According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.”
The “founding father” of chiropractic, Dr. D.D. Palmer, developed a theory that spinal misalignment caused nerve pressure or irritation which in turn caused various ailments. He realized that the structure and condition of the body influenced how the body functioned and its ability to heal itself, without the use of drugs or surgery.
This simple philosophy has healed people and has prevented unwanted injury and illness for over a century!
How it Works:
The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The brain is divided into sections and stores and receives an incredible amount of information. But this information needs a way to get in and out. Nerves provide a pathway for this information to travel, and the spinal cord is made up of bundles of these nerves. The spine both houses and protects the spinal cord.
Nerve dysfunction can result from any number of factors, such as falls, accidents, stress, tension, or over-use. These events can alter our “wiring” and create pain or discomfort in our bodies.
Doctors of chiropractic are trained to locate the source of the pain or discomfort (which may be far from the actual location where the symptom is occurring) and then we correct or adjust the joints in the body and set it up to heal on its own. The important thing to remember is that chiropractic success occurs by addressing the source of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.
Whether you have an acute or a chronic condition, have been injured or want to maintain optimal health and functioning, chiropractic can help you with:
- acute or chronic back pain or arthritis
- recurring allergies and headaches
- an accident at work or in your car
- the aches and pains of pregnancy
- tennis elbow
- carpel tunnel syndrome
- decreased energy /wellness care
- If stress at work or at home is causing tension and muscle spasm
- If you’re battling cancer pain or undergoing chemotherapy
- If you’ve played a little too hard this weekend
- If you want to retain your range of motion as you get older
- If you are a mother or father of growing child and want to be sure s/he develops properly
After a thorough examination and a review of your health history, your chiropractic doctor will recommend a specific care program. If yours is a chiropractic case, this will include specific spinal adjustments.
The word adjustment describes hundreds of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal bones to a more normal position and motion. When spinal function is improved, nervous system function (health) can improve too.
After years of training, chiropractic doctors become experts at using just the right amount of force in the right direction. This may require a quick movement or in other instances a slow and constant pressure.
Chiropractic is generally a covered benefit under most insurers in PA. Please call your insurance company to verify your benefits. Some may need a referral so please procure that before coming. Below are time of service costs.
- Initial Visit (1 hour appointment) – $95
- Short Follow Up – $45
- Long Follow Up – $65