Chiropractic Care in North Carolina
HEALTH FIRST of the Triad is a group of practicing Chiropractors that operate in independent, free standing clinics. HEALTH FIRST of the Triad has served the residents of Triad and surrounding counties since 2001. We are an outpatient chiropractic and physical therapy facility offering 5 day service; closing at 6pm every night.
Services available include:
- Exercise Therapy
- Chiropractic evaluation and treatments
- (Trigger Point Therapy) Manual Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Spinal Back Braces
- X-Ray Machine on-site
- Spinal Stabilization Program
- Physical therapy Modalities and Procedures
- Low Level Laser Therapy
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Correction
- Cervical and Lumbar Spinal Decompression (for disc bulges and herniations)
- Bilingual Staff (Spanish and English)
HEALTH FIRST strives to provide the highest quality, most beneficial therapy available in a cost-effective manner. We take all forms of health insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, car insurance and we also provide no interest payment plans. We appreciate the opportunity to serve your patients needs.
What is Chiropractic in General?
Chiropractic is a profession within the health care field that deals with the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the human body. A doctor of chiropractic will diagnose, treat and prevent injuries and disorders of the nerves, muscles and bones. While a chiropractor will diagnose and treat these resultant injuries and disorders, the main objective of the chiropractor is the removal of nerve interference allowing the body to heal itself without invasive procedures and/or drugs. As would be the case with any other field of care, our patients at Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation receive a thorough consultation including history and examination of their major complaint. After considering possible causes of the patients’ condition a diagnosis is established and a treatment plan is created. Should a patient require treatment outside the scope of chiropractic care they are referred to the appropriate medical specialist in our area. As the science of chiropractic has evolved so have the techniques used within its practice. Common treatment methods have grown to include nutritional counseling, orthotics, lifestyle modification / exercise programs and physical rehabilitation programs. While these adjunctive treatments are certainly beneficial, spinal and joint manipulation remains the primary and most effective mode of treatment by our clinic. Statistics reflect that nearly 95% of patients that seek chiropractic care in North Carolina do so as a result of musculoskeletal pain such as:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Extremity pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Strain/sprain injuries
Conditions caused by spinal dysfunction accounts for the remaining 5% of chiropractic patients. These conditions are those manifesting through the nervous system, such as:
- Constipation and other digestive dysfunctions, etc …
Chiropractic care is not a guaranteed miracle treatment. However, it is not uncommon for patients to report an improvement in the conditions listed above after receiving chiropractic treatment. The majority of people in North Carolina understand that chiropractic treatment is beneficial for back and neck pain, headaches and sprain/strain injuries. However, very few people including those in the medical community, truly understand the affect adjustments have on the central nervous system. In particular, the affect adjustments have on the autonomic nervous system and its sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
Chiropractic – Scientifically Explained
If you are looking for a scientific explanation of how chiropractor works this paragraph is for you. A concise scientific explanation of chiropractic is that adjustments directly affect musculoskeletal structures, by reducing pain and increasing joint motion. Musculoskeletal structures include ligaments, muscles, joints, joint capsules and surrounding myofascial tissues. Aside from this direct benefit, the autonomic nervous system is indirectly effected by the down regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system), and promotion of the para-sympathetic nervous system (rest and repair system). This is done through the effects the chiropractic adjustments have on the joint capsules, and the body’s proprioception mechanism (sense of where one is space) through the mechanoreceptors (provide information regarding mechanical changes within the body) in the joints and periarticular tissues (tissue surrounding the joint). That’s a lot to take in, but it is the explanation as to why some chiropractic patients report improvement in organic function, not only musculoskeletal benefits. To reiterate, this is not a claim that chiropractic adjustments treat systemic pathology, but does suggest that some who have systemic symptoms may see results from chiropractic care even without the presence of pain.
The Education of a Chiropractor
Most patients don’t realize how much schooling chiropractors in North Carolina have to go though before they can start practicing? Chiropractors are held to some of the most intense educational requirements of any health profession. In fact their schooling requirements are very comparable to that of medical practitioners. After completing a heavy emphasis of basic sciences in and undergraduate program, potential chiropractors may be accepted into a five year chiropractic college. During that time they do extensive course work in the areas of:
- Public Health
- Chiropractic Philosophy and Practice
- Chiropractic Diagnosis
- Adjusting Methods
Are you curious to know if chiropractic is the right treatment for you? Please do not hesitate to call our team of dedicated professionals at Health First Chiropractic and Rehabilitation in North Carolina. Chiropractic care coupled with our outstanding, caring team can produce incredible results. Take advantage of our services today and take control of your health. Our team is here to help you today.Last Updated:December 15, 2014 at 10:20 am
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