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1700 New Butler Road suite 101
New Castle , Pennsylvania 16101 (view map)
Lawrence County Chiropractic is dedicated to all individuals interested in pursuing a healthy and active lifestyle.
We offer an array of services including adjustments, massage therapy.
We would like to invite you to visit our state-of-the-art facilities and discover how chiropractic can help you!
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand." Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment. It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's condition and arrive at a course of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination, laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your body.
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery, Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors, medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
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Manipulation is a form of treatment that dates to antiquity and has been practiced in some form in most cultures since that time (Lomax, 1997; Anderson, 1992).
One of the first theories related to manipulation might be the statement attributed to Hippocrates: "Look to the spine as the cause of disease." The theories of the early pioneers of chiropractic were firmly grounded in notions that had been widely held in the 1800s, particularly the idea of "spinal irritability" and its correlation with disease (Lomax, 1997; Terrett, 1987)
Theories on the nature of the primary spinal disorder amenable to manipulation and on the mechanisms of action of spinal manipulation abound within chiropractic, osteopathy, physiotherapy, and manual medicine. The original chiropractic theory suggested that misaligned spinal vertebrae interfered with nerve function, ultimately resulting in altered physiology that could contribute to pain and disease.
In recent decades, chiropractic theories about how mechanical spinal joint dysfunction might influence neurophysiology have undergone significant modification and reflect more contemporary views of physiology (Gatterman, 1995).
Different Types of Treatment
Chiropractic treatment usually consists of joint and/or soft tissue manipulation. Joint therapy techniques include adjustment methods, mobilization and traction-distraction (stretching) maneuvers. Soft tissue involves massage, trigger point pressure, myofascial release, and muscle stretches.
Adjustment and Manipulation:
There are several specific adjustments used to realign the spine. Adjustments can be categorized as either short or long lever techniques. With the short lever method, the practitioner gently stretches a joint past its normal range of motion so that a "popping" sound is heard ñ the "pop" signifies the release of gas within the joint. Another method requires only touching, or palpation, of the neck, spine and pelvis to correct the vertebrae. The longer level mode engages the doctor in direct contact with areas on the body some distance from the target area of impairment. The doctor stabilizes a wide area surrounding the impaired area and delivers a controlled, precise thrust to adjust the joint, and restore normal function.
The use of applied kinesiology, the study of movement, seeks to restore perfect function to the body's muscles. Since muscles support bone structure, practitioners of applied kinesiology believe that restoring proper muscle function will support alignment. Additionally, a hand-held mechanism can also be used to move the spine. The "activator" delivers very accurate impulses to manipulate the spine, bones or muscles. Equipment that helps the doctor elicit improved and more effective adjustment responses include a hydraulic chiropractic table and flexion-distraction chiropractic table.
Sacro-Occipital Technique and CranioSacral Technique are gentle non-force techniques that realign the spine and help restore connective tissue and nervous system function. Patients report feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvinated following chiropractic care.
Soft Tissue Manipulation
The summation of this classification of chiropractic therapies can be assumed under massage therapy as techniques focus on direct hand-to-body contact to deliver precise treatment. Such techniques serve to relieve muscle tightness and inflammation, and improve circulation. Soft tissue maneuvers can be used singularly or coupled with adjustment and manipulation methods to provide a full-range of chiropractic treatments.
Trigger point pressure utilizes the fingers to place pressure on the problematic tissues and muscles. Pressure can be steady and focused on one area or can be increased progressively. Ayurvedic massage, myofascial release, reflexology, Swedish massage, sports massage and acupressure are other techniques which facilitate soft tissue healing.
Massage methods are perhaps the most expansive of all soft tissue therapies. Massage can be delivered in a variety of ways to effect the same healing responses, such as improving blood flow and muscle soreness.
Chiorpractors are sometimes purists and concentrate only on correcting subluxations while others combine different techniques in their practice.
What Can I Expect on My First Visit to a Chiropractor (DC)?
The first thing a chiropractor will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The DC will also ask about your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem.
|A physical examination will be performed in accordance with your DC's clinical judgement, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition. All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to the doctor of chiropractic in evaluating your problem.|
An "adjustment," as doctors of chiropractic use the term, means the specific manipulation of vertebrae which have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. Doctors of chiropractic spend years learning motion palpation (the art of examining by movement or touch) and other forms of spinal examining procedures, so that they can administer specific and appropriate spinal adjustments.
Once the DC has identified the problem, he/she will begin care by way of these adjustments or "manipulations." Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine where a spinal derangement or "subluxation" has been detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand or "activator" type instruments, and consists of applying pressure to the areas of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their normal range of motion.
Doctors of chiropractic use many sophisticated and varied techniques, and the specific procedure to be used will be determined and explained completely to you following a careful evaluation of your radiographs and physical findings.
Under normal circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which lasts only seconds. Adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of 1 million to 1.