Chiropractic is the most widely used form of manual medicine in the world and the most popular alternative primary care in the United States. Dr. Moyer recommends chiropractic care at least once every month for healthy adults to maintain the structural integrity of the spine and the optimal functioning of the nervous system.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is chiropractic therapy used for?
Chiropractic spinal manipulation has now had about three decades of very active research, and hundreds of studies have been published in peer-reviewed medical journals examining its clinical usefulness. Spinal manipulation has been found to be effective in the treatment of low back pain (particularly chronic pain), neck pain, muscle tension headaches, and several other conditions. Performed properly, it can relieve musculoskeletal discomfort with little to no side effects, improve the blood circulation, and relieve stress on the nervous system.
Chiropractic care should be a part of all phases of treatment for back pain. There are three types of care offered at Moyer Total Wellness: acute care, corrective care, and wellness care. Acute care is used to reduce painful joint conditions, much like a person would use an aspirin. Corrective care and wellness care are combined with massage therapy and home exercises to stretch tight muscles and strengthen weak muscles. Because Doctors of Chiropractic aim to restore proper joint structure and function, chiropractic is the best choice for corrective care. Wellness care is any type of care that used to prevent disease. Much like going to a dentist to prevent tooth decay, getting regular spinal checkups is the best way to prevent joint dysfunction. It is recommended that individuals not in pain see their chiropractor once per month. (Research shows that individuals who see their chiropractor every 2.8 – 4.1 weeks are least likely suffer from early onset of arthritis and other joint related disorders.) Dr. Moyer also uses fitness, nutrition, and stress recommendations as part of his wellness care treatment plans.
What should one expect on a visit to a chiropractor?
Dr. Moyer uses many forms of chiropractic manipulation; all of them focused on correcting structural misalignments in the body to alleviate discomfort and restore balance to the body. The massage therapists also use mobilization techniques such as cranial-sacral massage or trigger point therapy.
When receiving a chiropractic manipulation, patients typically will lie or sit on a table that can be configured in various positions allowing Dr. Moyer to access different parts of the body. The method most commonly used (and by Dr. Moyer) is known as the “dynamic thrust” method: a high speed, low force movement (often accompanied by a popping sound) used to restore motion and proper alignment to the vertebrae.
This method is also quick – typically, a patient can be assessed and treated in less than 15 minutes. Chiropractic treatments yield immediate pain relief, but best results often come from several adjustments over a period of two weeks or more.
Are there any side effects of chiropractic?
Is there a governing body that oversees or credentials practitioners in chiropractic therapy?
There are state statutes that govern chiropractic therapy. Each state has a Board of Chiropractic Examiners. In order to practice chiropractic, one must pass a board certification process specific to the state in which he or she will be practicing. Governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Federal and State Worker’s Compensation programs all recognize chiropractic and compensate for treatment. Federal student loan assistance is also available to students of chiropractic.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has taken a leading role in examining chiropractic and other “alternative medicines” through its National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine. Since 1992, this center has continued to fund research showing the efficacy of chiropractic care for a variety of health related disorders.
Chiropractic is the most widely used form of manual medicine in the world and the most popular alternative primary care in the United States. (The word “chiropractic” comes from Greek roots meaning “done by hand.”) Although it was formally introduced in 1895, chiropractic, along with osteopathy, follows the tradition of hands-on manipulation that dates back to ancient systems of treatment in China, India, and Egypt. Originally, chiropractic therapy focused entirely on the spine and on the notion that minor slippages (called subluxations) of vertebrae would put pressure on spinal nerves and lead to a variety of health problems. This theory has recently been proven and when it comes to headache, neck, and back pain chiropractic care is considered evidence-based medicine. Today’s chiropractors still concentrate on spinal manipulation as a means of relieving pain, but usually incorporate preventive health protocols such as lifestyle consultations to help improve in areas such as nutrition, fitness, stress management, or avoiding toxins.
Receive the Benefits of Chiropractic Care at a Reduced Rate!
Chiropractic members can purchase a 1-hr signature massage for only $40 (includes gift cards).
Clients can become a chiropractic member one of two ways:
- Purchase 12 chiropractic adjustments for $299*. These 12 visits can be used anytime. Additional chiropractic treatments can be purchased for $30 within one year of package purchase date.
- Purchase 1 chiropractic treatment per month for 12 months at a price of $30** per month, automatically billed to your account. Additional visits can be purchased per month for $25.
* Membership price includes Initial Consultation.
** The first visit is $59 and includes Initial Consultation.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care:
There are many physical benefits to chiropractic care. Here are just a few of the things that can be made better in your life through chiropractic care:
- Decreased arthritis and pain in joints that have arthritis.
- Pain relief from all areas of the body, virtually.
- Reduction of pain in the back, legs, feet and knees through the relief of spinal pressure.
- Less stiffness in the areas that are treated.
- Less muscle spasms throughout the region.
- You will be able to move better and more if you were restricted to begin with. Range of motion will increase.
- You have better coordination from taking that step to throwing that baseball.
- You have increased energy, self esteem and you just feel better overall.
There are additional benefits of chiropractic care as well. When you realign the body as it should be, you relieve pressure throughout it. This often allows you body to begin to heal as it should again. For example, it can help your joints to heal, your tissues to heal and your pains to leave.
Some relief through chiropractic care is actually immediate. Often times, when you lay on a chiropractic table and the doctor works his magic you will get up feeling better. This is due to the fact that the doctor has the ability to realign joints and limbs that are not right now. That means that when he puts them back into place he can and he will provide you with a lot of immediate relief.
Other times, a chiropractic care treatment can leave you a bit sore and aching. This is due to the very same reasons. Consider the fact that your body has been out of line for so long that it is going to feel different and it may hurt a bit to fix it. Although your doctor will tell you what to expect from the chiropractic care treatment, it is a sure thing that benefits are likely if you need them.
Ideally, everyone should seek out a doctor for this type of treatment. Yet, this is not always the case. The benefits of chiropractic care should push more people into doing it because it can be so overwhelmingly beneficial to your body and your mind’s well being.