Fredericksburg Chiropractic’s core values lie within treating the cause and not chasing symptoms.
On your first visit you can expect detailed neurologic and muscle testing which will likely include a digital x-ray motion study. These tests are diagnostic tools to determine if you are a good candidate for chiropractic care.
Once we’ve had a chance to review our findings, we will determine how to correct the underlying cause of the symptoms that prompted you to visit our office.
Each case is different and we provide a variety of tools and techniques to achieve your goals. This is what separates our office from the rest, and we take a lot of pride in delivering results.
Our office is very goal oriented. While the vast majority of patients reach out to us seeking pain relief, we like to dig deeper and establish goals for the patient. Such goals may be driving without pain, getting office work done without headaches, playing on the floor with kids, being able to run or walk, sleeping better, waking up with more energy, the list goes on.
Our care plans vary depending on the severity of what’s going on with the patient. For those patients who are structurally showing a dysfunction in their joints visible on x-ray it takes 90 days to make a physiological change. For those with acute neuromuscular dysfunction we’re often able to achieve great results within a few visits. The length of initial intensive care is determined on a case-by-case basis. Pain relief is often achieved in the first few visits however our focus is on long term corrections.
Our extensive plans are typically broken down into 3 phases of care. In our first phase of care our goal is to establish motion in joints that are not moving properly. If there is one word to summarize what chiropractic manipulations do, it’s create movement in the joints. Movement is extremely important to maintain normal joint function and maintain the health of the disc. The disc is the gelatinous cushion between vertebral segments in the spine. The disc is a living tissue in your body, but it is avascular meaning there is no blood supply to it. The process for hydrating the disc is called imbibition which your body is able to do naturally through movement.
When individual joints are not moving properly, the disc does not get hydrated and will begin to starve and decay. The term for joints not moving is called subluxation. The chiropractic adjustment removes these fixations (subluxations) to regain movement and in turn hydrate the disc. Since the disc is a living object, by facilitating movement into a subluxated area, the health of the disc can often times be regained. When the joint is functioning normally this will regress or even stop the degeneration that is taking place.
Often times when a patient comes into our office and has symptoms such as pain, discomfort, tingling, numbness, or burning, we find subluxations and often times degeneration in those joints. Back and neck pain are often not noticed until the damage is already done, a similar example is a cavity in your tooth is not noticed until the cavity reaches the nerve. Another example is when someone has a heart attack because their arteries have become clogged. Just because the symptom isn’t felt, does not mean there isn’t damage.
In our second phase of care our focus turns to retraining the joints. While we continue to adjust the joints in all phases of care, the focus turns to rehabilitation. In order to make a long term correction, the joints need to be moving on their own. Just because you can bend your neck or back side to side, does not mean each individual joint is moving. There are 7 vertebrae in the neck, 12 in the thoracic, and 5 in the Lumbars. Each individual joint needs to move to keep the disc hydrated and healthy. Our x-ray motion study along with palpation allows us to assess which joints are not moving. During this phase we begin incorporating stretches and doing neuromuscular reeducation to retrain the joints.
In the final phase of care our goal is to stabilize the joints so that things do not go back to how they were. We use physical therapy techniques for many patients. The techniques are respectively upper cross syndrome protocols for the neck and lower cross syndrome protocols for the low back. The middle of the back often becomes restricted due to subluxations in the neck or low back. We’re able to stabilize most patients in a 3 month timeframe and move the patient into a maintenance care plan which varies on how things look upon a re-examination. We are further able to asses the regained joint movement by a digital x-ray motion study done in our office.We accept most insurances and offer everything in house, you do not need a referral to start care with us. If you think chiropractic care could benefit you give us a call or schedule an appointment online.