Advantage Chiropractic Clinic
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Two Types of Chiropractors

There are basically two types of chiropractors.  The musculoskeletal chiropractors who work on symptom relief and the traditional wellness chiropractors who work on subluxation and structural correction.

The Traditional / Wellness Chiropractor

This type of chiropractor practices the traditional wellness philosophy of chiropractic which is subluxation and structural correction of the spine.  Simply put, a subluxation is a misaligned vertebrae which interferes with the nerve impulses.  Nerve impulse is the electrical impulse from the brain that regulates all function of the body and keeps us alive.

Although the traditional / wellness chiropractor wants his patients to "feel better", his primary focus is removing the nerve interference (subluxation) and restructuring the spine and posture to its most stable biomechanical position.  By maximizing the integrity of the discs, joints, and nerves through spinal adjustments and postural correction, the body's wellness (health potential) and ability to function improves.  This is done through a rehabilitation program of adjustments and spinal exercises.

The length of correction and frequency of adjustment is determined by the severity of the patient's subluxations and structural alignment.

Symptoms may be gone long before the spine is at its maximum corrected position, so adjustment schedules are kept intense to allow structural correction in the shortest amount of time.

Advantage Chiropractic is a strong advocate of this kind of chiropractic care - treating the cause of the problem and not just relieving symptoms.

The Symptom Relief Chiropractors

This type of chiropractor primarily focuses on relief of symptoms such as back pain and headaches.  Manipulations are done to the spine to decompress the joints, free fixations and reduce pain.  In addition, electrotherapies such as ultrasound, diathermy, electrostimulation, tens units and laser acupuncture, might also be used.

Monitoring patient's progress by symptoms and insurance coverage usually means shorter overall treatment time, but still leaves the patient far short of correcting the cause of the symptom.  The patient may feel better temporarily, but since the spine remains structurally misaligned, it degenerates silently and results in damage and dysfunction to discs, joints, and whatever part of the body the nerve supplies.

Currently many medical experts see little value and even harm in simply treating symptoms.  Length of treatment and frequency of adjustments are usually dictated by the patient's symptoms, or insurance coverage.  Degrading treatment schedules like 3 to 2 to 1 per week are often used because that is all insurance will pay for.

Choose Carefully

Remember when choosing a chiropractor to match your health care philosophy and goals with theirs.  If, like most people, your health philosophy is to help your body reach and maintain its healthiest state, then choose the traditional / wellness chiropractor for maximum correction and maintenance of your spine and health.


Advantage Chiropractic Clinic
John S. Kozy, DC
14208 NW 3rd Ct, Suite 100
Vancouver, WA  98685

(360) 571-3464
(360) 571-5675 (fax)

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