Advantage Chiropractic

Dr. Kenneth A Piering

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The Metropolitan Building
320 1st Street North, Suite 709
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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What is Chiropractic? When is it Appropriate?

Chiropractic Care Chiropractic is a medical discipline that utilizes drug-free, noninvasive, cost-effective health care solutions to diagnose, treat, and prevent mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Chiropractic is based on the hypothesis that, when misaligned through injury or stress, spinal vertebrae, joints, and soft tissues impinge on the nerves, particularly those in and branching from the spinal cord. This impingement impedes the natural flow of electrical signals from brain to organs. Signals that enable the body to function properly, remain healthy, and heal itself.

The objective of chiropractic is to return vertebrae, joints, and soft tissues to proper alignment, primarily through manual manipulation. Unlike drugs, which often treat pain but not its underlying cause, and surgery, which can be risky and require a long convalescence, chiropractic has no adverse side effects and requires no post-treatment recovery period. When provided by a skilled practitioner, chiropractic treatment is extremely safe and proven through research and decades of data to be as or more effective than conventional medical care.

This is why many people, from professional athletes and industry workers to police officers and office workers get injury treatment from chiropractors and rely on chiropractors to help them maintain their health and level of performance.

Back Pain

Back Pain The back is a complicated structure. It is made up of bones, joints, ligaments, and muscles. You can sprain ligaments, strain muscles, rupture or herniate discs, and irritate joints, all of which can lead to back pain. While injuries and accidents are a major cause of back pain, it can also originate or be complicated by arthritis, poor posture, obesity, and stress.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation (adjustment) is a safe and effective spine pain treatment. We utilize adjustments with adjunctive therapies such as electrical muscle stimulation, heat therapy, massage, and myofascial release in a treatment plan customized to the individual patient.

Neck Pain

Injuries and accidents are the most talked about causes of neck pain.

Other, lesser discussed causes include:

• Growing older: Osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, and stenosis are common conditions that directly affect the spine, leading to neck, shoulder, arm pain and numbness.

• Daily Life: Poor posture, weak abdominal muscles, and obesity can cause the neck to bend forward in compensation.

• Stress and emotional tension can cause muscles to tighten, contributing to chronic neck pain with symptoms extending into the upper back and arms.

• The cause of your pain has to be established, after which a plan of treatment is designed for each individual patient.

Whiplash

whiplash Whiplash is a term applied to injuries of the neck caused when the neck is suddenly and/or violently jolted in one direction and then another, creating a whip-like movement. It is most commonly seen in people involved in motor vehicle accidents, but it can also occur from falls, sports injuries, or work injuries.

Symptoms commonly seen are pain and stiffness in the upper neck, just below the skull. Other symptoms include pain in the front and back of the neck, headaches (especially at the base of the skull). Turning the head often makes the pain and discomfort worse.

In addition, the pain and stiffness may extend down into the shoulders and arms, upper back, and even the upper chest.

The appropriate chiropractic treatment for each whiplash injury has to be specifically designed for the individual involved.

Some of the treatments we utilize to achieve pain relief and promote proper healing are:

• Manipulation (adjustment)
• Hot/Cold Therapy
• Electrical Muscle Stimulation
• Massage/Myofascial Release Techniques
• Rehabilitation Exercises

Headaches and Migranes

Headache and Migranes The majority of headaches are two types, tension headaches (also called cervicogenic headaches) and migraine headaches.

Nine out of ten Americans suffer from headaches. Some are occasional, some frequent, some are dull and throbbing, and some cause debilitating pain and nausea.

Research shows that spinal manipulation (adjustments) are an effective treatment option for tension headaches and headaches that originate in the neck.

Several clinical trials also validate chiropractic care for migraine headaches. In one study of people with migraines performed at the University of Maryland Medical Center, 90% of those receiving chiropractic care reported a reduction of attacks and 49% reported a significant reduction of the intensity of each migraine.