Family Chiropractic Care
Providing exceptional care for every member of the family, just like they are part of ours.
"While other professions are concerned with changing the environment to suit the weakened body, chiropractic is concerned with strengthening the body to suit the environment."
A pregnant woman with sciatic pain.
A 2-month-old with colic.
A 30-something-year-old man with knee pain while running.
A constipated toddler.
A middle-aged woman with no symptoms.
All walk into a chiropractor's office...
Sounds like the beginnings of a very complicated joke, but the reality is this list of people - with what seems like very unrelated symptoms - represent real people who have come into our office and have benefited from chiropractic care.
Is there an adjustment for sciatica, constipation, knee pain, or colic? And why would someone without any symptoms seek chiropractic care? The simple answer is: chiropractic doesn't treat anything.
A Different Approach
Chiropractic doesn't treat any symptoms because it's not a pathogenic approach that is seeking to cure or even prevent disease. Chiropractic instead prescribes to a salutogenic model of health: focusing on factors that support human health and well-being.
More specifically, the "salutogenic model" is concerned with the relationship between health, stress, and adapting. It focuses on thriving, not just surviving. And that's a very different focus.
Is the goal for your marriage to just not get divorced?
You can have a miserable relationship and still be "together."
Is the goal for your bank account to just not be in the negative?
There's a major difference in how you live and the choices you make when you have $5 in your account vs $500,000, though both are technically in the positive.
Is the goal for your health to just not feel sick?
Health is not measured in merely the absence of symptoms, health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being.
Structure Determines Function
How does chiropractic address health, stress, and adaptation? Through the nervous system.
Your brain communicates with your entire body through your nerves; they are like the electricity of your body. The nerves branch off of your spinal cord and pass between the vertebrae of your spine. When a joint (the place where two bones comes together) is not moving properly or misaligned that causes stress in those nerves. As chiropractors, we call that area of stress a "subluxation."
This is why you will find a multitude of reasons people seek out chiropractic care; improved structure leads to improved function, and the nervous system controls every other system in the body, so the benefits are widespread as well.
Many choose to incorporate chiropractic care into their health and wellness routine, not because they are in pain, but because they want to continue to live with improved function. Just like brushing our teeth and moving our bodies, we recommend chiropractic adjustments as they are simple, healthy habits that are the foundation for building a lifetime of health.
benefits of consistent chiropractic care
Decreased stress in the nervous system
Improved quality of life
Increased ability to adapt to stress
Who can benefit from chiropractic care?Chiropractors are "back doctors," right? So why would you see one if you have something going on in your hip, or head... shoulders, knees, toes...? Or what's the point if you feel great and have no pain? Or if you are a baby who was just born?? We do focus on the back, but that's because that's where your spine is. Your spine is such a vital part of your health because it is the protection for your spinal cord, an extension of your brain. Nerves branch off the spinal cord and pass through the vertebra in the spine on their way to connect your brain with every single part of your body. When a joint isn't moving well, it causes stress in the nervous system. That stress can cause pain, but even more than that, it compromises function. We refer to this situation as a "subluxation." Chiropractors locate the joints or areas that are causing stress or irritation to the nerves (subluxations), make specific adjustments to restore normal motion, and alleviate the stress so the brain and body can communicate clearly. When your brain and body can communicate, not only do you often feel better, but your body is able to function at a higher level! You'll hear people report chiropractic care helping with a variety of issues, because at the core it's not treating a specific condition, it's supporting your body to be able to optimally function. And that's something that's good for every body!
How many adjustments do I need?Wouldn't it be great if ONE adjustment could resolve all the issues you came in for? Unfortunately, that's about as likely as one salad negating years of fast food, or one workout cancelling out years of a sedentary lifestyle - that's just not how things work. But just like with healthy food choices and movement, the more consistent you are as time passes, the better changes you will see. We go over your health history, current lifestyle, and what we find during our exam process to determine the best plan for you to reach your goals. After you receive our recommendation, then the choice is yours how you would like to proceed.
What is subluxation?The driving force behind the chiropractic care we provide in our office is not a quick fix or even pain relief, it's addressing subluxation. Subluxations are areas where there's stress or tension in a joint (where bones come together) that causes interference in the communication between the brain and the rest of the body. When proper motion is returned to the joint from a specific chiropractic adjustment, that stress is removed allowing the brain and body to talk clearly, and function is improved! Improved function means you're better able to adapt to and enjoy the world around you. The focus is not on what is wrong with you, but rather supporting what is right.