Chiropractic is a clinical science that is based upon a law of biology, that there is born in living things an ability to be healthy. And, secondly, it draws on the theory of physiology that there is a system in the body, the nervous system, that controls and coordinates all other organs and structures and relates the organism to its environment.

The clinical science of Chiropractic hypothesizes an association between the nervous system and health in the body. Chiropractic was originally conjectured by its founder as that science that was going to investigate how the framework could interfere with the integrity of the nervous system and its ability to control and coordinate all other organs and structures.

Chiropractic is :

 

  1. An approach to health that utilizes the body’s inherent and natural recuperative powers.

  2. A healing science that places emphasis on maintaining the structural integrity of the body.

  3. A method of health care that is conservative and that does not utilize drugs or surgery.

Chiropractic, from its early beginnings, has endorsed the idea of wellness. It is a holistic (total person) method that deals with treating the cause of the problem rather than just the symptoms. Chiropractic considers all aspects of the patient’s life: family history; work; lifestyle and environment; diet; exercise regimen; attention to prevention; and physical and emotional stress factors.

Chiropractic is based on several essential principles, including:
The nervous system, comprised of the brain, the spinal cord and billions of nerve fibers, controls and coordinates all other organs and structures, and relates the individual to the changing environment.
The bony spine, although designed to protect the delicate nervous tissue within, can have restricted range of motion and affect the nerves. This interferes with nerve communications within the body. Experience and now research studies have shown that adjusting the subluxation can relieve nerve interference and allow the body to function normally, thus maintaining health.

What is an adjustment?

The intent of a spinal adjustment is to restore normal motion and function of the framework in order to restore normal function of the nerves. Chiropractors use several adjusting techniques to accomplish that, many characterized by a precise, specific thrust. The chiropractic adjustment generally differs from spinal manipulation practiced by a physical therapist or an osteopath because the chiropractic adjustment is more specific. It is done not just to mobilize a joint but to remove a subluxation. Indeed, the technique of chiropractic adjusting is a manual art requiring considerable knowledge and dexterity. Mastery of the art of adjusting takes extensive training and practice as does any other art.
The adjustment is a gentle, precise and effective placement, primarily by hand, of the vertebra into its correct position. Adjusting the vertebrae to restore normal function removes the irritation and helps the nervous system return to its natural efficiency. As a result, chiropractic adjustments support the body’s defense system, maximizing innate recuperative powers and minimizing the need for more invasive procedures.

Why Should I see A Doctor of Chiropractic?

With the growing awareness of the connection between lifestyle and the quality of one’s life has come an appreciation for drugless method of healing. Chiropractic care focuses on structural alignment of the spine and extremities while also considering the role of diet, exercise, and spiritual and mental balance.

How is it Different?

Your spine houses and protects the spinal cord, the “wiring” that carries the signals back and forth between your brain and every tissue and organ in your body. Where medicine uses drugs and surgery, chiropractic focuses on optimizing the body’s innate healing abilities via a method known as spinal manipulation. By applying pressure to restore normal mobility to malfunctioning areas of the spine, this often brings about pain relief and restoration of lost function. Treatment may also include appropriate physiotherapeutic modalities (heat, cold, massage), advice on nutrition and lifestyle modification and customized exercise program. Our focus is on patient empowerment and independence through education and self-help procedures.

Is the Procedure Painful?

Although each patient reacts differently, the procedure is rarely painful. It can cause a variety of reactions from temporary soreness to a sense of relief and well-being.

How Are Chiropractors Trained?

Although a two year pre-chiropractic education emphasizing the basic sciences is required, many chiropractors attain a bachelors degree before entering a chiropractic college. The core curriculum chiropractors receive includes over 4,400 hours (a five year academic course) of classes in anatomy, physiology, pathology, diagnosis, laboratory, nutrition and many hours of training in physical medicine including a 550-hour internship curriculum program–very similar to a medical school curriculum.

How Long Will it Take?

That depends on several factors. Your age, physical condition, previous history of accidents or surgeries, occupational requirements and how well you adhere to our treatment program. Relief of pain usually happens quickly (within a month), though stabilizing your condition may take longer. This will be discussed with you before you start treatment, based on your personal needs.

What Is The Treatment Like?

Treatment in our office is directed along a 4-phase recovery program:

  1. Acute Intervention – the use of orthopedic support, non-narcotic supplementation (if necessary), ice or other modalities to control inflammation and alleviate pain.

  2. Remobilization – the use of manipulation and/or mobilization to increase pain-free ranges of motion and minimize deconditioning.

  3. Rehabilitation – to restore strength and endurance through doctor-directed stretching and stabilization exercise.

  4. Life Style Modification – adaptation of daily activities and work habits to diminish the likelihood of recurrence.

Anything Else I Should Know About?

Yes. Our primary concern in our practice is the well-being of our patient. We go to great lengths to make our patients feel comfortable and cared for with dignity, respect and the highest ethical standards. If, at any time, you feel otherwise once you become a patient, please let us know. We are here to serve you in every way possible.

How Do I Know if I’m a Chiropractic Patient?

First, we’ll start with a comprehensive history, including everything from your past medical history, lifestyle habits, job requirements, etc. to uncover hidden sources of stress in your life. This is followed by a very thorough physical examination to determine the cause of your problems.
The following are common conditions of patients who come to us:

  1. Low back, hip and/or leg pain or numbness

  2. Neck, shoulder and arm pain, tingling or numbness

  3. Chronic headaches

  4. Knee and/or ankle pain or injury

  5. All types of sports, dance and work injuries

  6. Carpal Tunnel symptoms

  7. Pain between shoulder blades

  8. Difficulty sitting, bending and lifting

  9. Problems sleeping due to neck or back pain

  10. Unsuccessful neck or back surgery resulting in recurrent symptoms

  11. Recommended for surgery by another physician

  12. Progressive weakness in an arm or leg

  13. Recurring joint pain, stiffness or swelling

  14. Auto accident injury

  15. Inability to walk for reasonable distances without back or leg pain

  16. General malaise or weakness

  17. Inability to perform daily activities

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