Chiropractic Care in Edina, MN
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Doctors of chiropractic are healthcare practitioners who focus on identifying and correcting spinal and extremity joint malfunction and misalignment so that the person is able to perform at their very best in all of their chosen life activities. Because large parts of the nervous system, like the spinal cord and nerves, are protected by the spine, misalignments and malfunction of the spine can have a significant impact on the way nerves communicate. These nerves provide the messaging for such things as muscle contraction and sensation, but also impact the functioning and regulation of internal organs.
There is a prevalent misconception that so long as a person does not have symptoms, such as pain or other unpleasant sensations, there is really no problem or cause for concern. However, much like heart disease, some forms of cancer, tooth decay and a host of other conditions, serious spinal and nervous system problems can exist with no symptoms at all. The flipside of that equation is that if you have symptoms, your body is clearly communicating that you have passed the point where it can easily adapt and compensate for the choices you are making. It is telling you, even screaming at you sometimes, to pay attention and make changes in your lifestyle choices. The point is that you can have problems with your spine and nervous system without any symptoms and you can also have a variety of symptoms that you might not normally associate with the spine and nervous system. In either case, it is essential, for long-term health and function, to get your spine and nervous system checked before you develop more serious problems and require such things as drugs and even surgical intervention. We recognize that the body is designed to heal itself and that it will do so quite readily so long as barriers are removed and the right conditions are created for the body to heal.
Chiropractic Services in Edina MN
When, through physical examination and x-ray analysis, we find that a person has spinal dysfunction (loss of normal movement) and/or misalignments, the primary and treatment that we employ is known as a “chiropractic adjustment”. An “adjustment” is the maneuver that we perform in order to restore normal movement and alignment to the spine and other joints so that pain, inflammation, muscle spasm and nerve irritation are alleviated. Chiropractic adjustments have localized effects, as previously noted, but also have more generalized effects. When a person has a misalignment, that misalignment creates negative messaging into the brain on an ongoing basis. This phenomenon is known as “nociception”. At the same time, spinal misalignments prevent the normal flow of positive messaging into the brain. The primary form of such positive messaging is about body position in space. This is known as “proprioception”. The combined influence of decreased positive messaging and increased negative messaging raises the stress response (fight/flight response) in the brain. Activation of this stress response on an ongoing basis impacts everything from blood pressure to sleep, immunity, body composition, healing, depression/anxiety, and a host of other factors. My reason for telling you about this rather complex topic is for you to recognize that chiropractic care has effects far beyond what you might have heard before.
Chiropractic adjustments can be done by hand or by using various instruments. Such adjustments are generally painless, safe and create immediate changes, both locally and throughout the body. Much like physical training with weights or running, it can take time and repetition to make changes in the spine and other joints. If what a person wants from care is pain relief, then treatment programs are relatively short. On the other hand, if, in addition to pain relief, the person desires restoration of optimum function and structure, treatment programs stretch into months. Many of our patients discover that they perform at a higher level and are generally healthier when undergoing chiropractic care. Those same patients often choose to incorporate chiropractic treatment as part of their lifestyle and many of our patients have been with us for decades. In any case, you will have the opportunity to choose and experience the kind of care that matches your needs and interests.
The services we provide in Edina, MN
At Chiropractic Health & Wellness we listen to your concerns, help clarify your short and long-term health goals and work to identify the underlying cause of your complaints. We take a thorough history and provide the kind of examination that most of our patients find to be as thorough as any they have ever had. Because we also look at the structural aspects of your spinal problems, we often take x-rays to assess the architecture and alignment of your spine as well as looking for any damage, changes or abnormalities. This gives us the information we need to identify all of the different contributors to your complaints and then allows us to create a customized program of care in order to solve the underlying cause and help you achieve your goals.
Some of the conditions we have been successful in treating in our office include the following:
- Low back pain
- Neck pain
- Pain in the upper back and shoulders
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Digestive issues
- Herniated discs
- Sports injuries
- Hip pains
- Leg pains
- Hip, knee and ankle pain
- Whiplash Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel, wrist and hand pain
- Pinched nerves
- Acid reflux
- Pregnancy difficulties
- Neonatal and pediatric issues
If you have any questions about whether chiropractic care is a solution for the discomfort that you are feeling, please call us and have a discussion with one of our team members. We even invite you to visit our clinic for a free consultation and examination to see if we can help discover the underlying cause of your symptoms. You will sit with one of our doctors to discuss what is going on and we can then determine if it is a common problem that we might be able to help you solve.
Our healthcare model is one which is called “holistic” because we are looking at the whole body and are not only focused on where your symptoms are occurring. For example, you might be experiencing neck pain and headaches, but you might also have issues in your mid or low back which are creating undue stress higher in the spinal structure. It is much like a house with plaster repeatedly cracking on the 2nd floor and which, actually, has a sinking foundation. It is essential to look at the whole spine and all of the extremity joints in order to create the optimal solution to each person’s problem.
It is common in healthcare to be overly focused on the specific site of a person’s discomfort and to direct treatment to alleviate or even to suppress the symptoms coming from that area. Our approach looks at the interconnectedness of the entire body and works to create balance and optimal function in all related systems. To go further, we recognize, as did the founders of the chiropractic discipline, that problems within the body can result from not just physical, but also chemical and mental stresses. Therefore, part of our holistic approach is to assess and do what we can to help alleviate stress physically, chemically and mentally. For example, in the physical realm we look at your movement patterns, how and whether you exercise, ergonomics, posture and a host of other factors. In the chemical arena we look at your exposure to toxins, food and environmental sensitivities, your general nutrition, and your need for supplementation. Our goal is to alleviate deficiency and to provide the pure, raw materials that are required for building a healthy body. In the mental/emotional arena we provide a caring, personal and healing atmosphere. We feel that our primary mission is to simply help people, and we know that that extends to even helping you with such things as how you view and handle your body, your work, life, and even your relationships.
When we work with you we explicitly recognize that you are designed to be healthy and vital from the cradle to the grave. We know that you have the ability to heal yourself so long as the right conditions are created. We work in partnership with you to create exactly those conditions, and then your body will heal itself.
Need an Edina chiropractor?
At Chiropractic Health & Wellness we offer a wide variety of services including chiropractic care, spinal rehabilitation, massage, spinal decompression, medical weight loss, nutrition, and food sensitivity testing. We have been voted the best Edina chiropractic clinic many times in the past and we always strive to continue earning that distinction. Come check us out and see why we are frequently recognized as the #1 chiropractic clinic in the region.
Schedule a free consultation and examination at a time that’s convenient for you and begin the process of correcting the underlying cause of your health problems.