Comprehensive Chiropractic Care
Having a healthy spine greatly diminishes the chances that you'll become arthritic, allowing you to move comfortably and freely, even as an elder. Because Schillinger Chiropractic and Wellness Center in San Rafael is focused on patient education, you'll learn about the lifestyle changes you'll need to make (exercise, diet, & stress management) in order to maintain your spinal health – and overall health – on your own.
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.
Why Chiropractic Works So Well
Most spinal nerve irritation is caused by muscles being too tight, which then pulls the vertebrae to which they attach out of alignment, pinching the nerves and causing the nerves to be inflamed.
Spinal manipulation successfully relieves the nerve pinching, which restores nerve flow, allowing your brain, muscles, organs, and skin to recharge itself. Therefore, chiropractic treatments correct the cause of musculoskeletal pain without needing unnecessary drugs or surgeries.
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.
Safe and Gentle Treatments
Dr. Schillinger has been voted "Best" chiropractor by the readers of the Marin IJ and the North Bay Bohemian, because he uses a variety of adjusting techniques. This allows you to choose a treatment style that's most comfortable for you.
Dr. Schillinger performs an extensive history and examination with each new patient. If he thinks you are not a candidate for chiropractic, he'll refer you to other types of health care that may be more appropriate.
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.
When discussing the risks of any health care procedure, it's important to look at that risk in comparison to other treatments available for the same condition. In this regard, the risks of serious complications from spinal manipulation for conditions such as neck pain and headache compare very favorably with even the most conservative care options. For example, the risks associated with some of the most common treatments for musculoskeletal pain—over-the-counter or prescription nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and prescription painkillers—are significantly greater than those of chiropractic manipulation.
In fact, Chiropractic is so safe, there was a study published that indicated a high rate of improvement in children with musculoskeletal complaints, in addition to improvements in health that were unrelated to the children's initial clinical complaints.
Even risk-adverse insurance companies recognize the safety of today's chiropractic care. The premiums for malpractice insurance paid by chiropractors are a mere fraction of what medical practitioners must pay.
At Schillinger Chiropractic & Wellness Center, Dr. Schillinger performs an extensive history and examination with each patient. If he thinks you are at a high risk for a stroke injury from chiropractic, he'll immediately discuss other types of care that will be appropriate for you.
Who Needs a Chiropractor?
According to medical literature, approximately 80 percent of illness is related to stress and anxiety. There are very few of us who escape the negative effects of living in such a fast-paced and intense world. Most of the time, stress and anxiety will show up first 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, inflaming a nerve. When a nerve becomes irritated, this is called a subluxation (literally defined as "a condition of less than normal 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
- old and new sports injuries
- poor posture
- reading or watching TV in the wrong positions
- poor diet
- spinal scoliosis
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.
Therefore, everyone, including babies, children and senior citizens, should be checked by a chiropractor at least twice per year.
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.
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. Corrective treatments may 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, and dramatically reduce your stiffness and pain.
During the rehabilitative phase of care, you'll experience greater energy and vitality as the treatments restore and rejuvenate nerve tone throughout the muscles and organs. As your structural conditions stabilize, your pain will be gone. Then you'll learn how to strengthen your muscles at home using a simple to use, resistance exercise device that prevents problems from returning and becoming arthritic.
During the wellness phase of care, you'll be symptom-free, feeling "better than ever" and able to adapt to physical, chemical and emotional stressors. Receiving occasional treatments at regular intervals as a pro-active 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.
You Choose How Much Care You Receive
Dr. Schillinger bases his treatment recommendations on the length of time it will take to completely correct the underlying problem to your symptoms. Some patients want their problems and symptoms thoroughly fixed, while others prefer immediate symptom relief only.
Other patients not only want their problems corrected, they truly enjoy coming into the office on a Wellness basis. That means they receive care because it helps them feel great, and they wish to continue doing so. They have directly experienced the health benefits of chiropractic treatments, and come into the office a few times a year to remain healthy.
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
- Arm & Leg Numbness or Pain
- Headaches & Migraines
- Muscle Stiffness
- Sports Injuries
- Neck & Low Back Pain
- Whiplash Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Weight Issues
- Food Allergies
- Digestive Disorders
- Sprains & Strains
Brief History of Chiropractic
The art and science of healthcare by therapeutic touch and spinal manipulation is one of the most ancient of remedies. Chiropractic was founded by Dr. D.D. Palmer over 120 years ago. It was created by his interest in the newly emerging scientific fields of quantum physics, psychology, yoga and biology. Dr. Palmer sensed that beneath the everyday world of chaos and order there was a Force, a Mind, or what he called, Universal Intelligence.
This Intelligence created the universe and gives vital life force to each human being as Innate Intelligence. This Intelligence is most active in the nervous system, which is literally the electricity that maintains all of the functions of the body and mind.