Chiropractic is a drug-free healthcare discipline that focuses on disorders and dysfunction of our musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and their effects on general health. Traditionally, chiropractic care is well known for resolving symptoms including back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs (including sciatic pain), and headaches.
In a specialty office like Indian Trail Chiropractic & Rehab, the list of conditions treated is far-reaching. We commonly treat sports-related injuries, soft tissue conditions (muscle, ligament, and tendons), extremity issues, and biomechanical imbalances just to name a few.
You will often hear our chiropractors say, “If it hurts when you move it, it is likely a chiropractic problem”. These are general rules of thumb when deciding if a chiropractor is a right solution for your pain or injury. When you have pain or injury relating to your neck, back, or other joints of your body we recommend that you seek our expert opinion first
Chiropractors solve your mechanical joint issues from the inside out. Meaning, that most pain involving the musculoskeletal system starts with the joints of the spine. These very small joints can often become fixed/stuck/or otherwise temporarily immobile. Joint dysfunction is caused by trauma, repetitive strain, underuse, and even stress. The result of a joint fixation is limited movement, decrease nerve function, overcompensation for other areas of the body, pain, spasm, and inflammation. A good visual representation is that of waking up with a ‘kink’ in your neck, or inability to rotate one way or look down without pain. Joint dysfunction needs to be addressed to resolve the problem.
Chiropractors are experts in the diagnosis and manual manipulation. They have extensive training in the specific and highly efficient adjustments that produce results quickly. All treatments are tailored to each patient. However, most patients will benefit from traditional, chiropractic adjustments. Manual adjustments can be further defined as a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust (HVLA), which means a very quick impulse, delivered to a highly-targeted joint complex that moves a very small distance. HVLA adjustments are very safe, and very efficient when indicated.
We have specialized training in the areas of sports injury, prenatal, and pediatrics. Weare able to diagnose and solve conditions beyond neck and back pain. Chiropractic care is a non-invasive, low risk, highly effective, and efficient treatment for a variety of ailments including but not limited to:
Back & Neck Pain
Arm & Leg Pain
Sports Performance Care / Mobility
Auto Accident Care
Pregnancy / Prenatal Care
Birth trauma in infants
Tennis Elbow / Tendonitis
Shoulder / Rotator Cuff Pain
Disc Herniations / Bulges
Chiropractors hold a four-year post-graduate doctorate degree and are board-certified and licensed by the state to diagnose, manage, and treat hundreds of conditions. In forming a diagnosis, chiropractors perform a thorough history, physical exam, and are licensed to order tests including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, lab tests, and others. Our doctor is licensed to perform spinal manipulation, physical therapy modalities, soft tissue treatment, conduct rehabilitation exercises, make custom fit orthotics, as well as counsel on nutrition and body biomechanics. Chiropractors are primary care physicians. However, chiropractors are not licensed to prescribe medications or perform surgical procedures.
One of the most often asked questions, how many times will I need to be adjusted or see my chiropractor? The answer varies due to a wide range of variables. There is no “one size fits all” answer. Treatment can be looked at in three different phases.
Phase 1: Acute care- Initial care/Stabilization- Inflammation and pain control
Phase 2: Corrective care-repair and remodeling or fixing the root cause of the problem.
Phase 3: Wellness care
The timeline for healing varies by individual and by injury. The typical timeline for an injury with inflammation to stabilize is 4 weeks. Our timelines are always built upon the body’s healing timeline. including repair and remodeling phases. Receiving treatment during the remodeling phase ensures that the injury will heal with the maximum amount of stability and minimal chance for recurrence. A few things that help our patients heal faster:
If they present for treatment as soon as a symptom appears.
If they remain consistent with their personalized care plan.
If they convey symptoms and mechanism of injury as factually as possible.
If they follow specific, home-care instructions during their treatment plan.
It is hard to overstate the value of routine, maintenance care for your body. Joint mobility, muscle and ligament tone, inflammation, immune system health, and nerve function are all profoundly affected by regular attention from a chiropractor. We will recommend a regular, collaborative approach for you, depending on your history, goals, and preferences. Our typical recommendation is to schedule an adjustment monthly! Our more competitive athletes and physical laborers may prefer adjustments every 1-3 weeks.