What is chiropractic care?
1. Who can benefit from Chiropractic Care?
2. Chiropractic as a healing art
3. When do you need a chiropractor?
5. What’s that cracking noise?
6. Relief, Correction & Wellness
7. Which nutritional supplement should I take?
8. Do I use ice or heat after an injury?
Who can benefit from Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic treatment is a great treatment option for any age group, ranging from infants to the elderly. Everyone has a spine and the Western lifestyle pre-disposes many of us towards problems throughout the aging process.
Chiropractic care can positively impact many conditions that cause distress in infants and children, such as colic, reflux, and ear infections. Tech/text neck, sports injuries, and car accidents/whiplash are common issues treated as children grow into adolescence. Untreated, these conditions often persist and worsen in adulthood.
Chiropractic manipulation can also be an effective source of relief for expectant mothers. Low back pain, carpal tunnel, and sciatica are common complaints of pregnant women, especially in later trimesters, and many common pain relievers are off-limits for this population. Optimizing the movement and positioning of the pelvis provides relief for many mothers, and can also help the baby position itself correctly for birth.
Regular adjustments remain important throughout the entire aging process. Prior injuries, family history, and occupation-specific strain often lead to degeneration and/or arthritis of the spine, and can prevent us from doing the things we love. Chiropractic care can relieve pain and improve joint mobility before a condition becomes debilitating. To learn more visit our research.
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Chiropractic as a healing art
The term “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek words “cheiro” and “praktikos”, meaning “done by hand”. This branch of healthcare stems from the scientific fact that our nervous system controls and influences the function of every cell in our body. Interference to the nervous system, commonly caused by misalignment and dysfunction of the joints in the spine, is associated with many conditions affecting health and wellness. Chiropractors call this vertebral subluxation, and seek to enhance health by realigning the spine to maximize your body’s function. The Chiropractic model of health is centered on the philosophy that the human body will heal itself if given the right opportunity and circumstances. Top Of Page
When do you need a chiropractor?
Anytime is a good time to see a chiropractor! The most common symptom reported to chiropractors is pain. However, the absence of pain and/or symptoms does not necessarily equate good health. Many of the structural issues seen on X-ray and physical exam came on gradually over time. Unfortunately, many only seek chiropractic care for the last symptom to appear and the first symptom to go away, which is pain. Our doctors believe that health is a state of body and mind where individuals are promoting their health, rather than managing complaints. The purpose of the chiropractic approach to health care is to uncover the cause of your condition, not merely cover up your symptoms. Just like your “regular” doctor, chiropractic is much more effective as prevention care than sick care.
Many common ailments can be traced to structural changes of the body. The most common symptom reported to chiropractors is pain. Chiropractic care is advised by many health organizations such as the American College of Physicians and World Health Organization to address pain and immobility rather than taking addictive drugs. However, the absence of symptoms (pain) does not equal to good health! The clearest way to illustrate this is by reviewing the statistics on heart attacks. Research reveals that in approximately 33% of all heart attacks, the first symptom of the attack is death. Chiropractic care is holistic and focuses on proper structure and function. Wellness care encompasses several aspects of overall health, which can be physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Top Of Page
Doctors of chiropractic undergo an intense educational process that is similar to medical doctors. Chiropractic and medical students alike spend a tremendous amount of time studying anatomy, physiology, neurology, and other “basic sciences”. The primary difference in education includes the emphasis of pharmacology. Medical students focus on the study of prescription drugs, while chiropractic students study the benefits of nutrition and natural alternatives.
Education programs typically become more specialized after the first two years of general healthcare training. Medical students perform rotations in different specialties such as pediatrics, orthopedics, and family medicine. Chiropractic students focus on radiology, manipulation, and other non-invasive therapies. Both doctors of medicine and chiropractic are very well-trained to treat their respective patients utilizing the skills of their profession.
What’s that cracking noise?
The “cracking” sound commonly associated with chiropractic care varies from person to person and by age. Our joints contain fluid that helps keep them healthy and lubricated. This ‘synovial fluid’ contains gas which is dissolved in the fluid, similar to the carbonation in soft drinks. When an adjustment is made, you may hear this iconic noise known as an ‘audible release’ or cavitation. This ‘crack’ is simply the release of gas in the joint, occurring with the sudden pressure change. It is not, as many patients suspect, the sound of bones cracking or knocking into each other. Developments in technology and adjusting technique allow for the cracking noise to be dampened or minimized by the doctor or patient preference. At Burkhart & Chapp Chiropractic we seek to offer individualized care, with or without the audible release.
Relief, Correction & Wellness
There are three phases of Chiropractic care – Relief, Correction, and Wellness. The goal of Relief is to eliminate symptoms. The number of visits necessary to accomplish this will depend on age, underlying spinal condition, length of time you have had the problem, and other lifestyle choices.
Restoring the body to normal or maximum function is the goal of Correction. With most spinal conditions, pain is the last symptom to show up and the first symptom to leave. The muscles and other soft tissues, such as discs and ligaments adapt with each adjustment, and require care beyond the initial relief of symptoms. This is often why most patients require ongoing care. Just because the pain has been relieved does not mean the misalignment has been completely resolved. Ongoing care may be required to correct to problem.
The purpose of Wellness care is to prevent relapses of previous conditions and to address new conditions before symptoms appear. Once maximum improvement has been achieved, your doctor will suggest an appropriate level of care necessary to maintain the corrections made during the first two phases.
Which nutritional supplement should I take?
Vitamin or micronutrient deficiencies are becoming more common due to increased stress, changes in food sourcing, and the not-so-healthy American diet. Our doctors utilize health questionnaires, family history, and bloodwork to assess your individual needs. We take the time address nutrition issues often missed by other providers, and supply higher quality vitamin products than the generic shelf product at the corner pharmacy.
Quality and absorption are important factors to consider when choosing an effective vitamin supplement. The popularity of generic drugs creates a misconception that there are generic or cheap supplements as well. This is just not the case. A synthetic vitamin with a lot of filler does not provide the results of a concentrated and absorption optimized vitamin or supplement. Some generic supplements actually create vitamin deficiencies by blocking the absorption of the natural or good sources of vitamins coming from our diet. We utilize a holistic approach to prescribing nutritional support. Consultation with a doctor is advised to make the correct recommendation and formulation of supplements.
Do I use ice or heat after an injury?
It’s all about timing. Immediately after an injury like a twisted ankle, pulled hamstring or lower back sprain, the inflammatory process begins. This lasts for 24-72 hours, during which time, ice is preferred due to its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to reduce the sensation of pain. Rest, elevation, and compression may also be appropriate. Typically, ice should be applied for 10-20 minutes, using a towel to prevent direct contact with the skin, and then removed until the area returns to room temperature. This cycle is repeated as often as necessary.
Most experts agree that ice may be applied at all stages of an injury; acute, subacute, and chronic. Heat is ideal or most beneficial for muscle spasms or joint injuries that are chronic. Moist heat is preferred over dry heat, such as from a heating pad. Dry heat may lead to muscle dehydration, reduced flexible or stiffness and predispose them to further injury. Moist heat may be applied for up to 20-30 minutes. It may be most beneficial to alternate heat and ice. Ask your doctor which is best for your injury or condition.
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