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.

Adjustments

Chiropractic adjustments have been shown to be a safe and effective alternative treatment for pain and injury.

Chiropractors perform 95 percent of all adjustments in the world to correct the subluxations, or misalignments, of the vertebrae in the spine. Chiropractic adjustments are performed by applying gentle, yet firm pressure to a bone. The goal of any adjustment is to restore the bone to its natural, or original, position. The important thing to remember is the act the adjustment frees—not forces—a vertebra to allow it to find its natural position. This is accomplished by the body's innate intelligence.

Chiropractic adjustments are performed to treat a wide variety of conditions, including (but not limited to):

  • Arthritis
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain disorders
  • Chronic muscle pain and stiffness
  • Headaches
  • Most musculoskeletal and sports-related injuries
  • Nerve disorders
  • Pain and stiffness in the back, chest, abdomen, neck, hips and shoulders, as well as extremities, such as arms, legs, and feet
  • Sciatica pain
  • Scoliosis
  • Tendonitis
  • Whiplash and other traumatic injuries

Adjustments can be performed while sitting, standing, or lying down. Some adjustments involve special instruments or tables.

Some common adjustment techniques include:

  • Instrument adjustments, which involve a spring-loaded device.
  • Lumbar roll, in which the chiropractor applies a firm, yet quick thrust to a misaligned vertebra while the patient lies on his or her side.
  • Motion palpation, a hand technique the chiropractor uses to determine if your vertebrae are properly aligned.
  • Release work, in which the chiropractor uses gentle pressure with the fingers to separate the vertebrae.
  • Table adjustments, which entail lying on a specially designed table that drops when pressure is applied to a specific area. The dropping motion allows more gentle adjustments than some manual adjustments do.
  • Toggle drop, which entails firm pressure applied on a specific area of the spine by using crossed hands.

Chiropractors take many factors—including size, weight, and muscle structure—into consideration when deciding on which adjustment to make. Sometimes, ice, electrical stimulation, or massage therapy (including traction massage) are used prior to a spinal manipulation in order to relax the muscles.

In some cases, it may necessary to perform an adjustment while you are sedated.

Spinal manipulation under anesthesia, which is considered a very safe procedure, is usually reserved for patients with conditions such as chronic neck, back, and joint pain, muscle spasm, shortened muscles, and fibrous adhesions.

Another form of adjustment called craniosacral therapy, or "CST," involves exerting very mild pressure to the body's craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This includes cranium—which is composed of the skull, face and mouth, and the "sacrum," or tailbone.

CST has been shown to provide relief from chronic neck and back pain, scoliosis, brain and spinal cord injuries, migraines, chronic fatigue, nervous system disorders, jaw joint problems, and stress disorders. (Conditions such as aneurysm and intracranial hemorrhage prohibit this kind of therapy.)

Adjustments almost always do not involve any pain or discomfort. The important thing for a patient to keep in mind is to remain relaxed, because stiffening up may impede the adjustment process. Popping sounds are sometimes heard during adjustments; these are usually pockets of air being released behind a joint or other bony structure.

Adjustments can leave you with a greater sense of well-being, calm, and most importantly, on the road to a life without pain. Following an adjustment, some patients experience mild aching or soreness in their spinal joints or muscles, which can usually be relieved by an ice or heat pack.

Adjustments have been shown to:

  • Increase blood flow
  • Increase pain tolerance levels
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase the body's secretion of "good" chemicals, such as melatonin and endorphins
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce tension and muscle pressure

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