What is Chiropractic and how does it work?

Chiropractic literally means to treat or heal by hand.  Chiropractors are trained to determine what tissues are specifically causing your pain or discomfort. There are many different types of treatments that can be applied for each individual case. Chiropractors rely primarily on spinal manipulation (also known as "the adjustment"), therapeutic strengthening exercises, and myofascial treatments to reduce tension on the bones, nerves, joints, muscles, and fascia.  However, chiropractic is bigger than just treating your pain.  It is a positive proactive way of thinking that promotes health and wellness.  Chiropractors are here to assist you as your healthcare doctor.  Not your sick care doctor.  We promote a healthy lifestyle by assisting you with education and choice on nutrition, exercise, weight loss, and stress reduction issues.

How can Chiropractic help?

The Doctor of Chiropractic approaches your problem by looking at the body as a whole and focusing on your function.  Proper function is related to your ability to move and perform all activities that you wish.  Often, back or neck pain can often be a symptom of a problem in the body’s kinetic chain. For example, feet that overly pronate (flat feet) can lead to back pain. The back pain is a symptom of a problem further down the kinetic chain. Poor postures from computers and awkward positions for multiple hours daily can lead to  myofascial tightening and fibrosis that can lead to chronic pain and discomfort. Often, there are simple exercises and myofascial treatments that can offset the cumulative damage done from prolonged sitting, and we are happy to show you what you can do for your specific situation. Adjustments to the spine can accelerate the healing process by restoring proper joint movement that become fixated from long hours of static postures.

What is an "adjustment”?

The term "adjustment" describes a chiropractic treatment. The doctor of chiropractic, either manually or with a specialized instrument, puts motion back into a joints that have become rigid and lost there normal motion. These fixations can in turn create muscle spasm and pain when the surrounding musculature engages to protect an area with improper movement patterns. Humans are built to move, and when we don't we often find that pain is soon to follow.

What are the Benefits of adjustments and other Chiropractic treatments?

Decreased Muscle and Joint Pain
Improved Mobility and Range of Motion
Decreased Stress & Irritability
Promotes Relaxation
Improved Sleep
Improved Posture
Reduces Drug Dependency
Strengthens Immune System
Improved Work Productivity
Improves Health Naturally
Improves Energy Levels
Injury Prevention
Reduces Likelyhood of Chronic Pain
Promotes Movement and Activity

 

Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?

​Chiropractic treatment is, by nature, non-invasive. There are no needles, IV's, surgeries, or any other invasive procedures performed in a chiropractic treatment. Because the doctors are well versed in many different chiropractic techniques, they call upon their knowledge and skill to choose the treatment which will be the most gentle and effective for your condition.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes. Its non-surgical, drug-free approach to health care places chiropractic among the safest of all health care professions. Chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in it. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals.

How are doctors of chiropractic educated?

Like all primary health care providers, doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensing professionals. Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. Dr. Crosby’s attained his undergraduate degree in Health Sciences – Sports Medicine Track.  As a chiropractic student the study of sciences continues, including pathology, orthopedics, neurology, diagnosis, physical examination, x-ray and MRI imaging at a highly detailed level.  Doctors of chiropractic refine their technical adjusting skills in technique classes. During clinical internships student doctors perfect these skills. Finally, all doctors of chiropractic must pass the rigorous national board exams and state exams before entering the field.

What common conditions are treated with chiropractic?

Chiropractic treatment is effective for many conditions. Below is a list of common conditions that are treated by Chiropractors frequently with great success.

Neck and Back Pain (Disc, Joint, Nerve injuries)
Headaches (Migraines/Tension)
Shoulder and Arm Pain
Hip, Knee, and Ankle Pain
Muscle/Fascia Pain
Poor Posture
Auto Accidents (Whiplash)
Sports Injuries
Sciatica
Plantar Fasciitis
ITB Syndrome
SCM Syndrome
TMJ
Tennis Elbow
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive Motion injuries
Work Related Injuries
Spinal Stenosis

 

Once you See a Chiropractor, do "You always Have to See a Chiropractor?"

I am often asked this question by people who I have seen after several visits and have improved dramatically by my care.  My answer to this question is always the same and simple.  You only need to come when you feel like you need to.  When you don’t feel as well as you do right now, come in.  There is no hardcore sales pitch in our office, so have no worries.  However, I have found that there are several occupations that usually prefer the maintenance preventative approach.  For example, my pharmacists, dentists, truck drivers, long term sitting and computer occupations all seem to respond better and have less frequent and intense flare ups when they get care on a regular basis.  They have less time lost at work and report that they are more productive.  It all depends on the individual.