Family Chiropractic in Omaha
If you’ve never made use of chiropractic care to treat an existing health challenge or as part of your preventative wellness plan, you’re missing out on one of the most powerful conservative healing modalities you’ll find anywhere. That’s why we’re so proud to offer chiropractic care in Omaha in addition to related techniques at Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture.
With over 16+ years of being in practice, we can help all members of your family in Omaha & West Omaha, Bennington and Elkhorn, NE stay healthy, recover from injuries and manage chronic conditions. As your family chiropractor in Omaha, we know it’s important to provide a variety of services and treat patients of all ages. We never prescribe medications or use invasive procedures. All of our techniques are safe, gentle and natural.
General Chiropractic Care for Adults in Omaha
As your Omaha chiropractor, Dr. Kosak can help adult patients recover from problems like lower back pain, work-related injuries, sciatica, herniated disc, pinched nerves, shoulder & neck pain, muscle pain from improper lifting techniques, fibromyalgia and more. We use techniques like spinal adjustment to provide relief for muscle pain and correct problems like sciatica. Adults also benefit from techniques like postural screenings, electrical muscle stimulation, and intersegmental traction to manage pain, speed healing from injuries and improve wellness.
Common Injuries and Conditions Our Omaha Chiropractor Treats
Whether you’re a young athlete or an active lifestyle, there are a number of injuries and medical conditions that we see here at our chiropractic office, including:
- Upper, Mid & Lower Back Pain
- Disc Problems (Herniated Disc, Bulging Disc, Ruptured Disc, Slipped Disc)
- Migraines & Headaches
- Neck & Shoulder Pain
- Hip & Knee Pain
- Hand, Elbow & Wrist Pain
- Pinched Nerves
- Sports, Auto & Work Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel
- Ankle & Foot Pain
- and more
Gentle, Effective Chiropractic Adjustments in Omaha
Chiropractors make pinpoint-precise adjustments to joints that have fallen out of their natural alignment, a correction that can have a profound positive impact on your well-being. Chiropractic adjustment has become a staple of modern back pain and neck pain management, pediatric care, senior care, acute injury treatment, and preventative wellness programs.
We use a technique called spinal adjustment to restore alignment to the vertebrae and reduce pressure on the spinal cord. This can prevent or correct a condition known as a subluxation. Subluxations occur when the spinal cord or spinal nerves are pressed upon by the vertebrae of the spine, interfering with signals from the brain. Subluxations can prevent the body from functioning properly and is often a source for pain, immune dysfunction, injury and a variety of chronic conditions.
Pregnancy is a time when many women experience aches, pains, and changes within their body. Pregnant patients also experience reduced coordination and are more likely to have accidents and injuries. Our Omaha prenatal chiropractic care can help improve muscle strength, prepare the body for a smooth delivery, reduce pain throughout pregnancy and help the mother and baby stay healthy. We even offer services for women after pregnancy, to help them get their bodies back to normal after delivery.
Depending on age, pediatric patients may suffer from problems like colic, bed wetting, ear infections, and sports injuries. Our spinal adjustment techniques are safe and gentle enough for children of all ages. In fact, the right adjustment can encourage drainage in the ears to prevent ear infections, or improve the functioning of the central nervous system to stop bed wetting. In addition, we use techniques like nutrition counseling and stretches and exercises to help pediatric patients stay healthy and strong.
At Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture, we’re also your source for Omaha acupuncture treatment! Acupuncture is an all-natural method of healing and restoring proper function to the body. Acupuncture needles are used to stimulate the pressure points within the body and correct problems of all types. Like chiropractic care, we can use acupuncture on patients of all ages, including pediatric patients.
How Chiropractic Care Can Help
Is chiropractic care “for real?” A great many medical findings say yes, and in some dramatic ways. For example, a study on workers suffering from back injuries showed that only 1.5 percent of the chiropractic patients needed surgery, as opposed to 42.7 percent of patients who had not been adjusted. Other studies have reported that chiropractic patients were more satisfied with their recovery and results than patients who only received other medical care. Let’s take a closer look at just how chiropractic care works, what it can treat, and how it interacts with other therapies.
If you’re experiencing neck pain, back pain, muscle soreness, or other symptoms that are affecting your lifestyle, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our chiropractic team. Through the use of non-invasive and drug-free chiropractic treatments, our very own Dr. Kosak can help you find relief from your symptoms by treating them at the source. Whether your pain is caused by a sports injury, a slipped/herniated disc, or an underlying condition (such as sciatica), we can create a customized treatment plan to suit your needs and lifestyle.
We have found that many sports injuries and other conditions stem from poor spinal alignment, so we often recommend our spinal manipulation and alignment treatments to help correct alignment problems and in-turn relieve patients from their symptoms. With regular spinal adjustments and similar treatments, you can find the relief you need to maintain an active lifestyle pain-free. We can also make recommendations regarding lifestyle changes (such as wearing the right shoes to enhance posture) that can help you maintain an active, pain-free lifestyle as well.
Chiropractic for Active Lifestyles
It’s no secret that leading an active lifestyle can improve your overall health and wellness, through regular chiropractic care in Omaha can also help you avoid and overcome common injuries and conditions associated with active living. Here at Kosak Chiropractic & Acupuncture, our team provides the skilled services and treatments you need to be the best version of yourself. Ultimately, our goal is to help you maintain your active lifestyle while avoiding common aches, pains, and other injuries that can affect your goals.
In addition to sports-related injuries, an active lifestyle could also make you more prone to developing conditions such as back pain, neck pain, and over-use injuries. This is especially true if you don’t have proper foot/arch support while engaging in these activities, or if you have poor posture.
What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self- healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.
When your nervous system is working properly all of the tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill-health.
A common interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving, weight-bearing bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal position or motion of these bones can irritate the nerves, tissues, and muscles surrounding these bones resulting in impaired nervous system function. This can result in pain or other abnormal bodily functions.
The goal for us at Kosak Chiropractic & Acupuncture is to detect these bones and joints that are not functioning properly, adjust the specific areas, and recommend stretches, exercises or other conservative methods so that you and your nervous system can operate at its best.
My Chiropractor Prescribed A Series Of Visits For Me, Why Does It Take More Than One Treatment?
Chiropractic care is like “orthodontics” for the spine. Clinically, repeated chiropractic adjustments re-train the vertebrae, muscles, and ligaments to their proper alignment and range of mobility. Just as the time required for braces to achieve correction depends on the condition of an individual’s teeth and mouth structure, the time required for proper spinal alignment to occur depends on the condition of the individual patient’s spine, their job duties, their hobbies, their posture, and many other lifestyle factors.
Does your M.D. ever prescribe you just one pill? Does a physical therapist expect to stretch and strengthen your muscles in one visit? Of course not.
Chiropractic adjustments are the same. You cannot expect to receive long-lasting results with a quick fix. In order to obtain the best long term results, a series of treatments are typically recommended. Throughout your treatment plan, Dr. Kosak will perform periodic re-evaluations and outcome assessments to measure your progress.
Chiropractic results may vary. Some patients enjoy immediate results while others find that their recovery takes several months or longer. Some problems may have been around for a long time and only recently may have become symptomatic. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. It takes time and dedication to make changes to our bodies. “Health is a process, not an event!”
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interferences to your natural state of being healthy.
A common interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses.
With improved spinal function there is often improved nervous system function. Your chiropractic doctor can help remove interferences that may be impairing normal health.
Since the primary focus of your care is improved nervous system function, chiropractic care in Omaha can have a positive effect on many of your health conditions not normally thought of as “back” problems.
Why is there a popping sound when I visit a chiropractor?
The first time you visit a chiropractor, you may be a bit shocked to hear a popping sound when he or she uses spinal manipulation techniques. This is nothing to worry about. The popping isn’t actually your bones cracking, instead, it is the release of air as your spine is manipulated into the correct position. It is similar to the sound you hear when you crack your knuckles or stretch out another joint.
What Do Chiropractic Doctors Do?
Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition. and other details affecting your current health.
After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit.
The findings of these examinations are explained and a plan of chiropractic adjustments may be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodic examinations and follow-up reports.
Since the word “doctor” comes from the Latin word meaning teacher, regardless of your doctor’s unique clinical approach, he or she has a strong commitment to patient education.
What Type Of Education Do Chiropractic Doctors Have?
Today’s Doctor of Chiropractic is well educated.
The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction.
To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate passes the demanding National Board Examination. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice.
Chiropractic education never ends. Doctors complete yearly postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest scientific research.
Do I Have A Pinched Nerve?
Many patients consult a chiropractic doctor because they think they have a pinched nerve. A “pinched nerve” diagnosis is a simple way to state a very complicated condition.
Because of the way your spine is designed, abnormal spinal function caused by physical trauma, emotional tensions, or chemical toxins can affect the delicate tissues of the spinal cord and nerve roots. Nerves are irritated (facilitative lesion). This is caused when nerve tissue is rubbed, scraped, stretched by a loss of spinal curve, or irritated by malfunctioning spinal joints.
Do I Have A Slipped Disc?
Technically, a disc can’t “slip.”
The intervertebral disc is a pad of cartilage type material situated between spinal bones. Each disc serves as a connector, spacer. and shock absorber for the spine. A soft, jellylike center is contained by outer layers of fibrous tissue. Healthy discs help allow normal turning and bending.
Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebrae above and below, a disc cannot “slip.” However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to tear, bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture. This can be quite painful, as the soft center of the disc leaks, putting pressure on the adjacent nerve roots and spinal cord.
While results cannot be guaranteed, many patients have avoided needless surgery or a dependency on pain pills, by choosing chiropractic care in Omaha for their disc-related health problem.
What Is An Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is an art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated/misaligned or not moving properly.
This adjustment adds motion to the joint, helping the bones gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The adjustment also activates certain position and motion sensing nerves called “proprioceptors” and “mechanoreceptors” which are found in abundance in your spinal joints, your knees, and your feet and ankles. These nerves are very powerful and important to your survival. Without them you would have a hard time knowing which way was up or down and whether or not your hand was moving towards a hot stove or not!
When these powerful nerves are activated by a chiropractic adjustment they can shut down or “reset” the nerves that are causing pain or muscle spasm. This is one reason why some patients experience immediate relief for certain conditions. The overall purpose of the safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
There are many ways to adjust the spine.
Usually, the doctor’s hands or a specially designed instrument delivers a gentle brief and highly-accurate thrust. Some adjusting methods are quick, whereas others require a slow and constant pressure.
After years of training and clinical experience, each chiropractic doctor becomes highly skilled in the delivery of a variety of adjusting approaches, making chiropractic care safe and effective for the whole family.
Are All Patients Adjusted The Same Way?
The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience.
Some patients who complain of headaches may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers when the actual problem is in the neck. Every patient presents a uniquely different spinal pattern.
Patients notice that their chiropractic care is delivered with confidence and precision. Each visit builds on the one before. And while visits may seem similar, each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Can I Adjust Myself?
Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself.
It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound, like the sound that some times accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unsteady. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic care in Omaha is to receive adjustments from a local & qualified Doctor of Chiropractic. Even your doctor must seek out the services of another colleague to help restore and maintain proper spinal function.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Some of the most common questions asked of any chiropractor revolve around the safety of this type of medical care. The reality is that chiropractic care, under a licensed expert, is extremely safe.
Chiropractors have undergone years of education and training so that they know exactly what techniques should be utilized for each individual patient and situation. Visiting a chiropractor is just as safe as working with any doctor or medical practitioner.
In the words of the New Zealand government inquiry, chiropractic care is “remarkably safe.”
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. Chiropractic care is a natural approach to better health that is proven safe and effective.
What types of conditions does chiropractic care treat?
Chiropractic care can be useful in the treatment of many different conditions. While back pain and neck pain are some of the most common, that is far from the only conditions it can help with. Other common concerns a chiropractor can help with include but are not limited to, migraines, sinus conditions, chronic pain, arthritis, fatigue, depression, and anxiety. Talking with a chiropractic professional can help you discover if he or she can assist you with your particular condition.
Do I have to see a chiropractor indefinitely?
Visiting a chiropractor may be a “one-time” thing, or it could be something that you do regularly. How often and how long you will need to see a chiropractor depends on your particular condition and symptoms. For many people, going to the chiropractor is something they do regularly to ensure that they resolve current issues and prevent others from becoming a problem in the future.
Do chiropractors help with more than just pain?
There are many reasons to visit a chiropractor. Chiropractors absolutely help with more than just pain relief. The goal of the chiropractor is to help fix the underlying condition that causes the pain–not just treat the pain. The fact that chiropractors focus on treating the cause of the condition, rather than just helping to mask the pain, makes this type of doctor a much better option for many patients compared to other physicians
How do chiropractors help with recovering from a car crash in Omaha?
Every car crash victim has different symptoms. A car crash or auto accident can affect people in many different ways. Whiplash is a common concern of auto accident victims. This is something that a chiropractor can often provide relief from using common treatments. In addition, a chiropractor can assist with other types of pain and injuries. The goal of a chiropractor is to cure the underlying injury, rather than just treat the pain with medicine.
Do chiropractors offer pediatric care?
Chiropractors do not just treat adults, they offer pediatric care too. In fact, visiting the chiropractor from an early age can be especially beneficial. After all, as a child is still growing, the treatments provided can help him or her to grow up strong and healthy plus assure that the child has fewer “growing pains” so to speak.
Contact Our Chiropractor Today!
If you would like to learn more about how chiropractic care in Omaha can help you with back pain, neck pain or other conditions, reach out to us at Kosak Chiropractic and Acupuncture today. We can schedule an appointment for you to begin working on feeling your best. Call us for an appointment today at (402) 964-0300