CHIROPRACTIC

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the science which concerns itself with the relationship between structure, (primarily the spine) and function, (primarily the nervous system) of the human body as that relationship may affect restoration and preservation of health. Chiropractic is a drugless health care method of relieving pain and restoring health. A Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) can balance the body structures through specific movements of the spine (called a chiropractic adjustment) and assist the body to heal naturally by recommending good body mechanics, exercise, good diet, supplementation, and by using physiotherapy modalities such as heat, cold, traction, ultrasound, electrical muscle stimulation. In some cases, Acupuncture or Dry Needling will be used. Most chiropractic physicians work with the balancing of the muscular systems of the body to create a more relaxed patient.

With such an abundance of chiropractors and specialists, many people get stuck "Doctor Shuffling", scurrying from doctor to doctor hoping he or she is "The One" that will handle their particular complaint. The Doctor of Chiropractic can eliminate the shuffle from doctor to doctor. As a family care physician, your chiropractor can be the primary entry to eliminate the "Doctor Shuffle." A well qualified chiropractic physician can handle 90% of your medical direction and additionally, have the expertise to recognize if your problem requires another specialists attention. For medical care, you will be referred to a medical doctor, who will see to your care in the proper manner.  Referrals to Surgeons, Podiatrists, or other Specialists are able to be handled by your Chiropractic Physician.

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With emphasis on musculoskeletal problems, Doctors of Chiropractic can effectively treat most of our everyday stress and strains. Knowing that aches and pains, headaches and numbness are correctable, you can make the treatment by Chiropractic your most effective choice for health care. Each patient receives a thorough physical examination to determine the amount and type of care necessary to alleviate your complaint. I will discuss with you the type of care that will bring you the most relief, and the time involved in correction of your problem.

Chiropractic works through restoring the normal function of the spinal (and other) joints of the body and allowing the body's natural healing processes to take effect. In essence, we remove the restrictions to healing. (When caused at the spine, this is often referred to as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex). It has to do with removal of interference to nerve fibers through proprioceptive responses to the chiropractic therapy. 

How Does Chiropractic Work?

 

Chiropractic works through restoring the normal function of the spinal (and other) joints of the body and allowing the body's natural healing processes to take effect. In essence, we remove the restrictions to healing. (When caused at the spine, this is often referred to as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex). It has to do with removal of interference to nerve fibers through proprioceptive responses to the chiropractic therapy. 

This proprioceptive response creates measurable chemical changes in the body which affects the spinal nerves, spinal discs, muscles, ligaments and tendons.  A Doctor of Chiropractic corrects nerve interferences and spinal misalignments through a technique called an adjustment.  This is where a low force is applied to the affected spinal region(s) to restore proper realignment.  For those of you who have been adjusted in the past, you know it feels as if pressure has been taken off the area almost immediately and is not painful.  We do get many patients at the clinic who request a low force type of adjustment, so aside from traditional adjusting methods (Palmer Diversified and Gonstead), Dr. Jon Tanner is also trained in using the Impulse Adjusting Technique.  We offer Activator adjustments as well.

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What is a Subluxation?

 

A subluxation complex is the dis-relationship of two or more spinal vertebrae causing one or more of the following:

  • Nerve irritation

  • Nerve encroachment (putting pressure where the nerve exits the spine)

  • Swelling of the joint spaces between the vertebrae

  • Muscle tightness or spasm of the surrounding area

  • Abnormal pressure or pulling on muscles, tendons and ligaments

  • Twisting, tilting or tearing of the intervertebral disc

  • Tearing of the supportive ligaments causing too much motion

  • Compression of the joint space allowing too little motion

 

Sometimes this complex can be very severe (such as after an injury) and sometimes it can be long term (such as in arthritic conditions).

In most instances, a subluxation complex will cause pain.

 

Can Chiropractors Prescribe Medication?

 

No, Doctor's of Chiropractic are NOT licensed to prescribe or dispense ANY medication.  If you are looking of any medication or refills, please know that I am not able to assist you.