About Chiropractic

WHY CHIROPRACTIC?

EFFECTIVE: Nervous system controls your entire body, and chiropractic care helps restore nervous system integrity.  Chiropractic care has been known to relieve pain and help a variety of health issues. There is a growing body of research that validates the effectiveness of chiropractic care.

NATURAL: Chiropractic care doesn’t add chemicals to your body. And it doesn’t remove body parts or add parts to the body. Instead, it seeks to restore proper control and regulation of your body so health can return, naturally.

SAFE: Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neck and back pain, and other neuro-musculoskeletal pain.

NO SIDE EFFECT: Chiropractic care is drug-free approach to pain relief without risks of addiction and overdose of prescription drugs (ie. opioids).  Any “side effects” of chiropractic care tend to be positive benefits, such as overall increased bodily function, better balance, more energy, increased physical performance, and improved coordination.

IT’S SMART CHOICE: It makes sense to correct the underlying cause rather than fool the body with drugs. Studies show that chiropractic patients tend to be better educated about their health.

CHIROPRACTIC SOLUTION

Chiropractic care is the practice of using spinal alignment to alleviate a wide variety of physical ailments, including muscle pain, neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, and more. This is accomplished by adjusting the subluxation of the spinal column to its proper position, providing a non-invasive solution for pain relief.

HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC CAN HELP YOU?

Chiropractic treatment can be used to treat a wide variety of physical issues, such as

  • migraines and headaches
  • chronic pain
  • neck pain
  • back pain
  • shoulder pain
  • elbow pain
  • carpal tunnel
  • auto injury
  • sports injury
  • muscle strain
  • and much more.

WHAT IS SUBLUXATION?

A subluxation is the result of spinal bones with improper motion or position affecting nerve communications between your brain and your body.

Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems.

A subluxation is a stress response. When muscles go into spasm and spinal bones lock up, nearby nerves are irritated. This nerve irritation interferes with the control and regulation of your body. This distorts communications between the brain and parts of your body.

Distorted nerve communications can be an underlying cause of many health problems beyond just headaches, neck pain, and back pain. For example, choked nerve communication going to or from your stomach can cause digestion disorder.

Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. These nerve impulses travel through your spine and your whole body. Therefore, having a spine free of subluxations is essential for optimal health.

Only a chiropractic examination can detect subluxations. And only chiropractic adjustments can reduce the interference to your nervous system, naturally.

HOW TO GET SUBLUXATION?

There are three basic causes of subluxations. Physical causes include slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions, poor posture, and improper lifting. Emotional causes of subluxations include stress, anger, sadness, and fear. Alcohol, drugs, pollution, toxins, and poor diet can be chemical causes of subluxations.

You can have subluxations and not even know it. Like the early stages of tooth decay or cancer, subluxations can be present before warning signs appear. A chiropractic examination can detect the location and severity of any subluxations you may have.

Find out if you have subluxations before they become more serious and more difficult to correct.

OUR TECHNIQUES AND THERAPIES

We utilize many different chiropractic techniques to help improve spinal biomechanics and reduce nervous system interference.

The primary techniques we use include:

  • Diversified
  • SOT
  • Activator Methods®
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Cold Laser Therapy
  • Electrical Muscle Stimulation
  • Intermittent Traction
  • Myofascial Release
  • Nutritional Consultation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Exercise therapy

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CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENTS ARE ESSENTIAL

If Spinal joints that are not moving properly, nearby nerves can be irritated. Chiropractic adjustments improve motion to these stuck joints, reducing nervous system disruption. Then, your body has the best opportunity to restore your health.

Many Techniques

Sometimes a specific, highly-accurate thrust is used. Or an instrument delivers carefully directed adjustment. Or a slow, constant pressure is used. Several areas may be adjusted, or just one. Sometimes a popping sound is heard.

Our rehab or muscle treatment utilizes Integrative Physical Medicine including:

  • Active & Passive Myofascial Release for chronic trigger points or knots.
  • Dynamic and static stretching to improve shortened and tighten muscle and soft tissues.
  • Muscle activation to increase strength of weaken musculature and soft tissues.

 

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING DOES A CHIROPRACTOR HAVE?

Educational  and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.

DCs are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship,  with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.

They are designated as physician-level providers in the vast majority of states and federal Medicare program. The essential services provided by DCs are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers’ Compensation, and all state workers’ compensation programs.

Chiropractors undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts. Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

                                 Reference: American Chiropractic Association/Chiropractic Qualifications

To learn more about chiropractic, visit the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) website.

At Golden Chiropractic & Acupuncture Clinic, our chiropractic team is ready to meet with you to discuss your needs.