- Neck pain
- Headaches (especially those associated with muscle tension & neck stiffness)
- Shoulder / Arm pain / Radiculitis
- Numbness & tingling in the hands or feet
- Muscle pain / tightness / "sore spots"
- Low back pain
- Bulging or Herniated discs in the neck or low back
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- Poor Posture -Childhood & Adult
- Joint pain or "clicking" (Shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, ankle) *
In a given person, any of these conditions may or may not be arising from origins that are well treated by a chiropractor. A chiropractic exam and history must be performed to determine if your complaints can be be helped by chiropractic care, or if you should be directed to another healing discipline.
What are Chiropractors?
Chiropractors are doctors who are trained in general health care with specialized training in the spine and the spines relationship to overall health. Their practices emphasize wellness, disease prevention, nutrition and fitness. To provide the safest and most effective treatment all patients are appropriately examined based on their individual needs. Dr.Nykwest is also Board Certified as a Chiropractic Orthopedist, a level of training held by less than 1% of chiropractors.
How Does Chiropractic Work?
The spine contains the portion of your nervous system that controls and coordinates the movement of virtually all of the body's muscles and joints as well as the functions of the body's internal organs. For the spine, and the nerves it contains, to function properly the vertebrae (bones) that compose the spine must be properly aligned with one another so that the muscles surrounding the spine will be evenly balanced in their strength. Chiropractors are experts in diagnosing misaligned vertebrae (known as "subluxations") and muscle imbalance. Chiropractic care corrects the misalignments, reduces muscle tension and relieves the pain.
If I have Neck, Back, or Joint Pain, should I see an MD or a Chiropractor first?
That is a personal preference. Consider what method of treatment you prefer. If you would prefer to be treated with drugs or surgery, consult an MD first. If you would prefer to avoid medications & surgery where ever possible & be treated with techniques like massage, exercise, and joint manipulation, see a chiropractor. Physical therapy is another option. All treatment modalities used in physical therapy (ie: massage, ultrasound, rehabilitative exercise) are within the scope of practice of chiropractors also. The difference is that chiropractors have clinical doctorate degrees that allow them to perform or order the familiar tests medical doctors do (MRI, X-ray, blood tests etc), but physical therapists cannot order these tests. When you choose to see a chiropractor the same doctor that examined you, read your imaging studies, reviewed your labs, is the person who has their hands on you treating you every day. This "continuity of care" avoids any mis-communication between the mind that diagnosed your problem & the hands that are fixing it. This may be the best reason to see a chiropractor first.
Of course, if your case would be better treated by another discipline, such as Acupuncture, Massage or Medicine, we will refer you.
What steps would I go through as a new patient in your office?
STEP ONE - THE EXAM
To provide the safest and most effective treatment all patients are appropriately examined based on their individual needs. A typical new patient visit would include:
- Complete Health History
- Physical Exam
- Chiropractic Spinal Palpation
- Orthopedic Testing
- Neurological Assessment
- Nutritional Assessment
Complicated cases may require further testing such as X-Ray, MRI or Laboratory Evaluation (blood,urine). If you need such testing we will explain why, & if you agree, arrange the testing for you.
STEP TWO - THE CONSULTATION
After the exam is completed, and all test results are known, your case will be clearly and completely explained to you. You will receive a written consultation book with illustrations to make understanding the medical issues simple.
STEP THREE - TREATMENT
Typically, areas of muscle tension are reduced by treatment with heat, massage or other therapies. With the muscle tension relaxed, the spine can be gently manipulated and the subluxations corrected.
Are There Different Types of Chiropractic Techniques?
Yes, a great many! No one chiropractic technique is right for every problem you might have, much less for every person. We offer many types of spinal manipulation techniques. Elements of the following techniques are commonly used in combination in a single treatment:
- Sacro Occipital technique
- Myofascial release
Do You Only Perform Spinal Manipulation?
Your spine & all of the other joints & muscles of your body have to work together with the correct timing or the body will be injured & eventually cause pain. We use many different therapies that allow us to care for complaints in all of the joints & muscles of the body, not just the spine. Among the treatment options we utilize are:
- Rehabilitative exercise & Stretching
- Hot packs
- Electrical muscle stimulation
- Manipulation of the Ankles, Shoulders & Knees
BRING THE KIDS!
Chiropractic care is not just for adults! Children benefit too!
Some of the conditions that may be benefited in children include:
- Ear Pain (pseudo-infection)
- Bed wetting
- Poor Posture
- Movement Pattern Impairment
- Headaches and Neck pain
- Sprains, Strains and Sports Injuries