What is Shingles (Herpes Zoster Virus)?

Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster (HZ), is a disorder that causes a painful rash and blisters on the skin, typically appearing in a belt-like pattern around one side of the torso. Although it most commonly presents at a dorsal root ganglion in the mid-back, it can affect any nerve distribution in the body and express the rash in that area. The virus is contracted by first being exposed to chickenpox, and once the symptoms are gone, the virus resides in the body for a long time, sometimes decades, waiting for an opportunity to reactivate, such as immunosuppression (decreased immunity), aging, or increased stress, causing the aforementioned symptoms.

In the midst of the 2 to 5-week shingles process, individuals may encounter Postherpetic Neuralgia (PHN), characterized by persistent pain lasting over 3 months after the rash subsides. This discomfort is expected to be experienced and stems from damage to the sensory nerves and requires specialised care.

For residents of Baulkham Hills and the wider Hills Area, chiropractic intervention proves beneficial in managing shingles-related symptoms. A chiropractor can address joint stiffness and pain that has been built up, offering relief and promoting improved nerve functioning. This holistic approach aims to realign the spine, contributing to overall well-being.

If you are seeking effective relief from shingles discomfort in Baulkham Hills or the Hills Area, our experienced team at Precision Health Clinics is ready to assist you. Book an appointment today to experience the benefits of chiropractic care and personalized attention. Contact us at (02) 9639 7337 or book online for relief and support during your shingles recovery.

Sampathkumar, P., Drage, L.A. and Martin, D.P., 2009, March. Herpes zoster (shingles) and postherpetic neuralgia. In Mayo Clinic Proceedings (Vol. 84, No. 3, pp. 274-280). Elsevier.

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