Are all chiropractors the same? Actually…no! It may seem this way since most chiropractors practice the traditional form of chiropractic. Traditional chiropractic focuses on reducing pain, decreasing muscle tension, and increasing range of motion of joints. These things all have important benefits and can provide some pain relief.
At Align Chiropractic, we focus on a very specific form of chiropractic called Structural Correction. Our focus is to restore your body back to your normal structure. At some point, an accident or injury, commonly to the head and neck region, causes the body’s structure to shift into a locked and stressed position.
This new shift in structure can cause one leg to be shorter, hips and shoulders to become uneven, twisting within the body, body leaning to one side, and for the head and neck no longer sit evenly above the shoulders.
This position causes stress on the entire body, speeding up the breakdown process. This can result in issues like disc and joint degeneration, osteoarthritis, and muscle pain. This degeneration continues with every move your body makes until you have the structure corrected back to normal.
If this shift is not corrected, we begin to see secondary conditions or symptoms that are related to this shift. Things like sharp-shooting pain, muscle weakness, numbness, extreme muscle tension, headaches, and much more. Until the structure becomes corrected these symptoms will continue to get worse. Although they may temporarily go away with medication, stretching, ice or other treatments…the CAUSE of the problem is still there.
An analogy we like to use is to think of two houses; one that is built straight and level, while the other has a shift in the foundation causing the house to lean off to the side. One of these houses can last a long time with little to no problems and one house will have tons of issues. Which house would you want to live in?
The house with the shift will begin to notice issues that are secondary to the shift. Things like difficult to open and close doors and windows, cracks in the walls, and squeaky floorboards.
If we don’t notice the issues are secondary to the poor foundation, we will spend tons of money repairing these issues, but once they are “repaired” they will only last so long, because the problem was never actually corrected. Once we restore the house back to its normal structure, we can then begin to actually fix these problems.
The same thing holds true with your body. If there is a shift in the structure from normal, we will see secondary issues such as headaches, neck pain, vertigo, back pain, tight muscles, numbness, sharp shooting pain, etc. If we don’t know that these problems are actually caused by the shift in the structure, we will spend tons of time and money trying to resolve the problem. We may even find things that work for a few days, weeks, or months, but the problem will always come back.
At Align Chiropractic, we restore the body back to normal structure. Balancing the legs, shoulders, and hips, removing the twist in the frame, bringing the body back to standing upright, and bringing the head and neck over the shoulders. This is done with a very gentle and precise adjustment. Putting the body in a very stable structural position. This halts the degenerative process and allows the body to begin healing from the stress it was in.
How do we know if we have a shift in our structure? You can look for signs of a shift. Some of the easiest signs to notice are things like un-leveled shoulders, tight muscles in the head and neck area, having a foot that points in or out compared to the other, or walking with a limp. Although the best way is to get your structure assessed by a structural chiropractor.
We always offer complimentary consultations with the doctor. If you are interested in learning more or finding out if you have a shift in your structure call us at 952-595-6337.