Typically, chiropractic is an excellent tool to help you achieve short-term, immediate goals. For example, low back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome. It not only has a great track record (not to mention happy patients!), but there are also miles of scientific evidence to support this kind of symptom-based, immediate application. Pro-active, preventative care, however, is something the we are dedicated to working towards with you as well.
Symptoms are often the last things to show up, and the first to disappear. An absence of symptoms does not equate with perfect health, just because you cannot “feel” anything is wrong. Preventative care involves periodic appointments to maintain the results you have achieved (e.g. staying headache free), and the goal is to correct the underlying problems for the long term. This is pro-active (or preventative) care, rather than reactive (or symptom-based) care.
Pro-active, preventative care helps to continue to correct what caused the symptoms in the first place. These treatments keep your body free and clear of interference, helps prevent future relapses and can keep you feeling youthful and fantastic. This kind of approach is also great in stressful times when you don’t have the time (and often the energy) to support yourself.
If you are A) a weekend warrior, B) an Ironman Athlete, or C) anything in between, you need to be seeing us. Amateur and professional athletes all know what the benefits of regular sport-based chiropractic care can provide. Dr. Paterson knows first hand what kind of dedication, time, as well as wear and tear any sport can have on the body in order to be successful. Incorporating fitness rehabilitation and chiropractic rehabilitation, we can help reduce recovery times in between training, optimize performance, and prevent injury.
Pediatric chiropractic for children is quite different than adult care. Our treatments are customized to the age and weight of the infant or child, and our techniques usually require about the same pressure as used to test the ripeness of a tomato.
The babies and children we see love their treatments, and most importantly, are healthier for it. Things like a traumatic birth, an accidental drop on the head, or when baby is transitioning from crawling to sitting, standing, or walking can influence spinal and pelvic development.
Recurring ear infections, and colicky babies in younger children, as well as headaches, back pain from contact sports, or long hours at the computer in older children have all been shown to benefit from chiropractic care.
Pediatric care aims to minimize the damage these forces can have on your child’s developing skeletal system. Gentle exercises and alignment techniques such as sacro-occipital and craniosacral techniques are used to help keep muscular balance and joint function symmetrical, and to ensure normal development of your little one.
A 2009 study published in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapy showed that seniors receiving regular maintenance chiropractic treatment experienced significantly less overall aches and pains than those who do not receive care. A separate study published in Topics In Clinical Chiropractic reported that geriatric chiropractic patients were “less likely to have been hospitalized, less likely to have used a nursing home, more likely to report a better health status, more likely to exercise vigorously, and more likely to be mobile in the community.”
Chiropractic care is most effective when paired with proper exercise and nutrition. Research has shown that older adults who participate in regular physical activity are less likely to suffer from pain-related disability than those who are sedentary, so Dr. Paterson will often advise implementing specific stretches and exercises when developing a treatment plan for his senior patients.
Remember, chiropractic care isn’t just about eliminating symptoms. It’s about living a life of optimal health, regardless of age. Trust Dr. Paterson as your geriatric chiropractor to stay healthy and active in your senior years.