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HARRIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTRE, 1358 E. Bristol Rd, Burton, MI 48529
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body).
in 1895 in Davenport, Iowa, Chiropractic is the third largest and fastest
growing natural health care profession in the world.
It may be obvious that you need to see a Chiropractor if you are experiencing neck pain, back pain, hip pain, headaches, numbness or curvature of the spine. However, many people don't realize that Chiropractic care has an excellent record of success helping many health conditions. Maintaining a healthy and well-aligned spine is extremely important and is the most often overlooked key to staying healthy.
Doctors of Chiropractic use a standard procedures of examination to diagnose a patient's condition and arrive at a course of treatment using the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
examination of the spine is to evaluate the body's structure and function,
and this is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures.
Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base
of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of
spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a
series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated
network which influences every living tissue in your body.
teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves
can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs,
wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental
health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of
Chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions
are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists
and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational
health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
What is a Chiropractic Spinal Adjustment a.k.a. Manipulation? Chiropractic Spinal Adjustments are the hallmark of Chiropractic care. An adjustment is a gentle, controlled and directed pressure applied to the spine intended to release a vertebral segment from its abnormal motion and/or position thereby reducing the vertebral subluxation.
There are more than 20 adjusting systems utilized in chiropractic today. Each system has a specific adjusting rationale to restore the spine to normal function. This reduces the negative neuralgic impact, and returns the body to more normal efficiency. Spinal adjustments, regardless of which system is utilized, are tailored to the patient's age and spinal condition.
What do Spinal Adjustments do? Adjustments help correct vertebral subluxations. Correcting subluxations reduces pain and inflammation, reduces muscle spasm and tension, normalizes spinal biomechanics and more importantly, can remove nerve irritation and interference which can improve overall health and wellness of the individual. Chiropractic adjustments are the only way to eliminate vertebral subluxations and only the chiropractor is trained to detect subluxations and deliver the chiropractic spinal adjustment to correct subluxations.
Are Adjustments Safe? Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints.
Although Chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with Chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current literature shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal adjustments typically fades within 24 hours. Neck pain and some types of headaches are treated through precise cervical manipulation. Cervical adjustments, often called a neck adjustment, works to improve joint mobility in the neck, restoring range of motion and reducing muscle spasm, which helps relieve pressure and tension.
A cervical adjustment is a remarkably safe procedure. While some reports have associated upper high-velocity cervical adjustment with a certain kind of stroke, or vertebral artery dissection, there is not yet a clear understanding of the connection. The occurrence appears to be very rare —1 in 5.85 million manipulations — based on the clinical reports and scientific studies to date.
If you are visiting your doctor of chiropractic with upper-neck pain or headache, be very specific about your symptoms. This will help your doctor of chiropractic offer the safest and most effective treatment, even if it involves referral to another health care provider. It is important for patients to understand the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain -- prescription and over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) -- as these treatments may carry risks significantly greater than those of Chiropractic adjustments.
According to a study from the American Journal of Gastroenterology, approximately one-third of all hospitalizations and deaths related to gastrointestinal bleeding can be attributed to the use of aspirin or NSAID painkillers like ibuprofen.
is a chiropractic adjustment performed? Chiropractic adjustment or
manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills
developed during the intensive years of Chiropractic education. The chiropractor
typically uses his/her hands to move the joints of the body, particularly
the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance joint function.
The Chiropractic adjustment is a highly controlled procedure that rarely
causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific
needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms
immediately following treatment.
takes a minimum of 7 to 8 1/2 years of study to receive the degree Doctor
My MD/DO told me I shouldn't get adjusted. Why? We still hear this on occasion, and it's usually from the older doctors who haven't kept up with the times, and know very little if anything about Chiropractic. I usually tell my patients to ask the medical doctor specifically just how much chiropractic training they have had, or even how much research they have done themselves for them to have arrived at their opinion to recommend against chiropractic adjustment. This should embarrass the doctor since the research, as well as the experience of over 25 million chiropractic patients annually, overwhelmingly supports the benefits of chiropractic adjustments.
Does Chiropractic treatment require a referral from an MD/DO? No, a patient does not need referral by an MD before visiting a doctor of chiropractic. Chiropractors are first contact physicians, and are so defined in federal and state regulations. Following a consultation and examination, the Doctor of Chiropractic will arrive at a diagnosis for Chiropractic Care, or refer the patient to the appropriate health care provider.
Can I adjust myself? No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a "popping" sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment, but a "crack" is not an adjustment. This type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive; often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
I am an athlete, I’ve heard chiropractic can raise my game – why is that? Professional and amateur sports involve large numbers of talented athletes. To ensure that they can play at their peak without hurting themselves and to assist them if they do experience injuries, often rely on chiropractors. Many pros, top amateurs and famous champions in professional, intercollegiate and Olympic sports loyally turn to their chiropractors for assessment, adjustment, guidance and treatment to get a performance edge by enhancing their strength, flexibility and endurance. Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, and Tiger Woods are among the few, who use chiropractic care to raise their game.
Can I exercise my problem away? If a spinal mechanical problem exists in your spine which, a chiropractor refers to as a subluxation, exercise will not remove the problem. When a bone of the spine stops moving appropriately it becomes fixated. This fixation is located in a range of motion of the joint that is outside the dimensions of the active range of motion. Each spinal joint has 3 ranges of motion. The active range is that motion that you can achieve on you own by bending or stretching. The passive range of motion is just beyond that of the active range. It is the range of motion that someone else can take the joint through once the active range is at its maximum point. Finally the third range of motion is joint play this is where the fixation of the joint occurs. It is impossible to reach this point with exercise. It is a this point that a chiropractor renders an adjustment. Although exercise is an important part of a persons’ health and well-being it is contraindicated as a means to correct a spinal problem. This approach is not only ineffective but it can even lead to further exacerbation of the problem. Delaying treatment only worsens the damage.
other types of professionals also perform adjustments? Some osteopaths
(DOs) are trained perform some forms of manipulation, but not Chiropractic
adjustments/ manipulations. Doctors of Chiropractor perform 95% of all
adjustments performed throughout the world. Be careful of physical therapists,
massage therapists, family members and friends who make similar claims
but do not have the credentials, qualifications, and experience of a Doctor
medical doctor has recommended surgery as my only option, Is it possible
that chiropractic could help me? Different health care professionals
will often approach treatment for similar conditions along different avenues.
Chiropractic is the fastest growing and second largest primary health
care profession. Chiropractors are licensed and accredited by national
and state board examinations. The practice of chiropractic is based on
proven scientific principals. Chiropractors have comprehensive knowledge
of all bodily systems. They are fully trained to diagnosis through standard
treatment procedures. Chiropractors refer to other health care providers
as necessary. The practice of chiropractic has consistently been useful
and effective in treating lumbar disc problems and sciatica in cases where
surgery has been recommended. Carpal Tunnel surgery has been on the rise
with the increased use of computers. Patients frequently avoid unnecessary
surgery for this condition by seeking chiropractic care. It’s always prudent
to get information from a chiropractor as to the possibility of a less
invasive means of correcting a musculoskeletal condition where surgery
has been recommended.
a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor? Yes. It's an unfortunate
fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return
of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect
of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as "Failed Back
Surgery Syndrome." Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries.
In fact, if chiropractic care is initially utilized back surgery can often
be avoided in the first place.
If you are experiencing low back pain, you are not alone. More than 65 million Americans suffer from low back pain every year. Back aches are the most common reason for doctor visits, after cold and flu symptoms. Fifty percent of all patients who suffer from an episode of low back pain will have another occurrence within one year.
In the vast majority of cases back pain is caused by the irritation of a nerve root near the spine, not by problems with the muscles, ligament or bone. A nerve that travels from the spinal cord through the openings between the bones of the spine gets pinched or irritated, the surrounding muscles tense up and the patient experiences low back pain.
Surgery, a common treatment a generation ago, is now considered necessary for only a very small percentage of back pain patients.
How Low Back Pain Occurs: A basic understanding of the spine is needed to understand back pain. The spine or spinal column is the body''s backbone, a column of cylindrical bones known as vertebrae. The spine protects the spinal cord, which begins in the brain and runs most of the way down the back. The spinal cord controls every movement and function of the body.
Motor nerves leading out of the spinal cord are responsible for controlling movement in the body, while Sensory nerves entering into the spinal cord are responsible for communicating messages from the body back to the brain. Together, the Motor and Sensory nerves form more than 50 nerve roots, which run through holes (foramina or windows) between the bones of the spine. Irritation of these nerve roots causes back pain.
shows that most back pain problems often begin with an injury; after lifting
a heavy object or moving suddenly. People who do not exercise regularly
face an increased risk for back pain, as do obese people. Sciatica can
be caused by blood clots, tumors and abscesses. Arthritic back pain can
be the result of infections such as Lyme disease and viral arthritis.
Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) can cause back pain when arteries
in the legs are clogged.
Herniated Disc (Slipped Disc): A herniated or slipped disc is a frequent cause of mild or moderate low back or leg pain. Soft flexible discs separate the bones in the spine. The discs, which have a rigid outside rim and a soft, gel-like center, act as shock absorbers and protect the spinal cord.
stress, or a mechanical problem in the spine can cause a disc to bulge
and become misshapen. The damaged or bulging disc may pinch or irritate
a nerve root, causing pain.
Degeneration in the discs is normal and is not in itself a problem. But pain occurs when these discs or bone spurs begin to pinch and put pressure on the nearby nerve roots or spinal cord.
Sciatica: The sciatic nerve, composed of several lumbar nerve roots, is one of the nerves most likely to become irritated, usually by a herniated disc.
of the major branches of sciatic nerve travels through the pelvis and
deep in the buttocks, then down the hip and along the back of the thigh
to the foot. The pain of sciatica ranges from a mild tingling to a sharp
ache severe enough to cause immobility.
narrowed spinal canal may compress nerve roots in the lower back, resulting
in pain and weakness in the legs and a dull pain in the lower back. Patients
often find relief by sitting or standing in a hunched over position, as
if leaning on a shopping cart. Symptoms of LSS usually do not occur until
after the age of 50.
Backwards slippage of a disc.
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experiences back pain at some time in their life. In fact, it is in
the top three complaints that people bring to the doctor’s office. In
most cases there is soft tissue inflammation, muscle spasms, or degenerative
arthritis. These respond well to conservative treatments such as anti-inflammatory
medicines, stretches, and osteopathic manipulative therapy. Physical
modalities such as heat or cold, massage, and acupuncture are also helpful.
to popular opinion, a thorough history, neurological and structural
exams, plus basic X-rays of the spine can diagnose the problem 80-90%
of the time. Expensive MRI studies certainly can be helpful looking
at the cross-sections of the spine into the discs and spinal cord. But,
in most cases it will not change the eventual conservative treatment
benefits of chiropractic care for athletes, dancers and musicians
are widespread and numerous.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained to evaluate and analyse structural problems with an understanding of human anatomy, physics and how gravity and distorted postures can place stress on the neck, shoulders, arms, wrist, spine, ribs, hips, legs, knees and feet.
treatment protocols for Repetitive Use Pain includes,
but is not limited to gentle chiropractic spinal, adjustment, extraspinal
adjustement / manipulation, specific exercise, ergonomics and nutrition.
levels of patient satisfaction was reported by those who went to chiropractors
with severe to moderate pain in either the back or neck. In a clinical
survey, a total of 369 patients who had gone to chiropractors with these
problems were sampled.
HARRIS CHIROPRACTIC WELLNESS CENTRE