Spinal adjustments to correct subluxations are what make doctors of chiropractic unique in comparison with any other type of health care professional. The term “adjustment” refers to the specific force chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. UHS offers chiropractic care in Binghamton and other Southern Tier, NY communities.
The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce the subluxation, which results in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain and improved function. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both.
Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas in the spinal joints that sounds like a “crack.” The sound sometimes surprises people the first time they get adjusted, but the sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the person tenses up during the chiropractic procedure.
There are times when the audible “cracking” does not occur. This is often due to either significant muscle tightness or the person having a hard time relaxing during their adjustments. Some adjusting techniques are designed to move the spine in a way that does not produce the audible sound at all. Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving pain.
Ultimately, the goal of receiving adjustments should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. In order to accomplish this, chiropractors can use and recommend a variety of natural healing methods, including adjustments, massage, trigger point therapy, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, and counseling on lifestyle issues that impact your health. The primary focus is simply to remove those things which interfere with the body’s natural normal healing ability.
The adjustment of the spine is the primary objective of a chiropractor. There are some chiropractors who also adjust the extremities and use other forms of physiological therapeutics including the use of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, neuromuscular re-education, and a variety of manual therapies. Increasingly, chiropractors’ offices are becoming full service wellness centers providing a variety of wellness services.
A new trend that chiropractic wellness centers offer is wellness coaching. Some programs offer coaching at the wellness center, while others offer wellness coaching via telephone, email, or online instant messenger in an effort to make it more convenient. Binghamton chiropractic wellness centers may offer seminars in a variety of subjects such as spinal alignment, improved posture, and ergonomics, as well as programs on weight management, relaxation, smoking cessation, nutrition, and exercise. Some even offer pre- and post-natal healthy baby programs. The increasing number of chiropractic centers providing extensive wellness programs makes it convenient and affordable for just about anyone to adopt a wellness lifestyle.
Chiropractors are doctors who understand that within each of us is an innate wisdom or healthy energy that will express itself as perfect health and well-being if we allow it to. Therefore, the focus of our Binghamton chiropractic care is to remove any physiological blocks to the proper expression of the body’s innate wisdom. Once these interferences are reduced, improved health is the natural consequence. Who wouldn’t want that?
Who Benefits from Chiropractic Care?
People experiencing the following seek treatment from a Chiropractor:
- Low Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Arm or Hand Pain
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Disc Problems
- Muscle Spasm
- Hip Pain
- Work Injuries
- Mid-Back Pain
- Facet Syndromes
- Myofascial Pain Syndrome
- Sacroiliac Pain Syndrome
- Sports Injuries
Your specific treatment program is comprehensive and based on a variety of factors. Treatment may include:
- Spinal Manipulation or “Adjustments”
- Manipulation under Joint Anesthesia
- Flexion-Distraction Therapy
- Manual Traction
- NIMMO Trigger Point Therapy
- Therapeutic Exercise
- Ultrasound Therapy
- Electric Muscle Stimulation
- Jones Strain-Counterstrain Soft Tissue Technique
- Ergonomic Advice
- Proprioceptive Taping
- Ergonomic Advice
- Stretching and Strengthening
- Nutritional Advice
- Manipulation under Anesthesia
- Braces and Supports
- DTS Spinal Decompression Therapy
- TENs Units
- Interferential Therapy
- Core Strengthening
- Pronex Cervical Traction
- Strain Counterstrain
- McKenzie Therapy
- Neurodiagnosis (NCV/EMG)
- CranioSacral Therapy
- Active Therapeutic Movement
- And other forms of non-invasive treatments
If additional diagnostic tests (X-rays, CT Scans, MRI, blood work, etc.) are needed, you may be sent for them. Your progress under chiropractic care will be carefully monitored. The subjective improvement, as well as objective findings, will be noted, and your treatment plan will be modified to meet your changing condition.
Communication between our office and your other healthcare providers is encouraged. Written reports with findings, treatment and other recommendations are forwarded to your other providers.
What to expect on your first visit
You will be asked to complete a comprehensive health history form, including past and present health problems, diet, exercise, occupation and other important information. Your physical examination may include range of motion, strength, neurological, orthopedic or other tests. If you have already had tests, such as X-rays or an MRI for your problem, please bring them along with any other reports you have.
Be prepared to discuss the following:
• When the problem began
• How it started
• What makes the problem worse or better
• What treatments you’ve tried so far and how they have worked
• Any other information that you feel could be relevant
Bring notes regarding any comments, concerns, or questions you would like to ask the doctor.
Please bring a pair of shorts to be worn under patient gown. A thorough physical and chiropractic examination of spinal complaints involves the arms and legs, as well as the back.
If your insurance company requires a referral before being seen by the doctor, please obtain one. Also, bring your insurance information and know the amount of your deductible or co-payment.
History Of Chiropractics
Manual manipulation of the spine and other joints in the body has been around for centuries. Ancient writings from China and Greece dating between 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention spinal manipulation and the maneuvering of the lower extremities to ease low back pain. The famous Greek physician Hippocrates, who who lived from 460 to 357 B.C., published a text detailing the importance of manual manipulation. In one of his writings he declares, "Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases". Evidence of manual manipulation of the body has been found among the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Babylon, Syria, Japan, the Incas, Mayans and Native Americans.
The official beginning of the chiropractic profession dates back to 1895 when Daniel David Palmer restored the hearing of Harvey Lillard by manually adjusting his neck and something told him that he was on to something good. Two years later, in 1897, Dr. Palmer went on to begin the Palmer School of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, which continues to train doctors of chiropractic to this day.
Throughout the twentieth century, the profession of chiropractic has gained considerable recognition and scientific support. Research studies that have clearly demonstrated the value of chiropractic care in reducing health care costs, improving recovery rates and increasing patient satisfaction. In fact, one very large study conducted in Canada, the 1993 Manga Study, concluded that chiropractic care would save hundreds of millions of dollars annually in work disability payments and direct health care costs. Several major studies conducted by the U.S. Government, the Rand Corporation and others, have all demonstrated the incredible value of chiropractic care.