Our Approach to Chiropractic Care
Dr. MaryAnn Ley offers a unique approach to chiropractic care at Achieve Wellness Chiropractic Center: She combines her 27 years of experience in the alternative health fields with a sincere passion for helping people to customize treatment plans for her patients. She believes the best opportunity for the body to heal comes from within. By combining the practices of chiropractic, nutrition, therapeutic exercises, functional medicine, acupuncture, and massage in this truly holistic approach, the body then has every opportunity to heal and function optimally.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic care is a natural way to establish and maintain health without the use of surgery or unnecessary drugs.
Doctors of Chiropractic are primary health care providers and are recognized by governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation programs and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs.
Chiropractors frequently treat individuals with conditions such as headaches, joint pain, neck pain, low back pain and sciatica. Chiropractors also treat patients with osteoarthritis, spinal disk conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, sprains, and strains. However, the scope of conditions that chiropractors manage or provide care for is not limited to the common pains and problems listed above. Chiropractors also have the training to treat a variety of conditions such as allergies, asthma, digestive disorders, and other disorders as new research is developed.
HOW CHIROPRACTIC WORKS
Chiropractic helps to remove postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate in our bodies over time.
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. Chiropractors understand that the body is continually striving to achieve a state of balance with its environment. Stressors to the body affect its ability to function optimally, causing weaknesses and imbalances. By finding and correcting these imbalances through chiropractic, the body can be restored to health. This involves stabilizing, then strengthening your body as we partner together to modify your lifestyle habits.
The customized care you receive at Achieve Wellness may help to improve your posture, muscle balance and mobility. It can also restore the integrity of your nervous system and get rid of pain quickly, so you can get back to feeling good today!
Dr. Ley is a proficiency rated Activator Methods practitioner. Activator Method technique utilizes a spring-loaded hand-held mechanical instrument which provides a quick, low-force impulse to very specific locations, thereby giving the body specific information. It is just as important to know where NOT to adjust as it is where to adjust to create the desired effect.
This manipulation technique is extremely quick and effective, and is met with almost no resistance from the spine. In your consultation with Dr. Ley, she will assess your situation and needs and determine whether activator treatment is right for you.
Subluxation is a term used in the chiropractic field to describe what happens when one of the vertebrae in your spine moves out of position.
The word subluxation is derived from the Latin words meaning somewhat or slightly (sub) and to dislocate (luxate). When this happens, the misaligned vertebrae create pressure and stress on the spinal nerves, blood vessels, and surrounding muscles. This pressure and stress can cause an imbalance in the body’s normal processes as the nerves in the spinal column extend to the entire body and its organs. As time goes on and the uncorrected subluxation settles, the damage to the nerve gets progressively worse and different stages of subluxation degeneration set in.
Subluxations can occur in a number of ways. A car accident, athletic injuries, birth trauma, pregnancy, a fall, sudden jar, or other traumas are all examples of unique instances that may cause a subluxation. The other occurrence of subluxation comes from regular actions such as improper sleeping position, poor posture, or incorrect lifting processes.
Chiropractors are specialists in correcting subluxations and other misalignments. A chiropractor can restore the misaligned vertebrae to the proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually by using the chiropractic procedure known as a spinal adjustment. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instruments to detect a subluxation and adjust the spine. Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of trauma, such as car accident, some discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation.
Achieve Wellness carries a variety of health-related products. Ask Dr. Ley for recommendations about the best products for you.
As an alternative to prescription muscle relaxers, and pain relievers, we carry natural homeopathic and herbal remedies which are very effective in relieving muscle spasm, muscle tension and promoting overall relaxation.
After Dr. Ley determines which exercises will improve your condition and increase your strength, you will be given the option to use bands, balance balls, free weights, wobble boards, etc, onsite and the ability to purchase these for continued home care.
CryoDerm is a topical analgesic that does not use waxes, aloe or petroleum. The result is a fast-acting, long-lasting pain reliever. It also contains MSM and Arnica, a homeopathic formulation for aches, bruises, and injuries. CryoDerm is made in the USA, with quality, holistic products.
You spend one third of your day in your bed, so it seems fitting to have the proper support for your head and neck, as well as a good-fitting mattress. Dr. Ley recommends a curved pillow which affords great cervical spine support. To determine which pillow is right for you, contact our office for more information. We do have a supply of recommended pillow options in stock.
Low-Level Light Therapy/Cold laser therapy
Cold Laser Therapy, also known as Low Level Light Therapy, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. The light may be provided by a low power laser or LED (light emitting diode). Laser emits energy in a form of photons; these particles of energy are absorbed by cells and tissue resulting in conversion of light into biochemical energy. Multiple physiological responses are thereby initiated and normal cell function is restored. This process is curative and eliminates symptoms (i.e. pain, edema, etc.). Cold Laser Therapy works naturally, is drug-free, and is safe and effective!