Chiropractic physicians are holistic health care providers who examine and treat the whole patient. Their techniques are non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical.
Chiropractors are regarded as musculoskeletal experts who facilitate the proper mobility of your joints and soft tissues. Proper joint motion improves your quality of movement to relieve pain while also relieving stress on all of the other systems in your body, including your nervous system, circulatory system, and immune system. In this way chiropractic care can be preventative as well as restorative.
Chiropractic care is a safe, gentle and comprehensive way to improve your whole health. It may free you from acute or chronic pain, prevent future injury and illness, and improve your athletic performance.
Chiropractors treat more than back pain. Although they are regarded as musculoskeletal experts who treat the muscles and joints of the body, they are also successful at treating a myriad of other conditions from headaches to digestive disorders. Chiropractors are knowledgeable about all of the body’s systems and will refer you to the appropriate physician if your condition requires.
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Known for their thorough yet gentle adjustments, our chiropractors rank among the best in Portland. Just last December, Dr. Liz Giles was named Portland Monthly's Best Chiropractor of 2015.
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How do I know when to see a chiropractor?
Car accidents, repetitive stress issues, sports injuries, even day-to-day aches and pains can all respond to chiropractic adjustments.
What is the initial visit to a chiropractor like?
Your first visit to the office will typically be the longest – approximately an hour. This visit includes a discussion of your health history, a physical exam and treatment.
How does a chiropractor use my health history?
Before your first visit, you will have completed our new patient paperwork, which provides your practitioner with a thorough health history.
At the first visit, you will be asked in-depth questions about your health history and specific complaint. You will then receive a treatment that is tailored to your condition. In closing we’ll discuss how to proceed and what to expect as a result of treatment.
What is the physical exam like?
Informed by your health history and specific complaint, your chiropractor will perform a focused exam to determine the exact cause of your pain as well as any contributing factors. The exam can include watching your gait, testing your strength or checking your range of motion. Chiropractic exams are non-invasive.
Does chiropractic treatment hurt?
No. A typical treatment includes soft tissue massage, followed by chiropractic adjustment. No adjustment is made until your muscles are relaxed enough for safe and gentle release. Your practitioner will describe the process prior to performing the adjustment hands-on adjustment. Don't be afraid to speak up, if there is something you don't like, she will find an alternative way that's just as effective.
Be prepared to leave with some homework. It’s important for you to be involved in your own recovery process!
What is an activator and how does it work?
An activator is a small, handheld, spring-loaded instrument which delivers a small impulse to the spine. The aim is to produce enough force to move the vertebrae but not enough to cause injury. The Activator Method Chiropractic Technique (AMCT) is an alternative to the traditional, manual spinal manipulation. Its gentle action typically restores motion to the targeted spinal vertebrae or joint.
What is Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM)?
Scar tissue is notorious for restricting range of motion. IASTM therapy effectively breaks down scar tissue and promotes blood flow to the area of injury. Doing so begins the healing the process all over again – this time relieving pain and restoring free movement. IASTM therapy may not be fun, yet it’s very effective!