Chiropractic Care

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Chiropractic Care in Harrisonburg VA

At Chiropractic Solutions we specialize in providing highly effective chiropractic care as part of a comprehensive treatment plan. If you are looking for a chiropractor in Harrisonburg, look no further. Dr. Dennis DaPonte brings over 10 years of experience in chiropractic medicine and the overall treatment of back pain and neck pain.

Chiropractic treatment is a noninvasive method of natural healing. It emphasizes the immediate connection between the structure of the spine and the nervous system, with the belief that when spinal health is at its peak the rest of the body will also operate to its full potential.

Using chiropractic adjustments and various techniques, a chiropractor can alleviate acute and chronic conditions, promote overall wellness, and provide an improved lifestyle. Chiropractic treatments are becoming increasingly popular among patients seeking alternative health care and pain relief from symptoms such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, sciatica, knee pain, and many other conditions.

What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment, also known as chiropractic manipulation or spinal manipulation, is the most sought after chiropractic treatment to alleviate pain and prevent future injuries to the neck and back.

A chiropractic adjustment involves applying pressure to the vertebrae of the spine in order to reduce the misalignment of the vertebrae, referred to as subluxation. This process increases range of motion, improves function, reduces nerve irritability, and most importantly alleviates pain.

Chiropractic adjustments are effective in realigning the spine such that it can heal itself and improve its strength, without the addition of harmful drugs or surgery. Adjustments aid in posture and range of mobility, as well as assist in the decompression of the spine. Likewise, adjustments can decrease the amount of stress that is placed on the immune system, freeing up energy to be used to maintain homeostasis.

Not only will this process benefit overall health and wellness, but adjustments aim to enhance a patient’s ability to move and perform, while improving their overall quality of life.

Simply put, chiropractors are health care professionals who specialize in the treatment and diagnosis of neuromuscular disorders. They receive special training in manual adjustment techniques which they then use to adjust your spine and eliminate misalignments in the spine that may be causing health problems.

Why Go To A Chiropractor?

If you suffer from symptoms such as joint pain, back aches, or headaches, you may benefit from regular chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic adjustments are a holistic, non-invasive approach to treat a variety of conditions.

Chiropractic adjustments can help heal the body naturally, and treat common problems such as:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Sciatica
  • Hip Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Blood pressure
  • Pregnancy-related pains and posture problems
  • Organ function
  • Whiplash

Many conditions can benefit from chiropractic adjustments. If you’re unsure of whether or not your needs can be fulfilled through chiropractic care, contact a professional at Chiropractic Solutions today. Together, we can discuss your individual needs and work out the best treatment option for you.

Common Risks

Chiropractic adjustment is safe when it's performed by someone trained and licensed to deliver chiropractic care. Serious complications associated with chiropractic adjustment are overall rare, but may include:

  • A herniated disk or a worsening of an existing disk herniation
  • Compression of nerves in the lower spinal column (cauda equina syndrome)
  • A certain type of stroke (vertebral artery dissection) after neck manipulation

Don't seek chiropractic adjustment if you have:

  • Severe osteoporosis
  • Numbness, tingling or loss of strength in an arm or leg
  • Cancer in your spine
  • An increased risk of stroke
  • A known bone abnormality in the upper neck

What to Expect from a Chiropractic Adjustment

During a chiropractic adjustment, you can expect:

  • A short, swift lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra by the chiropractor.
  • A pleasant sensation; it may be the first time in years that normal nerve flow has returned to areas of the body without interference.
  • Feeling more limber and relaxed immediately following adjustment.

As the body begins to heal after an adjustment, you may feel:

  • Possible minor soreness in the area that has been adjusted: Your muscles have been trained to support your spine improperly. Once the spine has been adjusted, your muscles will need to adjust as well.
  • Possible light-headed sensation: Not all patients experience this. However, this is a sign that the brain is receiving an influx of nerve impulses from areas that it may not have been able to reach for years. This should only last a few minutes, but it is a sign that the body has already begun healing itself.

Why Are Chiropractic Adjustments Important?

Your spine is arranged like dominoes: 23 vertebrae are stacked one on top of each other, separated by spinal discs and supported by facet joints. When two or more vertebra aren’t functioning properly as a unit, this is known as a subluxation or misalignment. These subluxations disrupt the natural arrangement of your spine and can cause various degrees of pain, from discomfort to decreased mobility, and more.

Joint dysfunctions in the spine can cause miscommunication between the body and brain, leading to symptoms in other parts of the body. If the discs that support your vertebrae slip or become damaged, they will place pressure on your spinal nerves resulting in pain and discomfort that can spread throughout the body.

Chiropractic adjustments are a natural, noninvasive method of realigning your spine. With chiropractic adjustments, vertebrae, discs, and joints that have fallen out of alignment can be placed back in their respective places. Spinal manipulation is a more conservative method of healing the often debilitating pain that accompanies spinal subluxation, that also offers little to no recovery time and almost immediate improvement in mobility.

Routine chiropractic care does much more than alleviate current symptoms, as it can help prevent future problems from occurring as well as promote overall health and wellness within the body. Visit one of Chiropractic Solutions in Harrisonburg VA to learn more about how routine chiropractic care can benefit you.

Benefits of Chiropractic Adjustments

The benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments will vary from person to person, depending on your specific needs, symptoms and conditions. However, common benefits of routine chiropractic adjustments include the following:

  • Improved nerve communication in the body
  • Increased joint motion and coordination
  • Corrected posture
  • Improved physical function
  • Boosted athletic performance
  • Enhanced sleep cycle
  • Alleviate back and neck pain
  • Lessen leg, knee, ankle, and foot pain
  • Relief from arm, wrist, shoulders, and elbow pain
  • Decrease the effects of stress and tension disorders
  • Mitigate joint discomfort
  • Diminish pain from chronic injuries
  • Relief from arthritis

What is Home Instruction and Exercise?

It's common for your chiropractor to send you home with instructions on exercises to complete in between visits. However, be wary if your doctor hands you a packet of exercises that looks like it has been copied and given to every patient. Your chiropractor should take the time to evaluate your individual needs, and advise you on specific stretches and/or exercises accordingly.

Chiropractic care plays an important role in your health throughout life, which means you may need long-term care. Similar to seeing a doctor for routine checkups, you will want to see a chiropractor for routine care as well.

There is no set amount of time in which you will need to see a chiropractor as each individual, and their medical needs, are different.

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