What is a Chiropractor
What is Chiropractic?
For those that have never been to a chiropractor, nervous about chiropractic, or just want to gain a little information about what we do, here you go! Chiropractors started 100+ years ago and there are now over 77,000 Chiropractors (DC) in the United States. Chiropractic has become the most popular type of alternative treatment and is becoming more mainstream every day.Scannable Fake ID, Many MD’s regularly refer their patients to us (Chiropractors) for help with a range of symptoms, everything from headaches and back pain, to ankle, elbow or knee issues. Even dentists are referring to chiropractors to help with TMJ issues. Chiropractic is becoming more and more important as we fight the opioid epidemic and try to get people out of pain without the harmful medications. While pain killers and surgery are needed,fake id maker,they are not always successful and it is smart to try a conservative approach first. In my opinion, it is best to start with the less invasive chiropractic adjustment, which goes well beyond bad backs.
With an adjustment, we can help with pain, inflammation, organ dysfunction, and that’s just the start. We do this by affecting the body’s nervous system and allowing the body to heal itself. We not only adjust the back and neck, but we adjust knees, wrist, elbows, hips, shoulder and feet! At Henry Chiropractic Center, we also offer nutritional advice and carry natural products to help with joint pain, ligament/tendon issues, weight loss, or athletic benefits. There are also a variety of therapy options that we offer to increase mobility, increase blood flow, decrease muscle spasm, and make you feel good! I am also an acupuncturist and tie that in with my chiropractic adjustment to prevent disease and decrease issues of the spine, joints and muscles of patient’s bodies.
As a Chiropractor, I focus on approach on subluxations, which are misalignments of the spine that cause issues of communication. It’s easy to think of our nervous system like a garden hose. If there is a pinch in your hose, you will have little to no flow of water. Fake ID,If we have a pinch in our nervous system, the flow of pain may get stopped somewhere, or rerouted to an area that is not actually the area of issue. It is easy for us to think that the spine is always the issue, but sometimes that is not always the case. A big example of misdirected pain stems from inflammation. Chiropractic treatment is great for chronic and acute problems to decrease pain and correcting the spine so the body can speed up the healing process thus decreasing the inflammation quicker.
Not only can our spine lead to other problems, it can have its own problems. Having lack of motion in any of our joints, lead to degeneration of those joints, and if left untreated, make it more difficult and harder to get fixed and often lead to issues that can not be resolved. We want to restore health when there is an issue, but like brushing our teeth, we want to maintain the spine and keep it functioning at its highest capability. Just like you know that you should visit the dentist for a check-up one or two times a year, you should also get your routine visit to the chiropractor. If you skip visits to the dentist, you could be getting horrible issues deep in your teeth, like a cavity. Alternatively, it is best to see your chiropractor every few months just for routine maintenance, and make sure that you don’t have any growing issues that, if left untreated and ignored, could turn out to be something more damaging.
As a chiropractor we either use our hands or an instrument, depending on a couple of factors, but also depends on the patient’s preference. There are indications that lead us towards using the instrument such as age, patient history, and the problem at hand. Some people do not like the “crack” and “pop” that happens when we use our hands to adjust their neck or back, so the instrument is the alternative for that.
There are also some questions we get asked quite regularly from those that have never been to a chiropractor, and don’t know what to expect:
Assumption: We only deal with back and neck pain.
Truth: We have patients that come in and only want their ankles, shoulders or knees worked on. Although there might be underlying issues and other things going on, we determine that through our examination and consultation to determine the best way to treat each person individually! We have been taught how to find subluxation with our hands, but we also often take X-rays to help with the specificity of the adjustments!
Assumption: We prescribe pills
Truth: We do not prescribe pills, but we do offer supplements to decrease pain and inflammation, which is often the root cause of the issue. We carry a wide variety of supplements here at Henry Chiropractic Center!
Assumption: Once you go to the chiropractor you always have to go.
Truth: I recommend an individual treatment plan after your first examination, which is customized for you with what I think you need to get the problem under control. Some patients respond quickly to care, some take a couple more visits, as one adjustment will normally not fix the problem, but in some cases it will! Many people decided to continue care, and do a “maintenance plan” to prevent further flare ups and they feel the positive power that an adjustment has on their overall being. Such benefits include lower stress, lower blood pressure, more mobility, and overall better feeling. I personally get adjusted once a week, but a normal maintenance plan ranges from 2 weeks to 5 weeks. You can take my recommendation how you would like to.. I am not going to force you into a contract for your care. I truly want to help make you feel better, and that includes you feeling comfortable with the amount of care visits that we discuss for you.
I hope this was helpful! If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to call, message us or stop in. If you thought this was helpful or would like me to write about something in particular, please like our Facebook page at Henry Chiropractic Center and instagram at HenryChriopracticCenter and send us a message!
Dr. Malachi Henry