If you have never been to the chiropractor before and are totally new to chiropractic treatments, you are in for a lovely surprise. Unlike most types of Western medicine, chiropractic is very hands on and can help you feel better, in some cases, nearly instantly.
Chiropractors work is hands on. They interact with you, the patient, asking pertinent questions, taking a health history, then performing manual tests interacting with your physical form.
Chiropractors do not prescribe pain medications or do surgery. They may work in conjunction with your regular doctor(s) as well as part of your overall health team in necessary cases though often chiropractic can help heal the root cause and end the issue all on its own.
Spinal adjustments or manipulations correct subluxations (misalignments) while other complimentary treatments offered in office focus on restoration and maintenance for whole body health and wellness.
Subluxations. A subluxation occurs when a spinal vertebra becomes misaligned. This misalignment can often compress spinal nerves and cause pain. Manipulation involves applying pressure to a specific area to release the vertebra so it can realign itself back to where it is supposed to be. While it may only take one good adjustment, sometimes, especially if the condition has been going on for a while and your body has been working hard to compensate, several adjustments can be necessary until soft tissues connected to the vertebra remember their correct positions. Patients may be seated or lying down during an adjustment and your chiropractor will ask you to move into position as needed for each specific movement.
There are many different types of techniques used. Toggle drop, motion palpation, lumbar roll, release work, table adjustments, instrument adjustments, and in some severe cases manipulation under anesthesia (though it is very rare).
Sometimes, when vertebrae are adjusted, a pop is audibly heard. This noise is created as tiny pockets of gas are released from the joints. Nothing is breaking or scraping together. This is a positive and gentle release that is needed by the body.
- Therapeutic stretching and exercise
- Soft tissue and massage therapy
- Muscle stimulation
- TENS (transcutaneous electric nerve stimulation)
- Ice and heat therapy
- Dietary and nutritional counseling
- Lifestyle modification
- Transdermal Growth Hormone Somaderm Gel
- Foot Levelers (orthotics)
- School and sports physicals
- Capillus RX
- Accident Recovery
Ready to get in better health and feel good again? We would love to see you in our office here in Fort Myers, Florida conveniently located on Boy Scout Drive. 239-332-2555. www.KasterChiropractic.com to learn more.