Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic Adjustments

Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic Adjustments

Spinal Decompression and Chiropractic AdjustmentsBack pain can affect almost everyone at some point in their life. If you have chronic or acute discomfort, you’ve probably thought about visiting a chiropractor. What do these trained professionals do to help relieve your back pain?

There are a wide variety of treatments available and many chiropractors use a blend of multiple approaches. Which one is right for you will depend on many factors. These include your age, overall health, and the source of your pain.

Get Well Chiropractic of Northville will begin with an assessment to determine what is causing your back pain. This will let him offer you personalized treatment. Some common culprits for back pain include:

  • spinal compression
  • sports injury
  • car accidents
  • pregnancy
  • repetitive stress injuries
  • poor posture
  • aging
  • chronic conditions like disc degeneration

Two of the most common techniques that a chiropractor will use to treat your back pain are spinal decompression and chiropractic adjustments. Here’s what you need to know about them:

Spinal Decompression

For this non-surgical procedure (not to be confused with surgery-based spinal decompression), the patient lays on a specialized table. Their spine is manipulated to stretch it out, relieving pressure on the supporting and connecting muscles and tendons that run along the line of the body.

What does this do? It creates more space between the vertebrae. If you have herniated discs, your body may be able to absorb them. Additionally, circulatory flow and nerve function are improved.

Who’s a good candidate for spinal decompression? Ultimately, Get Well Chiropractic of Northville will use our experience and knowledge of the body to decide. People who have seen great improvement in back pain after spinal decompression have had issues like herniated or degenerated discs, spinal stenosis, and conditions like sciatica and scoliosis.

Some people are poor candidates for spinal decompression therapy including pregnant women, those with a fractured spine, osteoporosis, or certain serious medical conditions. You can discuss with your chiropractor what your options are for alternative treatments.

Chiropractic Adjustments

A chiropractic adjustment is the repositioning and realignment of your joints. This is typically done with carefully targeted pressure or manipulation. A misaligned joint or bone is associated with a wide variety of health conditions. Stress, muscle tension, and general discomfort are just some of the effects this misalignment can cause.

Manual adjustment is a hands-on technique that moves the joint back into place. This is primarily for the cervical area of the spine. It may be mildly uncomfortable, although many people don’t experience any pain. Chiropractic adjustments can also be done with tools. The joints are lightly tapped on with a device, stimulating and realigning them. This is typically a completely painless procedure.

Who’s a good candidate for chiropractic adjustments? This technique can be very effective for people with chronic back pain, postural difficulties, or old injuries. It can also relieve pain in other areas of the body, for example leg pain may be caused by pressure on a nerve in the spine.

Chiropractic adjustments are not right for everyone. They do not treat all forms of back pain. Just as with spinal decompression, this technique can be somewhat strenuous on the back and is not appropriate for people with certain conditions or injuries. To find out if you are a good candidate for this type of adjustment contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville to schedule a consultation today!

Choosing The Best Chiropractor

Choosing The Best Chiropractor

Choosing The Best ChiropractorThe chiropractic profession is one with a large variety of options. These decisions can make it very difficult to choose the best chiropractor to meet your needs.

This task is exceptionally challenging because chiropractic treatment is a physical procedure, you must give consideration to the personality and rapport of the physician and your compatibility with their techniques.

Here are a few questions to ask when looking for a chiropractor and a few red flags that let you know who to avoid.

What is a “Good” Chiropractor? How Can You Find One?

In order to find the chiropractor that is best suited for you and your needs, there are a few steps you can take. Get a good recommendation from your primary care physician, physical therapist or other trusted health professional. Ask them what their recommendations are and who they view as competent and trustworthy, or who they would recommend to a friend or family member.

You can also ask friends, family, co-workers, and neighbors for recommendations. But make sure to take their advice with caution, as the perfect chiropractor for someone else may not meet your needs. It is important to choose a chiropractor who meets your individual needs.

If you get the same recommendation from different sources, that chiropractic is likely a trustworthy candidate.

Before starting treatment, it is usually best to conduct a telephone interview or request an in-office consultation to learn more about the chiropractor, the clinic, and the techniques used. Often the treating chiropractor will request a personal consultation to discuss these details.

For most people, it is important to feel comfortable with the chiropractor and the clinic to have an overall positive treatment experience. Your level of comfort has to do mainly with your personal preferences, anything from the techniques used to the location of the office and the overall feel of the practice.

There are many questions to consider:

  • Is the chiropractor friendly and courteous?
  • Does you feel comfortable talking with the chiropractor?
  • Does the chiropractor fully answer all questions asked?
  • Does the doctor listen to the patient’s complete explanation of symptoms and treatment concerns/preferences?
  • How many years has the chiropractor been in practice?
  • Does the chiropractor have a specific undergraduate or post-graduate specialty?

Although not necessary, some chiropractors pursue post-graduate programs in various specialties, such as orthopedics, sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology, nutrition.
You may also want to research if there are any disciplinary actions against the chiropractor. This information is available from each state’s Chiropractic Regulation & Licensing Board, which can usually be found on the state’s website.

Do not feel like you must be treated by the first chiropractor you see, as many people interview several chiropractors before finding one best suited for their needs.

When you find the chiropractor that best meets your needs, your life and health will be significantly improved. Please contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today for more information.

How To Prevent Travel Aches And Strains

How To Prevent Travel Aches And Strains

How To Prevent Travel Aches And StrainsIn this day and age, it’s common to have many relatives and friends far from home. This is why traveling has become a crucial part of everyone’s lives. In the summer months, it is also a popular time to squeeze in a fun family vacation. But regardless of if you are taking a two-hour drive or a four-hour plane ride, you will likely end up feeling tired, cramped, and sore. Uncomfortable positions can cause body pains. Having to sit in one position for an extended period of time can numb your muscles and quickly make you feel uncomfortable. This is because the blood flow tends to get restricted and is not able to travel freely through your body.

You should always prepare your body for travel. How can you do that? Easy, warm up. Perform a couple of stretching exercises. Take a walk and move your muscles. Do an exercise that focuses on the circulation of blood flow to each and every part or muscle of your body.

How To Prevent Aches and Strains On Airplanes

When traveling by air, make sure that your seat is not hollowed. Hollowed seats can cause you to sit in an uncomfortable position, leaving you irritated. If your seat is hollowed, put cushions on the seat or any kind of small mattress. Moreover, your spine is shaped in a curvy way. To maintain that curve while sitting, put a pillow behind it so as to support your back. Tuck cushions just on the space of your neck and headrest so as not to cramp your neck muscles.

Check the weight of your baggage before you leave. Because of the baggage weighs more than your body weight, lifting them up to put them inside compartments can cause pain in the lower back. Moreover, whenever you put the baggage inside the compartment, make sure you are not rotated in a different position or angle. Twists and turns to tuck the luggage in while being in a rotated position can cause pain in the neck. And when stowing your luggage under the seats, make sure you don’t twist or turn in an awkward position when doing so. This can cause unwanted muscle strain. Always try to sit in different positions to keep the blood flow steady. Lean your legs against bags or bring your knees up and down.

How To Prevent Aches and Strains In The Car

When traveling by car, always make sure to adjust the seat if you’re the driver. Bring the seat close to the steering wheel, as is comfortable to you. Make sure your knees are in a higher position than your hips. To check that, just slide your fingers behind the back of your knee near the thigh. If you fail to slide the fingers, adjust your seat. Use a cushion to keep your back straight. Make sure not to grip the steering wheel too hard. This can constrict blood flow. Exercise your eyes by moving them in different positions so as not to cause stress or headaches. Always take breaks when driving as well.

These are simple steps on how you can travel comfortably. If you experiencing post-travel pains be sure to make an appointment with Get Well Chiropractic of Northville. Travel safe this spring!

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit A Chiropractor Regularly

5 Reasons Why You Should Visit A Chiropractor RegularlyYour back aches, your posture stinks and you have stress that you can feel in your neck. It may be time to think about visiting the chiropractor! Millions of Americans receive chiropractic care, a natural, drugless approach that works with patients to help them to achieve better health.

The basic principle that chiropractors apply to their profession and their practice is the body’s unique ability to heal itself with the appropriate help and guidance. While physical health is one of the major benefits of regular visits to the chiropractor, mental health is also a large benefit, along with others.

1.) Improve Posture

Regular chiropractic adjustments can align tilting and curves in your spine. In a generation where our phones and computers are more and more prevalent, neck issues become common as we spend time in front of a computer screen or hunched over a phone. When you visit your chiropractor on a routine basis, your overall posture and strength will be improved and save you from various issues that poor posture can lead to.

2.) Relieve Stress

In addition to the stresses put on our bodies by technology and other new advancements, our daily lives are incredibly busy and very stressful. We are surrounded by many stress factors in our everyday lives, including the stress your body is under that is not as easily seen, such as the stress put on your body and mind when your nervous system is out of line and your entire muscular and skeletal systems are not in the proper position. This can often lead to your body feeling out of line. If you regularly see a chiropractor, your stress can be relieved and your entire body will feel more balanced. The positive relaxation messages that are immediately sent to your brain will leave you with less tension. In addition, you will feel more prepared and in control when stressful situations are faced.

3.) Improve Your Mood

When you are less stressed and more balanced, your mood is improved all of your body’s systems are more in balance. Balancing your overall health and all of your systems will help to maintain overall health. When you increase good hormones such as dopamine and decrease bad hormones such as cortisol, you can make a huge difference in how efficiently your brain and body operate.

4.) Sleep More Restfully

You also need sleep to maintain a stress-free, healthy life – but millions of Americans don’t get nearly enough sleep. If you suffer from a lack of sleep or chronic sleeping disorders, it can seriously impact your body’s overall health. Regular chiropractic visits will help you maintain balance throughout your life and will greatly improve your sleep.

5.) Be More Energetic

With lack of sleep, stress, and crooked spines, it is no wonder some of us lack the energy to accomplish our everyday tasks. But a lack of energy can make living and thriving a difficult task. With a regular chiropractic adjustment, you can find yourself less fatigued, much more energetic, and able to complete all of your everyday tasks.

If you could benefit from any of these things, contact Get Well Chiropractic of Northville today for more information and a consultation!