Here at Ball Chiropractic Center we want to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. Our goal is to help you achieve total health and balance with your body. In order to achieve that goal, we are here to offer specific recommendations on nutritional supplements and healthy food choices to help you maintain a healthy weight.
One of the most important elements of chiropractic care is diagnostics. Chiropractic radiology is a tool utilized in care as a diagnostic practice to rule out pathology (such as possible tumor or fracture) and/or an additional aid to determine where to adjust the spine. Chiropractors rely on a variety of diagnostic techniques in order to fully understand what is occurring in the patient’s musculoskeletal system, and how a given treatment intervention could bring about positive results in each patient.
Spinal decompression is a non-invasive mechanical procedure performed within our office to help alleviate back pain. It involves gently stretching the spine to take pressure off the spinal discs (the cushions that separate the vertebrae in the spine). By relieving this pressure, bulging discs can retract back into place which takes pressure off the nerves in the spine. By decompressing the spine, it permits water, oxygen and other fluids to work their way back into the discs allowing them to heal naturally. Spinal decompression is an excellent option for anyone with chronic back pain who wants to get back to living a pain-free life as quickly as possible.
Traditional chiropractic practices focus on increasing range of motion, minimizing the occurrence of muscular spasms, and temporarily reducing pain. It is important to remember that pain is a symptom of a greater problem. And until the problem is addressed, it will be difficult to find relief. Structural chiropractic is a specialized subset of traditional chiropractic which looks to identify and correct structural abnormalities that may be the cause of other problems.
What is a Structural Shift?
Structural shifts occur due to a variety of reasons, though most commonly a traumatic event or injury. A shift in the head or neck can then cause a shift into the shoulders and torso, all causing the hips to overcompensate and move out of alignment. These shifts cause muscles to spasm and ligaments and tendons to deform. This, in turn, causes interference or blockage of the nerves that run throughout the body and help control the organs. If communication between the brain and the body is disrupted, this can lead to a number of problematic symptoms and secondary conditions.
What are Secondary Conditions?
Some of the secondary conditions of underlying structural shifts include but are not limited to:
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Frozen Shoulder
- TMJ syndrome
- Gait abnormalities
- Knee/Leg pain
As opposed to treating the symptoms, we use multiple methods to help identify problems with the spinal structure that might be present, and then create a specific treatment plan to correct said shift. Some of these methods used to identify structural shifts include:
- Physical exam and manipulation: by engaging areas of your spine, we are able to identify areas that might be moving improperly, inflamed, or contracted.
- X-Rays: we use a series of x-rays to view the spinal structure and identify any incorrect movement as well as determine the amount of correction needed.
- Electromyography: we will record the electrical activity in the muscle tissue which will give us a better picture of where damage may be located.
It is extremely important to share your family history, previous injuries or accidents, medications, and physical activity routine with your doctor, as these aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your specific condition. Once the structural shift has been identified, we can then create a customized treatment plan that includes both in-office and at-home rehabilitation practices to treat the structural issue directly.
Treatment varies from patient to patient according to the root of the problem. Some commonly used methods of treatment include:
- Structural adjustments: Physical manipulations and chiropractic adjustments are used to correct any structural displacements.
- Customized rehabilitation plans: We will create an at-home plan consisting of stretches and exercises which will help increase your strength and mobility.
- Orthotics: In some cases, correctional orthotics may be recommended to assist with your structural abnormality.
- Physical activity and nutritional guides: Knowing which activities create less stress on your spine or which foods can help reduce inflammation can be important tools in the day-to-day management of your condition.
The objective in Relief Care is to help you feel better as quickly as possible. In this phase of care, you are typically seen 2-3 times per week for 4-12 weeks. After the initial time frame, we will re-evaluate your chief complaint and decide further treatment goals. Our goal is to help you feel better and get the relief you need.