There are many different types of chiropractic care. Most people associate chiropractic care with back pain and symptom relief. Although all chiropractors are able to relieve symptoms, the Dr. Flanery will search for the true cause of any health condition and design a specific plan of action for each patient.
Relief care is designed to do just what it sounds like; decrease pain. Many chiropractors are very good at doing this, leaving their patient to feel gratitude for the short time the pain has been eased only to find themselves once again suffering in pain. Now the patient will usually return to the wonderful doctor who relieved their pain last time and again will be very appreciative for the care given. This type of chiropractic care has done wonders to promote chiropractic treatment for pain management, but it has also limited the general public’s understanding of the true benefits of chiropractic care.
Corrective care is a completely different approach to achieving and maintaining optimal health. A true corrective care chiropractor will evaluate the Central Nervous System (CNS) completely. Corrective care evaluates the person for not only trauma and pathology but more importantly for function. Since our CNS controls every single one of our cells, tissues and organs we need it to function as close to 100% as possible. A corrective care chiropractor will evaluate the curves of the spine, while many relief care chiropractors will focus on a specific vertebrae. This is a huge advantage to the patient because without proper structure there will never be proper function. No single vertebrae functions independent of itself. Corrective care doctors will also give the patient a clear plan of action. Including scheduled re-evaluation and re-testing to measure progress along the road to health.
The true advantage of corrective care is the option to never have to rely on medication to manage illness. Corrective care will build a healthy body and immune system. The education process at Best Life Chiropractic and Wellness Center will teach you and your family how to achieve extraordinary health through our monthly workshops and community events.
The key to chiropractic care is the spinal adjustment. This is the way doctors of chiropractic correct subluxations. Dr. Flanery is well versed in a variety of corrective techniques and selects the protocol that will best suit each individual patient.
The Goal of the Adjustment
The goal of the chiropractic adjustment is to correct the spinal subluxations detected during the examination. To do that, the doctor applies pressure to the bone and "unlocks" it from its improper position. The bone will then be free to align itself correctly.
Many people think that the chiropractor forces a vertebra back into its "proper" place. But only the individual's own Innate Intelligence knows for sure what the proper place for each bone is. The role of the chiropractor is to free up the vertebrae. Then, the body can do its job and put them back in the correct position.
Unfortunately, the muscles connected to subluxated vertebrae get used to their positions and have a tendency to pull the bone back out of place. It may take several adjustments before the adjustment "holds," and the bone settles into its proper alignment.
Will it Hurt?
Because most adjusting techniques emphasize using minimal force and gentle pressure, few patients feel any discomfort during the adjustment. Many, however, will hear popping sounds. But there's no need for concern. There's nothing breaking. The noises you hear are just tiny pockets of gas releasing with a pop, which is completely normal.
With or without noises, your adjustment should be completely pain free. Some patients, particularly if they are tense, involuntarily stiffen and resist the adjustment. At these times, they may feel slight discomfort until they learn to relax.
Once you get used to the noises -- if there are any -- you may associate them with "good" adjustments. However, be aware that in time, these noises may lessen or disappear completely. When this happens, it doesn't mean the adjustment has stopped "working." It only means that normal flexibility is returning to the affected vertebrae.
For patients who are not candidates for manual chiropractic adjustments, Dr. Flanery utilizes instruments such as the activator and arthrostim, as well as light-touch techniques when appropriate.