Receive Proper Assessment and Treatment for Pain Relief
In medicine, it might be called your medical history. For Dr. Z., an understanding of your concerns is the assessment he needs to create your personalized chiropractic care plan. He will talk to you about any pain you may have now or have had in the past and your general health. Together, you will discuss goals that can be achieved with chiropractic methods.
At your initial appointment, Dr. Z will also answer all of your questions and explain his treatment style, thereby allowing you to participate in your care as much as possible. You’ll also receive some suggestions on how you can support your journey to health on your own with daily exercise and diet. Our goal is not only to relieve pain, but also to help you enjoy whole body health. Contact Align Right Chiropractic to schedule your assessment today.
What Is Chiropractic?
According to the American Chiropractic Association, chiropractic “focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.” Chiropractic services are used to treat a variety of complaints including neck and back pain, muscle aches, headaches and joint pain.
What Is a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor specializes in chiropractic services and uses manual adjustment or manipulation of the spinal vertebrae to correct nervous system dysfunction. In addition to adjustments, many chiropractors offer related types of services in order to help patients overcome pain and discomfort and maintain their best possible level of health. These services include:
- Heat and Ice Treatments
- Exercise and Physical Therapy
- Dietary Management
Dr. Chukhman is a licensed chiropractor, and he has received all four parts of the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and NBCE Physical Rehabilitation certification.
Chiropractic Treatment and Care
After your assessment, Dr. Chukhman will create a treatment plan that has specific goals in mind.
- First, the plan will be designed to achieve and maintain spinal alignment so that your nervous system is able to operate optimally.
- Second, proper alignment will help the brain and body communicate in order to support proper cell and tissue function.
- Finally, proper alignment supports the body’s ability to heal, function and grow stronger every day.
What exactly is Dr. Z treating? In a word, subluxation, which refers to what happens when your spinal column is not properly aligned. A misaligned spine can cause interference with the nervous system, leading to pain, limited motion and a whole list of other health concerns.
Furthermore, spinal misalignment may cause the discs that provide cushioning between your vertebrae to wear down or develop hernias. This can put pressure on nerves and pain may then develop at the point of pressure or elsewhere in the body.
Your spinal column is comprised of five main sections, and subluxation or misalignment in any area may lead to one or more different problems.
In the cervical spine, subluxation can cause headaches, anxiety, neck pain, hypertension, dizziness, fainting, hearing loss or even blindness
Subluxation in the thoracic spine leads to arm pain, fever, anemia, arthritis, asthma, digestive troubles, ulcers, kidney and liver disease.
Misalignment in the lumbar spine is connected to sciatica, back pain, leg cramps, knee pain, hernias, digestive disorder, varicose veins, miscarriage, and bladder control problems.
Subluxation in the sacrum is expressed as spinal curvature or sacroiliac joint disease. Finally, at the coccyx or the end of the spine, there may discomfort when sitting, hemorrhoids, pain and itching.
What Is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is known by several other names: chiropractic manipulation, manual manipulation or spinal manipulation. But regardless of the name, this therapy is treatment for low back pain.
During adjustment, a chiropractor applies manipulation to the vertebrae that are not functioning normally or that have irregular movement patterns. The goal of this chiropractic treatment is to reduce subluxation and thereby increase range of motion, decrease nerve irritation and improve function.
There are more than 100 kinds of adjustment techniques used by chiropractors all over the world. Dr. Z is trained in Diversified, Thompson, flexion-distraction, Gonstead, and Graston techniques.
Therapies Our Chiropractor Uses
Spinal Decompression Therapy—To treat low back, neck as well as radiating leg and arm pain, Dr. Z may recommend spinal decompression therapy, a non-surgical traction procedure. Through traction, distraction and body positioning, this therapy decompresses spinal discs and facet joints. Spinal disc injury is often connected to number of back and leg pain as well as neck and arm pain. Excessive compression forces from daily activities increase internal spinal disc pressure, which can lead to a herniated, protruding, or bulging disc. Spinal decompression therapy relieves the pain and disability resulting from disc injury and degeneration.
Chiropractic Adjustments—Dr. Z uses his hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled but sudden force to a spinal joint. The goal of a chiropractic adjustment is to improve spinal motion and your body’s physical function. Dr. Z will place you in a specific position, usually on a padded chiropractic table, to treat the affected area.
Physical Therapy—To help patients regain or improve movement, physical therapy uses specially designed exercises and equipment. Physical therapy may be prescribed for a varied population including infants with birth defects and elderly stroke patients. The goal of physical therapy is to help a patient perform daily activities with difficulty. Increasing range of motion of a joint and increasing muscle strength are often the primary focuses.
Massage Therapy—To enhance health and well being, massage therapy involves manual manipulation of soft body tissues—your muscles, connective tissue, ligaments and tendons. Unlike relaxation massage, the rehabilitative massage that Dr. Z offers reduces pain and promotes healing from injuries.
Lifestyle Advice—When you’ve had a back or neck injury, one of the most important steps toward recovery is engaging in an activity that triggers pain. As part of your long-term care plan, Dr. Z will offer tips on how to manage your day and prevent pain, so you can more quickly achieve overall health and wellness.
Nutrition— Dr. Z’s wife, Janel Kobza-Chukhman, RD,LD, is a registered dietician. She will work with you to create a nutrition plan that supports your chiropractic treatment. The plan is tailored to your specific needs and is designed to help you select healthy foods and nutritional supplements.
Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment
In addition to relieving the symptoms named above, restoring and maintaining spinal alignment has other benefits including:
- Unimpeded communication between mind and body
- Better flexibility, immunity and strength
- Quicker healing when damage occurs
- Reduced risk of serious health issues
Why Is Chiropractic Care Right for You?
Almost everyone is a good candidate for chiropractic care. A chiropractor in Richardson can be helpful to infants as well as people living into their 90s and beyond. Chiropractic offers a number of ways to adjust the spine, so whether the patient is a child, adult or senior, they can be adjusted in a manner that is safe and effective.
For patients that are plagued by pain, chiropractic procedures can be the key to a pain-free life. No on should have to live with pain, and with the help of Dr. Z. and his staff, you may find that you are only a few adjustments away from living without discomfort.
For more information about chiropractic care at Align Right, or to schedule an appointment, call our office today.