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Wellness Tips

Lifting

Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Even if it is a light object, twisting or pulling in the wrong direction when you’re not stretched out can have a damaging effect on muscles and the spine. You always want to bend at the knees and avoid lifting anything you know is too heavy.

Text Neck

Raise your cell phone to eye level so you do not have to tilt your head forward. Taking breaks or changing your position frequently is an excellent way to relieve pressure on your neck.

Resting and Sleeping

Straining your neck or back while you’re sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in strange positions where we are not supported properly or our necks are at an odd angle. Make sure that if you are going to nap or watch tv in bed, that you are in a supportive position.

Working at a Desk

Make sure that you are getting up every 20 minutes to stretch. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet are on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. Try to avoid looking down at your computer screen. It should be at eye level.

Physical Activity

If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately stretched out and warmed up. Even if it’s something light like gardening or just pushing your child on a bike, it’s easy to pull something if you’re not warmed up.

Standing

Posture. Posture. Posture. Make sure that you keep your chin up and don’t slouch. If you know that you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes.

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FAQ’s


What kind of education do chiropractors receive?Chiropractors receive very rigorous education, which takes approximately eight years to complete, and gradute with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree. In addition to chiropractic techniques, chiropractors are also trained extensively in anatomy, physiology, pathology, orthopedics, neurology, general diagnosis, neuromuscular diagnosis, nutrition and radiology, just to name a few.
How do massage and physical therapy compliment chiropractic?We offer massage therapy and physical therapy because many patients with old or traumatic injuries have soft tissue damage that is complicating their subluxations. By offering these services we can create an integrative approach to deal with both the chiropractic subluxations and the soft tissue damage to manage pain and restore normal, subluxation free function most effectively. Harchak Chiropractic Clinic invites you to come and experience the difference that chiropractic can make in your health. If you have any further questions you can check out some of the other sections of this site or call us at (814) 342-3591.
Should I bring my children?Yes. Chiropractic is safe and effective for children. Studies suggest that chiropractic can reduce the rate of many childhood disorders like ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder), bed wetting, insomnia and even SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Chiropractic for children also reduces the risk of orthopedic and health problems in adulthood by correcting potential problems at a young age.
Is chiropractic safe?Absolutely. Chiropractic is one of the safest health care options available and offers an outstanding safety record. As with any health treatment, there is a very small chance of complications. However, when weighed against the benefits, chiropractic comes out a winner hands down. In 1978, the government of New Zealand released a report on the efficiency and safety of chiropractic care. Hearings were conducted that lasted nearly two years to assess the efficacy and safety of chiropractic care. This 377-page report is called "The New Zealand Report." Among the report's findings: Chiropractors are the only health practitioners who are necessarily equipped by their education and training to carry out spinal manual therapy (spinal adjustments). Chiropractors carry out spinal diagnosis and therapy at a sophisticated and refined level. Spinal manual therapy in the hands of a registered chiropractor is safe. The duration and training of a registered chiropractor are sufficient to enable him/her to determine whether there are contraindications to spinal manual therapy in a particular case, and whether that patient should have medical care instead of, or as well as, chiropractic care.
Why do people continue going to a chiropractor after their problem (i.e. back pain, headaches, etc.) goes away?Chiropractic promotes overall health by removing interference to your nervous system. People who receive regular chiropractic care are healthier for it. Many patients who come initially for back pain find that they have less trouble with allergies and colds or that they sleep better and have more energy. Often many of the old aches and pains that they thought were normal have gone away. The bottom line is that for many this improved quality of life is something that they don't want to give up, so they continue chiropractic care long after their initial complaints have gone away.
How many times will I need to go to a chiropractor?Care plans for each patient are different based on individual needs. In a typical care plan there are three phases: acute, sub-acute, and maintenance. The acute phase is the initial part of your care and may require office visits two to three times a week for the first several weeks to stabilize your condition. Sub-acute care follows acute care and may involve two to four visits per month until your body becomes fully rehabilitated. The maintenance phase follows with visits every one to two months to maintain a healthy, subluxation-free spine and to prevent relapse.
What is the “pop” or “crack” that I sometimes hear when I am adjusted?The popping or cracking sound that sometimes accompanies chiropractic adjustments is called cavitation and is caused by a release of very small amounts of nitrogen gas trapped in the joint spaces. These sounds are normal and are not harmful.
Will the chiropractic adjustment hurt?Different people experience different responses to chiropractic adjustments. Some people do experience discomfort during and immediately following the adjustment but this is generally mild and goes away quickly.
What kind of conditions do chiropractors treat?Chiropractors correct minor misalignments between the bones of the spine called subluxations. Subluxations can cause back pain, change normal spinal mechanics to limit flexibility, or even lead to arthritis. Subluxations can also affect organ systems and muscles by interfering with the communication of the nervous system. Because of this, subluxations can lead to fatigue, diminish immunity and possibly cause disease or illness. Due to the wide range of conditions that can be caused or aggregated by subluxations, chiropractors can help many conditions simply by removing subluxations.
Do you accept insurance?Yes, we do accept most insurances, but coverage does vary from one policy to the next. Simply come by the office so we can help you determine if your insurance will cover chiropractic.
What is an adjustment?A chiropractic adjustment is a gentile, specific force that is applied to remove misalignments in the bones of the spine. Most adjustments are done by hand, with the use of special "drop tables," or with the Pro-Adjuster, which reduce the force of an adjustment while increasing its effectiveness. Sometimes it is also useful for chiropractors to employ specialized adjusting instruments to achieve the best possible result for the patient.

Success Stories

Migraine and Headaches

"Dr Sue adjusted my neck with the Sigma Ultralign. The Sigma Ultralign is a state of the art computerized adjusting tool which causes no discomfort. Thanks to Dr. Sue i have been able to eliminate my medication. I am also able to work and take care of my family headache free."

Mary P.
Chronic Neck Pain

"Thanks to Harchak Chiropractic Clinic, I no longer live with chronic neck and back pain."

Randy B.
Lower Back Pain

"Dr. Sue makes me feel like I am the only patient she has to worry about."

Edie B.
Middle Back Pain

"On a recent trip snowboarding, I fell and broke my arm. I fell on my back first and then landed on my arm. I was taken to a local hospital where they x-rayed my arm and casted it. Although my arm started to heal, the middle of my back still hurt. My mother suggested I go to Dr. Sue to see if she could help me. She x-rayed my back and saw several misalignments. After just a few adjustments of my spine, I started to feel so much better. I now have no pain at all."

Carrie D
Automobile Accident Injuries

"My husband and I were involved in an automobile accident the summer of 2004. We were on vacation in Florida and were rearended by a large truck who could not get stopped. Upon our return to town, we immediately contacted Harchak Chiropractic Clinic and with Dr. Sue's care and concern, we got the help we needed. Through chiropractic adjustments and therapy at her office, we have been finally able to get through our days with no pain."

Tony and Sue W.
Chronic Low Back Pain

"I have suffered with chronic low back and leg pain for many years. Over the past year I developed excruciating left leg pain and numbness. I went to the pain clinic and they gave me pills and shots, which gave me temporary relief. Then I decided to try Dr. Harchak's decompression table. She used the cold laser and the decompression table on me and for the first time in the past twelve months I have no leg pain or numbness."

Fred D.
Low Back Pain

"I suffered with low back pain for years. My sister is a patient of Dr. Sue Harchak and she recommended that I try chiropractic. I had never been to a chiropractor before but felt like I had because Dr. Sue made me feel so at ease and relaxed. My low back pain is gone and I feel years younger because I have no pain now. I am able to do things around my house that I had not been able to do in years."

Doris K.

Chiropractic 101

History

Did you know that chiropractic dates back to the time of Hippocrates? He believed that if the spine was misaligned, it greatly contributed to the health of an individual.

The modern day school of chiropractic dates back to 1895, when Dr. Daniel Palmer adjusted a man that had lost his hearing 17 years prior. The story goes that prior to losing his hearing the man had heard something pop in his back. Upon the adjustment of the man’s misaligned vertebrae his hearing greatly improved.

While the medical community criticized this new technique for healing the body, the people who followed in these footsteps found an amazing new way of dealing with illness and disease. Dr. Palmer’s theories are still discussed in the chiropractic industry today. Without this man’s input into medicine in a time where he was greatly discredited, the millions of people today who enjoy the life changing benefits may never have had this opportunity. There is still a school named after Dr. Daniel Palmer as well as over 20 schools and thousands of chiropractic students across the country.

 

 


 

How it Works

Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.

If you’ve ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it’s very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.

Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at it’s peak.

 

 


 

Why Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a healing art that focuses on the ability of the body to heal itself. Because of this, chiropractic can benefit everyone, not just those suffering from low back pain and headaches. Many people find relief from conditions such as colds, ear infections, PMS, spinal or disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision problems, headaches, allergies, bed-wetting, colic, high blood pressure and improper organ function. The list is long!

The goal of chiropractic is not to treat disease. Chiropractic is a system of removing misalignments in the bones of the spine called subluxations. These subluxations can not only cause back pain and headaches but also interfere with the ability of the body to function in many other ways, sometimes manifesting as disease. Because subluxations can interfere with the proper function of the body and cause disease, chiropractic care to correct subluxations often has a positive effect in reducing or even eliminating many seemingly unrelated health problems.

 

 


 

Spinal Degeneration

Degeneration Phase 1
The first stage of spinal degeneration is when there is a minor loss of normal spine balance and spinal curvature. The surrounding features of the spine such as nerves, discs and joints begin to age quicker and are continually more stressed. This stage of the degeneration process rarely is accompanied with any major pain. At this point, there is a good chance that with the proper care, you can return to normal.

Degeneration Phase 2
In the second stage of spinal degeneration, there is often a narrowing of the discs and potentially deformation in the bones. Your posture is often beginning to degenerate as well at this point. As the spinal canal, or opening begins to narrow, there are often significant aches and pains associated. Fatigue and stress are more common at this stage. There is a good chance of improvement at this stage with the proper care.

Degeneration Phase 3
In the third stage of spinal degeneration, there is significant physical and mental involvement due to the level of issues here. There is most likely nerve damage as well as deformation of the bones and discs. There would be a significant loss of energy and height at this point. Some reversal is possible.

Degeneration Phase 4
In the fourth stage of spinal degeneration, most damage is permanent including scar tissue, nerve damage and deformation. At this point, the condition is irreversible. Management of pain and discomfort is the best option here.

 

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Subluxation

When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebrae is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.

As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to get back to near perfect position.

 

 


 

How Subluxation Cause Disease

The human spine is a stack of 24 movable bones called vertebrae that are joined by soft tissue called discs. The spine has two main functions:

The first function of the spine is to mechanically support body weight. This mechanical or orthopedic function is very important to our ability to live normally. Without a flexible spine we could not bend, twist, or even balance to stand upright.
The second major function of the spine is to protect the delicate spinal cord. The spinal cord is an extension of the brain that travels down though the center of the spine, carrying millions of messages to and from the brain every minute of every day. Peripheral nerves connect the spinal cord to the organs and muscles of the body and exit the spine through openings between the vertebrae called foramen. Without a proper nerve supply regulating and coordinating body systems, optimal health cannot be achieved. This is the neurological function of the spine.

When one of the bones of the spine becomes misaligned or subluxated, it affects both the mechanical and neurological functions of the spine. Mechanically it changes the ability of the spine to support weight and uncorrected subluxations can lead to arthritis and disc problems. Neurologically, subluxations can alter the size of the foramen between the vertebrae and compress the tissue surrounding the delicate nerves that travel through them. This pressure can interfere with the ability of the brain to regulate organ systems and cause disease. Because pain is one of the last signs of nerve compression, it is often not present even when there are significant subluxations.

 

 


 

Chiropractic is for everyone

Because chiropractic helps the body to function better, many people experience positive changes in their health even if they are not noticeably sick or in pain. For many, the change is an increase in energy levels, a reduction in stress, or just an overall sense of well-being. Most people think of health as a black and white thing; someone is either sick or they are not. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nearly everyone has subluxations to one degree or another and these subluxations are effecting how their body functions, whether they are aware of it or not.

Chiropractic can also help those who are suffering from back pain or recovering from traumatic injuries by improving the mechanical and neurological function of the spine. In addition to chiropractic care we also offer supportive Massage Therapy and Physical Therapy for patients dealing with pain or recovering from traumatic injuries.