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What are the Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic has provided effective relief to millions of individuals suffering from back and neck ailments. Chiropractic has also provided relief from many other musculoskeletal complaints. In fact, musculoskeletal pain or discomfort of any area of the spine or extremity is a candidate for safe, natural, noninvasive chiropractic care. If a condition exists which is better suited for treatment by a medical specialist, chiropractors are fully trained to identify such conditions and make the appropriate referral. However, most patients suffering from musculoskeletal complaints are successfully treated through chiropractic care every single day.
Benefits of Treatment Include:
- Reduced nerve irritation
- Spinal and extremity pain relief
- Headache/migraine relief
- Increased mobility and range of motion
- Decreased stiffness and muscle spasms
- Increased performance and energy
- Increased balance and coordination
- Reduced degeneration and risk of injury
- Decreased tissue inflammation
- Minimum wear and tear
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments are the cornerstone of chiropractic treatment. An adjustment is a safe, natural, noninvasive procedure used by the chiropractor to restore and improve health. Learning the art of adjusting is a skill that requires years of study and practice. Chiropractic doctors are the only health care professionals trained to deliver chiropractic adjustments. The adjustment is usually delivered using the hands or a specialized mechanical tool. In addition to a chiropractic adjustment, Dr. Kraus incorporates other highly specialized techniques, therapeutic exercises and stretches that are essential for treating injuries and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Common Injuries Treated with Chiropractic Adjustment Include:
- Automobile accident and whiplash injuries
- On the job injuries
- Athletic and sports injuries
- Chronic pain and injuries
Which Common Musculoskeletal Conditions Are Treated by Chiropractic?
Common musculoskeletal conditions treated include:
- Low back pain
- Disc problems
- Neck pain
- Shoulder/arm pain
- Headaches and head pain
- Rib pain
- Knee pain
- Jaw pain/TMJ
- Pinched nerve
- Sprains and strains
- Carpal tunnel/repetitive stress injuries
- Numbness and tingling in extremities
- Chronic pain
- Sports injuries: tennis elbow, golf elbow, skiing, running injuries
Dr. Kraus uses a number of orthopedic and neurologic tests and procedures to determine which, if any, vertebrae are misaligned or have lost their ability to move (fixated). When this occurs, the doctor of chiropractic skillfully applies a spinal adjustment or spinal manipulation to correct this. The adjustment is a controlled force into one or more misaligned or fixated vertebrae of the spine. The treatment may be very gentle, or quite strong, depending on the condition and the desire of the patient. Individuals who are not currently experiencing back or neck discomfort should receive periodic spinal checkups to help ensure healthy alignment of the vertebrae.
What is a Non-Spinal Adjustment?
In addition to adjusting the spine, almost every other joint of the body can be adjusted by a chiropractor. These include the pelvis, hands, feet, wrists, ankles, elbows, knees, shoulders, hips and jaw. Like the joints of the spine, joints in the extremities can also become misaligned and fixated. Chiropractic techniques can restore and enhance extremity joint functioning, which can increase the life of the joint and keep wear and tear to a minimum. Adjusting provides an immediate increase in joint range of motion and supplies the joint with nutrients, since motion is the primary way to bring nutrients into the joints and muscles and flush waste products out.
What are the Stages of Care at San Anselmo Chiropractic?
The typical patient will encounter 3 stages of care:
Immediate Relief: The first stage of care focuses on immediate symptomatic relief, such as reduction of pain and other discomforts. Chiropractic treatments focus on techniques and therapies, which most quickly and effectively reduce pain and other discomforts.
Corrective Care: The second stage of care consists of correcting the problems which caused and contributed to the condition and healing and rehabilitating the injured tissues. It is extremely important that patients comply with and follow the instructions given by the doctor during this stage, since tissues and structure that are not fully healed and rehabilitated are prone to future problems. Sticking to appointments, complying with home exercises and following all other recommendations will help insure that correction occurs. Patients should also be aware that once pain and discomfort have subsided, tissue health and functional correction is often still incomplete and will often require additional treatments.
Wellness Care: Once the tissues are healed and biomechanics have normalized, the patient should continue with periodic spinal checkups. For some patients, this might mean once a year. For others this might mean once per month or more. Periodic chiropractic care minimizes spinal and nerve stresses, reduces recurrences of old injuries, prevents new injuries from developing and minimizes degenerative processes, which enhances overall health and wellness.
What to Expect During Your First Visit to San Anselmo Chiropractic
On your visit, you will be asked to complete a health questionnaire and consent form. After you complete your intake forms, Dr. Kraus will ask more specific questions about your condition to determine if chiropractic care may be of benefit to you.
After your consultation, you will have a complete chiropractic exam. This will include testing your reflexes, ability to turn, bend and other standard orthopedic, neurologic and postural exams. During the consultation, Dr. Kraus will gain information regarding your condition and will have a better understanding of how chiropractic can help you. If necessary, Dr. Kraus might recommend and refer you for an x-ray or additional testing.
How Long Will Treatment Take?
While treatment lengths vary from person to person and from condition to condition, there are a few rules of thumb you can follow. Newer injuries, if treated appropriately and immediately, tend to respond to fewer visits, assuming that major tissue injury has not occurred. Many first time injuries can be effectively managed in as little as 3 to 4 visits.
Conditions that have been present for greater than 3 months and recurring conditions are generally more stubborn and difficult to manage. Dr. Kraus will evaluate your progress after 6 visits. The only sure way to determine how long your treatment will take is to schedule a consultation and examination. For those of you who wait for the problem to “go away” on it’s own – understand that the longer your condition has been around, the more treatments it might require to resolve.