By: Michelle Booth | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: March 2011
Dr. Justin Snyder, owner of Snyder Chiropractic & Acupuncture.
Chiropractors treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems for young and old. “Children need to be adjusted because they are so active,” said Dr. Justin Snyder, owner of Snyder Chiropractic & Acupuncture. “Chiropractic care can help improve sleep, asthma and immune system problems in kids.” Spinal adjustments in older patients can help avoid surgery in some cases. “I treated a patient with chiropractic care a few weeks before he was scheduled to have surgery,” he said. “He ended up not needing the surgery after all.”
Chiropractic medicine locates and removes spine and nerve stress from the body. It is a proactive approach to positioning the body in the best way possible to heal itself. “The body is a miracle worker. If it is properly aligned, it will be healthier and better able to fight disease pathologies and other problems,” said Dr. Snyder. “As a chiropractor, my goal is to facilitate healing by helping keep my patients’ bodies in the ideal position.”
According to Dr. Snyder, it only takes the weight of a dime to cause spinal nerve stress, and like the early stages of tooth decay, this stress can be present before warning signs occur. For this reason, Dr. Snyder urges people to visit the chiropractor when they experience pain, not because of it. “Pain is the last indicator that something is wrong,” Dr. Snyder said. “As people begin the corrective phase of treatment, they will see positive results in other unexpected areas, i.e. improved sleep.”
Dr. Snyder, a second-generation physician, has witnessed the numerous ancillary benefits his patients have realized as a result of receiving chiropractic care. These include decreased blood pressure, elimination of migraine headaches, improved sleep habits and increased energy levels, to name a few. Snyder himself has benefitted from seeing a chiropractor; he has been sick less often, and when he does get sick, the duration of the illness is shorter.
The chiropractic doctor works with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and the spinal cord respectively. He locates where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging on the nerves that travel down the spinal cord and out through the spinal column to the muscles, organs and glands. After locating the vertebrae causing the nerve stress, the chiropractor adjusts the vertebrae and releases the pressure on the nerves. This is called a spinal adjustment.
Typically, there is no pain involved with chiropractic treatment. “The main method of spinal manipulation is accomplished with the hands,” said Dr. Snyder. “When performed properly, the adjustments do not hurt.”
No matter the disease or condition, a healthy spine is an important component of overall good health and can lead to a life of strength and vitality.
There are other significant factors involved in chiropractic care besides vertebral adjusting. These include proper nutrition, adequate rest, moderate exercise, a positive mental attitude and proper nerve supply. “Patients should expect a total care approach to health from their chiropractor,” said Dr. Snyder. “In addition to spinal adjustments, I teach proper stretching techniques and nutrition and discuss ways to improve posture.”
“If you or anyone you know is in need of care, please call today, it would be an honor,” said Dr. Snyder.