Chiropractic Care Specifically Designed for You
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the treatment and restoration of the human body through natural means. It is a form of health care that focuses on the relationship between the body's structure and function. Doctors of Chiropractic utilize many different techniques to help facilitate the body's natural ability to heal itself. One of the most powerful techniques that nearly all chiropractors use is called spinal adjustment. Adjustments are simply the restoration of normal motion to a specific joint that has decreased or abnormal movement.
What are the most commonly treated problems?
Numbness or tingling in the arms or legs
Tempromandibular Disorders (TMJ)
Degenerative Joint Disease
Herniated Vertebral Discs
Motor Vehicle Injuries
Worker's Compensation Injuries
This is a list of the most common problems chiropractors treat. Dr. Amy and Dr. John have successfully treated several additional health problems and would love to hear about yours. Please feel free to e-mail our doctors at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about your condition.
Why do I hear a "popping" sound when I receive an adjustment?
Look at the picture of the joint capsule to the right. The blue area is labeled synovial fluid. This is the fluid that lubricates and nourishes your joints, and has a normal internal pressure. You also have cells that live within the joint capsule. These cells metabolize and therefore produce waste in the form of carbon dioxide gas. Sometimes, if the joint is not moving correctly, this gas can become trapped inside the joint capsule increasing its internal pressure. The "popping" sound is merely that gas escaping from the synovial fluid when the pressure is released due to a chiropractic adjustment.
It is similar to when you get a bottle of soda out of a machine. When the soda drops and you pick it up, you can feel the pressure inside the bottle even though you can't see any gas (in the form of bubbles) or hear any noise. When you remove the cap, the pressure is released. The gas now becomes visible (bubbles) and audible (hissing noise). The same is true for a chiropractic adjustment and the "popping" noise.
It is important to understand the "popping" noise is not bones grinding together or tendons snapping over the bone. These are common thoughts made by people who have never been to a chiropractor. We put our patients at ease by explaining the whole process of what your body is experiencing during an adjustment.
Why is normal joint movement important?
Here is an example; think of the bones in your neck as a stack of building blocks. If each of these blocks rotates slightly when you turn your head, you are able to perform common tasks like backing out of your driveway without pain. If one block does not move correctly the other blocks have to move more to allow you the same range of motion. This becomes an issue because it puts increased pressure and strain on the bones, ligaments, tendons, and nerves in your neck. If the abnormally functioning joint is not corrected, it will cause pre-mature degeneration (wear and tear) of all the spinal joints in the neck. It can also cause abnormal muscle patterns, stretched/worn ligaments and tendons, and inflamed (swollen) nerves.
A combination of all of these problems can lead to changes in the bone structure and pain. This is commonly known as osteo or degenerative arthritis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the number of arthritis cases will rise by nearly 40% by 2030. "Even today, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the USA," Charles Helmick, an arthritis expert at the CDC says. "That could get worse." By 2030, the CDC report says, 25 million Americans with the disease will be forced to limit their daily activities.
Here are x-rays of the cervical spine (neck). The green line on both x-rays is considered ideal. The red line on the x-ray to the right is considered abnormal and is due to degeneration of the spine. Notice that it is harder for the person on the right to support the weight of the head due to the abnormal curve.
Here is another x-ray of the cervical spine. The degeneration on this x-ray is very prominent. Look at the way the vertebrae are mis-shaped. They should look almost square in the front.
Does chiropractic treatment help to decrease the effects of degenerative arthritis?
Yes! By restoring normal joint motion many or all of the negative affects that follow can be eliminated if it is corrected promptly. If the degeneration is too severe because it has not been treated in a timely manner or there was a severe injury, a total recovery may not be possible. The good news is that even if this is the case, chiropractic care has been shown to decrease pain and increase the patient's quality of life.