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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care uses a variety of techniques and equipment to properly align the spine, enabling the nervous system to function at an optimal level so the body can heal naturally – without medication or surgery.

What Is Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic care is based on the premise that the body can heal itself faster and function correctly when the nervous system is properly supported. The goal of a chiropractic physician is to remove interference to and from the brain by restoring the spine to its proper position. This allows the brain to send clear signals to the rest of the body so it knows how to function. Chiropractic care can also be used to restore mobility and balance in other joints, such as the knees, feet, hips and shoulders.

There’s a big difference between seeing a chiropractor and coming to Natural Healthcare Center and seeing a chiropractor. Dr. Proodian, Dr. Hostnik, and Dr. Desiderio offer more than a chiropractic adjustment. They know how to connect the dots, for example, between chronic back pain, poor nutrition and stress by analyzing diagnostic imaging, blood tests and patient history. Rather than simply making the pain go away, the goal of our chiropractors is to treat the whole patient and make sure they have the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Why Is Chiropractic Care Important?

Most people associate chiropractic care with back pain. Chiropractic can indeed be very effective for treating back and neck pain, hip pain, sciatica, headaches and other types of pain. But the value goes far beyond pain relief. Chiropractic care can improve your posture and balance, which can reduce strain on your joints and organs. It can improve digestion and help you get a better night’s sleep. By removing obstacles from the nervous system, chiropractic can also reduce the risk of injury and help prevent the onset of chronic illness.

What Is Chiropractic Rehabilitation?

Chiropractic rehabilitation is the integration of multiple disciplines – chiropractic and physical therapy and/or occupational therapy – to treat a condition and deliver the best possible outcome. The chiropractor performs an assessment, determines whether the patient is a candidate for chiropractic rehabilitation, and designs a personalized treatment program.

For example, the chiropractor may use various techniques to manipulate the spine, such as a traditional chiropractic adjustment or Cox Technic Spinal Decompression, while a physical therapist and/or occupational therapist would focus on the surrounding soft tissue. This could involve strengthening and stabilizing the soft tissue and determining which types of exercises and daily activities the patient should and should not perform.

To be clear, not all chiropractors offer this service. The chiropractors at Natural Healthcare Center are specifically trained and educated in chiropractic rehabilitation and have the knowledge to integrate chiropractic with multiple disciplines. 

Because we offer chiropractic, physical therapy, and occupational therapy at one location, patients don’t have to schedule multiple appointments at different locations with providers who might not work together. Our team takes an integrative approach, collaborating closely to identify the root cause of the condition and ensure the personalized chiropractic rehabilitation treatment plan is developed and followed.

What Conditions Can Be Treated with Chiropractic Care?

Chiropractic can treat both musculoskeletal conditions and a wide range of diseases and disorders, including but not limited to:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Scoliosis
  • Neck pain and stiffness
  • Arm numbness/tingling
  • Upper, middle and lower back pain
  • Leg numbness/tingling
  • Muscle pain and myofasciitis
  • Spinal disc herniations
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist pain
  • Carpal or tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Hip, knee, ankle and foot pain
  • Asthma
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Ear infections
  • Fertility issues
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Tendonitis
  • Vertigo

Specialized Chiropractic Services Include:

Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression

Cox Technic Flexion Distraction and Decompression Therapy has been proven successful in treating degenerative disc disease or disc injuries of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine. This protocol is intended to maintain a low intradiscal pressure for a long enough period of time, typically three months, to allow adequate healing. Cox Technic also makes it possible to place the spinal joints into normal movements and restore spinal motion for patients with other painful conditions, such as facet syndrome, spondylolisthesis, sprain/strain, scoliosis, transitional vertebra, sacroiliac restrictions and misalignment, and certain types of spinal stenosis. At Natural Healthcare Center, we have the latest Cox Technic tables for patient care. All chiropractors at Natural Healthcare Center are skilled in this technique for the thoracic and lumbar spine. Dr. Proodian is also being certified for the cervical spine.

Learn more about Cox Technic

Sports Chiropractic

We specialize in treating athletic injuries, with an emphasis on correcting and preventing musculoskeletal and connective tissue injuries and biomechanical imbalances. We treat athletes of all ages and abilities, from beginners to first-time marathoners to collegiate and professional athletes. Dr. Proodian is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) as well as a Certified Sports and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). He heads this department within Natural Healthcare Center.

Chiropractic Neurology

Chiropractic neurology is a field of functional neurology that involves both the internal and external environments of the individual. We use a structured, targeted approach to optimize the nervous system and body function. Dr. Hostnik is a board-certified Chiropractic Neurologist and heads the department for all functional neurology cases. Conditions that can be treated with integrative neurologic rehabilitative techniques include but are not limited to:

  • Vertigo, dizziness and other balance-related disorders
  • Movement disorders, including dystonia or Parkinson’s Disease
  • Concussion and mild traumatic brain injury
  • Visual disturbances and eye fatigue
  • Memory and concentration difficulty
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
  • Post-stroke rehabilitation
  • ADD/ADHD and learning disorders
  • Anxiety
  • Scoliosis
  • Peripheral nerve injuries/neuropathies/radiculopathies

Kinesio Taping

Kinesio Taping is a technique that provides your joints and muscles with support and stability without affecting circulation and range of motion. Kinesio Taping is applied over muscles to reduce pain and inflammation, relax overused muscles, and support muscles as they move. Conditions treated include but are not limited to:

  • Muscular facilitation or inhibition in pediatric patients
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lower back strain/pain
  • Knee conditions
  • Shoulder conditions
  • Soft-tissue injuries such as hamstring strains, groin injuries and rotator cuff injuries
  • Whiplash
  • Tennis elbow
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Patellar tracking problems
  • Pre- and post-surgical edema
  • Ankle sprains

Chiropractic Maternity

Several physiological and endocrinological changes occur during pregnancy to create the best possible environment for the baby to develop. Our physicians specialize in establishing pelvic balance and alignment to support the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth by getting the baby into an ideal position for delivery. Chiropractic care during pregnancy can also control symptoms of nausea, reduce the time of labor and delivery, and relieve back, neck or joint pain.

Myofascial Release Technique

Myofascial release is a soft-tissue treatment aimed at breaking up myofascial adhesions (scar tissue). Myofascial release is not the same as getting a massage. There are very specific protocols aimed at maximizing the effectiveness of this treatment for any muscle in the body. We are experts at locating and treating areas where adhesions have formed.

How Does Chiropractic Care Fit into Our Integrative Model of Care?

Our chiropractic physicians are spinal specialists who use the most advanced, evidence-based therapies and techniques to strengthen and stabilize your body and support rehabilitation and healing. All chiropractic patients receive massage therapy as part of their treatment. No longer a luxury, we consider massage therapy to be an essential part of healing. Of course, our patients love every minute of it.

The entire team of specialists at Natural Healthcare Center – chiropractors, physical therapists, clinical nutritionists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and podiatrists – collaborate to diagnose the root cause of your health problems, develop a personalized treatment plan, and educate you to make smart lifestyle choices that can help you prevent injury and maintain your good health.

Did You Know…

The origins of chiropractic care can be traced back to 1895. David Daniel Palmer is said to have performed the first chiropractic adjustment on a partially deaf janitor, who lamented the fact that he couldn’t even hear the racket coming from wagons passing by. Palmer examined the janitor and discovered a vertebra out of place. The day after the adjustment, the janitor exclaimed, “I can hear the rackets on the streets!”

The First Step: Your Complimentary Consultation

A misaligned spine can cause pain, aggravate chronic conditions, and slow the healing process. As part of your complimentary consultation with Dr. Proodian, we can get to the bottom of what’s bothering you and determine if chiropractic care should be part of your treatment plan. Bring your healthcare records, diagnostic imaging, test results, prescriptions and nutritional supplements. Dr. Proodian will review your records, discuss your history, answer your questions and determine next steps based on your specific condition – all at no charge.

Contact us to schedule your complimentary consultation.

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