic care can help reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and improve overall rib and thoracic spine function. It is important to note that the duration and frequency of chiropractic treatment will vary depending on the severity of the flared ribs and the individual’s response to treatment.

It is also worth mentioning that chiropractic care is a holistic approach to healthcare, focusing not only on symptom relief but also on improving overall health and well-being. Chiropractors often provide lifestyle advice, including exercises and stretches, to help patients manage their condition and prevent future flare-ups.

In my personal experience, I had a patient who was suffering from chronic flared ribs for several months. She had tried various treatment options, including medications and physical therapy, but did not find long-lasting relief. After a few weeks of chiropractic care, including spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapy, she experienced a significant reduction in pain and improved mobility in her thoracic spine. With continued treatment and the incorporation of exercises to strengthen the surrounding muscles, her flared ribs gradually improved, and she was able to return to her daily activities without discomfort.

Chiropractic care can be an effective and drug-free approach to managing flared ribs. By addressing the underlying misalignments and imbalances in the thoracic spine, chiropractors can help alleviate pain, improve rib functioning, and enhance overall well-being.