Chiropractic

The Chiropractors at OKC Wellness Clinics Can Help You Get Balanced
Did you know that back pain is the second most popular neurological complaint in the U.S.? If you are one of the millions of Americans who are suffering from this ailment, you need a professional chiropractic care specialist to help you find the relief you need.

Chiropractic is a natural, drug-free approach to healthcare that provides a variety of preventative health benefits. It is essential to keeping your body balanced and functioning at is best.

The First Step to an Active Lifestyle is a Properly Functioning Spine
Your spinal column is made up of 24 independent vertebrae that allow your body to bend, twist, and move as you go about your daily tasks. It is also responsible for protecting your delicate central nervous system, which controls every muscle, organ, and tissue within your body.

When two or more of these vertebrae aren’t functioning properly, it is called a subluxation. A subluxation, or misalignment, can cause discomfort, pain, reduced mobility, and other conditions in various parts of the body. These symptoms are your body’s way of letting you know that something is wrong.

A chiropractor will help improve your spinal and joint function so that you will lead a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Improve Your Health Naturally With the Help of One of Our Chiropractors
You can prevent and treat your painful back problems with regular chiropractic care from OKC Wellness Clinics. Our chiropractors use a combination of treatments to make you feel better.

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Definition

Chiropractic is a physical medicine that’s goal is to restore and maintain proper function of the neuromusculoskeletal systems
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How it works

Objective effects of a chiropractic adjustment have been investigated and reported. More specifically, a single chiropractic adjustment produces both sensory and motor effects as well as sympathetic nervous system effects.
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Definition

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Chiropractic definition

Chiropractic is a physical medicine that’s goal is to restore and maintain proper function of the neuromusculoskeletal systems.  Chiropractic achieves this goal by increasing motion, restoring normal sensations, strengthening muscular weakness, and improving loss of flexibility.

This clinic offers physical medicine in the form of specific segmental adjustments, physiotherapy, and active rehabilitation.

An adjustment is a specific high velocity low amplitude thrust aimed at moving a hypomobile (locked up) segment beyond its active range of motion, but not beyond the paraphysiological space while maintaining joint integrity.

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Goals of the Adjustment

  • Restore nerve integrity (restore normal sensation)
  • Restore proper biomechanics
  • Block pain (firing of mechanoreceptor for inhibition of nociception and releasing of enkaphalins and endorphins)
  • Remove swelling (pushing out edema)
  • Prevent accelerated degeneration (movement of joints aiding in discal imbibition)
  • Returning soft tissue tone to a normal state (by stretching tissue and firing mechanoreceptors)

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Active Rehabilitation performed at the clinic

  • Myofascial Release Techniques
  • Exerball
  • Band Exercises
  • Bike and Hand wheel
  • Proprioceptive Reeducation
  • Core Stabilizer
  • Yoga Exercise

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This is a list of conditions that chiropractic may be of benefit

  • Neck pain (acute or chronic)
  • Headaches
  • Back pain
  • Radiating nerve pain (sclerotomal or dermatomal neuropathies), excluding progressive neurological deficits and including minor neurological deficits
  • Extremity conditions
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Many others

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Physiotherapy provided at the clinic

  • Myofascial Release – to remove adhesions and promote normal function.
  • Ultrasound – for the purpose of reducing inflammatory reaction, soft tissue swelling, and relax tight muscles.
  • Interferential Therapy – in order to induce muscle relaxation and strengthening, and to decongest tissue.
  • Intersegmental Traction – to encourage an increase in functional range of motion
  • Traction – this treatment is given to decompresses the spinal discs and promote discal imbibition (nutrient exchange).
  • Hot Packs – to promote circulatory flow into the involved tissues in the full spine.
  • Ice Packs – the effect is to reduce soft tissue irritation and swelling.
  • Diathermy – to promote circulation and relax muscular spasm.

How it works

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How a Chiropractic Works

How a Chiropractic Adjustment Works
Chiropractic manipulation typically involves:

  • A high velocity, short lever arm thrust applied to a vertebra
  • An accompanying, audible release of gas (joint cavitation) that is caused by the release of oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide, which releases joint pressure (cavitation)20
  • A relieving sensation most of the time, although minor discomfort has been reported (that usually lasts for only a short time duration) if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during this chiropractic care.

More Chiropractic Info:
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It should be known that joint cavitation or cracking does not occur at times, typically as a result of significant muscle splinting or the patient not being adequately relaxed during the chiropractic manipulation.

Benefits of Chiropractic Manipulation

Objective effects of a chiropractic adjustment have been investigated and reported. More specifically, a single chiropractic adjustment produces both sensory and motor effects as well as sympathetic nervous system effects.

The sensory and motor effects of a chiropractic manipulation include:

  • Increased joint ROM in all 3 planes and reduction of pain21, 22
  • Increased skin pain tolerance level23
  • Increased paraspinal muscle pressure pain tolerance24
  • Reduced muscle electrical activity and tension25

Sympathetic nervous system effects of a chiropractic manipulation include:

  • Increased blood flow and distal skin temperature (fingertips)26
  • Blood pressure reduction27, 28
  • Differences in distal skin temperature in the fingertips. Blood flow in the fingertips may rise or fall with specific chiropractic adjustments to the spine. For example, the distal skin temperature has been shown to rise (signifying increased blood flow) following a chiropractic adjustment to C1-C7 and/or L4-L5 while the temperature fell (less blood flow) when the chiropractic adjustment was made to the area between T1-L3.29

Blood chemistry changes after a chiropractic manipulation include:

  • Increased secretion of melatonin. Secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, melatonin helps regulate other hormones and maintain circadian rhythm (the 24-hour cycle that determines when people fall asleep and wake up).30
  • Increased plasma beta endorphin levels. Endorphins are the body’s natural pain killers; when increased, they help humans manage pain.31
  • Elevation of Substance P and enhanced neutrophil respiratory burst. Referring to the rapid release of oxygen species, respiratory burst is an important reaction in the degradation of internalized cells and bacteria.32
  • Pupillary diameter changes. Changes in diameter of the pupil (which range from 2-8mm) are often associated with different levels of fatigue and mental workload.33

Chiropractic Manipulation Techniques

There are many different manipulative techniques that can be utilized in chiropractic, and there is a certain skill level and “art” involved with high velocity, low amplitude adjustment or manipulation. It is perhaps more important for the chiropractor to determine when not to apply the adjustment, which is the reason for the extensive academic load placed on the chiropractic student (4 years of college plus 4 years at a chiropractic college).

The number of chiropractic treatments required for the particular patient varies significantly due to the degree of the injury, the biovariability between patients, and co-morbid risk factors of chronicity (anxiety, depression, poor coping strategies, financial distress, low educational attainment, and others). For example, the chiropractic treatment plan of a grade 1, lumbar sprain/strain rarely demands greater than 4-6 weeks to manage in an uncomplicated case with no co-morbid factors.

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What People Say

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  • This weekend, I was in Dallas for a wedding.. Standing on my feet for the entire event and after party really caused my lower back to be strained.. Along with that, the drive to Dallas took a toll on my back as well! I got to my appointment today and they could sense my pressure during the massage process.. Dr Muse and her great staff were able to work together to get me feeling better and I have been having a great day since!! Thanks so much guys!!

    Greg C.,

  • I have known Dr.Ashleigh Muse for several years. She has been treating me for chronic pain in my neck, back, and jaw. I was in a car accident about three years ago which left me with back and neck pain. I recently started having symptoms of TMJ,  after having dental work done. I was seeing a physician, a neurologist, an endontics, a dentist,and another neurologist. Still very little relief ,even more stress, and left terrified. I was told I could have permanent nerve damage, living in chronic pain for the rest of my life. I was a train wreck, and all I wanted was to feel good again. I began thearpy at the wellness clinic on a regular basis.Instead  of going when I "felt I needed to" . Dr. Muse saved my life, she has given me relief. The thearpy I receive reduced the pain to half, and I  finally feel like I have the energy to face this battle . I know it's not over and I have to work to feel like myself again, but now I know there is a solution, there is hope. I have been doing physical therapy, and tonight tried the pod for the first time. It was amazing!  It makes your body sweat all the toxins that are lingering. I felt as if I were walking on air when I got out. Every piece of me was relaxed. I will definitely be incorporating it into my health plan.  Thank you to everyone at the wellness clinic and especially to Dr. Muse for making me walk taller, straighter and stronger. 

    Anna C.,