What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic diagnoses and treats the whole body through the nervous system, focusing on the spine, joints, muscles, skull, meninges, and the extremities (arms and legs).
How does Chiropractic work?
In modern times, chiropractic has been primarily known for treating stuck joints, misaligned joints, injuries, and pain. The early 1980s was when chiropractic was really pigeon-holed by western medicine and the insurance industries into back pain, neck pain, and joint injuries.
Prior to the 1980s, since it’s inception in 1895, patients went to chiropractic to not only help their pain and injuries, but also to:
- Increase their immune system
- Improve their mood
- Improve their digestion
- Better posture
- Preventive care to ensure optimal physical strength, vitality, and resistance.
Modern neuroscience has validated these improvements based on the neuroplasticity (changing of the brain) from stimulation of the joints from a chiropractic adjustment. Functional neurology (see below) and chiropractic neurology has created a new renaissance for the non-pain-related benefits of chiropractic. This new wave of chiropractors have advanced certification on the brain-science and the additional technical modifications to enhance patient care to provide these other additional benefits of chiropractic.
Dr. Shay provides a unique blend in multiple techniques to best fit the comfort, needs, and preferences of his patients combining the best of chiropractic and functional neurology. Dr. Shay’s hands-on techniques range from gentle fascia/joint release techniques to light-force hand techniques (light adjustments) to stronger-force hand techniques (strong manual adjustments) light-force instruments (the activator). Additional rehabilitation tools are used (e.g. scar tissue treatment) when necessary.
Doesn’t Chiropractic hurt?
The techniques Dr. Shay uses (e.g. Activator) usually don’t hurt. However, If you have inflammation build up from leaving an injury or misaligned joint untreated, you might feel some transient soreness during or after an adjustment as the inflammation clears the site. Dr. Shay coaches his patients in home-care activities to best reduce inflammation, maximize comfort, and accelerate healing.
What is functional neurology:
Functional neurology (also called chiropractic neurology) builds you a better brain. A better brain grants better emotional balance, better digestion, better posture, less pain, faster learning, stronger resilience and a better immune system. Functional neurology is the scientific validation (based on neuroplasticity). For more information, go to the American Chiropractic Neurology Board here or the American College of Functional Neurology here.
How does Functional Neurology work?
Functional neurology builds a better brain by activating the weaker portions of the brain to stimulate them to grow. Each patient receives specific, brain-based exercises to help support the improvements done in the office. Additionally, chiropractic adjustments in the clinic are targeted to support the weaker side of the brain…this is called chiropractic neurology.
Can Chiropractic & Functional Neurology help me?
Chiropractic and functional neurology helps with injuries, non-injury-based musculoskeletal issues, chronic diseases, neurological cases, and addiction cessation.
ACC subsidizes a portion of Chiropractic treatments for injuries, e.g. sprains, strains, sciatica, injuries to the arms, legs, spine, and ribs.
Functional neurology supports treatment of injuries. An imbalanced cerebellum and brain creates muscle imbalances from one side of the body to the other, increasing the likely hood of re-injury and preventing a full and quick resolution to pre-injury status.