Who Needs To See A Chriopractor?

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Who Needs To See A Chriopractor?

I’m asked this question often.  My answer: Everyone.

This usually upsets people who don’t understand the why behind my answer.  Ask yourself, “Who should see a dentist?” Does this answer upset anyone? We all know we put daily stress on our teeth from eating.  And, we have all seen our grandma’s teeth in a jar at night on the bathroom counter. Now, think about the daily stress you put on your spine.  

Lifting, sitting too long, slips, falls, accidents, sports traumas, etc. Living on a planet with gravity will always cause compression of your spine, resulting in muscle spasm, pinching, and arthritic degeneration.  All of the little “nothings” you do in life build up, like straw on a camels back, until something eventually gives. What if there was a way to “check” your back and see if there is muscle tension building up before it hurt?  The good news is, there is! We can check you and see where muscle tension is building up and nip it in the bud. 

Still unsure if chiropractic care is right for you?

At iChiro, the first four visits with a patient (Our Pathway to Health) are designed to educate you on your condition and your options so you can decide if our office is right for you. The first step is to come in and be tested to find out if we think we can help!

Dr. Michael Kwast

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.

Chiropractors Crack My Bones… Right?

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Chiropractors Crack My Bones... Right?

Chiropractors “crack” your bones, right?  Wrong.  The chiropractic adjustment causes a quick stretch on the deep stabilizer musculature around the spinal joints, which stimulates a reflex in the muscles causing them to reflexly relax.  As the muscles relax, the space in the joint enlarges, causing the fluid in the joint to rapidly turn into a gas (cavitation), which releases energy and creates a “cracking” noise.  By retraining these muscles to remain in the relaxed state, you can decrease pressure in the joint, which decreases the compressive forces on the cartilage inside the joint and on the discs.  This is valuable because less compression on the discs and on the cartilage will slow down the degenerative process and prevent arthritic changes. 

Want to learn more about this? Watch below as our founder, Dr. Michael Kwast debunks this age old myth!

Mythbusting

Ever been told that chiropractors "pop" your bones back into place? Listen here as Dr. Mike Kwast debunks that myth!

Posted by IChiro Clinics on Thursday, August 30, 2018

Dr. Michael Kwast

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.

Chiropractic, Massage, and Pain Relief are Connected More Than You Think…

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Chiropractic, Massage, and Pain Relief are Connected More Than You Think...

Many people mistakenly believe the pain from injuries is caused by the shifting of the bones. While that plays a role, the primary cause of the pain is the damage to the muscle tissue that supports the bone and skeletal structure. The muscles are what holds the bones in place, so when they are injured, strained or pulled, the resulting inflammation and swelling can cause bones to shift. This leads to excruciating pain and discomfort. Effective pain management treatment plans that include both chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy can help alleviate discomfort and begin the healing process.



Pain management is the primary concern when a patient calls for an chiropractic adjustment. Chiropractors work to put the bones back into place. They do this, not by moving the bone, but by relieving the tension and stress on the bone caused by damaged muscle tissue. Pain management techniques, such as massage therapy, can effectively relieve discomfort and reduce the inflammation and swelling caused by traumatic injury.

 If an injury is left untreated, the muscles can assume the new position and begin to heal with the bone being held away from its original position.

Chiropractic therapy uses pain management techniques to release the muscle and allow the bone to gradually drift back into place. Muscles have memory and will return to the newly healed position unless the memory is erased. Massage therapy increases blood flow to an injured area, providing the damaged tissues with extra oxygen and nutrients it needs to jump start the healing process.


 Chiropractors who employ massage therapists, understand that by conditioning the muscles that support the skeleton, the bones are less likely to shift or move during and injury.

Chiropractors also understand that the massage is an effective pain management tool that works on several levels of the healing process. Massage increases blood flow, improves flexibility, reduces swelling and strengthens muscle tissue.

The more the muscles are manipulated through massage techniques, the stronger they become. As muscles increase in strength, they in turn, help to strengthen bones. The resistance created by the tugging of the muscle on the bone, puts slight amounts of pressure on the bone. This pressure results in the bones retaining more and more calcium, helping them to remain stronger and more resilient for longer periods of time. Pain management techniques rely on these processes to reduce discomfort.



Pain management techniques used by chiropractors often focus more on the muscles that support the skeleton than the bones themselves. As they move the bones, they are also retraining the muscles and connective tissues that support them. Both actions used together elicit a healing response that controls pain and reduces overall discomfort.

Dr. Michael Kwast

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.

How do I fix my back?

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How Do I Fix My Back?

This is a very common question I hear from Grand Rapids’ residents.  My question is, “What do you mean by fix?” Are you trying to fix your pain?  Or, fix the cause? Most people mask their pain with medications, however, masking is not fixing!  This leads to addictions, side effects, and a worsening of the condition. Clearly, the better approach is to fix the underlying cause.  An example most people can relate has to do with your car. Imagine your car is making a horrible noise. You take it to the mechanic and he says he can fix it.  He reaches in and turns up your radio so loud you can no longer hear the noise. He tells you it is fixed. Obviously, you would not settle for that! However, this is what people are settling for when they take masking medications.  

Most back problems stem from damage to the deep stabilizer musculature along the spine.  When these muscles are damaged, they compress the joints, pinch nerves, bulge the discs. In order for a disc to be damaged, these muscles will have failed and become damaged first.  By changing these muscles, you can often experience great improvements because they are the cause.

So how do you fix these muscles?  The first step is to be able to find which muscles are damaged.  Specific chiropractic testing can determine where these muscles are malfunctioning.  Next, chiropractic adjustments will cause these muscles to reflexly relax. Adjustments are to the muscle, not to the bones as most people think.  Once these muscles are relaxed and returned to normal function, you need to strengthen them. An easy way is to utilize vibration plate technology to strengthen these stabilizer muscles.

That is how you “fix” the problem.  Be aware that sometimes damage can be so severe, that a “fix” does not exist.  Sometimes achieving maximum function is all that can be done. To find out if a natural holistic approach could benefit your specific situation, contact our office and schedule an evaluation!

Dr. Michael Kwast

Dr. Kwast is the CEO of iChiro Clinics in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a wellness speaker for the Foundation for Wellness Professionals, and the Employee Awareness Association.  iChiro Clinics has received the 2014 Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Ethics, and the Grand Rapids Magazine’s reader poll award for the Best of Grand Rapids.