Why Cut What Can Be Untied?

The Rubber Band Game... Ever played?

When the physical obstruction leading to secondary issues (loss of circulation, finger ache, skin color changes) is removed, the finger can eventually return to more normal feeling AND function (assuming the damage isn't irreparable).

Here's how the 'game' works: Wrap a rubber band around one of your fingers. Within a period of time you'll observe how the skin begins to change color and the finger aches as the the blood and nerves are being obstructed.

Now, imagine what would happen if you left the rubber band on your finger for the next hour, day, week, or even longer? The symptoms your finger is experiencing will keep getting worse and eventually will suffer irreparable damage!

So, let's think about the options to address this issue. Which would you choose?

  1. Exercise the finger. This might make your finger feel better; but it doesn't correct the cause of this particular problem.

  2. Massage the finger. This can offer temporary relief; however, the rubber band is still there causing the obstruction.

  3. Apply some pain relieving cream or medicine on the finger. This can also offer temporary relief, but does not remove the actual cause.

  4. Cut the finger off. This can certainly remove the obstruction (and more). Now there's also permanent damage in the body.

  5. Remove the rubber band. When the physical obstruction leading to secondary issues (loss of circulation, finger ache, skin color changes) is removed, the finger can eventually return to more normal feeling AND function (assuming the damage isn't irreparable).

Why are we talking about fingers & rubber bands?

You see, a Neuro-Structural shift in the spine is very similar. It places an obstruction on the nervous system, blood vessels, and other connective tissues just like the rubber band on your finger. This obstruction can lead to secondary issues like back and neck pain, migraines, numbness & tingling, muscle tension, and even lowered immunity.

When people first visit us at Platinum Chiropractic, many people have previously tried the other common solutions to their problems such as taking medicine, going to physical therapy, or having a massage in order to resolve the secondary issue(s) or symptoms they're dealing with.

Our unique focus as an office is that we look for the underlying structural cause of the problem and apply a results-driven plan of Neuro-Structural Correction to FIX it. The adjusting of the Neuro-Structural shift is how we can remove the obstruction to the nervous system and reduce the frequency of it coming back.

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Head to Toe Spinal Show

Prevent Injuries causing back pain, neck pain, disk herniations, sciatica, headaches, and so much more. 

Prevent Injuries that cause back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, sciatica, headaches, joint degeneration, arthritis and so much more. 

This month's 2nd Tuesday Workshop: Head to Toe Spinal Show. Dr. Karo will be going over how our body's are designed, and meant to work. We will explore ways to decrease your risk of injuries that are causing back pain, neck pain, disc herniations, arthritis, and sciatica, just to name a few. Learn how to move correctly and rehabilitate your body, keep your joints healthy and improve mobility. This interactive workshop will go over common areas of pain and tension, and how to get them better. Space is limited, RSVP to Kristen at info@platinumchiroca.com.

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Neuro-Structural Correction

What is Neuro-Structural Correction, and how is Platinum Chiropractic different from other chiropractors? 

Since most chiropractors in this area are of the conventional variety, I think a great place to start would be to define what is considered to be “conventional chiropractic” care. Conventional chiropractic has the following goals. 

  • Decrease muscular spasm
  • Increase range of motion
  • Reduce pain 

That is what most chiropractors offer in the way of care, and I believe that most of these folks do a great job.  

Unlike conventional chiropractors, here at Platinum Chiropractic, we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction of the spine by utilizing gentle and specific adjustments in an effort to improve/ correct a neuro-structural shift. 

We’re all familiar with normal body temperature: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. How do we know when someone has normal eyesight? The only way to appreciate abnormal- is to know normal. 

Now, when it comes to normal we’re not expecting anyone to be perfect. However, if your head is displaced 30mm beyond what’s considered acceptable, you have a neuro-structural shift. Your head shifting forward is no different than your car being forced out of alignment, or the foundation of your house sinking on one side by just a couple of inches. Because the underlying structure has been shifted (regardless of the reason), this deviation of your skull puts abnormal stress on your muscles, tendons, ligaments, spinal bones, and discs- forcing them to put pressure on your nerves and cause secondary conditions (symptoms). We refer to symptoms as secondary conditions because they are a result of a Primary condition or an underlying cause (a Neuro-Structural Shift). Some of these secondary conditions include: Neck Pain, low back pain, headaches, loss of muscular function, muscular tension, nerve impingement syndrome, disc degeneration, decreased energy, and poor sleep, just to name a few. 

There are four signs that are clear indicators of a Neuro-Structural Shift. These indicators are not related to age or genetics. They are a result of stress, trauma, repetitive movement and improper ergonomic positions that have disrupted the normal function of the spine. They include a moderate to severe shifting of your structure on a structural photograph; moderate to severe nerve pressure on our nerve scans, decreased spinal biomechanics (movement/ motion of the spine), and an abnormal alignment on an x-ray. 

Our goal is to direct your spine to what’s considered to be normal. By doing so, this will relieve pressure on the discs, which subsequently will relieve pressures on the nerves, thus improving/ correcting the shifts, which are not only causing your secondary condition, but are also inhibiting the optimum function of your nervous system.

Objective Measures

Here at Platinum Chiropractic, we focus on a specific specialty of chiropractic care called Neuro-Structural correction, not symptom reduction. Structural shifts cause secondary conditions in the body such as pain, tension, poor mobility, and many others. When we correct the neuro-structure, those secondary conditions that are caused by a structural shift tend to go away.

We do this by taking many objective measures such as neuro scans, structural photographs, x-rays, and biomechanic testing. The second image is a thermography scan from a patient that has complaints of migraines and lower back pain. She was scheduled for surgery before she came to us. 

Proprioception, Your Sixth Sense

Proprioception refers to the sense or perception of your body position and movement. It’s your subconscious ability to know where your body is without touching or seeing it.  This sense is gained primarily from input from sensory nerves in tendons and the fibrous capsules of joints combined with input from your vestibular (balance) portion of the brain. 

So why is proprioception so important? This special ability allows our bodies to respond immediately to our environment. It is the process by which the body can fluctuate muscle contractions in immediate response to incoming information from external forces via stretch receptors in the muscles which keep track of the joint position in the body. The greatest example we see this is in sports where the body’s ability is impressively displayed. 

Proprioception works through the nervous system. In fact the greatest amounts of proprioceptive connections are in the spine, especially in the upper cervical (neck) area. This is because joint sense and position is so vital to normal function of the brain; we have the most receptors in the spinal column constantly giving the brain feedback of our position and motion. 

This is one of the reasons why at Platinum Chiropractic we do such a meticulous job of examining the upper cervical spine (neck). We use several objective measures to confirm this area is properly aligned and articulating (moving) normally to ensure appropriate feedback to the brain. When your spine is functioning normally, your brain gets proper information and stays healthy. This can also prevent injuries because the body is much more in tune and responds faster during a slip or fall.

This robot does not have proprioception, so it cannot react quickly to changes in the floor's surface to prevent itself from falling. If your nervous system is working well, you have a better chance of catching yourself before you fall and break a robot hip ;)

Chin Tucks: Good or Bad?

Did you know there is a special movement that only one part of your spine can bio-mechanically do? It is your skull and first cervical segment and the range of movement is called protraction and retraction (sliding forward and backwards without bending). You do this movement by sticking your chin out and tucking it in, as if your giving yourself a “double chin,” all without looking down or up.  Outside of the spine the only other places where such movement exists is the jaw and scapula’s (shoulder blades). All other motion such as flexion and extension (bending forward and backward), lateral flexion (side bending), and rotation can be accomplished with all other vertebrae (spinal segments).

As you know, the upper part of your neck is very important because that area protects your brain stem and other tissues vital to your health. Plus, your upper cervical spine leads the rest of your spine. That is why Neuro-Structural shifts in this region can be the cause of a myriad of secondary conditions such as leg pain. Not because they are directly involved, but because the compensation due to a shift causes downstream and upstream secondary effects and distorts the rest of the spine.  

When the spine shifts, it causes secondary conditions (symptoms).

When the spine shifts, it causes secondary conditions (symptoms).

This area is called the C0-C1 (occiput and C1) junction and the total movement forward and backward is about 25 degrees. The reason this matters is because almost everyone is missing this critical range of motion! Because of sitting, working on computers, looking down, texting, sticking out your chin so you don’t have chin rolls…. ;) we are in an epidemic of people who can’t pull their chin back. So this creates a cascade of issues to occur in the spine such as neck tightness, tension headaches, shoulder pain etc. 

Solution: At Platinum Chiropractic our solution includes specific adjustments to correct Neuro-Structural shifts and restore proper alignment and motion first. Then we teach specific neck exercises, advise on appropriate sleeping positions, along with other self care, in order to compliment the correction of Neuro-Structural shifts. One of the easiest and most important exercises to practice is tucking your chin in and pushing your head back over your shoulders. Do this when you stand, sit, even lifting weights. Try doing isometric (static) holds by retracting and pushing your head into your headrest of your car when you’re stopped at a red light (avoid looking up so you can maximize this range). It is a good way to release muscular tension as well as strengthening your neck.