Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery.

The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

 

Chiropractic (derived from the Greek “cheir” + praktikos”) meaning “done by hand” is defined by the World Health Organisation as “a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuro-musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health. There is a general emphasis on manual techniques including joint adjustment and/or manipulation with a particular focus on spinal joint dysfunction.”

 

Chiropractic is a gentle approach to reduce pain, improve wellness, correct structure and posture. This approach applies gentle, yet specific adjustments to improve mobility, decrease inflammation and pain, improve posture, decrease stress and correct structure without drugs or surgery.

Treatment plans take into account the patient’s lifestyle, exercise, stress, diet, and office/work ergonomics. It incorporates advanced hands-on manual therapy and myofascial applications for treatment of soft tissue injury. They also include many at home exercise to expedite the patient feeling better faster. Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuro-musculoskeletal complaints.

 

Seeing a chiropractor is not only for back pain and neck pain. Chiropractic care is an excellent way to keep your body at its peak performance through nutrition, adjustment and overall wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to diabetes.

Yes! Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time. Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. For your body to remain healthy, your nervous system must function well. For your nervous system to function well it must be free of interference. By restoring spinal function with Chiropractic adjustments, nerve interference by misaligned vertebrae is removed, thus allowing optimal nervous system function and improved health.

Chiropractic care is an effective, safe and non-surgical holistic therapy. A chiropractor corrects misalignments in the spinal column—known as “mechanical joint dysfunction”—to treat a variety of common muscular-skeletal ailments. This includes everything from back pain and headaches to fibromyalgia and sciatica.

 

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to health care. As a natural health care provider, we strive to get to the root cause of the problem. Our goal is not only to ease the symptoms, but to improve your overall health and well being. It is based on the idea that when your nervous system is functioning properly, without having to manage a crisis storm of bad neurological stimulation, our body has the amazing ability to do all that we ask of it. Chiropractic care is a natural, drug-free, non-surgical approach to managing chronic and acute pain, improving organ function, maintaining a good immune system, and delaying the soreness and achiness that most people associate with aging.  Chiropractors use the terms “spinal misalignment” or “vertebral subluxation” to reduce stress on the nervous system.  We treat patients from newborn infants, professional athletes, to people who are more than 100 years old!  Chiropractic care is appropriate care for anyone who wants their body to perform as best as possible.

We provide patients with the latest, safest, most effective corrective adjustments to ease pain and discomfort located not only in the neck or back, but any joint, muscle, or to improve organ function.  “Pain is not normal. It is your body trying to tell you that something isn’t working right.  It is the last symptom to appear and the first symptom to disappear.”  Sometimes, patients stop coming in for treatment when their pain disappears.  Initially, patient visits may be frequent so that pain can be managed effectively.  As a patient’s condition improves and their body holds onto the adjustments better, frequency of visits are reduced.  He strives to always make sure her clients are comfortable and satisfied.  While focusing on the care of the nervous system, Dr. Kim also takes the time to learn and understand all aspects of every patient’s life. He takes into consideration their lifestyle, career, family life, daily environment and surroundings, exercise and eating habits so that he can better care for his patients.

When all of your body’s inter-related systems—including your musculoskeletal, nervous and vascular systems—are in balance and functioning properly, your body possesses a remarkable knack for healing itself. This state is called homeostasis.

Stress, accidents, sports injuries, even overexertion, can cause your spine to fall out of its natural alignment. When this happens, your nervous system ceases to function properly, and this could lead to back and neck pain, headaches, and other kinds of problems. Moreover, many types of pain and disease can be linked to problems with your spinal cord and nervous system. It is this “mind-body” connection that forms the tenet of the principles under which chiropractors practice their healing art.

The two major, underlying principles are:

  1. The structure and condition of the body influences how it functions and heals.
  2. The mind-body relationship is essential in maintaining health and healing.

Put another way:

  1. Your body’s functions are all interrelated, and its ability to heal is contingent on these interrelationships.
  2. A healthy body comes from a healthy nervous system, especially a healthy spine.

Chiropractors believe in a holistic approach to patient care by focusing on a patient’s total wellness, or well being, instead of specific diseases, or ailments. It is this intricate physiological and biochemical interrelationship among various parts of your body—including its spinal, musculoskeletal, neurological, and vascular systems—that chiropractors dedicate themselves to exploring and treating, with special attention to nutrition, exercise, and healthy emotional and environmental relationships. When one or more of these systems is impaired, your body ceases to function normally and your resistance to disease is compromised.

Because chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many incorrectly assume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments.

While we do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, it’s not the only goal.

The objective is to restore and optimize human health. In fact, according to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health.”

Each year more than 15 million Americans choose chiropractic for safe, natural and effective relief from back pain, neck pain, headaches, extremity pain, poor overall health, low energy levels and much more.

You may be wondering… how can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health? The answer can be found by looking into the relationship between the spine and the nervous system.

As you may already know, the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection.

Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts of the enclosed nervous system.

This irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure.

In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s).

The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise.

In short, because the body’s innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.

The nervous system consists of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The brain stores and receives an incredible amount of information, and this information needs a way to get in and out. The spinal cord consists of of bundles of nerves which provide a pathway for this information to travel. The spine both houses and protects the spinal cord.

Nerve dysfunction can result from any number of factors such as falls, accidents, stress, tension or over-use. These events can alter our “wiring,” creating pain or discomfort in our bodies. Chiropractic doctors are trained to locate the source of the pain (which may be far from the actual location where the symptom is occurring,) correct or adjust the affected joints, setting up the body to heal on its own. Chiropractic success occurs by addressing the source of the problem, not just masking the symptoms.

Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations (nerve impingement syndromes).

A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular (joint) changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.

Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, the chiropractor checks the patient’s spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area.

Chiropractors use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnormalities and optimize overall health.

In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, and lifestyle modification programs are commonly employed.

There is a significant and very important difference between the way chiropractors and medical doctors approach health ailments.

When evaluating and treating patients, chiropractors take a holistic approach which includes identifying and correcting the cause(s) of the patient’s health ailment.

Correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long-term benefits over only treating the symptoms.

1) the structure and condition of the body influences how the body functions and its ability to heal itself; and

2) the mind-body relationship is instrumental in maintaining health and in the healing processes.

Although chiropractic shares much with other health professions, its emphasis and application of philosophy distinguishes it from modern medicine. Chiropractic philosophy gravitates toward a holistic (“total person”) approach to healing which combines elements of the mind, body and spirit and maintains that health depends on obedience to natural laws, and that deviation from such laws can result in illness.

emphasis on patient recuperative abilities rather than surgery

recognition that dynamics exist between lifestyle, environment and health

understanding the cause of illness in order to eliminate it, rather than simply treat symptoms

recognition of the centrality of the nervous system and its intimate relationship with the capacities of the human body

balancing benefits versus risks of clinical interventions

recognition of the primary importance of monitoring progress closely through appropriate diagnostic procedures

a patient-centered, hands-on approach focused on influencing function through structure

focus on early intervention emphasizing timely diagnosis and treatment of conditions that are wholly functional and reversible.

Chiropractic philosophy blends an effective combination of conviction, critical thinking, open-mindedness, and appreciation of the natural order of things.

Chiropractic focuses on the establishment and maintenance of a relationship between patients and their environment which is most conducive to functional well-being.

Through precise application of pressure—or “adjustments”—along with stretching, massage and other motion-based therapies, chiropractic care relieves pain and restores proper nerve flow, facilitating unimpeded communication between the brain, nervous system and body. Aside from the benefit of natural pain relief, chiropractic therapy enables the body and brain to work in perfect synergy, allowing your body to function at its full potential.

Ultimately, the goal of chiropractic care is to provide patients with a natural, safe and effective alternative treatment for a host of ailments attributed to a misalignment of the spine. Many patients find that this holistic approach to medicine results in peak athletic performance, significant pain relief and an overall higher quality of life, without the need for narcotic drugs or invasive surgical procedures.

After a thorough examination and a review of your health history, your chiropractic doctor will recommend a specific care program. If yours is a chiropractic case, this will include specific spinal adjustments. Adjustments refer to hundred of ways of using carefully directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal bones to a more normal position. When spinal function is improved, nervous system function and health can improve too.

After years of training, chiropractic doctors become experts at using just the right amount of force in the right direction. This may require a quick movement or in other instances a slow and constant pressure.

Every part of your body relies on the effectiveness and efficiency of your nervous system and its ability to properly transmit nerve impulses. Clear pathways void of any interference in this communication are vital to your health and well-being. Spinal misalignments (“subluxations”) can block these transmissions, causing health issues and the inability to heal. These issues can be far-reaching, affecting all areas of the body.  Chiropractic adjustments clear the pathways, removing any interference, allowing for the body to respond properly and efficiently.  There are many forms of chiropractic adjustment, and varying degrees of manipulation.  At InSight Health & Wellness, Dr. Dunlap will determine the most effective and efficient form of treatment, and our patient educator will make sure you have a clear understanding of the program, and you are comfortable with the process.

Spinal and postural screenings from our expert doctors can reveal crucial health information to improve health and well-being.  Dr. Kim will perform a comprehensive exam and X-rays (if needed) to determine if you have any underlying issues that can affect your long term health and well-being.