Camarillo Chiropractic Associates and Massage Therapy Center
- A Brief History Of Chiropractic
- The first recorded modern chiropractic adjustment was performed on
September 18, 1895, by Dr. Daniel David Palmer, a Canadian-born teacher
and healer. Dr. Palmer was, at the time, studying the cause and effect
of disease. His patient was Harvey Lillard, a janitor working in the
same building as Dr. Palmer in Davenport, Iowa. Mr. Lillard, who had
complained of hearing problems for over 17 years, allowed Dr. Palmer to
examine his spine. Dr. Palmer discovered a "lump" on Mr. Lillard's back
and suspected that a vertebra might be out of place, which he then
repositioned using a gentle thrust. After several such
treatments, much of Mr. Lillard's hearing was restored.
Since Dr. Palmer's first chiropractic adjustment, the art and science of
chiropractic has progressed significantly. Today, advanced diagnostic
procedures, sophisticated equipment, scientific research, and the
growing acceptance among other health care professionals makes
chiropractic a popular health care choice.
- Chiropractic Philosophy
- The chiropractic perspective on health and disease emphasizes two fundamental concepts:
1) the structure and condition of the body influences how the body functions and its ability to heal itself;
2) the mind-body relationship is instrumental in maintaining health and in the healing processes.
Although chiropractic shares much with other health professions, its
emphasis and application distinguishes it from modern medicine.
Chiropractic philosophy gravitates toward a holistic ("total person")
approach to healing which maintains that health depends on certain laws of structure and
function, and that deviation from such laws can result in illness.
- Neck Pain and Headaches
- Chiropractic treatment for neck pain, injury, and stiffness has long been
seen as a popular and effective drug-free treatment approach, but what if you
suffer from headaches?
"Cervicogenic" describes a headache type that results
from joint restriction or muscle spasm/tension in your neck. Most headaches
of this type can be helped by gentle chiropractic treatment of your neck,
along with stretching and other muscle therapy for the muscles that support
Sometimes, other therapies for the scalp muscles and jaw joints or
muscles are needed to relieve headache or neck pain, and these are also
treatments that chiropractic doctors use every day.
Basically, you shouldn't
wonder if you have to live with neck pain or headaches. Even if you've tried
medication and other treatments, until you've tried chiropractic care you may
be missing an important part of what triggers and prolongs your headaches.
Many patients who had been told that their headaches were stress-related or
allergy-related have also had help from chiropractic care and muscle therapy
for their neck.
Our clinic offers free consultations to help identify the
cause of your neck and head pain and to determine if chiropractic care is
appropriate. We can also refer you to another specialist if we can't help
your case, so don't suffer, call us to schedule a complimentary consultation today.
- Widespread Use of Chiropractic Care
- The increasing interest in alternative forms of care has caught
the attention of several health associations and government agencies. A
1993 study in the New England Journal of Medicine reported that "The
estimated number of visits made in 1990 to providers of unconventional
therapy was greater than the number of visits to all primary care
medical nationwide," and chiropractic was among the most frequently used
A followup report published in the Journal of the American Medical
Association in 1998 found that the use of non-medical treatments had
increased significantly since the 1990 survey, with "overall prevalence
of use increased by 25%, total visits by an estimated 47%, and
expenditures on services provided by practitioners of alternative
therapies by an estimated 45%." Of the survey respondents, one in nine
(11%) had used chiropractic care within the previous year.
- Healthy Tips for a Healthy Spine
- The following tips can help you take better care of your spine:
1) Make sure you have a firm, but comfortable, mattress that keeps the
spine aligned and supports the spine's natural curve. The best sleeping
positions are on your back or side.
2) When standing for extended periods, rest one foot on a small stool
to maintain spinal curvature and relieve pressure. The knees should be
bent when bending forward. Low-heeled shoes may help by maintaining
spinal curvatures and cushioning your weight.
3) Use chairs that promote good posture and support your back. Placing a
lumbar support in the lower portion of your back may help support your
spine's natural curve. Readjust the seat of your car so that your knees
are level with your hips.
4) When bending forward, bend at the knees and hips, but keep your back
straight. This will help to keep your spine's curvature in proper
alignment. When lifting, keep your spine straight while using your legs
to do most of the work. Hold the objects being lifted close to your
body to keep the weight on your spine to a minimum.
- The ABCs of Misalignment
- Vertebral misalignments are displacements of the spinal bones
(vertebrae) that can cause stress to your spinal cord and nervous
system. Misalignment may be caused by poor sleeping habits, poor
posture, strenuous exercise, injuries, auto accidents, sports, slips or
falls, and in some cases, the birthing process itself.
Chiropractic adjustments can be very helpful in correcting spinal misalignment and restoring optimal health.