Chiropractic Wellness at Prairie Spine
How Does Chiropractic Care Work?
Chiropractic doctors practice natural, drug free non-invasive health care by relying on the body’s powerful ability to self-heal and self-regulate. Sounds simply right, but just how does it work?
First we look at you and your life
Your first appointment will be similar to medical visits you’ve had in the past. We use this time to get to know you and your lifestyle better and determine if and how chiropractic care can benefit you. Your doctor will find out why you’re seeking chiropractic care, what your expectations are and what health and wellness goals you have.
Along with the review of your history we may perform orthopedic and neurological tests. Chiropractic doctors will take it a step further and evaluate your functional movement and perform a structural assessment to find out what the exact cause of your particular health issue may be. We may perform digital X-rays or sEMG tests and request MRI scans.
Symptoms are sign that something is wrong
Using the information from your history and exam your doctor of chiropractic will conclude a diagnosis of the underlying problem and put together a care plan to restore your health. Our goal is not just to alleviate your symptoms but to repair the underlying cause of the symptoms so they do not return. If the power in your house was lost to your refrigerator the food would start to go bad. You would not simply replace the food as it would also go bad. You need to find the circuit that was tripped and reset it. Similarly the small vertebra in the spine can lose their normal alignment and function and affect nerve transmission to the body affecting your health.
Your Eden Prairie chiropractor will look for these spinal misalignments which are called subluxations. These subluxations can occur from different stressors such as prolonged emotional stress, chemical toxins and physical stress such as car collisions, sports injuries, birth trauma or lifting things around the house. These subluxations can be silent at first, much like a cavity in the tooth. The cavity is there way before it ever hits the nerve and you feel it. The longer subluxations are present the more arthritis and decay can occur in your discs and joints. Your adjustments will help arrest the progression of your arthritis.
To correct the vertebral subluxations chiropractors use a variety of procedures called an adjustment to take pressure off and stimulate the nerves to heal and improve the function of your spine. Some adjustments are performed with the hands and some may be done with the assistance of a specialized adjustment instrument. Occasionally the adjustment can have some minor discomfort associated with it, but this is usually from the inflamed tissues or tense muscles around the area being treated.
In addition to the adjustments your chiropractor may include therapies such as traction to gently decompress the spine prior to your adjustment, myofascial release to break up adhesions or scar tissue, rehabilitative exercises to improve strength and flexibility and nutrition to support healing. We simply want to remove those things which interfere with the body’s natural healing ability. Preventing its reoccurrence is an important factor as well and your chiropractor will discuss this with you near the end of care to see what may be the best option for you.