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Medical Lake Chiropractor | Medical Lake chiropractic care | WA | How It Works


A patient-centered approach to pain management and healthcare

731 N. Stanley St.
Medical Lake, WA. 99022

(509) 299-6900

How It Works

How does it work?

Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself.  This is very similar to our cousins, the Osteopathic Physicians, who believe structure and function have adverse reactions on disease as well.  For the body to heal itself, 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.  

It used to be that we would speak to patients about what Chiropractic was and is by saying that "we put your bones back in place" or "we take the pressure off your nerves like when you take your foot off of a hose".  While this "sounds nice", it is a very simplistic view of what Chiropractic is and is not.  It is mainly an educational tool we use to relate what is going on with patients.

While the basic idea behind chiropractic has remained the same (that the nervous system controls everything and the chiropractor helps the nervous system function better), the science behind it has rapidly evolved.  In the not so distant past (literally 1985), Chiropractors were vehemently fought against (ie. Wilk vs. AMA) to be able to practice.  Now that the science behind the Chiropractic Paradigm has caught up to the idea of Chiropractic, the profession is flourishing, although it is still an uphill battle.  We still do get some patients say we are "back crackers", but when the studies show that if you get adjusted regularly, that your body functions better, our stress is reduced, our health is improved, and literally study after study shows that regular adjustments reduce the average annual healthcare costs, then we all understand it is becoming more accepted.

So, how does it work from a science view?  Quite not-so-simply, it works on many levels.  Some of which are reduction of allostatic loading (the body's stress response mechanism), induction of norepinephrine, downregulation of group IV afferent nerve endings, regulation of neurogenic inflammation, reduction of "stiffness", all while inducing proprioceptive ability.  In other words, it works (all within a few miliseconds of each other) by regulating the central (brain) and peripheral (everything else) nervous system to its normal "stress-free" state, which creates a sense of wellness and allows the body to heal itself.

Medical Lake Chiropractor | How It Works. Dr. Christopher Wellwood is a Medical Lake Chiropractor.