Chiropractic care is one of the most helpful actions we can take for the balance and wellness of our total body while remaining one of the most misunderstood fields of medicine.
While visiting a chiropractor is similar to visiting other healthcare providers, it does have some unique elements. You will likely find the office setting and intake procedures quite familiar, but many notice the distinctive appearance of the chiropractic treatment table. These tables are often quite elaborate to allow specific positioning and movement during spinal adjustments and thus assist the chiropractic treatment. That paired with a general lack of knowledge of the practice of chiropractic care can make patients skeptical.
So, why chiropractic?
The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Pain is a massive hindrance to whatever you do, and it is vital to eliminate it right away.
A chiropractor’s job is to identify any mechanical issues of your body which causes spine-related pain to fix it immediately.
With this, a series of adjustment is worked out for the treatment.
Joint problems are common among individuals who are getting older and those active with sports. With chiropractic adjustments, coaxing those muscles that surround these stiff joints reduces inflammation and discomfort. This helps in normalizing mobility.
A certain level of pain not only irritates the mind but can affect job performance at work.
Whether your pain is affecting you at home, work, or little daily activities it is likely to add unnecessary levels of stress.
Stress is a drastic problem and a lot of people have experienced increases in their blood pressure because of it. This is why chiropractic care helps in maintaining overall health and even speeds up recovery with stress.
Assists the Body's Function
It is true that chiropractic care helps with your body’s function. Intense pain in the back obviously negatively affects your body.
A chiropractor can help to provide proper restoration to your back, helping to regain strength in the muscles and restore mobility.
What to Expect During Your Visit
A typical visit to a chiropractor includes an initial intake, physical exam, treatment, and a recommended follow-up plan.
An initial chiropractic consultation is very similar to that of a standard medical intake. You will likely complete a health questionnaire and answer questions about your health history. Typically the chiropractor asks you to indicate where you are experiencing discomfort by marking the areas on a drawing of the human body.
The chiropractor will start with a routine physical exam, then follow it with an exam that focuses on the spine, with particular attention given to the areas of complaint. The chiropractor will most likely examine your whole spine. For example, if you had a low back complaint, the chiropractor would also likely perform a neck exam because the adaptations resulting from injury or subluxation in one area can result in secondary irritations somewhere else in the spine.
The physical exam typically includes a variety of assessments, such as range of motion tests, palpation, reflex testing, muscle strength comparisons, and neurological and orthopedic tests focused on the main complaint.
Following the assessments, the chiropractor will develop a treatment plan that takes into account:
The extent of your injury or irritation
Your general health
The condition of your spine as affected by age and previous injury
What your goals are - this is most important item
Your goals of treatment should result from the discussion you have with your chiropractor. Many people seek simple relief of pain or discomfort, while others want to begin a regimen of ongoing care meant to improve their general health.
In initial consultations, your chiropractor will tell you the status of your condition and recommend an approach to care. Ask questions. As in any professional-patient relationship, trust and mutual understanding are vitally important.
Adjustments are usually the central part of chiropractic treatment. The chiropractic adjustment is a therapeutic manipulation that uses controlled force, leverage, direction, amplitude, and velocity directed at specific joints. In other words, an adjustment involves a lot more than simply opening up a joint.
Your chiropractor will most often make these adjustments to the spine, but he or she might adjust other joints, such as the ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, or shoulder in order to restore structural alignment or to improve joint function. Again, proper structure is necessary for proper function, and proper extremity function is an important part of healthy daily living.
When being treated for a complaint such as back or neck pain, you will most likely receive a series of adjustments, separated by either a day or a few days, to incrementally reduce the irritation and improve normal function. This might continue for several weeks, usually diminishing in frequency.
If you can't tolerate the manual adjustments, you may instead receive mild or non-force techniques.
Adjustments are often accompanied by non-manual therapies such as application of heat or ice, electrical stimulation, orthotic supports for your shoes, rehabilitative exercise, counseling about diet, weight loss, and other lifestyle factors, and nutritional supplements.
Many patients experience hearing that "popping" sound during a chiropractic adjustment.
It may sound and feel alarming to you, especially considering the procedure involves your spine, but there is nothing to worry about.
When conducted by a professional, the "popping" sound is completely normal and healthy.
During the procedure, particularly with the back adjustment, your back undergoes gentle, yet rapid, stretching of the spinal joint. That is where these "popping" sounds are found. They are caused by the tiny pockets of air taking in the form of fluid which surrounds your joints, being released, which is also referred to as Joint Cavitation.
The release of the gas found in tiny pockets is a regular part of the process. And if you still have questions, it is best to consult your doctor about your concerns.
It is very important to remember not to pop your own back or neck.
What We Offer
Serving newborns to the elderly, “I use traditional techniques that have the audible sounds to very light and gentle techniques for babies, children, and anyone that requires light adjustment. I have interments I use and tables that assistant in create a very effective yet gentle adjustment. I also do various muscle techniques for those situations the require that treatment as well,” said Dr. Russell Hulbert.
Diversified (traditional style adjustment)
Thompson (drop table)
Webster Technique -pregnancy and breech positions
Cox Flexion Distraction - great for low back pain and disc injuries. Light and gentle but effective
TRT (Torque Release Technique) Instrument based
Activator instrument based
Logan Basic - Very light and gentle great for everyone, especially babies
Graston (muscle technique)
Active release stretching