What We Offer

The Atlas Chiropractic Center offers a full array of chiropractic services. Whether you have a sports injury, lower back pain, arthritis of a joint or scoliosis, Dr. Fernando Beteta and his team will work with you to achieve your optimal health.

Subluxation: Adjustments to the Spine

A subluxation is a condition characterized by the deviation of body parts or misalignments among complex internal functions causing improper contact with or pressure on surrounding nerves. Vertebral subluxation is a misaligned vertebra that causes compression, tension, irritation, and damage to the central nerve system that connects the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves. The purpose of a Chiropractic evaluation is to learn if a subluxation is present, and whether it is due to a degenerative condition or external trauma, such as slips, falls, auto accidents, sports injuries, even sneezing. A subluxation may undermine moving parts without revealing symptoms and could exist for many years by the time a symptom arrives. X-rays and nerve tests will reveal any deviations that need to be addressed sooner rather than later. Using an adjustment or realignment to restore a disjointed member to its proper position will alleviate or eliminate the pressure or irritation that a subluxation exerts on the nerve. Elimination of nerve interference and the restoration of the body to normal, natural functions will empower the inherent recuperative powers of the body.

Treatment Services

Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective treatments performed by applying gentle, yet firm pressure to a bone. The goal of any adjustment is to relieve the cause of pain. They restore the bone to its natural, or original, position. An adjustment frees—not forces—a vertebrae to allow it to find its natural position. Adjustments can be performed while sitting, standing, or lying down. Some adjustments involve special instruments or tables. Common adjustment techniques include:

  • Instrument adjustments – which involve a spring-loaded device.
  • Lumbar roll  – in which the chiropractor applies a firm, yet quick thrust to a misaligned vertebra while the patient lies on his or her side.
  • Motion palpation  – a hand technique the chiropractor uses to determine if your vertebrae are properly aligned.
  • Release work  – in which the chiropractor uses gentle pressure with the fingers to separate the vertebrae.
  • Table adjustments – which entail lying on a specially designed table that drops when pressure is applied to a specific area. The dropping motion allows more gentle adjustments than some manual adjustments do.
  • Toggle drop  – which entails firm pressure applied on a specific area of the spine by using crossed hands.

Chiropractors take many factors—including size, weight, and muscle structure—into consideration when deciding on which adjustment to make. Sometimes, ice, electrical stimulation, or massage therapy (including traction massage) are used prior to a spinal manipulation in order to relax the muscles.

In some cases, it may necessary to perform an adjustment while you are sedated. Spinal manipulation under anesthesia, which is considered a very safe procedure, is usually reserved for patients with conditions such as chronic neck, back, and joint pain, muscle spasm, shortened muscles, and fibrous adhesions.

Another form of adjustment called craniosacral therapy, or “CST,” involves exerting very mild pressure to the body’s craniosacral system, which is comprised of the membranes and cerebrospinal fluid that surround and protect the brain and spinal cord. This includes cranium—which is composed of the skull, face and mouth, and the “sacrum,” or tailbone. CST has been shown to provide relief from chronic neck and back pain, scoliosis, brain and spinal cord injuries, migraines, chronic fatigue, nervous system disorders, jaw joint problems, and stress disorders. (Conditions such as aneurysm and intracranial hemorrhage prohibit this kind of therapy.)

Adjustments almost always do not involve any pain or discomfort. The important thing for a patient to keep in mind is to remain relaxed, because stiffening up may impede the adjustment process. Popping sounds are sometimes heard during adjustments; these are usually pockets of air being released behind a joint or other bony structure. Adjustments can leave you with a greater sense of well-being, calm, and most importantly, on the road to a life without pain. Following an adjustment, some patients experience mild aching or soreness in their spinal joints or muscles, which can usually be relieved by an ice or heat pack. Adjustments have been shown to:

  • Increase blood flow
  • Increase pain tolerance levels
  • Increase range of motion
  • Increase the body’s secretion of “good” chemicals, such as melatonin and endorphins
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce tension and muscle pressure

Chiropractic decompression aims to release compressed nerves in the spine by manipulating misaligned vertebrae, joints, and discs back into their proper places through nonsurgical means. Based on the location, frequency, and severity of your symptoms, a Chiropractor will manipulate your spine manually. In serious cases, decompression devices and inversion techniques may be needed to facilitate stretching, inversion, or pressure that would put the affected region of your spinal anatomy back into place.

Ice massage, or cryotherapy, is effectively used by your Chiropractor to treat certain injuries, including those associated with back or neck pain. Ice causes the veins in the affected tissue area to constrict. This reduces the flow of blood while acting as kind of anesthetic to numb the pain. But when the ice is removed (and this is key), the veins compensate by expanding, allowing a large volume of blood to rush to the affected area. The blood brings with it important chemicals that aid in the healing process. Ice massage can provide a number of benefits, including:

  • Assisting the body in minimizing tissue damage
  • Mitigating muscle spasms
  • Reducing or eliminating pain by numbing sore soft tissues

Heat therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation. Your Chiropractor uses it for chronic or long-lasting pain. Simple heating pads, wraps, and warm gel packs, to sophisticated techniques, such as therapeutic ultrasound, are deployed for relieving tension and stiffness in the muscles and soft tissues. Heat therapy acts to:

  • Dilate the blood vessels of the affected muscles, allowing them to relax and begin healing.
  • Help lower discomfort by reducing the amount of pain signals going to the brain.
  • Increase the ability of your muscles to easily flex and stretch, thereby decreasing stiffness.

A spinal disk therapy used for stretching spinal joints. A specially constructed table could help induce mobility and circulation in your spine. The table has vibrating roller-type cams beneath its surface. These massaging rollers travel slowly up and down the spine. Most patients find this form of traction to be very relaxing and therapeutic. Intersegment fraction helps restore proper motion and prevent recurrences. Because the discs of your spine have a poor blood supply, their stability is accomplished and maintained through spinal joint movement. Proper spinal mechanics allow the needed proteins/nutrients to enter the disc. This also allows for the removal of waste, decreasing the likelihood of bone spur formation, the cause of degenerative arthritis. Lack of proper circulation can lead to disc thinning and degeneration of the spine.

Chiropractic massage involves manipulating the soft tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, muscle spasm, and stress. Massage is only one part of your overall chiropractic treatment plan. It may alleviate various conditions, allergies and related symptoms. Deep-tissue massage is particularly effective for osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. According to a Consumer Reports article (2005) healing hands are the best alternative medicine.

Proper recovery from injury should restore you to complete functionality. The alternative is living with the discomfort of a partial recovery, or suffering from a recurring injury cycle. Proper rehabilitation is best served with the latest treatments and evidence-based rehabilitation techniques. Speak to your Chiropractor about your goals for attaining health and mobility. Combining the science of Chiropractic with a rehabilitation program has been proven to help patients feel better and live more active lives!