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Chiropractic is a non-invasive, natural healing method that allows the body to repair itself without medications or surgeries. This is done by correcting subluxations through spinal manipulation. A subluxation is the term that describes the spinal bone loosing its normal range of motion and alignment, thus causing spinal bone and tissue decay, degeneration and creating unhealthy neurological pathways (The Stress Response). Chiropractic care comprises the second largest health care field in the United States and the leading natural healing art in the world.
What Is Chiropractic?
Yes. Chiropractors are licensed as primary physicians in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Additionally, Chiropractic is recognized by governmental health care programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, Federal Employees Health Care Benefits Programs, Federal Workers’ Compensation and all state workers’ compensation programs. Chiropractors are even commissioned as health care officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Are Chiropractors Licensed by the Government?
Yes. Wilson Family Chiropractic accepts most all insurances, including Medicare and Medicaid. We also have affordable plans for those without insurance.
Is Chiropractic Care Covered by Insurance?
The education process for a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is much like that of medical doctors (M.D.), dentists (D.D.S.) and osteopaths (D.O.). The Doctor of Chiropractic must earn their four- year undergraduate degree followed by four and-a-half to five years of chiropractic education at an accredited university. After graduating, chiropractors must pass four parts of the national board exam, then take a state exam in the state they choose to practice in.
How are Chiropractors Educated?
Yes. The process of chiropractic adjustment is a safe, efficient procedure, which is performed nearly one million times a day in the United States alone. Because chiropractic is non-invasive, the body’s response to treatment is far more predictable than its reactions to medications or surgical procedures. Complications are exceedingly rare, particularly compared to problems resulting from conventional medicine.
Is Chiropractic Safe?
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic treatments are very relaxing. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. A patient can also feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.
Does the Adjustment Hurt?
A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels, which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the normal body processes. Therefore, subluxation has been labeled the silent killer due to the long-term detrimental effects.
What Is Subluxation?
The most common cause of subluxation is just being born! Pregnancy and the birthing process cause the spine to be twisted, tugged and stretched. Other causes include a sudden jar, trauma, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting, lack of rest and exercise, poor sleeping habits, and stress. In short, for most of us, everyday life can cause subluxations!
What Causes a Subluxation?
Following a comprehensive health history and examination, we will design a care plan that will best fit the patient’s needs. Treatments consist of spinal adjustments to correct misaligned vertebrae and relieve nerve pressure, trigger point therapy to reduce muscle spasms and electrical-stem as needed, to reduce pain and swelling of the joints. At Wilson Family Chiropractic, we utilize numerous techniques for the greatest ease and comfort to the patient. Below is a short list of the techniques we use: Thompson Drop, Full-Spine, Diversified Activator Methods, Trigger Point Therapy.
How Is a Subluxation Corrected?
Chiropractic adjustments by themselves do not actually heal the body. When any of the 24 moveable spinal vertebrae become misaligned, a basic imbalance or disruption can occur in the nervous and blood vascular systems, which may contribute to stress in the body. Chiropractic adjustments eliminate imbalances and nerve interference, so the body can function at its true potential.
How Will the Adjustment Help Me?
Yes. In most cases, by the time you feel symptoms, the detrimental effects of subluxation have already caused damage. Using how you feel as your health barometer can be unpredictable and even dangerous. Regular spinal checkups can detect and prevent subluxations before they cause harm and help your body maintain optimal health.
Should I Go to a Chiropractor If I Feel Fine?
A common misconception about Chiropractors is that they only help patients with bad backs or those who have sustained an injury. The fact of the matter is subluxations (misalignments in spinal bones which interfere with the normal flow of nerve energy) can affect children and adults of all ages, and occur through normal, daily activities. Subluxations left untreated can cause numerous health problems and greatly compromise overall health. Chiropractors correct subluxations, restoring the bones to their proper positions. Once this happens, the body is able to heal itself and therefore becomes more resistant to common sickness and disease. Everyone needs to make sure their bodies are free from subluxations and able to function at peak performance. That’s why we ALL need regular chiropractic visits.
Who Needs Chiropractic Care?
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments can reduce the incidence of pain in the low back, legs, and between the shoulder blades due to pregnancy. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Dr. Wilson is certified through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in pediatric and prenatal adjusting. Pregnant women and infants can benefit from chiropractic care, for a more comfortable pregnancy and a healthier baby, free of subluxations.
Can Pregnant Women Go to a Chiropractor?
Yes. Children of all ages from infant through teens greatly benefit from Chiropractic care. The fact is that Chiropractor’s children are some of the healthiest children that mature into very healthy adults. Read more at www.icpa4kids.com.
Can Children Be Treated by Chiropractors?
Everyone from infants to the elderly, from all walks of life, can benefit from chiropractic care.
Auto accident victims: Often accident victims don’t realize the extent of their injuries. The majority of the detrimental effects of post-traumatic/motor vehicle accidents manifest later and with greater degrees of severity. If these problems are identified and treated properly in the early stages, the potential for long-term pain and suffering is greatly reduced.
Athletes: Chiropractic helps athletes operate at peak performance, have safer workouts, increase flexibility and stamina, and recover more quickly from training and injury. Most professional sports teams have chiropractors on staff and many other people whose profession depends on fitness regularly utilize chiropractors. One such example is Athlete/Actor/Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has spoken about his being a patient and how while shooting movies, the whole set depended on chiropractors to help them get through the long hours and physical demands of their various jobs.
Elderly: Chiropractic care can help with mobility, provide greater energy, help decrease the process of degeneration and help prevent drug dependence.
Office workers: To treat the headaches, neck and shoulder aches, TMJ and wrist problems from working with computers all day.
Blue collar workers: For those constantly lifting heavy weight, bending and using repetitive movements.
To insure optimal health, we ALL need regular chiropractic visits.
Who Else Should Go to a Chiropractor?
Some patients experience almost instant relief, while others discover it can take several weeks. Many factors affect the healing process. Within a week or so, most patients see enough progress to encourage them to complete the treatment plan. More important than pain management, however, is that following chiropractic treatment, the body’s healing process now operates at peak efficiency.
How Long Until I Feel Better?
A disc cannot slip because of the way it attaches to the spinal bone above and below it. However, a disc can bulge, tear, herniate, thin, dry out or collapse causing an irritation of nearby tissue. One of the primary causes of disc problems is spinal bone subluxation. Chiropractic, therefore, has a high degree of success in the management of disc problems.
Do I Have a Slipped Disc?
It is more or likely that a spinal bone (vertebrae) is rubbing, stretching or chafing a nerve. These subluxations can distort the nerve messages between the brain and the body producing unhealthy changes to affected organs and tissues.
Do I Have a Pinched Nerve?
To get healthy and to stay healthy! Doctors of chiropractic provide effective, low-cost treatment for a wide range of conditions, and offer preventative and wellness care.
Why Go to a Chiropractor?
Wilson Family Chiropractic accepts all PPOs and are participating providers in many managed care programs, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Crescent, and Medcost. As part of our service, we will verify your coverage at no cost to you. Please call us with your insurance information. We participate in Medicare, Medicaid, Auto and Workman’s Compensation insurance policies. We also offer affordable cash plans for those who do not have insurance.
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