October is National Chiropractic Care Awareness Month, and the American Chiropractic Association describes chiropractic care as “a natural, holistic, patient-centered, and drug-free approach to health and wellbeing”.
This month is an opportunity to learn more about chiropractic and its benefits. Chiropractors are general practitioners who help with a wide variety of problems and make referrals to other doctors and specialists if necessary.
Dr. Shannon Grimes describes his area of expertise as one that focuses on the whole person as part of a practical, non-drug approach to pain management and health promotion.
While many people view chiropractors as doctors who “fight back” after injury, Grimes seeks to raise awareness of the expanded definition of chiropractic health care. In addition to back pain, Grimes corrects problems such as eye pain, balance problems, headaches, and others. His office wants to promote the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system.
“In addition to their expertise in musculoskeletal and spinal care, many chiropractors have extensive diagnostic skills and are trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, diet and lifestyle changes,” said Grimes. “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.”
Maintaining and restoring good health is a primary goal of chiropractic care, and proper functioning is key to quality health. Grimes describes three keys to achieving proper chiropractic function.
First, there is adequate body stimulation and activation. Grimes encourages mental and physical activity to encourage body and brain growth. Second, healthy people need healthy stimulation with sufficient long-term frequency. Lastly, Grimes promotes a good quality diet or body fuel.
To explain this concept, he gives the example of a visit to the gym. Those in good health may choose to exercise, but to get the full benefit from exercise, they must use the fitness equipment properly. exercise frequently and over a long period of time; and eat right. If you abandon any of these key principles, the effects of the exercise will be undone and he will implement similar tools in his office.
“Brain function plays a big role in how we look at our patients. We work with people who have the expected muscle and joint problems, but we pay very close attention to the overall function of the patient. Recognizing and locating these imbalances through neurological testing and correction with appropriate exercises and therapies is an integral part of our practice, ”said Grimes.
He once asked Grimes a patient to close his eyes and make a fist. He checked his ability to rock his arms. Then, with his eyes closed, he asked the patient to take different fingers and touch his nose. After the patient was unable to touch his nose, Grimes explained that these were underlying dysfunctions. He told the patient that there was a blockage between his hand, brain, and nose and that stimulating the left cerebellum and right cortex could solve the problem.
Many come to the office because of arthritis, which he explains is not a problem, but a body’s natural short-term solution to physical dysfunction. Grimes encourages patients to receive early treatment to prevent bone growth that causes arthritis.
“However, arthritis is not a disease we suffer from. Instead, it’s a defense mechanism that the body uses to stabilize the joints and prevent injury, ”said Grimes.