Conventional vs. Structural Chiropractic

Conventional Chiropractic - Conventional chiropractic focuses on reducing spasm, increasing range of motion, and temporarily reducing pain. Chiropractors have done well under this model of symptomatic/relief care, and many of them are excellent at what they do. - At Align Chiropractic, our approach is different. We focus on NeuroStructural Correction by utilizing objective indicators to determine the presence of Structural Dysfunction. - Structural Chiropractic - If you think of the spine like a foundation of a house, you realize that weakness in the foundation can change the structure of the entire house. Walls begin to crack, doors & windows won't close properly, and floors become uneven and begin to creak. You can make cosmetic repairs, but sooner or later you'll have to address the foundation, otherwise the problems will return... - ... again... and again... and again. - And suddenly instead of achieving true correction, we're relying on chiropractic to be much more like a natural (and sometimes expensive) form of aspirin. - Get Back To Normal! - Rather than constantly repairing damage, we've chosen to focus on correcting the "underlying foundation" so that your spine reaches as much of its normal structure and function as possible. - Of course, our services aren't for everyone. However, if you are tired of constantly patching up the problem and are looking for a more long-term solution that you can both feel AND see for yourself, then Align Chiropractic may be the right place for you. - Once the foundation has been corrected, we'll guide and teach you how to keep it that way through customized recommendations designed for your particular spine and level of dysfunction.

What Is Structural Dysfunction?

If we were to ask you what normal blood pressure is, you might answer 120/80. Maybe you're not even sure what that means exactly, but you know there is a normal value. In healthcare, there are normal values for not just blood pressure, but many things like sight, blood sugar, heart rate, and body mass (too name a few). There will always be variations based on age or situation and no one needs to be perfect, but there are accepted ranges. - At Align Chiropractic, we recognize that the entire spine works as a functional unit but there are two primary areas that may experience the most amount of Structural Dysfunction. - - Lower Spine - The base of the spine may shift, twisting the pelvis and sacrum causing a Pelvic Displacement Complex, or Structural Dysfunction at the sacrum or sacroiliac joints. This can cause the hips to shift and produce improper alignment cascading up the spine. - Upper Spine - The area of the spine most vulnerable to Structural Dysfunction is the top of your spine at the base of the skull, or the upper cervical region. Structural Dysfunction here can cause a condition known as the Atlas Displacement Complex. This can effect the neck and upper back, cranial bone position, and brainstem function.

What Are Secondary Conditions?

Once structural dysfunction is present and disrupting the spinal cord and spinal nerves exiting the vertebral column, it can create many secondary conditions (or symptoms). The reason they are referred to as secondary conditions is because they are the result of a primary condition, i.e. structural dysfunction. The location of the specific dysfunctional segment and where the nerves are being disrupted and irritated will give us an idea about your secondary conditions. Some of these may include: - -

  • Allergies
  • Arm Pain (Upper & Lower)
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Asymmetry (e.g. Low Shoulder)
  • Bed Wetting
  • Blood Pressure (High & Low)
  • Bone Spurs
  • Breech Baby
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Myelopathy
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Digestive Problems (Ex: IBS)
  • Disc Herniation/Pinched Nerve
  • Dizziness/Vertigo
  • Ear Infections (Children)
  • Fatigue (Chronic)
  • Fevers
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Frequent Colds
  • Headaches (Ex: Tension-Type)
  • Hip Pain
  • Infant Colic
  • Joint Pain
  • Leg Pain (Upper & Lower)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Mid-Back Pain
  • Migraines
  • Muscular Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Numbness/Tingling (Hands & Feet)
  • Nerve Impingement Syndrome
  • Posture Related Issues
  • Pregnancy Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Sinus Problems
  • Sleeping Problems
  • Strength Related Problems
  • Tendinitis
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Torticollis (Infants)
  • TMJ Syndrome
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome

What Do I Need To Know Before My Exam?

Plan ahead... - As a courtesy, we do not perform an examination until we have a conversation. Our consultation is complimentary and is always more of a friendly conversation. This allows us to learn more about you and for you to learn more about us and, more importantly, determine if we are the right solution for you. After the consultation, you may elect to proceed with a Structural Chiropractic Examination, or schedule at a later date if you desire.

What Should I Expect From My Exam?

Our Structural Chiropractic Examination is performed by the doctor (not an assistant) and is comprehensive and takes approximately 45-60 minutes to complete depending on the severity of your condition. - If indicated, your Structural Chiropractic Examination will include: -

  • Structural Multiaxial Analysis
  • Structural Symmetry Assessment
  • Structural Digital Photography
  • NeuroThermal Analysis (NTA)
  • NeuroFunctional Assessment
- *Please be prepared to dress appropriately for the examination. It is required that you have athletic gym/shorts available, and women should also come with a sports bra for accurate an neurostructural assessment.

What Are My Treatment Options?

Get to know your options, it's important... - While it is not our intent to render an opinion specific to other chiropractic and non-chiropractic options, it is our goal to explain to you what your options are as it relates to your specific case. We will provide you with objective information so that you are able to make a decision on what is best for YOU and YOUR health as well as the health of YOUR family. - Even if you choose to look elsewhere for a solution to your health challenges, you can always count on us as an objective health and family wellness resource. Aside from being great at what we do, a big part of our goal is to educate and serve our community. As busy as we are, we are never too busy to help. - *Drs. Orozco have built excellent relationships with the best healthcare providers (both allopathic and alternative) throughout the community. If during the consultation he/she finds that Align Chiropractic isn't right for you, they will make sure to find the best practitioner to help resolve your specific condition.

What Can Align Chiropractic Do For Me?

We can correct the probem... - After reviewing various options that are available with respect to your health challenges, we will then describe in great detail our approach to making a significant impact on your health. - We want you to understand that what we do is different from conventional chiropractic care and it is very important that we understand your condition so that you can make an informed decision to join us. - During your follow-up visit, we will go into detail what will occur during a Structural Corrective treatment plan, how we will integrate structural remodeling & restoration exercises as well as make a few complimentary recommendations. We will then explain how structural dysfunction (if found) is directly attributed to your current condition. - Lastly, we will create a customized solution that will take you from where you are now to where you need to be so that you can get back to enjoying life while enhancing the quality of it. Additionally, we will show you how you can protect your investment in your health for a lifetime with a healthy structure and nervous system.

How Do I Work With Align Chiropractic?

We make it easy... - Most of our patients are referred to us by their midwives, doulas, OB's, general practitioners, family members, and/or friends. The reason is simple: we provide specific and gentle structural chiropractic care (with an enhanced expertise in pregnancy and pediatric) and we are easy to work with. - Our new patient process: - Step 1: Schedule a Complimentary Consultation (always a conversation and NEVER a commitment). - Step 2: If you feel that you may have Structural Dysfunction and would like to further investigate, then you are welcome to schedule a Complete Structural Chiropractic Examination. - Step 3: After the examination, we will schedule a conference so that we can review your results and explain our recommendations for care. After the conference, we will proceed with your first specific neurostructural corrective adjustment. Since your first corrective adjustment is a bonus, it will give you a better idea of what your care will look like and allow you to make an educated decision about your health. We truly want you to know how our treatment feels before you BEGIN a relationship with our practice. - The following day, you may receive a courtesy call from one of our doctors to see how you are doing and help to answer any questions you may have regarding your treatment plan, our office, etc. This is the only call you will receive from us and we are not looking to solicit or get you to commit to care. Your time is valuable to us and when you are ready to make a decision, whatever the case may be, our doors are always open.

I Just Want To Talk To The Doctor!

Please feel free to call us at 904.425.8070 or fill out this form to see if our approach to care is the solution you've been searching for. We look forward to meeting you and helping you and your family achieve greater health and vitality!