There is a wide variety of options for Chiropractic care, like most professions. Many people think of joint manipulation or adjustments as Chiropractic, and often associate adjustments with a popping sound. While this is an important part of many Chiropractic care plans, there are a variety of ways to do this, including many very gentle, no popping options. There are also other practitioners that use joint manipulation.
Our Chiropractors have experience in both manual manipulation as well as gentle techniques with instruments or hands that don’t make any popping or cracking sounds. Our Chiropractors also have extensive experience with soft tissue therapies like Active Release Technique and Graston technique, as well as therapeutic exercise instruction and nutrition. We have a wide range of options to start moving you in the right direction.
There are important concepts that help patients understand some of the WHY behind what we do and how we do it. These principles of how your body works that are important to understand when trying to recover from injury or perform at your best.
Your body is self healing and self regulating. This is a foundational understanding that helps guide care. We want to support your body’s natural, inborn (or innate) ability to heal, stay healthy and perform optimally. Your body can heal a cut all by itself, but if you have a sliver in that cut, it can interfere with this innate ability to heal.
Your Nervous System controls everything. Including how tight your muscles are, how things move and work. This is why we need to figure out WHY a muscle is tight, WHY a joint isn’t moving, etc. It isn’t tight for no reason, and it can’t do anything without your brain controlling it.
Movement is essential. Specific movement is different. Normal healthy moving and functioning joints are important for the health of those joints and your body as a whole. Restoring and maintaining segmental (single joint complex) movement, balance and position is a typical goal with chiropractic care. There are many great things you can do to restore and maintain global mobility like stretching, yoga, foam rolling, mobility exercises and workouts, but they often don’t have the ability to restore specific segmental movement. Have you every seen someone who can’t move well, especially an older person who looks perfectly healthy? How about an elderly person who moves great?
Feeling ≠ Function. You don’t necessarily feel joint dysfunction/subluxation/manipulable lesion, or tight muscle. Just like cavities, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other health problems, symptoms show up later in the process. It is extremely common for people to remark how they didn’t realize how tight or sore things were until someone started touching them. This is one reason why you get check ups at the dentist and with your family doctor, not only go when something feels badly. This is also why many patients choose to get checked regularly to make sure things are moving and working properly.
Is it a muscle or a Joint? Yes. Always, and neither can do anything -move, shift, get loose or tight- without your nervous system controlling them.
The core of what we address is:
Specific Movement Exercise Nutrition
By restoring specific movement and balance, patterning this with exercise and supporting at least some basic nutrition improvements, we have an excellent start and moving health, function and performance in a positive direction. What could be more important then that?
Phases of care. We want you to achieve the goals you have for your health and your future, the choice is yours.
Crisis Care– This is care you need for an acute injury or some problem that has occurred. The primary goal here is to get relief. Some people choose to do crisis care care only from time to time as issues arise.
Transition Care– The goal of transition care is strength and stability. We want to support and maintain healthy tissues long enough to develop new, more ideal movement patterns and give your body a chance to fully heal and recover. This typically follows after crisis care.
Lifestyle/Performance Care– This is care that you want. The focus here is to improve performance, prevent injury and maintain healthy movement and function for as long as possible. 100% for 100 years. The frequency depends on the intensity of your lifestyle and athletic endeavors.