Dr. Mark Chiungos’ Chiropractic Care Focuses On Patient Wellness
Dr. Mark Chiungos has been a chiropractor in Chelmsford MA since 1997. Dr. Chiungos’ Chiropractic care not only treats your immediate pain issues, but focuses on your long-term wellness. Dr. Chiungos, DC is recognized as one of the top Chelmsford Chiropractic care practices by Opencare.com and he has many chiropractic patient success stories, so you know your wellness is in capable hands with Dr. Chiungos.
When you seek help for pain and poor function in the neck, back and other areas of the body I believe Chiropractic is your #1 choice for care. Why? A Chiropractor is a well-educated and licensed spinal health-care professional. The focus of Chiropractic Care is to isolate area(s) of the spine and related joints of the body that could be the sources of your pain and problems.
Chiropractors are licensed to Detect Subluxation
Chiropractors define poorly functioning misalignments of the joints as “Subluxations”. A subluxation means less than fully dislocated. The signs and symptoms of Subluxation can include visual deformities and abnormal curvatures of the spine or alignment in a joint, pain, swelling, loss of range of motion, muscular spasm or weakness, numbness and other sensory changes, skin discoloration due to blood flow changes, changes to visual fields, altered metabolism and digestion, low energy, heart rate and blood pressure to name just a few. Subluxation effects the proper function and expression of the nervous system.
Chiropractors detect Subluxation by Physical Examination and Imaging
Chiropractors have a medical duality incorporated into our Chiropractic training. We are trained to detect or demonstrate subluxation; we often take and interpret x-rays, inspect ranges of motion, posture, gait, palpate (feel with our hands) the spine and related musculature for pain or spasm, test reflexes and sensation in the skin, perform tests and maneuvers to provoke response among other accepted Chiropractic assessments. The goal is to detect the source of the problem; subluxation. However, there are other conditions of the body that can cause spinal pain that are not subluxation. For example, Kidney Stones often present with severe upper low back pain with loss of spinal motion. Chiropractors have a duty to explore your history or examination findings that may also indicate medical Red Flags. Cancer, tumor, infection and fracture can also present just like spinal subluxation. Although these are on the rare side statistically they can be present. In this case we help the patient by referring them to the appropriate medical profession for further diagnosis and appropriate care. In my opinion, Job # 1 is to select patients that are appropriate to receive Chiropractic Treatment.
Chiropractic Care And Wellness FAQ
Do I need a referral from my primary Care Doctor to see a Chiropractor ?
No not at this time in Massachusetts.
What insurances will you accept?
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield
- Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
- Tufts Health Care
Do you accept New Motor Vehicle Accident or Workers Compensation Cases?
Existing current active patients of the clinic only at this time.
What symptoms of poor spinal function do you treat ?
- Low back pain and mid back pain without complications*.
- Low back pain associated with pregnancy.
- Neck pain without complications*
- Neck and upper shoulder pain due to the stress associated with working at a computer station.
- Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain without complications* associated with work, sports and training injuries.
- Head aches associated with stress and poor posture from work at a computer or workbench.
- Ankle, foot and knee pain without complications* associated with work, sports and training injuries.
* Complications may include but are not limited to the following: Herniated discs, nerve canal narrowing (stenosis), severe degenerative disease of the spine, osteoporosis, fractures, infections, tumors and malignancies, lyme’s disease, diabetes, obesity and prolonged corticosteroid use.
How do Chiropractors treat Spinal Pain ?
The Chiropractic profession is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effect of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. There is an emphasis on manual treatments including spinal adjustments with soft tissue manipulation.
Will I need X Rays?
It depends upon your individual case.Here are a few but not all of the reasons I would suggest it:
- Pain from a fall or some sort of physical trauma.
- Pain that is moderate to severe or has gone on too long.
- Previous history of cancer.
- History of any degenerative or inflammatory arthritis.
- Pain at night not relieved by icing or NSAIDs
What about after the pain is gone, do you recommend Maintenance ?
Think about it as management. If a patient has had more than 2 severe episodes of spinal related pain there is a better than average chance it will happen again. Periodic visits to a Chiropractor have been shown to keep the spine mobile, flexible and within tolerable levels. The Chiropractic adjustment often effects the nervous system in a positive manner often decreasing, not only pain but blood pressure, breathing rate and irritability while improving energy, digestive function and sleep to name but a few benefits
What is Chiropractic?
Heat Treatment for Joint and Muscle Pain
Proper Use of Icing for Joint & Muscle Pain