Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on removing interference or dysfunction of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, thereby allowing the body to express optimal general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, arm or leg pain, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer.
Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility and removes interference to the nervous system, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition. Additionally, Chiropractors will readily refer patients to the appropriate health care provider when chiropractic care is not suitable for the patient’s condition, or the condition warrants co-management in conjunction with other members of the health care team.
Read here for more information on the many benefits of regular chiropractic care.
Chiropractic is continually being proven to holistically heal the body, promoting proper function of the body’s integrated systems. Research shows it is more effective than medication or surgical approaches. It has been effective in treating and healing various illnesses and ailments including but not limited to:
- Back pain
- Bladder issues
- Blood pressure
- Bowel irregularity
- Headaches and migraines
- Skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis
- Thyroid irregularities
Chiropractic also helps achieve optimum function, keeping the body communicating properly in many instances including:
- Digestion/Intestinal Function
- Sports injury prevention
During a regular visit, patients will be manipulated in order to properly align the joints, enabling proper communication between the body’s systems. This adjustment ensures optimum functionality and performance.
Chiropractic manipulation releases air trapped between joints and nerves, so typically patients will hear a popping sound. This is normal and should not be painful.
As part of a consistent, comprehensive, whole-body wellness approach, regular chiropractic manipulation has significantly reduced patients’ medical costs by preventing injury and disease.
Massage therapy is essential for maintaining mobility and functionality of the body’s muscles. Regular massage helps release tension in order to achieve the best outcome and response to the chiropractic manipulation.
As part of the comprehensive wellness approach, we recommend weekly, hour-long massage sessions. In our office, our Licensed Massage Therapists seek to understand the root cause of the tension or pain, in order to best direct the therapy for each patient.
Posture is key to keeping the body functioning well. Chiropractic keeps the body aligned and returns it to its normal, intended state, but habits and abnormal posture can quickly reverse the proper alignment.
As part of our comprehensive approach to care, we introduce patients to regular exercises and stretches they can incorporate into their daily routine, in order to fix or maintain posture. We assess our patients in a structured setting, then provide them with the tools they need to correct their posture. Each body is different, and no two people will have the same need, so we take the time to look at each individual in order to offer him or her the best solution.
It has been said that food is medicine. Food can also be kryptonite, especially in this day-and-age of processed, refined, poorly prepared foods. It is absolutely crucial to proactively address nutrition and choose foods that will support the body’s natural function.
We offer nutrition assessment and advice to patients as part of our holistic wellness approach. Patients who have completed the 8 Weeks to Wellness program have seen improvements in their medical conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, to name a few.
Our thoughts control our actions. Our thoughts can encourage or discourage us. Mindfulness keeps our thoughts in check. Intentional thinking is a way to establish positive habits and behaviors. It is essential in adopting a lifestyle change.
As part of the 8 Weeks to Wellness program, we offer tips on how to maintain balance, ensuring that our patients’ spiritual well-being is aligned with their goals, in order to foster a healthy environment for achieving them.
Other Services We Provide
The following services are often utilized as part of our chiropractic manipulation or therapy process
Active Release Technique
ART® is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue system/movement-based massage technique that treats problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia, and nerves. Headaches, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems, and tennis elbow are just a few of the many conditions that can be resolved quickly and permanently with ART®. These conditions all have one important thing in common: they are often a result of cumulative mini-traumas resulting from chronic overuse as we go about our repetitive daily activities.
Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Manipulation (IASTM)
Much like ART, instruments effectively break down fascial restrictions and scar tissue. The ergonomic design of these instruments provides the doctor with the ability to locate restrictions through pressure or texture changes. This allows the clinician to treat the affected area with the appropriate amount of pressure, based upon the resistance encountered in the tissues. Restrictions within the soft tissue, which may have developed as a result of surgery, immobilization, or repetitive strain injuries, are broken down, allowing full functional restoration and tissue healing to occur.
Webster Technique Treatments
Jeanne Ohm, DC, one of the lead instructors for the Webster Technique, offers this description:
“The Webster technique is a specific sacral adjustment to help facilitate the mother’s pelvic alignment and nerve system function. This in turn balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, reduces torsion to the uterus and offers a greater potential for optimal fetal positioning. Originally used for breech presentations and then posterior presentations, current research is revealing the benefits of receiving the Webster technique throughout pregnancy for the prevention of dystocia (pain with pregnancy). The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association offers chiropractors advanced classes on care in pregnancy, including the Webster technique.”
NeuroKinetic Therapy is based on the premise that when an injury has occurred, certain muscles shut down or become inhibited, forcing other muscles to become overworked. This compensation pattern can create pain or tightness. By applying light pressure that the client then resists, the practitioner can evaluate the strength or weakness of each muscle, revealing the sources of injury and retraining the client’s body to remove the compensation patterns—reprogramming the body at the neural level.
This method of treatment utilizes an adhesive pad attached to an impulse machine, that forces small amounts of electronic force into the muscle to stimulate the healing process.