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Gentle Adjusting

Gentle Adjusting

Color Hand PrintsPoor spinal alignment can be the cause of back pain neck pain and even poor circulation in the extremities. Poor spinal alignment can also be the cause of heartburn constipation and even menstrual cramps. Poor spinal alignment also plays a role in thoughts of depression fatigue and general feelings of malaise. These conditions can take a toll on your health your posture the quality of your interactions with people your feelings of accomplishment and your ability to work. A misaligned or subluxated spine can cause a variety of health problems and requires professional chiropractic adjustment. I am trained in a number of chiropractic techniques that help align the spine and bring your body into balance; each technique offers benefits including reduced pain increased mobility a sense of vitality and better health overall.

What is a Spinal Adjustment?

Spinal adjustment is the overall process of spinal alignment and involves ‘retraining’ the spine and surrounding muscles to adapt to a healthier state of functionality. Spinal adjustment is often used to increase mobility to bring the entire spinal column into balance. Bringing your spinal column into balance reduces stress on the central nervous system since the spinal column is the primary conduit for its interaction with the rest of the body. The process itself depends on the technique that is appropriate for your spine at the time of examination.

Extremity Manipulation

An extremity is any part of your body that is not your spine examples are shoulders wrists hips and knees. I use extremity manipulation to mobilize muscles and joints that May be causing musculoskeletal problems such as difficulty walking or as a result of injury like typing or sports. The goal of extremity manipulation and extremity adjusting is to restore mobility and function to the area that is not moving properly to reduce pain increase mobility or flexibility or reduce the stressful effects they can have on the spine.

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique

Activator Methods Chiropractic Technique involves analyzing the length of the legs and determining whether a pelvic deficiency is present. The Activator Methods technique aims to restore the proper function of the nervous system by correcting vertebral and pelvic misalignments using an Activator mallet to deliver the adjustment. This type of technique works wonderfully for people who have an aversion to the sounds of popping that often accompany Diversified and Full Spine Technique adjusting. It is also considered high velocity low amplitude adjusting by some researchers even though it is done by instrument. The effect is little different from a patient perspective (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1618202).

Thompson Chiropractic Technique

The Thompson Technique is another method of adjustment that involves analyzing the length of the legs. This technique uses a ‘drop table’ for adjustment where a gentle thrust is applied to the joints which in turn sets the drop piece into motion and targets the specific joint. This is my preferred method because the evaluation of the subluxation has a high level of consistency and accuracy. Further the delivery of the adjustment is gentle and precise.

Diversified Technique3D Spine

Some consider this to be the best pieces of several techniques put together while others call this a technique unto itself. Either way it I use it as a part of the treatment protocol when indicated. It is especially useful in flexible patients and athletes. The application of any of the diversified moves are delivered after a complete evaluation of your needs and presentation at that time.

Gonstead Chiropractic Technique

This method was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead in 192 and has since been used to treat a variety of conditions. Gonstead chiropractic techniques address all areas of subluxation – the areas where the spine is out of alignment and is causing a vertebral subluxation complex. The Gonstead technique recognizes the misalignments primarily through X-Ray and motion palpation. It is the foundation for the Life Full Spine Technique.

Cox Flexion/Distraction Chiropractic Techniques

If you are suffering from back leg neck or arm pain and do not want to pursue surgery the Cox Flexion/Distraction technique offers one option. It is considered a safe alternative to back surgery and helps restore the range of motion in joints after bringing the spine into alignment. Treatment is performed on a special table that flexes and bends various joints. It is commonly used to restore herniated discs reduce headaches and improve posture.

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You are at the center of the care that you recieve. That means that you can expect an honest evaluation and report concerning your current condition. You will also learn the most likely causes for your condition as well as what the likely outcomes are over time. You will be able to chose how you want to address the problems patch or fix. If you have any questions call the office or use the -->serif;">’-->serif;">‘ask the doctor-->serif;">’-->serif;">’ feature of our blog.

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Motion: Our Bodys Most Vital Nutrient

Almost everyone now understands that exercise is good for the body. It promotes good cardiovascular health increased metabolism keeps our muscles strong and tends to give us a feeling of well-being. There is another benefit though that is not so well known and that is the benefit for our spine and nervous system!

Our spine requires regular motion to stay healthy. We know from experiments that when the spine is immobilized it actually begins to decay! In the absence of normal motion and healthy amounts of stress such as achieved during exercise ligaments and discs become thin weak and dehydrated joints become rigid and painful and bones weaken. When these structures decay we become prone to injuries such as herniated discs and painful inflammation of joints. Over time we lose our natural range of motion lose our proper spinal alignment and develop debilitating back and neck pain as we grow older.

More importantly however are the effects this has on our central nervous system which is made up of the brain the brain stem and spinal cord. Our spine which is often called our “back bone” is actually our “center bone”. Besides bones discs muscles and ligaments the spine also houses our most vital structure – the central nervous system the coordinator or “Master Control” of all of our body systems. The nervous system requires proper blood supply in order to function properly. In the same way that walking helps pump blood back to our heart from our lower limbs regular motion of the spine is also required to pump to and from to the spinal cord!

Sadly most of us take better care of our teeth than we do for our spines! While our teeth can be replaced our spine cannot. That is why it is so important to our long-term quality of life to take care of the one we have TODAY! If all you can do is take 5 minutes to move bend and stretch a few times throughout the day you are much better off than if you did nothing! If you can spend 5 minutes brushing your teeth in the morning and at night you can easily do the same for your spine!

Exercises such as yoga are so good for our health because they give motion to the spine and promote blood flow to the central nervous system. However exercise alone is often not enough. Spinal bones can still become “stuck” or fixated in improper positions that can make it difficult or even painful to exercise especially if we have had past injuries that have affected areas of the spine and these “stuck” bones affect our central nervous system. Chiropractors specialize in finding and correcting misalignments of the spine allowing us to have a healthy spine and nervous system and increased quality of life throughout our years.

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Chiropractic for Kids

Do you think that chiropractic spinal adjustments are just for grown-ups? Think again! Children of all ages also benefit from a fine tuned nervous system.

More parents are choosing chiropractic for their kids!

All over the world parents are understanding that conservative care early in life reaps huge benefits later and that the overuse of drugs to treat minor illnesses and developmental conditions are causing unintended consequences for our children as they grow older. Some of the drugs that parents are taking and in some cases have taken before conceiving their children have had physical effects on the developing fetus. So it is no surprise that informed parents are seeking alternatives to the current healthcare model which is really sick care because the doctors have little interest in caring for someone who is not complaining of anything.

The current numbers show that in Canada half of the children in one study (Can J Nerurol Sci 2005;3:524) used alternative health care and the one they chose the  most was chiropractic. They learned about chiropractic by learning about other families successes and about 60 percent described improved quality of life for their kids. Now ask yourself if you could improve the quality of life of child that you know would you do it? A larger study out of Australia (J Paediatr Child Health 2005;41:424-7) showed similar results as the Canadian one with 51 percent of children using alternative care and chiropractic being the most used.

Low-Back pain in kids.

Really? Kids get low back pain too. One study (J Manipulative Physol Ther 200;26:1-8) reported that 24 percent of kids experienced low-back pain for more than three months! In the same study just under half of the kids started to report low-back pain after a traumatic event mostly a sport related event. That means that about half of them reported low-back pain without any trauma this often gets the diagnosis of growing pains which is actually a statement that the medical model has no treatment for kids with pain. Chiropractors see these symptoms as signals from your body and its innate intelligence that something could be wrong and seek to find the cause. The study goes on to point out that of all the kids included in this study a total of 61 percent reported low-back pain so if you have two children there is a chance that one will report low-back pain to you. The question is what will your response be?

Predictors of Low-Back Pain in Kids.

Besides the obvious playing sports that demand so much from growing kids like baseball gymnastics tennis and football research shows that the greatest predictor of low-back pain in kids was sitting for long periods in a poorly designed chair. Can you think of a situation that might put your child in this situation? The study (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 200;26:1-8) goes on to explain that overloaded backpacks and school bags provoke reports of low-back pain.

ADHD – Attention-deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

The drugs that are used to treat this condition are loaded with side-effects and there are suggestions that these stimulants increase the risk of drug abuse and leave the child with a greater susceptibility to the addictive power of cocaine. Well you might be surprised to learn that chiropractic research (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1989;1:35-6) demonstrated impressive evidence that the majority of the children in this study did in fact improve under specific chiropractic care. This study shows that chiropractic has the potential to be a non-drug intervention or choice for parents concerned about the risks associated with a pharmaceutical approach.

Ear Aches

Any parent that has had a child diagnosed with otitis media or an ear infection knows just how disruptive this condition can be. The child May have crying spells interrupted sleep and overall discomfort. The treatment ranges from wait and see to tubes inserted in the kids ear. Chiropractic has been helping kids in this situation for years and now there is some scientific evidence that supports this claim. This study (J Manipulative Physiol Ther 1996;19:169-177) took 46 children 5 years or younger with ear infections. They all were seen by the same office they each were seen three times the first week and twice the second and then once per week until improved.

The results are amazing! 9 percent of the episodes improved by 75 percent in 10 days or fewer and by 4 percent after only one or two sessions! The parents reported no fever or signs of ear pain or symptoms.

Putting all together

All this proof that chiropractic helps with conditions that children face as they grow is wonderful for parents concerned about giving medication to their children needlessly. It is also encouraging to those who have or know of a family struggling with the decision to have tubes inserted in the kids ear. While chiropractors do not claim to treat any condition other than that of vertebral subluxation complex your chiropractor can find the cause of your childs problem in most cases and improve the quality of life for the entire family.

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