Chiropractic techniques and chiropractors were designed to encourage long, healthy lifestyles for patients, spiritually and physically. The methods chiropractic professionals have used for many years, according to research, have not been successful. That is where our no-crack philosophy comes into play:
An innovative technique our chiropractic uses is known as a Torque Release Technique (TRT).
What is a Torque Release Technique?
The TRT could help a patient with his or her nervous system, mind, immune system, pain, and more. This type of adjustment, in chiropractic definition, means “low force”, “neurological-based”, “subluxation-based” evaluation, and toning. Your chiropractor might still, from time to time, add some additional techniques, if or when he feels that your progress requires them.
TRT methods coincide with science:
• Anatomy – Along with anatomy, a comprehension of how the spinal cord (spinal column and central nervous system) is structured is remarkable.
• Physiology – Cutting edge understanding regarding the chemical reactions and processes that happen in the body nervous system and how they affect the body (help it function or hinder functioning).
• Biochemistry – How the chemical reactions in the body’s nervous system influence reactions throughout the other body parts and systems; and how a chiropractic adjustment could act as a compound to improve the body’s chemistry.
• Neurology – How the nervous system is the major control system of every other body part; and how chiropractic care can improve how the body and nervous system communicate.
The radical science of Psychoneuroimmunology and how the mysterious connections amidst one’s emotional state, his or her immune system and physical functionality is still being researched.
Every Chiropractor has a vision for his or her patients: “That every individual will experience and realize the advantages of chiropractic care and living” – “That they will all live a healthier, happier life after chiropractic adjustments and be more empowered to make healthier, wiser healthcare choices”.
The Spinal Nerves and Our Body
As mentioned earlier, the spine if the body’s main support structure. It helps us sit and stand upright and connects the diverse body parts together. For example, our head, chest, pelvic area, shoulders, arms and legs.
Even though the spinal cord and column consist of bones, it is flexible because of its ligaments and the disks in the spine. Ligaments are elastic and flexible, which allows movement. When swelling occurs, movement could be limited.
The nerves in the spinal area are what carry and send signals from our brain to our muscles and vital organs through the spinal cord. Likewise, they carry sensory data that tells us to touch something or causes us to feel something (like pressure or cold and warm, or pain). Altogether, the brain and our spinal cord work together and make up the central nervous system. (Ncbi.nlm.gov. (2019))
The Torque Release Technique (TRT) Integrator
The integrator is a tool that chiropractors used to make chiropractic adjustments, particularly related to subluxation. It is a low-impact tool, less invasive (no-crack philosophy) than manual manipulations. The qualities and functions of the integrator are:
• Precise – When chiropractors use this tool to adjust, they can pinpoint the precise area on the spine that needs adjustments. Manual manipulation does not allow a doctor to locate the exact trouble area.
• Specific – The integrator is a custom-made tool that delivers the adequate degree of energy to assist with normalizing nervous system functionality. It also ensures tonal change.
• Gentle – An integrator treatment can be given to the spinal area in a less invasive, less painful and perfectly relaxed position, with just the right amount of force necessary. Manual manipulations are uncomfortable and might not fix the spine’s issues.
• Fast – The unbelievably quick yet slight impulse makes this tool effective.
To learn more about the Torque Release Technique (TRT – our no-crack philosophy), you can read more here at Life Force Vancouver Chiropractic, serving Vancouver, WA and its nearby communities.
Compression of the spinal cord can happen anywhere from the neck down to the lower back (spine). When compression happens, it can result in symptoms like tingling, pain, numbness and even weakness. The symptoms you might have will depend on how compressed the spinal cord is, and the signs of this problem might come on suddenly or a little at a time. Chiropractors want to help their patients avoid surgery.
When you visit a chiropractor for the first time, he exams you and, before he treats plans adjustments, he might take x-rays to assist him with a diagnosis. X-rays could show spurs (bone growths) or other abnormalities of your spine’s alignment.
Can You Prevent Initial or Further Spinal Cord, Neck and Back Damage?
Some conditions are not preventable. However, you can prevent symptoms that result from normal wear and tear of the body and spine. Some things could help strengthen the back. Getting regular exercise is one way to help with spinal cord problems and might prevent some disorders.
Sitting and standing with good posture might help as well. Lifting properly is important too. Whether at home or at work, ergonomics is an important role to living a healthier life. Maintaining a healthy weight is also helpful. (Ehs.unc.edu. (2019))
Some spinal problems, like lumbar spinal stenosis, cannot be resolved with home remedies. Although there is no cure for this disorder, you do have treatment options. Some spine problems can cause pain or numbness in some areas of the body. They can also cause bladder or bowel issues.
The Lumbar Region and Nerves
Pressure on the nerves in the lower back and spine can additionally result in more severe symptoms — “cauda equina syndrome”. If you experience any of these signs, you might want to seek medical assistance with someone who specializes in this area. Some more serious indications are:
• Not being able to control the bowels or bladder – or changes in bowels, like loose stools and constipation, or both that change daily
• More serious tingling or numbness, in the legs, arms, shoulders, neck or thighs
• Radiating pain from one area of the body to another – like from the neck to the shoulder and arm, numb fingers, etc.
A chiropractor might be able to help, not only with innovative Torque Release Technique (TRT) – our no-crack philosophy, but with medical suggestions and exercises that might help.
Ergonomics at Home or at Work
If you sit at a desk for many hours each day, while using a computer, ergonomics could help you maintain the proper spine structure and the proper structure of your back (even your upper back). Many spinal cord and back problems happen because people sit wrong when they are using a computer. Over a period, it can cause serious issues and result in a lot of pain or other problems (like mobility of functionality issues).
Some people use an exercise ball for a chair. That is not a good idea. Want to know why? Because of ergonomics. Your desk and chair should be at a certain height. You should sit a certain way as well. If your desk and computer, for example, sits down low and you are seated higher than the two, you are possibly bending over and looking down at the computer. That could cause spinal, back, neck and arm issues.
Other areas of concerns when ergonomic rules are not followed could be:
• Using handheld devices for long periods
• Gardening without adequate garden tools
• Knitting, sewing, crocheting and doing other crafts that require sitting (or standing, crouched over)
• Playing musical instruments
• Carrying backpacks that are heavy and are not properly attached over the shoulders
• Sitting at a desk and taking notes
• Sitting at the dinner table that is not set up according to ergonomic rules
Some conditions might not be preventable, and some people might be born with spinal conditions, back problems or other issues that may require chiropractic care. Some conditions might be treatable.
Managing Spinal Compression Problems or Disorders
One way to manage spinal cord compression is to learn more about the disorder, symptoms and treatments. Working closely with a chiropractor who specializes in this area and that uses modern technology could help alleviate pain and stress.
Manual Adjustments – Not Effective Enough
Since the TRT is customized to locate the exact area of the spinal cord (lower, middle or upper) that requires an adjustment (or more than one adjustment), the integrator is more effective. There is no limit as to what a chiropractor can do with this latest technological device and technique.
If you suffer with this disorder or other spinal cord, column, or back and/or neck pain, or other issues that are not allowing you to function as you should, you might want to contact a chiropractor in your area.
Life Force Chiropractic’s mission is to bring health, healing and hope to each patient in the City of Vancouver and its nearby locations, in a natural way. We visualize a community where real health and well-being is something everyone strives for and is accomplished by many. To make an appointment, call us at (360) 524-7677