Have you ever seen one chiropractic office after another as you’ve driven around, and wondered what the difference is? In reality, every chiropractic office is different and offers you a different form of treatment. A chiropractor’s technique is the result of many factors:

  • Where he or she went to school
  • What specialty he or she studied
  • Their beliefs
  • Their physical stature
  • The type of chiropractic service offered
  • The person’s stature being adjusted

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A chiropractor won’t adjust a 1 year old the same as a 60 years old. Nor will he adjust a 30 year old man who is maintaining his health as a professional golfer the same way as he would adjust a 40 year old woman who recently gave birth to twins.

When a chiropractor decides to go into business, his business is built around his beliefs. And typically there are two approaches to the service he brings his clients.

The first is usually termed mixed chiropractic, and is the older of the two. Mixed chiropractic is made up of chiropractors who have adopted different techniques from both the more traditional medical world, as well as from chiropractic. They incorporate certain medical procedures and treatments into their practice to offer you a wide variety of services without sticking to the core of chiropractic. For example, you may find a chiropractor that also offers more holistic medicine, such as homeopathy or naturopathic treatments, or may incorporate nutritional supplements, massage, physical therapy or rehabilitation therapy into your treatment plan.

The biggest problem with mixed chiropractic services is confusion. The public can quickly wonder what the role of chiropractic really is.

Which leads us to the second group which is termed straight chiropractic. This group of chiropractors define chiropractic by one simple objective.

The spine is made of many bone segments (vertebrae) which protect the spinal cord and the nerve branches. These nerve pathways carry information between the brain and the cells of the body. If this process is in any way impeded, that’s when the body begins shutting down and having problems. It will no longer maintain life in perfect function.

Because the bones are moveable, they can misalign in such a way that they begin to interfere with the nerves, and thus block the information being transferred. This is called vertebral subluxations.

Subluxations are rarely obvious to an individual. They have no symptoms. Yet this is where a chiropractor comes into play. By having your spine checked and adjusted regularly, a chiropractor can correct vertebral subluxation over time, and thus help you correct many of the everyday aches and pains that keep you from living life to its fullest. The earlier you seek treatment, the less damage this process can have.

Ready for a further discussion on how regular adjustments can help you? Give us a call today.

4 Tips To Help You Look For An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Near You

Chiropractic care is designed to identify and correct abnormalities in the neuromusculoskeletal system, namely nerve impairment in the spine and muscles. This is achieved through a variety of hands on manipulations and muscle mobilization movements that are commonly referred to as chiropractic adjustments.4 tips to help you look for an upper cervical chiropractor near you 4 Tips To Help You Look For An Upper Cervical Chiropractor Near You

Within the chiropractic community, there are many beliefs in how adjustments should take place and the techniques that should be used. Collectively, there are at least 20 different chiropractic techniques that are learned and taught throughout the community. How do you know which is right for you? How do you find a good upper cervical chiropractor in your community?

What is upper cervical chiropractic care?

Upper cervical chiropractic care is a gentle, non-invasive technique developed to restore body balance and optimum health. The focus lies in the relationship between the upper cervical spine and its overall influence on the nervous system and brain function.

Does Blair use x-rays?

The Blair chiropractic method uses x-rays based on asymmetry. X-rays are taken to determine how the atlas and/or axis is misaligned, and helps determine which way the C1 or C2 has moved. Overall, x-rays are ultimately one of the best tools to use in learning the true nature of the misalignment, and takes the guess work out of the process.

Does a upper cervical chiropractor use pre and post analysis?

With chiropractic care, adjustments are only made when a misalignment occurs. An upper cervical chiropractor will use both pre and post analysis every time to determine if an adjustment is needed, and to determine if the interference was properly removed.       When visiting a Blair upper cervical chiropractor, you will go through a series of prone leg checks to determine if adjustment is needed, and to determine when adjustment is completed. Overall, an upper cervical chiropractor doesn’t use the “band aid” approach to health, and instead will trust the patient’s innate ability restore proper healing when fully adjusted.

Does an upper cervical chiropractor provide help for the entire family?

Upper cervical chiropractic is about whole body health and wellness. It isn’t something you need when you approach a magical age, instead its something you need from the moment you are born throughout your life. If a parent gets checked on a regular basis, its just as easy bringing your kids along for a wellness check as well. Vertebral subluxations can and usually do occur at birth, so its important to remove it as early as possible to allow natural movement and natural growth. Things like ear infections, asthma, and even ADHD might not occur in a child’s system is free from interference.

Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition that involves the brain and the nervous system, and can impact virtually every part of your body. If you have or are living with someone with fibromyalgia, it can be a confusing condition. Depending on which doctor you see, you can get many different diagnosis or options for treatment, anywhere from a referral to a psychologist, to a prescription for medicine.

Imagine for a moment, having a minor pain after doing something new. Its minor, you ignore it, and the pain goes away. Its different for someone with fibromyalgia. When you have a pain, tiny receptors send a message to your brain that you are experiencing pain somewhere in your body. For a person with fibromyalgia, those receptors can increase by as much as five times, meaning even mild pressure can quickly escalate into serious pain.

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When pain signals reach the brain, they are processed by serotonin. People with fibromyalgia don’t have enough serotonin, which leaves the brain overwhelmed. This is why someone with fibromyalgia will complain about pain, yet show little in the way of tissue damage. Yet its not imagined pain; it’s a miscommunication between the brain and the cells.

A lot of illnesses involve one part of the body. Fix that part and the symptoms go away. Fibromyalgia involves the entire body, which means many things can seem wrong all at once, making it very difficult to diagnose and ultimately manage.

The first step is to get an accurate diagnosis. Don’t rely on one doctor; seek out two or more for accuracy, as this can be difficult to analyze.

Most will be women, most will have widespread pain through all four quadrants of the body for at least three months or more. Tenderness will exist in at least 11 points throughout the body when pressure is applied. Symptoms will include fatigue, dizziness, jaw pain, irritable bowels, skin sensitivities, and more. If no underlying cause can be found for all of these symptoms, it’s a classic sign of fibromyalgia.

Once you have a diagnosis, then you can determine the right treatment for you.

Some prefer traditional medicinal routes. Yet many are going for a more natural approach. If this is your choice, studies have shown that improved diets, improving quality sleep, introducing stretching exercise programs such as tai chi or yoga, and natural supplements can help ease the pain.

Also implementing acupuncture and chiropractic care can offer relief from stress and pain, and help improve the way your body operates.

For a consultation and assessment on how chiropractic care can help you or your loved one manage fibromyalgia, give us a call today.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for all expectant moms.

Its also a time when more than half of all moms to be will experience pain, especially in the last few weeks. Lower back pain, leg pain, and even pain in the buttocks can all be experienced as the baby’s head presses down, irritating her sciatic nerve. For those that already had lower back pain prior to pregnancy, the problem can become even worse.

As a woman’s pregnancy evolves, her center of gravity begins to shift towards the front of her pelvis. The woman’s weight continues to shift forward throughout the weeks of development, increasing the curvature of her lower back and placing added stress on the spinal disks.

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This is a normal process, one the body understands and compensates for. Pregnancy hormones help loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvic bone, making room for the growing baby.

Yet even though it’s a natural process, living with the aches and pains can in some cases take away from the overall experience.

And that’s where good health and chiropractic care come into play.

Chances are no matter what you’ve done to maintain your health before, throughout this process you are paying closer attention to everything you do.

Eating right is always a good idea, but especially now make sure you are getting a wide variety of nutrients on a daily basis. Exercise can be especially helpful to help strengthen your muscles and prevent discomfort. Get plenty of rest, sleeping on your side with a pillow between your legs to take the pressure of your lower back.

If you are contemplating becoming pregnant, seeing a chiropractor first can help detect any imbalances in your pelvis or elsewhere in your body that would contribute to discomfort during pregnancy.

After you become pregnant, adjustments every week or two can provide relief from the increased lower back pain as your pregnancy progresses.

And after childbirth, chiropractic care can get you back on track as the ligaments loosened during pregnancy return to their normal state. It can help prevent muscle tension, headaches back pain, even shoulder problems that may have occurred over time.

Its never too early or too late to start receiving help from chiropractic treatments. Give us a call today.