What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is a procedure a chiropractor conducts. It consists of a chiropractor using his or her hands or an instrument to apply force on the spine. The concept behind this procedure is to correct the alignment of the spine. Ultimately, this improves the body's overall function.
How Does the Adjustment Work?
The theory behind chiropractics is that the bones slowly get out of line. When this occurs, it puts excess pressure on the nerves and muscles. Muscle spasms and nerve pain arise as a result. A chiropractic adjustment, realigns the bones to relieve the pressure from the nerves and muscles, resulting in less pain for the patient.
What Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Treat?
It treats symptoms such as lower back pain, headaches and neck pain. These issues may have stemmed from an injury or repeated use of the place that's in pain.
How Should the Patient Prepare?
Preparing for a chiropractic appointment doesn't require anything. When a patient has an appointment, he or she will need to fill out a medical history sheet to help the doctor to understand the patient's medical issues and treat it accordingly.
What can I Expect When I Get an Adjustment?
First and foremost, the patient will answer questions about his or her health history. Additionally, the chiropractor may perform a physical examination prior to the actual adjustment. Further testing may be required such as an X-ray. During the adjustment, the chiropractor will place the patient in a position where he can focus on the affected area. Generally, the patient must lay facing down. Then, a doctor will apply a sudden and controlled force on the joint. The doctor pushes the joint beyond its typical range of motion to put it back in position.
What Are the Side Effects of an Adjustment?
Usually, the patient won't feel anything after an adjustment. He or she will just feel less pain. However, it's possible for the patient to experience pain, fatigue, or headache.
What's a Chiropractic Massage?
A chiropractic massage is a massage that's not just for enjoyment. It focuses on certain parts of the body and is intended to relieve pain. It's mainly a deep tissue massage. By manipulating certain areas via massage, the patient may have less swelling and pain. Additionally, it can assist with loosening the muscles to aid in recovery, especially those who undergo a sports injury.
Who Does it Benefit?
It benefits individuals who have mild to moderate pain and inflammation. Individuals who have severe pain may find the process a bit too painful. Other treatments are more appropriate for these patients. Those who suffer from back pain, fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis may benefit as well.
What Are the Risks?
Generally, it's well tolerated by most patients. Some patients may experience pain or soreness after the massage. When done by a trained individual, serious risks are basically alleviated.
Does Insurance Cover It?
Insurance may or may not cover this treatment. Some insurances cover part of it. However, most insurances feel it's not necessary. It's important for a patient to look into his or her insurance prior to visiting to determine how much, if any, is covered by insurance.
Is it Performed by the Chiropractor?
The chiropractor may give the massage. Each chiropractor is well trained and very capable of doing so. However, the staff members are trained to give massages and are just as capable, if not more so, capable than the chiropractor.
How Often Should a Person Get a Chiropractic Massage?
This varies from person to person. The chiropractor may recommend a weekly massage for a certain number of weeks for temporary conditions. Patients are able to request additional massages but they'll need to pay for it out of pocket if it's more than the chiropractor originally suggests.
ART- Active Release Technique
What is Active Release Technique?
Active release technique, also known by the acronym ART, consists of over 500 movements. This form of massage focuses on nerves, fascia, ligaments, tendons, and muscles. It helps relieve pain and inflammation by targeting these areas and helping to release tension. Active release technique has the ability to increase a person's range of motion. This technique is particularly effective against overused muscles.
How Does it Work?
Underneath the skin is scar tissue that builds up. As it builds, it has a tendency to prevent the person from moving as easily as before the scar tissue developed. The scar tissue around the muscles causes pain. Not to mention, nerves may get trapped within the tissue, which causes numbness and tingling. The active release technique helps to soften the scar tissue, allowing for the muscles and tendons to be able to move freely. Additionally, it's possible to release any nerves that got caught up in the issue.
What Does it Treat?
It treats a variety of pains including headaches, shin splints, sciatica, fasciitis, tennis elbow, knee problems, and shoulder pain.
Are Results Permanent?
The results may be permanent for many cases. However, results vary from patient to patient and are dependent upon the patient's condition and the severity of it.
What is a Session Like?
The appointment begins with an evaluation that allows the doctor to understand the patient's current condition. In addition, he gathers information about the patient's medical background. The physician conducts a physical examination using his hands. This allows our chiropractors to evaluate the patient's muscles for tightness. It will also give us a better understanding of how the patient is moving as well as the texture of the muscle and surrounding area. Once evaluated, the chiropractor uses direct tension while the patient performs specific movements to soften up the scar tissue.
Weight Loss Program
Why Does a Chiropractor Focus on Weight Management?
The chiropractors at Summit Spine and Wellness understand the risks of being overweight and obese and the extra stress it places on the bones and joints. They realize the restrictions it puts on a person's mobility. Because the entire practice centers around achieving the optimal level of health and wellness through natural means, they make weight management a core aspect of the process in order to reduce pain and the possibility of the spinal become misaligned.
How Does Summit Spine and Wellness Determine the Goal Weight?
The goal weight is decided by a person's body mass index, also known as BMI, which is a ratio comparing a person's weight to his or her height. Although it's not practical for every person to lose enough weight to reach a healthy BMI, the doctor helps the person to achieve a healthier weight.
How is Weight Management Conducted?
Weight management consists of helping a person lose weight via diet and exercise. At Summit Spine and Wellness, a doctor will devise a diet that's feasible for the patient while still aiding in the weight loss process. They encourage patients to achieve their goals. They focus on the patient's strengths and always factor in any shortcomings so the patient is successful. The process begins with an evaluation and weight check. We request the patient informs us of their complete medical background to determine any weight-related conditions. This also assists the doctor in determining a plan that works for the patient's fitness level without affecting any health conditions.
Car Accident Injuries
What Injuries Occur From a Car Accident?
The impact from a car accident has the potential to cause whiplash. A person may also experience a neck, chest or shoulder injury. It's possible for a head injury to result from an automobile accident. These are actually the most common. Chiropractors may treat certain head injuries.
What is Whiplash?
Whiplash occurs from the impact jolting the neck forward and backward quickly. When a person gets rear-ended in a collision, whiplash may occur. Generally, the patient will experience headaches, neck pain or stiffness after the accident. Pain relievers help with the stiffness and pain, but they won't treat the root of the problem. Exercise and therapy are the only true ways to correct whiplash. A chiropractor has the ability to devise a course of exercises that gradually increase in difficulty in order to work the neck muscles in a safe manner. Massage and manipulation of certain nerves and muscles can assist as well. A majority of patients recover from whiplash within a few months after treatment. In some cases, however, the patient may have chronic neck pain and stiffness. The exercises will still help at this stage but aren't a true solution to the problem.
Does Insurance Cover Chiropractics?
Many years ago, insurance wouldn't cover chiropractic visits at all. Today, the patient's insurance may cover a portion or most of a chiropractic visit. It's vital for a patient to inquire about his or her medical or automobile insurance prior to treatment to determine the level of coverage if any.
What Types of Medications Can a Chiropractor Prescribe For the Pain?
Generally, a chiropractor aims to not have to prescribe medications. The concept behind chiropractics is treating conditions without dangerous medications.
How Long Does Treatment Last?
This depends on the patient's condition and the severity of it. Treatment for minor conditions may only require a few visits. Other times, the patient may need a few months of treatment. Chronic conditions take years or a lifetime of treatment to keep symptoms at bay.
What Are Sports Injuries?
Sports injuries are any injuries that arise as a result of playing sports or participating in a physical activity. The injury may stem from a fall or overexerting the muscle. It may be a one-time only accident that resulted in the injury. On the other hand, the patient may acquire the injury as a result of repeatedly working out the area. In other words, sports injuries may be acute or chronic.
What Are Some Conditions That Result in an Injury?
One example is tennis elbow, which is an issue that arises as a result of repeatedly swinging at a tennis ball or another similar activity. The patient may also develop tendonitis.
What Symptoms Does a Sports Injury Cause?
The symptoms a sports injury causes vary based on the injury. The most common signs of a sports-related injury are pain, swelling, weakness, and a decreased range of motion. In injuries where the bone moves out of place, the patient may notice the bones or joint moved out of place.
What Does a Chiropractor Do for a Sports Injury?
Obviously, the chiropractor's course of action depends upon the injury itself. The doctor will begin by performing a physical examination of the area to determine how much visible swelling and irritation is present in the area. The doctor will discuss with the patient how the injury arose as well as the person's level of fitness in addition to his or her goals for recovery. Next, the chiropractor will customize a care plan that may consist of therapy and rehabilitation. The doctor may also recommend at-home treatments such as elevating the injured area or applying ice and heat.
How Long is the Treatment?
This depends on factors like the severity and the type of the condition. It may take a few weeks to several months or longer for the patient to regain full function of the area, even longer to get the patient to the point where he or she can return to playing sports.
What are Extremity Conditions?
Extremity conditions are issues that occur in the extremities, meaning the hands, arms, legs, feet, and hips. Generally, these conditions cause pain, numbness, or tingling in the affected area.
What Causes Extremity Conditions?
Various reasons exist for extremity conditions. For instance, the numbness or tingling may have resulted from an injury or from wear and tear. Diabetes is notorious for causing issues with the nerves. In extremely rare cases, the brain or spinal cord may be at fault. For instance, the brain or spinal cord may not properly transmit signals. Other possibilities include Lyme disease, Guillain-Barre disease, or Multiple Sclerosis, just to name a few.
How Are Extremity Conditions Treated?
The process begins with the chiropractor gathering information from the patient to establish a complete medical history. The patient is then examined, so the chiropractor may look for any swelling or external signs of a problem. The doctor will then determine what the underlying cause of the problem is, then perform an adjustment or massage on the area if possible. The goal of the treatment is to reduce or eliminate any pressure placed on the area.
Can the Chiropractor Perform Surgery on the Area?
The chiropractor won't perform surgery on the area. His entire practice centers around treating conditions without the use of harmful drugs and invasive procedures. Dr. Lenny Roberts is able to provide referrals in situations that may require further treatment.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
What is Decompression Therapy?
Nonsurgical decompression therapy utilizes motorized traction to relieve back pain.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
It works by stretching the spine by changing the position of it. It takes pressure off of the disks in the spine. The gel-like cushions located in between the spinal disks change pressure during decompression therapy and create negative pressure. This results in the herniated or bulging disks retracting and taking pressure off of the nerves and other components of a patient's spine. Ultimately, this promotes and optimizes the flow of nutrients, oxygen, and fluid to each disk, which assists the disks in healing.
What Conditions Does it Treat?
Decompression therapy helps treat conditions that cause pain in the neck and back. It helps treat sciatica, which causes tingling, weakness and pain that radiates from the lower back throughout the legs. It treats bulging, herniated or degenerated disks. It aids in reducing pain in the spinal joints due to wear and tear. Additionally, a chiropractor may use it to treat injured or diseased spinal nerve roots.
How is Decompression Therapy Performed?
The chiropractor will allow the patient to keep his or her clothes on. The doctor then places a harness around the patient's pelvis. Another goes around the patient's trunk. The chiropractor will then place the patient lying face up or face down. The chiropractor uses a computer to control the table and provide a treatment that caters to the patient's needs and condition.
How Long Does the Treatment Last?
Generally, the treatment lasts between 30 to 45 minutes.
How Many Treatments Does It Take?
It requires anywhere from 20 to 28 treatments that are usually given over a five to seven-week treatment, meaning patient's receive anywhere from three to five treatments per week.
Will the Doctor Prescribe Other Treatments at the Same Time?
The chiropractor may recommend other noninvasive procedures such as electrical stimulation, heat, and cold therapy or ultrasound therapy.