The Chiropractic profession is all about serving others to improve their health. As a result, Doctors of Chiropractic take a natural, preventative and holistic approach to health care. Without the invasive use of drugs or surgery, Our chiropractors in Mill Creek help people achieve good health, so they will function at their optimum capacity.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your brain communicates with every aspect of your body through your nervous system. We are in a state of health and wellness as long as two way communication is functioning unimpaired. However, when the communication between our brain and body is impaired, our body’s ability to heal itself doesn’t work properly.
Our chiropractors in Mill Creek work to ensure that your nervous system is working fine. This enhances your well-being. Furthermore, Doctors of Chiropractic pay particular attention to the spine/joints. Compromises in this location (called subluxations) can interfere with function and the body’s ability to self-regulate and heal. By restoring proper joint movement and nerve function, chiropractors help people enjoy more of their full potential for health and optimal performance.
As part of the treatment plan, the Doctor will use a variety of approaches such as:
- Chiropractic adjustment
- Soft Tissue stretching and strengthening
- Trigger Point Therapy
- Healthy habits
- Occupational modifications
- Lifestyle modifications
What is a Misalignment or a Subluxation?
Our nervous system is protected by the skull and 24 small bones of the spine called ”vertebrae.” These vertebrae can become misaligned or restricted in their motions. This misalignment compresses and irritates the nervous system, thus interfering with the communication between the brain and the body. With some people such interference can cause symptoms and conditions that negatively affect their health. Most noteworthy, our chiropractors in Mill Creek identify these subluxations through a thorough history, examination and x-rays if required.
According to the journal Clinical Bio-mechanics (issue 2:223-229), A joint immobilized one day a week for 14 weeks shows the same amount of damage as one immobilized for 14 days in a row. The damage accumulated over the entire time the joint was immobilized.
How does this relate to Chiropractic? When a spinal subluxation occurs, joints become stuck or immobile. Stuck joints are unable to move in their normal range of motion, so the degenerative process known as osteoarthritis begins. According to Videman, if this immobility is not corrected within two weeks, the osteoarthritis becomes permanent. These permanent changes can’t be reversed, but we can prevent them from becoming worse by restoring mobility to the stuck joint. This is one reason why Chiropractic Wellness Care is so important.
If permanent spinal damage can occur within two weeks of a vertebra’s subluxating, when do you want to get it adjusted? As soon as possible. How do you know if you have a subluxation? Visit your chiropractor.
Often people wait until they sense pain before they decide to let us adjust their spines. Don’t wait until it’s too late!
“My doctor told me I have arthritis in my spine/joints and that I should learn to live with the pain. Is this true?”
Pain is a subjective complaint. The only person who experiences the pain is the individual patient. Anyone whose recommendation to the patient is to ‘live with the pain’ is not providing appropriate medical advice. There are multitudes of treatments for joint pain, all of which have a history of helping certain people. One type treatment is not for everybody.
In general, the best treatments for joint pain include consistent chiropractic adjustments, an active exercise program to strengthen weak supporting muscles and stretch hypertonic ones, and proper nutrition. Other treatments for chronic pain certainly worth exploring include acupuncture, traction devices, braces, and support pillows for sleep. Heat and ice are excellent treatments with few side effects, being careful not to burn your skin.