Why should you see a chiropractor?
Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustment and overall wellness.
How does chiropractic care work?
Chiropractic care involves viewing the body as an integrated series of systems that work in conjunction with each other as opposed to separate entities. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves throughout the body. When this system is not functioning correctly, the overall performance of the body suffers.
As a Palmer chiropractor, Dr. Michael Jensen, doesn’t use medication to treat your symptoms. Over the counter drugs and/or prescription medications may only be ‘band-aids’ to provide temporary relief for symptoms rather than treating the source of the pain or injury.
Is chiropractic care effective?
Chiropractic care helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can increase in our bodies over time. Dr. Michael Jensen works to restore your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, allowing optimal nervous system function and improved overall health.
What can you expect from my visit with Dr. Michael Jensen?
Seeing a chiropractor may be a new experience for you. Your first visit will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition, and goals.
What results can I expect from treatment?
Chiropractic care is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our bodies to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Dr. Michael Jensen had the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform correctly.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to occur.
What is a chiropractic adjustment? Is it safe?
Adjustments, or manipulations as they're sometimes referred to is the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place. This can happen from normal daily activity to trauma such as a car accident or athletic injury.
When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from the muscular system to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment, your body struggles to function properly and you may experience pain and discomfort.
An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing their hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you're cracking your knuckles, this is referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint. Often times you may not feel anything, except a slight release.
What is a subluxation?
When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is
referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can
be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car
accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put
pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes
with a price. When subluxation occurs, it interrupts the natural pathways that
the brain uses to send ‘messages’ to the body. These pathways or nerves need to
be clear for the body to function properly.