Chiropractor - Charlotte
3121 Springbank Lane
Charlotte, North Carolina 28226
704-541-5353




The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. Our team of chiropractic professionals empower patients to take charge of your own health and future, educating you about your condition to decrease your need for future care. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our chiropractors.

 

Dr. Matt Robertson's Blog

 

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention and is the symptom that prompts most patients to seek chiropractic care. The majority of backache sufferers complain of pain in the lower back; the second most common site of discomfort is the base of the neck.

Virtually all human beings are subject to back problems. The fact that humans walk upright on two legs puts great pressure on the spine and muscles that support it. Over time, back pain is all but inevitable. Normal wear and tear, accidents, disease, and such bad "back habits" as unnecessary strain from overexertion at play or work (especially lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching for things improperly), and poor standing and sitting posture results in both immediate and long-term back problems.

While back pain can be caused by a wide range of problems, it is often indicative of spinal subluxation. Spinal subluxations often have symptoms localized in some part of the back or may radiate down to the buttocks, thighs, and legs. Dr. Matt successfully treats subluxation through soothing and pain reducing spinal adjustments. His approach is similar to the clinical practice guidelines of the U. S. Agency for Health Care Policy and Research in that he tries to keep patients engaging in their normal activities rather than resting immobile in bed, which can actually cause further debilitation.
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Headaches

Because headaches are so common, many people feel that they are a normal part of life, but headaches are a sign that something is wrong. Extremely common causes of headaches are subluxated vertebrae in the upper neck, which puts direct pressure on the brain stem and spinal nerves controlling the head and neck. When these delicate nerves and surrounding vessels and tissues are irritated or stretched they can produce headaches. Over the counter pain relievers can ease the pain, but the subluxated vertebrae causing the headache are still there. Only a chiropractor can remove these misalignments in your spine.
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Accident, Injuries

Auto accidents, falls and other traumas big or small can create subluxated vertebrae, damage to spinal nerves and tissues and disturb normal motion in the spine. Long-term damage from vertebral subluxations can be avoided with chiropractic care.
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Scoliosis

In most cases, the cause of scoliosis is unknown. Although it is not caused by poor posture as once thought. Most people with scoliosis lead a normal life, and many don't even know they have scoliosis. In rare, severe cases, breathing and heart problems can accompany scoliosis. A chiropractor can assure that the body is free of subluxations so that the nervous system is functioning properly.

One research report of 100 chiropractic patients with scoliosis revealed improvement in 84%. 6.8% had total correction, 35.8% had significant improvement, 41.2% had a small correction, and only 16.4% showed no improvement or worsening.
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Ear Infections

Otitis Media or middle ear infections have become quite common for children nowadays. They often come on quite suddenly and cause severe pain for a child. One cause could be a reaction to childhood vaccinations which disrupt the developing child's natural immune systems with often severe side effects including asthma, hyperactivity and attention disorder as well as ear infection. Chiropractic care is one of the best treatments for a child with an ear infection. Normal nerve supply to the ear can be restored by aligning the spine back into its normal position. Keeping your child's spine free from interference enhances its natural defenses, and avoids the need for dangerous drugs.
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Learning Disorders

Although chiropractic is not a specific treatment for learning disorders, chiropractic care has provided improvements to many children suffering from learning disabilities. Both parents and teachers can attest to the effectiveness of chiropractic care for children with learning disorders, hyperactivity, behavioral problems and inability to concentrate.
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Bed-wetting

For years many parents have brought their children in for chiropractic care to keep them healthy and as a side effect of care, their child's bed-wetting problem stopped or was improved. Chiropractors often see wonderful improvements or total correction of bed-wetting problems after a few adjustments, often after just one adjustment. Here is a clip from "Dear Abby" concerning a chiropractic success story with bed-wetting,

"Dear Abby:
I took my fifteen-year-old twin sons (both daily bed-wetters) to a chiropractor, and within a month, both boys were completely cured. Regular medical doctors could not help them. As this chiropractor explained to me, there is a certain part of the spinal column that regulates the bladder... all I can say is it worked." (Signed) True believer.

Dear Believer:
I believe you. I have several hundred letters bearing the same message concerning chiropractors. To clarify the above message, the chiropractic adjustments relieves nerve pressure on the spinal nerves that go to the bladder muscles or the bladder organ itself, thus allowing it to function properly.
(San Francisco Chronicles, March 5, 1992)
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Disc Problems

Intervertebrae discs are the thick gel like shock absorbers that lie between the bones of your spinal column. These discs help allow the spine to curve (a spine with the proper curves in it is 10 times stronger than a straight line) The discs are mostly water, and so you are up to 1/2 inch shorter at the end of the day and 1/2 inch taller in the mornings after the discs have realigned in your sleep.

I'm sure you have heard of the term "slipped disc". Actually a disc cannot slip because it is strongly banded to the bones above it and below it, but it can weaken and the jelly center can start to bulge outwards. When this happens, the bulge can put direct pressure on the delicate spinal nerves or the spinal cord itself.
Chiropractic care is essential in keeping the spine in proper alignment to promote a healthy disc between the vertebrae. Chiropractors have excellent results with patients suffering from disc problems and usually can prevent them from having a risky surgery. Whether you've had a back surgery already and hoping to prevent another or hoping to never have to go under the knife, chiropractic adjustments are essential and the best thing you can do for your health.
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Colds and Flu

Everyone knows that there is no cure for the common cold right? Right. But, the condition of your body's immune system is what determines the duration of the sickness and the severity of symptoms associated with a cold.
Chiropractors do not treat the common cold. Chiropractors do raise your body's natural resistance to a cold virus by removing any interference in the nervous system. The better your nervous system is functioning, the better ability it has in fighting off colds. Patients under chiropractic care often go years without colds and when they get a cold their symptoms are not as severe.

Keeping your spine free from misalignments (subluxations) will help to keep your immune system functioning to the best of its ability.

Be ready to provide your medical history, which will be essential for preparing a course of treatment for you. Medical records, such as diagnostic test results, or imaging results, such as X-rays and MRIs, also will provide important information about your condition.

Certain things in your health history are particularly vital to a chiropractor. This information could provide important clues that will allow your chiropractor to properly diagnose your problem. Such clues include whether you have or have had:

  • Bone disorders, such as osteoporosis
  • Circulatory problems (poor circulation could be a sign that you have a subluxation, for example)
  • Dizziness or blurred vision
  • Heart conditions such as hypertension or high blood pressure
  • Infections, especially those affecting your spine
  • Injuries, such as bone fractures, muscle sprains, or disc injuries
  • Joint disorders such as arthritis
  • Sleep apnea

Be prepared to answer such questions as:

  • Did the onset of your pain immediately follow an injury?
  • Is there anything you do that improves or worsens the pain?
  • When and how did your pain start?
  • Where is the pain centered?

The physical exam

Here's what to expect:

The first order of business is checking your vital signs, reflexes, and blood pressure.

Sometimes measurements will be taken to determine arm and leg length. Next, you will be asked to do a series of simple and easy activities or exercises. These exercises will provide information about your motor skills, balance, and gait, among others. These tests also help determine your range of motion, muscle tone and strength, and integrity of your nervous system. Any abnormalities could provide clues about a condition. You may be asked to:

  • Bend forward, sideways, or backwards - Misaligned spinal vertebrae can sometimes be detected during this exercise.
  • Flex and extend your leg - This is a test for signs of sprain and helps determine the integrity of your joints (also called the "Yeoman's Test").
  • Grip something such as a rubber ball - Your grip strength is vital for showing signs of muscular or nerve damage.
  • Lie down and raise one leg - This is often referred to as the "Thomas Test," in which the chiropractor gently pushes on your raised leg to check for hip joint mobility.
  • Stand and raise one leg - This test can sometimes show whether you have sciatica, a nerve disorder in your lower back. Another test may involve pushing on your raised leg to determine whether you have pain, inflammation, or imbalance in the joints between your spinal vertebrae. (This is also called the "Psoas Muscle Test.")
  • Stand or sit - Posture can sometimes show whether you have misalignments in your spine.
  • Walk a straight line - This test measures your gait, and helps to determine if you have a normal walking pattern.
  • Walk in Place - Abnormalities in the way your pelvis and spine coordinate can be seen during this test.

Next, a short physical exam by the chiropractor will involve palpation, or use of the hands, to explore the alignment of your spine and other structures, as well as provide information on any stimuli that may cause pain. Depending on your condition, a series of diagnostic tests may follow. These tests may include MRIs, CT scans, X-rays, blood work, and other laboratory tests.

The chiropractor may also consult with you about making important lifestyle changes, such as exercise, nutrition, and smoking cessation to improve your chances of healing faster or preventing further injury.