There are many types of chiropractic care. No two people are the same, that's why at Lakeview Regional Chiropractic Clinic we use a variety methods to treat you.
Case History: If your car breaks down you explain to a car mechanic what problems you are having with your car. The mechanic also asks you what type of fuel you're putting in your car.
Likewise, your doctor wants to know what kind of problems or discomfort you have been experiencing and how you are fueling your body. Automobile accidents, falls, other traumas or injuries are important information in evaluating your spine and overall health.
X-Ray Analysis To further understand the condition of your spine, it is also important to view the structure of your spine through the use of x-ray examination. Your doctor looks for signs of pathology (disease) and fracture; evaluates posture, the joints of the spine, the condition of the disc, subluxations and other conditions of the spine. The doctor can also use x-rays to visualize what position the vertebrae are in so that she can adjust the spine as gently, specifically and effectively as possible.
Instrumentation Your chiropractor may use an instrument (a Nervoscope, Temposcope or NCM). These instruments, much like a thermometer, measure heat. Abnormal heat distribution is a sign to the doctor that there may be nerve dysfunction and joint swelling in the spine and help the chiropractor evaluate for possible subluxations. This instrument glides down the length of your back and feels like two fingers gliding down either side of your spinal column.
Static Palpation Your spine, when subluxated, will send warning signals to your body. Muscles may become tight or tender, tissues damaged from the subluxation or subluxations. To detect the warning signals, chiropractors use static palpation. This simply means that your chiropractor runs his or her fingers over (or palpates) your spine in a static (or stationary) position. Your chiropractor is looking for edema, swelling and tender or tight muscle fibers.
Motion Palpation Like static palpation, the chiropractor palpates your spine while bending your spine at different angles. The chiropractor determines range of motion, or, how easily or difficult each segment of your spine moves. For example, there may be problems if you can bend further to the left than to the right. Lack of motion is one of the factors in the vertebral subluxation complex.
Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the joint, most commonly the knees, hips, hands, and neck. The degeneration or wearing down, of cartilage between the joints leads to pain and stiffness. The stiffening of the joint results in overcompensation of movement and puts strain on the surrounding muscles.
There are many types of headaches: sinus headache, tension headache, migraine headaches, etc. But most headaches are cervicogenic, meaning they originate from the neck. Tension placed on the neck cause the muscles in the neck to contract leading to misalignment of the vertebrae. Misalignment causes the spinal nerves to be “pinched” and this is what causes headache pain. People with headaches can see an improvement with a lifestyle change. Changing your diet, having better posture, relaxing, and maintaining proper alignment can help maintain a life with fewer or less severe headaches.
Back & Neck Pain:
According to the American Chiropractic Association, about 3.1 million Americans suffer with lower back pain. Misalignment of the spinal vertebrae (subluxations) is the primary cause of low back pain. The back is comprised of vertebrae, ligaments, joints, nerves and muscles. Subluxations put pressure on the spinal nerves resulting in pain. Extra pressure from contracting muscles cause increased inflammation in the joints of the back, only creating more pain. Pain medicine, stretching, and massaging temporarily get rid of the pain, but correcting the subluxations with a chiropractic adjustment is a better alternative to achieving lasting pain treatment.
The neck consists of small bones called your cervical vertebrae, which are very flexible and allow your head to turn essentially in any direction. The neck is also very prone to pain and injury. Trauma is not required to cause pain in your neck. Stress, daily wear and tear, repetitive motion, and aging are all causes of pain in your neck that are just a result of going about your everyday life. Cervical adjustments aim to maintain the proper function of the cervical vertebrae and surrounding muscles, decreasing pain and stiffness in the neck.
Sciatica is a condition describing pain which radiates from the sciatic nerve located in the lower back and branches out along the back of the leg. Sciatica most commonly results from misalignment of the spine causing inflammation in the joint and compressing the nerve. Numbness and pain can be felt in the lower back or in the affected leg, as sciatica normally affects just one side of the body. Chiropractic adjustments can be effective in relieving the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve and decreasing the pain of the affected regions.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a condition summarized by the compression of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel of the wrist. Most commonly, CTS causes pain and numbness that radiates from the hand/wrist into the forearm. Millions of Americans are affected by CTS as a result of repetitive movements performed on their jobs. Chiropractic care can assist in creating an unobstructed route for the nerve to function properly, resulting in less pain.