In summary, many musculoskeletal problems comprise a combination of pain and movement dysfunction. Chiropractors focus on helping your joints achieve their proper range of motion, which can help limit pain and promote proper movement.
"I'll always go the extra mile for my patients. I'll make sure your muscles, joints, and other soft tissues are working correctly and I combine chiropractic manipulation with soft tissue release and exercise for a reason: They complement each other! They give you the best value and the best chance to return quickly to your life pain-free!"
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Chiropractors have had great success with many conditions ranging from neck pain and hand numbness (carpal tunnel) to low back pain combined with shooting pain or numbness in the legs. While many problems that respond well to chiropractic involve pain, we now understand that pain is a very complex phenomenon and is only part of the clinical problem. This is why I normally combine chiropractic adjustments with other modalities. It all depends on your problem, and of course, what you want!
Patients usually visit their chiropractor to relieve their pain, many times after everything else has failed. While chiropractic has a great track record in terms of pain relief, your treatment should never stop there. Truly savvy patients understand pain is just a warning and realize that the problem may only be partially solved once the pain is gone. After pain relief is achieved, patients will ideally continue their treatment plan in order to retrain muscles, and strengthen the affected area. In fact, a recent article in Dynamic Chiropractic covered the lumbar spine (low back). Research demonstrates that the lumbar spine tends to become unstable in many cases. This doesn't mean that it will break! But, it does mean that forcing a joint to move when it already moves well is a BAD IDEA. You can find that article HERE.
Chiropractors should take this information and use it to their advantage, but unfortunately, many chiropractors adjust everyone, every time. In low back cases, it would be wise to check the thoracic spine (mid back) and the hips. When you come to see me, you can be sure that I will evaluate the area that hurts, and the areas above and below to find the TRUE cause of your pain!
For example, many low back pain cases end up being caused by the hip tightness, or a weak core. Fixing the spinal problem without addressing the cause would be like filling a flat tire with air without fixing the leak! Once I relieve your pain, I address the cause. You then have the option to work on preventing the problem from recurring.
Chiropractic is a non-invasive healthcare approach that focuses on joints and their corresponding muscles, ligaments, and tendons. However, not all cases are caused by joints alone. While proper joint movement is needed to live pain free and function optimally, overlooking the muscles, tendons, and ligaments misses a crucial part of the problem. Dr. Reppert's main focus is using the right tool for your case. If your muscles need stretching, or you have trouble with a particular exercise, he'll work with you to correct that too.
Nearly all chiropractors use a procedure called chiropractic manipulation or spinal adjustment. This procedure restores motion to joints that are not moving enough, or not moving properly. Your chiropractor will move your joint until it stops and then apply a quick thrust to get the joint moving again. Your chiropractor should not move the joint beyond its normal range of motion, but will instead restore normal motion to a joint that wasn't moving properly before the procedure. During the procedure, you may feel the joint move, pop, or crack. If you've ever heard someone crack their knuckles, you've heard this sound. Nothing is being torn, broken, or pulled out of place when this happens. As a quick reminder, Dr. Reppert has taken almost 10 additional classes in extremity adjusting. Your extremities are your arms and legs, and they too can have problems similar to the spine. Remember, I'm not just a spine doctor. Don't forget to get those areas checked too!
Other patients turn into training clients, and continue coming in weekly to reach their fat loss and athletic goals. There are a few people who may need spinal adjustments once/month or even more frequently for the rest of their life, but these patients are few and far between. However, you always make the decision at Reppert Chiropractic. I'll offer my advice, and we'll work together to find what works best for you! The goal is to treat your problem more frequently early on, and once you've stabilized, beginning moving towards a treatment plan that requires less frequent visits. Once patients realize the power of exercise, they quickly become training clients and add that to spinal adjustments to prevent their problems.