Developed over 100 years ago, Chiropractic is natural health care allowing the body to do what it was designed to do, heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic utilizes the scientific facts that your body is self-regulating, a self-healing organism, controlled by your brain, your spinal cord, and the nerves of your body. The vertebrae, which protect the nervous system, when misaligned or lose its normal motion cause malfunction of the nerves, affecting tissues and organs throughout the body, including the spine itself.
Chiropractors frequently help individuals with problems, such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also help patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the training for a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.
Chiropractors use various diagnostic methods, including x-rays, to discover the state of your health, paying particular attention to your spine and bone structure. Spinal adjustment is the primary method used to help your body heal itself.
~ "It's easier to stay well than to get well" ~
What to expect on your first visit:
A full health history will be taken. This information will provide your doctor with a thorough understanding of your current complaints and your history of injuries and/or illnesses.
You and your doctor will review your health history as a team. A history of spinal impacts, including auto-accidents, work, recreational and sport injuries will be reviewed, along with your current work and daily activity.
A thorough evaluation of posture, range of motion, leg length, muscle strength, reflexes, nerve sensations, palpation (touch), orthopedic and other tests will be conducted to help determine if joint fixations or spinal misalignments are affecting your health and function.
X-rays & Computerized Spinal Analysis
Your chiropractic examination may require x-rays. The x-rays reveal the degree of spinal misalignment, the phase of spinal degeneration, significant pathologies, and potential contraindications of care.
We use a number of highly-effective adjusting approaches to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference. The approach we use is based on our judgment and years of experience.
Chiropractic adjusting technique.
The primary adjusting techniques we use include:
This technique is the most widely used of all the chiropractic treatments. It is the classic chiropractic technique, developed by D.D. Palmer, DC. and taught in all chiropractic colleges..
After identifying which spinal bones have lost their normal motion or position, the chiropractor uses manual adjustments to treat subluxations of the spine and joints. It involves high-velocity and low-amplitude thrusts which are often accompanied by a 'clicking' or 'popping' sound (cavitation). This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
The Thompson Technique uses a unique "Segmental Drop Table" with pneumatic driven drop pieces for adjusting the dorsal, lumbar, and pelvic regions of the spine, which quickly lowers the section of the patient’s body corresponding with the spinal region being adjusted practitioner thrusts at high speed, using minimal force, because while the thrust initiates movement, the fast drop carries the joint through the remainder of its range of motion. An important procedure of the Thompson Technique is the "Leg Length System" an analysis system which is used to determine if there is any imbalance in the length of the legs while the patient is in a prone position on the table.
The Activator is a hand held spring loaded instrument that has been specifically designed to deliver a controlled, low-force, but high speed adjustment without undue strain to the patient. It is based on a dynamic approach in which biomechanical lesions are isolated through patient movements designed to identify the exact areas of dysfunction. The thrust delivered by this instrument is so quick that it accelerates ahead of the body’s own tendency to tighten up and resist the thrust of an adjustment. The accuracy and control of Activator is suitable for all types of patients ranging from pregnant women, babies and children, to athletes and senior citizens.