Vitality Spine and Rehab

Kent, WA Chiropractor

Kent WA chiropractor, auto injury specialists, whiplash treatment, chiropractic, massage therapy, exercise in downtown, Spanish-speaking

Conditions that Chiropractors treat.

Chiropractic is effective in treating a number of different conditions. We specialize in treating injuries sustained in auto and work injuries, however, that is a small portion of the cases we see every year. Some of the most common conditions we see are migraines and headaches that are chronic and not necessarily due to any specific activity. Chronic low back pain is also quite common and is a major source of pain among the aging US population. In some cases we find that migraines and headaches may be related to a biomechanical issue in the upper cervical spine which may cause cervicogenic pain. When diagnosed and treated, many patients have had great success at minimizing and/or relieving their headaches. Low back pain and even sciatic pain can respond quite well to Chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises as well as ergonomic recommendations to help patients stay well once the low back problems have stabilized. Postural distortions can cause a number of health concerns such as fatigue, chronic muscle pain as well as decreased range of motion. There is an optimal position that the spine should be in and the further the spine is from balanced, the more energy the body has to expend to hold an upright posture. Stress at individual spinal joints due to misalignment can wear down over time causing degeneration or arthritis that weakens the spine. 

Another reason that some patients see a Chiropractic is just to maintain their spinal health. In some cases after a patient improves from their acute issue and are released from care, they choose to return periodically for check-ups prior to an issue returning. We get our teeth checked regularly, we go for physicals, isn't it reasonable to think that we should get our spine checked for any potential misalignments or imbalances before it becomes a larger complaint? 

Whatever the reason is that brings you in to our office, we will focus on helping you reach your goals. 

Some Questions & Answers

Is chiropractic effective?
Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health. 

Why should I see a Chiropractor?
Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustment and overall wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to diabetes. 

What is Subluxation?
When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly. 

How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking. 

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem. 

While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more. 

What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?
Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident. 

When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak. 

An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint. 

What can I expect from my visit to a chiropractor?
Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us. Maybe we've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals. 

What results can I expect from treatment?
Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to. 

If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear. 

Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak.