There are so many different types of chiropractors, who can blame the general public for being confused about what chiropractic is or even being skeptical about getting help. In this article, I will try to make crystal clear what chiropractic is at Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine.
A patient once said, “You are like an orthopedic doctor, but instead of drugs and surgery, you use this stretching, popping and rehab stuff.” I couldn’t have said it better myself. To describe our treatment as concisely as possible we do three important things: diagnose, treat and teach.
Like an orthopedist or surgeon, we study how the body works and how it breaks down. We specialize in precisely diagnosing muscle/tendon, ligament, joint and nerve conditions. We will figure out how and where it hurts to move or touch you, then match that with any needed x-rays or MRI to tell you an easy-to-understand “story” about what condition you have, why you got it and how we can fix it.
Treatment consists of releasing “bullies” and healing “victims”. That sounds funny, but imagine “sciatic nerve pain” (pain starting at the low back or hip and extending to the leg). The sciatic nerve is the “victim” and the “bullies” are what caused the problem. Commonly, a tight hip, an exaggerated low back curve or maybe even scoliosis are bullies in these cases. The victim is healed through nerve mobilizations, ice, laser therapy, etc. Manipulation and stretching techniques such as ART® or FAKTR® specifically target releasing the bullies.
Rehabilitation exercises and stretches are started day one of treatment. If a tight hip and weak back are causing your sciatica, we teach you a specific, at-home stretch for the hip and a back stabilizing exercise to get you better, faster and keep you better longer. Take a look at our website to see videos of some of the exercises we teach.
Our slogan here is “Move Better, Live Better”. Our goal is not just to help you move, but move well. Moving well keeps the doctor away! If you have a problem, even if you have been everywhere trying to get relief, come see us. With a servant’s heart, we offer you elite methods from chiropractors, physical therapists and massage therapists under one roof and we know where to apply them. Best of all, we get results!