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About Chiropractic

Taking a Natural Systemic Approach to Healing


Chiropractic is a way of looking at the human body as a whole. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. You know that your body is controlled by your brain, but the spinal cord and vast network of nerves that carry its messages are just as important. When this system is not functioning at its peak, your body’s overall performance suffers. In the chiropractic world, we don’t use drugs to treat our patients. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band aids to treat symptoms rather than treating the source of the problem. Chiropractic treats the problem naturally and in turn prompts the body to heal itself. While it’s often perceived that the chiropractor solely treats back and neck pain, this is a small piece of what the profession is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with many different health issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, and headaches among many more

Chiropractic is a way of looking at the human body as a whole. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. You know that your body is controlled by your brain, but the spinal cord and vast network of nerves that carry its messages are just as important. When this system is not functioning at its peak, your body’s overall performance suffers. In the chiropractic world, we don’t use drugs to treat our patients. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band aids to treat symptoms rather than treating the source of the problem. Chiropractic treats the problem naturally and in turn prompts the body to heal itself. While it’s often perceived that the chiropractor solely treats back and neck pain, this is a small piece of what the profession is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with many different health issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, and headaches.


Spinal Wellness & Tips


Standing

If you know you will be standing for an extended period, make sure that you wear supportive shoes and make sure you know how to keep good posture. Good posture is the key to a healthy spine. Keep your chin up and your shoulders back. Keep both feet about shoulder-width apart.

Working at a Desk

Make sure that you are getting up every 30 minutes to stretch, even if you just walk around for a few minutes. Next, be sure you are seated correctly. Make sure you have a chair that offers good lower back support. You also want your feet flat on the floor with your knees at a 90 degree angle. If you need a stool under your feet to do this, bring one to work. Your computer screen should be at eye-level so you are not looking down at it.

Lifting

Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Start by squatting down to the object with one foot slightly in front of the other. Keep your back straight, only bending at the knees and hips. Keep your head looking forward and lift the object by straightening your legs, still keeping your back straight. Hold the object close to your body. Never twist while picking something up. Only turn once you are fully upright. Keep the same idea in mind when you are putting the object back down.

Warming Up for Physical Activity

If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately warmed up. Even when only performing light activities, like gardening or pushing your child on a bike, it’s easy to pull something if you don’t prepare your body

If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately warmed up. Even when only performing light activities, like gardening or pushing your child on a bike, it’s easy to pull something if you don’t prepare your body.

Talking On The Telephone

If you’re forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. Do not cradle the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area.

Resting or Sleeping

Straining your neck or back while you’re sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in positions where we are not supported properly, or we fall asleep with our necks at an odd angle. Make sure your pillow supports your neck and head so that it lays neutral with the rest of your spine. Sleeping on your stomach is not recommended as it puts stress on your neck and your back.


FAQ


What can I expect from my visit at Progressive Motion Chiropractic?

Dr. Parra gives 100% of his attention to one patient at a time and will never juggle between two people at once.

The initial visit will include a complete evaluation which will be a full health history and an examination of the primary complaint. Your individual health goals will be discussed and a customized patient care plan will result.Depending on the examination results, you typically will be treated the same day as your initial visit.Please expect your first consultation + treatment to be approximately an hour long. We never rush!

A follow up visit will range from 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on our established treatment plan and goals. During your visits, we will focus on mobility, flexibility, stability and ability. You will be challenged through prescribed exercises and stretches but also be encouraged to work towards your goals. Our scheduling system will never overlap with another patient’s time. However, for transparency, if there is a patient that needs just a little more attention than expected, there may be slight overlap between back to back appointments.

At the end of the day, we measure our success on Quality of care not Quantity of patients that sees us

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Yes we do! We offer face to face quality of care that every patient deserves. Each appointment ranges from 30 mins to 1 hour which includes careful observation during exercises and/or manual (hands-on) therapy.

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To become a chiropractor, students must have a 3-4 year of undergraduate education, attend an accredited, four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree program, and pass a licensure exam to be licensed for practice in their state. After graduation, Chiropractors can also further their skills by obtaining specialization certifications

Why should I see a Chiropractor and is it safe and effective?

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, adjustments and overall wellness. In addition, chiropractic care has been known to help a wide range of conditions from fibromyalgia to diabetes.

To become a chiropractor, students must have a 3-4 year of undergraduate education, attend an accredited, four-year Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree program, and pass a licensure exam to be licensed for practice in their state. After graduation, Chiropractors can also further their skills by obtaining specialization certifications

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.

An adjustment is often a pressure from the chiropractor utilizing the hands or an instrument to move a vertebrae back into place. This happens with a quick movement and is often without discomfort. You may hear a noise that sounds like you’re cracking your knuckles referred to as joint cavitation. It is the release of gases such as oxygen and nitrogen from the joint.

What is a spinal misalignment/restriction ?

When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a spinal misalignment/restriction. These can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is restricted, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The restriction/misalignment interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.


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