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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 ask the doctor 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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The Posture of Stress

Stress Posture

So in the last post I asked the question What would happen if every time we someone touched us on the shoulder we thought we where under attack? The answer is that you would not be fun to be around and we would call you stressed out! The reason becomes clearer as we look at the symptoms of stress.

stress posture

Think about a time when you where totally relaxed and try to visualize your posture at that moment. You where most likely extended meaning that your shoulders where back your head back and your trunk extended. Compare that to a time when you thought you where stressed and your shoulders rounded forward your head forward and a flex in your hips. This is natural for when we are in the sympathetic mode we flex and in the relaxed mode we extend. Have you ever noticed a worm curl up when it thinks it is threatened? Does it curl backwards or does it curl forward like the image in the picture. It curls forward because flexing is the natural stress response.

How to reduce the stress effect?

Manage your physiology

The first most powerful thing we all can do to reduce stress is to breathe. It May seem simple but our breath rate actually tells our brain how much oxygen to expect and that information alters hormones and other neurotransmitters that influence and dictate the function or other major organs like the thyroid and adrenals. By simply controlling the rate of breathing we can change our response to stress.

The next time you are in a room observe people as they walk in and out. Look for signs that someone is having a good day and some that indicate that they are not. It will become clear to you that our bodies or our physiology reflect what-->serif;">’s happening with our thinking. The rounded shoulders head down tight facial muscles are signs that stress is not being handle well in that moment. When you find yourself in that physiology stand tall breathe deeply and change the focus in your mind. Without any effort you will be affecting the two of the three causes of subluxation and reducing the stress to your spine and nervous system and therefore the decay that comes with it.

Manage your thoughts or perception

The second way is to change how we think of what is causing our stress. There are several way for us to do this. Much of it depends on the type of stress we are experiencing. So let me give you one example of how to reduce stress using thought. Lets say that there is a big test coming up one that will impact your future with a company or a school or with your personal goals. You have done all you could to prepare for the test yet there is anxiety over taking the test. How do you think your body would respond if instead of focusing on taking the test you shifted your focus to what you were going to do after the test? This simple activity now puts your mind to something you are looking forward to and the test now becomes something that you want to do in order to get to that thing. The first time I tried this I did not expect much. I had to attend a two day meeting and was not looking forward to being away from my family. It was stressful to me. So I came up with some activities that I wanted to do when I returned and now instead of the stress of leaving for two days I was more focused on the fact that something fun was just around the corner. The side effect was that I enjoyed the meeting more than if I had stayed in that non-productive mind set. There are many ways to apply this simple idea. Find what works for you!

 

 

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