What can I expect from treatment?
What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to self-regulate and heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic seeks to achieve optimal health in an individual by maintaining the health of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Chiropractic uses various natural methods to restore optimal functioning of the vertebral column, relieving pressure on surrounding nerves.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
The doctor of chiropractic seeks to restore the health of the spine, primarily by performing a corrective adjustment to any misaligned or improperly moving vertebrae. The adjustment is a gentle, precise force applied to a specific place on the spine or other joint. Adjustments are applied not only to correct joint alignment and mobility, but also to relieve associated muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist healing. This is only done after a careful examination which includes a history, a physical examination, and if necessary, a radiographic examination. Chiropractic care is a very effective and safe method of relieving neck pain, back pain, headaches, foot pain, knee pain, jaw pain, shoulder pain, hip pain, and arm pain.
On the initial visit, you will be asked to complete a comprehensive health history form. Your history and presenting complaint will be discussed in detail with the doctor. The physical examination includes range of motion, strength, neurological and orthopedic tests. X-rays are taken only if necessary. In addition, the doctor will perform palpation (examination by touch); feeling for muscle spasm, stiff joints, tenderness, etc.
In addition to the adjustment, moist heat, ice packs, massage, mobilization, stretching, ultrasound, electric muscle stimulation, interferential, low-level laser, decompression/traction, and/or exercises may be used. The treatment you receive will be designed specifically for you based on your symptoms and examination findings.
Chiropractic & Rodeo Athletes
As many of you know, I have worked at the rodeos for over 14 years, helping the cowboys and cowgirls to perform better and keep them on the road competing. Most people are surprised to know that most of the contestants get adjusted before they get on to ride. It helps to loosen them up and helps them to perform better. The rodeo athlete travels hundreds of miles in a single weekend, often sleeping in the back of a car. Add that onto the rough sport that they do, and they tend to get very stiff and sore. Chiropractic restores the structure of the spine, and therefore, the biomechanical efficiency and function of the body are optimized. This translates into a better performance for the athlete.