From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, chiropractic care has been the answer to improved health. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic for back, neck or extremity problems, while others may seek relief from the pain caused by headaches. Still others find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and life’s demands.
When to see a Chiropractor…
From professional athletes to homemakers, engineers to electricians, children to seniors, chiropractic care has been the answer to improved health. Many people see a Doctor of Chiropractic for back, neck or extremity problems, while others may seek relief from the pain caused by headaches. Still others find that regular visits to their chiropractor help keep them in peak condition for sports and life’s demands.
Besides treating neck and back issues, chiropractors can assess and treat any body region including the jaw, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, and feet.
Chiropractors treat many different types of injuries and discomfort related to:
- Frozen Shoulder
- Tennis/Golf Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Knee Problems
- Plantar Faciitis
- Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ/TMD)
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR APPOINTMENT...
After you complete the health history form, we will discuss your symptoms and a physical exam will occur. The physical exam will include range of motion, neurological, and orthopedic tests. Dr. Palmer will then explain the findings and present a plan of management. The plan of management will include the treatment methods and the anticipated number of treatments.
If further investigation is necessary, you may be referred for x-rays, ultrasound, CT, or MRI. If Dr. Palmer feels it is in your best interest to consult with another health care professional, she will make that recommendation and help with that process.
WHAT IS A CHIROPRACTIC MANIPULATION?
Chiropractors use a variety of methods to treat their patients’ pain or injuries. It is within the scope of practice for chiropractors to manually manipulate joints in order to affect the nervous system. Chiropractors do not “move bones”; rather, they apply a quick and comfortable thrust to manipulate the nerves.
When the thrust is applied, it sends a message to the spinal cord, which in-turn, sends a message back to the affected nerve. This action “re-sets” the affected nerve and now permits optimal functioning of everything the nerve innervates including muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints.
During the thrust, some patients experience a popping sound just as you would when you “crack” your own knuckles. This sound is known as a cavitation. The cavitation is a release of nitrogen gas and is completely inert.
Having the affected nerve function more optimally will:
- Decrease pain
- Decrease pressure
- Restore joint motion
- Block pain receptors
- Decrease muscle tension
- Release endorphins (feel-good chemicals)
WHAT METHODS MAY BE USED DURING THE CHIROPRACTIC TREATMENT?
A catch-all phrase that includes a variety of evidence-based manipulations.
Raising a table section prior to the manipulation and having the table piece drop approximately one inch.
Activator/Chiropractic Adjusting Tool
A spring-loaded hand-held tool used to apply a low force manipulation.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Using the hands, electric massager, or stainless-steel tools to work the soft tissue.