Treatment you can expect from a chiropractor:

 During your initial consultation, Dr. Martinez takes a detailed health history, and discusses your current problems and their causes. The exam involves a series of tests to reach a diagnosis. The test include range of motion, blood-pressure, neurological tests such as reflexes, orthopedic testing, and and a complete chiropractic examination. Sometimes x-rays are needed to determine if your case fits within the scope of the chiropractic.

 Once Dr. Martinez evaluates your exam results, he determines whether your problems are appropriate for chiropractic care. If not, he will discuss appropriate treatment and what results can be expected.

The Actual Treatment Program:

 The primary treatment is a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment removes nerve irritation, causes by a misalignment of the vertebrae, by applying gentle pressure to correct any spinal misalignment. The adjustment are gentle and painless. Our office has modern adjunctive equipment, and your treatment may also include advanced therapeutics which can enhance and speed up your body's own ability to heal. Your path to health will include an exercise program, as well as good posture, attitude, dietary, and sleeping habits.

 Manual

 Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractor typically uses his/her hands to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to reduce pain, and restore or enhance join function. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.

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 Activator

 The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique is a gentle, low-force approach to chiropractic care. Its a unique hand-held instrument that has been used safely on patients of all ages since the late 1960s. The Activator provides a controlled, fast thrust that is comfortable for the patient. In fact, adjustments with the Activator are so quick and measured, the body's muscles are less likely to resist, allowing for a more precise and accurate adjustment.

Frequency of Treatment:

 The frequency of your treatments depends entirely on the individual requirements of your case. While not all patients are candidates for a long-term schedule of treatment, some are. Many people live without symptoms caused by subluxations for years before an "acute" condition develops; others may have symptoms but condition themselves to ignore then. For example, an adult may have occasional neck or back pain resulting from an injury sustained in his or her teens. In such a case, misalignment of the vertebrae has been present over a long period of time, and the surrounding muscle have changed to hold the vertebrae out of place. Early in a treatment program these muscles pull the vertebrae back to the abnormal position and pain returns. Your body needs to be re-trained to hold the vertebrae in their normal position, and this may require repeated adjustments. This is comparable to an orthodontist who, over time, realigns your teeth. You should not expect permanent results in one visit.