Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA produced the video below to accompany this post.
When our bodies are imbalanced, whether it be our shoulders, low back, knees even our ankles, our bodies become misaligned or subluxated. We think this happens overnight and when we want to fix it. We think we can fix it very easily, but there is more to it than meets the eye.
To tackle this problem we need to look at people's faces. Click on the video below to see what I mean or look at the face above. Look at the frown on this lady. Certainly that frown did not create those wrinkles overnight. Those muscles in her forehead, they worked hard for many years to express emotion, to express a lot of different expressions to create this frown. There are ways to paralyze those muscles and the wrinkles goes away but when the affects of paralyzing the muscles with botox disappear, the frown will come back. In the same way we have examined the muscles in the face, we will examine the muscles in the spine, in our neck and low back. The video below has a full illustration.
By sleeping and working in a bad position, we create misalignments called subluxations and the muscles around the spine become imbalanced. Over the years these muscles create spinal distortions. The spine will bend, as you can see in the video. The muscles take a different shape and will educate themselves to be in one position. The muscles between the vertebra contract unevenly. Over the years, the muscle programs itself to be stuck in one position. Even if we adjust that vertebra out of its bad position, the muscle will pull it back because over the years it has been used to being in one position. Only after several adjustments will the body finally let go of the muscle so that it will re-educate itself.
To answer your question, if you are going to a chiropractic office and you are only going because you have pain such as back pain, headache, or any other discomfort and that is your motive for going to your chiropractor then the answers is obvious. As long as the pain is there you want to continue treatment. Chiropractors are good at treating and managing pain, and when the pain goes away you go away. If that's all you want, there is nothing wrong with that. We love to serve you in this way. You can even come back a couple of more times just to prevent the pain from coming back.
If you are going to your chiropractor for more fundamental changes, like a straighter posture or wanting to get rid of the misalignments that interfere with the communication between your brain and your organs and the coordination of all your organs then you might consider going with a mid to long term plan. Let me give you an analogy. Imagine you go to the gym because you want to build six-pack abs. If you go once a week, do you think you will have built a six-pack? Absolutely not. You need to go at least three times a week to see any kind of difference. The consistence and frequency with which you go to the gym determines how effectively you can educate your muscles.
We can learn from babies. They repeat something until they master it. When they start walking, they practice as much as they are allowed until they master it. They pronounce words over and over again, even if they mispronounce them until they can talk. The same way, you need to go to the chiropractor until your spine is completely straight and completely balanced and your muscles are completely re-educated.
"Dis-ease is a deficiency of Force." Dr. Isaac Jennings
Universal forces are constant.
Universal forces cause constant breakdown of the body.
Breakdown is virtually effortless.
Innate forces are constant.
Innate forces create constant repair to the body.
Repair requires enormous energy.
When innate forces exceed Universal forces,
the body is in a constructive state of well-being.
When Universal forces exceed Innate forces,
the body is in a destructive state of dis-ease.
Vertebral subluxation is caused by Universal forces
and obstructs the transmission of Innate forces.
Chiropractic adjustments restore transmission of Innate forces.
Subluxation robs the body if focus to think,
organization to metabolize,
and power to heal.
Dr. Roger Sperry, 1980 Nobel Prize recipient for brain research, demonstrated that 90% of the energy output of the brain is used in relating the physical body to gravity. Only 10% has to do with thinking, metabolism and healing.
Dr. Masoud Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch shares this transcript originally from Dr. Jennings with each new patient.
How a chiropractic offers effective correction for problems in the joints of the upper limbs (extremities)?
Chiropractic benefit to the Joints in the Extremities
Sure, you know that chiropractic alleviates dysfunction in the spine that may
impede nervous system activity. And you know that chiropractic care wards off
disability in the hips, back and neck as well. You are probably also aware that
this drug-free approach to health averts headaches, jaw pain and fibromyalgia.
But did you know that chiropractic offers effective correction for problems in
the joints of the upper and lower limbs (extremities)?
Dr. Shamaeizadeh of Soft Touch Chiropractic in Porter Ranch, CA, addresses maladies affecting the ankles, knees, wrists,elbows and shoulders with a multifaceted approach. First, alignment in the extremities is influenced by spinal posture. Consequently, a misaligned spine may spark a chain reaction that throws limbs slightly out of balance, leading to uneven wear on joints.
Dr. Shamaeizadeh examines the spine for areas where movement is restricted
or spinal bones (vertebrae) are slightly out of place. These dysfunctional segments are called vertebral subluxations. This condition is corrected with specialized, gentle maneuvers called chiropractic adjustments.
Next, chiropractic care targets the specific joint involved. This may include
gentle adjustments to or manipulation of the joint. It may also involve
physiotherapy techniques or exercises custom tailored to the patient’s unique
circumstances. In addition, ergonomic advice is a common component of an
extremity care plan. And nutrition and stress reduction are often also inte-
grated into this revolutionary approach to health.
How effective is chiropractic at alleviating problems with joints in the extremities? Following is a compilation of cutting-edge research on how chiropractic care benefits particular joints.
A growing body of research indicates that chiropractic care is a winning solution for wrist pain due to carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and the lesser-
known conditions that mimic it.
In one experiment, doctors at Northwestern College of Chiropractic in Bloomington,
Minn., followed 96 individuals with CTS. The patients received either medical or chiropractic intervention. Medical treatment consisted of medication (ibuprofen) and
nighttime wrist supports. Chiropractic care included adjustments to the wrist
and spine, ultrasound therapy and nighttime wrist supports.
Findings showed that the drug-free chiropractic approach was as effective
as medical treatment, without the potentially hazardous side effects of
painkillers (J Manipulative PhysiolTherapy 1998;21:317-26).Chiropractic care is also effective for the lesser-known disorders that are often misdiagnosed as CTS. One such condition is ulnar tunnel syndrome (UTS). One scientific case study
tracked a 45-year-old woman with UTS. Her symptoms resolved following four chiropractic visits during which she received wrist adjustments (J Manipulative Physiol Ther2003;26:602-7).
Chiropractic adjustments alleviate common elbow problems, such as“tennis elbow”
(lateral epicondylitis) and “golfer’s elbow” (medial epicondylitis).Research conducted at The University of Queensland in St. Lucia, Australia reveals that a specific type of adjustment to the elbow produces an immediate and dramatic drop in pain for patients with tennis elbow. As part of the study, researchers tested pain-free grip strength in 24 patients before and after receiving manipulation to the elbow or a placebo procedure.Findings showed “a significant and substantial increase in pain-free grip strength of 58 percent” during treatment but not during placebo and control (Man Therapy 2003;6:205-12).Another case study examined a woman with elbow pain triggered by repetitive work activities. A course of chiropractic adjustments to the elbow joint ended the woman’s pain and increased motion in the joint (J Manipulative Physiol Therapy 2000;23:619-22).
And, in another analysis, 24 patients with long-term elbow pain received either a placebo treatment or manipulative therapy. Findings showed “a significant and substantial increase” in the pain-free grip strength of 58 percent during treatment — but not during placebo or non treatment phases (Manual Therapy 2001;6:205-12).
Curiously, adjustments to the wrist may also keep elbow conditions at bay. One experiment enrolled 28 patients with tennis elbow. The subjects received either manipulation of the wrist or a standard physical therapy protocol (ultrasound, friction massage, muscle stretching and strengthening exercises). After three weeks of intervention, the success rate among manipulation recipients was 62 percent, compared with 20 percent in the physical therapy group. After six weeks, the manipulation group reported significantly greater improvement in pain, compared with the physical therapy recipients (5.2 out of 11 vs. 3.2 out of 11,respectively). ( P h y s Therapy 2003;83:608-16).
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