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Chiropractic Adjustments Specialist

Nutura Clinic -  - Integrative Medicine

Nutura Clinic

Integrative Medicine located in Portland, OR

A chiropractic adjustment is more than just a treatment for back pain. Headaches, neck pain, and even pain in your limbs can all respond to chiropractic care. At Nutura Clinic in Portland, Oregon, chiropractic physician Maxwell Muehleip, DC, and the skilled team provide chiropractic adjustments to realign your spine and restore balance in your bones, muscles, and tissues. For more information about chiropractic adjustments, call Nutura Clinic today, or request an appointment online at any time.

Services Provided: 

  • Pain Management
  • Injuries 
  • Applied Kinesiology

What is a chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a treatment technique to realign your spine. Contrary to popular belief, a chiropractic adjustment doesn’t just relieve pain and pressure in your back. Your spine is the central pathway of all of your nerves and connects them all to your brain. Therefore, misalignment in your spine can cause symptoms and disruptions anywhere in your body. 

A chiropractic adjustment focuses on restoring balance throughout your body to relieve pain, numbness, and other symptoms in your back, neck, head, or limbs. It can also improve your muscular functioning.

How does a chiropractic adjustment work?

Before you undergo chiropractic adjustment, your provider examines you and asks about your symptoms. They might also recommend an X-ray or other imaging procedure to look at the joints and find areas that require treatment. 

During chiropractic adjustment at Nutra Clinic, your provider positions you so that you’re lying face-down on a cushioned table. They might adjust your position depending on the source of your pain. They use their hands to apply pressure to the joints in your back.

When your provider applies pressure, you might feel or hear popping and cracking. These adjustments relieve pressure from specific nerves in or near your spine and promote healing throughout the joints. You might need several weeks of treatment before you experience a lasting improvement in your symptoms. 

What does chiropractic adjustment treat?

Chiropractic care specializes in treating subluxation. Subluxation refers to spinal misalignment that causes pressure on nerves in your spine and often causes other symptoms throughout your body. Components of subluxation include:

Spinal kinesiopathology

Spinal kinesiopathology refers to the bones in your spine. They can become stuck or stiff, or they might move too much as the result of your subluxation.

Neuropathophysiology

Neuropathophysiology refers to the functioning of your nerves. A subluxation can cause nerve irritation or pinching, leading to pain, numbness, or tingling.

Myopathology

Myopathology refers to muscle functioning. Certain muscles might overdevelop to compensate for spinal misalignment. Others can decline in their operation.

Histopathology

Histopathology refers to soft tissue functioning. A subluxation can cause disc injuries, which lead to swelling and inflammation around your spine. 

Pathophysiology

Pathophysiology refers to processes that happen in your body as the result of diseases or injuries. Because of subluxation, the joints in your back can get injured and respond by growing new bone in an attempt to become stable.

For more information about subluxation and how a chiropractic adjustment can help relieve it naturally, call Nutra Clinic today or book an appointment online at any time.

What is pain management?

Pain management is the scientific process of reducing chronic pain by using a multidisciplinary approach. It treats pain as a disease and focuses on the multiple sources and types of pain that an individual may experience. Generally, your Nutura Clinic provider will evaluate, rehabilitate, and treat pain accordingly based on your specific needs. 

Typically, pain is restrictive to the lifestyle and well-being of an individual. Therefore, the overall goal of pain management is to minimize the effect of pain and attain functional improvement. 

What are the types of pain?

Although there are multiple sources of pain, it is generally classified under two main groups:

Nociceptive pain

Nociceptive pain is caused by physical damage to the body. Signals are transmitted through the peripheral nerves to the brain from the spinal cord. These signals enable you to become aware that an area on your body is hurting. Examples of nociceptive pain include:

  • A broken bone
  • An open wound
  • A ruptured disc
  • Bruising
  • Burns
  • Sprains
  • Arthritis

Nociceptive pain is considered the most common type of pain that individuals experience. It’s typically the body’s response to a specific situation. 

Neuropathic pain

Neuropathic pain is caused by disease or other damage that affects the nervous system. The source of the pain is not always known. Examples of neuropathic pain include:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain 

Typically, pain management focuses on chronic pain, which is defined as any source of pain that lasts longer than three months.

What treatments are used for pain management?

There are multiple proven methods of reducing pain at various levels. Examples of professional pain management techniques include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Specialized diet
  • Spinal cord stimulators
  • Nerve blockers
  • Functional lab work
  • Injections
  • Herbal supplements
  • Chiropractic therapy 

Nutura Clinic typically focuses on providing naturopathic and chiropractic care to alleviate pain. 


Your provider considers the varying levels and causes of your pain to ensure that the appropriate pain management plans are established. The team remains actively engaged and supportive throughout the entire length of your pain management journey.

If you’re interested in finding effective pain management solutions, call Nutura Clinic, or book a consultation online.

What services are available for injuries?

Nutura clinic offers a full complement of naturopathic services to accurately evaluate and treat a variety of injuries.  

Their experienced providers can develop holistic treatment plans for children and adults that experience injuries, like burns, fractures, whiplash, and noncritical open wounds. 

The goal for treatment is to prevent infection and other health complications and minimize the risk of scarring. Available on-site treatments for injuries include:

  • Advanced wound dressings
  • Pain management services
  • Chiropractic care

The Nutura Clinic providers also believe in the benefit of open communication, ensuring that you are included in the treatment process. They provide guidance for caring for your injury at home, reducing the risk of infection, scarring, and other health issues.

What can I expect during a consultation for an injury?

During your evaluation at Nutura Clinic, your provider carefully assesses the severity of your injury and your overall health. After a review of your medical history, they can create a treatment plan using their naturopathic expertise. 

In many cases, your provider applies wound dressings during the initial evaluation to protect your injury and ensure proper healing. If you have a fracture or sprain, they may splint the affected area to immobilize it and promote healing.

Following the dressing or splinting of the injury, your Nutura Clinic provider gives you the information you need to care for your injury at home, including details about changing bandages and administering supplements, pain relievers, or other medications.

During follow-up appointments, your provider assesses how well your injury is healing and provides additional care if necessary.

If you’ve suffered a work, auto, or sport-related injury and are interested in finding out more about the injury treatments available at Nutura Clinic, call the office or request an appointment online. 

What is applied kinesiology?

Kinesiology is the study of how the body moves and functions. The professionals at Nutura Clinic are experts in applied kinesiology (AK), which uses muscle testing as a “window” into your body. AK functions on the understanding that muscular changes can affect associated acupuncture circuits, which can affect your organs, causing adverse health conditions as a result.

AK is advantageous for quickly monitoring treatment protocols and patient responses, but it shouldn’t be relied upon as a standalone diagnostic tool. Rather, it should complement other standard diagnostic tools, such as patient history, physical exams, blood and urine testing, stool analysis, and more.

 

What types of patients can applied kinesiology help?

AK can help diagnose and treat a variety of injuries and bodily dysfunctions. It offers feedback regarding how your body is functioning, in addition to what needs to be done to help improve it. Patients who typically visit Nutura Clinic for AK treatments have conditions such as:

  • Digestive issues: like food allergies, candida, 
  •  or inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Chronic conditions: diabetes, fatigue, osteoporosis, and vertigo
  • Pain: back pain, headaches, or bodily pain after an injury or accident

Patients typically have more than one symptom, and AK can help patients living with several health problems at once.

 

How do applied kinesiology treatments work?

Applied kinesiology treatments vary from one individual to the next, but Nutura Clinic uses some standard methods to evaluate your body and help restore your health. This may include manual muscle testing, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, clinical nutrition, detoxification protocols, and more.

Using a multifaceted approach that takes your unique needs into account, your Nutura Clinic provider customizes your treatment to your needs for the best possible results.

 

What are the benefits of applied kinesiology treatments?

As a healing system that accounts for your total body well-being, applied kinesiology approaches your health and wellness comprehensively.

Nutura Clinic’s approach focuses on identifying and treating the causes of disease and/or pain, not just your symptoms. And if a complete resolution of your condition isn’t possible, Nutura Clinic providers use natural alternatives to medical treatments and medications to help relieve your symptoms.

Applied kinesiology treatments remove obstacles to healing and unlock your body’s innate ability to heal and repair itself. You also receive tools, home treatments, and lifestyle advice that can help you lead a healthy, energetic, and productive life.

To learn more about applied kinesiology, call Nutura Clinic, or request an appointment online.