Dr. Myers, your family chiropractor in Johnson City, does what are known as chiropractic adjustments. Of course, he doesn’t start with those. During your first appointment, you and Dr. Myers will discuss your pain levels and symptoms.
Based on that information, Dr. Myers will deduce what is causing your pain. You will then receive an examination, which confirms this diagnosis. X-rays show Dr. Myers where there’s bodily damage, if any.
During your next appointment, Dr. Myers will order a reexamination just to be sure. It’s at that point that Dr. Myers will begin his chiropractic adjustments. These are a series of spinal techniques that target the source of the pain.
Again, it’s easy for a chiropractor to reduce painful symptoms. Without treating the true source of the pain though, those symptoms will return. With regular chiropractic adjustments, your pain may stop altogether or be significantly better. That gives you the freedom to live your life the way you want to.
Gonstead and Diversified Techniques
At Myers Chiropractic, we combine adjusting styles commonly referred to as "Gonstead" and “Diversified.”
First, an analysis of your spine is performed. This can initially involve a case history and X-ray pictures of your spine.
Subsequent visits may include motion palpation, with the chiropractor feeling the spinal joints move as you turn and bend. Or, a leg check may be performed, to uncover an imbalance in the neck or lower spine.
With the malposition of one or more spinal bones identified, a specific manual thrust is administered. The direction, speed, depth and angle that are used is the result of years of experience, practice and a thorough understanding of spinal mechanics.
The energy delivered during the thrust may produce a slight “popping” sound from the shifting of gas and fluids in the joint. This sound may be interesting, but is not a guide as to the value or effectiveness of the adjustment.
While improving spinal biomechanics can reduce nervous system interferences, virtually all joints of the body can be adjusted to help restore proper range of motion.
The only alternative to chiropractic is living a life of less than full expression.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care
Growing up, children can suffer from problems ranging from ear infection to colic. Spinal adjustments can help with childhood conditions by improving the functioning of the central nervous system. In addition, children benefit from nutrition counseling because it helps them stay at an ideal weight and helps them develop good eating habits at an early age.
Older children often suffer from sports-related injuries. Sprains, strains and inflammation can prevent children from participating in organized sports until their injuries heal. Seeing a chiropractor can help children recover more quickly from their injuries and manage their pain.
Chiropractic care is gentle enough to be helpful for even the youngest child. Chiropractors are specifically trained to work with patients of all ages including infants, toddlers and teenagers. In fact, chiropractic care can be safer than some traditional medical treatments, because chiropractic care involves no invasive procedures or addictive medication.
Many of our patients come to see our chiropractor to address a specific pain symptom such as back pain, neck pain or headaches. While our chiropractor will address each patient's specific condition with chiropractic care, we often find it helpful to "coach" our patients towards achieving a healthier lifestyle. For example, there may be certain activities that you should avoid or do differently to prevent yourself from unintentionally aggravating your particular health challenges. The goal of including lifestyle advice with a chiropractic care plan is to help each and every patient achieve the fulfilling and happy lifestyle they deserve, one that is full of the activities that are enjoyed most. We recognize that every single one of our patients is a whole person, and we use our expertise to help them reach total health and wellness.
Spinal & Postural Screenings
There is a saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Your spinal health is no exception. Posture and spinal screenings by a trained and experienced chiropractor such as Dr. Shannon Myers can help reveal important health information, unlocking the door to improved health and well-being. In order to help the Johnson City community, we provide screenings at area malls, community events, health fairs and places of employment. Contact us today at (423) 610-0005 to arrange a screening at your event or workplace.