What is Chiropractic
Ask 100 chiropractors what chiropractic is and you’ll get 100 different answers. At InMotion Health & Wellness, we try to sum it all up by stating that we are “Improving Mobility and Preventing Disease” So what does that mean exactly?
A disease is a group of cells in your body that are not functioning correctly. When cells don’t function correctly we experience symptoms. Symptoms are messages from your body to your brain telling you that something isn’t operating the way that it should.
The cells in our body are controlled by our brain. Our brain sends messages to our cells through our nervous system. If messages from our brain to our cells are interrupted or not working correctly, then those cells and that part of our body may not work in the way that is was intended.
Chiropractic works to remove barriers to our nervous system that may be interfering with signals from our brain to our body. This is done by gently adjusting vertebrae in our spine to reduce the pressure on our nerves, and thus allowing messages from our brain to our body to flow freely without interruption.
Chiropractic also promotes healthy living by improving the mobility of our bodies through regular exercise routines. We also encourage healthy diets which improve gut mobility and provides our body with all the necessary nutrients that it needs in order to function at its highest capacity.
Our approach to your Chiropractic health care includes:
Your Health History
Our Chiropractic team begins each examination with a thorough patient health history. This allows our patients to express what injuries and other health problems they are dealing with or have dealt with in their past. It also helps us establish a summary of the patients past hospitalizations, traumas, surgeries, and accidents. This information helps paint a picture of the patients overall health condition. We also try to gather information about our patients dietary habits, exercise routines, current medications/supplements, work habits and life’s stressors. We try to establish where each patient is at with their health and then structure our chiropractic treatment plan/schedule based upon their particular needs.
Some of the questions we tend to ask on our Medical History form include:
- How is your general health?
- Have you had any past significant accidents or injuries?
- Have you had any surgeries?
- Have you ever been hospitalized?
- Have you had any unusual diseases?
- Have you been treated in the past year for any health conditions by a physician?
- Have you ever been treated by a chiropractor?
- Questions about the following biological systems: nervous system, eyes, ears, nose, throat, cardiovascular system, histology or lymph system, respiratory system, gastrointestinal system, genitourinary system, organs, skin, allergies, immune system, muscular system, bones, reproductive system.
- Have you experienced any abnormal weight loss or gain?
- Questions about your family history
- Pregnancy and other conditions.
This information is important so that we can determine the best course of action in our treatment.
The Chiropractic Examination
After completing a health history a complete chiropractic examination is performed based entirely upon the information received. This examination includes determining the patients body mass index, blood pressure, body temperature, and other necessary vitals. A neurological examination is also performed to determine the integrity of the nervous system. This often includes testing the bodies response to pain, smell, sight, fine touch, hearing, reflexes and proprioception. The spine and other joints of the body, along with their surrounding muscles and ligaments, are then examined to insure that mobility is at its finest. If a bone is stuck or not moving the way it was intended it could very likely be contributing to the patients symptoms. This is the most important part of our exam. We also perform many orthopedic tests to determine the correct diagnosis. Our end goal is to prevent disease by improving the mobility of each joint in your body and spine.
Once your health history and physical exam are completed you will be presented with a report of findings. This report outlines your personal information, any significant findings from your exam, a specific diagnosis, recommended x-rays, lab work, chiropractic treatments, and referral to other healthcare professionals if deemed necessary. This report will also include recommended exercises with complete instructions, nutritional advice with supplement prescription, and any other modifications that we feel are necessary. A diagnosis is not always correct, but it gives the doctor a starting point as far as your treatment. Much like trial and error it is not uncommon for a diagnosis to change over time. We never allow a patient to leave our office without a diagnosis. If we don’t have the answer we will find it for you!
Your Chiropractic Treatment
Our treatments are conservative, gentle, effective, drug free, without surgery and specific for each and every patient. It may include chiropractic manipulative therapy, soft tissue work, exercise sessions, nutritional consultations, and other therapies that may help your condition. One technique is not always the best technique for individual patients. Our treatments always change depending upon how each patient reacts to the treatment given following each visit. We also try to coordinate our care with your medical doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist or other healthcare provider in Phoenix whenever possible.
Our chiropractic treatment goal is to see patients move in the right direction. If patients are not improving or become worse with our treatment we will modify our recommendation or make a referral to another healthcare professional when necessary. Most patients see immediate results, while others take months to see the effect. The most important part of your treatment is you. If you follow your treatment plan and remain diligent you will reach and/or far exceed your wellness expectation.
Chiropractic care can help with the following conditions:
- Back Injuries
- Cancer Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cold, Flu and Virus Symptoms
- Crohn’s Disease
- Disc Problems
- Ear Infections
- High Blood Pressure
- PMS and Menopause
- Shoulder, Arm and Hand Problems
Chiropractic is the alternative to a reactionary health care system that rather than masking symptoms with narcotics and drugs, works to find the root cause of a patients problem and remove it with gentle, safe and conservative treatments. We improve the mobility of all the bones and joints in the body and thus prevent disease by restoring function to our nervous system.