There are many common symptoms that signal the need for chiropractic or massage therapy. Select a symptom for more information:

CHIROPRACTIC
     Headaches & Migraines
     Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
     Lower Back Pain
     Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
     Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
     Whiplash
     Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
     Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
     Animal Chiropractic

ORTHOTICS
     Plantar Fasciitis
     Knee Pain & Shin Splints
     Lower Back Pain
     Sports/Athletics
     Self Examination

MASSAGE THERAPY
     Fatigue
     Stress/Relaxation
     Flexibility/Mobility
     Shoulder Pain
     Athletic Injuries

We ask new patients to download, print, and complete the appropriate forms below and bring to your first appointment. All files are in PDF format.

Patient Health Questionnaire

Patient Information - ADULT

Patient Information - CHILD

Worker's Comp Questionnaire

Accidental Injury Form

What to Expect During Your First Visit

 Lower Back Pain

The lower back supports most of your body's weight and can withstand tremendous forces without injury. Problems arise if the low back is out of adjustment or alignment and/or has weakened supporting muscles. Something as simple as picking up a wallet, purse or even a sneeze can cause your body to go into spasm and low back pain begins. Underlying conditions also play a large role in why something as simple as picking up a wallet can cause you to drop to the floor.

Eighty percent of people suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Back pain is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor's office, outnumbered only by colds and flus. In fact, it is estimated that low back pain affects more than half of the adult population each year and more than 10% of all people experience frequent bouts of low back pain.

The common belief has been that back pain would heal on its own. We have learned, however, that this is not true. Recent studies showed that when back pain is not treated, it might go away temporarily, but will most likely return. It is important to take low back pain seriously and seek professional chiropractic care. This is especially true with pain that recurs repeatedly over several years. Contact our chiropractor... we can help!

Low back pain may be acute (short-term), lasting less than one month, or chronic (long-term, continuous, ongoing), lasting longer than three months. While getting acute back pain more than once is common, continuous long-term pain is not, as is usually a sign of an underlying problem.

There are many different conditions that can result in low back pain, including: sprained ligaments, strained muscles, ruptured discs, muscles that go into spasm and inflamed joints. While sports injuries or accidents can lead to injury and pain, the most common cause of low back pain is the body being out of alignment for a prolonged period on time that allow bad postural habits to form. When you body is not able to move properly, muscles tighten and go into spasm, bone move into wrong places and arthritis can begin, and sometimes nerves are irritated and compressed due to the poor postural habits.

Chiropractic treatment for low back pain is very effective. Most commonly, it's a matter of adjusting the lower lumbar vertebrae and pelvis to re-establish normal motion and position of your bones and joints. Additional muscle work may need to be done, but that depends of your specific care history and examination.

Chiropractic for the low back has been repeatedly shown to be the most effective treatment for low back pain. In fact, major studies have shown that chiropractic care is more effective, cheaper and has better long-term outcomes than any other treatment. All other treatments, such as muscle relaxants, pain killers and bed rest, only serve to decrease the symptoms of the problem and do not correct the problem itself. This makes sense because chiropractic care is the only method of treatment that serves to re-establish normal vertebral motion and position in the spine.

 

Study: Chiropractic Better Than Traditional Medical Care for Back Pain

In an eight week study, investigators compared chiropractic care to pain clinic management for chronic low back pain, (CLBP). All 30 patients had suffered CLBP for more than 12 weeks. Researchers found that both pain intensity and disability were significantly lower for those cared for with chiropractic.

According to a report published, chiropractic is more effective than medical care and just as cost efficient for patients with low back pain (LBP). The study compared 2780 patients cared for over a two-year period by either doctors of chiropractic or medical physicians. Initial findings, “acute and chronic chiropractic patients experienced better outcomes in pain, functional disability and patient satisfaction.”

Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

 

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Gentle Chiropractic

Headaches & Migraines
Hip, Leg, Knee, Foot & Sciatica
Lower Back Pain
Stress, Fatigue, Cold & Flus
Upper Back/Neck/Shoulder/Arm Pain
Whiplash
Numbness/Tingling/Pinched Nerves
Pregnancy/Pre-Natal
Decompression Therapy

Orthotics

Plantar Fasciitis
Knee Pain & Shin Splints
Lower Back Pain
Sports/Athletics
Self Examination
Massage Therapy

Fatigue
Stress/Relaxation
Flexibility/Mobility
Shoulder Pain
Athletic Injuries

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