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.

The spinal column is an intricate framework of interlocking bones that, when viewed from the side, form a gentle "S" shape. The spine is a sophisticated system—both fragile and sturdy—of muscles, bones, joints, ligaments, discs, a spinal cord, and nerves.

Daily activities, such as lifting and exercise, or traumatic experiences, such as automobile accidents, can sometimes cause obvious, and at other times, subtle, problems with your spinal cord. The most common problem involves a misalignment of the small bones in your spinal cord.

We call these misalignments "subluxations." Often, these misalignments create pressure or irritation on the various nerves in your spine, and can cause a wide variety of symptoms throughout your body, such as localized pain, soreness, irregularity, and weakness. When pressure is applied on a nerve in your spine, the nerve energy is interrupted, and sometimes this can profoundly affect the function of other systems or organs in your body.

The vertebral subluxation complex is medical terminology for the ways chiropractors categorize the various locations, or "components," where subluxations are known to occur. The five components of the vertebral subluxation complex:

  1. Chemical component – Biochemical abnormalities can sometimes occur when one or more of the other vertebral subluxation components occur.
  2. Muscle component – Problems that occur when impinged nerves cause vertebral muscles to malfunction.
  3. Nerve component – "Neuropathology" is another term for this, which essentially refers to undue pressure on a spinal nerve.
  4. Osseous (bone) component – This occurs when one or more vertebrae are either not in correct position or moving improperly. Degeneration of the vertebral bones can cause this sometimes.
  5. Soft tissue component – When subluxations occur, they can affect the soft tissues, including ligaments and veins, surrounding your spinal cord.

Symptoms That May Indicate a Subluxation

If it weren't for our remarkable nervous system, we might never know about most serious problems or be able to correct them before they get worse.

You may benefit from chiropractic care and treatment if:

  • You have developed any kind of pain in your joints or skeletal structures, such as your neck, back, shoulder blades, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, or ankles.
  • You have developed problems walking, such as erratic movement, loss of rhythm or difficulty with your balance; this may be a sign of muscle weakness or other problem.
  • You have developed sensory problems, such as numbness, tingling, burning, or localized pain. Nerves in your spinal cord branch off into sensory and motor nerves. A good example of this, and one that is common among people with back problems, is sciatica pain. Sciatica pain usually radiates down one leg or another. These types of sensory symptoms are not normal and may indicate a problem with the nerves in your spine. In some cases, these sensory problems radiate from one area to another.
  • Your reflexes are diminished or absent. Reflex reactions are normal if you bump part of your body, such as a physician tapping your kneecap with an instrument. If no reflex reaction occurs in this instance, it could be a sign that you have incurred some kind of damage to your spinal cord, nerve root, peripheral nerve, or muscle.

Here are some common symptoms that may indicate a subluxation or other spinal-related disorder:

  • Blurred vision
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Dizziness (also vertigo)
  • Earaches or ringing in ears
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Irritability
  • Leg cramps
  • Muscle twitching
  • Nausea
  • Numbness and/or tingling
  • Stiffness
  • Swallowing difficulty
  • Walking or gait problems
  • Weakness in your arms or legs
  • Pain
  • Low back pain and/or stiffness
  • Neck pain and/or stiffness
  • Pain between the shoulder blades
  • Pain in the arms, legs, feet, and hands
  • Pain in the jaw or face
  • Shoulder pain