Pranatonic Wellness Center
About Chiropractic Care
Acute and chronic pain affects us all in various ways. Whether you’re recovering from an injury, suffering from a known disease or musculoskeletal condition, struggle with the postural strain of a desk job, or simply hurt without understanding why, chiropractic care may provide significant relief. Chiropractors support the neuromusculoskeletal system, which plays a role in every bodily function and activity.
Our bodies are under constant strain from the lives we live. The obvious mental and emotional stresses of life (work, relationships, finances, etc), the physical stresses of our posture and daily activity levels (or lack thereof), along with a multitude of nutritional, environmental, genetic, biochemical, social, and spiritual stress, each take their toll on our complex human frames. Each of these factors can play a role in off-setting the other factors. While overall balance is the ultimate goal to achieve a true sense of “health,” chiropractic treatment manipulates the physical components of “dis-ease” to promote health.
Our bodies also respond to the forces we place upon them. With endless repetition of a specific action (like assembly line work), we will inevitably feel some overuse strain, often in the form of mild, dull, chronic pain from sustaining an uncomfortable and unbalanced posture, or sharp, more acute pain from tendinitis. Likewise, if we sit all day at a computer, or work all day in a coal mine, we subject our spines to uncomfortable and unnatural forces which will most commonly result in some form of pain.
Bodies truly have a “use it or lose it” system in place. When we don’t use our muscles and joints properly, they tend to tighten, limiting mobility, which then causes pain when you go to try and use that joint again after a period of disuse. This creates a sort of downward spiral where you may know that you need to exercise, but it hurts to do so, so you avoid it further, continuing the cycle. Without some level of correction, these bad habits turn into longer lasting joint fixations, where joints will no longer want to move to their appropriate full ranges of motion (often because we don’t intentionally move the joints to their full ranges). Over time, this condition leads to joint degeneration, whereby the joint begins to break down in an irreversible way. The main point here is that proper motion creates healthy joints.
As chiropractors, we induce motion into joint segments that lack motion. Due to the complex nature of our anatomy in relation to neurology, this can have numerous health effects, besides the improved mobility of that singular region of the body. Nerves can be impinged by dysfunctioning muscles and joints, which can have effects on seemingly unrelated joints and muscles, organ function, skin health, cognition and other higher functions, stress responses, and metabolism. Thus, a great number of conditions can be impacted with proper motion, and therefore by chiropractic treatment.
To oversimplify it, chiropractors correct joint alignment to allow for optimal function of the neuromusculoskeletal system, which further promotes optimal function of connected structures. We do this with a variety of techniques, including soft tissue therapies (these address the specific muscular, tendonous, ligamentous, and myofascial structures) and chiropractic manipulations (which address the joints directly). We can also order imaging studies (xray, MRI, etc), lab studies (blood tests, biopsies, etc), provide guidance for nutrition and exercise, along with other lifestyle modification suggestions (regarding sleeping, posture, foot orthotics, etc).
Is chiropractic appropriate for every condition? Certainly not, there is no single answer to all of the obstacles to achieving perfect “health.” However, chiropractic is appropriate for a great many more conditions than simple back or neck pain. Additionally, we are well trained to recognize conditions that are better treated by a different health care professional, and we will refer you accordingly if your condition proves to be outside of the scope of chiropractic care. So whether you’ve received chiropractic care your entire life and already know its positive effects on your body, or you’ve never received chiropractic care and wonder if it would be useful for any condition you’ve been unsuccessful at treating, or anywhere in between, we’re here to help you on your road to recovery and wellness.
What to expect
What the new chiropractic patient can expect:
Full clinical examination including patient history and symptoms, chiropractic exam (including range of motion, muscle strength, neurological integrity, postural analysis, orthopedic testing, etc), and, depending on the case, additional diagnostic testing may be performed (including xray/MRI studies, lab studies, etc). Your visit will include chiropractic manipulations, if appropriate. We will also discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan.
What the follow-up chiropractic patient can expect:
Review of symptoms followed by treatment. This will include chiropractic manipulations along with any necessary soft tissue treatment.