Understanding Chiropractic

What is Chiropractic?

Why Westside Chiropractic
There is a large degree of misunderstanding regarding what chiropractic can and cannot do/treat. Therefore as a whole the population vastly underutilizes and falls to take advantage of the conservative drugless treatment options that this field offers.

Our office renders treatment options and other services in accordance with the latest research and trends that exist in the chiropractic, physical rehab and injury prevention venues in regards to conservative and cutting edge care. Many, if not most people can avoid long term prescription medication treatments as well as surgery by utilizing conservative methods; however, there still exists many misconceptions and fear.

Our office treats diverse aspects of the population from performers, dancers, professional athletes and non-professional athletes that compete in marathons, triathlons, iron man competitions, etc. We also cater to people that sit at computers, people who are sedentary and deconditioned. We often see patients suffering with severe problems such as multiple disc herniations and we have specific treatment programs to manage these conditions among others without surgery.

In our efforts to meet every patient’s diverse and specific needs, we utilize the most up-to-date treatment protocols that incorporate ergonomic and injury prevention. We utilize standard yet diverse assortment of adjusting techniques that are suited to the patients needs. As opposed to those offices that ‘specialize’ in only one treatment, we utilize treatment or adjusting procedure that will most likely have the desired benefit by progressive contemporary trainings allowing us to offer many various treatments and these recent advances in terms of treatment are constantly incorporated into our practice. Techniques such as Gaston, Functional Movement Screen (FMS), and functional rehab are some examples of advances in treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. These are techniques that are now used by many, if not all professional athletes, including the Olympic athletes.

We strongly believe the care of the patient should start with the most conservative care and least invasive care first. If needed medication should be the secondary option and surgery should always be the last resort. There are many studies that indicate that approximately 50 percent of all health problems are due to environmental factors. These factors are in the patients control and as such often require the patient’s assistance to get the best result possible. The goal being greater than ‘just’ pain relief that is temporary but to address the patients entire health care needs and to come up with a plan and educate the patient so that they can take a proactive approach to their health so that they not only feel better but become healthier and reduce the risk of health problems down the road. Over the years our office has adapted so that we cater to the needs of the diverse population of patients that we serve in the office. As a result, we treat far more than just the back, neck, and headaches but most any problem that is neuromuscular and/or functional in nature.

In the over one hundred years of its development, Chiropractic science has grown to major stature in the field of the healing arts and has reached millions of people. Today’s Chiropractor works both directly and indirectly with the nervous system. Every organ, tissue, and cell is controlled by nerve impulses traveling from the brain to all parts of the body. Nerves make possible all sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing. Nerves maintain balance and keep the body temperature at 98.6. Nerves make it possible to swallow. Nerves make the bowels move. Nerves control the liver, lungs, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder, and kidneys. In fact, the nervous system is the master system which controls all other systems of the body, including: the glandular, reproductive, digestive, eliminative, respiratory, and circulatory.
Every science of healing has what is known as an avenue of approach. For example, in the field of medicine, a hypodermic needle injects drugs through the skin; a pill is swallowed and goes into the stomach. These are the avenues through which the drugs gain access to the body.
In the field of chiropractic, the avenue of approach is the spine. The spine houses and protects the spinal cord, the switchboard of the nervous system through which nerve fibers pass from the brain to different parts of the body. For every effect there must have been a cause. If a person is ill, then the condition of pain, regardless of the name applied to it, is an effect for which there must have been a cause. The nerves leave the spinal cord through openings between movable spinal bones called vertebrae. When vertebrae through injury or posture problems become dysfunctional, they interfere with the normal function of these nerves. This joint dysfunction causes pain and malfunctions of the nervous system and is called the vertebrae subluxation complex.

The objective of chiropractic care is to determine, through x-ray films and thorough examination, the degree of the vertebral subluxation complex. Proper adjustments are given to reduce the cause of pain and malfunction. The result is optimal physical and mental performance.

It has been said that chiropractic care will often add life to years and years to life.

Our Techniques

  • Exercise programs - can be designed to allow injured, weak or deconditioned patients return to normal activities safely and without pain.
  • Stretching techniques - such as PNF (proprioreceptive neuromuscular facillitation), are used to lengthen shortened muscles. Ergonomic assessments are utilized to help reduce.

  • Diversified spinal adjusting

  • Light and low force adjusting

  • Flexion-distraction technique

  • Electrical muscle stimulation - Used to reduce muscle spasm, pain, and inflamation

  • Ultrasound - deep heat therapy that reduces muscle tension, increases blood flow into tight muscles, and reduces pain
  • Graston Technique - The Graston Technique The Graston Technique incorporates a patented form of instrument- assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function...
  • Cold Laser (LLLT) - Low level therapy or cold laser is a painless, sterile, non-invasive treatment which helps to treat a variety of acute and chronic pain syndromes such as: carpal tunnel syndrome, neck pain or whip-lash injuries, arthritis...

  • And Much More...