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Learn About Chiropractic

A Routine Visit
What is Chiropractic?
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Do Chiropractors Only Treat the Back?

I Don’t Want To Have My Back “Cracked”…What is Activator Method?
What’s that “popping” sound made during a manual chiropractic adjustment?
Do Chiropractor prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures?

A Routine Visit

Dr. Lanett uses a gentle form of chiropractic treatment to perform “adjustments” of the spine and extremities using a small, hand-held Activator instrument to deliver motion into a joint.  She is thorough and will check your structural alignment from head to toe.  The ‘big’ idea is to impact the function of the underlying nervous system through the spine, which exists in your neck, middle and lower back.  She will also address structural issues of your shoulders, forearms, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and feet.  Other healing therapies utilized may include ultrasound or muscle stimulation, stretching, physical rehabilitation exercises, or nutritional counseling when needed.  Dr. Lanett emphasizes compassionate and personalized care, and the treatment will vary for each individual.  Information on the first visit can be found here.

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What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a conservative and natural form of health care that concentrates on maximizing the function of the whole body without the use of drugs or surgery.  Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) attempt to get to the cause of a health problem, rather than just treat the symptoms.  They focus especially on the fact that the structure of the body, particularly the spine, has a powerful effect on the underlying nervous system and therefore on virtually every aspect of health. 

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How Does Chiropractic Work?

Due to everyday stresses associated with walking, sitting, working, and living our lives, our body’s structure becomes misaligned through tightening of the tissues or faulty movement of our skeleton.  The purpose of a chiropractic treatment is to find areas of your skeleton that are not moving properly and to restore normal movement through a spinal adjustment.  Improper spinal motion causes irritation of the underlying nerves, which control every function of your body through your brain and spinal column.  When misalignment is corrected along the spine via an adjustment, not only is your structure restored, but your body’s functioning is also improved.  This is a result of the underlying nerve irritation being relieved.  When the spine is moving properly, your brain is best able to communicate with your body, which leads to improved health in all areas of your body. 

By concentrating our care on helping the brain and spinal cord carry all of their signals properly to the rest of the body, we are able to offer an alternative method of treating certain disorders.

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Do Chiropractors Only Treat The Back?

No.  Chiropractors most frequently treat "muscular-skeletal" complaints.  That is, we treat the spine as well as all the muscles and joints in your body.  Many people receive care for sore backs and necks, pulled muscles, ankle sprains, headaches, whiplash injuries and repetitive stress injuries like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or elbow tendonitis.  And, many people begin treatment for problems like these, but end up finding relief from other conditions such as asthma, allergies, digestive disorders, sleep disorders, and fatigue conditions because their nervous system becomes "tuned-up” as the nerve irritation is relieved.   All sessions typically include a structural spinal assessment to ensure the optimal function of their nervous system.  Please see the section on Conditions Treated for some of the more common Chiropractic complaints or call for a complimentary consultation with Dr. Lanett.


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I don’t want my back “cracked”. What is Activator Method?

Dr. Lanett uses Activator Method, which is a gentle, low force alternative way to deliver a chiropractic adjustment to any bone/joint in the body. Activator technique utilizes a small, hand-held instrument to deliver safe and very specific movements into a joint. There is no twisting of the spine or cracking noise involved.


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What’s that “popping” sound made during a chiropractic adjustment?

Dr. Lanett primarily uses a low force alternative chiropractic approach which does not involve any twisting of the body.  However,if your Chiropractor uses their hands to manipulate your spine, it is usually accompanied by a ‘popping’ noise.  It is not your spine making that noise, but is a release of nitrogen gas rushing in between the joints of your spine when they are partially moved during the adjustment. As much as when you open a can of soda or a jar of pickles and hear a “popping” noise, it is only a release of gas. No breaking of bones is taking place.  


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Do Chiropractors prescribe drugs or perform surgical procedures?

No. The doctor focuses on a drug-free, non-invasive approach to restore proper function as a way of pain relief and to bring optimal health.  She recommends natural nutritional supplements or homeopathic remedies when necessary to supplement your care.  Also, Dr. Lanett will refer to an appropriate specialist when needed.

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