Blog : People Choosing Adjustments More, Meds Less

By Madalyn | Sep 23, 2014 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a Global Report on Antimicrobial Resistance emphasizing the importance of protecting the effectiveness of antibiotics against common and life-threatening infections. Doing so would help avoid what the WHO warned will be a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries can kill. Adjusting to life without antibiotics takes a literal turn when corrective chiropractic care regularly helps address health concerns well beyond back pain.

“Many people seek us out as an alternative to conventional therapies like antibiotics given for ear infections,” said Dr. Seth LaFlamme of Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, Maine. “Our patients come in hoping to avoid the drawbacks of other more invasive interventions that often have undesirable side effects. After care, we often find those interventions become unnecessary. It's not that we've sought to replace them, we just attempt to facilitate proper function and healing first, in non-emergency situations only, through a course of neuro-structural correction.”

Great Works Chiropractic focuses on results-driven, drug-free corrective care and supports the body’s own healing processes with its unique approach to health care. At its core, Dr. Seth — as he prefers to be called — and his wife, Dr. Briana Duga (“Dr. Bri”), honor the body’s reason for everything it does. “In the instance of fever, for example, the body isn't heating up to burn itself up; it’s doing so to burn up the invaders,” said Dr. Seth. “When the body sets off an alarm bell like a fever, our job is not to shut it off, it’s to find out why that alarm bell is being set off in the first place and address that.”

This kind of holistic approach is part and parcel with the overall wellness-driven tact that drives the Great Works practitioners in how they both administer care and run their business. As a green-certified Partnering Business in the Green Alliance, both Doctors always explore sustainable and more natural solutions wherever possible. “We look to the nervous system and structural system to find any malfunctions that are connected to the likely cause of the symptom or condition. They then measure the integrity of the nervous system in its ability to properly control the body, and the integrity of the structure that supports it. The goal is to ensure the body is getting an accurate message from the brain, and that the brain is getting accurate feedback from the body. “If this finely tuned system is disrupted, the body cannot and will not function properly,” said Dr. Seth.

“Let that situation go on long enough and secondary conditions such as ear infections, sciatica, TMJ issues, digestive disorders, and pain of all shapes and sizes tend to result. We seek to restore the neuro-structural system to its proper integrity. In most cases, once we do, the secondary conditions, or symptoms, no longer serve a purpose, so they fade away, or simply stop. It’s just like how your smoke alarm stops on its own when the fire is put out and the smoke has cleared,” adds LaFlamme.

Each case at Great Works Chiropractic begins with an in-depth consultation, which helps to further understand the patient and allows the patient to fully comprehend the doctor’s approach before committing to any treatment or incurring any fees. If the patient feels there is a good fit and desires to proceed, the next step is to perform a comprehensive neurological and structural exam that same day, or to schedule for a later time, if that is desired. At the follow up visit, there is a conference with the doctor to review the findings and to get a complete understanding of care recommendations before getting started. Care may begin that day, consisting of corrective adjustments and neuro-structural retraining. Duration depends on the patient’s goals and state of neuro-structural decline.

Dr. Seth and Dr. Bri use the same principles for infants, children, adults, and seniors, but adjustments are unique to age and required care. Infants and children get a lighter touch and often see results after a short course of care. Adults and seniors often need a more assertive approach to see results, and both doctors are respectful that people might have concerns about the physical aspects of treatment — for those patients, they use gentler alternatives such as gravity-assisted adjustments. While adult patients may experience some relief immediately, healing takes time, and continued improvements often exceed the resolution of the presenting complaint. “We are retraining the neuro-structural system,” said Dr. Seth. “The longer it’s been in a state of imbalance, the longer it will take to bring it back. But once it’s back, the positive benefits of that correction are far-reaching.”

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