There are several key differences between traditional and structural chiropractic. Typically, traditional chiropractic tends to focus on:
- Decreasing Muscular Spasm
- Increasing Range of Motion
- Reducing Pain
While these are excellent symptoms that chiropractors offer relief for, we at Precision Chiropractic believe the solutions to the more traditional methods are in the area of SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT. The reason we call these symptoms SECONDARY CONDITIONS is that they may be a result of a PRIMARY CONDITION or an underlying cause.
The other type of chiropractic is Structural Correction, which is what we focus on here at Precision Chiropractic. Structural Corrections use objective procedures to evaluate and determine the need for care from an engineering point of view. No different than normal body temperature, normal weight, and normal blood pressure, there is a range of what is acceptable and what’s unacceptable. Our goal is to realign your spinal structure to its acceptable structure.
At Precision Chiropractic, we primarily focus on identifying and correcting a condition known as Atlas Displacement Complex. This is when the Atlas (the first bone in your neck) shifts out of its normal position. This puts a great deal of stress on the bones, discs, nerves, ligaments, and tendons in the neck. We correct this by using a meticulous and detail-oriented approach to adjustments called Atlas Orthogonal.
This is comparable to a house that is not resting correctly on its foundation. It is likely this shift would cause the walls to crack, the floors to creak, and etc. Should the cracks on the walls be filled, and more nails put in the floor? Or should we first check the foundation and correct the primary issue?
This is why the Primary Condition should be addressed first.
Common Secondary Conditions
These are considered Secondary Conditions because they generally result from Primary Structural Shifts. This is similar to having dandelions in your yard, and then proceeding to remove them by mowing the lawn. What would happen next?
They will grow back the following week because you did not get to the root of the problem.
We have found that focusing on Secondary Conditions, the cause may not be addressed and will resurface. Examples of Secondary Conditions that may be attributed to the Primary Condition (ADC) include, but not limited to:
- Asymmetry (Ex: low shoulder)
- Decreased Range of Motion
- Dowager’s Hump
- Lower Back Pain
- Middle Back Pain
- Muscular Spasms
- Muscular Imbalance
- Neck Pain
- Pinched Nerves (Nerve Impingement Syndrome)
- Posture-Related Issues (Including forwarding Head Carriage)
- Strength-Related Issues (Decreased Grip Strength)
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ)
How Do You Get An Atlas Displacement Complex?
There are many reasons that would cause an ADC to occur, however the most common is some form of an injury or trauma. When you are injured or suffer from physical trauma, normally there is a tear within the connective tissues that holds the spine together. This in turn creates weakness, allowing the spine to break down and lock into a stressed position. You may be able to move and get around just fine, but the stress is always there unless you see a professional to get it resolved.