What We Do

As chiropractors, we believe in the body’s amazing natural ability for self-healing. But we also recognize that injury, stress, and chronic conditions of the nerves, muscles, fascia, joints and bones may require treatment to restore that healing ability. This allows the body to repair properly, with correct motion and minimal scar tissue.

We practice natural, non-invasive treatment, which may include a combination of manual treatments, physical therapy modalities, exercise programs, nutritional advice, orthotics, lifestyle modifications, and patient education. Chiropractors do not prescribe medication or perform surgery. If your condition is not suited for chiropractic treatment upon diagnosis, we refer you to the appropriate medical specialist.

As chiropractors, we are primary care physicians (no referral needed) trained in differential diagnosis, as with all medical doctors. A chiropractic doctor has the ability to treat most diagnosed musculoskeletal conditions with specific physical therapy rehabilitation and chiropractic adjustment. After providing an initial pharmaceutical response for pain symptoms, progressive medical doctors tend to refer musculoskeletal cases to chiropractors or physical therapists for active, non-invasive treatments.

As more people look for drug-free alternatives to musculoskeletal pain, chiropractors provide a safe, scientifically supported option for effectively treating conditions while addressing discomfort and inflammation naturally.

Examination

All Financial District Chiropractic patients receive an extensive consultation, medical history review and examination. Part of this process includes the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). The SFMA assists in determining both local (site of symptoms or pain) and distal (usually pain-free) issues.

Our first goal is always pain and inflammation relief. However, we then work proactively in identifying root problems compromising proper function. The SFMA is designed specifically to determine the interplay between the body's need for both stability and mobility in order to work toward proper pain-free movement and function.

In certain cases, we use X-rays and MRI as part of the examination process. While these are wonderful imaging tools, we disagree with those who rely too heavily on the information provided. These images primarily show anatomy, not necessarily pathology, injury or pain. We always remind patients that these tools provide only one part of the greater picture.

Diagnosis

Many patients are often surprised to know that the site of pain may not be the structure(s) causing the pain. Treating the right area is just as important as providing the right treatment. This is why we rely on a balance of history, examination and physical function in determining the proper differential diagnosis.

Treatment Protocol

Physical rehabilitation exercises

Patients participating in active rehabilitation programs along with chiropractic care tend to respond quicker. This often reduces time in treatment, and improves long-term outcomes.

Soft-tissue treatment

Financial District Chiropractic practices specialized care in both Graston Technique® and Active Release Technique®. These highly effective techniques are used to detect and break up scar tissue or adhesions that cause pain and restrict motion. This speeds healing time and benefits long-term results.

Chiropractic adjustments

There is no substitute for the chiropractic adjustment that provides proper biomechanics to the adjusted joints, increasing range of motion and function. However, chiropractic adjustments also have a direct effect on the balance of the central nervous system’s sympathetic and parasympathetic branches. The sympathetic is responsible for our “fight-or-flight” responses, while the parasympathetic rests and repairs our system. These ideally work in balance – when one system engages, the other declines. Chiropractic adjustment often restores this balance by achieving a down regulation of the sympathetic system while increasing the response of the parasympathetic. This regulation produces a unique state of relaxation and well-being, and can produce a similar sensation to a runner’s high or an endorphin increase while exercising.

Lifestyle considerations

How you treat your body outside our office becomes an ongoing part of your treatment. At Financial District Chiropractic, we discuss your exercise regime, review your computer ergonomics, and offer a Functional Movement Screen once you are pain-free. These are important aspects that will affect healing and future injury prevention.

Home and Maintenance Care

After your main complaint is resolved, a Functional Movement Screen assessment helps determine functional deficiencies and home-care instructions. We encourage home exercises and keeping fit through working with a personal trainer, working out in a gym or participating in a variety of physical activities.

Many of our patients now integrate regular chiropractic care as a lifestyle choice, much like nutrition, exercise or other preventive healthcare. With proactive, preventive chiropractic care, patients not only protect the progress made in treating previous injuries but actively prevent future issues.

Safety

Today, many realize that chiropractic care is an ideal drug-free, non-invasive alternative for neuromusculoskeletal complaints. And while no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects, chiropractic care has an excellent safety record with few associated risks. Most patients notice a swift improvement in their initial conditions after treatment. Mild soreness, stiffness or aches are not unusual and may occur within the first 24 hours of care before fading to reveal diminished pain and an increased range of activity.

Our doctors will always present full information to and discuss expectations with patients prior to treatment.

Chiropractic Education

Degree Requirement Comparison Total Education Hours
Medical Doctor 4800
Doctor of Osteopathy 4665
Doctor of Chiropractic 4620
Doctor of Physical Therapy 3870

Additional Chiropractic Information

We invite all of our patients to learn more about the scientific perspective of chiropractic care and how this natural, drug-free and non-invasive care provides an ideal treatment in today’s healthcare system. If you’re considering chiropractic care, we encourage you to explore information at the following links. As well, the doctors and staff at Financial District Chiropractic are always happy to address any questions you might have on chiropractic care.

American Chiropractic Association

2016 Gallup – Palmer Report on Chiropractic

New York Times: “For Neck Pain, Chiropractic and Exercise Are Better Than Drugs”

Time Magazine: “You Asked: Are Chiropractors Legitimate?”

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