What do we treat?
Though people often think of chiropractors as back doctors, we actually work with muscles, joints and nerves throughout the body. When not functioning properly, irritation of the muscles, joints, and nerves can present with a wide range of symptoms. Below is a partial list of what we treat:
Face and jaw pain
Arm pain, numbness & weakness
| Muscle spasms
Leg pain, numbness & weakness
If you have questions about a particular condition, please contact us.
What is Chiropractic?
Though chiropractic is best known for treating back pain, neck pain and headaches, it is more accurate to think of chiropractic as a functional approach to overall health care.
Functional vs. Pathological
Pathology is an identifiable condition that is reducing or reversing your body's ability to be healthy. Pathology is often visible or identifiable with imaging or lab tests. Examples of pathology would be fractures, tumors, or systemic diseases such as diabetes. Medical doctors are experts at identifying and addressing such pathological problems.
Often pathology cannot be identified. You may have low back and leg pain but there are no signs of an injured muscle or fracture, and the MRI does not show a bulging disc or compressed nerve. In such cases, the pain is often generated because something is just not quite working (or functioning) properly, causing an otherwise normal action (e.g. walking, sitting, bending) to produce pain. Irritation within joints, conditions that alter muscle tone, and pressure to nerves can create pain. Chiropractors are experts at identifying and correcting these functional problems.
Sometimes pathology is caused by abnormal functioning of muscles, joints, and nerves. Muscles that are too tight may increase pressure on discs or nerves and create significant problems. Such pathological conditions, when secondary to functional problems, often respond very well to chiropractic treatment.
After assessing how muscles, joints, and nerves are working (or functioning), chiropractors identify and correct problem areas. Chiropractic is not limited to the spine, but can be applied to limb problems as well.
Such areas of dysfunction create a wide variety of symptoms. Symptoms occur both at the site of the problem and, because of how nerves may be affected, distant to the site of the problem.
Regardless of your symptoms, we find and correct the underlying functional problems. Our goal is to maximize your health by improving how your body functions.
You will find additional information at these links:
- What is Chiropractic (American Chiropractic Association)
- Back Pain Statistics (American Chiropractic Association)
- Chiropractic History & Education (American Chiropractic Association)
Our Treatment Methods
Chiropractic doesn't have to be rough and painful!
Our primary treatment is called an adjustment. We use devices that generate a very fast stretch to the joint or muscle being addressed. This is referred to as instrument assisted adjusting. Because of the incredible speed (up to 300 times faster than manipulation by hand) and controlled thrust (a fraction of an inch in depth), you are able to lie in a relaxed neutral position and the treatment is relatively painless.
Tight muscles may cause pain by themselves or via pressuring joints or nerves. The very quick stretches (adjustments) allow them to reset to a more appropriate tone by influencing receptors within the muscles and tendons. Consequently, joints are able to move more freely and nerve pressure is reduced.
In addition to the adjustment, when necessary we use different forms of muscle therapy (various stretches, trigger point therapy, etc.), traction, and instruct on the use of exercises, cold and heat therapy.
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Our Commitment to You
Relieving your pain and improving your health is our primary goal.
We will fully consider different diagnoses and determine the most appropriate treatment approach for your condition, considering both mainstream medical and alternative approaches, and make recommendations and referrals when indicated.
We will provide appropriate, safe, and efficient treatment.
We will discuss with you how to avoid recurrent episodes or break chronic patterns of pain. By identifying probable causes we can make recommendations to remedy such issues.
We will serve as a resource for those interested in improving and maintaining better health by providing information and recommendations for wellness care, such as nutrition and exercise suggestions.
You are in charge of your health. We will work for you in any or all of these ways! If you ever feel we could better serve you, please go to the contact page and call or email any one of us with your comments.
Research & Chiropractic
The research explaining and supporting the use of chiropractic treatment continues to improve in both quantity and quality. For those interested we will use this section to provide brief reviews and/or links to interesting research studies.
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