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The structure of your body – spine, hips, knees, etc. – is designed to be aligned properly, like the front end of your car. If the front end is misaligned, your tires “age” prematurely.  Your body works much the same.  Sitting at a desk, slips, falls, poor posture, car accidents, etc., all create misalignment causing excessive wear and breakdown.  This leads to degenerated discs, bone spurs, arthritis and neck, back, hip and knee pain – just to name a few.

Could those annoying little aches and pains not only prevent you from living the active, energized life you desire, but also cause you to retain body fat?  In short, yes.  Pain (even minor, “normal” pain) is stressful to your body.  It causes your body to produce a stress hormone called cortisol (which also happens to be a powerful fat storage hormone).  This sabotages many people’s weight loss efforts without them even knowing it.

The typical approach is to cover symptoms with medications while the damage continues.

Our Approach to Pain Relief
Our approach to pain relief is simple – correct the cause of the problem by restoring alignment and normal function, thereby eliminating the source of the pain.

A simple assessment can tell if you are out of alignment, causing your discomfort.

Once we know the cause of the problem we can use chiropractic, physical therapy, massage and/or custom exercise to restore optimal function and get you feeling great.

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Chiropractic
There are several types of chiropractic techniques.  Dr. Infantino graduated from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, and uses the Palmer method. He also uses other techniques, such as biophysics, Pettibon, Thompson and drop table depending on the patient’s condition and goals.

While we offer short pain relief plans, we’re most passionate about spinal correction.  This approach may take longer, but the results last. Corrective chiropractic care also involves the patient more with home exercises to strengthen and stabilize the spine and core; thereby empowering you to be proactive in your care so you need less care in the future.

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At our chiropractic center our examination procedures are geared toward detection and correction of the “vertebral subluxation”.  The procedures we use are, therefore, specifically selected for your spine and nervous system health.  There are a couple of things that you should expect when you have your first visit at our clinic.

Our examination consists of a thorough spinal and nervous system exam which includes “Palpation”.  Palpation essentially is checking your spine by hand. With this exam, the doctor can feel areas of your spine that may be involved with subluxation problems.  Spinal position, curvatures and muscle tone can also be examined as it relates to possible spinal subluxations.  Your examination may also include some specialized equipment designed to better access your spine and nervous system.  This examination could involve several components.

Spinal x-rays may be taken depending on your age and situation. There are many reasons why we would not take x-rays on certain patients like pregnancy, if the patient is a child, if you have recent usable spinal x-rays and some other various situations.  Aside from these situations, x-rays are a common part of the examination process when looking for vertebral subluxations.  X-rays give us important information including the position of the spinal bones, the quality of the spine and safety of adjusting it.  X-rays also tell us the relative length of time subluxations may have been involved in your spine.

With this important information we can make a more accurate determination of the type of adjustments your spine needs as well as the ongoing frequency of your care.  Your x-rays will be explained to you and covered in detail at your Report of Findings.  You will be scheduled for your Report of Findings within a few days of your initial visit.  This visit is your most important visit and may take up to one hour.  It is at your Report of Findings that we will give you a care plan and go over any special instructions you will need to obtain the best and fastest possible results.  Our staff will schedule your Report of Findings with you after your first visit.

Our chiropractic care utilizes the most modern chiropractic analytical and adjustive procedures and equipment available. We consider subluxations to be a serious threat to the quality and quantity of your health and that of your family.  Therefore, it is imperative that we utilize the most modern and well-established time-proven procedures to help you. We feel you’re worth it!

What Is A Subluxation And What Does It Do To Me?

Subluxation

In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. vertebral subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (i.e., vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate, spinal nerves.  Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine.  This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.

How does this affect you?  Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body.  If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities.  In other words, some parts of your body will not be working properly.  It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations and reduce or correct them.  This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine.  Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

Now, the detailed explanation.

Subluxations are really a combination of changes going on at the same time.  These changes occur both in your spine and throughout your body.  For this reason chiropractors often refer to vertebral subluxations as the “Vertebral Subluxation Complex” or “VSC” for short.

In the VSC, various things known as “components” are happening inside your body simultaneously.  Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the VSC.  These five are:

  1. The Osseous (bone) Component is where the vertebrae are either out of position, not moving properly or are undergoing physical changes such as degeneration.  This component is sometimes known as kinesiopathology.
  2. The Nerve Component is the malfunctioning of the nerve.  Research has shown that only a small amount of pressure on spinal nerves can have a profound impact on the function of the nerves.  This component is scientifically known as neuropathology.
  3. The Muscle Component is also involved. Since the muscles help hold the vertebrae in place, and since nerves control the muscles themselves, muscles are an integral part of any VSC.  In fact, muscles both affect and are affected by the VSC.  This component is known as myopathology.
  4. The Soft Tissue Component is when you have misaligned vertebrae and pressure on nerves resulting in changes in the surrounding soft tissues.  This means the tendons, ligaments, blood supply and other tissues undergo changes. These changes can occur at the point of the VSC or far away at some end point of the affected nerves. This component is also known as histopathology.
  5. The Chemical Component is when all these components of the VSC are acting on your body and, therefore, causing some degree of chemical changes.  These chemical changes can be slight or massive depending on what parts of your body are affected by your subluxations.  This component is often known as biochemicalabnormalities.

Chiropractors have known about the dangers of subluxations for over one hundred years.  Today, more scientific evidence is showing the dangers of subluxations and the health benefits of correcting them.  To be truly healthy it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations.  Our goal is to allow your body to return itself to the highest level of health possible by correcting VSC.  Chiropractors are the ONLY health professionals trained in the detection, location and correction of the VSC.

Your nervous system controls and coordinates every function of your body.  It is your nervous system that allows you to adapt to and live in your environment.  A large portion of your nervous system passes through your spine.  It is your spinal cord that acts as the major cable exiting your brain traveling down inside your spinal column and branching off into spinal nerves at various levels of your spine.  These spinal nerves then exit between individual spinal vertebrae and go to the various parts of your body.  To be healthy it is essential that your nervous system function properly and free from any interference caused by subluxations.  Subluxations can cause interference to the nervous system at any point along the spine where the nerves exit.  This can adversely affect the function of various parts of your body, and ultimately your overall health.  The chart below is designed to give you a look at just some of the relationships between the areas of your spine and your nervous system. Keep in mind that your nervous system is much more complex than can be shown here.

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