Chiropractors are licensed doctors who specialize in the location and correction of Spinal Subluxations using the Spinal Adjustment. Learn more
Chiropractors are licensed doctors who specialize in the location and correction of Spinal Subluxations using the Spinal Adjustment. We are trained in musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment relating to pinched nerves. These pinched nerves are due to mechanical imbalances of the human frame. Chiropractors have many years of study in the muscular, spinal and nervous systems and their relationship to normal body functions. This makes us highly qualified to care for numerous chronic and severe conditions.
Chiropractic And The Workplace
So many of us in today’s ever adapting world of technology spend most of our workdays hunched in front of a computer striking key after key trying to finish that last assignment of the day. With our shoulders forward, head facing down while our low backs reverse their natural curve can be disastrous on health. According to the British Chiropractic Association the seated posture alone actually doubles the load of pressure put on the spine. Add to this an 8-10 hour workday, constant use of handheld technology and ‘poor’ seated posture and it’s no wonder the incidence of work related neck and back injury is on the rise. Fortunately there are several simple tricks to avoid these nagging pains and injuries.
Probably the most important of which is a proper seated posture when at your desk. This means your lower spine should be tucked all the way up to the back of your seat throwing your shoulders back while your ears are located just above the shoulders. This posture helps to redistribute the weight load on your spine taking pressure off the lower cervical and lumbar vertebrae. It will also take much of the strain off the upper back and lower neck muscles. If you find yourself creeping ever closer to your computer screen as your eyes begin to tire, try instead to pull the screen towards you. Another helpful hint is to find a lumbar support pillow, this helps by keeping the lower back in its proper curvature forcing the rest of the spine to follow. Bad posture over time can lead to spinal misalignments, sprain/strains, muscle imbalances, headaches and disc bulges resulting in conditions such as sciatica.
These conditions are often tough to treat using the conventional medical model. Often the only option is multiple different medications to control the pain or relax the muscles which in turn can lead to gastrointestinal issues, liver toxicity, heart troubles or addiction. The trouble with these medications is they do not treat the root cause of the problem. However, Chiropractic care works by carefully and painlessly manipulating the spine to restore it to its proper alignment allowing the body to return to homeostasis and alleviating the symptoms.
A Dr. of Chiropractic will work with you to not only treat your condition but also teach you ways to prevent it from coming back. Proper spinal care is absolutely necessary for ones body to function at 100% because our nerves supply every tissue in our body. When the spine is not maintained properly it can lead to a variety of different conditions.
For example poor posture can lead to misalignments in the cervical spine causing interference with the tissues located near the brainstem. These tissues may become inflamed causing more compression of nervous and venous tissues leading to a cervicogenic headache or migraine. A Dr. of Chiropractic will locate these misalignments and correct them through a series of adjustments to restore normal motion within the spine.
The long term effects of poor posture in the lumbar spine can be seen with conditions such as sciatica. Often this is caused by the reversal of the lumbar curve causing an improper weight distribution especially in the lower lumbar vertebrae. This can lead to disc herniation which can put pressure on the spinal cord and the nerves exiting the spine. A Chiropractor will work by trying to restore the natural curve of the lumbar spine by manipulating the area using very precise techniques. This allows the disc to absorb back to its original position taking the pressure off the cord and surrounding nerve roots.
Chiropractors treat a wide variety of conditions including spondylitis, arthritis, disc bulges, migranes just to name a few. The spinal adjustment is paramount in allowing the body to heal itself. Along with these necessary adjustments you may be taught exercises, advised on postural correction, supplement or dietary advice. All of these factors go into the promotion of a healthy spine which will ensure a healthy lifestyle.
Following your initial workup and first adjustment there are a few things that you may need to know.
- While the initial adjustment may have caused little to no pain 24-48 hours post adjustment there may be some minor discomfort in the region that was adjusted.
- If you do experience any increased tenderness simply apply an ice pack to the area for 15 to 20 minutes. This can be repeated as needed with 15 minute intervals in between each application.
- Do not use heat packs following the initial adjustment as this may increase the amount of inflammation in the tissue.
- If possible, take rest and avoid any sudden movements to the spine. This will allow the first adjustment to settle easier.
Chiropractic And The Slipped Disc
A disc herniation, commonly referred to as a slipped or bulged disc is a condition of the spine that can cause a tremendous amount of pain. Patients often complain of severe back pain that can radiate down the arms or legs. Many times people with this condition are referred to undergo costly and risky surgery to relieve the symptoms. Chiropractic care is a medical profession developed over 100 years ago in the United States that offers a safe and effective cure for conditions of the spine such as a slipped disc.
Chiropractic care is unique in its approach to treating conditions of the spine. It is safer and much cheaper alternative to the surgical approach. It works by making simple adjustments to the spine and allowing the body to heal itself. It is safe and effective only when done by a trained Dr. of Chiropractic.
Dr. Spine Chiropractic clinic employs a licensed Dr. of Chiropractic who has successfully treated many slipped discs. A slipped disc is best treated using a combination of light manual adjustments to the vertebrae with the addition of a technique known as flexion and distraction. The manual adjustments are very specific to the misaligned vertebrae that are commonly found in spines that have slipped discs. After the vertebrae are aligned to their normal positions the patient will often undergo flexion and distraction. This painless technique helps to decompress the spine and allows the slipped disc to return to its normal alignment. Once this has been done the pressure on the surrounding nerves is relieved and the pain disappears.
During the treatment plan a patient with a slipped disc will also be given a series of small exercises to help strengthen the back or neck in order to avoid a reoccurrence in the future. This is done with in conjunction with postural and nutritional advice all aimed at treating the body as a whole. Each of these pieces together helps to facilitate the speed and effectiveness of the treatment and allows for faster healing time and pain free patients.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. A dysfunction in one of the vertebrae of the spine will lead to reduced or impinged nerve flow. This can manifest in the body in many ways including pain, numbness, tingling, burning sensations, muscle weakness and even organ dysfunction. Chiropractic treatments are focused on realigning these vertebrae to their proper position by using manual adjusting procedures specific to the displaced or subluxated vertebrae.
What Does A Chiropractor Do?
A Chiropractor uses a variety of techniques to determine which vertebrae or joint is misaligned. This includes postural analysis, range of motion tests, orthopedic tests, muscle and reflex testing, Xray/MRI analysis, sensory analysis and instrumentation to determine precisely at which level or levels the dysfunction is taking place. Once the misaligned vertebra or vertebrae are located a manual/instrumental adjustment will be delivered to the joint to properly align the vertebra and restore proper nerve flow.
Does An Adjustment Hurt?
No, typically patients report no pain when an adjustment is given. Often times a popping or cracking noise can be heard which is merely nitrogen deposits being released as the joints are realigned.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Chiropractic is a very safe non invasive procedure when preformed by a trained professional. It is the number one non-invasive treatment protocol for spine related issues such as neck pain, back pain, headaches, herniated discs (disc bulge/slipped disc) etc.
What Type Of Training/Education Do Chiropractors Receive?
Chiropractors undergo a rigorous course load that can only begin after an undergraduate degree has been obtained. They focus on all of the subjects a MD must learn including Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Neurology, Biochemistry etc. They begin evaluating the spine from day one using the techniques discussed above to determine where a misaligned vertebra is and the best technique to correct it. To become a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic one must pass all respective classes in the curriculum, pass all four National Board Examinations and see a specified number of patients under the guise of a licensed Chiropractic physician.
Is Chiropractic Care Expensive?
Chiropractic care is generally inexpensive compared to its medical counterparts. A simple diagnosis typically involves only a few short treatments coupled with at home exercises or procedures to help restore mobility in the spine and prevent the problem from reoccurring. More complex cases may involve several treatments over the period of a few weeks or months.
Why Choose Chiropractic?
Chiropractic treats a variety of conditions and disorders for people of all ages. The most important idea to keep in mind is that Chiropractic is a non invasive safe alternative to most medical treatments. It is a relatively inexpensive treatment without any long lasting adverse side effects that are often found using the conventional medical model.
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What is Chiropractic Care? What is Physical Therapy Care?
These questions are asked often by professionals and lay people all over the world. Would be patients who experience musculo-skeletal pain especially due to post physical trauma like a car accident, sports injury or repetitive stress ask these controversial questions. They also ask just who do I see to solve my problem. Before defining and comparing and contrasting, patients will always choose which discipline will give them the most HOPE for relief and healing.
Let us start with Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy is designed to give balance to the body with the adjunct of stretching, resistive exercises, endurance training, aspects of range of motion exercises. This all may include the following: Pilates; weight training; swimming; intensive active and passive stretching; and yoga.
Chiropractic is designed to restore the balance of the body and improve function by adjusting the vertebra of the spine and other joints of the body to remove nerve interference thus restoring the natural communication between the brain and the body using the central and peripheral nervous systems.
The primary problem in all patients is dysfunction of health. The nervous system must be without interference so there is function which means health.
Both Chiropractic and Physical therapy have there place in helping patients get well. One can not say it is better then the other.
However, all patients must first seek chiropractic care first. Why? The primary problem is centered in the spine. The spine goes through many traumas and is weight bearing so gravity over time plays a big role in its deformities as in degenerative changes that creates more pain and muscle imbalances.
Once the spine is addressed with chiropractic adjustments to the spine and other joints of the extremities if needed, then the adjunct of physical therapy plays a huge role in the total healing experience for patients. So in seeking chiropractic care the problem shall be discovered and explained with resolution. The solution first is to correct the spinal misalignments and allow the nervous system to be restored and promote healing. This gives the body power and function to due the next indicated step: strengthening, stretching, and endurance training which is a healing offer by physical therapy.
In Conclusion Chiropractic and Physical Therapy work together very well for the total healing experience for all patients. It is important to explain the differences and the common goals of healing from both Chiropractic and Physical Therapy to the patient when asked so the truth is always known and the patient receives the greatest gift: HOPE.