The chiropractic model of health is centered on the philosophy that the human body has the opportunity to heal itself, with the help from a Chiropractic Doctor to promote the healing process and limiting nerve interferences. This profession is focused on treating spinal and musculoskeletal problems primarily through spinal manipulation, mobilization, and adjunctive therapies, to improve overall function and provide pain relief.
What do Chiropractors have to Offer?
Examination/Assessment of patient will begin with an overview of the primary health concern, as well as any other medical history that may be related to the injury. After assessing the primary concern, Chiropractors are able to diagnose the injury through different tests and narrowing the presenting issue into a specific category:
- Mechanical Back Pain – may be muscular, postural, or no specific identifiable cause of pain.
- Nerve Related Pain – when the nerve root is compressed, or pinched. This may lead to a herniated disc, or spinal stenosis.
- Potentially Serious Pain – Any other neurological problem, tumors, fractures, or infections. When the Chiropractors diagnosis is potentially serious, the Chiropractor will typically refer the patient to a relevant medical specialist to receive proper care. However, the chiropractor is still able to co-manage the patients pain with very specific treatment.
Ability to Take X-Rays
Many Patients may not require X-Rays, however, some Chiropractors will do so as a standard procedure to rule out any pathology related concerns, and to determine where to adjust the spine. When X-Rays are not part of the procedure, they are typically required for:
- Patients who have sustained a significant traumatic injury, that could indicate broken bones or joint dislocation.
- Infection that may be causing the pain
- Joint Disease, such as arthritis
- Older patients, typically over the age of 65 years.
- Anyone who has been diagnosed, or may be at risk for osteoporosis.
- Spinal instability
- Long standing pain that has not resolved from previous health care treatment
Chiropractors typically offer manual therapy in the form of an adjustment or manipulation of the spine. This form of therapeutic treatment typically provides:
- High velocity thrust applied to the vertebrae, accompanied by a release of gas in the joints, which thus releases joint pressure.
- A relieving sensation most of the time
- Reduces subluxation
- Increases range of motion and improves function
- Reduces nerve irritability
Chiropractors are constantly in contact with other health care professionals, such as Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Massage Therapist, Physicians, and Surgeons, to provide the most effective treatment plan for the patient. This may include referring these patients to other services in which they may find beneficial for their health.
Treatment plans may vary depending on the patient’s history and primary concerns, however, most treatment plans may include:
- Adjustments / Manipulations
- Strengthening and/or Stretching exercises
- Patient education to improve posture and motor control
- Other applications such as using heat/ice and reinforcing proper nutrition
What is SpineAlign?
The adjusting head of the SpineAlign contains an impact hammer, an anvil, a piezoelectric sensor and is equipped with various testing probes.
Our adjusting head is the only one on the market that makes real percussions because the mass is not fused with the sensor.
Piezoelectricty is the charge which accumulates in certain solid materials, notably crystals, certain ceramics, and biological matter such as bone, DNA and various proteins, in response to applied mechanical strain.
The word piezoelectricity means electricity resulting from pressure.
Steps of SpineAlign Piezoelectricity Testing:
- The sensor produces an electrical output when struck
- This output is returned as a wave form
- The waveform is like a fingerprint for different materials
- The sensing head detects the fingerprint of the area being testing by imparting a light tap to the contact area
- The amount of preload is exactly the same every time (5 to 7 pounds)
- The computer determines the force and frequency to use for a treatment
The analytical function is a feature that allows the chiropracter to place a force transducer against the integument overlaying a patient spine and release a force impulse through a force sensor to the underlying spinal segments.
The response of the force impulse meeting the resistance of the underlying tissue is displayed as a wave form.
The wave form from each test point is recorded and analyzed. The response of the force impulse meeting the resistance of the underlying tissue is displayed as a wave form.
The peak amplitude of the wave form is an indication of the “stiffness” or the “compliance” of each spinal segment.
The shape of the wave may be analyzed for muscle spasm or tissue condition.
The therapeutic function allows the practitioner to select a therapeutic protocol for:
- joint mobilization
- chiropractic adjustment
- intervertebral disc therapy
- mechanoreceptors stimulation
- trigger point therapy
During a treatment, the chiropractic can choose from a wide range of impact force, frequency and number of impact to be able to provide a more precise adjustment.
New Innovative Technology in Chiropractic Health Care
Advances in technology and computer programs, have allowed for unique methods to analyze and treat the human body in such way that hadn’t been previously explored. SpineAlign allows Chiropractors to focus on specific areas of the spine, and nervous system, to achieve maximum function and mobility.
Q: Is this complex technology a simple solution?
A: Allowing Chiropractors to use SpineAlign to analyze, and treat the human body, will result in maximum benefits to improve performance and health of the nervous system. If the nervous system is interrupted, it may undergo pain, health complications, and bodily malfunctions. SpineAlign is known to be the number one way to approach these situations.
Q: How does SpineAlign work?
A: SpineAlign is typically used to determine whether or not the spine’s motion is too stiff or rigid. Instead of measuring this stiffness through the Chiropractors manual judgement, they can utilize SpineAlign to determine what areas are mostly affected by the stiffness, and to what degree. SpineAlign is a great tool to isolate a problem more accurately and efficiently than a manual technique.
Q: How can anything so gentle and comfortable change my spine?
A: SpineAlign is famous for its gentle touch. It demonstrates this effect by increasing mobility of spinal segments while reducing fixation and uncomfortable movements. SpineAlign “taps” into the spine with soft tips for the human body and allocates a positive change to the respective joint or tissue.
Q: Is SpineAlign consistent?
A: Trigger points in the body tend to respond significantly well to SpineAlign’s ability to provide rhythmic forces, while being delivered in a precise manner to further enhance range of motion. Additionally, SpineAlign can inhibit pain by increasing neural activity and restoring the tone of a normal nervous system. Consistent positioning while seated in the chair is also important for the patients’ health, by reducing any issues associated with osteoporosis, vertebral artery conditions, or other concerns.
Q: How does SpineAlign’s software play a role?
A: This system provides a clear functional outcome, that allows for a treatment plan to be implemented. It also indicates when not to perform a manipulative procedure on a specific day. This software demonstrates the objective, specified reasoning, and data points to analyze each visit, and when to end the treatment plan. It is important for patients to have an understanding that therapy will have a finish point and to visually show their progression through charting with sine wave analysis. The sine wave analysis can measure joint function through four different aspects, in a visible fashion for the chiropractor to explain the outcomes to the patients.