Chiropractic literally means "with hands". A chiropractor receives extensive training (7.5 years post high-school) in diagnosis and manipulation of the spinal vertebrae. Vertebrae can move slightly out of position, a condition known as a "subluxation".
Once a vertebrae has moved out of position, the muscles that attach to it will tighten up to prevent it from moving even further out of place. Muscle tightness, soreness, and/or spasms can result.
If the subluxation of the vertebrae is severe enough, the nerves of the spinal cord that go to your internal organs can become "pinched", restricting communication between your brain and that organ:
The 1st Chiropractic Treatment
The first official chiropractic treatment was delivered by D.D. Palmer on September 18th, 1895. The first patient, Harvey Lillard, had been deaf for some time, a deafness that began mid-way through his life after being bent over in a stopped position. Upon standing, Mr. Lillard felt a "pop" in his spine, and realized shortly after that his hearing had all but disappeared.
D.D. Palmer, the founder of chiropractic, deduced that a bone in Mr. Lillard's spine had moved out of place, and theorized that restoration of the bone to it's proper position should restore his hearing.
D.D. performed an examination of Mr. Lillard to determine the nature of what we now call a "subluxation". Palmer discovered which bone was misplaced, and the direction of force required to correctly re-position it. He then performed the first chiropractic adjustment in history.
The treatment delivered by D.D. Palmer worked, and Mr. Lillard's hearing was restored, and would remain with him for the rest of his life.
Headaches, Neck Pain, and Low-Back Pain
Dr. Mike performs "Sacro-Occipital Technique" chiropractic. "SOT" is designed to correctly align the pelvis (sacro-) and cranium (occipital). The pelvis and cranium must be properly aligned if you are to experience optimal energy levels, and muscle and nerve function.
SOT is one of the most gentle, non-invasive chiropractic techniques. It includes a variety of "no-force" adjustments, and is especially wonderful during all trimesters of pregnancy.
Most pelvic and cranial misalignments occur during gestation while you are still in the womb. As your body twisted around to find a comfortable position between your mother's internal organs, you began to develop your first subluxations.
Although those subluxations could occur anywhere, they are most common in the pelvis and cranium. Once out of alignment, the pelvis and cranium can cause misalignments elsewhere in the spine:
What to Expect During Your Chiropractic Treatment
Dr. Mike's chiropractic treatments go beyond simple re-alignment of the spinal vertebrae. Treatments frequently include:
- Cervical decompression to relieve neck tension
- Customized exercise recommendations for your specific spinal condition
- Ice vs. Heat instructions
- Proper sitting posture
- Essential oil application to neck, spine, and/or feet
- Diet, Nutritional Supplement, Massage, and/or Acupuncture advice
Kids under 10 $25
in-network benefits billable to Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO, United Healthcare, CIGNA, Aetna, and Medicare
pre-pay package discount pricing available for individuals and families
Are you ready to see what chiropractic can do for you? Are you ready for the increased energy, better focus and mood, and deeper sleep you'll enjoy with a well-aligned spine?
Call us at (847) 255-2225 to schedule your Chiropractic Exam today!
Mind Body Spirit was founded by Dr. Michael E. McGovern, DC, a 2006 graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic. "Dr. Mike" is a runner, cat dad, and chess geek.
Dr. Michael E. McGovern, DC
"Dr. Mike" will review your primary complaint with you and perform your Wellness Exam personally.
"I blew out my back lifting 50-pound water bottles at work. I could barely walk when I came to see Dr. Mike. My sister recommended him and said he could help me. I had sharp pain shooting down my leg and couldn't stand up straight. Dr. Mike adjusted me, put me in a support belt, and told me how often I needed to ice. In 3 visits I could walk upright with no pain, and was able to get back to work within a week with no restrictions."
"I woke up with terrible pain in my left shoulder with no idea of what I had done. I thought I had a torn rotator cuff, or possibly a heart attack. I was seeing Dr. Mike for nutrition at the time, and asked him to take a look at it during one of my visits. He adjusted my neck and shoulder and gave me some exercises to do for it. Within 2 weeks I had full use of my arm back, and was able to participate in my annual family skiing trip."
"I don't know if I would have made it through my pregnancy without regular treatments with Dr. Mike. He kept my headaches and sciatica to an absolute minimum throughout all three trimesters, and the birth was far easier than I thought it was going to be."