Your Chiropractor, Dr. Gregory Johnson, of Advanced Chiropractic Relief, in Houston, Texas offers private, one-on-one patient visits and diagnostic seminars. In addition to highly individualized, safe, and innovative Chiropractic Treatments, Therapeutic Exercise, Manual Therapy, BioPhysics Adjustments, and Full-Spine adjustments, he helps his patients overcome pain and become stronger. “This Chiropractic Center is all about is providing an outstanding patient experience,” says Dr. Gregory P. Johnson. “Our goal is to provide patients with the highest level of diagnostic care with our innovative, high-tech, low-cost treatments,” adds Dr. Johnson. “With our award-winning Chiropractic care, we help our patients become empowered, healthy, and well-trained.”
Chiropractic is not a new practice. The first chiropractic doctor was born in 1774 in Scotland. He was called Peter Bain whose profession was teaching. A few years later, Dr. Bain developed spinal adjustment methods that have been used ever since. For example, he performed spinal manipulation “the easy way” by wrapping a cloth around the patient’s spine and then applying gentle and quick pressures to fix whatever ailed him. His adjustments did not cause any pain or injury to the patient.
In recent decades, the American Medical Association and the American Chiropractic Association have agreed that chiropractic care is an appropriate form of medical care for the care of back pain. They have also agreed that chiropractic is an acceptable alternative for conventional medicine. However, they do not believe that chiropractic is a cure-all. (It should be noted that the American Chiropractic Association does not support the use of subluxation manipulation.) They recommend that chiropractors educate themselves about back pain and their particular conditions. They also recommend that patients seek proper medical care from competent medical doctors before embarking on any type of alternative health approach.
Dr. J claims that chiropractic is effective in eliminating pain. He emphasizes that chiropractic is not a treatment for any ailment, disease, malady, or physical deformity. Rather, chiropractic is a treatment for musculoskeletal disturbances. Specifically, Dr. J explains that chiropractic is most effective in correcting subluxations in the spinal column. Specifically, he refers to these subluxations as:
A subluxation is said to be a misalignment of vertebrae. In the vertebrae of the spine the two sides are lined up differently. This misalignment can be caused by many things such as an accident, incorrect posture, or a disease. To determine which subluxation is causing the patient’s pain, a chiropractor will use various methods such as a nerve conduction study, a computerized tomography scan, x-rays, and other diagnostic methods. It is important to note that this list is not exhaustive. In addition, chiropractors use a variety of diagnostic tools to find out which subluxation is causing a patient’s symptoms.
In discussing the diagnostic tools used by chiropractors, Dr. J reveals the most commonly used diagnostic tool is the ring finger. The ring finger is a device that a chiropractor holds beneath the patient’s chin. Once the patient laughs or makes an affirmative sound, the chiropractor then gently cringes the chin and points to the area of the lower jawbone that was affected by the subluxation. This test is extremely helpful in determining which subluxation is located and its location within the joint.
Another tool used by chiropractors is the computerized tomography scan. This test allows them to determine how deep the pain is felt in the spine and its direction. A strong signal from a bone scan or from nerve conduction studies gives the chiropractic practitioner a very good idea of where the pain is located in the spine.
After determining which vertebral subluxation is causing the patient’s pain, the chiropractic practitioner may utilize a manual therapy program to help correct the subluxation. For example, if the patient feels mild to moderately painful jaw pain, the chiropractor may apply gentle muscle tension to the area. At times, there are underlying musculoskeletal issues that are causing the pain. Chiropractic care for back pain relief includes the use of adjustments, manipulation, and manual therapies to treat the problem. With proper use of these tools, chiropractic care can offer back pain relief.