What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that is focused on the role of the spine and central nervous system in preserving good health, and using the body’s own ability to heal itself naturally and efficiently. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure and function of the spine as coordinated by the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

Regular chiropractic care maintains the integrity of the spine and nervous system to help prevent health problems by manipulating the joints and soft tissue of the spine and limbs. Chiropractic can also be a successful alternative to risky, invasive procedures.

What does it do?

Chiropractic care helps identify and correct the cause of health challenges which arise when misalignments of the vertebrae (the small bones that make up the spine) disturb nerve communication between your brain and the tissues, and organs of the body.

Chiropractic care maintains the proper position of these delicate joints and your nervous system by releasing the restrictions in order to restore joint mobility. This helps remove nerve interference and allows the body to heal itself.

How do you approach joint dysfunction?

Our chiropractors correct these misalignments by gently adjusting the position of the vertebrae of the spine, reducing or eliminating nerve damage, thus allowing your body to properly self-regulate, adapt and heal.

At Cottam Health Partners, we use traditional manual and low-force techniques to adjust the spine, including:

  • Diversified Full Spine
  • Instrument-assisted (Activator, Arthrostim)
  • Drop Table (Thompson)
  • Flexion-Distraction (Cox technique)
  • Applied Kinesiology
  • Sacro-Occipital

And adjunctive therapies, such as:

  • Electrical stimulation
  • Cryotherapy and heat
  • Vibration and percussion
  • Stretching
  • Acupuncture—laser, electrical and traditional needle (in severe or certain chronic conditions)

What are some of the benefits?

Some of the benefits of chiropractic care can be,

  • Relief from neck pain, mid and low back pain, headaches, sciatica, joint pain
  • Increased joint range of motion and overall mobility
  • Repair to altered muscle and joint tracking
  • Reduced muscle spasm and chronic soft tissue hypertonicity (tightness)
  • Restored nervous system balance to right and left muscle groups
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Less pressure on soft tissue, nerves and blood vessels
  • Increased vitality and general well-being, i.e. patients report simply feeling better

Chiropractic care promotes health. The Chiropractic objective is: “We want you to be healthy.”
Not being sick or in pain is very different than actually being healthy. The intent behind our chiropractic care is, not simply to treat sickness and pain -- but to enhance your health.


Massage Therapy:

What Is It Exactly?
Massage and bodywork therapies are defined as the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues of the human body. Specifically:

  • Massage: The use of soft-tissue techniques to the body, generally intended to reduce stress and fatigue while improving circulation. The many types of             massage account for several different techniques. Massage body work may use manipulation and movement to affect physical changes to the body.

What Are the Benefits of Massage and Bodywork? 
Massage and bodywork can help to,

  • release chronic muscular tension and pain,
  •  improve circulation,
  •  increase joint flexibility,
  •  reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress,
  •  promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue,
  •  improve posture, and
  •  reduce blood pressure.

Massage is also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety and create an overall sense of well-being.

Please note: Massage and bodywork therapies specifically exclude diagnosis, prescription, manipulation or adjustments of the human skeletal structure, or any other service, procedure or therapy which requires a license to practice orthopedics, physical therapy, podiatry, chiropractic, osteopathy, psychotherapy, acupuncture, or any other profession or branch of medicine.

Will My Insurance Cover It?
The services of professional massage therapist may be covered by health insurance when prescribed by a chiropractor. Therapies provided as part of a recommended treatment by a doctor or registered physical therapists are often covered.


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