A Chiropractor provides Chiropractic care which involves gentle techniques to mobilize your joints and relieve nerve pressure. Nerve and joint pressure cause muscles to tighten. Relieving nerve pressure alleviates or eliminates pain. Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts, and as a science is based on the premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. When body structures (cells, organs) are functioning normally, a state of health or normal physiology is said to exist. However, when the body's physiology is abnormal, a disease state begins. And simply put, what controls the function of every cell and organ in the body, including the immune system...? The answer is the nervous system. Chiropractic deals directly with restoring the full potential of the nervous system and hence the functioning of the entire body
An adjustment, means the specific manipulation of vertebrae which have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. Chiropractors spend countless hours learning motion palpation (the art of examining by movement and touch) and special spinal examining procedures in order to administer a specific spinal adjustment. Considerable skill and dexterity are required to become proficient in the art of Chiropractic. Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine where spinal derangement (called subluxations) have been detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand, and is usually a quick, yet small pressure applied to an area of the spine in just the right direction, and with just the right amout of force, to correct the misalignment. The are many other techniques in the Chiropractic field, and not all require a force given by the doctor's hand. Other techniques use specialized adjusting tables, the force of gravity, or specialized instruments to meet the needs of the patient. All techniques, or adjustments, serve one purpose, to remove spinal subluxations and restore the natural healing power of the body.
The number of treatments will vary depending on the problem and individual. After a thorough assessment, we will discuss your treatment plan for the rehabilitation process.
On your first visit to our office, you will be greeted by members of our staff, who will treat you like family. If you didn't print out your paperwork from our website, you will be given a few forms to fill out that will help the doctor with your health history and the nature of your problem.
After completing the paperwork, you'll meet one of the Chiropractors and begin your examination. To really understand what it is we are looking for, a patient should first understand how Chiropractic works. We can then go on to explain WHAT it is we are looking for... and then finally HOW we look for it.
Treatment duration depends on your diagnosis, the severity of your impairments, your past medical history, and other factors. Re-evaluations will be done to assess your progress and we will work closely with you to help you achieve your overall goals.
We see and treat patients for a wide range of conditions and diagnoses. Please visit our Services for an extensive list of conditions and diagnoses we see patients for.
No, Chiropractors can assess and treat without referral by a doctor. If paying with health insurance we do suggest you contact your provider as some do require a doctors referral before they authorize coverage--most only require a phone call.
We will check with your health insurance provide to determine if services are covered under your plan. We recommend that you confirm your insurance coverage if you have any questions, but please note that we offer many Payment Options as well.
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From the words of The New Zealand Commission Report, it found Chiropractic to be "remarkably safe." The Manga Report overwhelmingly supported the efficacy, safety, scientific validity, and cost-effectiveness of Chiropractic for low back pain. The RAND Report also states that Chiropractic may be of some benefit to low back pain, and this was stated by medical doctors. The list of research goes on and on...all stating the safety and application of Chiropractic. Spinal manipulation should only be performed by a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic (DC). Chiropractors spend over 450 hours in a clinical setting and over 2500 hours in a classroom setting learning the specific art of adjusting, anatomy and physiology, pathology, neurology, X-ray procedures and orthopedics. Chiropractic has been around for over 100 years, healing people naturally, without drugs or surgery, there is no safer way to get better.
Great question. One that deserves more time and space.
Fact one: the nervous system controls and coordinates the function of EVERY cell, organ, and organ system in the body (immune system, cardiopulmonary system, etc).
Fact two: Chiropractic deals directly with the nervous system, by removing spinal subluxations which interfere greatly with the normal functioning of this system.
Fact three: at each level of the spine, or at each bone in the spine, specific nerves run from the brain, to the various cells and organs of the body.
Fact four: if a misalignment occurs at one of these bones, it literally "pinches" the nerve, causing change in motion, decreased blood flow to the area, change in muscle function, and a change in function to wherever that nerve is going...for example, the stomach.All these factors are what Chiropractors term a "subluxation."
Take these 4 facts and what do you have? It means that Chiropractors, by adjusting the SPINE, can affect ANY area of the body, and help correct a variety of ailments.
Just because the Chiropractor adjusts a person's back, doesn't mean they only fix back pain! This is another of the biggest misconceptions about Chiropractic. Chiropractors adjust the back because it's where the nervous system is located! The brain and spinal cord run right down the spine, and by adjusting, or correcting, spinal misalignments, we are directly affecting the nervous system, trying to restore it to full potential. Many chiropractors are also trained in adjusting other areas of the body as well...including the shoulder, elbow, wrist, knee and ankle.
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