Like medical doctors, not all chiropractors are the same. However, they may seem the same since most of them practice the traditional form of Chiropractic Care. This conventional practice focuses on reducing pain and aches, and muscle tension while increasing the joints' range of motion. Although these things provide essential benefits and pain relief, it doesn't necessarily help with your body's structure—this is where Structural Correction comes into play.
It's a chiropractic practice that focuses on restoring a person's body to its ideal structure by going in more in-depth, repairing the spine's overall function. Not many chiropractors specialize in this area. If you're looking for ultimate relief and want to bring your body back to its ideal stature, consider consulting with a chiropractor in this field.
To help you understand more about this unique chiropractic practice, here's everything you need to know about it.
What is a Structural Shift?
In terms of health, everybody knows that normal ranges exist. For instance, blood pressure has 'normal levels,' and once a person goes past the standard threshold, you're at risk of developing high blood pressure or hypertension. The same concept goes for fevers, blood sugar, and more. Normal ranges have been established all around us, and in most areas of our lives—including our spine.
Just like with other medical conditions, your body uses symptoms to indicate something is going on in your body's structural system that's affecting its optimal state, alerting you to a potentially more severe medical issue. A structural shift is precisely that type of condition.
Structural shifts happen when your spinal joints' proper alignment displaces, affecting its associated structures like muscles, discs, ligaments, and more joints. When these changes occur, it can ultimately impact your body's overall function, reducing your productivity and energy. It can cause several symptoms and secondary conditions, such as back pain, numbness, trouble sleeping, low energy, and headaches, disrupting your way of life.
This type of medical condition requires a specialized treatment called Structural Correction, which allows your body to heal to become symptom-free and improve overall body function. It achieves this by guiding your spine towards attaining a 'normal' structure instead of merely treating the secondary conditions or symptoms that are likely to come back in the long run.
The Secondary Conditions of a Structural Shift
Secondary conditions or symptoms can be an indicator of a more severe underlying issue in your body. Your body uses these signs to warn you that it's not functioning correctly. Although there are tons of secondary conditions out there, the most common ones associated with structural shifts in your spine include:
- Pain on the neck, mid-back, lower back, pelvis, legs, etc.
- You may experience sudden numbness and a tingling feeling (pins and needles) on the arms, hands, fingers, legs, etc.
- Disc injuries, including bulging, herniated or slipped discs.
- You may feel muscular spasms or tensions on the legs, arms, thighs, etc.
- Vertigo, nausea, dizziness, or balance problems
- Degenerative disc diseases and degenerative joint disease
- Stiff or reduced range of motion
- Spinal canal stenosis (narrowing of spaces within your spinal column)
- You may also experience uncommon symptoms, like sciatica or thoracic outlet syndrome.
- Wrist pain or carpal tunnel syndrome
- Poor posture
These secondary conditions are just some of the few associated with structural shifts on your spine, and common symptoms patients seek professional Chiropractic Care for. If you're experiencing any of the secondary conditions mentioned, it's wise to visit a chiropractor and have them see if you have an underlying structural shift. Doing this helps you address your issues promptly—saving you from a lot of pain.
How Chiropractors Can Help
Although there aren't many of them, structural chiropractors do exist, and they don't only focus on secondary conditions or the symptoms a patient may be experiencing. They also give keen attention to their spine's foundational structure. Regardless of the severity of the symptoms, chiropractors can tailor treatments just for that particular patient. Afterward, they will then address the spinal shift's issues by correcting the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves through careful stimulation.
The spine's foundation can be divided into different components, which creates a structural shift, a collection of changes in the spinal column, impacting the body's overall functions. By placing their energy into realigning the spinal structure, chiropractors can relieve most secondary conditions like back pain or compressed nerves while restoring the ideal spinal structure.
A structural chiropractor takes a scientific approach in analyzing your spine's structure, following different techniques. Afterward, they will create a plan and set up further consultations to choose their patients' best treatment plan.
What to Expect for Examination And Therapy for Structural Correction
Although every structural chiropractor has its unique approach to the practice, most will usually guide you through a picture analysis of your conditions while discussing their past health history relevant to their current symptoms or secondary conditions. If an accident or daily activity causes discomfort, pain, or aches, the chiropractor takes everything into account to deliver the best care for their patients.
After the initial consultation, a structural chiropractor will move on to examine the patient more thoroughly by performing these methods:
- Surface electromyography
These additional measures will help them determine if you have a structural shift in your spine that causes pain. It allows them to pinpoint the general region of the spinal misalignment for a more swift treatment program.
If the chiropractor does find an issue, and the patient doesn't want to go through surgery nor take synthetic medications and go with the chiropractors' specialized treatment plan, expect to receive the following correction techniques:
- Structural chiropractic adjustments
- Physical rehabilitation via exercising and stretching
- Structural soft tissue reconstruction
- A change in diet
Although any of these chiropractic practices can help restore spinal function and alleviate pain, structural chiropractors' most common method to treat structural shifts is spinal decompression. It helps address your discs' loss of fluid and thickness, separating the spine and decreasing length. When this happens, your spinal joints start to rub together, causing a bulging disc, a pinched nerve, and severe pain from the problem area.
Spinal decompression therapy can take the force caused by these bulges by restoring the discs' thickness. Chiropractors usually use specialty equipment to release negative pressure inside the discs, allowing the fluids to reshape the disc's form to its original state. However, the treatment you receive will still depend on your condition and what your structural chiropractor recommends.
When to Seek a Chiropractor?
Many individuals will experience back pain or symptoms related to it at some point in their lives, as no one's spinal structure is perfect. Consider visiting a chiropractor if you're experiencing the following symptoms:
- Compressed nerves
- Sciatica issues or pain related to it
- Spinal cord compression
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Numbness and tingling on your limbs
- Facet syndrome (pain on your facet joints)
- Herniated or 'bulging' discs
- Degenerative disc disease
Remember that spines differ from each person, and depending on your exam findings, chiropractors may suggest different sets of structural corrective exercises than other patients. For instance, if you work at a desk job and sit for an extended period every day, you'll need a different treatment plan to address your spinal damage than an individual who teaches swimming for a living. Additionally, the severity of your conditions determines what care you'll need.
However, if you experience any of the symptoms mentioned, structural corrective care can help address them and restore your spinal column's structural integrity. But even after a chiropractor finishes with the initial treatment, they will usually go over your spine a couple of times to ensure everything is still aligned, and make sure that issues don't arise again. Additionally, they will also provide stretches and exercises that patients can do at home to maintain their spine's integrity.
There aren't many chiropractors that focus on structural corrective practices, and even fewer have the necessary equipment to address all issues associated with a structural shift and its secondary conditions. However, if you're looking for a reputable chiropractor to help you, Dr. Jacob Tucker has got your back.
He's a specialist chiropractor based in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, offering various treatments for structural shift issues. Dr. Tucker has a certification in advanced Structural Correction, focusing on providing and maintaining his patients' spine's optimal position. To help him achieve the best results, he uses an array of Chiropractic Care techniques that allow him to create, customize, and tailor treatment programs to each patient as an individual.
However, what if you're within the normal limits of every measurement of a structural shift exam? You probably won't require a stabilizing phase of treatment. Still, Dr. Tucker can help alleviate any secondary conditions you may have, even if it isn't related to your spine. He also provides chiropractic services for headaches, neurodegenerative issues, and more.
You've got only one spine, so why not choose the best care for it? And what better way to achieve the ideal structural foundation than getting chiropractic corrective treatment from Dr. Jacob Tucker.