01 May What is Chiropractic at Optimal Movement
What is Chiropractic at Optimal Movement
Depending on where you go for chiropractic treatment, you’ll get a very individualized experience with some and a cookie cutter experience with others.
What our treatments include:
- Manual adjustments
- Soft tissue/muscle work
- Cupping, Dermal Traction, Myofascial release
- Muscle testing
- Energy medicine
- Chakra clearing
- Breath work
What’s included in your treatment depends on what you need that particular day. The most important factor here is the approach and intention is a bit different than most.
How does our approach differ from others?
You’ll hear many chiropractors talk about how the nervous system controls and coordinates all of the body functions, which is true. Many of these clinics will depend solely on giving an adjustment to improve whatever issue you are having difficulties with. Or they will take x-rays to show you the exact area of degeneration, and connect that to the issues you’re having somehow.
The brain and nervous system can suffer deficiencies in a myriad of ways. Not always simply a bone in the spine being out of place. Those same nerves also have to work with the organs, tissues, muscles, to create a body that works properly. We always assess the whole body to listen to the signs your body is telling us to find the source of dis-stress. The main source may or may not be your spine and nervous system.
Stress as a KEY component
Our main objective is to remove stress from the ENTIRE body, not just the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves, spine). Symptoms can come from more than just the spine, and often do. There is chemical stress, from a build-up of toxins from environment or diet, a long-standing inflammatory concern, etc, that can throw the entire body systems out of whack. There is emotional stress that can present as pain, muscle tension, organ dysfunction, etc. And of course, there are actual physical injuries that present exactly as is, pain and inflammation in the area from a trauma or injury.
A bone being out of place in the spine is too simplistic of a view. Our world has far more stressors than just that. However, emotional, mental, physical, chemical, and spiritual stress does often manifest throughout the spine. It presents as pain, tightness, burning, tingling, and lack of motion, etc.
With a results-based approach, we want to see as much improvement as possible, immediately. That is the goal. And we can always test that improvement in one way or another. Whether the pain has decreased, or if your muscle activation increases, etc.
Do we always get a huge improvement on the first visit? No. But we always strive to see as much change as possible on day one. We always want to be sure we are on the right track.
Even with all the x-rays, initial history and exam, blood panels, MRI, etc., no one will know with absolute certainty how each individual will respond to a treatment.
How often do I need to come for Chiropractic treatments?
First things first, we don’t do long term chiropractic plans or contracts up front. How can we? We don’t know if you’ll even respond to treatment? Seems unethical really, but many will combat that point of view and still employ this business building tactic at the expense of clients. We have no desire to exploit our clients or community.
We want you to see verifiable improvement on day one, and every visit thereafter. If a certain treatment doesn’t work, we will try another, and another, and another, until we find something that does work. If nothing works? We will help you find someone who we think can help you for your particular concern. Over time we learn what your body responds to and can use that to keep your body closer to balance for longer periods of time. You’ll also start to get an idea of when you’re feeling a bit “off,” and will be able to seek our help before any major issues arise.
Unfortunately, many chiropractic offices will do the same treatment, over and over, expecting a different result because “time heals all wounds,” or whatever tag line they wish to use that day. Well, that’s not necessarily true. Or you’ll get signed up on a “care plan” for a certain number of visits, only because that’s what your insurance or Medicare allows, which has nothing to do with what you actually need.
Yes, we may ask you to give us 3, 4, or 5 treatments in a shorter period of time. We may just see how you feel a few days after your initial treatment. If you have a good awareness of how your body is responding and have the willingness to follow up, we are usually quite lenient. It’s really a case to case, individualized approach, all depending on what YOU need.
Once we have gotten you to a point of balance and resolved initial concerns, we will decrease your treatment frequency. I will certainly give you my advice for the long term, but I will often leave this up to your discretion depending on your needs and goals. Perhaps you’re dealing with a chronic condition and don’t want to regress back to the low point we just managed to pull you out of. You may also be highly active and absolutely want to keep your body in a peak performance zone. In those cases we will likely want to see you on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis depending on how your body holds up.
Over time you’ll get a better understanding of what your body needs to stay at your point of balance. That may be treatment every week, or it may be every 3rd month, or anything in between. So, the goal is to get a better feeling for your body. From there, take a proactive approach over the long term for prevention.
Healing needs the appropriate catalyst to start the process. It needs intention and an individualized approach to get the ball rolling. That catalyst may be a smile. It may be a hug, an adjustment, nutrition, or an emotional release. That is what chiropractic at Optimal Movement is. In combination with all of the modalities we offer, chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, functional movement, nutrition, pEMF, etc., we are a catalyst for your healing process. That is always our goal. We won’t stop searching for what will get the ball rolling in your recovery. We have many tools to get that process started.
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