Salina Family Chiropractic - Spokane WA

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When you seek chiropractic care, it is essential that you partner closely with Dr. Salina as you both work toward the same goal: your best health. As you and Dr. Salina partner together, he will do his best to help you and your family learn how to achieve a state of optimal health.

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Relief vs. Corrective Care

The focus of traditional health care is centered around a person’s symptoms and the treatment or relief of those symptoms. So traditional health care seeks to relieve symptoms. This is why it is considered relief care.

Chiropractic care is very well known for its ability to provide relief care and has even been called miraculous for its ability to provide relief where all other forms of health care have failed.

Although many chiropractors are extremely successful with providing relief care, this was never the intended purpose for Chiropractic. From its inception over 110 years ago, Chiropractic was designed to be a corrective form of health care. The objective of Chiropractic is to identify the underlying cause of a person’s health challenge and to correct it.

A condition of the spine known as vertebral subluxation (a misalignment of the vertebrae) interferes with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Chiropractors locate vertebral subluxations, thoroughly analyze their components and design a specific program of adjustments and exercises to correct them.

Symptoms vs. Warning Signs

To fully appreciate the difference and the importance of corrective care, let’s look at the difference between symptoms and warning signs. This difference is best understood through a simple comparison:

If you sprain your ankle, you experience pain in your ankle. This is a direct relationship–the location of pain and the location of the injury are the same. This is a classic example of a symptom.

If a person is suffering from heart disease and experiencing pain into his left arm, there is likely nothing wrong with the left arm! This is a classic warning sign of a problem with the heart. It would seem quite silly – even foolish – to spend a tremendous amount of energy and resources treating a person’s arm pain when the cause of the pain is coming from the heart.

It is similar with your spine: If vertebral subluxation is affecting your spine and causing pressure on the nerve to your leg, over time you may begin to experience leg pain or more commonly called sciatica. We could examine and treat the leg but we would do so in vain because your leg pain is simply a warning sign telling us of the problem in the spine. The nerve(s) in the spine that is being affected will determine what type of warning sign we may experience. (Be sure to see the Vertebral Subluxation Nerve Chart).

There is often a significant time delay between the onset of subluxation and the first warning signs. This is due to your body’s amazing ability to adapt to both its internal and external environments. Even if you are not suffering with pain at this time, it’s important to meet with Dr. Salina now, so you can work with him to help your body achieve and maintain optimal health before you start to experience painful symptoms.

It is most often not until the discs of the spine begin to significantly wear and the body begins losing it’s ability to naturally compensate to the Vertebral Subluxations that we start seeing the intermittent warning signs related to subluxation. (Be sure to see the Subluxation Degeneration page). Quite often the first place in the spine to begin to fail and lose its ability to compensate is the lumbar spine. This is because all of the forces of gravity within the body affect the lumbar spine and we often use our lumbar spine to lift amounts that are no problem for a healthy spine but with Vertebral Subluxation Degeneration the spine continues to become weaker over time. Things which we used to do with ease we may start avoiding because when we do them now it causes pain. However, this avoidance is often the result of continued degeneration as we ignore the warning signs which our body is giving us. Very similarly in this situation if we begin treating this person’s lower back pain without thoroughly analyzing their Vertebral Subluxations and the cause was actually coming from a Vertebral Subluxation in their neck – we may be able to temporarily relieve their lower back pain but it will only be a matter of time before it returns because the back pain was simply a warning sign.

One of the first vertebral subluxations to occur in the spine is in the neck. The vertebra, ligaments, and muscles in the neck are the smallest and the head (especially in children) is disproportionately heavy in comparison to our bodies. Small slips and falls as a child or even the birth process itself can result in the small vertebra of the neck becoming displaced or subluxated. The body behaving very intelligently will change our posture, often shifting the head well in front of the shoulders and leaning the head to one side or the other to reduce the pressure this subluxation places on the spinal cord. As a result of the change in head posture our rib cage may bend or shift to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves and similarly the big muscles of the lumbar spine and pelvis will compensate to further reduce the unwanted pressure on the spinal nerves. This for the body is a much better state than suffering the immediate and devastating affects of spinal cord and spinal nerve pressure. However, this leaves the pressure on the vertebral discs imbalanced and causes them to begin wearing out at a progressive rate.

Corrective and Wellness care chiropractors specialize in detecting, analyzing, correcting or in some cases minimizing Vertebral Subluxation. Our education programs are designed to help you heal as fast as possible and to achieve a state of Optimal Health. Most importantly we will help you learn how to keep your spine and the spines of your family healthy into the future.

We specialize in Corrective and Wellness Chiropractic Care. We provide Specific, Scientific, Chiropractic Adjustments over time and with repetition to correct the cause…the Vertebral Subluxation. We get amazing results. We look forward to serving you!


Can an Unhealthy Spine Affect Internal Organs?

At the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Henry Winsor conducted an experiment based on chiropractors claim that by adjusting the vertebrae they can relieve stomach troubles, ulcers, menstrual cramps, thyroid conditions, kidney disease, constipation, heart disease, lung and other diseases. In this experiment he dissected both human and animal cadavers to see if there was any relationship between any diseased internal organs discovered on autopsy and the vertebrae and nerves that went to the organs. Dr. Winsor dissected 75 human and 72 cat cadavers. He found nearly 100% correlation between minor curvatures of the vertebrae and diseases of the internal organs.

Heart Disease
All 20 cases with heart and pericardium conditions had the upper five thoracic vertebrae misaligned (T1-T5).

Lung Disease
All 26 cases of lung disease has spinal misalignments in the upper thoracic area.

Stomach Disease
All nine cases of stomach disease had spinal misalignment in the mid-thoracic (T5-T9) area.

Liver Disease
All 13 cases of liver disease had misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).

All five cases with gallstone disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).

All three cases with pancreas disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).

All 11 cases with spleen disease had spinal misalignments in the mid-thoracic area (T5-T9).

All 17 cases with kidney disease were out of alignment in the lower thoracic area (T10-T12).

Prostate and Bladder Disease
All eight cases with prostate disease had the lumbar vertebrae misaligned.

Two cases with uterine conditions had the second lumbar misaligned.

Information from: Winsor, 11. Sympathetic segmental disturbances-11. The evidence association, in dissected cadavers, of visceral disease with vertebrae deformities of the same sympathetic segments. Medical times. Nov 1921, 49 pp