Elite Structural Chiropractic

Structural Conditions

Structural Chiropractic vs. Traditional Chiropractic

Traditional or conventional chiropractors are typically focused on reducing pain, decreasing muscle spasms, and increasing ranges of motion. This is what MOST chiropractors offer in the way of care, and most of them do a great job at what they do. Unlike traditional chiropractors, Dr. Jones focuses on Upper Cervical Structural Correction of the spine to correct underlying structural shifts. Structural corrections are performed with much lower force than general chiropractic adjustments, and there is no twisting, popping, or cracking involved. Using upper cervical technique, shifts can be measured to 1/100 of a degree and a custom correction is calculated for each individual’s unique misalignment.

What is a Structural Shift?

Just as there are many accepted normal measurements for the human body (temperature of 98.6°F, blood pressure of 120/80mmHg, 20/20 vision, etc.), there is also a standard for normal structure. When it comes to normal, we aren’t expecting everyone to be perfect. However, if your head is displaced 30mm beyond what is considered acceptable, you have Anterior Head Displacement which may result in Anterior Head Syndrome. Your head shifting forward is no different than your car being out of alignment, or the foundation of your house sinking on one side by just a few inches. Because the underlying structure has shifted, this deviation of your skull puts abnormal stress on the nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, and bones of your body which can lead to Secondary Conditions.

What Are Secondary Conditions?

At first, minor abnormal shifts of areas of the spine are nothing to worry about. No one has ABSOLUTELY 100% PERFECT alignment. However, there is a range of what is acceptable and what is not, just like those found for normal body temperature, normal weight, or normal blood pressure.

If your structural shifts are outside of what is considered to be normal, then you will experience one or more of what we refer to as SECONDARY CONDITIONS. The reason we call them secondary conditions is that they are a direct result of structural shifts. Some of the more common secondary conditions are as follows:

Arm Pain
Bone Spurs
Carpal Tunnel (Wrist)
Canal Stenosis
Decreased Motion
Degenerated Joints
Digestive Disorders
Disc Herniations
Dizziness (Vertigo)
Dowager’s Hump
Golfer’s Elbow
Hearing Issues
Low Back Pain
Mid Back Pain
Migraine Headaches
Muscle Spasm
Muscle Tension
Muscular Imbalance
Neck Pain
Pinched Nerve
Poor Posture
Rotator Cuff Issues
Shoulder Pain
Sinus Conditions
Spinal Decay
Strength Issues
Tennis Elbow
Thoracic Outlet
TMJ Issues
Upper Back Pain
Vision Issues

When a structural shift occurs and the head shifts forward beyond its center of balance, it puts continuous abnormal strain on all of the associated nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, discs, and bones. This happens primarily in the upper portion of the spine, but also down into the mid and lower regions of the torso. When there is abnormal stress on the body, it first gives warning signs (signs and/or symptoms), and if symptoms persist untreated, more serious conditions start to develop, such as arthritis.

There are four objective tests that offer clear indicattions of any structural shifts, their severity, and are not related to age or genetics.
They are:

  1. Digital Structural Radiographs
  2. Digital Structural Analysis
  3. Structural Mechanical Symmetrical Analysis
  4. Structural Comparative Strength Analysis

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