Treatment at our clinic is different. Visits are generally an hour because we are committed to finding a solution instead of masking the problem. We want you to learn how to help yourself and get you out of care as quickly as possible while our hands do the healing. Because of this, we use movement as our primary tool. This allows you to be in control of your own health and dramatically improves the amount of time to return you back to being fully functional. Generally, our treatment follows a simple plan:
Move Better. Fix the tissue. Fix the joint.
How does Chiropractic Treatment help pain?
Warning, the below information can be dense and nerdy. We are going to talk about two things, organs and Wide Dynamic Range Neurons (WDRN). First is organs. The organs of your body, as precious as they are, have no pain receptors. Wild right?! This means they can only indirectly give feedback when damage has been done to them. This feedback must piggy back off of existing pain receptors and that can only happen at the level of the spinal cord itself. Once a signal from the organ has reached the spinal cord it can upregulate other pain signals in hopes of getting the message across. Often times the message is subtle and not really clear to most individuals until it is a huge problem. The classic left arm pain from a heart attack is a good example of this process happening in an emergency state.
This brings us to WDRNs. WDRNs are how organs communicate with the spinal cord. WDRNs also pass off other sensations than just feedback from the organs. They can respond to a light touch on the skin just as well as burning your thumb. WDRNs increase signal rate as the amount of pain stimulus is received.
The problem here is that these neurons receive input from several sources. For example, one neuron can share input from your leg, you hip, and your intestines. So if one of those areas is irritated, the signal sent to the brain is that all of those areas are injured. If that pain signal continues long enough, the neuron will actually become over sensitized and begin to send a signal of pain for stimulus that would not previously had done so. You could equate this to getting a paper cut. It can hurt a good bit at first, then the pain will dull. Now imagine some lemon juice got in that cut. Not only does it hurt but you are very aware of anything that touches that cut because it is now so sensitive.
Chiropractic treatment is able to directly effect Wide Dynamic Range Neurons. Treatment neutralizes the hypersensitive state of the WDRNs allowing it to function as normal. This can be an especially powerful alternative to pharmaceutical intervention and can function as long-term palliative treatment for pain of chronic diseases.