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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractors are licensed healthcare professionals who primarily concentrate on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal disorders and other mechanical conditions of the musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic care places a strong emphasis on the body’s ability to heal itself without employing surgery, drugs, or other medical measures.
Patients often experience relief from a wide range of painful and dangerous symptoms by seeking quality chiropractic care. At Whatcom Chiropractic Center, we address countless health and wellness issues using a variety of approaches. Read more about some of our specific services below.
The “classic” chiropractic treatment, manual adjustments are done by hand to perform a broad spectrum of coordinated contact movements. Manual adjustments may be used to address various patient health and wellness concerns. Applying direct pressure at specific points, we can dramatically improve the function of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and other soft bodily tissues.
The Activator Method
This therapeutic approach requires the use of a specific hand-held tool called the “activator.” A spring-loaded, mechanical instrument, the activator aids in chiropractic adjustment by delivering a rapid, low-force impulse with extreme precision. An activator adjustment can accomplish many of the same benefits as a manual adjustment by improving the body’s alignment and helping with overall body function.
Using a traction table, we employ spinal decompression to gently stretch the spine. By altering the position and force placement of the spine, spinal decompression reduces pressure on the spinal disks (gel-like cushions that separate every vertebrae in the spine). This process can cause bulging and herniated disks to retract, which can relieve back pain, improve flexibility, and promote healing by moving nutrient-rich fluids and oxygen to these disks.
As part of a comprehensive chiropractic care program, laser therapy has proven to be an effective way to manage pain for many patients. Using a targeted light spectrum, laser therapy helps to ease inflammation, encourage nerve regeneration, and generally speed the healing process for individuals who have suffered injuries or are living with chronic pain.
Custom orthotic insoles may be used to address any number of health concerns. These devices are made to fit the unique contours of each patient’s feet, providing support to reduce strain during specific repetitive motions. In addition to preventing foot abnormalities such as pressure ulcers, custom orthotics are excellent for people who suffer from arthritis or workers who must stand for long periods of time throughout the day.
In the wake of an injury or a surgical procedure, many people can benefit greatly from a targeted physical rehabilitation regimen. When patients come to us for rehabilitation, we will use a combination of adjustments and other modalities. For post-treatment care at home, we generally recommend a program of exercises to help in recovery from physical trauma and to rebuild former mobility and range of movement.
Whether part of a prescribed physical rehabilitation program or for general preventative or restorative purposes, chiropractic exercises can be powerful complements to regular chiropractic office visits. The pelvic tilt and the supine bridge are just a couple of exercises that virtually anyone can do at home to improve their overall health and wellness. When you come to us for treatment, corrective exercises may be one way that your treatment continues outside of our office!
Pregnancy & Pediatric Care
When provided by a chiropractor with proper specialized training, chiropractic care has proven to be safe and effective for pregnant women as well as babies and young children. During pregnancy, chiropractic care has proven extremely helpful in the management of back, hip, and joint pain that goes hand in hand with carrying the extra weight of a baby. Pediatric chiropractic care includes treating young people for conditions that include headaches, sports injuries, poor immune response, allergies, asthma, ear pain, colic, sleep disturbances, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Different from an ordinary massage that you may get at a spa, chiropractic massage therapy concentrates on the way the spine relates to the various joints, nerves, and muscles of the body. By relieving and replacing misaligned spine joints (vertebral subluxations), massage therapy can alleviate pain and tension throughout the back and limbs while generally promoting excellent nervous system health.