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The Principles of Chiropractic

Chiropractic Care, Chiropractic Care, Ltd., Dr. Ralph Kruse, Chiropractor

prin chiroChiropractic is from Greek words meaning done by hand. It is grounded in the principle that the body can heal itself when the skeletal system is correctly aligned and the nervous system is functioning properly. To achieve this, the practitioner uses his or her hands or an adjusting tool to perform specific manipulations of the vertebrae. When these bones of the spine are not correctly articulated, resulting in a condition known as subluxation, the theory is that nerve transmission is disrupted and causes pain in the back, as well as other areas of the body.

Chiropractic treatment is covered by most insurance. It has become a well-accepted treatment for acute pain and problems of the spine, including lower back pain, neck pain, disc herniation and degeneration and sciatica.

Injuries due to overexertion and poor posture are among the most common. Depending on the cause and severity of the condition, chiropractic care may be a good treatment option. One of the basic premises of Chiropractic Care is to determine and treat the cause of your symptoms. Chiropractic treatment carries none of the risks of surgical or pharmacologic treatment. The goal is not merely to relieve the present ailment, but to analyze the cause and recommend appropriate changes of lifestyle to prevent the problem from occurring again. Chiropractic has proven in several studies to be less expensive than many more traditional routes such as outpatient physical therapy. Relief from some neuromuscular problems is immediate, although a series of treatments is likely to be required to maintain the improvement.

When spinal manipulation is employed at our offices, it is generally done with the hands, sometimes with the assistance of a specialized adjusting Cox manipulation table. A classic adjustment involves a high velocity, low amplitude thrust that produces a usually painless popping noise, and improves the range of motion of the joint that was treated. Cox Flexion Distraction is a specific, safe, gentle, and research-driven manipulation used to restore structural integrity and relieve nerve interference.

Dr. Ralph Kruse holds the designation of Fellow of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists (FACO) which recognizes him as a board certified chiropractic orthopedist who is an active member of the Academy of Chiropractic Orthopedists.  Fellows of the Academy have distinguished themselves among their colleagues through advanced training and high levels of clinical excellence.  They are committed to the specialty of Chiropractic Orthopedics and their communities through their dedication to ongoing research, continuing education and improved clinical outcomes.

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