When I graduated and started in practice back over 10 years ago, here in Manassas, I never realized just how many cases of erectile dysfunction are out there. I also never thought that people in the northern virginia area would think of coming to a Chiropractor for erectile dysfunction!
AND I WAS RIGHT!! They don’t typically come to me for the primary symptom of erectile dysfunction in Manassas, Virginia. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t see it in my clinic!
In fact, I routinely treat individuals with erectile dysfunction in my clinic, and they get excellent results!! But that usually isn’t why they sought out my care.
You see, typically people in this area (and this is NOT true of people in other parts of the country or world) see out my care because they have neck pain, back pain, headaches, sciatica, or carpal tunnel. These are what is known as Neuromusculoskelatal disorders. (Nerve, muscle, bone) problems. These are called “Somatic” symptoms, usually caused by inflammation.
However, when the Nerve is inflamed, it can spread like wildfire!!
The nerves in the lower back feed the muscles in the back, and that’s typically where a person feels back pain — a somatic symptom of nerve inflammation.
But the nerves in the lower back ALSO feed the intestines, bladder, and REPRODUCTIVE ORGANS!!!
So, IF the nerves in the lower back are on fire (inflammed), the person can get back pain.
But, those same nerves, if inflammed, can also cause dysfunction in the ORGANS that they are attached to!! In this case, the bladder, intestines, and/or reproductive organs!! These symptoms are referred to as “visceral” symptoms.
A person can have either BOTH somatic AND visceral symptoms, OR they can have just somatic, Or just visceral, depending upon the time in which the inflammation (pain, numbness, tingling) began, as well as where the nerve is inflammed, and which nerves–and what part of each nerve(s)—are involved.
So, many times, when a MAN comes into my office complaining of lower back pain, and I do a consultation with him, he tells me that he has also had erectile dysfunction!!! And many times, when I inquire deeper, it turns out that his erectile dysfunction onset coincides with the onset of his back pain/leg pain, etc.!!!
Getting the picture, here?
So, The good news is that when we begin treating that person, calming down the inflammation in his nerves in his lower back, not ONLY does he tell me (during his re-exam) that his Back pain has resolved, but he ALSO tells me that his MARRIAGE has improved :)!!!
And its not because I “cured” his erectile dysfunction!!! Its simply because we helped put the fire out in his nerves in the lower back that connect to that part of his body!!!
So, yes, I have helped many, many, many men reduce or eliminate the symptom of erectile dysfunction with Chiropractic adjustments and decompression therapy.
No Drugs. (In many cases they stopped taking Viagra, Cialis, etc. NOT because I told them too, but because they felt they didnt need the drugs anymore) No surgery. Results.
I would say that about HALF of the men that come in to our clinic with lower back pain, also have the symptom of erectile dysfunction. So, its VERY common with these types of conditions.
The good news is, they can be helped, naturally.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Steve Lininger