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What is a Subluxation?

The term “subluxation” is used by doctors of chiropractic to depict the altered position of the vertebra and subsequent functional loss, which determines the location for the spinal manipulation “Subluxation” has been defined medically as a partial abnormal separation of the articular surfaces of a joint.

Chiropractors have described the term to include a complex of functions (i.e. the subluxation complex) as an alteration of the biomechanical and physiological dynamics of contiguous structures which can cause neural disturbances.

Chiropractic Viewpoint on Subluxation

Chiropractors view subluxation as a process rather than a static condition during which the tissues undergo constant changes, including:

  • Hyperemia. Referring to an excess of blood in a specific area of the body, hyperemia may develop when there is an obstruction preventing the blood from flowing normally.
  • Congestion. Joint dysfunction affects the muscles in different ways, with some muscles developing trigger points, or areas of congestion, where toxins develop, irritate the nerve endings within the muscle, and produce pain.
  • Edema. When the body’s tiny blood vessels (capillaries) are damaged or pressurized, excess fluid may leak from them and build up in the tissues, leading to a swelling known as edema.
  • Minute hemorrhages. Referring to a small amount of bleeding or an abnormal flow of blood, minute hemorrhages may develop within the body’s blood vessels as a result of certain triggers, underlying conditions and other risk factors.
  • Fibrosis. Detailing the replacement of normal tissue with scar tissue, fibrosis commonly occurs in people dealing with recurrent back pain.
  • Local ischemia. A very specific type of muscle pain, ischemia refers to a lack of blood flow in the muscle (often from a muscle spasm), leaving the muscle very painful to touch.
  • Atrophy. With muscle atrophy, the muscle shrinks and may partially or completely waste away as a result of inactivity or various diseases and conditions.
  • Tissue rigidity. Eventual rigidity and adhesions form not only in joint capsules, but also in ligaments, tendons and muscles themselves.

Spinal Subluxation in Chiropractic

Static Intersegmental Subluxation

  1. Flexion malposition
  2. Extension malposition
  3. Lateral flexion malposition
  4. Rotation malposition
  5. Anterolesthesis
  6. Retrolesthesis
  7. Altered Interosseous Spacing (increased or decreased)
  8. Osseous Foraminal encroachment

Kinetic Intersegmental Subluxation

  1. Hypomobility (fixation subluxation)
  2. Hypermobility (unstable subluxation)
  3. Aberrant motion (paradoxical motion)

Sectional Subluxation

  1. Scoliosis and/or alteration of curves secondary to muscle imbalance
  2. Scoliosis and/or alteration of curves secondary to structural asymmetries
  3. Decompensation of adaptational curves
  4. Abnormalities of motion

Paravertebral Subluxation

  1. Costovertebral or costotransverse disrelationships
  2. Sacroiliac subluxation1

1https://www.spine-health.com/treatment/chiropractic/subluxation-and-chiropractic

Questions? Call me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Roswell, and Norcross @ 770-993-3200.

Why Go To a Sports Chiropractor?

Milliseconds and micrometers can make a big difference in competitive sports.  That’s why, when injuries happen, many turn to chiropractic care rather than more invasive options for pain relief. Prescription drugs slow reaction times, the body’s sensitivity, and carry the risk of addiction.  Surgery might leave an athlete side-lined for months and leaves permanent scarring of skin, muscle, ligaments, and interstitial tissue. A certified chiropractic sports physician, on the other hand, is able to relieve pain without drugs or surgery—all while keeping the body balanced, flexible and at optimal performance.

Common place injuries suffered by athletes of all kinds can knock the spine out of alignment, either by brute force or repetition, causing stress on its pain-sensitive joints, muscles, nerves, discs and ligaments. In study after study, chiropractic care outperforms other medical options at reducing pain and restoring normal function.

Chiropractic provides proven pain relief from a wide range of common sports injuries, from tennis or golfer’s elbow to groin pain in soccer players to recurrent shoulder instability in hockey players. It also helps with headaches from head and neck injuries, back and shoulder pain, and ankle and knee injuries.

But it’s not just injured athletes who visit chiropractors. In fact, an estimated 90% of all world-class athletes routinely use chiropractic care to prevent injuries and boost their performance. All NFL teams employ on-staff chiropractors. So do 72 percent of PGA golfers and the majority of NBA, MLB and NHL teams.

“Chiropractic just makes you feel so much better,” says New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. “When I walk out of the clinic, I feel like I’m about three inches taller and everything’s in place. And as long as I see the chiropractor, I feel like I’m one step ahead of the game.”

It’s a lot more than just pain relief, here are some of the athletic benefits a certified chiropractic sports physician can offer improved performance. A misaligned spine interferes with the functions of all other systems, causing athletic performance to suffer. Regular adjustments keep the spine working smoothly, which in turn boosts the body’s overall performance. In one study, athletes showed a 6.12 percent performance increase after receiving chiropractic treatment. Another study found a 30 percent improvement in eye-hand coordination after 12 weeks of chiropractic care. Examples of athletes who can benefit include:

Football players: Chiropractors give about 20,000 adjustments to NFL players over the course of a football season.

Baseball players: Regular chiropractic care helps MLB players significantly improve muscle strength and long jump distance.

Basketball players: NBA players under routine chiropractic treatment helps boost speed, flexibility, range of motion, balance and strength.

Golfers:    PGA athletes like Tiger Woods know that correcting postural imbalances makes their swing more smooth, thereby helping to prevent injury.

More effective training. Many athletes also find that chiropractic care helps them train more effectively. In one study, 100 percent of runners with joint problems were able to maintain—and in many cases increase—their training mileage. More than three-quarters of athletic trainers refer their players to a chiropractor, while all of them report that some of their clients seek chiropractic treatment on their own.

Fewer injuries. Alignment issues cause unnecessary stress on the body and can often lead to injury. A sports chiropractic keeps the musculoskeletal system running smoothly so the body is less prone to injury. For example, chiropractors help golfers correct postural imbalances in their swing that could lead to injury.

Reduced recovery times. By relieving the irritation between misaligned vertebrae, chiropractic treatment helps minimize the healing time required from injuries. One research team found chiropractic care helped a group of injured long-distance runners recover quickly. Sports chiropractors use several techniques to promote rapid healing, including massage, stretching, and cupping.

Chiropractic care helps athletes at all levels achieve optimal performance. That’s why so many athletes—from professional sports teams to high school players—regularly see a chiropractor to stay in top shape.

Questions? Call Me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a Chiropractor serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek and Roswell.

What Are A Chiropractor’s Qualifications?

Chiropractic Qualifications

Educational and licensing requirements for doctors of chiropractic (DCs) are among the most stringent of any of the health care professions.
DCs are educated in nationally accredited, four-year doctoral graduate school programs through a curriculum that includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical internship, with the average DC program equivalent in classroom hours to allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) medical schools.

They are designated as physician-level providers in the vast majority of states and federal Medicare program. The essential services provided by DCs are also available in federal health delivery systems, including those administered by Medicaid, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program, Federal Workers’ Compensation, and all state workers’ compensation programs.

Chiropractic Education

The typical applicant at a chiropractic college has already acquired nearly four years of pre-medical undergraduate college education, including courses in biology, inorganic and organic chemistry, physics, psychology and related lab work. Once accepted into an accredited chiropractic college, the requirements become even more demanding — four to five academic years of professional study are the standard. Because of the hands-on nature of chiropractic, and the intricate adjusting techniques, a significant portion of time is spent in clinical training.

Chiropractors undergo a rigorous education in the healing sciences, similar to that of medical doctors. In some areas, such as anatomy, physiology, rehabilitation, nutrition and public health, they receive more intensive education than their MD counterparts. Like other primary health care doctors, chiropractic students spend a significant portion of their curriculum studying clinical subjects related to evaluating and caring for patients. Typically, as part of their professional training, they must complete a minimum of a one-year clinical-based program dealing with actual patient care. In total, the curriculum includes a minimum of 4,200 hours of classroom, laboratory and clinical experience. The course of study is approved by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This has been the case for more than 25 years.

Certification and Licensure

This extensive education prepares doctors of chiropractic to diagnose health care problems, treat the problems when they are within their scope of practice and refer patients to other health care practitioners when appropriate.

Certification and licensure of chiropractors is governed by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE).

Chiropractors must pass a national board exam administered by NBCE and then obtain a license in the state in which they wish to practice. Additionally, they must meet yearly continuing education requirements to maintain their license.1

Questions? Call me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Johns Creek, Roswell, Alpharetta, and Norcross @ 770-990-3200.

  1. Chiropractic Qualifications. Retrieved from https://www.acatoday.org/Patients/Why-Choose-Chiropractic/Chiropractic-Qualifications

Maintenance Care

The goal of chiropractic care is to maintain a healthy spine, nervous system, mind, and body so we can naturally heal and adapt to problems that occur in everyday life. We are training the body to sustain a healthy and flexible position. This is why at the beginning of care a patient often has to be adjusted on a more frequent basis. As the spine begins to learn how to be healthy and flexible adjustments are needed less often to keep homeostasis.

So besides regular adjustments, what can one do to aid the spine in vitality? A healthy lifestyle! Just like the poster at my dentist’s office reads, “You Don’t Have to Brush All of Your Teeth, Just the Ones You Want to Keep Healthy”, the same wisdom is true for your spine.

Healthy Habits to Maintain Your Spine

Exercise – Great posture 24 hours a day, lifting weights, cardio, and keep sitting still to a minimum.
Diet – Organic and FRESH fruits, veggies, and protein. Keep far, far away from all processed foods. Drink plenty of purified water. Even mild dehydration can wreak havoc.
Sleep – Some need 10 hours, some need 6 hours. Listen to your body. What is the optimal sleep time for you? Make sure you are getting it.
Positive Mental Attitude – Is the glass half full or half empty? Surround yourself with happiness, beauty, and love. Think good things, feel good thoughts, and they are returned back to you exponentially. This effect will show not only in your mind, but also in your body. Remember, your brain is the most powerful pharmacy in the world. It automatically gives out a happy pill with every heartfelt smile.

Taking care of yourself is the best gift you can give to your loved ones!

Questions? Call me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Roswell, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Norcross @ 770-993-3200.

Should I Exercise Before or After My Adjustment?

I get asked this question often. Should I get adjusted before I work out or should I get adjusted after my workout in case I do something goofy in the gym? I am on the bus that gets my adjustment BEFORE my work out. Here is why…

First, adjustments can give pain relief. Removing pressure on the nerves is going to help a person feel better. When misalignments are corrected in the body it allows for a more efficient workout and allows for increased flexibility.

Second, the muscles should be evenly balanced for optimal health. If a person is having painful symptoms that the chiropractor is working to alleviate, then working out before the adjustment may exacerbate the pain and discomfort. Imagine working out with one high heel on one foot and a sneaker on the other. What would that feel like? This is the equivalent to exercising while the body is out of balance.

Lastly, adjustments help the muscles relax. Tight muscles lead to strains, sprains, tears, and breaks. Relaxed muscles help to avoid injury. Injuries will keep one out of the gym for days, weeks, months, or more.
When in doubt, get adjusted before you go running, play tennis, hit the driving range, bike on the trails, or whatever fun exercise you like to do.

Questions? Call me, Dr. Deborah Pearson, a chiropractor serving Roswell, Johns Creek, and Alpharetta. 770-993-3200

Beat the Pollen with This Delicious Drink

Pollen season has officially arrived (duh).  Many of us don’t need our freshly washed green cars to tell us the time has arrived.  Our crying eyes and nose faucets are happy to give us the heads up. This elixir is super simple and has seemingly magical benefits. Drink it throughout the day to help fight Mother Nature.

Ingredients:

Ginger root – the size of your thumb, peeled and chopped
4 cups water
Turmeric tea bag
1 juiced lemon
Stevia to taste
Water to dilute

Easy Directions:

Add the ginger to the water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low simmer, loosely cover with a lid, and simmer for ½ hour.

While the ginger is brewing prepare the turmeric tea according to the directions on the box.  

Combine:            1. Ginger Water
                           2. Turmeric Tea 
                           3. Lemon

To the concentrated Elixir add water and stevia to taste. (Do NOT use fake sugars like Splenda, Sweet & Low, Equal, etc.)

Enjoy hot, room temperature, or cold.  Drink throughout the day.  Delicious, healthy, and healing.


* The tea I prefer is Numi Organic Turmeric Three roots. I buy it from Amazon or Whole Foods.

Dr. Deborah Pearson is a chiropractor serving Alpharetta, Johns Creek, and Roswell. Questions? Please contact us at 770-993-3200.