What exactly is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the largest alternative health care system in the world today. Tens of millions of individuals experience safe, effective Chiropractic care each year.

Chiropractors look at the body as a whole and strive to return it to its normal functioning state without drugs or surgery by way of Chiropractic adjustments. Often time’s nutrition as well as exercise and stretching are also part of the treatment program.

While Chiropractic is well known for its effective treatment of back, neck and headache conditions those are only a small portion of the conditions that respond to Chiropractic care.

Because Chiropractic emphasizes working with the nervous system, which controls all bodily functions, Chiropractic care can have a positive effect on a wide range of conditions including Asthma, Allergies, Digestive issues, Multiple sclerosis and many more.

When necessary Dr. Kolodziej works along with other health care professionals assuring you the most advanced and complete health care to fit your needs.

Going to a Chiropractor may be a new experience for many people. Your first visit is about your getting to know the Chiropractor and the Chiropractor getting to know about your condition and health goals.

As with all doctors new patient paperwork will need to be filled out (This can be done online through this website or you may print up the forms from this website, complete them and bring them to your first visit).

We will discuss your case, perform a physical exam and if necessary take some X-rays to evaluate your present spinal status. Once this is complete treatment can begin. In most cases treatment is possible at the time of the first visit.

A thorough report with consultation usually comes on a follow up visit. At that time if additional treatment is necessary a plan of action will be put together that meets your health goals.

As a Chiropractor, I understand that although many of my patients may have similar conditions, they often respond differently to a variety of treatment options. For this reason, I tailor a specific treatment plan to meet your specific needs and health goals.

Finding a Chiropractor who understands the changing health care needs and the most current techniques and approaches to address your healthcare problems can be a daunting task. I hope that you find this web site helpful in learning more about our Chiropractic care approach.

Mission Statement: “To offer the highest quality of care in a comfortable environment and to educate my patients on how to achieve and maintain an optimum state of health”

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Chiropractors eliminate or reduce spinal biomechanical imbalances which are referred to as Subluxations. This is done through specific chiropractic adjustment to spinal joints. These adjustments can be done gently by hand or with an adjusting instrument. The adjustments restore normal spinal motion, normal spinal balance and normal nerve transmission. With the restoration of motion, balance and nerve transmission the body can begin to heal itself. Muscles relax and pain subsides. Normal organ function returns.

Often times the use of therapies such as spinal exercises, stretching, electric stimulation, distraction, ice, heat, ultrasound and massage are used in conjunction with Chiropractic adjustments. These therapies facilitate and enhance the spine’s ability to receive and maintain the Chiropractic adjustments.

Subluxations: Subluxations are misalignments or fixations of spinal vertebrae causing spinal biomechanical imbalances leading to adverse muscle reaction, tissue degeneration, nerve interference, pain and ill health

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Spinal subluxations are misalignments or fixations of spinal vertebrae (the bones that make up your back) causing spinal postural/ biomechanical imbalances that lead to adverse muscle reaction, tissue damage, nerve irritation, pain and ill health.

If left untreated the spine and surrounding tissues such as discs, muscles, nerves and joints begin to adapt to the subluxation. The body eventually will accommodate to the changes by compensating in other spinal areas and in turn cause other subluxations and associated conditions. The longer this goes on the more difficult it becomes to reverse the process. Eventually degeneration of the spinal tissues sets in making resolve of the condition even more complex.

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Spinal degeneration occurs to all spines as we go through life. Falls, traumas, accidents, injuries, repetitive activities, be it work, sport or hobby related take a toll on our spines as we age. For some there is even a genetic predisposition for spinal degeneration.

Phase 1 degeneration
The first stage of spinal degeneration is when there is a minor loss of normal spinal balance and spinal curves. The surrounding tissues such as nerves, discs, joints and muscles are under continual low level stress. During this phase rarely is significant pain noted. Often times it is just a sense of less joint mobility, tightness or muscle tension. With proper care at this time there is a good chance to return the spine to normal functioning.

Phase 2 degeneration
In this phase the spinal discs begin to narrow and the bones begin to deform (often referred to as Arthritis). The spinal canals where the nerves transfer out of the spine begin to narrow. Muscles accommodate by tensing and tightening. The spinal nerves become more prone to irritation. Significant aches and pains are common along with fatigue. As phase two progresses the symptoms become more severe and last longer. In this phase improvement is possible. Though the spine may never be normal again relief of pain and symptoms is common and through proper management the degeneration process may be halted or slowed.

Phase 3 degeneration
In this phase there is significant damage to the spine. Discs can become obliterated or herniated causing spinal stenosis. Muscles become rigid and spasm. Joints are immobile leading to loss of spinal movement. Nerves are in constant state of irritation. Symptoms are constant and severe. Proper care in this phase can help reduce the symptoms and allow the individual to be more functional but complete resolve of pain and symptoms is not common. With out proper care in this phase the degeneration will continue, pain and symptoms will worsen. Eventually surgical intervention may be necessary.

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