Chiropractor Berkeley CA
Are you looking for a chiropractor in Berkeley? Choosing a health care provider is a big decision. At The Good Life Chiropractic located at 2620 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley CA we believe that education is a big part of our patients success. This article about chiropractic will give you some of the basic knowledge you need to understand what we can do for you. This entire website is dedicated to helping the people of Berkeley understand the full scope of what our team can do.
The vast majority of the people in Berkeley equate chiropractic care with back pain, but the circumstances under which the science was discovered actually had little to do with back pain. The first chiropractic adjustment was performed on a deaf man resulting in the restoration of his hearing. DD Palmer believed that many conditions could be addressed by removing pressure from the nerve that was involved with the affected area. He proceeded to make this his life’s work, turning this belief into the science of chiropractic.
Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care
If you have been dealing with chronic pain or have been injured you should consider seeking chiropractic care. The benefits of chiropractic treatment can be realized for many people with any variety of health conditions. Even those relatively “healthy” individuals with few, if any, health conditions can see the benefits of chiropractic maintenance care. The impact of life’s daily grind adds up, stressing the human body in far greater ways than you might realize. Regular chiropractic adjustments at The Good Life Chiropractic can help to restore and maintain balance within, allowing the innately intelligent human body to heal itself.
Regardless of one’s walk in life, anyone can benefit from regular chiropractic care. Routine chiropractic treatments will help maintain the body at the high level of activity life calls for, allowing the body to self-heal through proper alignment. Your spinal column serves as a conduit through which the human brain sends messages throughout the body’s nervous system. It is simple to see how protecting the integrity of this important structure, through regular visits to The Good Life Chiropractic is vital to the body’s optimal function and overall health.
Chiropractic Success – Scientifically Explained
If you are looking for a scientific explanation of how we achieve the results we do, this paragraph is for you. A concise scientific explanation of chiropractic is that adjustments directly affect musculoskeletal structures by reducing pain and increasing joint motion.
Musculoskeletal structures include ligaments, muscles, joints, joint capsules, and surrounding myofascial tissues. Aside from this direct benefit, the autonomic nervous system is indirectly affected by the down regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system), and promotion of the para-sympathetic nervous system (rest and repair system).
This is done through the effect that chiropractic adjustments have on joint capsules and the body’s proprioception mechanism (sense of where one is in space), through the mechanoreceptors (provide information regarding mechanical changes within the body), in the joints and periarticular tissues (tissue surrounding the joint).
That’s a lot to take in, but it is the explanation as to why some chiropractic patients report improvement in organic function, not only musculoskeletal benefits. To reiterate, this is not a claim that chiropractic adjustments treat systemic pathology, but does suggest that some who have systemic symptoms may see results from chiropractic care even without the presence of pain.
What is Chiropractic in General?
Chiropractic is a profession within the health care field that deals with the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the human body. A chiropractor will diagnose, as well as help prevent, injuries and disorders of the nerves, muscles, and bones. While we will diagnose and treat these resultant injuries and disorders, the main objective is the removal of nerve interference allowing the body to heal itself without invasive procedures and/or drugs.
As would be the case with any other field of care, our patients at The Good Life Chiropractic receive a thorough consultation including history and examination of their major complaint. After considering possible causes of the patients’ condition a diagnosis is established and a treatment plan is created. Should a patient require treatment outside the scope of chiropractic care, they are referred to the appropriate health specialist.
As the science of chiropractic has evolved, so have the techniques used within its practice. Common treatment methods have grown to include nutritional counseling, orthotics, lifestyle modification / exercise programs, and physical rehabilitation programs. While these adjunctive treatments are certainly beneficial, spinal and joint manipulation remains the primary and most effective mode of treatment by our clinic. Statistics reflect that nearly 95% of patients that seek chiropractic care do so as a result of musculoskeletal pain such as:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Extremity pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Strain/sprain injuries
Conditions caused by spinal dysfunction accounts for the remaining 5% of chiropractic patients. These conditions are those manifesting through the nervous system, such as:
- Constipation and other digestive dysfunctions, etc …
Chiropractic care is not a guaranteed miracle treatment. However, it is not uncommon for patients to report an improvement in the conditions listed above after receiving chiropractic treatment. The majority of people understand that chiropractic is beneficial for back and neck pain, headaches, and sprain/strain injuries. However, very few people including those in the medical community, truly understand the affect adjustments have on the central nervous system. In particular, the affect adjustments have on the autonomic nervous system and its sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
The Education of a Berkeley Chiropractor
Most patients don’t realize how much schooling chiropractors have to go through before they can start practicing? Chiropractors are held to some of the most intense educational requirements of any health profession. In fact their schooling requirements are very comparable to that of medical practitioners. After completing a heavy emphasis of basic sciences in an undergraduate program, potential chiropractors may be accepted into a four year chiropractic college. During that time they do extensive course work in the areas of:
- Public Health
- Chiropractic Philosophy and Practice
- Chiropractic Diagnosis
- Adjusting Methods
Are you curious to know if chiropractic is the right treatment for you? Please do not hesitate to call our team of dedicated professionals at The Good Life Chiropractic. Chiropractic care, coupled with our outstanding caring team, can produce incredible results. Our team is here to help, and we look forward to being a part of your healthcare team.
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