Chiropractic Care – Your ChoicePatients are confronted with a variety of choices in Healthcare today. If these choices are compared to something as familiar as food selection, they cover a spectrum ranging from the instant gratification of fast food on one end, to a healthy balanced diet of fresh, unprocessed, wholesome food on the other.
Unfortunately, quick-fix, crises oriented health-care has become the steady diet of a large portion of our population today. The ever-increasing enticement of new drugs and surgical breakthroughs has created the illusion that there will always be a safety net when crises strikes. All too often, these “safety nets” are simply a way of hitting the snooze button on the alarm clock of our bodies warning systems. Eventually we must wake up–or live a short and miserable life.
Our goal is to provide you with “State-of-the-Art” chiropractic care that will produce measurable results and lasting benefits to your health and wellness. We will strive to help you understand more about health and how your body, when healthy, will work to heal itself 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.
We respect that what you do for your health is ultimately under your control. If you are simply looking for pain relief, we applaud your decision to avoid the potential harmful effects of drugs. If you are recovering from a crises, accident or injury, you couldn’t find a better place to recover and heal. Regardless of your purpose for choosing our office, we would like to ignite within you a personal passion for health and we invite you to become personally involved in creating a healthier, happier and more productive YOU!
What Is ChiropracticChiropractic is the science and art that concerns itself with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine and nervous system) and function (how the body moves, internally communicates, and maintains homeostasis) and the impact that relationship has on health.
Chiropractic is far more than an adjustment to the spine to relieve a headache, stiff neck or back ache. It is a lifestyle and attitude based on the belief that we as humans were designed to be healthy. Any aberration from this normal state (apart from trauma, toxicity and limitations to matter), is largely due to a breakdown of the body’s internal communication network and a failure to adapt. Although only the “life force” within can truly heal, chiropractic powerfully assists the body in functioning at its best. Medical care can be indispensable at times of crises. However, chiropractic will truly empower you to be the best you can be!
A pain free existence is very important. However, chiropractic can’t be beat as a natural adjunct to any healthy lifestyle. It should be as much a part of life as routine dental cleaning, exercise, and good grooming. Although patients often view spinal adjustments as our product, our true product is hope and excitement for people to feel better, look younger, and live longer, more fulfilling lives.
What is chiropractic?Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts based upon the understanding that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially your spine, and the nerves extending from your spine to the rest of the body). As a science, Chiropractic is specifically concerned with the relationship between structure, primarily the spine, and function, primarily the nervous system, and the affect this relationship has on health.
"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, chemicals, or surgery, but by locating and adjusting an area of the body (the spine and/or extremities) which is functioning improperly. Chiropractic philosophy endorses the fact that the body is its own best healer. The application of natural, non-invasive treatment, is intended primarily to remove interferences which prevent the body’s innate healing characteristics from working the way they were intended.
What about Medical treatment?Dr. Luxon fully endorses the reasonable utilization of the medical and surgical sciences, which often have a profound and life-saving benefit in cases of crises intervention and organic illness. However, as the public becomes increasingly aware of the limitations, potential complications, and side effects of traditional care, more and more individuals are embracing the proven benefits of Chiropractic.
According to Dr. Luxon, "The only competition I have is with sickness and disease. My primary goal is to get patients back to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle as soon as possible, and working in conjunction with the medical profession is frequently the best way to do that".
When necessary, chiropractic care includes referral to a highly qualified network of appropriate medical specialists.
What conditions benefit from chiropractic care?Although many people associate chiropractic with the treatment of low back pain, research studies have found it to be effective for a large variety of conditions, such as whiplash injuries, migraine headaches, neck and shoulder pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, sciatica, numbness in hands and feet, sports injuries, and thoracic outlet syndrome; among many others.
Chiropractic may also offer the additional benefits of relieving stress, enhancing immune function and optimizing the innate healing ability of the body. Although chiropractors don’t directly treat organic disease, it can frequently contribute to the effectiveness of other medical therapies.
Is Chiropractic treatment painful?No. Under normal circumstances, adjustments are not painful or even uncomfortable. As a matter of fact, most patients report they feel very good and sometimes free of pain almost immediately after receiving a chiropractic adjustment.
To give an adjustment, the chiropractor identifies areas of spinal subluxation (spinal bones that are misaligned or lacking proper function), determines the specific intervention needed, and skillfully applies a gentle movement to the segment to make a correction.
Modern chiropractic treatment can be surprisingly gentle and specific. For most patients, the great benefits of chiropractic adjustments will more than offset any momentary discomfort they may experience, if any.
Is Chiropractic safe?Chiropractic adjustments are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of one million to one. Recent studies have demonstrated that chiropractic manipulation is 600-2,000 times safer than over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS like ibuprofen) and over 10,000 times safer than surgery. Current research calculates the risk of serious complications from a neck adjustment at 1.5 in 1 million treatments.
When you choose chiropractic you join the millions worldwide who’ve put their trust in safe, scientifically proven health care for the entire family. Chiropractic has been endorsed by hundreds of scientific studies as a safe program of care for patients of all ages.
What kind of education and training do doctors of chiropractic have?Today’s chiropractor has an extensive education that includes four years of undergraduate college study, followed by an additional four to five years of professional education exceeding 6,000 classroom hours with additional practical study and clinical internship. Four stages of National Board examination precede State Board examinations.
The first two years of the professional chiropractic program, closely parallels a traditional medical education with an emphasis on basic sciences including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, microbiology, and pathology. Chiropractors receive an extensive education that emphasizes neuromusculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, including radiology, physical rehabilitation, exercise and nutrition.
Preparation for the practice of chiropractic is concentrated on three areas of learning; basic training in the biological and health sciences (anatomy, physiology, histology, biochemistry, clinical and radiological diagnosis); specialized training in the chiropractic discipline (theoretical studies, practice, diagnosis and applications); and extensive clinical training.