Chiropractic is an art, science and philosophy that respects the innate healing abilities of the human body. The philosophy of chiropractic is centered around the body's ability to heal itself. It is a form of healing that focuses on the health of your nervous system.
The brain communicates to the body via the spinal cord and the peripheral nerves; since your brain and nerves play a vital role in the function of all body parts, it is important to keep the line of communication open and free of interference. When a spinal bone is out of alignment, it can press on a nerve exiting the spinal column and cause aggravation. This aggravation can alter proper nerve function and can lead to symptoms such as: muscle spasm, tingling, numbness, weakness, uncoordination, and altered organ function.
When the body suffers from spinal misalignments, it is suffering from "dis-ease", a chiropractic term that refers to a body not functioning at its optimum level. This lower level of health can affect a person's daily living, sports performance, work performance and sleep.
Spinal misalignments can result from any type of trauma or repetitive stress. The most obvious case is trauma from falls, sports or work injuries and auto accidents. Sudden jarring of the spine from trauma can cause a spinal bone to shift in an abnormal position.
Another common cause is long term repetitive motion or postures. Sitting at a work station for 10 years, standing at a register or sleeping in awkward positions can slowly shift the spinal bones out of alignment and cause trauma to other body areas.
Simply having stress or tight muscles will also cause the spinal bones to misalign. Less common causes are from scoliosis or other spinal conditions that a person may inherit.
WHAT CAN CHIROPRACTIC TREAT?
Although chiropractic has always emphasized spinal adjustments, we have been trained extensively in working on the joints in the arms and legs. Each joint in the arm and leg (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle) requires a specialized analysis and adjustment to restore proper function and reduce symptoms.
Conditions of the BACK
-Low Back Pain
-Degenerative Joint Disease
Conditions of the EXTREMITIES
Shoulder: frozen shoulder, shoulder impingement, shoulder subluxation
Elbow: tennis elbow, golfer's elbow, weight lifting injuries
Wrist: carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains
Hip: hip degeneration, ITB syndrome
Knee: patellar tracking problems, inability to bend or straighten the knee, pain with running
Ankle: inversion sprains, post surgical ankle rehabilitation
Foot: fallen arches, dropped metatarsal heads, plantar fascitis, heel spurs
The chiropractic adjustment focuses on bringing your body back into alignment and back into balance. Chiropractic adjustments vary from doctor to doctor. The deliverance of an adjustment is an art unto itself and reflects the chiropractors special touch. Dr. Splies is well versed in many techniques. A gentle approach uses the Activator device. Some patients prefer or require manual adjustments to shift the bones back into proper alignment.
This method involves an adjusting instrument called the "Activator".
It is a small hand held device that the doctor uses to move a bone in a specific direction.
It is a very gentle and painless process.
The force emitted from the instrument is gentle enough to adjust young children and the elderly. On average, the movement of the bone is usually between 1 - 3 mm. This technique is preferred for very specific adjusting.
This involves direct hand contact. The doctor places his hands in a specific position on the patient's bone and applies a controlled thrust to move the bone into alignment.
The neck can also be adjusted manually with precision and care.
Often a popping noise will occur with this type of adjusting. This pop is simply the joint expanding.
The lumbar flexion-distraction Cox table is specifically designed for low back disc problems.
In particular it works well for loss of disc height or disc herniations. Application of this therapy is the most effective means of decompressing the lumbar disc.
It is non-invasive and often brings great pain relief.