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Spokane WA Chiropractor

Office pictureWelcome to University Chiropractic located at 303 South University Road in Spokane, WA.  We understand that choosing a health care provider is a big decision. At University Chiropractic we believe that education is a big part of our patients success. This article about chiropractic will give you some of the basic knowledge you need to understand what we can do for you, but this entire website is dedicated to helping you understand the full scope of what our team can do.

The vast majority of people equate chiropractic with back pain, but the circumstances under which the science was discovered actually had little to do with back pain. DD Palmer believed that many conditions could be addressed by removing pressure from the nerve that was involved with the affected area. He proceeded to make it his life’s work, turning this belief into the science of chiropractic.

What is Chiropratic and how does it work?

Consistent chiropractic care is one of the main keys to good health. Dr. Karl Smith of University Chiropractic Spokane has a goal for you.That goal is to get you back on the road to good health and then empower you to “take charge of your health!”

How does he go about doing this? Education is one of the major sources of empowerment. The more you understand basic health principles, the better able you are to make better health decisions that can improve the quality of your life.

Good health care is more than just taking care of the symptoms. You also need to treat the cause.

For example, if your roof is leaking and you don’t fix the leak, it will get worse. Placing a bucket to catch the water leak is only treating the symptom. You still need to fix the roof and have the knowledge of how to maintain it so it will not leak again. This is what we teach our clients, taking care or your health.

Dr. Karl Smith encourages you to read the health articles on his site. If you have any questions, please be sure and call him. If you need chiropractic help, take advantage of the special $310 value coupon. You owe it to yourself to “take charge of your health!”

We have flexible office hours to accommodate your work schedule.

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303 South University Road Spokane, WA 99206
Phone(509) 922-4458
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Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care

Those that have been dealing with chronic pain or have been injured are not the only individuals who should seek chiropractic care in Spokane. The benefits of chiropractic care can be realized for many people with any variety of health conditions. Even those relatively “healthy” individuals with few, if any, health conditions can see the benefits of chiropractic maintenance care. The impact of life’s daily grind adds up stressing the human body in far greater ways than you might realize. Regular chiropractic adjustments can restore and maintain balance within, allowing the innately intelligent human body to heal itself, leaving you better prepared to live life to its fullest.

Regardless of one’s walk in life, anyone can benefit greatly from regular chiropractic care. Routine chiropractic treatments will help maintain the body at the high level of activity life calls for, allowing the body to self-heal through proper alignment. Your spinal column serves as a conduit through which the human brain sends messages through and out to the body's nervous system. It is simple to see how protecting the integrity of this important structure, through regular visits to University Chiropractic is vital to the body’s optimal function and overall health.

Chiropractic Scientifically Explained

If you are looking for a scientific explanation of how Spokane chiropractic care works this paragraph is for you. A concise scientific explanation of chiropractic is that adjustments directly affect musculoskeletal structures, by reducing pain and increasing joint motion.

This is done through the effects that chiropractic adjustments have on the joint capsules, and the body’s proprioception mechanism (sense of where one is space) through the mechanoreceptors (provide information regarding mechanical changes within the body) in the joints and periarticular tissues (tissue surrounding the joint).

That's a lot to take in, but it is the explanation as to why some chiropractic patients in Spokane report improvement in organic function, not only musculoskeletal benefits.  To reiterate, this is not a claim that chiropractic adjustments treat systemic pathology, but does suggest that some who have systemic symptoms may see results from chiropractic care even without the presence of pain.

What is Chiropractic in General?

Chiropractic is a profession within the health care field that deals with the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the human body. A doctor of chiropractic will diagnose, treat and prevent injuries and disorders of the nerves, muscles and bones. While a chiropractor will diagnose and treat these resultant injuries and disorders, the main objective of the chiropractor is the removal of nerve interference allowing the body to heal itself without invasive procedures and/or drugs. As would be the case with any other field of care, our patients at University Chiropractic receive a thorough consultation including history and examination of their major complaint. After considering possible causes of the patients’ condition a diagnosis is established and a treatment plan is created. Should a patient require treatment outside the scope of chiropractic care they are referred to the appropriate medical specialist in our area. As the science of chiropractic has evolved so have the techniques used within its practice. Common treatment methods have grown to include nutritional counseling, orthotics, lifestyle modification / exercise programs and physical rehabilitation programs. While these adjunctive treatments are certainly beneficial, spinal and joint manipulation remains the primary and most effective mode of treatment by our clinic. Statistics reflect that nearly 95% of patients that seek chiropractic care in Spokane do so as a result of musculoskeletal pain.

The Education of a Chiropractor

Most patients don't realize how much schooling chiropractors in Spokane have to go though before they can start practicing? Chiropractors are held to some of the most intense educational requirements of any health profession. In fact their schooling requirements are very comparable to that of medical practitioners. After completing a heavy emphasis of basic sciences in and undergraduate program, potential chiropractors may be accepted into a five year chiropractic college.

Are you curious to know if chiropractic is the right treatment for you? Please do not hesitate to call our team of dedicated professionals at University Chiropractic in Spokane. Chiropractic care coupled with our outstanding, caring team can produce incredible results. Take advantage of our services today and take control of your health. Our team is here to help you today.

Common Symptoms We Help You With

What Our Patients Say
  • Intense Neck and Shoulder Pain - Came in with pretty intense neck/shoulder pain and daily headaches. After a few adjustments, my neck and shoulder blades have minimal aches. Headaches are also very minimal.

    Marcie M.

  • Rolled Truck - Since I started recovery from a rolled truck I was a passenger. I had arm bruises and neck tension from the seat belt. Doctor Smith and associate has relieved any pain I had in the neck and shoulder. I also was relieved at the lower back, of pain in my hips and waist.

    Shari S.

  • Rear-end collision - Since I was in a rear-end car accident, my back and neck hurt quite a bit for a series of weeks. After a few appointments, pain has reduced significantly and have been taken care of in the neck area.

    Austin L.