Visualize it. Feel it. Believe it. YOU, giving your family this gift TODAY and EVERYDAY; the gift of HEALTH. The GIFT of LIFE. To be able to be that parent that can run, jump, and chase your children around. Watching their smiles light up the world because their parent is HEALTHY, STRONG, and FULL of LIFE. So let’s GO! Let’s do this! Let’s be CHIROStrong! Let’s fill this world with the laughter of our children as we chase them in the park. BELIEVE. INSPIRE. TRANSFORM. CHIROStrong.
- Dr. Michael Jerez, Chiropracter
Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which trained specialists (Chiropractors) use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of this procedure, also known as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and improve your body's physical function.
Why it's done - Low back pain, neck pain and headaches are the most common problems for which people seek chiropractic adjustment.
What you can expect - At your initial visit, your Chiropractor will ask questions about your health history and perform a physical exam, with particular attention to your spine. Your Chiropractor may also recommend other examinations or tests, such as X-rays.
During the procedure - During a typical chiropractic adjustment, your Chiropractor places you in specific positions to treat affected areas. Often, you're positioned lying face down on a specially designed, padded chiropractic table. The Chiropractor uses his or her hands to apply a controlled, sudden force to a joint, pushing it beyond its usual range of motion. You may hear popping sounds as your chiropractor moves your joints during the treatment session.
Ultrasound. Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and muscle spasms.
Spinal Traction. Many Chiropractors use spinal traction, in which traction devices are applied to distract areas of the spine. This treatment helps to gently separate the vertebrae resulting in disc decompression, reduced nerve root pressure, and less pain.
Dietary management. Many Chiropractors will provide patients with tips on how an improved diet may help with their back pain, and some may recommend dietary supplements after spinal manipulation.
Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation (TENS). A TENS unit is a small, battery-powered, portable muscle stimulation machine that can be used at home to help control pain. Variable intensities of electric current are used to control pain. This treatment is recommended to help patients get through periods of severe (acute) pain.
Therapeutic Exercise. Chiropractors commonly prescribe specific strengthening exercises for their patients with back, neck, and extremity problems. These exercises can help decrease pain, prevent muscle deterioration, promote joint health, increase strength, stability, and range of motion, and protect against new or recurring injuries.
Massage and Soft Tissue Mobilization. Massage is defined as the rubbing and kneading of muscles and joints by the hands especially to relieve tension. Soft tissue mobilization is a specific assessment, evaluation, and treatment of soft tissues (ligaments, muscles, tendons, and fascia) for the purpose of creating beneficial effects on the nervous, musculoskeletal, lymph, and circulatory systems.
Heat and cold. Chiropractors may alternate between heat and ice therapy to help patients treat back pain. Ice packs may be used to numb the back for a 10 to 15 minute period and then switched with a heating pad, heat wrap or hot water bottle to restore blood flow to the area and promote faster healing.
Cold Laser. Unlike standard lasers, the cold laser produces light without heat. That makes it a worthwhile piece of equipment for treating injured areas and encouraging cell function and healing. For some injuries, heat can make the situation worse. That’s not true of cold lasers.
Interferential Current. Interferential current (IFC) is another type of TENS therapy. This mode uses high-frequency electrical impulses to reduce pain deep within a patient’s tissue. For sensitive patients, IFC is a good substitute, since the high frequency meets less skin resistance than a TENs unit.
Lifestyle Changes. Good health is much more than the absence of pain or disease. The lifestyle choices you make on a daily basis can greatly affect your long-term health. Your Chiropractor can talk to you about your lifestyle choices, help you sort through and identify unhealthy health habits, and give you practical strategies to deal with and manage them
The primary goal of chiropractic wellness is to detect and correct the subluxations that are interfering with your nervous system and health thus allowing your body to heal and establish a healthier you. A Wellness Chiropractor is specially trained to restore proper nerve and spinal function. They do this manually by using the chiropractic procedure known as spinal adjustment. Dr. Jerez, in most cases, will use his hands or instruments to introduce a mild force with the intent to introduce positive imprints in your nervous system thus restoring balance and function. The manual force helps restore function and performance to the nervous system. Stress is the main cause of subluxations. Therefore, an important part of our practice is helping our patient improve and adopt more beneficial lifestyle habits in areas of diet, nutrition, exercise, and stress management.
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