Chiropractic is a safe, non-invasive, and effective form of health care. It emphasizes on the body’s ability to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. Chiropractors focus on the relationship between structure (movement restrictions found in the spine and also in the extremities) and function (coordination through the nervous system) and how their interaction with each other affects an individuals health. Chiropractors use their hands to diagnose and to treat spinal and extremity restrictions that are not functioning properly. By removing these restrictions, it restores proper function to the neuro-musculoskeletal system.
How does chiropractic work?
To understand how chiropractic works, a brief lesson in anatomy and physiology of joints is required.
All the joints in our body have very similar characteristics. Joints are surrounded by ligaments and soft tissue, separated by cartilage, and moved by muscle. Importantly, they also have nerves that detect the motion and the position of the joint. This is the relationship between structure and function or the integration of the neuro-musculo-skeletal system.
If motion is altered, the nerves that detect the motion and the position of a joint relays inadequate information to the spinal cord and to the brain. This often leads to tightness and in many instances of injury or overuse – pain. The nerves that send pain signals to the brain also initiates a reflex in which it causes muscles around the joint to tighten up. Many chiropractors refer to this as a joint dysfunction or a subluxation or a restriction.
To restore proper function to joints – proper motion must be restored. Nerves that detect motion and position of joints are able to block pain signals (much like after you bang your arm into something and you quickly rub the area). Chiropractors use chiropractic adjustments that are gentle, controlled and use minimal force (as required) to restore proper function to the joints. The adjustment restores motion within the joint, sends adequate information about the joint via the motion-position detecting nerves, the motion-positioning detecting nerves will block pain signals, and that allows for tight muscles to relax.
Medical acupuncture is the contemporary form of traditional acupuncture that is based on current concepts in neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and pathophysiology. It involves the comfortable insertion of a single-use needle at relevant points on the body in combination with manual or electrical stimulation.
Needle insertion points are selected based on the practitioners extensive knowledge of neuroanatomy. Needles are inserted to provide:
- pain relief
- reduce inflammation
- improve performance
- correct movement patterns
- improve blood flow
- improve nerve conduction
- reduce stress
Dr. Lee has completed the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture program at McMaster University, which focuses on the science-based application of acupuncture.
For more information on medical acupuncture, please visit: http://mcmasteracupuncture.com/ or http://www.contemporaryacupuncture.ca/
Other techniques that Dr. Lee utilizes in his practice are:
- Active Release Technique (ART)
- Myofascial Release Technique
- Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Therapies
- Rehabilitative Exercises
- SOT Pelvic Blocking
- Activator Technique
- Flexion-Distraction Technique
- Gonstead Technique