How Do We Fix It?
To know how to fix something, you have to first know exactly what is wrong, exactly what right looks like, and exactly how to get there.
To know exactly the qualities of your Structural Shift, we do a full upright and lying Structural Analysis and take a full set of 3D Structural Radiographs. This gives us all the measurements and data we need to see exactly where the problem is, how severe, it is, how complicated it is, and any other pertinent data.
We have already gone over what Normal Structure should look like, so we then compare the Structural Shifts we see with the Normal ranges we want to see.
Based off the measurements of the structural shifts vs normal structure, we are able to apply Geometry, Biomechanics, Physics, and Engineering calculations to determine the best solution. This is why we do not need to do any forceful twisting, cracking or popping with your neck and back.
The other reason we do not need to twist, crack, or pop the spine is because we are trying to restore POSITION, and not MOTION.
Think about the difference between MOTION and POSITIONING. Traditional chiropractors go after MOTION, while Structural Chiropractors focus on POSITIONING. This is why Traditional Chiropractors crack the neck and beck, to put more motion into those joints.
Many times, the motion of a system depends directly on the positioning. Here are a few examples. If your car’s tires are out of alignment (positioning) then your car shakes and pulls to one side (motion). If your door frame is crooked (positioning) then your door will not open and close properly (motion). If you have a Structural Shift in your head, neck, spine, or hips (positioning), then your head, neck, spine, and hips will not move correctly (motion).
If someone with a Structural Shift goes to a traditional chiropractor who focuses on MOTION and not POSITIONING, then the results will probably be underwhelming and temporary. The MOTION problem is the secondary condition while the POSITIONING is the primary condition.
Many people will ask me at this point “So what do you do, then, if you don’t adjust like a Traditional Chiropractor?”
How the actual correction works is a Trade Secret, so I I’m not allowed to walk you through the technicalities of it. However, I can say what the correction looks like in general. Once we have all the data and calculations done so we know how to fix your Structural Shift, you lay on one side or the other (depending on your Shift) on the Structural Correction Table designed for this work. Your head and body will be positioned in the way the calculations determined, and the doctor will stand at the calculated angle that is needed to correct the Shift. The doctor will contact with the side of his hand the exact spot on the side of the spine as determined from the x-rays, and will apply about the same amount of pressure as if taking your pulse. The actual pressure is only around 2-3 grams.
Once the Structural Shift is corrected, the patient will rest for an hour or two and then the doctor will take a second set of x-rays and posture measurements to make sure it is actually fixed. Once it has been determined that your shift is back within reasonable range, then follow up visits are to monitor the shift to ensure it stays fixed. You do not want to have to be corrected every single time, because that means something is wrong that needs to be fixed. The follow up visits are meant to be quick and easy, like stopping by the dentist for a quick check up.
The longer your body’s structure stays corrected, the more it will heal. How long it takes for your body to heal will depend on a few things:
If the secondary conditions you were feeling or noticing were caused only from Brainstem Pressure and the resulting Posture Pattern, then all your Secondary Conditions will get better right away when we correct the Structural Shift that is causing Brainstem Pressure.
If there has been damage to the tissues of the body as a result of the Brainstem Pressure and Posture Pattern, then once they are corrected those tissues will need time to heal. This is similar to if you broke your arm, the surgeon could put the bone back in the correct position, but it will need around 6 weeks to heal still. How long it takes to heal will depend on which type of tissue is damaged and the severity of the damage. Here are some estimates on how long it takes different types of tissue in the body to heal:
Digestive: 10 days
Skin: 10-14 days
Bone: 1-2 months
Muscles: 2-4 months
Reproductive: 3 months
Ligaments: 3-12 months
Nerves: 12 months
These healing times are fairly consistent in most people across the board, which is why in our office we typically will monitor your Structure and Posture Pattern for a full year. This ensures as complete of healing as possible for each person.