Laying The Foundation For Total Health
In some ways, one could say that health care is a bit like building a house – certain things have to happen in a particular order in order for everything to stand strong and work together correctly. When building a house, if you tried to build your walls before you had a solid foundation, your walls would be weak and eventually may even collapse. If you tried to build your roof before the walls were ready, you would run into the same problem. These concepts apply to your body as well, and chiropractic care addresses many common reasons why people experience pain and other health issues. If something is not right with your body’s foundation, that needs to be addressed before true health can be achieved. With chiropractic internal medicine, your body has to go through a particular plan of care in order to repair itself correctly and fully. There are three general pillars in our individualized treatment plans . . .
Your First Visit
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms located in the New Patient Center if they have not already been completed through our secure text message system Klara. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Stress has many ways of affecting your body’s ability to heal. Thoughts, traumas, and toxins play a role in reducing the efficiency of your nervous system by creating subluxations throughout the spine. These subluxations may alter the function of certain nerves that may be transmitting more information than just pain. Many people can relate a pinched nerve to pain, but what if the nerve that is pinched carries a different message? We have helped patients heal from many internal disorders with the help of chiropractic care which aims to restore the function of the nervous system. With a fully functioning and efficient nervous system, your body stands the best chance to heal from any ailment, whether it is a chronic pain or a lifestyle disease like diabetes or obesity.
Once again thoughts, traumas, and toxins play a role in altering the balance of your body’s chemistry. This is why we do not prescribe dietary changes or supplements until we have done thorough blood chemistry analysis. We generally look at similar tests as medical doctors however we often request larger, more comprehensive panels, as our goal is to determine the body’s function at a cellular level. We first rule out pathology, but really make our living in the gray area between being healthy and being diseased. Most people suffer from dis-function, not dis-ease. This is often times why we see so many patients that bring in their labs and say, “my doctor said everything was OK”. We can review those labs with a fine-tooth comb and really look for answers. We may also run tests like comprehensive stool analysis, food sensitivities, autoimmune and antibody tests, cancer biomarkers, hormone analysis, and even DNA analysis to truly personal your diet and supplement plan.
Emotions may carry deep roots in disease and there are different ways that stress can affect your body’s function. We are not mental health counselors or coaches, however we do work closely with some of the best professionals in the field and understand when co-managing or referring out is an important step in the healing process. Trauma can come in the form of one incident or multiple recurring incidents of similar nature and different techniques such as EMDR may be helpful as opposed to traditional psychological therapy. We understand the importance of co-managing those dealing with mental health issues as the gut and brain are so closely related. We have often been able to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression by addressing chemical health and physical health simultaneously.