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Functional Chiropractic Care

Addressing Mechanical and Nutritional Stress

Most chiropractors focus their attention on the spine. It has been thought that once the spine or structural misalignment has been treated, the mechanical stress removed and organ stress eliminated, that health will be restored.

What happens when an adjustment is not enough to restore health?

What is happening for many and with greater frequency is an overworked organ system, trying to maintain health, causes a muscle contraction in the spine because of a shared nerve supply. The result is a change in posture and range of motion for the patient with reoccurring aches and pain.

How does our Functional Chiropractic Care and Reflex Palpatory exam make the difference?

Our exam is 2-fold: First, it is important to evaluate posture and palpate the spine to find areas of muscle contraction indicating a mechanical stress. Secondly, the organs must be palpated to identify other areas of muscle contraction, indicating a nutritional stress, occurring along the same spinal nerve. We have now examined for 2 sources of stress, mechanical and nutritional.

How do we know where to direct our care?

When an organ is stressed it requires additional nutrients to 1) perform its functions and 2) to remove the waste products being formed. If this need is not met, the spinal or mechanical stress will continue to recur despite continued corrective adjustments.

Using Functional Lab Testing to Find and Eliminate the Source of Stress

In our office, we utilize two functional tests to “Audit” your body systems: The Integrated Urine Panel (also called the IUP or 24hour urinalysis) and Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis. Upon being accepted into our office as a new patient a recommendation will be made specific to your case history. Your unique treatment plan to reduce and/or eliminate your source of stress will be determined based on your lab and examination findings.

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