Our primary treatment is based on the adjustment of the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spine.
Specific adjustments are applied to the first vertebra, the atlas in relation with the head and the other
cervical vertebrae, to correct occipital misallignments that may be causing migraine headaches.
If you are like many who suffer from chronic back pain, you have probably tried several
prescribed remedies to help ease your discomfort. Frequent bed rest, high doses of pain medication...perhaps even a non-traditional
approach such as acupuncture. And like so many, you have probably come to accept the fact that you just have to learn to live
with your pain. Well this is not always the case! First we must identify what is causing the pain.
Common causes of back pain
Your central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. Vertebrae (bones) protect the
spinal cord, which in turn, are protected by discs made up of a gelatin-like substance. Functioning as a shock absorber to
the bones, discs undergo tremendous amounts of stress, often resulting in a herniation or "bulging" of the disc. This is the
most common cause of lower back pain.
Another common cause of back pain is disc degeneration, caused by a drying out of the disc area.
Over the course of time, or through injury, dried discs will degenerate and induce pressure on nerves. The result is extreme
muscle tension and back pain.
Laser therapy ML830 by Micro Lite
80% of the adult population has an ache or pain and most
people learn to live with it. For those who are inactive due to their discomfort or pain, we may have the answer. Our goal
is to get everyone active so that they can enjoy life.
We are the first location in Carlsbad, NM. to have Class IV therapeutic laser technology. Laser Therapy can alleviate
the pain and discomfort associated with:
Knee and Hip Pain
Rotator Cuff Tear
and this is just a partial list of conditions that have responded to Class IV Laser Therapy. Sessions
for relief are typically just 10 minutes long or less.
A new, non-surgical treatment option for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome has been approved by the Food and
Drug Administration (FDA), and it is a welcome relief for many CTS sufferers. Looking more like a flashlight than a sophisticated
medical device, the Microlight ML 830 Cold Laser helps physicians relive patient's Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive stress injury that affects the hand and upper extremities.
Until recently, treatment options for CTS have included wrist splints to prevent movement and anti-inflammatory drugs and/or
steroid injections to reduce swelling or surgery to reduce pressure. Success of these options has been mixed.
Using this medical breakthrough, our clinicians apply the Microlight ML 830 to the surface of the
skin on 4 locations of the wrist and hand. In this painless procedure, infrared (invisible) light passes through the skin
and penetrates deep into tissues below. Further damage to the tissue is prevented because the laser is cold and involves no
heating of the patient's tissue.
It is believed that the infrared light energy helps “jumpstart” the cells to increase
circulation and reduce swelling in the treated areas.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome may cause hand pain, numbness and tenderness waking you at night or swelling,
tingling and burning in the fingers and hands. As CTS progresses, these sensations may become so acute and persistent that
persons no longer can perform the simplest of tasks such as grasping objects. The longer the swelling compresses or pinches
the median nerve, the greater the chance that some of the nerve cells will die. When enough nerve cells die, hand muscles
deteriorate and lose their ability to grip. CTS sufferers may become permanently disabled if they ignore the symptoms.
About the ML 830® Low Level Laser Therapy
Designed by a team of doctors and leading medical engineers, the ML 830® is a patented, low-power,
non-thermal laser capable of penetrating deep into the tissues of the human body. Once delivered, the light energy promotes
the process of photobiostimulation.
Virtually all light has some penetration properties; however,
it is often absorbed by the outermost skin layers. Traditional thermal (hot) laser light, on the other hand, can penetrate
but often destroys tissue. As it is well known that damaged cells benefit from light, the objective was to develop a non-thermal
and nondestructive deep tissue, delivery vehicle. The ML 830® Laser is a non-thermal laser capable of penetrating deep into
tissue. Once delivered, the light energy promotes the process of photobiostimulation. In human tissue the resulting photochemical
reaction produces an increase in the cellular metabolism rate which expedites cell repair and the stimulation of the immune,
lymphatic and vascular systems.
The ML 830® laser is a portable, handheld, battery-operated low-level energy laser. Treatments
typically last 15 to 20 minutes and are delivered three times a week over a five-week period. Treatment lengths may vary.
What results can I expect with the ML 830®?
The results, observed in clinical trials to date, are the apparent reduction in pain, inflammation,
edema and an overall reduction in healing time.
Chiropractic Care is an evidence based approach to wellness. Through this care people of all ages, abilities, disabilities, conditions and lack of conditions, realize a greater
quality of life!
"Benefits" Associated with Chiropractic
A recent retrospective study1 of 2,818 patients in
the United States and worldwide demonstrates that Network Care is associated with statistically significant, profound and
consistent improvement in self-reported health and wellness issues, including:
Improved PHYSICAL WELL-BEING:
2. Less STRESS relative to:
EMOTIONAL & PSYCHOLOGICAL WELL-BEING:
positive feelings about self
decreased moodiness, temper and angry outburst
less depression, more interest in life
fewer concerns about small things
improved ability to concentrate
less anxiety over vague fears
improved ability to stay on task
less distress about physical pain
4. LIFE ENJOYMENT:
openness to guidance by Inner feelings
experience of relaxation and well-being
positive feelings about self
interest in maintaining a healthy life style
feeling open when relating to others
confidence in dealing with adversity
compassion for others
LIFESTYLE CHANGES (i.e. increase in):
Tai Chi / Yoga
meditation / prayer
relaxation / self-hypnosis
health foods / vitamins
vegetarian / partial vegetarian
less us of
6. Overall QUALITY OF LIFE (Improvement relative to:)
extent one adapts to change
handling of problems in life
actual life accomplishments
life as a whole
overall contentment with life
life being what one wants it to be
actual work done
relationship with co-workers
As a whole, what does a
chiropractor do? There still exist a number of different philosophies about what a chiropractor should do. My philosophy is
simply to find the safest, fastest, most economical solution to neuromusculoskeletal problems. In general, a chiropractor
locates and corrects spinal subluxations and helps restore normal neuromusculoskeletal function and balance. Correction of
subluxation means an improvement of the alignment and/or motion of the joints of the spine and pelvis. Part of the process
of improvement may involve retraining, stretching, and strengthening related supportive structures such as discs, muscles,
ligaments, and tendons. Rehabilitation strengthening and home exercises are used to provide additional stability. Chiropractic is concerned with the total health and well being of the individual through a nervous system
that is free from interference.
Call today to make your appointment: 505-887-0565
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts which is based upon the understanding that good health
depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system (especially the spine, and the nerves extending from the spine
to all parts of the body). "Chiropractic" comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning "effective treatment by hand."
Chiropractic stresses the idea that the cause of many disease processes begins with the body's inability to adapt to its environment.
It looks to address these diseases not by the use of drugs and chemicals, but by locating and adjusting
a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
The conditions which doctors of chiropractic address are as varied and as vast as the nervous system
itself. All chiropractors use a standard procedure of examination to diagnose a patient's condition and arrive at a course
of treatment. Doctors of chiropractic use the same time-honored methods of consultation, case history, physical examination,
laboratory analysis and x-ray examination as any other doctor. In addition, they provide a careful chiropractic structural
examination, paying particular attention to the spine.
The examination of the spine to evaluate structure and function is what makes chiropractic different
from other health care procedures. Your spinal column is a series of movable bones which begin at the base of your skull and
end in the center of your hips. Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves extend down the spine from the brain and exit through a
series of openings. The nerves leave the spine and form a complicated network which influences every living tissue in your
Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion, and countless other factors can result in a displacements
or derangements of the spinal column, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots. These irritations are often what cause malfunctions
in the human body. Chiropractic teaches that reducing or eliminating this irritation to spinal nerves can cause your body
to operate more efficiently and more comfortably.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutritional and exercise programs, wellness and
lifestyle modifications for promoting physical and mental health. While chiropractors make no use of drugs or surgery,
Doctors of chiropractic do refer patients for medical care when those interventions are indicated. In fact, chiropractors,
medical doctors, physical therapists and other health care professionals now work as partners in occupational health, sports
medicine, and a wide variety of other rehabilitation practices.
What to expect on the first
The first thing the Doctor of Chiropractic
(DC) will do is ask you about the health complaints about which you are chiefly concerned. The doctor will also ask about
your family history, dietary habits, other care you may have had (chiropractic, osteopathic, medical, etc.), your job, and
other questions designed to help determine the nature of your illness and the best way to go about treating the problem
A physical examination will be performed in accordance with the doctors clinical
judgment, which may include x-rays, laboratory analysis and other diagnostic procedures. In addition, a careful spinal
examination and analysis will be performed to detect any structural abnormalities which may be affecting or causing your condition.
All of these elements are important components of your total health profile, and vital to our doctor of chiropractic in evaluating
An "adjustment," as doctors of chiropractic use the term, means
the specific manipulation of vertebrae which have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. Doctors of chiropractic
spend years learning motion palpation (the art of examining by movement or touch) and other forms of spinal examining procedures,
so that they can administer specific and appropriate spinal adjustments.
Once the DC has identified the problem, he will begin care
by way of these adjustments or "manipulations." Particular attention will be paid to that area of your spine where a spinal
derangement or "subluxation" has been detected. The adjustment is usually given by hand or "activator" type instruments, and
consists of applying pressure to the areas of the spine that are out of alignment or that do not move properly within their
normal range of motion.
Doctors of chiropractic use many sophisticated and varied techniques,
and the specific procedure to be used will be determined and explained completely to you following a careful evaluation of
your radiographs and physical findings.
circumstances, adjustments don't hurt. The patient may experience a minor amount of discomfort during the adjustment which
lasts only seconds. Adjustments or manipulations are extremely safe. The risk factor is estimated to be in excess of 1 million
Chiropractic Table used for adjusting patients
|Mechanical Traction Table
Time for a Spinal Tune-up
When you care
about your car, you take it to the shop for the tune-ups it needs – oil changes, tire rotations, new brakes, etc. Your
spine is no different. It needs a regular “tune-up” as well, complete with chiropractic adjustments. Chiropractic
tune-ups can serve three purposes:
1. Evaluate the state of your body, even if you have no pain.
who feel fine have areas of their spine or extremities that are out of normal alignment. When we adjust those bones back into
place, people feel better in some way. If we waited until we felt pain, we would all wait until we needed root canals or crowns
before going to the dentist!
2. Address major or minor pains you currently have, but haven’t been too worried
Have you had any nagging discomforts or pains coming from your spine or extremities? Do these discomforts prevent
you from doing the activities you enjoy? Instead of wondering if the pain will continue to get worse or stay that way for
the rest of your life, give chiropractic a try. You don’t have to live with pain.
3. Prevent future problems
that can and likely will arise from your joints being out of alignment and not functioning at 100 percent.
is moving toward preventative health care. Chiropractic has been at the forefront of this concept since the chiropractic profession
was founded in 1895. Arthritis, overuse injuries (like carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow), rotator cuff injuries and
knee problems are just some examples of conditions that may be prevented with chiropractic care.
tune-ups allows you to take care of your body so that your machine functions as well as it possibly can. Please remember to
make time to care for yourself; you are worth every penny.