Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
AT ACN Wellness, we use a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Dr. Viet Le leads a team of experienced professionals that have broad diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises. In addition to the many services we provide, we offer nutritional, dietary, and lifestyle counseling.
Manipulation can restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time.
In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal. Chiropractic adjustment rarely causes discomfort. However, patients may sometimes experience mild soreness or aching following treatment (as with some forms of exercise) that usually resolves within 12 to 48 hours.
In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.
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Chiropractic is a natural, noninvasive method of health care with the proven ability to relieve back pain, increase vitality, and promote well being. For over a century, doctors of chiropractic have successfully helped individuals recover from spine-related health problems. As a result, chiropractic has earned its place as the largest drugless and non-surgical health care profession in the United States.
How does Chiropractic work?
The doctor of chiropractic is trained in a variety of specialized techniques to re-position the vertebrae to their proper alignment. Chiropractic treatment is very similar to orthodontic treatment. An orthodontist moves bony tissue (teeth) into a new position by gradually adjusting and tightening the braces, allowing the surrounding soft tissue (the gums) to gradually adjust to the new position of the teeth and hold them there. The chiropractor also moves bony tissue (vertebrae) to their correct position, repeating the treatment to allow the surrounding supporting soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) to gradually adjust to the new (and correct) position of the vertebrae, so that they remain in their proper position.
How can Chiropractic help?
The Doctor of Chiropractic considers the body as a whole, and understands the importance of a healthy spinal column, free from subluxation. The education of the Doctor of Chiropractic, besides the training in the basic medical sciences, is concentrated heavily on the taking and evaluation of x-rays for the purpose of diagnosing and treating subluxations and related conditions. Through non-invasive, gentle and effective techniques, the chiropractor will position the vertebrae to their proper alignment, to clear the way for the normal functioning of the body's organs and tissues and for the body to maintain its own health, as it was meant to do. This is why an increasing number of pain sufferers are turning to chiropractic for fast, effective and reliable care.
What is an "adjustment"?
The term "adjustment" describes a chiropractic treatment. The doctor of chiropractic, either manually or with a specialized instrument, moves the bony segment of the spine which protects the spinal cord (called a vertebra), back to its proper position, when it has moved out of place.
Does a chiropractic adjustment hurt?
Chiropractic treatment is, by nature, non-invasive. There are no needles, IV's, surgeries, or any other invasive procedures performed in a chiropractic treatment. Because the doctors are well versed in many different chiropractic techniques, they call upon their knowledge and skill to choose the treatment which will be the most gentle and effective for your condition.
What is a "Subluxation"?
The control center of the body is the brain and its extension, the spinal cord. Every organ of the body is controlled by the brain and the nerves which extend out of the spinal cord. Because the brain and spinal cord are so important to the functioning of the body, they are housed in special protective structures. The brain is protected by the skull, and the spinal cord is protected by the spinal column. The spinal column is composed of 26 moveable segments, of which 24 are vertebrae (a single one is called a vertebra). These vertebrae are moveable, so that we are able to bend and twist. Between each vertebra is (a gelatinous-filled fibrous cartilage) cushion, called a disc. The vertebrae are supported in position by means of muscles and ligaments. In addition, there are three normal curves in the spinal structure: at the neck, at the mid-back, and at the low back. These normal curves provide the body with extra support, and acts as a shock-absorber. When the body suffers a trauma or stress, either emotional or physical, the ligaments may stretch, or the muscles may tense up and go into spasm, pulling on the spinal cord segments, or vertebrae, and cause them to move out of place. When the vertebrae are moved out of place, they will exert pressure on that area of the spinal cord. Just as a garden hose will not allow a normal amount of water to flow through if it is being stepped on, a compressed or irritated nerve will not enervate the organ of the body which it controls with the same intensity as a nerve which is free from interference. A severely compromised spinal structure may also exert so much pressure on the disc that the disc ruptures or herniates. The condition of a vertebra which is compressed, either slightly or more severely in the manner described above, is called a "Subluxation".
Why would a vertebra move out of place?
There are many ways in which a vertebra may move out of place. The pressures exerted on the body at birth can sometimes cause the vertebrae to move out of their proper position. A fall, an auto accident or other trauma very often causes the vertebrae to move out of position, causing irritation of the spinal nerve which, in turn, causes pain. Stress, emotional factors, nutritional factors, poor posture, repetitive motions, and many of the activities of daily life often cause the vertebrae of the spinal column to move out of their proper place.
Does this happen all of a sudden, or does it take a long time to develop a Subluxation?
Under normal conditions, the body can withstand minor traumas, such as a fall, tripping, or even a minor auto accident. However, when there have been years of poor posture, wear-and-tear on the spinal structure, prolonged stress, or poor nutrition, even a seemingly minor incident will produce a Subluxation. In cases of severe trauma, where there is tearing of muscle fibers and stretching of the ligaments, more serious Subluxations will occur which cause muscle spasms and pain.
Does a subluxation in one part of the spine affect another part of the spine?
Yes. The vertebrae of the spinal column function as a unit. When one section of the spinal column suffers a subluxation, the effect will usually be felt in other sections of the spinal column as well.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Its non-surgical, drug-free approach to health care places chiropractic among the safest of all health care professions. Chiropractic takes nothing out of the body and puts nothing in it. As a result, chiropractors enjoy one of the lowest malpractice rates of all health care professionals.
How are doctors of chiropractic educated?
Like all primary health care providers, doctors of chiropractic undergo extensive education and training before becoming licensing professionals. Students begin by fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements, with a strong emphasis on the core sciences such as chemistry, anatomy, physiology, and physics. The professional program leading to the Doctor of Chiropractic degree is very demanding. Chiropractic students continue the study of sciences, including pathology and biochemistry, at a highly detailed level. Their education continues into the advanced clinical sciences including orthopedics, neurology, examination procedures, differential diagnosis, and x-ray interpretation. During this entire process aspiring doctors of chiropractic gain knowledge of the philosophy and the practice of health care and chiropractic. Doctors of chiropractic refine their technical adjusting skills in technique classes. During clinical internships student doctors perfect these skills. Finally, all doctors of chiropractic must pass the rigorous national board exams and state exams before entering the field.
What can I expect on my first visit?
Your initial visit will begin with a consultation. Your doctor will take a case history and ask about your present condition. Next, the doctor will perform a full orthopedic, physical, neurological, and chiropractic examination to evaluate the nature of this problem. This examination generally includes a series of basic physical tests, as well as specialized chiropractic evaluations of spinal movement, posture, and muscle strength. If indicated, your doctor may recommend x-rays or diagnostic tests to obtain further information about the mechanics of your spine and the details of your condition. After completing the analysis, your doctor will explain your problem to you and map out an appropriate plan of action with you. If necessary, you may be referred to another health care specialist for further evaluation and treatment. Doctors of Chiropractic work with a variety of health care professionals in the best interest of their patients. Your doctor will discuss your care plan with you, taking into consideration your health habits, stress, and activity levels. Over the course of your care, your doctor will monitor your individual response and may also recommend changes to your lifestyle, work environment, dietary, and exercise patterns.
Why do I need an x-ray?
Just as a dentist would never work on a tooth without an x-ray to show what lies beneath the surface, the chiropractor may need to take an x-ray of the vertebrae before performing an adjustment, because the vertebrae are also not visible from outside the body. With an x-ray the doctor will be able to rule out serious pathology, and study your case in order to decide upon an effective course of treatment. Your x-rays will be shown to you and explained in detail, so that you will be fully informed about your care. Our x-ray unit is state-of-the-art, designed to minimize exposure to x-rays, while giving a clear, good quality x-ray of your spine.
What conditions are treated with chiropractic?
Chiropractic treatment is effective for many conditions. Any condition related to the spine, such as neck pain, mid- or low-back pain respond very well to chiropractic treatment. Other musculoskeletal conditions, such as shoulder pain or joint pain also respond very well to chiropractic care. Headaches and migraines are very effectively treated with chiropractic, since chiropractic treatment increases blood flow to the brain and releases tension, which typically cause many types of headaches and migraines. Other conditions which respond well to chiropractic treatment include bedwetting in children, ear infections in children, menstrual issues, asthma, digestive problems, and other systemic conditions. Your doctor of chiropractic will best be able to evaluate your condition to determine if your condition falls under the scope of chiropractic. If your condition does not fall under the scope of chiropractic, your chiropractor will be able to refer you to the appropriate health care provider.
Is Chiropractic care expensive? Will my insurance cover it?
Chiropractic has demonstrated itself to be one of the most cost effective forms of care in all of the health care market. As with any product or service, fees vary by provider and location. Many health care plans provide coverage for chiropractic care. Check with your benefits manager to find out what coverage you may have with your health plan. Also, talk with your prospective doctor to learn about payment options. Many patients pay directly for care, as they discover chiropractic to be extremely cost effective and affordable.
Chiropractor in Vienna & Ashburn
If you are looking for a chiropractor in Vienna and Ashburn this article will be helpful for you. Doctor Viet Le of ACN Wellness understands that there are a number of misconceptions about this form of care.
An interesting thing to know is that the profession of chiropractic was not started to correct back pain. The first chiropractic adjustment that was given, helped a deaf man get his hearing back. The first true chiropractor discovered that there were many things that could be helped by checking the alignment of the spine. Chiropractors in Vienna and Ashburn are able to help many conditions, but are most well known for helping people with back pain.
It's very important to us that each of our patients get the most they can out of their chiropractic treatment. We know many patients miss out on some of the amazing benefits of care we provide, because they don't understand all of what we do. We want you to be able to take advantage of everything we have to offer.
We work very hard on education at our office. It’s the only way for each of our patients to reach their maximum health potential. Every patients goals are different, but we want to provide you with all the tools you need to make an informed decision. Because we spend a lot of time educating our patients each week, we are very successful.
What Do Chiropractors Do?
Many of our new patients are unsure exactly what a chiropractor does. They usually hear from friends or family who don't always know exactly what to say. It's standard knowledge that chiropractors find misalignments in the spine and reposition those segments. When nerve pressure is removed, this can reduce pain and inflammation. Adjustments are typically very comfortable, and it usually takes more than one adjustment to correct a misaligned spinal segment. Our chiropractors will give your advice on what would be the most ideal care plan for your situation.
It's our doctors goal to help your nervous system function 100%. The benefits are invaluable. Patients report quicker healing time, fewer flu's and colds, improved digestion, and even improved lung function. Chiropractic care is essential for anyone that wants to be their best.
Many of the patients we see ask us what wellness chiropractic care is. This kind of care is for people that like to be proactive with their health. Wellness care also helps to prevent a lot of the long term damage and decay that is present in most spines. Chiropractic wellness patients have incredible health benefits and tremendous health savings.
It’s a great day to get started on you pathway back to health. Call today and we will help you get scheduled for your initial consultation. We are excited to be a part of your health care team.
How Chiropractic Works
Spinal adjustments to correct subluxations are what make chiropractic professionals unique in comparison with any other type of health care professional. The term “adjustment” refers to the specific force chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. At ACN Wellness of Vienna and Ashburn our chiropractors are very experienced at treating conditions of the spine and joints.
The objective of the chiropractic adjustment is to reduce the subluxation. Many times these subluxations result in an increased range of motion, reduced nerve irritability, reduced muscle spasm, reduced pain and improved function. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas in the spinal joints that sounds like a “crack.” The sound sometimes surprises people the first time they get adjusted, but the sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the person tenses up during the chiropractic procedure. There are times when the audible “cracking” does not occur. This is often due to either significant muscle tightness or the person having a hard time relaxing during their adjustments. Some adjusting techniques are designed to move the spine in a way that does not produce the audible sound at all. Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving pain.
The Purpose of a Chiropractic Adjustment
The ultimate goal of receiving adjustments should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. In order to accomplish this, chiropractors can use and recommend a variety of natural healing methods, including adjustments, massage, trigger point therapy, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, and counseling on lifestyle issues that impact your health. The primary focus is simply to remove those things which interfere with the body’s natural normal healing ability. The adjustment of the spine is the primary objective of a chiropractor. There are some chiropractors who also adjust the extremities and use other forms of physiological therapeutics including the use of electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, neuromuscular re-education, and a variety of manual therapies.
Increasingly, chiropractors’ offices are becoming full service wellness centers providing a variety of wellness services. A new trend that chiropractic wellness centers offer is wellness coaching. Some programs offer coaching at the wellness center, while others offer wellness coaching via telephone, email, or online instant messenger in an effort to make it more convenient. Chiropractic wellness centers may offer seminars in a variety of subjects such as spinal alignment, improved posture, and ergonomics. Other programs on weight management, relaxation, smoking cessation, nutrition, and exercise may also be offered. Some even offer pre- and post-natal healthy baby programs. The increasing number of chiropractic centers providing extensive wellness programs makes it convenient and affordable for just about anyone to adopt a wellness lifestyle. Chiropractors understand that within each of us is an innate wisdom or healthy energy that will express itself as perfect health and well-being if we allow it to. Therefore, the focus of chiropractic care is to remove any physiological blocks to the proper expression of the body’s innate wisdom. Once these interferences are reduced, improved health is the natural consequence. Who wouldn’t want that?
What You Can Expect
Upon entering our office, our receptionist will welcome you as a member of our family. We will request that you complete our patient forms prior to your scheduled appointment time. If you would like to, you can download the forms, here. This paperwork provides us with your health history and information on your condition.
Next, you will have a consultation with one of our other medical professionals to discuss your health-related problems, concerns, and potential treatment options. This initial visit is designed so that our doctor is able to learn more about you and your condition, but also to learn about your expectations to determine how chiropractic care can meet your goals.
After your consultation, our staff will perform a complete chiropractic examination testing your reflexes and flexibility. Other standard neurological, orthopedic, postural, and physical tests will be performed as well so that our doctors can make a complete evaluation.
X-rays help us develop the most effective treatment plan for you, and alert us of any serious spinal conditions. Most people are amazed once they see their X-rays up close. In some cases, they can even identify their misalignments and degeneration themselves.
Report of Findings
Once the information is collected and examinations are performed, our doctor will give you a detailed report of all findings and answer any questions including:
- How can you help me?
- How often do I need to come in?
- What will my treatment cost?
After reviewing your health history, goals, and examining your spine and X-rays, our doctors will provide recommendations and notify you if your condition requires care with other providers.
At the conclusion of this initial appointment, you can choose whether to experience your first treatment. This may include spinal adjustments, Physiotherapy, and/or soft tissue massage. Treatment is interactive, so you can express concerns about the different styles of treatment anytime.
At the end of this visit the doctor will suggest a wellness program to incorporate outside of treatment. If you are in pain when you first come into our office this may include: ice or heat application instructions, certain activities or positions to avoid, and at home exercises and/or stretches. We will work with you also to create healthy habits and routines for your lifestyle. Since every person is unique, everyone requires a customized wellness plan. The purpose of our wellness program is for you to achieve good spinal alignment, have a healthy diet, exercise, and maintain a positive mental state.
Call the team at ACN Wellness today for help.
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