Dr. Christopher Hill: A West Seattle Chiropractor You Can Trust

What is Chiropractic Care?

A chiropractor maintains your body’s health just like a dentist maintains your oral health. While dentists can fill cavities, their primary role is to prevent tooth decay through semi-annual checkups. Dr. Hill can ease pain and discomfort, but his primary role is to keep your brain talking to your body yead-round.

The spinal cord is the armored line of communication between the brain and the body. By keeping your spinal chord in alignment, your brain can properly communicate with organs, cells, tissue and muscles. When this communication breaks down, illness, pain and discomfort can result.

There is never a good time to have bad communication between the brain and the body.

Aging, stress, poor posture, a subtle injury or a serious accident can slowly or suddenly knock the body out of alignment and send the brain’s signals into disarray. When this happens, Dr. Hill and his team will work to return natural alignment to your body.

How Chiropractic Medicine Works

As your chiropractor, Dr. Hill’s job is to detect and correct spinal subluxations. Simply put, a subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that interferes with nerve impulses that travel through the spine. These vital nerve impulses are electrical signals from the brain that regulate all functions of the body and keep us living at our best.

Dr. Hill’s immediate concern when you walk in the room is to determine what will actually make you better not just “feel” better. In other words, he prefers permanent or long-term solutions to temporary ones. Headache. Stiff back. Hay Fever. Insomnia. Regardless of what symptoms you come in with, Dr. Hill can help you find relief before exploring ways to help maintain your health goals.

Treatment often aims to restructure the spine and posture to its most stable biomechanical position. By maximizing the integrity of your discs, joints, and nerves through spinal adjustments, exercises and postural correction, your body’s health potential and ability to function, dramatically improves.

The length of your care plan and frequency of adjustment is determined by the severity of your subluxations and the overall health of your spine. Symptoms might disappear long before your spine reaches its maximum function, but it is important to continue care beyond the correction of symptoms.

When Do You Need Chiropractic Care?

Preventative Maintenance: Twice Per Year

Subluxations are silent. Research shows they begin at birth and can often result in a lifetime of dysfunction and disease.

Children and Adolescents

Children should be checked at least once per year as their growing bodies take shape. By catching problems before they become symptomatic, Dr, Hill can often spare kids years of pain, suffering and disease. As kids become more active, sports injuries are more frequent and healthy diets are thrown out the window. This is the time to set good nutrition, hydration and sleep habits into place.

Adults

Dr. Hill recommends adults to get a health maintenance checkup twice per year. This checkup will include chiropractic care, nutrition counseling and discussion of your exercise, lifestyle and posture. If symptoms such as pain or discomfort are already presenting, weekly or monthly checkups might be in order.

Seniors

From the 40’s onward, youthfulness gradually fades and the inevitable signs of aging set in. Injuries take longer to heal, arthritis sets in, joints begin to ache and you begin to realize your superhero days are fading.

Dr. Hill can help patients manage symptoms, relieve pain, maintain range of motion and make the golden years active and enjoyable. Even if you’ve missed out on years of preventative health maintenance, it’s never too late to begin care.

Auto Accidents and Other Injuries

A minor fender bender can cause trauma to the spine, even if you don’t feel pain when it happens. For more severe accidents, pain, swelling and discoloration might be immediate. If you’ve been in an automotive or bicycle accident, if you’ve slipped and fallen or suffered a sports-related injury, schedule a chiropractic check-in ASAP.

If you are involved in an auto accident or on-the-job injury, be sure to document what happened as thoroughly as possible. Documentation such as photographs and witness reports help the responsible insurance companies to take care of your medical bills and recovery care.