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About Chiropractic
 

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural healing art and science that concentrates on keeping people well by actively promoting health. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise: Your body has the ability to heal itself if the spine and the spinal cord that lies within are healthy. Chiropractic assists in keeping the spine aligned which promotes health.
Chiropractors have the level of education befitting their title as doctors. Their focus is primarily on diagnosing and treating dysfunction of the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractic care helps increase the flexibility of the soft tissue of the spine and reduces the pressure that occurs from any restricted and minor misalignment of individual vertebral joint segments. This in turn helps to eliminate any nerve interference created from the dysfunctional area. This can be achieved by breaking down scar tissue through techniques which adjust the spine, re-aligning the attached vertebrae, as well as performing release techniques to the fibrous portion of the soft tissue.

The primary focus of chiropractic is the detection, reduction and correction of spinal misalignment and nervous system dysfunction. One of our best known tools is the adjustment. Adjustments are used to correct joint alignment and mobility, relieve associated muscle and nerve tension, improve balance and assist healing. Misaligned vertebrae (known as subluxations) can irritate the nerves and disrupt the body’s ability to send messages through the spine to different parts of the body such as the tissue, bone, glands and organs. All parts of the human body require proper nerve energy and a flow of information in order to function properly. If left uncorrected, a spinal misalignment can interrupt this internal communication system and cause pain, muscle and organ dysfunction and other imbalances.

WHY CHIROPRACTIC?

Asking ‘Why Chiropractic?’ These top ten reason will tell you why….

10. Chiropractic Alleviates Pain – Chiropractorsaddress the underlying cause of pain disorders, headaches, low back pain and sports injuries by treating the cause, not covering the symptoms.  Quite often, those painful conditions are linked to dysfunctional areas in the spine known as vertebral subluxations – where movement is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned. Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations and this often alleviates the pain.

9. Chiropractic Prevents Other Conditions – Disorders that may be helped by chiropractic range from infantile colic, ear infections and behavioral problems to PMS, high blood pressure and Parkinson’s disease.  It is well understood that vertebral subluxations affect nervous system functioning.  Along with the brain, the spinal cord is the main component of the central nervous system, which controls nervous system functioning throughout the body and supplies nerve energy for all the body structures and organs.  Many patients who present to chiropractors for treatment report positive changes in other areas of their health as well.

8. Chiropractic Boosts Productivity – Since chiropractic care keeps you healthier, you will also find that your efficiency at work increases, as well.  For example, chiropractic care rids Low Back Pain associated with sitting hour after hour in ergonomically incorrect chairs.  “Sitting causes the pelvis to rotate backwards and causes a reduction in the lumbar lordosis, chunk-phi angle, and knee angle” notes researchers.  Treatment also causes “an increase in muscle effort and disk pressure” (*JMPT 1999; 22:594-609). In relating, LBP can lead to work absence and higher medical costs: the focus of a study published earlier this year.  In a review of 250 employees receiving workers compensation for low back pain– 72 of whom had no physically therapeutic care — patients receiving spinal adjustments experienced greater reductions in pain and disability.  This translated into lower therapeutic costs and a faster return to work (*Spine Journal 2006; 6:289-295). Chiropractic care effectively restores proper spinal alignment and reduces LBP.  Missing appointments however, may foster a “one step forward, two step back” scenario.

7. Chiropractic Improves Cognitive Function – Mapping of brain activity before and after chiropractic adjustments of the spine and the neck reveals that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function.  In a study involving 500 adult volunteers, researchers used cutting edge technology to create maps of functioning in the cortical portions of the brain before and after chiropractic adjustments of the cervical spine.  Researchers found that “cervical adjustments activate specific neurological pathways” in the brain, potentially stimulating cognitive function (*JMPT 1997;20:529). Chiropractic adjustments also enhance response mechanisms in the brain, according to researchers in New Zealand who conducted a study involving 30 volunteers, all with evidence of cervical spinal joint dysfunction.  Instead of cortical mapping the researchers used reaction time to various stimulation as a gauge.  “Multiple sites of cervical spinal joint dysfunction were related to impaired cortical processing,” noted the researchers.  This was demonstrated by “significantly less accurate response selection and a trend toward more variable performance of an anticipated response.” (*JMPT 2005;28:502-7). After chiropractic adjustments, the volunteers demonstrated improved cortical processing and response selection.

6. Chiropractic Boosts Immunity – Scientific research reveals that regularly scheduled chiropractic care may boost the body’s immune response. And a powerful immune system is a key component of chiropractics all-natural approach.  One study involved 11 patients over a nine-month period.  The pilot study provided preliminary information regarding chiropractic care and possible links to improved immune status.  Chiropractic care also boosted other aspects of health and quality of life – as mentioned above (*JVSR 2006 1-6). Another study in 1991 even found that chiropractic adjustments boost levels of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes — white blood cells associated with a healthy immune system (*JMPT 1991; 7:399-408).

5. Chiropractic Reduces Stress – Chiropractic care reduces stress by allowing the body to achieve a balance.  In addition, chiropractic helps keep patients free of the impairments to regular exercise, which is key to reducing stress and preventing stress-related anxiety and depression.  And, while chiropractors do not treat depression, preliminary research demonstrates that chiropractic adjustments may ease depressive symptoms by increasing endorphins.  “It has been long speculated that chiropractic interventions may affect mental health problems,” note researchers. Investigators followed 15 adults who were both clinically depressed and had cervical spine subluxations. Before and after receiving an adjustment, the subjects completed a standard assessment for depression called the Beck Depression Inventory II. Results revealed a marked reduction in depression scores following treatment (*JVSR 2005:1-4)

4. Chiropractic Care Encourages Increased Physical Activity – New patients frequently find that chiropractic care jump starts them toward a more wellness oriented lifestyle, simply because they can move more and with less pain.  For instance, many chiropractic patients report improved function and with that, an increased ability to stick to a regular exercise program.

3. Chiropractic Reduces Dependency on Medications – Individuals who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to over use medication, which all have dangerous side effects. Even OTC pain medication may cause problems in the gastrointestinal system.  In addition, long-term use of pain medication can actually worsen the very symptoms they were intended to reduce – a “rebound’ reaction.  “Rebound” headaches are relatively new, and describe a long standing, “unnamed” and largely unrecognized condition caused by taking painkillers — daily or on a regular basis — from migraines or other headaches.  Remember, these conditions are common, they are NOT normal!

2. Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality – Chiropractic patients often enjoy improved quality of life, including sleep quality.  This is due to a reduction in pain and anxiety which often interferes with sleep patterns. Improved sleep enhances immunity and your ability to fight disease. Some exciting preliminary research links insomnia with vertebral subluxations.  The study collected data on 221 patients being cared for by 15 different chiropractors.  According to the findings, “one third of the 154 patients who completed the semi structured interview reported their findings immediately after their chiropractic adjustment.  All but one of these 52 patients reported improvement” in the 20 patients with insomnia, improved sleep was noted in the six days following the chiropractic adjustment.  ”However, no consistent trends were noted in the days and weeks following care, so additional research is necessary before a firm link may be established” (*JMPT 2005;28:179).

1. Chiropractic Adds Life and Improves Wellness – Regular chiropractic care instills patients with sense of “health-confidence”.  Patients learn to take charge of their own well-being, and in turn, increase their longevity and add a  heightened quality-of-life.

We Accept Most Major Insurance Plans

Dr. Skarbo participates with most insurance carriers, including Blue Cross, Medicare, PPOM and Medicaid.
We encourage patients to contact their insurance company to determine their chiropractic benefits and receive information regarding deductibles and co-pays. Patient should also inquire if they need a referral for chiropractic care, generally this is only the case with an HMO.

It is important that you bring your insurance card(s) with you for your new patient appointment.
For those patients without insurance coverage or without chiropractic benefits as a part of their insurance, we offer a time-of-service payment option.

Are you a Teacher? Traditional MESSA provides 38 chiropractic visits per year for each family member covered with a $5 co-pay.

PPO MESSA provides 38 chiropractic visits per year for each family member covered with no co-pay.
 
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Some of the Condition We Treat

Chiropractic care is commonly used to treat neuromusculoskeletal pains and complaints including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, joint pain and frequent headaches. Some of the common conditions we treat include:

 
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Pain in Joints
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Bulging or Herniated Discs
  • Arthritis
  • Neck and Back Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Work/Auto Related injuries