WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a "hands-on" form of treatment for several different complaints. It commonly involves manual manipulation of the body. Chiropractors diagnose and treat patients whose health problems are associated with the body's muscular, nervous and skeletal systems, especially the spine. Chiropractic care focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms.
WHY DOES THE SPINE MATTER?
Your spine is designed to support your weight and protect your spinal cord, the vital link from your brain to the rest of your body. Since the spinal nerves affect all parts of your body, problems in the spine can cause other problems as well.
COMMON CONDITIONS TREATED
- Vertebrae: Bones in your spine can become misaligned, irritating nerves or causing muscles to stretch unevenly. Joints where vertebrae connect can lock up, causing symptoms of pain or discomfort.
- Discs: Cushioning discs between the vertebrae can bulge or rupture. This may put pressure on nerves or the spinal cord, leading to pain or numbness in your neck, back, arms or legs.
- Nerves: Message-carrying nerves can become irritated, pinched or stretched. This can cause pain, numbness or tingling in your back or in other parts of your body.
- Muscles and Ligaments: Supportive muscles and the vertebrae's connecting ligaments can become stretched, torn or out of balance. Then vertebrae lose needed support and movement becomes restricted.
HOW DOES CHIROPRACTIC WORK?
- LOW BACK PAIN
- HIP/LEG/KNEE PAIN
- NECK PAIN
- SHOULDER/ARM/ELBOW PAIN
- CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
- DISC HERNIATIONS
- FIBROMY ALGIA
- STRESS MANAGEMENT
I like to say that chiropractic is "nothing more than engineering for the spine". Posture is the number one consideration and cause of pain and symptoms of discomfort. Curves in the spine are important to the integrity of the structure and how they developed. In most cases soft tissue structures (muscle, tendons, ligaments and joint capsule) influence the curves, but less common, shape of anatomy (eg. vertebrae) may be the issue. Proper movement encourages good joint health. Restoring flexibility to a joint complex with manual manipulation (aka adjustment) and/or muscle therapy is the process of healing symptoms. Identifying areas of weakness will also be considered. Suggestions of what you can do at home (strengthening/stretching exercises) will also be addressed.
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
An adjustment is a gentle realignment of a joint complex. With the hands, a joint can be moved a little further than one would be able to do on their own. The vacuum that exists in most joints in the body is overcome and small bubbles of gas are created in the synovial fluid between the joints. These bubbles can cause the audible 'snap', which can often accompany manipulation. This sound is not caused by bones grating against each other or by something being torn. The purpose is to normalize the function of the joints and muscles and to ease, or remove pain. Manipulation of this manner will be avoided in cases of severe injury, joint instability or diseases such as osteoporosis or osteoarthritis.
CAN YOU ADJUST YOURSELF?
It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create "popping" sounds, like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. Since an adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself.
HOW LONG WILL YOU NEED CARE?
Long standing problems will benefit from additional treatments to encourage more complete healing and to find out if chiropractic is the right approach for you. Research suggests ligaments and muscles that support the spine takes longer to heal than indicated by how you feel. The body continues heal these tissues after your symptoms are gone. Some conditions may benefit from supportive care to keep symptoms manageable. Treatments are specific to your age, physical condition and health goals. Some find that crisis management works fine for them.
WHAT TO EXPECT ON YOUR FIRST VISIT?
I will ask questions to get as accurate a picture of the problem as possible; your health history, lifestyle, including recreational and work-related activities, and medicine taken. Examination along with orthopedic testing will also be incorporated to decide whether the problem qualifies for chiropractic treatment and to make as precise a diagnosis as possible. If you have a condition that feel may be helped with chiropractic treatment, I will explain the treatment process and how it may benefit you. I will also share how your condition may be handled by other health practitioners so that you are aware of other treatment options before I receive your consent. The initial visit may take up to an hour that would include an exam and treatment. Subsequent visits tend to be shorter and more focused on therapy. I am respectfull of your time, experience and results.
HEALTH INSURANCE ACCEPTED
Excellus, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna,Empire and United Healthcare. All policy benefits vary with each insurance company and each policy. Referrals for chiropractic care are rarely necessary.
All Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Health Savings Accounts (HSA) American Express, Discover, MC & VISA are accepted.
Do not hesitate to call or email any questions or concerns.
Clinic PH (585) 350-8522
(Voice, Text) or email Pamela