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The Bouma Chiropractic Clinic, P.C. is a state of the art health care facility with over 40 years of experience. Primarily serving Indiana County, residents have sought treatment from Bouma Chiropractic due to their high level of care and consideration for every patient's needs. Please schedule an appointment with us today, and let us help you reach a pain free life!
Chiropractors believe that interference with the body's muscular, nervous and skeletal systems (especially the spine or vertebrae) impairs many important body functions and lowers resistance to disease. A great emphasis is placed on keeping the spine functioning properly to relieve pressure on connected muscles, joints and nerves. Such therapy not only helps problems in the back but in the feet, hands and internal organs.
In fact, spinal adjustments may relieve a spectrum of ailments such as tension headache, certain types of migraine, menstrual cramps, allergies, asthma, stomach disorders, spastic colon, and arm, hand, and leg pain that's due to dysfunction of the neck or lower back. Some patients with asthma and emphysema even turn to chiropractic care to release tension in the chest. A study presently underway will help determine if manipulation of the neck helps the ears drain properly, thus alleviating otitis media -- the ear infection that plagues children. Chiropractic concerns itself with the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (primarily coordinated by the nervous system) of the human body and how that relationship affects the restoration and preservation of health.
The Doctor of Chiropractic has been trained to know all structures and functions of the human body and to recognize the interrelationship of all parts. Chiropractic education centers on the concept of health, not disease. Chiropractors provide a highly appealing primary health care approach because they do not perform surgery or prescribe medicine. Chiropractic is sought increasingly as the public's awareness of their responsibility for health maintenance grows. If, however, a Doctor of Chiropractic determines the patient requires attention from another branch of the health care professions, that recommendation or referral is made with the best interest of the patient in mind.
Chiropractic employs neither drugs nor surgery. It is concerned with the entire environment of the body and is based on a properly functioning nervous system, which begins with the brain and courses through the spinal cord encased within the spinal column. No part of the body escapes the dominance of the nervous system. Spinal bio-mechanical dysfunction improper function of the spine due to slight misalignments called subluxations can cause a state of poor health in an area far removed from the spine and spinal cord itself and can reduce the ability of the body to adapt to an ever-changing environment. The slightest malfunction of the spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing that portion of the body from responding with its full inherent capacity.
A chiropractic spinal adjustment (the application of a precise force to the specific part of the spinal segment) corrects the vertebral subluxation, permitting normal nerve transmission, innate recuperative capability and effective health and adaptation of the person.
Millions of Americans have always turned to chiropractic treatment for back, neck, head and joint pain despite the fact that chiropractors, or "back crackers", were thought to be "quacks" by many medical doctors. Well, a new age has dawned and the medical establishment is catching on to the effectiveness of chiropractic treatments.
A recent federal study showing spinal manipulation can relieve low back pain has boosted chiropractic care to new heights of respectability. Today, many medical doctors may refer patients to chiropractors or work in conjunction with a chiropractic practitioner to give patients optimal care. Many insurance companies cover chiropractic care, and hospitals are offering access and/or staff privileges to chiropractors. If you are interested in trying the chiropractic approach, the following information will be useful.
Dr. Bouma encourages patients to live a healthy lifestyle and offers many resources to reach that goal.