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What is Chiropractic Care?
Chiropractic care is a form of health profession that center the attention on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the consequence of these disorders on general health. We treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including: back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Activecare Chiropractic practices a drug-free, concrete approach to health care that incorporates a thorough examination, diagnosis and treatment. The Chiropractors at Activecare Chiropractic have extensive indicative skills and are educated to advocate for therapeutic and rehabilitative movements, as well as present nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counsel.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed is known as “spinal manipulation,” also known as “chiropractic adjustment.” The intention of manipulation is to re-establish joint mobility and applying by hand a controlled energy into joints that have become restricted in their movement as an outcome of a tissue injury. Whether the injury is caused by a single traumatic event – such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses – such as sitting in an uncomfortable position with poor posture for an extended period of time. Damaged tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for any individual. Fine-tuning of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.
Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience soft tenderness or soreness following treatment (as with most forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours. We also utilized a variety of styles of adjusments, such as, manual, activator, and drop. This allows the patient to get a personalized approach that works better for their body.
Doctors at Seattle Chiropractic will assess patients through clinical examination, laboratory testing, diagnostic imaging and other diagnostic interventions to determine when chiropractic treatment is appropriate or when it is not appropriate. We refer to other health professionals when it is necessary, as well as, we get referrals from those professionals when the patient needs chiropractic care.
Your body is the most amazing machine in the history of the world and has spectacular abilities. All nerves from the brain travel down a row of interlocking bones called the vertebrae. They branch off and pass through openings along the spine to get to their destinations. The brain sends messages to cells in the body, telling them what they need to do in specific parts of the body and these messages travel through our nervous system. Think about what would happen if there was interference to that nervous system that controls all the functions of the body—your heart, respiratory system, muscles, brain, stomach, skin, hands, and feet.
When the vertebrae are misaligned and you have this nerve interference, your body can’t perform efficiently because it isn’t getting the right messages from the brain. When they run into interference, some messages may take detours; others slow down or lose their way. Misalignment of the vertebrae can often exist undetected and slowly undermine one’s health and thus our body does not always function at optimum performance.
Occasionally, one or more of your vertebrae will move out of alignment; we call this nerve interference or a subluxation. Where misalignments occur, the spinal openings narrow distorting the flow of innate energy throughout the body.
If the nerve flow is disturbed because of nerve interference or subluxation, chemical imbalance occurs and the body will function less efficiently. Its ability to fight off infection is weakened and your immune system is compromised—this can result in fever, dizziness, coughing, upset stomach, and many other conditions. Often these conditions are our body’s way of attempting to restore health. Correcting nerve interference will help your body return to normal function. The more you understand the way your body functions, the more you will be motivated to take care of yourself.
Our treatment approach is based on three main principles:
1. Understand the patient, their medical history, and individualize goals for the patient.
2. Provide safe and effective treatment that is personalized to the individual needs of the patient.
3. Educate the patient so they understand their condition, and learn how to minimize the likelihood of a future recurrence or aid in their recovery.