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Chiropractic Care in Danville, VA
What is chiropractic?
According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”
What is the goal of chiropractic?
Because chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many individuals incorrectly assume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments. While they do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, it’s not the only goal. The objective is to restore and optimize full-body health. In fact, according to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health.” In addition to neck and back pain our office successfully treats sciatica, herniated discs, shoulder pain, knee pain, neuropathy, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, sprains, strains, and many other musculoskeletal conditions.
How does chiropractic work?
You may be wondering… how can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health? The answer can be found by looking into the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.
As you may already know, the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues, and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection.
Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system. This irritation can result from inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure. In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues, and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).
The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues, and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise.
In short, because the body’s recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.
What do Chiropractors do?
Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations.
A vertebral subluxation is a term which describes a common spinal condition where a loss of alignment or normal function of spinal joints leads to the development of one or more of the following:
- Spinal kinesiopathology (poor spinal function).
- Neuropathology (nerve malfunction).
- Myopathology (muscle malfunction).
- Histopathology (long term tissue changes).
- Biochemical changes (inflammation).
These changes compromise neural integrity and may eventually even influence organ system function and general health.
Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, chiropractors check patient’s spines for any misalignments, fixations, or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area; restoring proper function and alignment.
Chiropractors use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnormalities and optimize overall health. In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, stretching and strengthening exercises, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, and lifestyle modification programs are commonly employed.
Benefits of chiropractic care include:
Short-term and regular chiropractic care have a number of benefits including:
- Spinal and extremity pain relief
- Headache relief
- Increased mobility and range of motion
- Decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
- Arthritic joint pain relief
- Increased joint health
- Increased performance and energy
- Increased sense of well being and relaxation
- Increased balance and coordination
- Reduced degeneration and risk of injury
- Enhanced tissue healing
- Decreased tissue inflammation
How long does it take to see results?
Most acute (short term) conditions that are treated by chiropractors will resolve in 90 days or less however chronic (long term) conditions may take additional time to heal.
Once I start going, will I have to see a Chiropractor for life?
Chiropractors provide two types of care: Active and Maintenance Care. Active care is for the correction of acute and chronic conditions. This care may be likened to the care a dentist provides to fix a cavity or pull a rotten tooth. Maintenance care is aimed at preventing the worsening of chronic conditions (like arthritis) and improving overall health and quality of life.
Some people change the oil in their car on regular intervals others wait until the engine blows up. Maintenance care focuses on preventing the big “blow-up” and can be compared to a 6 month check-up at the dentist to prevent tooth decay. It’s goal is the prevention of worsening health problems. Maintenance care is always optional and at the patient’s discretion.
Can I see a Chiropractor if I already had back or neck surgery?
If you have had a fusion or have surgical hardware such as screws or rods implanted in your spine a chiropractor will not touch those areas. However, the areas just above or below a surgical correction are very likely to begin having problems shortly after surgery. A skilled chiropractor can offer relief to post-surgical patients and anywhere from 10-20% of our current patients have already had surgery and are now utilizing chiropractic care to improve and maintain their spinal pain.