What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is manipulation of the bones and joints, particularly of the neck and spine. It is based on the correction of subluxations, caused by vertebrae being out of alignment. The misaligned vertebra indirectly pinches spinal nerves, each of which serves a different part of the body, including organs. Anything served by that nerve will function less than optimally as a result, and pain can come from the pinched nerves as well.
Subluxations can be either primary or secondary. In primary, or acute, cases the problem is directly caused by an external event such as whiplash, concussion, sports injury or fall, or repetitive stress injury. Primary subluxations are usually fully correctable with chiropractic or other spinal manipulation if they are caught early. A secondary subluxation can be caused by dysfunction in the organ associated with that nerve, or by meningeal or muscle contraction which in turn can be caused by toxins or stress. In the case of secondary subluxation, chiropractic treatment can offer symptomatic relief, but the underlying cause may not be addressed so the treatment may not offer lasting results. It is therefore crucial that the chiropractor or the practitioner who evaluates the patient prior to treatment addresses the root causes as well.
A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) undergoes four years of education, training and testing. Similar to conventional physicians, chiropractors may specialize, with some chiropractors focusing on particular areas of the spinal column.
What do unresolved whiplash or sports injuries have to do with my symptoms?
We at the Center for Advanced Medicine use both chiropractic and osteopathic techniques in conjunction with dental work to help clear TMJ/TMD and any other whiplash-related conditions which could have been caused years before the symptoms occurred. These symptoms can include knee problems, indigestion, pain and stiffness anywhere, especially shoulders and neck, frozen shoulder, sleeplessness, acid reflux, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, and many other related conditions.