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Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic care is an alternative, non-invasive form of medicine that addresses many facets of the body.  Whether it’s pain relief, better function or alignment you’re after, the approach we take at The Health and Wellness Clinic is multifaceted.

What are the benefits of chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care benefits the patient by addressing a long list of issues associated with the musculoskeletal system, including pain, impaired movement, poor posture and headaches.

The overall health benefit of chiropractic care is life-changing because it nurtures wellness by improving spine, joint and muscle function.  It will promote a healthier, more active lifestyle.   The preventative health benefit of regular adjustments will help keep your body functioning in a balanced state and allow you to attain more flexibility, feeling less pain and improved movement.  

Joint Dysfunction and Soft Tissue

Joint dysfunction over time leads to alteration in your muscle patterns and alignment and irritates the nervous system.

Healthy Lifestyle

The Health and Wellness Clinic was thoughtfully planned to address every aspect of your lifestyle. 

Webster Protocol/Pregnancy Care

More and more women are discovering the many health benefits associated with chiropractic care during pregnancy.

Kids and Chiropractic

Kids need adjustments too! In the same way that an adult’s spine get misaligned, so do children’s.

Chiropractic Care at The Health and Wellness Clinic

Chiropractic care keeps you moving and offers the benefit of a more active life.  Dr. Ricker knows the importance of encouraging lifestyle habits such as the choices we make about diet, sleep, environment, exercise and how we spend our leisure time to improve vitality.  She will coach you on your journey toward wellness in a positive and encouraging manner.  

JOINT DYSFUNCTION

Compensation for joint dysfunction cascades to surrounding joints and tissues, leaving you in chronic pain, which is a sign your body is not functioning properly.  This pain should not be ignored. Often we have signs of joint dysfunction prior to pain, such as a loss of balance or clumsiness, postural changes, weakness, a stuck feeling in the joints and a loss of the ability to do something you once could.

A chiropractic adjustment restores proper motion to the joints by introducing motion in a controlled direction, allowing the nervous system to communicate properly with the body. This adjustment can be delivered with the use of hands, a tool called an Activator, or with the use of a Drop Table. It is important that all of our patients feel comfortable with every treatment we provide at The Health and Wellness Clinic, so expect to get monitored regularly during your care.

SOFT TISSUE

Muscle, fascia, tendon and ligament dysfunction affects the spine and joints as well. A rigid tissue will restrict joint motion or create misalignments. With release of these tissues, motion is restored to joints and the body. Several techniques are used by Dr Ricker to accomplish this change including: Graston, FAKTOR, deep tissue massage and trigger point release. Her knowledge of these techniques has been accumulated through Sports Chiropractic Education and a life spent in personal sports activities.

How you move through your day (or don’t move) contributes to your body habitus. Training you on the proper position and movement at work, home and in sleep is part of all chiropractic care with Dr. Ricker. Stretches and strengthening exercises catered to your particular case, gives you tools to prevent future injury, moving you toward wellness. Additionally, mobility techniques with rolling and opening exercises continue to move you toward healing and optimal function.

HEALTHY LIFESTYLE

The choices we make about food, sleep, where we live, the water we drink, exercise and how and with whom we spend our time have major impacts on our health. Dr. Ricker’s first priority is getting you free from pain and back to activities, but her end goal will always be to see improved vitality. This can be manifested by you feeling more energy, experiencing better digestion, having less sick days, and feeling reduced stress, which all leave you more time doing what you truly love. Coaching in these areas will give you the knowledge to make changes to your daily life with dramatic long term impacts.

WEBSTER PROTOCOL/PREGNANCY CARE

The hormone Relaxin loosens the tissues that support joints during pregnancy, making them more susceptible to misalignments. The growing fetus creates biomechanical changes, changing weight distribution and altering posture and gait. All this change creates stress on joints, muscles and the nervous system, sometimes resulting in discomfort for which options for treatment are limited in pregnancy. A properly delivered chiropractic adjustment by a Webster certified chiropractor is safe and effective.

In addition to relieving discomfort, the Webster Protocol may decrease labor length, reduce interventions (such as vacuum and Cesarean) and improve recovery time for mom. The Webster Protocol is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral/SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. Dr. Larry Webster found that in the case of breech presentation, the results of the adjustment appear to normalize pelvic neuro-biomechanics and facilitate optimal fetal position. Regular adjustments throughout pregnancy will detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics.

KIDS AND CHIROPRACTIC

Falls while learning to walk, bumps and tumbles, all create imbalances and restrict motion in the spine. Even the birth process, squeezing a head, shoulders and trunk through a very tight space, can create misalignments in the cranium or spine that irritate the nervous system, leading to dysfunction. Common reasons for parents to start chiropractic care with their child are ear infections, latching on or breastfeeding issues, assistance with major motor skills, colic/indigestion and scoliosis. The adjustment in pediatrics is always gentle. Let’s give our kids the best start to life with an unimpeded nervous system!

Josh Bayles

I was a skeptic of chiropractic care until an injury made it my only option. Dr. Ricker is fantastic! I was so pleasantly surprised with how effective the care is and how much it actually helps my body. I’m a regular and I’ve referred many friends and co-workers to Dr. Ricker. She is such a great Doctor and a great human! She really cares about my overall health, is kind, and has such a positive, uplifting spirit!!.

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