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Our Chiropractic Services

What is Chiropractic?

human-spineChiropractic is a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms.What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A Chiropractic adjustment applies a specific force in a precise direction to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. Gentle spinal adjustments boost your body’s immune system.

What causes the sound during an adjustment?

Actually, some adjustments do not produce a sound. However, other adjustments create the sound of spinal “release” or “popping” sound. This sound is caused by nitrogen gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated which is painless and totally harmless. Dr. Chery also utilizes the chiropractic activator method in order to give consistent low-force, high-speed chiropractic adjustments. Especially on elderly patients ,and patients who do not like the “popping” sound after an adjustment.

Is chiropractic safe?

Yes, Chiropractic Adjustment has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between Chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.

Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?

Anytime is a good time for a better-functioning nervous system. Pregnant mothers find that Chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patient’s size, weight, age, and condition of health.

Muscle Stimulation:

This type of therapy uses light electrical pulses that are transmitted to specific areas of the body through electrodes placed on the skin. There are many different types of electrical stimulation. Some are more beneficial for pain relief and some reduce inflammation. Some best treat muscle spasm, and some actually will cause muscles to contract in order to reduce muscle atrophy. Some forms of electrical stimulation have combination effects.

Therapeutic Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound is a form of deep heat therapy created by sound waves. When applied to soft tissues and joints, the sound waves are a form of micro-massage that can help reduce swelling, increase blood flow, and decrease pain, stiffness, and spasms. This can be applied to any area of the body.Cold Therapy (ICE) is best used with an acute injury because it reduces swelling and pain.

Acute injuries can be cause by sudden trauma such as a fall, sprain or collision but an acute injury can also cause common signs and symptoms of injury such as pain, tenderness, redness, skin that is warm to the touch, swelling and inflammation. Ice is best use within the first 3 days of the injuries.

Heat Therapy is best used with Chronic Injury.

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Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles, increase circulation, and can provide relief to patients with chronic pain. Heat therapy is also best used an injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain is ideal for the use of heat therapy.

Chronic injuries: can be subtle and slow to develop. They could be constant or come and sometimes come and go, and may cause dull pain or soreness. They are often the result of overuse, but sometimes develop when an acute injury is not properly treated and doesn’t heal.

Diet and Nutritional Counseling

Studies have shown that poor diet and nutritional imbalances contribute to a number of serious illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Chiropractors are specifically trained in diet and nutritional counseling. DrChery can discuss a nutritional program specific to your needs that can help you maintain good health and minimize the risk of developing these serious health conditions.

Lifestyle Modification Counseling

Good health is much more than the absence of pain or disease. The lifestyle choices you make on a daily basis can greatly affect your long-term health. Dr. Chery talks with her patients about unhealthy lifestyle choices and how it could affect their healing time and possible health problems. Examples of lifestyle choices and behaviors that can have negative effects on your health include:

lack of regular exercise
smoking
poor diet
excessive mental stress
over-reliance on medication
excessive consumption of alcohol

Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation Stretching (P.N.F.)

P.N.F. is an extremely effective stretching technique targeting any tight muscle in the body and it is very effective form of flexibility training for increasing range of motion. PNF stretching is mostly utilized to relax the muscles that are in acute spasm.

There are two main techniques that are used in PNF stretching:

Passive Stretch- where there is no associated muscle contraction
Active Stretch- where there is a voluntary muscle contraction

The most common used technique for PNF stretching is a combination of Contract- Relax. It’s most efficient when working with another person who provides resistance for the client. It begins by stretching the muscle passively to its initial end limit, continuing with an isometric contraction that is held for 6-8 seconds after which you relax allowing you to extend the stretch further than the initial limit. Repeat this sequence two to three more times for optimum effect.

At Chery Chiropractic Center we care about you and your health. Come see us today and we guarantee you’ll leave feeling better than you have in a long, long time! Contact our Fort Myers chiropractic office to make an appointment.

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