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Wellness 4 Life Chiropractic
11202 Highland Rd. Hartland, Michigan 48353
Phone: (810) 632-5252
Fax: (810) 632-7575
How it Works
Messages are sent to and from the brain via electrical impulses traveling along a complex system of nerve fibers called the spinal cord. The spinal cord extends from the base of the skull down the center of the back. It is protected by the spinal column or backbone. The spinal column forms a "tunnel" of small interlocking bones called vertebrae. Spaces between the bones allow nerves to branch off to various parts of the body.
This tunnel has to be strong enough to protect the nerves from injury, but flexible enough to allow the body to bend and move freely.
Most of the time the spinal column does a great job in providing both protection and allowing the body to move freely. However sometimes one or more bones gets stuck out of proper alignment. When a bone is stuck out of alignment, it can irritate the sensitive nerves that exit from the holes in the spinal column. This is called a subluxation [suhb-luhk-sey-shuh n]. A subluxation can block the communication between the brain and the body causing interference in normal body function. A chiropractic adjustment removes this interference restoring normal body function.
What to Expect
A chiropractic adjustment is used to correct a subluxation or misalignment in the neck. There are many ways to perform a chiropractic neck adjustment. In our office to adjust a patient’s neck Dr. Rosner may use his hands, an adjustment tool called the Activator or use a drop table assisted technique.
The patient will be laying on a table with his or her face looking up at the ceiling. Dr. Rosner will place his hands on the back portion of the patient’s neck and will gently bend and rotate their neck to the side. This is then followed by a slight yet gentile turn of the head. Sometimes the patient will hear a noise. The noise may sounds like a “pop”, “clunk”, “click” or “zipper like” sound. These sounds are normal and are created when gas located within the joints and tissues are released. For some, this release may sound loud because the sound is close to your ears.
Though some new patients feel nervous about having their neck adjusted, Dr. Rosner. takes great care to avoid surprising new patients and avoids rotating the neck to the side much during the adjustment which earns the trust of patients so that they can relax. Most new patients are excited about how smoothly their first hands-on adjustment goes and how quickly they experience increased range of motion and decreased pain. Properly applied hands-on adjustments are suitable for patients of all ages and sizes.
The Activator is a special chiropractic adjusting tool that creates a gentile impulse when performing the adjustment. The Activator may be the tool of choice when adjusting elderly patients, children, or patients who do not want to hear any release sounds. When using the Activator to provide the chiropractic adjustment, the patient may be laying face down, face up or on their side. The Activator is considered a low force technique.
Impulse Adjusting Instrument
Impulse adjusting technique is a safe and gentile alternative to manual or hands-on adjusting. Impulse adjusting requires no twist or turning of the lower back or neck. It is a tool that allows us to adjust the spine without the patient hearing the "popping" sounds called a cavitation. This technique is great for all ages from infants to the elderly.
Drop Table Assisted Adjustment
For this adjustment the patient will be lying face down. The head piece portion of the table is raised. Dr. Rosner will then put his hands on the patient and quickly yet gently press the patient’s head into the table causing the head piece to fall. This technique reduces bending and turning of the neck. There is less likelihood of hearing a release.
Conditions that may Benefit from Chiropractic Neck Adjustments
- Joint Stiffness Associated with Arthritis
- Numbness and Tingling in the Hands