Mobility Class: Move Your Spine

A Joint Health Workshop

Friends and family welcome for our Mobility Class: Move Your Spine Workshop.

Tomorrow is the day! For August's workshop Dr. Karo will be focusing on joint health, in particular your spine, because who doesn't want to prevent spinal degeneration!

Come learn how to manage the daily wear and tear on our joints as well as strategies for long term joint health. 

Sign up with via the form below. Friends and family are welcome. but we only have a few spots left.

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Normal is Not an Option

At Platinum Chiropractic we focus on Neuro-Structural Correction because restoring and protecting your body's normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness. 

We all know the human body has a normal temperature, a normal range for blood pressure, and normal eyesight, but most of us are unaware that there is also a normal when it comes to the structural alignment of the spine.

What would happen if there were a shift from the normal alignment of your automobile? How about a shift in your home's foundation? If your spine shifts from its normal structural alignment, the result may be a variety of secondary conditions (symptoms) such as neck and back pain headaches, pinched nerves, sciatica, numbness/tingling – just to name a few.

Restoring and protecting your body's normal structural alignment is a key factor in maintaining optimal health and wellness. That is why here at Platinum Chiropractic we take many objective measurements to gage if your spine has shifted and where those shifts are. This allows us to be more specific with your care that's customized for each person. 

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. 

Neurodegenerative Disorders and Chiropractic Care

I recently attended a seminar focusing on neurodegenerative disorders in relation to brain trauma and de-generation. These disorders, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer's and Dementia, have comparable qualities that contribute to each of the disorders’ formation and corresponding decline of bodily functions. 

A study looking at the anatomical alignment of the Foramen Magnum (hole in the bottom of your skull), brain, brainstem, and the first two vertebrae in the neck that protect those structures, reveals important insight into the alignment and flow of spinal fluid to the brain. When structures deviate from their normal position, they create compensatory movement and abnormal pressures. Pressures on the spine create secondary conditions such as these neurodegenerative disorders. By bringing structures back to a normal position, and range of motion, it allows for the individual pieces to contribute to overall normal functions in the body, and spinal fluid flow in and out of the brain. 

"The role of the Cranio-cervical junction in cranio-spinal hydrodynamics and neurodegenerative conditions" by Michael F. Flanagan published in the neurology research international November 30, 2015; [epub].

"A new model of the atlas subluxation is emerging: a misalignment between the atlas and occiput could compromise the venous drainage of the brain (spinal vein, internal jugular vein), compromise the flow of cerebral spinal fluid, and/or compromise the arterial supply (anterior and posterior spinal arteries, and vertebral arteries) to the brain."

Basically, this graphic shows a sketch of how connected the brainstem, brain, spinal cord, and blood circulatory system are in relationship with the structures that house and protect them, such as the upper spine and skull. 

At Platinum Chiropractic we take a very specific look into this area with our specific objective measures and diagnostics such as X-ray, thermography, surface electromyography, and functional examination, which guide our doctors in providing the most specific care for each individual.