This section of our website is designed to give you more detailed information about Chiropractic and our office, as well as answer commonly asked questions.
What Is Chiropractic ?
Chiropractic comes from the Greek word "Chiropraktikos", meaning "effective treatment by hand". It is an alternative and holistic health discipline that diagnoses and treats disorders of the spine, joints, muscles, and nerves. The goals of Chiropractic treatment are reducing pain and physical stresses, improving range of motion and function, and allowing optimal physical health and activity.
What Conditions Do Chiropractor's Treat
Accidents, injuries, falls, stress, tension, and overexertion can all aggravate the musculoskeletal system resulting in subluxations (misalignments) and imbalances of the spinal column and skeletal system. This can cause irritation of the joints, muscles, and nerve roots which can create pain and dysfunction.
Spinal Postural Imbalance Spinal Postural Imbalance
Conditions Commonly Seen By Chiropractors:
What To Expect On The First Visit To O'Leary Chiropractic
On your first visit, a New Patient Appointment, a detailed history will be taken by one of our Chiropractic Doctors, followed by a detailed physical and Chiropractic examination. This will allow us to determine the diagnosis and cause of your problems. Depending on the findings, we may also order additional testing such as xrays, MRI, nerve tests, and bloodwork. All this information will allow us to develop a treatment plan and protocol specifically designed for you and your condition.
At O'Leary Chiropractic, PLLC, we will also readily refer our patients to the appropriate health care provider or health discipline when Chiropractic care is deemed not suitable for the patient's condition, or the condition warrants co-management with health care providers of other disciplines.
At O'Leary Chiropractic, PLLC, we have developed a long-standing and cooperative relationship with the local medical community, and very often work in partnership with medical doctors, orthopedists, surgeons, neurologists, physician assistants, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. In fact, patient referral by the medical community to O'Leary Chiropractic, PLLC, for treatment has become very common and routine.
How Do Chiropractor's Treat Spinal And Related Conditions
At O'Leary Chiropractic, PLLC, we perform manual (hands-on) manipulation, also known as an "adjustment". These adjustments restore normal joint and soft tissue mobility and function, thereby decreasing pain and tightness, and allowing the affected area to heal and return to normal function and optimal health.
In addition to joint manipulation, we also use various soft tissue and stretching techniques, as well as therapeutic modalities such as electrical stimulation, ultrasound, heat, and ice to promote further healing, and complement the adjustment.
We also feel it is very important for our patient's to take an active role in the treatment and healing of their condition. It is for this reason that we also prescribe active home programs including stretching and mobility exercises, strengthening and core exercises, diet and exercise counseling, and advise on ergonomics and daily physical activities.
Balanced Skeletal System Normal Spinal Curves
Frequently Asked Questions
How will I feel after an adjustment and Chiropractic treatment?
Initially, some mild soreness may occur with or after a treatment. This can be compared to that which can occur with normal exercise, and is due to the initial phases of normal joint and soft tissue restoration. It should also be noted that most patients do not experience any discomfort with treatment, rather pain relief and greater mobility after a treatment.
What is the cracking or popping noise heard and felt during an adjustment?
Firstly, it is important to state that this is not bone cracking or popping. The easiest answer to this question is that during an adjustment, as a joint is manipulated, normal joint gases and bubbles are released in the joint fluid, creating a cracking, clicking, or popping sound called "cavitation". This noise is harmless, and has no detrimental effects on the joint.
Are there any risks involved in Chiropractic treatment?
As with any medical or health procedure or treatment, there are potential risks. With Chiropractic, the most serious risks are fractures, dislocations, and stroke. The possibility and potential risk of these complications is very small, and is made even less likely with a thorough patient history and examination prior to treatment, pre-adjustment screening procedures, and controlled, gentle, and safe manipulative techniques. At O'Leary Chiropractic, PLLC, it is our standard protocol to utililize said screening procedures and techniques to minimize any potential risks.
Foot Levelers Spinal Stabilizing Orthotics
These orthotics are custom made foot orthotics that fit easily into your shoes. After a foot and postural exam, a digital scanner is used to evaluate your foot posture, weight bearing, and arches of the foot.
Digital Scanner Weight Bearing Scanning Result
In the scan, foot position and weight bearing are evaluated, and any abnormalities or imbalances are measured and recorded. From the information gained from the scan, custom made foot orthotics are then constructed to correct any abnormalities or imbalance.
Custom Made Shoe Insert Orthotic Balanced Skeletal System
The orthotics can correct for foot supination(rolling out), pronation (rolling in), fallen arches, heel spurs, plantar fascitis, a postural or anatomical short leg, and spinal/skeletal imbalances. They can also reduce spinal pain, and give cushioning and shock absorbtion to the feet and spine. If you have any of these conditions, Foot Levelers Spinal Stabilizing Orthotics may help your problem.
Foot Levelers orthotics are not hard and rigid like conventional orthotics. They are made of rubberlike materials called zorbacel and propacel, which act to cushion and absorb shock, support the arches of foot, correct postural abnormalities, and propel the foot in a normal gait cycle. The orthotics are also covered with leather for added comfort and durability.
They vary in cost with different styles and options. Some insurances do cover orthotics.
Summary of Services
After reviewing the information in this section, you have any questions regarding Chiropractic, how you may be helped through treatment, or personal questions about your condition or symptoms, please feel free to Contact Us at any time. We will answer your questions and inquiries in a timely manner.