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What is Chiropractic

I am often asked what is Chiropractic.  Below is my personal perspective.

     Philosophy As an actively practicing Doctor of Chiropractic for nearly 25 years, my primary goal continues to be to serve the health care needs of my patients. To inform and provide each individual and family about natural and conservative methods of health care. I have a deep respect for the human body's ability to heal itself with or without the use of surgery or medication. Special attention is focused on the biomechanics, structure and function of the spine, its effects on the musculoskeletal and neurological systems, and the role played by the proper function of these systems in the preservation and restoration of health.  I take into consideration my full scope of practice to effectively diagnose and treat each person as a unique individual, and encourage co-medical management when indicated. 

     Science  Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the central nervous system, your brain and spinal cord, controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. The spine surrounds and protects the spinal cord and permits space between each vertebrae for spinal nerves to exit the cord and travel to their designated target tissue. Due to the close proximity of the vertebrae, spinal cord and spinal nerves—any abnormal change in the spine’s natural curvatures, segmental joints or discs can interfere with the nervous system’s ability to receive or transmit information to the rest of the body.  A disturbance of any or all these systems, muscle, nerve or skeletal can be induced by direct trauma (Sport, Auto or Work injury), stress, and many other physical, emotional and chemical influences. 

     Art  The development and application of a customized treatment plan requires consideration of all of the elements in a person’s life and the level of impact it places on their current state of health. Treatment is often designed to address the entire spine, extremities and soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments and fascia) in order to restore normal neurological feedback and local control of muscles and joints. Each of us are unique and may require a different level of force, direction and depth of treatments performed. The primary treatment, and only one of many available at my office, is the Chiropractic Adjustment.  This procedure is also referred to as Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT).  I have immense study and training in the safe and effective provision of this vital health service. In a simple explanation, I deliver the Chiropractic Adjustment manually (by hand) with directed and controlled pressure to restore mobility of spinal and extremity articulations (joints). This procedure allows for over-all long lasting decreased pain, enhancement of muscle tone and relaxation, and increased flexibility.  Other beneficial secondary effects include increased immunological function and increased energy levels.

Wayne Press, DC, DABCO

Diplomate, American Board of Chiropractic Orthopedists

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