New To Chiropractic?
We will do our best to insure that our office is what is needed to help you feel better.
During your initial visit you will feel out some basic paperwork at the office (or online) and have a no obligation consultation with Chiropractic Physician, Dr. Nichole M. Findell, D.C., MTAA (Formerly Nichole Hilt).
Once there is an understanding of what brought you to the office, you will go through a thorough evaluation. The evaluation can consist of neurologic, orthopedic, and radiographic imaging.
Once completed, you and the doctor will review the treatment plan that is based off the findings of your evaluation.
Questions and Answers
Q. What does a Chiropractor do?A. The doctor of chiropractic analyzes your body for restricted movements, tight muscles, and painful areas of your spine and extremities using his/her hands and other analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using various spinal adjustment techniques.
Q. How do we get spinal nerve stress (Subluxations)?A. It may occur in infancy from a difficult birth, childhood falls or life in general. Posture, stress and any sort of trauma can gradually damage your spine. When the body compensates for stresses on the spine, often times the body lets you know by signaling pain.
Q. Assuming I am going to take chiropractic treatments, how are they performed?A. Chiropractors work with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord. Chiropractors spend years of highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging nerves. After locating the impinging nerves (subluxations), the chiropractor applies a small amount of force to the ‘stuck vertebrae’ taking pressure off the nerve as well as increase range of motion. This is called a Spinal Adjustment.
Q. Can I receive chiropractic treatments if I’m under medical care?A. Absolutely! Having your spine in proper alignment is important no matter what other type of care you’re receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. We may even send you to your MD as part of co-treatment of your condition.
Questions and Answers
Q. What is Acupuncture?A. Acupuncture is a 5,000 year-old branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). TCM is a natural form of healing (No drugs… No surgery). Acupuncture is concerned with restoring balanced energy flow to the various organs, glands and tissues of the body on the premise that most diseases are the result of malfunction due to disrupted energies.Explanations: The Chinese definition of Health is “All parts of the body are functioning normally”, all 400 trillion parts. If there is an interruption in the transmission of energy flow or life force (called Qi in Chinese), then organ malfunction, disease, pain and suffering are inevitable.
Q. How do you detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?A. By many methods, including certain signs, symptoms, pain spots, organ reflex points, pulse/tongue reading or instrument analysis (Acugraph).
Q. What are some of the conditions treated by Acupuncture?A. Textbook listed conditions run into the hundreds. Some common ailments usually responsive to acupuncture health care include: headaches, tics, spasms, neuralgia of the shoulder/arm, tennis elbow, arthritis, ulcers, stomach problems, diarrhea, constipation, asthma, coughs, colds, abnormal blood pressure, hemorrhoids, lumbago, bladder irritation, infertility, weight loss/appetite control, kidney problems, female disorders, impotence, weak eyesight, hay fever, allergies, skin conditions, depression/anxiety, and many more.
The above list may seem long as though acupuncture were a “magic cure-all”. The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred conditions. Please be mindful of the fact that acupuncture is not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself.
TCM & Acupuncture are concerned with the systems of the body as a whole—nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc. The goal is balance within those systems to optimize function and vitality.
Q. How are acupuncture treatments performed?A. First, the related skin points are determined. Then they are appropriately treated by one of over thirty methods of stimulation. Some include: 1) Long needle insertion (especially done in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery); 2) Short needle penetration; 3)Non-piercing needles; 4) Fingertip pressure (called shishin or “finger needles”); 5) Metallic balls taped to the points; 6) Electrical stimulation; 7) Moxibustion (burning of herbs over the points).
Note: Electric stimulation and the non-piercing needle (teishin) is very popular because the technique is practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques.