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Chiropractic Services & Techniques
If you've always thought of chiropractic clinics purely in terms of neck or back pain treatment, you have a marvelous discovery to make. Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation is proud to serve as the primary conservative care provider of choice for families throughout the Chesapeake VA area, offering safe, natural techniques to aid in everything from injury rehabilitation to preventative wellness care. Take a look at the range of services provided by our chiropractor in Chesapeake, Dr. Eric Santjer.
It's no surprise that chiropractic care should feature heavily at our clinic. This healing modality is extraordinarily versatile for its ability to improve the health and comfort, not just of joints, but of your entire body. Our Chesapeake chiropractor focuses on the traditional, time-tested Diversified Technique created by the founder of chiropractic medicine, D. D. Palmer. By applying precise amounts of high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust to joints that have lost their alignment or joint components that are out of position, Dr. Santjer can address problems ranging from age-related degenerative spinal conditions to acute injuries that cause neck, back or shoulder pain. Correcting your musculoskeletal alignment can also result in less muscle strain and more efficient nerve function throughout the body.
Auto accidents are traumatic events, with much of that trauma afflicting the musculoskeletal system. The force of the impact can send parts of your body flying -- including the head, resulting in the severe neck pain and cervical misalignment of whiplash. Seat belt injuries and jolts to the lumbar spine can also produce ailments such as sciatica (painful impingement of the sciatic nerve roots). Our Chesapeake chiropractor can evaluate the extent of your injuries and then treat them holistically, with multiple conservative care methods working together to restore your health, comfort and function.
Headaches and migraines are both capable of grinding your entire life to a painful halt. Tension headaches are related to muscle spasms in the neck, which in turn may be due to chronic alignment problems in the cervical spine. The brutal pain and other symptoms of migraines seem to be connected to biochemical changes that affect the cranial blood vessels, triggered by everything from muscular strain to specific foods. Chiropractic care, massage therapy and other soothing techniques can take the tension out of your neck muscles, relieving chronic headaches without drugs. Spinal adjustments can also reduce your migraine frequency/severity, while our nutritional counseling and other lifestyle advice helps you stay away from known triggers.
In addition to helping you get rid of stress, massage therapy conveys significant healing and pain relief benefits. Skilled manipulation of soft tissues helps prepare muscles for chiropractic treatment; it also improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, which not only relieves pain and swelling but also promotes a strong immune system for everyday wellness. The increase in blood flow makes massage therapy a useful rehabilitation tool by providing injured tissues with better access to oxygen and nutrients. Deep tissue massage can even free up long-held aches and pains caused by internal scar tissue buildup, while specific applications such as sports massage can prepare your muscles for an athletic event (or help them recover from one). Our Chesapeake chiropractor prescribes massage therapy as an element of neck and back pain treatment, prenatal care and many other situations.
If you are what you eat, then it only makes that you can either help or hurt your health through your dietary and nutritional choices. For instance, certain types of foods will only worsen issues such as hypertension, diabetes, allergies and migraines, while foods known to cause inflammation can negatively impact your body in a variety of ways. Obesity is an especially common and worrying threat in this age of fatty "convenience" foods, not least for its ability to promote serious systemic diseases. We can compare your diet with your baseline health and current symptoms to create a personalized nutrition program aimed at optimizing your condition and helping you stay healthier for many years to come. We'll show you how to eat for health as well as prescribing supplements as needed to make up for any specific nutritional deficiencies or challenges you may be facing.
Just as a new child is a major life transition, so do the 9 months of pregnancy impose some major changes on the musculoskeletal system. As your weight increases, your abdomen enlarges, and your pelvic ligaments begin to loosen, the resulting effects on your posture, spinal alignment and nerve function may contribute to joint pain, low back pain, headaches, edema (swelling) in the hands and feet, hormonal imbalances, nausea and other discomforts. Misalignment of the sacral spine and pelvic bones may even make it difficult for the fetus to turn in the womb for a normal head-first birth. Our chiropractor in Chesapeake can help you with all of these concerns by prescribing gentle, safe prenatal massage and chiropractic adjustments, permitting a healthier pregnancy with fewer side effects. A specialized chiropractic technique known as the Webster Technique can also normalize the sacral/pelvic alignment to facilitate a safer, easier delivery for your new family member.
The conservative techniques offered at Atlantic Chiropractic and Rehabilitation are suitable and beneficial for individuals of all ages, from babies to senior citizens. By providing these services, we hope to play a major role in your family's ongoing quality of life as your primary health and wellness care providers. To discover just how helpful our integrative solutions can be, call 757.547.4325 to schedule an initial consultation with our Chesapeake chiropractor. We look forward to helping you thrive!