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Medical Lake Chiropractor | Medical Lake chiropractic care | WA | Chiropractic


A patient-centered approach to pain management and healthcare

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

(509) 299-6900


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Taking A Natural Systemic Approach To Healing

Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the absolute FACT that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing.  Most importantly, Chiropractic is the healthcare profession which understands that the body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.

Often times we hear that Chiropractors are "back doctors".  While Chiropractors DO treat "back problems", the profession was and has always been a true alternative to what is termes "allopathic medicine" (ie. your medical doctor).  While being the 3rd largest healthcare profession in the United States, Chiropractors only see about 7-10% of the population, while providing more than 95% of all spinal manipulation.  Luckily, with current research into the brain and nervous system, the "Chiropractic Paradigm" (the way we treat) continues to be validated.  What once was considered an alternative is now considered mainstream treatment for the majority of musculoskeletal conditions.

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.  And while it is true that some states are allowing Chiropractors to prescribe medications, and perform injection therapies, the backbone (pun intended) of the Chiropractic treatment will always be stimulating the body's own natural healing processes, either through the spinal adjustment (treating the nervous system and hormones), supplementation (for nutritional deficiencies), or lifestyle modifications.

While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.


Just like the medical profession has "specialists" (ie internal medicine, rheumatology, neurology, etc.), so does the Chiropractic profession.  

For instance, Dr. Wellwood is a Board Eligible Chiropractic Internist and has advanced training in pain management, internal medicine/diagnostics, and neurology.  Furthermore, his specific type of Chiropractic treatment is called "neuro-hormonal chiropractic", meaning that in order to help a person completely, we must understand that the nervous system is what controls the hormones and immune responses.  Furthermore, pain is about controlling inflammation and controlling inflammation is a strictly neuro-hormonal treatment.


Other types of Chiropractic Physician Specialists include:

  • Internal Medicine / Family Practice
  • Sports Medicine
  • Rehabilitation and Physiotherapeutics
  • Minor Surgery and Proctology
  • Dermatology / Family Practice
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Orthopedics
  • Radiology
  • Pediatrics and Midwifery


Medical Lake Chiropractor | Chiropractic. Dr. Christopher Wellwood is a Medical Lake Chiropractor.