Move Better

Our goal with treatment is to find a movement or activity that is problematic and fix it THAT DAY. We use a Clinical Auditing process to efficiently identify what the real problem is then finding a movement that can create immediate positive change. We will continue to evaluate until we find the right movement that gives you the best results. Ideally, the difference is obvious to both the clinician and you immediately. This also helps us to show you that YOU can create positive change to your health and that we are just helping you teach your body to move better (get the clinic name now?)

Fix the Tissue

After we have created positive results with movement, we enhance those results by addressing the actual structure of the body. The body has a lot of different physical systems. You don’t need to know them all, but we do, and we have lots of ways to work with them. Sometimes we use our tools, sometimes we use our hands, and sometimes we use traditional physical therapy modalities. Our most common technique is Body Tempering, a cutting edge system of strength preparation. Regardless, the end goal is the same. Improve function, decrease pain, speed up healing.

Fix the Joint

Chiropractic can be an amazing tool. Most people associate chiropractic care with the low back, and there is a good reason for that. Many studies have shown that chiropractic care is safer, cheaper, and more effective for low back pain than many alternatives. But many people don’t realize that the principles of chiropractic can be applied to any area of the body. Our concept is that chiropractic is the direct and safe manipulation of any part of the body to improve its function. It can literally be applied head to toe. Generally, this is done to joints due to their ability to affect motion and the nervous system so powerfully. Because of the ability to affect and regulate the nervous system, chiropractic care can be a great solution for chronic pain.

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).

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 the damage has been done to them. This feedback must piggyback 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.

Wide Dynamic Range Neurons (WDRN) — 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, your 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 a stimulus that would not previously have 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 affect 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 the pain of chronic diseases.

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