Chiropractic medicine is a natural, drug-less, non-invasive form of healthcare. In starting to recommend such care, we learn about each patient with a consultation, involving a review of his or her health history. Conducting such an evaluation may further incorporate questions about the patient’s life, regarding eating and exercise habits, stress levels, and other lifestyle choices, and X-rays.
Being an expert in the field, we specialize in difficult and chronic conditions. Our goal of Healing Hands’ assessment is uncovering the origin of a patient’s problem and offering a strategy, through chiropractic care, exercises, and other methods, to eliminate it permanently. Essentially, our practice’s approach leans toward realigning instead of prescribing a medication.
Set up an appointment to meet with Dr. Malton to see if she can help you! If so, she will do a complete examination which includes a review of your health history, posture evaluation, range of motion and motor testing. We will also decide if X-rays are needed and if they are we can do them right here in our office. Dr. Malton will then take the time to explain what she found in her exam and let you know if she thinks Chiropractic can help you. In the event that she can’t help you, referrals will be given to point you in the right direction.
As any practice in our profession knows, no single solution is applicable to all patients. The start of treatment, after a consultation, is determining the best procedure for the spine, nervous system, or other conditions, and finding misalignments, or subluxations.
Wellness, in terms of chiropractic care, is all encompassing, and subluxations have equally pervasive and varying effects. Although severity is not uniform, the misalignment may stem from one or more factors, including physical, emotional, chemical, or an incident, such as a sports- or car accident-related injury.
Posture, as well, is innate to alignment; with all bones properly aligned, the body uses less effort, experiences less strain, has more energy, moves better, and is fully connected to all parts of the self. Whether you realize it or not, posture, and corresponding alignment, is a core aspect of good health. Unfortunately, sitting throughout the day at a desk, on a chair, or on a couch distorts alignment of the bones, shifting weight to the neck or back rather than supporting it with the spine. In response, muscles tense, and stressful conditions increase, while decreasing energy in the process. Chronic muscle tension, as an effect, is the most immediate and worsens over time.
Restricted movement is another consequence of imbalance. As certain areas of the body must work harder than the others, pain and inflammation result. The areas moved less are also adversely affected: tightened muscles, joints sticking together, and shortened ligaments and tendons. Eventually, the body becomes so unstable that it can barely move.
Nevertheless, such negative changes are not on par with aging and, instead, correlate with decreased mobility. Because movement and better alignment are crucial to living pain and disability free, a course of action may involve performing specific exercises to stretch and improve flexibility, eliminate negative stress while applying good stress, and routine chiropractic treatment.