Chiropractic's basic concepts are what drives me to do all the different things I do to help you get rid of your pain and hopefully work on improving your health. Chiropractic Adjustments are for the purpose of reducing the effects of the subluxation complex in the spine and throughout the neuro-musculo-skeletal system. Regular Chiropractic care can restore and then help maintain natural movement in the joints of the spine (as well as other joints in the body) and this is vitally important in order to assure that the nerve "messages" are interpreted correctly both to and from the brain as well as to prevent further degeneration of an unhealthy joint. Nerves are the connection that allows the brain to run almost every single function in your body and almost every function, including autonomic functions, in your body can be effected by a nerve that is not operating correctly due to interference of some type.
Interference can be because of a dysfunctional joint (could be between 2 vertebrae or a shoulder, hip, knee, foot or hand joint) or it can be in muscle/fascia. Often posture and time create problems that go unnoticed until the tipping point is reached where pain takes over your thoughts. It usually takes time to correct and it takes your commitment not just to get in here for several treatments but also to do the home exercise and stretching portion of the care plan.
When a subluxation occurs in the spine, a chiropractor can help correct the range of motion of bones / joints and allow them to return to a state of healthier movement. This procedure is appropriately called an adjustment. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. There are many different ways of adjusting these joints and it ranges from very, very gentle to a bit faster and more aggressive. The chiropractic adjustment is important to restore the correct flow of information from your brain to your body and from your body back to your brain. To keep the information flowing, several adjustments over a course of time may be necessary, in addition to physical rehabilitation like stretching exercises and/or strengthening exercises. In the chiropractic world, keeping the problem fixed and preventing its reoccurrence is just as important as the initial remedy. I recognize that different patients can need a little different type of care for several reasons. Fortunately, Parker University trains its doctors in 9 different Chiropractic techniques so there will be one that suits your needs.
There are actually five components that contribute to the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) We will discuss that in greater detail later, for those of you that are really into it just click on the link below.
5 Components of the Vertebral Subluxation
In addition to regularly using 4 different Chiropractic techniques I have been trained, tested, and certified in Acupuncture Techniques by 3 different instructors with over 130 years experience both in practice and in teaching. Dr. Richard Yennie DC, FASA, Dipl.Ac. NCCAOM, LAc. of the American Society of Acupuncture allowed me (and many others) to do a Fellowship with him which took a year through Parker Chiropractic University and ultimately I obtained my 100 hour certification in Acupuncture. Dr. Yun-tao Ma PhD has practiced Acupuncture and developed his own Dry Needling Techniques over 40 years and has authored 3 textbooks on his Acupuncture Needling Techniques including "Biomedical Acupuncture for Pain Management". I am very fortunate to have been trained by Dr. Ma personally and will forever be grateful for his teaching and his mentorship. Additionally, I've been trained, tested and certified in Auriculotherapy by Dr. Jim Shores and the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute.
In addition to Acupunctures amazing effects on the soft tissues of the body I was also trained by one of the foremost authorities on Soft Tissue Work. Dr. Jeff Rockwell DC trained me for almost 3 years in every aspect of "Active" and "Passive" Myofascial Release Techniques during my time at Parker Chiropractic University.
All that allows me (and you) to select the treatment that will benefit you the most.
Generally speaking you can expect me to use a combination of the Diversified Technique (a hands on adjustment, you usually hear a "pop" sound with this type adjustment) and the Thompson Technique (utilizes the "drop" table and does not rotate the spine, it is very gentle), in addition I sometimes use the Activator Technique (the activator is a handheld instrument that gives a very gentle adjustment). Finally, in very acute cases I may use the SOT Technique where wedge shaped blocks are strategically placed under your hips to realign them without any quick movements. I also utilize Dr. Brimhall's Percussor Instrument along with the SOT wedges and this is likely on of the gentlest of all techniques, yet it is extremely effective when a condition warrants its use.
Finally I utilize "in office" and "at home" exercise rehab programs to strengthen areas prone to chronic subluxation. Rehabilitation exercises are also how we correct postural abnormalities to prevent the otherwise inevitable problems that await you in the future.
There are three "phases" of care for a Chiropractic patient. 1 is the acute pain phase when you really hurt and it is enough to drive you to seek help. 2 is the rehabilitation phase when the really bad pain is over and you have to make a decision to do a physical rehabilitation program to prevent the problem from reoccurring (please realize that most problems we see do reoccur if a patient doesn't do corrective/rehabilitative care) Finally, 3 is the supportive phase where most of the burden is shifted to you for ongoing exercise programs designed to prevent the reoccurrence of your injury as well as preventing other future problems.
I am happy to consult with you if you have more questions about Chiropractic, Subluxation and the Chiropractic Adjustment.
Get in here today!
Charles Dixon DC