A doctor of chiropractic locates and removes small misalignments in the spinal column. These misalignments of the vertebrae, called “subluxations,” cause spinal nerve stress and irritation to your whole nervous system. They obstruct the flow of nerve impulses throughout the body, impede the proper functioning of the body, and decrease quality of life by causing pain and stress. Since nerves run throughout the body from the spine, by adjusting the alignment of vertebrae, chiropractors can both restore range of motion in the spine as well as get the nerve impulses flowing to other organs in the body. All adjustments are unique. We draw from seven adjustment techniques in our clinic but all of them are accomplished by hand and none of them involve medication-it’s a 100% natural science.
Chiropractors have a minimum of seven and a half years post-secondary education. At the end of the program, which includes both the hard sciences of anatomy, physiology, and biology as well as the philosophy of chiropractic, we are awarded the degree Doctor of Chiropractic. We master a whole range of techniques that we learn to adapt to each patient’s individual needs.
Many patients originally come in for treatment for a specific problem, thinking that as soon as they start to feel better they will stop the treatment there. However, often people find the care so beneficial and the quality of life so improved that they choose to continue. In the end, it is always up to you to decide how long you want to reap the benefits of chiropractic care. We can tailor our treatments to your desires, schedule, and finances, gradually shifting the focus from specific subluxations to total maintenance of your healthy lifestyle.
Chiropractors treat a wide variety of chronic and acute conditions including but not limited to: sciatica low back pain sprain/strains headaches neck pain carpal tunnel syndrome scoliosis whiplash torticollis herniated discs thoracic outlet syndrome shoulder and arm pain tennis elbow.
Almost all insurance companies have policies that cover chiropractic benefits. Since each plan has different levels of coverage and benefits, feel free to call us ahead of time to check how much your personal health insurance covers. We will be happy to check your personal insurance benefits and get back to you right away. Even if your insurance doesn’t cover chiropractic care, no problem-many of our patients get treatment without insurance. We make chiropractic care very affordable, and we have flexible payment plan options to make sure you have access to the best care.
It all depends on how much you sit. Most of the time, when there is too much sitting, it tends to weaken the core. People have an overall tendency not to sit correctly. In general, they like to sit in two ways: either slumped or not using the chair correctly and in a forward position, which then causes you to slump anyway.
Headaches are sometimes associated with lower back pain. This generally occurs when people are holding their stress or their posture in the upper part of what’s called the trapezius, which is the muscle located right below the neck line. By having a forward posture, you are encouraging your body to go into a C-shape posture, which causes the shoulders to go around it, and then you lead with the head. In doing so, you can actually constrict the artery that allows blood to flow to the head, leading to tension headaches. Our bodies are dictated by our lower backs, which means that if we don’t maintain that curve, called a lower dotted curve, we will make our bodies stay in this forward head posture. This then puts a lot of strain on your back, due to the fact that the weight is being distributed unevenly.
Treatments to overcome lower back pain depend on a combination of things. I am looking at whether this is an acute or chronic condition and at how long it has been since the pain started. These factors all play a big role in what protocol we actually use when helping the patient out. As far as overcoming the pain, we would most likely start with the same thing, do a proper assessment as far as what needs to happen, give the patient a series of home exercises. There is another important factor in treatment and prevention: the job they do and their position during work plays a big role as far as affecting the patients’ back. So, depending on if your job is physical or if you have a sitting down job like most people do, the exercises and treatment alternatives will vary. Breaking the routine does play a big role, so going from a seated to a standing position, obviously will help a lower back condition. Lower back pain treatments are largely depending on the condition we need to treat. We may be dealing with the severity of a disbulge, with herniation, proliferation, prolapse. Depending on whatever it is, we treat according to protocol. So, someone who comes in with an acute condition they have not had in the past, will usually get treated very conservatively with chiropractics, and that usually involves manual adjustments. For a more complex version, like spinal decompression, we concentrate on the disc to distract it out, depending on the size of the herniation.
Work trauma can be any kind of trauma resulting from physical activity at work, or anything that’s a chronic condition, due to repetitive use of certain postures. And that can include sitting for prolonged periods of time, not taking regular breaks and not sitting correctly. Ergonomics does play a big role. Everyone spends a lot of money on trying to get the proper chairs and sitting on Swiss balls to try to regain some of that core. A lot of these issues can be corrected by just going from a sitting to a standing position and still maintaining your workload.
Ergonomics once again, does play a big role in preventing the Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This is usually alleviated by exercises based on stretching out the hands. The Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be prevented by decreasing that repetitive movement that you do over and over. You can use wrist guards and braces but a lot has to do with stretching the wrist out completely. If you don’t take care of it, the condition does get worse and if you allow it to get worse, it does lead to surgery.
Strengthening the core is a good way to improve the posture. Proper ergonomics as far as it maintains a good strong posture. Last but not least, getting up from a seated position strengthens the posture, because it activates the core.
Sitting all day, depending on how many years you’ve done it, is considered repetitive trauma. Most people that have been in a prolonged sitting posture for more than ten years will most likely end up with degeneration of the lower back. The most common area is the L5 S1, which makes up the lower part of the spine. When you sit, you actually lose that curvature in the back. It ends up being what’s called hyperlordosis, a decrease in the curvature, which then stresses out the bodies of the lumbar spine, leading to osteoarthritis.
By properly standing and distributing your weight, you are allowing the whole body to work as one. This way you’re not shifting from left to right, while at the same time being able to maintain your work capacity and workload.