Answers to a Few Common Questions
Chiropractic care offers the greatest benefits with consistent care over time. There may be times when just need a visit or two per month to help prevent issues from sneaking up on you, and other times 2 or 3 visits per week may be necessary. We believe that decision on how much care is appropriate for you should be between you and your Express chiropractor rather than an insurance company or other 3rd party payer making the decision.
Improving and maintaining spinal alignment and health is a long-term investment…not a short-term expense.
Express Chiropractic & Wellness Fort Worth provides chiropractic care and massage care.
The only condition we diagnose and treat is Vertebral Subluxation Complex (improper alignment and motion of spinal bones and the associated muscle tension and imbalance). Gentle manipulation of the joints (often referred to as as ‘Adjustment’) is done to restore proper alighnment and motion.
An area of increased muscle tension, often called a spasm, is commonly the result of a misalignment of associated spinal bones. The massage therapist is trained to pinpoint and relieve the muscle spasm using Muscle Relief Therapy or MRT.
Muscle Relief Therapy is customized to your specific needs. The therapist uses a combination of deep (to your individual tolerance level) massage and stretching to the specific area or areas where you are needing help getting the muscles to relax. The therapist may use any one of the following techniques during the session…
- Myofascial Release: A localized massage to the affected muscles designed to lengthen and ‘release’ tight muscles
- Trigger Point Therapy: Pressure – typically static or with slight motion – on the area of tight muscle or ‘knot’ to stimulate the muscle spasm to release
- PNF Stretching: Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) stretching is a very effective stretching technique that quick relaxes any area from that tight neck to those out-of-control tight hamstrings.
MRT is a very quick and effective stand alone service and also great in combination following a chiropractic adjustment.
As noted above, an adjustment is a specific light to moderate force manipulation of the any joint in the body. While most people think of an adjustment taking place on the spine, they are equally effective in other areas of the body such as ankles, shoulders and elbows.
‘Chiropractic’ is a word that simply means ‘done by hand.’ Originating in the late 1800’s in the United States, it has become a well accepted and documented treatment type to help align spinal bones that lose proper motion and alignment (called a ‘subluxation’). The benefits of Chiropractic care far exceed just pain relief – it helps improve the overall integrity and function of your entire nervous system resulting in MORE ENERGY, BETTER POSTURE, IMPROVED SLEEP, STRONGER IMMUNE SYSTEM, OPTIMAL ORGAN FUNCTION AND MANY MORE BENEFITS…
While spinal manipulation is considered safe, as evidenced by a New Zealand government study and others, you should notify your chiropractor of any pre-existing disease or illness such as strokes, rheumatoid arthritis or unstable joints so that treatment that may affect these issues can be avoided or modified.
As insurance companies continue to increase deductibles and copayments each year, at Express Chiropractic Fort Worth we have eliminated the need for using insurance by setting our prices below that of most copayments.
You can, however, utilize your Health Savings Account (HSA) card, if you have one, to cover your Express Chiropractic expenses.
Even if we were to set aside old injuries from years ago, sports, falls and auto accidents and other traumas… there is still plenty that you do everyday that can result in subluxation or misalignment of spinal bones. From the postures you take on while commuting, sleeping and sitting at your computer for hours on end to the muscle tension associated with stress can cause spinal bones to lose their proper motion and alignment.
While the words wellness and maintenance have slightly different definitions technically, in chiropractic care they share a common meaning of regular spine checks for the purpose of maintaining proper spine alignment – regardless of if you are experiencing any pain. By detecting and correcting misalignment of spinal bones before it becomes significant enough to interfere with the nerves that exit out between them you are improving the overall health of your spine and quality of your life.
Your maintenance chiropractic care should of course be coupled with a proper diet and adequate levels of exercise.