To bring about and maintain the fullest expression of health to all those we touch.
To care from the heart with compassion, intent, certainty and mastery. To formulate individual treatment programs to meet the specific needs and goals of each of our patients. To teach the principles of chiropractic and better health to all those we come in contact with.
A lot of people don't know what to expect when going to visit a chiropractor. If this is you - you're in the right place. This guide will help you determine what to expect as well as dispell some common myths about chiropractic care. Live a little better. Begin your understanding of chiropractic today and start on your way to a healhier life tomorrow! How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
Where Do I Begin?
Community Chiropratic Care begins with a thorough examination
. We will discuss your
health goals, review your stressors and how they will impact your well
being as well as nutritional factors and lifestyle activities. After taking a complete case history to review important aspects of your health, a thorough examination will be conducted. You'll be asked to turn and bend, your posture will be checked, your reflexes and muscle strength will be tested.
What Happens Next?
Depending on the doctor's findings he may request diagnostic testing of the affected area. This testing can help reveal any problems or pathologies and guide your doctor in creating a care program based on your unique health care needs. Today's high-tech equipment and ultra-sensitive films help minimize your exposure.
On the second visit, The doctor will review the records and diagnostics with you along with a report of findings that includes the results of the examination and a plan of care. After all questions have been answered, treatment will begin.
What Could be Wrong?
If your examination revealed areas of your spine that are malfunctioning,this often results in nervous system compromise, impairment to the muscles that support the spine, damage to soft tissues of the spine, and sets in motion a degenerative process. Researchers
refer to this five-part problem as the Vertebral Subluxation Complex:
- Abnormal motion or position of SPINAL BONES (Spinal Kinesiopathology) Physical trauma such as improper lifting, car accidents, repetitive motions, and poor sleeping habits can cause spinal problems. Emotional stress and chemical imbalances are common
- Abnormal NERVOUS SYSTEM function (Neuropathophysiology) - Improper motion or position of spinal bones can rub, irritate, pinch, or choke delicate nerves. This can impair the function of the tissues, organs, and systems controlled by these nerves.
- Abnormal MUSCLE function (Myopathology) - Muscles supporting the spine can weaken and atrophy, or become tight and go into spasm. Unfortunately, scar tissue and adhesions penetrate these malfunctioning muscles, changing their elasticity.
- Abnormal SOFT TISSUE function (Histopathology) - Discs, ligaments, and other soft tissues can malfunction, too. These important soft tissues have a poor blood supply, so proper healing often requires continued care even after the relief of obvious symptoms.
- Abnormal function of the SPINE AND BODY (Pathophysiology) - The body responds with bone spurs and spinal decay, fusing malfunctioning spinal joints. Degenerative changes can be seen in other organs and tissues which have been deprived of normal nerve control.
How Do I Get Better?
Community Chiropractic Care believes in a teamwork approach
. When you consult this office you are entering into a unique partnership. Your health today is the result of your habits, your thoughts, your actions, and all the circumstances of your life. Little can be done about the past, but we're here to help with the future. Learn as much as you can about the nature of true health and follow your doctor's recommendations.
The doctor can do specific adjustments to aid in your body's natural healing process. He may recommend other procedures as well. To get better faster, though, the doctor is going to need your help too!
What Are These Adjustments?
If areas of abnormal spinal function identified, your doctor will recommend a chiropractic care program of spinal adjustments. Your plan of care is based upon your age, condition, lifestyle, and unique spinal problem(s).
What are Specific Adjustments?
The primary course of care will be specific chiropractic adjustments. This will help return individual spinal bones to their proper motion and position. There are hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore better position and motion to "stuck"
or fixated spinal joints. Sometimes this may require a quick thrust, and in other instances a slow, constant pressure. Sometimes only one area of the spine is adjusted, and other times the entire spine will receive attention. Some doctors use only their hands, while others will use special tables or instruments. Sometimes the patient's own body weight is used. Every doctor has a preference based on training, clinical experience, and the particular spinal problem of the patient. Some adjusting approaches can result in a faint "popping" sound. This sound is created by the
shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. The presence or "loudness" of this sound has little
meaning and varies with each patient.
You Mentioned Other Procedures?
Your doctor may recommend additional procedures or suggest others ways to help reduce inflammation, provide relief, or enhance the healing process. These may include ice, heat, muscle and soft tissue rehabilitation, nutritional advice, exercises, or other procedures.
What Do I Do?
Here are some ways you can get faster relief and better results from your chiropractic care:
- GET INVOLVED. Patients who get involved and assume personal responsibility for recovering their health, seem to get the best results.
- KEEP YOUR APPOINTMENTS. The way to achieve the results millions of chiropractic patients have enjoyed is to keep your appointments.
- STRENGTHEN YOUR SPINE. Your doctor may suggest specific exercises to help speed your recovery. These can help retrain muscles that support your spine.
- REVIEW YOUR LIFESTYLE & ROUTINE. Most problems arise from the accumulation of stressors you put on yourself recognizing and reviewing your daily routine stressors is critical to preventing problems and keeping you healthy.
- LIFT WITH YOUR LEGS. Improper lifting can invite a relapse. Keep your back straight and the load close to your body as you lift with your legs.
- AVOID EXTREME BENDING. Use caution when bending or working overhead. Avoid sudden twists and turns.
- GET ADEQUATE REST. Proper rest is an important aspect of the healing process. Use a mattress that offers firm support, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
- WATCH YOUR DIET. During the healing process proper nutrition is more important than ever.
- ASK QUESTIONS. Proper spinal hygiene is new for most people. The better you understand your condition, the faster your recovery.
- REFER OTHERS. Share your chiropractic experience with others. Explain the relationship between proper spinal function and nervous system function-the key to health. Your health may be your most valuable possession. Like losing any other possession, recovering your health will require an investment of your time and money.
How Long Will It Take?
Chiropractic results vary. Some patients get results quickly. Others find their recovery
takes several months or longer. Children often respond quickly, while adults with long-standing spinal problems tend to heal slower. The healing process takes time. There are three stages of chiropractic care. Periodic progressive examinations help determine the course of your care. Once you understand true health, you may want some type of ongoing chiropractic care. Like brushing your teeth, eating wholesome foods, and other healthy habits, a regular chiropractic checkup makes sense. How
long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
INITIAL INTENSIVE CARE
This is usually where most patients begin their chiropractic care. Visits can be frequent,
depending upon the severity of your condition. The primary focus is to reduce or eliminate your most obvious symptoms.
With your ache or pain diminished, the objective is to stabilize spinal function and promote a more complete healing. Muscles and soft tissues of the spine are strengthened during this stage of care, helping to avoid a relapse.
With the maximum restoration of spinal function many patients enjoy regular chiropractic "checkups." This type of preventive wellness care can save time and money by helping to avoid little problems from becoming serious.