What is Chiropractic All About?
The basic focus of Chiropractic practice is the relationship between structure and function in the neuromusculoskeletal system - that is, the interrelationship of the nervous system, joints, and muscles. This interrelationship is evaluated for dysfunction in joint movement, muscle imbalance, etc.

Treatment to correct these problems
is undertaken, also by the Chiropractor.
A Chiropractor provides both a diagnosis
and treatment for the patient.
Chiropractic treatment emphasizes joint
manipulation, known as an 'adjustment',
in which your doctor will use his or her
hands to restore function to a joint in your spine.

An adjustment helps to free-up joints
that are fixed or stuck in one position.
If one joint is not moving then the
other joints around the fixed one must
compensate and move too much.

 


Chiropractic aims at getting all the joints in your spine moving together correctly. This aids in decreasing pain and nerve irritation, as well as decreasing inflammation and muscle tension among other effects, and in the long run, prevents arthritis.

Most back pain is caused by mechanical problems. That is, some sort of disruption in the normal way the spine functions. Taking medication such as Tylenol may numb the pain somewhat but it does not address the root cause of the problem. Chiropractic treatment is aimed at the cause of the problem, not just the symptoms.


A good analogy would be a stone in
your shoe. If you get a small stone in
your shoe it can make walking very
uncomfortable. What are your options?
You could limp and try to avoid putting
pressure on the stone. You could strap
a thick piece of foam to your foot to
act as a cushion or, the most obvious
choice would be to remove the stone!
Essentially, that is what Chiropractic is
all about. We try to find 'the little stone'
that is bothering your spine and then we
remove it.

 


  • The word 'Chiropractic' is derived from Greek and means "treatment by hand".
  • Chiropractors are primary healthcare practitioners, which means that you do not need a referral from a medical doctor to make an appointment.
  • Chiropractors treat patients without the use of drugs or surgery, and refer patients for medical care when necessary.
  • Chiropractic approaches healthcare from a holistic point of view, meaning that the entire body must be considered in the treatment of a patient, not just the ailing part. Prevention of disease is also emphasized as opposed to waiting for disease to occur and then trying to cure it.


What Is The Vertebral Subluxation?

The vertebral subluxation is the term applied to a vertebrae which has lost its normal position and/or motion in relation to neighboring vertebrae. Vertebrae which do not function properly within the spinal framework generate mechanical stress. This accelerates the wear and tear on the surrounding spinal muscles, ligaments, discs, joint and other spinal tissues. Pain, palpatory tenderness, inflammation, decreased spinal mobility, and muscle spasm and hypertonicity will eventually follow.

Additionally, because of the direct mechanical and physiological relationship between the spinal column and the spinal nerve roots, vertebral subluxations as well as other spinal abnormalities have the potential to impair proper nerve functioning. Once nerve functioning is compromised, communication within the body becomes less effective jeopardizing the overall health and wellness of the individual.

Improper nerve conduction can lead to pain, poor health and dis-ease.
 
 
Dr. Bergquist utilizes gentle and effective techniques for your Chiropractic care.
 

What Chiropractors Do

Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations.
A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular (joint) changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health.
Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, the chiropractor checks the patient's spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area.
Chiropractors use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnormalities and optimize overall health. In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, physical therapies, and lifestyle modification programs are commonly employed.

A solid education and elite skills, are tools your Doctor maintains.
 

The Undergraduate Education

Similar to the requirements of medical schools, prior to entering chiropractic college students must first complete 4 years of premed undergraduate studies - depending on the chiropractic college and state one wishes to practice in. During this time there is an emphasis on basic sciences including organic chemistry, general chemistry, physics, biology, and psychology.
 
 

The Chiropractic Education

Upon successful completion of the undergraduate studies, those students who are accepted to a chiropractic college enter a 4-5 year academic program, which is similar in content to medical school. Course work includes an in-depth study of anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, radiology, biomechanics, spinal adjustive techniques, including a variety of other health-related areas.
The primary focus of the chiropractic education is to teach the student how to recognize and effectively treat a wide variety of soft tissue disorders in order to reduce pain and discomfort, allow for effective and proper healing, restore normal body biomechanics and improve overall health. In order to treat such conditions, students are taught a number of different techniques and methods including chiropractic spinal adjustive techniques. Through chiropractic spinal adjustments, the students are taught how they can positively influence the body through the nervous system using specific spinal adjustive techniques. An emphasis is also placed on other aspects of health including diet, exercise, nutrition and wellness. Moreover, students receive thorough training aimed at identifying those conditions which are beyond the chiropractor's scope of practice and which require outside medical referral.
During the academic 4-5 year program, students must successfully complete a number of national board examinations which are required for licensure. In addition, students must spend several hundred hours of internship in which they treat patients suffering from true health ailments while under professional supervision. Some schools actually begin introducing and training students to the clinical setting in just their second year of studies. This ensures that the graduating doctors of chiropractic will have all the necessary education, skills and clinical experience to provide exceptionally safe and effective chiropractic health care. Many colleges have additionally employed externship programs in which student interns assist field doctors in their private practices prior to graduation.
 
 

Licensure

Upon graduation and the passing of all national board exams, students undergo state board examination for the state which they wish to practice in. If successful, the new doctor of chiropractic will receive his or her license for the practice of chiropractic in that state.
 
 

Continuing Education

Once licensed, most states require the doctor of chiropractic to attend annual seminars in order to maintain a high level of competency and keep technical skills sharp and as current as possible. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of the doctor's license.

 

Postgraduate Studies

Many doctors further their knowledge and skills by completing additional studies after graduation. These one to three year programs provide the information to place the doctors at the top of the health care field in specific areas. Some of the areas of study include orthopedics, neurology, radiology, sports, rehabilitation, nutrition, pediatrics and research.

 

By consulting our office, you're taking an exciting first step toward better health. Chiropractic care is different. It is this difference that offers new ways to get well and stay well. We've helped a wide variety of people. So the first thing we offer is hope. You'll receive plenty of that here! We've prepared this information so you'll know what to expect on your first visists to our office.

You'll meet Dr. Bergquist after filling out some brief paperwork describing you, your health history and your health goals. We offer this initial consultation so we can both get to know one another.

Dr. Bergquist will study the results and give you a complete report of our findings. He will show you what he has found and the conclusions reached. If Dr. Bergquist finds that you'd benefit from consulting a different practitioner, he will make the proper referral. Otherwise, Dr. Bergquist will recommend a program of specific chiropractic care.


Go from bad to better...
Chiropractic: Better health without drugs or surgery

If you're a good candidate for chiropractic care and we think we can help, an examination follows. We'll study the way you turn and bend. We may test your reflexes. These and other physical, orthopedic and chiropractic tests help us locate areas of your spine that could be the cause of your problem. Our examination is thorough and will put you at ease.

With a plan in place to fulfill your health goals, future visits will take just minutes. The purpose of these frequent visits will be to locate and reduce your vertebral subluxations and monitor the healing process.

You join millions who have enjoyed better health - without drugs or surgery.

Welcome to our office!


Dr. Bergquist performing an "adjustment".
 

A few questions and Answers about Your First Visit...

Will I have to have X-rays?
X-rays and other types of images can be helpful. Pictures of your spine, especially after trauma, can confirm our other findings and make your care more precise. We can tell if we need them after completing our other examinations.

How long until I feel better?
Some patients experience almost instant relief. Others discover that the healing process can take months, sometimes years. Every patient recovers at their own pace. Factors which can affect the healing process include your age, your overall health condition, muscle tone, diet and even your attitude.

When will I get my first adjustment?
It depends upon your complaint and how long it may take to study your examination findings. This is a clinical decision and varies from patient to patient.

Will I receive any medication for my pain?
No. Chiropractic doctors don't dispense drugs. Because we rely on natural methods, ask for directions on how to use ice to control any painful symptoms. Ice, when properly applied, can have an analgesic effect without the side effects associated with pain medications.