Chiropractic Services


Consist of:

  - Detailed Comprehensive History
- Thorough Orthopedic and Neurological Examination
- Diagnostic Spinal X-Rays

- Chiropractic Adjustments with the Focus of Nervous System Restoration


Chiropractic Adjustments

chiropractic adjustments in San Rafael CA

One of the primary techniques used by Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) is "spinal adjustment", also known as a "chiropractic adjustment". In fact, chiropractors are renowned as clinicians who perform spinal adjustments. The term "adjustment" refers to the physical adjustment of the spinal vertebrae. The goal of such spinal adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation and return the spine to a more natural state of health. The word subluxation is derived from the Latin terms Sub ("less than" or "slight") and Luxate ("to dislocate" or "be misaligned"). Accordingly, vertebral subluxation means the slight dislocation or misalignment of the spinal vertebrae.

When a patient has a subluxation, chiropractic adjustment can be used to correct the misalignment, which in turn helps enhance joint mobility, reduce pain, reduce muscle spasm, and reduce nerve irritation or impingement. Chiropractic adjustment is a highly refined skill acquired during years of intensive training. The technique involves the manual application of a controlled force into the spinal vertebrae which have become misaligned and hypo mobile (limited in their range of motion). This procedure corrects vertebral alignment and is often accompanied by a clicking sound. While this sound might surprise first time chiropractic patients, it is merely the audible release of gas from within the spinal joints.

Furthermore, the procedure rarely causes discomfort or pain. In fact, many patients report a sense of immediate relief associated with the chiropractic adjustment and often note positive changes in their symptoms shortly after receiving treatment. If discomfort is experienced it is typically minor and resolves within a matter of days. To achieve optimal results patients may receive several adjustments over multiple chiropractic visits. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the care plan may also include massage and functional restoration exercises.

Vertebral Subluxation Complex (V.S.C)


Vertebral Subluxation Complex is a degenerative condition that left uncared for can worsen and eventually lead to serious consequences. The complex has inter-related components which can disrupt communications between the brain and the rest of the body. This disruption can negatively impact the normal functioning of internal organs.

The complex is initiated by either a traumatic event or repetitive stress. The inciting event causes vertebral misalignment and tissue inflammation - both of which are V.S.C. components. Below is a list of the V.S.C. components and a description of how they interact with one another:

 VERTEBRAL COMPONENT: Sections of the spinal column can become misaligned due to trauma and repetitive stress. This misalignment can also cause local inflammation which in turn may lead to vertebral hypo-mobility (restriction in the joint's range of motion) due to the formation of fibrotic scar tissue. Such misalignment and hypo-mobility narrows the spine's nerve outlets which compress and irritate the nerve roots (a.k.a. nerve root impingement).

ñ INFLAMMATORY COMPONENT: Tissue around the spinal column becomes inflamed and swollen due to uncorrected misalignment or repetitive stress injuries. With time, this local inflammation results in (i) nerve root inflammation which contributes to the Neural Component of V.S.C., (ii) vertebral hypo-mobility due to the formation of fibrotic scar tissue (see Vertebral Component above), and (iii) irritation and inflammation of local muscle tissue which contributes to the Muscle Component of V.S.C. and can eventually cause fibrotic muscle degeneration.

MUSCLE COMPONENT: Muscles around the spinal column are affected by (i) abnormal nerve signals due to the Neural Component, and (ii) irritation due to the Inflammatory Component. This results in muscle spasms, reduced muscle tone (hypo-tonicity), and muscle weakening (atrophy). These muscular abnormalities further exacerbate the vertebral subluxation and can cause additional misalignments at new vertebral levels.

NEURAL COMPONENT: Nerve roots emerging from the spinal column become compressed and irritated due to vertebral misalignment and local inflammation. This nerve impingement and inflammation results in (i) abnormal neural signals which contribute to the Muscle Component of V.S.C., and (ii) the distortion and disruption of nerve impulses from the brain to the internal organs of the body (see Neuro-Visceral Component below).

NEURO-VISCERAL COMPONENT: Neural information from the brain to the internal organs (a.k.a. viscera) become disrupted or distorted due to nerve impingement and inflammation. This distortion and disruption of nerve impulses can result in a wide range of negative health consequences.

As you can see, the Vertebral Subluxation Complex is a disorder that progressively worsens. As the disorder progresses it may cause chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, loss of vertebral joint mobility, muscle spasm, and muscle weakness.

Furthermore, left unchecked V.S.C. can interfere with nerve impulses traveling between the brain and internal organs. In essence, as the complex intensifies it can affect the control and regulation of other parts of your body, which can have devastating health consequences.

Qualified chiropractors know the dangers of neglecting V.S.C. and are dedicated to the art and science of spinal adjustment. Using Kinetic Chiropractic™ techniques they are chiropractors at detecting and reducing vertebral subluxations.

Accordingly, it is vital that patients with back problems or suspected subluxations seek Kinetic Chiropractic™ care as soon as possible.

Ongoing Chiropractic Care


There is a widespread myth that receiving chiropractic care creates a need for continuous spinal adjustment. In the past, people had misconceptions that chiropractors merely cared for a patient's symptoms while neglecting the root condition. It was believed that this superficial approach required a patient to return for further treatments on a perpetual basis.

Today, however, many people have realized that chiropractic care is similar to other routine preventative measures such as dental cleanings, optometric exams, periodic blood analysis, and physical examinations. They recognize the spine and the critical nerve impulses it protects are just as important as the other parts of the body. Accordingly, progressive members of society now understand that visiting a chiropractor on a regular basis is a vital component of a healthy lifestyle.

In fact, modern-day chiropractors assert that the spine requires occasional adjustments in order to maintain an optimal state of neuromusculoskeletal health. Patients who receive regular chiropractic care have reported many benefits including pain relief, increased energy, and more restful sleep. These benefits combine with a balanced lifestyle to promote wellness and longevity.


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Address: 45 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 9, San Rafael, CA 94903       Tel: (415) 785-7131

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Egan Family Chiropractic

Address: 45 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 9
  San Rafael, CA 94903

Telephone: (415) 785-7131
Fax: (415) 785-4517