Types of Care
As a new patient, you may have pain or concerns that need to be addressed promptly. At first you may need to get chiropractic adjustments two or three times weekly to reduce or eliminate the symptoms that are occurring. This phase of care is also known as Acute Care or Symptom Care.
After receiving Relief Care and eliminating or reducing symptoms, some may believe there is no need for further care. However, with many conditions, symptoms are often the last thing to show up and the first thing to disappear.
The Corrective Care phase is a very important step in restoring function, tissue healing, and stabilizing spinal function. Your condition and progress will determine the amount of visits needed to complete the healing process. To aid in this process, you will be provided with rehabilitative exercises designed to support the chiropractic care.
As a patient in the Wellness Care phase, you can now utilize chiropractic care preventatively so that minor problems are addressed before they become major problems. Having your spine checked periodically, a healthy diet and regular exercise will give you the benefit of living life to the fullest!
Although neck pain can be cause by injury, such as “whiplash” injuries, it is often cause by the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, reading in bed, poor work habits, stomach sleeping, lack of proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause misalignments in the spine and eventually pain. We love to help patients who are suffering from neck pain because we usually obtain excellent results without the use of anti-inflammatory medicine, muscle relaxors or pain relievers.
A condition involving pain or discomfort in the head, scalp, or neck, usually associated with muscle tightness in these areas. They can occur at any age, but are most common in adults and adolescents. Tension headaches result from the contraction of neck and scalp muscles. One cause of this muscle contraction is a response to stress, depression or anxiety. Other causes include spinal misalignment, eye strain, fatigue, alcohol use, excessive smoking, excessive caffeine use, sinus infection, nasal congestion. Chiropractic care works on correcting misalignments that cause headaches and relieving symptoms associated with tension headaches.
Common migraine is a disorder involving recurrent headaches, which may be accompanied by symptoms (throbbing pulsating pain, vertigo, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, loss of appetite, vomiting, neck pain) other than headache but which rarely include a preliminary warning. Migraines occur when blood vessels of the head and neck spasm or constrict, which decreases blood flow to the brain. Inflammation around the blood vessels also occurs in some cases. Chiropractic care works on correcting the underlying causes of headaches and relieving symptoms associated with migraines.
Low Back Pain
The majority of back pain patients have not experienced any trauma, accidents, or major injuries prior to the onset of their problem. The cause of most back pain is the cumulative affect of improper sitting posture, poor work habits, incorrect lifting, lack or proper exercise and other lifestyle-related factors. All of these factors cause stress and imbalances on the spine and eventually pain. This is why people often injury their back by just bending over to pick up a piece of paper. The spine was already compromised and just the simple act of bending was enough to set off the problem. When this occurs, the surrounding back muscles go into spasm to protect the stressed or injured tissues of the back. Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the nerve endings that line the surface of the joint and course though the space between the joints, reducing pain and improving flexibility
Inflammation of the fluid-filled sac (bursa) that lies between a tendon and skin, or between a tendon and bone. Bursae are fluid-filled cavities near joints (shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip) where tendons or muscles pass over bony projections. They assist movement and reduce friction between moving parts. Bursitis can cause joint pain and tenderness, swelling, warmth over the affected joint, and limited range of motion. Bursitis can be caused by chronic overuse, trauma, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, or infection. Chiropractic care works on relieving pain and correcting complications associated with bursitis.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the compression of the median nerve at the wrist, which may result in numbness, tingling, weakness, or muscle atrophy in the hand and fingers. Common symptoms associated with Carpal tunnel syndrome are weakness in one or both hands, numbness or tingling in hands, wrist and hand pain, loss of strength in grip with difficulty carrying bags. Chiropractic care works on correcting symptoms and relieving pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome.
Sciatic is defined as pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and down the back of one or both legs, caused by the irritation of the sciatic nerves, the largest nerves of the body. If the vertebrae or bones in the lower back are misaligned or out of place; or the disc between the vertebrae are swollen, bulged or herniated, the result is pressure on those nearby nerves. Common symptoms associated with Sciatica are numbness, tingling, burning, pain in back of calf or the sole of the foot, weakness of the knee or foot, difficulty walking. Chiropractic care works on correcting misaligned or out of place vertebrae and can remove the pressure placed on the sciatic nerve, reducing pain and improving flexibility and function.
Ear infections or otitis media is an inner ear infection generally caused from a blockage of the Eustachian tubes. The Eustachian tubes allows equalized pressure on the eardrum and allows fluid to drain away form the inner ear. When the Eustachian tube is blocked, fluid builds up and causes and infection. Common symptoms of ear infections are ear aches or tugging at the ear, ear and nasal drainage, fever, poor sleep, irritability/crying, and decreased appetite. Chiropractic care works on relieving symptoms and complications associated with ear infections, by relieving pressure off the Eustachian tubes. Evidence shows Chiropractic care to be helpful within 10 days and fewer than 5 adjustments.
An injury to the soft tissue of the neck that occurs from a sudden jerking or “whipping” of the head. This type of motion strains the muscles and the ligaments of the neck beyond their normal range of motion. Common symptoms associated with these injuries are neck pain and or stiffness, blurred vision, difficulty swallowing, irritability and fatigue, vertigo, nausea, ringing in the ears. Chiropractic care works on correcting complications and relieving pain associated with these injuries.