About Chiropractic

The Benefits of Chiropractic Treatment

How Chiropractic Helps You

Chiropractic diagnosisEvery single function in your body – muscles, organs and skin – is controlled by the nervous system. The nerves that exit your spine literally send electronic signals to your cells, which then converts the nerve flow into the information it needs to properly perform its various jobs. Some of the more obvious jobs the nerves control, include keeping your heart beating and your lungs breathing, allowing your muscles to move, digesting your food and being able to think thoughts!

A spine that is not functioning properly can cause a wide variety of symptoms, not just low back or neck pain. This often leads a patient going to many different doctors trying to solve an apparent array of different symptoms and diseases.

Chiropractic care helps so many conditions due to the fact that its treatments, called “adjustments”, remove nerve interference (called a “subluxation”). These adjustments increase the strength of the nerve signals. Chiropractic care, treating a malfunctioning spine, not only helps back pain, it often results in seemingly unrelated symptoms resolving at the same time! A major benefit of chiropractic care is that it does not require medications or surgery.

Because Schillinger Chiropractic and Wellness Center is focused on patient education, you’ll learn the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make (in exercise, diet, stress management) in order to maintain your spinal health on your own. Having a healthy spine greatly diminishes the chances that you’ll become arthritic later on in life, allowing you to move comfortably and freely, even as you get older. Our effectiveness in helping our patients enjoy greater health and mental clarity comes from the correction of the underlying causes of their symptoms, whether they are structurally, nutritionally or psychologically based.

Having a healthy spine greatly diminishes the chances that you’ll become arthritic later on in life, allowing you to move comfortably and freely, even as you get older.

Our effectiveness in helping our patients enjoy greater health and mental clarity comes from the correction of the underlying causes of their symptoms, whether they are structurally, nutritionally or psychologically based.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

The word, chiropractor, means “to do by hand”. While there are a variety of techniques use to correct spinal problems, most treatments involve the chiropractor’s hands performing gentle manipulations.

A spinal adjustment by a chiropractic doctor removes the interference of nerve flow. This reduction of nerve flow is caused by irritation to spinal nerves as they exit the spine. Most spinal nerve irritation is caused by muscles being too tight, which then pulls out of alignment the vertebrae to which the muscles are attached. In turn, this inflames the nerves, causing pain and muscle spasm. Spinal manipulation successfully relieves the nerve pinching, which restores nerve flow. This procedure allows your brain, muscles, organs, and skin to recharge themselves. Chiropractors call this healing ability, “Innate Intelligence”, which means that as soon as the proper nerve flow is restored, the body instinctively knows how to heal itself.

Dr. Schillinger uses a variety of adjusting techniques, which allows you to choose a style that’s most comfortable for you.

Is Chiropractic Safe?

Chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuro-musculoskeletal complaints. Yet, almost every year, there is some newspaper article that scares the public into believing that chiropractic is not safe. The same irrelevant issue is consistently brought up, making the case that chiropractic adjustments to the neck can cause a stroke.

First of all, the type of stroke that’s cited is called a vertebrobasilar stroke, which, unknown to the public, is a medical rarity. Additionally, the evidence suggests that this type of arterial injury often takes place spontaneously in patients who have pre-existing arterial disease. This injury occurs with everyday activities such as turning the head while driving, swimming, or having a shampoo in a hair salon. Patients with this condition may experience neck pain and headache that leads them to seek professional care—often at the office of a chiropractic or medical doctor—but that care is not the cause of the injury. Read more…

Who Needs a Chiropractor?

According to medical literature approximately 80 percent of physical and mental illness is related to stress and anxiety. There are very few of people who escape the negative effects of living in such a fast-paced and intense world. Most of the time, stress and anxiety will first show up as muscular tension. Because all of the muscles in your body attach to bones, eventually ALL muscular tension will cause the bones to move unevenly, pinching a nerve. When a nerve becomes inflamed, this then we call a subluxation (literally defined as: a condition of less light).

Subluxations are most commonly caused from sitting at a computer, lifting or bending improperly, mental or emotional stress, dysfunctional organs, motor vehicle accidents, work-related injuries, sports injuries, poor posture, poor diet, reading or watching TV in the wrong positions, or scoliosis. Therefore, everyone, including babies, children, adults and senior citizens, should be checked by a chiropractor at least twice per year.

Like going to a dentist to get your teeth cleaned regularly, chiropractors recommend people receive check-ups (and possibly treatment) at least two – six times a year. Visiting a chiropractor when you are healthy is a great way to ensure that your spine – which controls every cell in your body – remains performing optimally.

Conditions Successfully Treated

In 31 years of practice, Dr. Schillinger has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of symptoms and their underlying causes. Specializing in stress management has allowed him to achieve excellent results with patients by treating their bodies and their minds. After a detailed consultation and examination, he will create a treatment plan that includes physical treatments and mental strategies that will allow you recover more thoroughly and quickly.

List of Conditions Dr. Schillinger Has Treated Successfully:

Mental Stress                                Neck & Low Back Pain
Arm & Leg Numbness or Pain      Arthritis
Headaches & Migraines                Anxiety
Muscle Stiffness                            Whiplash Injuries
Sports Injuries                               Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Weight Issues                                Digestive Disorders
Food Allergies                               Sprains & Strains

Free Phone or Office Consultation with Dr. Schillinger
You’re welcome to speak to Dr. Schillinger for a 15 minute consultation to determine if he can help you. Call to schedule your consultation appointment at (415) 491 – 0959.

Types of Chiropractic Care

Dr. Schillinger realizes that each patient has their own goals for the type of care they wish to receive. Therefore, he has divided the types of chiropractic care into three distinct treatment categories. Whether you choose pain relief care, rehabilitative care or wellness care, Dr. Schillinger will always support your decision to do what’s right for you.

Intensive Care
During the intensive phase of care, you’ll experience relief from a variety of symptoms related to muscular tension, spinal disc bulging, and nerve pinching. Healing techniques include spinal manipulation, physical therapy, deep tissue massage therapy, stretching & yoga, and lifestyle coaching.  Our treatments will restore range of motion to your joints and muscles, decreasing your stiffness and pain.

Rehabilitative Care
During the rehabilitative phase of care, you’ll experience greater energy and vitality as the treatments restore and rejuvenate nerve tone throughout your muscles and organs. As your structural conditions stabilize, your pain will be gone and you’ll learn how to strengthen your core muscles at home using a simple to use, resistance exercise device that prevents problems from returning and becoming arthritic.

Wellness Care
During the wellness phase of care, you’ll be symptom-free, ideally feeling “better than ever” and able to adapt to physical, chemical and emotional stressors. Receiving occasional treatments at regular intervals as a pro-active, preventative part of your wellness program will help you enjoy optimum health.

Whether you choose to only receive pain relief care (intensive), structural corrective care (rehabilitative), or maintenance care (wellness) Dr. Schillinger will always support you in whatever decision you make.

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Dr. Mark Schillinger has provided me with the ability to feel confident and continue preforming in my physically demanding career. The continued maintenance visits are a major benefit to living pain free and to continue my occupation as a landscaper.

Ed Gurka