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Chiropractic

The word chiropractor means "done by hand". Although modern chiropractors often use instruments to deliver adjustments, it is the hands-on nature of the practice that makes it unique and valuable. Chiropractic has roots in natural healing. In 1895, the first chiropractic adjustment was delivered by magnetic healer D.D. Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa. This town became the location of the premier chiropractic educational program, Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Many years have passed since that first adjustment and chiropractic has grown, progressed, and thrived as an internationally respected health profession that delivers non-invasive, whole-body care with few side effects. Research now demonstrates that chiropractic adjustments are beneficial for everyone from infancy to advanced age, and there are many different techniques that doctors of chiropractic can offer to personalize care.

Chiropractic is one of the most utilized forms of complementary and alternative care used by patients seeking care for common complaints like low back and neck pain, as reported in a 2017 Gallup poll, with over 63% of respondents reporting they had recently seen a chiropractor for their care. Chiropractic treatment can restore joint function, improve coordination and balance, and reduce physical stress and pain. Doctors of chiropractic are educated at the doctoral level in anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, nutrition, specialized imaging, biomechanics, and many adjusting techniques. They are trained to assess the structure of not only the spine, but also the extremities and to identify and correct issues of function throughout the body. The result for patients is increased energy and ability to do more of what they want to do with their time - better quality of life.

Chiropractors are often sought for care because of the increased time spent with each patient for one-on-one consultation and care. Building a personalized relationship between care provider and patient is a win-win for both, improving care and results.

Healing Arts Center is proud to offer full-time chiropractic care with Dr. Tracey L. Curtis, a graduate of the prestigious Palmer College of Chiropractic. In addition to chiropractic care, Dr. Tracey is also a body worker, offering both Craniosacral and Healthy Movement© therapy.

About Dr. Tracey's Philosophy of Care:

"Many people are a little apprehensive about getting chiropractic care. They have had a painful experience previously or heard that chiropractors only "crack" backs and necks. There are actually many different chiropractic techniques and many ways to approach care. Some chiropractors use fast-moving hands-on adjustments, which can be more forceful. These adjustments can be very successful. Some chiropractors use instruments to adjust which are also fast, though gentle and can be appropriate for someone needing a less strenuous approach. Some chiropractors correct muscles and other tissues that may create pain and imbalance. Some use a combination of techniques depending on the individual's needs and how they like to be adjusted. Some chiropractors only correct the upper neck, some the base of the spine and some only after taking x-rays. With so many options it is important to have an idea of how the doctor approaches care before you schedule a treatment and to be sure you are comfortable with their approach to practice.

In my practice the individual is a valuable participant in the process. I believe the body will always attempt to correct a problem, to restore balance. Proper assessment and diagnosis are very important. Sometimes there are many layers to get through to find the core of a chronic problem and more than one approach may be needed. I believe adjustments can be very gentle and still make big changes. Sometimes a stronger correction can also be very pleasant and appropriate. In my practice I assess the whole body, including posture, breathing, and structural changes due to prior injuries and activities. I request imaging when appropriate, but not in every case. I use gentle hands-on or instrument corrections. I consider not only bones and joints but also muscles, ligaments, tendons and organs, the whole body. Treatments are comprehensive, individualized, gentle, and specific."

The techniques Dr. Tracey offers include: SacroOccipital Technique (SOT), Diversified, Thompson, Receptor Tonus (NIMMO), Activator, Gonstead, Logan Basic and KST.

Free consultations are available. Contact us today to see if chiropractic at Healing Arts Center is right for you!