Meet the Doctor
DR. AMBER WELLS
Doctor of Chiropractic
Amber Wells, DC is a family chiropractor with extra training and interest in pediatrics and pregnancy. She utilizes many different techniques to obtain the best results for her patients. These techniques include but are not limited to: Thompson Drop, Diversified, Gonstead, Webster Technique, Toggle Recoil, Activator, Manual Adhesion Release, Instrument Adhesion Release and Extremity Adjusting.
WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is natural health care for the whole person. It is a non-invasive healing approach without drugs. Chiropractic is based on the principle that “the power that made the body, heals the body;” therefore it has the ability to heal itself as long as it is functioning at its fullest potential. The brain and spinal cord make up the Central Nervous System, which controls and coordinates EVERY FUNCTION OF THE BODY. The skull and vertebral bones (vertebrae) were designed to completely encase and protect this vital system. Keeping the vertebrae in proper alignment with regular chiropractic adjustments, the body is able to fully communicate with the brain via the “Information Super Highway” AKA the nervous system.
WHAT IS A SUBLUXATION?
A Subluxation is a misalignment between two of the vertebral bones of the spine. This misalignment results in pressure on the spinal nerve that exits between the two bones, which leads to nerve dysfunction. Nerve dysfunction can result in sensory complications (hypo or hypersensitivity to auditory stimulus, visual stimulus, touch, pressure, temperature, joint receptors, etc.), motor complications (muscle weakness, muscle imbalances, muscle sensitivity, hypertonicity, etc.), visceral complications (organ dysfunction), or pain. Prolonged subluxations result in nerve dysfunction and spinal degeneration (osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, etc.).
WHAT IS AN ADJUSTMENT?
A chiropractic adjustment consists of delivering a specific force in a precise direction to the bone that is subluxated, or locked up and not moving properly. Moving the bone back to its normal position will remove the pressure from the nerve and normalize spinal function and movement. Chiropractors are the only health care professionals specifically trained to detect and remove subluxations.
HOW DO WE GET SUBLUXATIONS?
Unfortunately, unless you stop living, there is no way to prevent subluxations from occurring. Subluxations occur because your body is no longer able to adapt to the stress brought on by the Three T’s: Thoughts, Traumas and Toxins. Thoughts include anything that brings on emotional stress (relationships, finances, employment, etc.). Traumas include both major trauma (car accidents, falls, birth accidents and interventions during the birth process i.e. use of forceps, vacuum extractions) and minor/everyday/repetitive traumas (sitting at your desk for 8 hours/day, texting, picking up your children, poor posture). Toxins include everything we encounter in our environment (pollutants in the air and water, processed food and food additives, alcohol, soda, recreational and prescription medications). In other words, LIVING LIFE causes subluxations. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce their negative impact on your overall health and wellbeing. Similarly to the ways many people perform regular maintenance to their teeth with brushing, flossing, dental checkups and cleanings; oil changes and tire rotations to their cars; regular spinal checkups will reduce the negative impact prolonged subluxations will have on your health.
IS CHIROPRACTIC CARE SAFE?
Chiropractic adjustments are safe, gentle and effective for individuals of all ages. Our office regularly sees newborns, infants and young children, teenagers and young athletes, parents and children of active, young families, individuals with demanding manual labor jobs and baby boomers wanting to maintain their active, energetic lifestyles. Each adjustment is specific to the needs, limitations and comfort levels of that patient. The type of adjustment delivered to a middle-aged labor worker or mother of three is different than the type of adjustment we would deliver to a small child or newborn.