Chiropractic Care 


Chiropractic care is at the heart of what we do. There is an inseparable relationship between the spine and the nervous system. In order for the nervous system to do its job of keeping our bodies healthy and running strong, the spine must be in excellent condition. If the nervous system is under stress because the spinal column around your spinal cord & nerves isn't moving properly, there can be a breakdown in brain-body communication, interfering with balance and resulting in less than 100% health. It's as simple as this: good communication means the brain can run the show glitch-free, and the natural healing capacity can be fully expressed.

 

The practice of chiropractic is based upon the location & adjustment of vertebral subluxations. Chiropractors are remarkably unique in the health care field as they are the only health care professionals trained to detect and treat subluxations, also known as the "Vertebral Subluxation Complex". Vertebral subluxations are spinal problems involving at least two adjacent vertebrae and associated tissues. They can be thought of as insults to your nervous system caused by any stress to which your body cannot adapt. These stresses may be physical, chemical, and/or emotional in nature and can even begin at or before birth (in utero).

 

If allowed to progress, they cause degeneration of associated joints (accelerated wear and tear on not only the bones but also the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, and other spinal tissues) and will eventually result in pain and other symptoms of poor health. Additionally, because of the direct mechanical and physiological relationship between the spinal column and the spinal nerve roots, vertebral subluxations as well as other spinal abnormalities have the potential to impair proper nerve functioning. Once nerve functioning is compromised, communication within the body is less effective jeopardizing the overall health & wellness of the individual.




Why Chiropractic?

We are dedicated to improving our world one person at a time...
because when you're healthy & happy,
you make a bigger difference in the world.

Chiropractic is an essential part of
the foundation of good health
because it works to balance your nervous system 
(the main communication pathway)
so your brain can talk to your body.

It's as simple as this: good communication means 
the brain can run the show glitch-free,
and you experience optimum health.

Like drinking water...you might be drinking enough water 
and still feel sick, but consider this:
if you're not drinking enough water, 
you cannot possibly be 100% healthy.

If your nervous system is under stress because 
the spinal column around your spinal cord & nerves isn't moving properly,
there can be a breakdown 
in brain-body communication,
interfering with balance 
and resulting in less than 100% health.

For optimum healtheat well, sleep well, be happy, 
and get checked for subluxation by your chiropractor.

Find balance, friends!



Subluxation

Vertebral subluxations can be explained as having five components:

 

  1. Aberrant motion occurs when a section (or sections) of the spine does not move smoothly through its full range of motion &/or moves in ways other than intended. The usual cause of aberrant motion is a restriction in at least one of the planes of motion. However, aberrant motion can also be caused by a section of the spine that is in the wrong place, is too loose to provide its proper supportive function, or moves the wrong way. Or, it may be caused by a section of spine that is compensating for another section that is stuck, too loose, in the wrong place, or moving in the wrong direction.
     

  2. Spinal muscle dysfunction occurs when the muscles that provide support and balanced mobility to the spine do not function properly. Excessive imbalanced stress and congenital asymmetries in the spine can cause opposing spinal muscles to be overworked, resulting in spasm. (A spasm is a hypertonic – excessively contracted – muscle which no longer responds to nerve signals.) Any excessive or prolonged spinal stress can cause a spinal muscle dysfunction, which in turn, can result in an imbalance or even a radial misalignment of the spine.
     

  3. Localized tissue changes such as swelling, scarring, calcifications, and arthritis occur when stresses exceed your body's ability to adapt. Localized tissue changes can be divided into two categories based on time: 1) acute or short term tissue changes, such as tearing and swelling; 2) chronic or long term tissue changes, such as atrophy (wasting away of tissue), fibrotic infiltration (scarring), calcifications (spurs or fusions), or bone degeneration (arthritis).
     

  4. Nerve interference occurs when a nerve is pinched or irritated and cannot accurately send or receive signals your body needs for proper functioning. An analogy can be made between the nervous system and the water supply to a garden. If you interfere with the water supply the garden does not flourish, no matter how much fresh air and sunshine it gets. The same goes for the nervous system. If you have nerve interference, you will not flourish, no matter how much nourishment, sunshine, fresh air and hugs you get. You are not getting the proper life-force impulses to your body.
     

  5. Peripheral dysfunctions occur when the extremities or internal organs do not function properly. It is in these areas where most people first notice that "something" is wrong with their system. Few people, however, recognize that most problems begin in the central nervous system – the spine. Numbness, unexplained weakness in the extremities, internal organ disorders, even heart malfunctions and breathing difficulties can be traced to problems in the spine, and can be addressed with chiropractic techniques. Peripheral dysfunctions can also be asymptomatic. Spinal disorders that occur at birth or in early childhood, for example, may have no obvious outward symptoms, but can result in less than optimal health and a shorter lifespan.

 

Each component of the subluxation must be resolved for proper healing to occur and for the rehabilitation process to be successful. While full understanding of all components is not necessary, you should be aware of the complexity involved. You should also be aware that pain is but a small element of most diseases & disorders. Pain is a very poor indicator of your need for further treatment as pain generally subsides well before tissue healing & mechanical normalization has completed.





Treatment:
Customized Care

Chiropractors use their hands to move bones, loosen joints, stretch muscles and ligaments, and restore neurological function. The technique & amount of force used to make adjustments, however, will differ from chiropractor to chiropractor and should depend on what your body needs and responds to on any given day. Even when two doctors use the same technique, the amount of force applied and the way your body responds will be different. This is a normal part of chiropractic that stems from the fact that it is a hands-on type of health care delivery system. One specialty branch of chiropractic includes the specific adjusting of other than spinal joints (feet, knees, wrists, shoulders etc). If you have concerns with these regions, please let us know.

We draw on a diverse background to create customized care plans for each patient, especially from Dr. Satya's knowledge of neuro-sensory integration, psychoneuroimmunology, herbal medicine, applied kinesiology, yoga, massage, and being the oldest of six kids raised with the principles of natural health, and Dr. Scott's knowledge of yoga, meditation, engineering, psychology, applied kinesiology, medicinal plants and having raised six thriving children without the need for medical care. We have developed our skills in a variety of chiropractic techniques (through chiropractic education, postgraduate training with the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association and also as through chiropractic mentorship) so that we can tailor the adjustive approach to each individual on each visit as needed. We believe that a chiropractor should possess the ability for specificity and finesse, using the least amount of force necessary to re-balance the system. All of the techniques we use are safe, gentle and effective.

Massage is often very useful in soothing the neuro-muscular system. We may use massage during your treatment to reduce localized muscle tension around joints that need to be adjusted. This also stimulates circulation in areas of vascular congestion, such as recent strains or sprains. When more extensive massage work is needed it will be prescribed.



Degeneration:
Accelerated Aging of the Spine

A normal part of aging process involves the deterioration of tissues, especially those of the spine. This deterioration occurs with all individuals over time. The degree of the deterioration varies from individual to individual. The reasons for this are not fully clear, however, it seems that a history of spinal stress and abuse (such as years of hard labor or years of prolonged sitting) as well as inadequate spinal hygiene (lack of periodic spinal checkups) accelerates this deterioration process.

 

The intervertebral disc (the cartilaginous pad situated between the spinal vertebrae) is one of the spinal structures most affected by the deterioration process. Normally, movements of the torso draw water into the disc which results in the influx of nutrients essential to maintaining a healthy disc. Similarly, torsal movements assist in flushing out waste products from the disc. This constant movement of water into and out of the disc is what keeps it strong & healthy.

 

As we age, the tissues of the disc fibrose and become stiff. This fibrosis and stiffening reduces the ability of the disc to accept and eliminate water, and thus, obtain vital nutrients and eliminate noxious wastes. Individuals who subject their spines to prolonged stress, have had at least one back/neck/spinal injury, and who do not practice proper spinal hygiene significantly accelerate this process. This "dehydration" of the disc is often visible on x-ray as a loss of disc height, which is identified by a reduction in the distance between adjacent vertebrae. As the disc becomes dehydrated it also tends to bulge outwards, like a tire without adequate air. If severe enough, the bulging disc can compress or irritate nearby spinal nerve roots.

 

As the discs of the spine undergo these arthritic changes, the biomechanics of the spine are also changed. If the failing spinal biomechanics are left untreated, further degenerative changes occur. Other structures affected by the degenerative processes as well as the alteration in spinal biomechanics include the body of the vertebrae as well as the facet joints.




How Are Subluxations Corrected?


Doctors of Chiropractic learn a number of different chiropractic techniques and procedures to correct vertebral subluxations. Most of the procedures involve
the application of a chiropractic spinal adjustment to the affected vertebrae.

 

Chiropractic adjustments involve the application of a quick but gentle corrective force into the "subluxated" spinal vertebrae. The adjustment can be delivered manually through the hands or can be applied through the use of a specialized tool. We generally prefer to adjust by hand, as it allows us to dynamically modify the adjustive force and vector based on individual response. Subluxations generally require multiple adjustments for complete normalization to occur. Similar to straightening teeth, correcting malfunctioning and malaligned vertebrae requires time for the tissues to integrate changes back to normal. The longer a subluxation has been present, the longer it can take to re-educate the biomechanics of the system. This is why we recommend getting regular checkups starting at birth, because correcting a 2 day old subluxation is much quicker and easier than a 20, 30 or 40 year old subluxation! :)

Types of Care

There are three main types of care: Relief, Corrective, and Maintenance. You are encouraged to select the type of care appropriate for you after your Report of Findings.


Relief Care is for those who only want their current symptoms addressed. When the symptoms (numbness, hyperactivity, pain, discoordination, etc) are gone, chiropractic treatment ends. This is “fix-it” oriented care that usually takes several weeks, depending on the severity of the symptoms and the frequency of treatments. You will get a more tailored estimate as to how many visits this will require in your Report of Findings.

Corrective Care is designed to correct (as much as possible) biomechanical faults in your spine in order to help you achieve optimum health and increase your ability to adapt to the stresses of life. Corrective Care can take months or years, depending on the age of the patient and the length of time the imbalance has been in place. Again, you will get a better idea of how long this will take in your individual case in your Report of Findings.

The initial phase of treatment for both Relief and Corrective care are the same. Adjustments will be made to your spine in order to reduce nerve irritation and alleviate the symptoms that brought you into the office. Corrective Care takes your treatments into the next phase—correction of underlying subluxation complexes that caused the imbalance, and restoration of proper spinal functioning.

Maintenance Care is designed as an adjunct to Corrective Care. AFTER Corrective Care is complete, you will be the proud owner of a healthy spine (too rare in our society!). We strongly recommend that you take care of your spine with daily exercise, an excellent diet, and routine checkups and adjustments to make sure that your spine stays healthy against the cumulative effects of life’s stresses.

How much you choose to participate in chiropractic care is always up to you. When people ask us if they have to keep coming forever, we ask “Once you start exercising do you have to keep doing it forever?” The answer is of course not - but we would be ethically remiss if we told you anything other than that everything we’ve learned tells us we need to keep our spines healthy (there’s no such thing as dentures for your spine - you only get one!) and regular chiropractic care, much like getting your teeth cleaned instead of waiting until you have a cavity, is an essential part of aging gracefully & healthily.

 

In some cases, correction of the underlying subluxation complex is not possible (fused vertebrae, advanced degenerative arthritis, congenital or acquired physical defects, etc). In such cases, we will estimate the time needed for maximum improvement, and also recommend Supportive Care for life. Those requiring lifetime Supportive Care can expect a higher frequency of treatments than required by someone receiving Maintenance Care of a healthy spine.




What Causes Subluxations?


Vertebral subluxations have a great number of different causes all of which the average individual is exposed to daily. These causes can be described in terms of physical, chemical, and emotional causes. Physical causes include acute trauma to the body, repetitive motions affecting the spine, bad postural habits, improper workstation habits and design, and weak or imbalanced spinal musculature. Chemical causes include poor dietary and nutritional practices, drug and alcohol use and abuse, and the ingestion of chemical toxins in the foods we eat, air we breath, and water we drink. Chemicals which are harmful to the body decrease the body's ability to function optimally and reduce the ability to successfully adapt to and withstand internal and external stresses - making us more susceptible to spinal subluxations and the consequences of these subluxations. Emotional causes refer to stress. Excessive stress or inadequate stress management skills can deplete the body of the ability to sustain normal functions. The impact of emotional stress on physical health is well documented in the medical research and can have devastating effects on the immune system, making the body susceptible to injury and disease.

 



How Can I Tell If I Have A Vertebral Subluxation?


The only accurate way to determine if you suffer from subluxations is to receive a chiropractic evaluation. However, a number of signs and symptoms are commonly associated with the vertebral subluxation and include:

  • neck pain, tenderness, soreness and stiffness

  • back pain, tenderness, soreness and stiffness

  • headaches

  • dizziness or balance problems

  • spinal muscle spasm, tightness or weakness

  • reduced spinal mobility

  • pain, numbness or tingling in the extremities

  • joint pain and stiffness

  • low energy

  • poor overall state of health

  • poor tissue healing

  • emotional irritability

 

Individuals who are not currently experiencing pain or other discomforts are not necessarily "subluxation free". As previously described, pain is a very poor indicator of disease processes, including the presence of subluxations. Subluxations are similar to cavities in that many times a significant amount of damage is present before symptoms such as pain are felt. This is why we recommend, like your dentist, that individuals seek periodic spinal evaluations to check for the presence of subluxations and other spinal abnormalities, even in the absence of pain.