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Doctors of Chiropractic practice natural, non-invasive health care. Sounds ideal, but just how does it work?
We look at the whole picture
We follow a standard routine to gain information about the patient. We consult, review the case history, conduct a physical examination, and we may request laboratory analyses and/or x-rays.
We seek the origin of the problem
Using this information, a diagnosis is made. Included in the diagnosis is the probable reason for your pain or discomfort. It is important to note that chiropractors seek the origin of the illness in order to eliminate it-we do not simply treat the symptoms.
If your roof is leaking, do you simply catch the drips in a bucket for years on end, or do you repair the roof to prevent it from leaking? Similarly, if the migraine headache you've had all week is being caused by Spinal Structural Shift and an irritated nerve, do you continue to take pain killers indefinitely, or do you repair the shift to prevent the pain? You get the picture.
Chiropractors have a term for misalignments: STRUCTURAL SHIFTS. A Structural Shift is a misalignment of the bones that protect the spinal cord. It's a leak in the roof. Or a kink in the wiring of your nervous system.
The severity of the Structural Shift can vary, and there are a number of potential contributing factors that can be physical, emotional, mental, or chemical. The Structural Shift can be caused by any number of incidents, from birth trauma to an auto accident to simple repetition or over-use.
Then we help you fix it
When a Structural Shift occurs, a chiropractor can correct the misaligned bone and allow it to return to its proper position. This procedure restores proper function. The leak is fixed. The wiring is fixed.
To keep the wiring fixed and the information flowing, several treatments over a course of time may be necessary, in addition to stretch or strengthening exercises.
Another important aspect of chiropractic care is this: the patient's improvement is the responsibility of both the doctor and the patient. You will be active in your own care-this is essential in optimizing the care you receive.