Neuro-structural Difference

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Because most chiropractors in the area are of the traditional variety, we think a great place to start is to define what is considered “traditional” chiropractic. Traditional chiropractic has the following goals:

  1. Reduce Pain
  2. Decrease Muscle Spasm
  3. Increase Range of Motion

Again, this is what MOST chiropractors offer in the way of care and we believe that many of them do a great job at traditional chiropractic care.

At Spoelstra Family Chiropractic, our primary focus is an area of chiropractic known as Neuro-structural Correction.

The vast majority of cases that make their way into our office involve significant neuro-structural shifts of one or more spinal segments. These neuro-structural shifts are the primary condition that will ultimately reveal themselves as “symptoms” – or what Neuro-structural Doctors refer to as Secondary Conditions.

The goal is a correction of these shifts. To accomplish this goal, our process involves the use of multiple structural adjusting techniques and instruments combined with neuro-structural rehabilitation.

What's a Neuro-structural Shift?
Usually, the next question that we’re asked is “What is a Neuro-structural Shift?” To best understand this condition, it’s important to understand what is normal. While no one has a perfect structure, there is a normal range.

We know what a fever is because we know what normal body temperature should register. We know what high blood pressure is because we know the normal range for blood pressure. Nearly everywhere you turn, you see and know what certain established norms are, including fire alarms and dashboard lights that tell you when things are abnormal.

Normal structure for the spine is vertical (looking at it from the posterior (behind)) with no lateral deviations (curves or tilts from side to side). When observing the spine from the sagittal plane (from either side), there should be 3 distinct curves present – a forward curve of the neck, a backward curve of the mid-spine, and another forward curve of the lower spine.

Again, no one has a perfect structure. If an individual has segments that have shifted more than 5mm away from normal it would constitute a structural shift that would affect their neurology – therefore it would be considered a Neuro-structural Shift. This shift puts abnormal stress on the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and discs, forcing them to undergo changes to adapt. If left without correction, permanent and irreversible damage can occur.

This is similar to the foundation of a house sinking on one side, even by as little as a couple of inches. It may not be noticeable at first, however, at some point, secondary issues will result like cracks in the walls, creaking floors, and windows that do not open and close smoothly.

Of course, the PROBLEM is the structural shift of the house. Traditional doctors will look at managing your Secondary Conditions after they appear. This is similar to a contractor patching up the cracks in the walls, putting another nail in the creaking floor, and spraying some WD-40 in the sticking windows. Will any of these methods FIX your problem? Of course not.

What would you do if this was YOUR home? You would hire someone to repair the foundation! After that (and some care for your secondary conditions) your house would be good to go. This is what Neuro-structural Correction can do for your body and health.

What are secondary conditions?

We know from the previous text above what normal structure is and that a Neuro-structural Shift is abnormal and can affect your body. Neuro-structural shifts ultimately will affect the body by what is called Secondary Conditions. We use the term Secondary Conditions because they are, of course, a result of a Primary Condition.

A Neuro-structural Shift is always a primary condition and one very common example is what is shown in the picture above called Anterior Head Syndrome (AHS). As the head shifts forward, it creates increasingly greater stress on the tendons, muscles, ligaments, and discs of the spine as well as the nerves. This can then result, ultimately, as a whole list of Secondary Conditions. Applying pressure to nerves due to neuro-structural shifting is similar to having a kink in a garden hose. The flow of water will ALWAYS be affected if there is pressure on the hose or if there is a kink.

Segments of the spine can shift in other areas as well including the mid-back, the low-back, as well as the pelvis. Many other Secondary Conditions can result because of this shift. We are, by no means, saying that a neuro-structural shift is the only cause of these Secondary Conditions. However, if you have a neuro-structural shift, it can result in one or more of the following list of Secondary Conditions.

What's My First Step?

Before we perform any examination, each prospective patient will have a consultation with the doctor. The reason for this is to determine if you are a good fit for our office as well as if we are a good fit for you and the results that you want to achieve. Remember, in our office, a consultation is a conversation, NOT a commitment.

After the consultation, a prospective patient may elect to proceed to our Neuro-structural Correction Examination. The examination may also be scheduled for a later time if you so choose. As always, the decision is yours and there will never be any pressure! The Neuro-structural Correction Examination is comprehensive and that means you should safely plan on allotting no less than one hour of your time.

What to expect on our Neuro-structural Correction Examination:

  • Complete series of Neuro-structural Radiography (X-rays) with Specialized Analysis
  • Any necessary Orthopedic and Neurologic tests
  • Posture Assessment
  • Any necessary Range of Motion Analysis
  • Segmental Thermographic Scan with Report
  • Electromyography Scan with Report
  • Heart Rate Variability

The Neuro-structural Correction Examination is designed to not only detect Neuro-structural Shifts but also gives us a complete understanding of the underlying cause of your condition. We will review the results of you Neuro-structural Correction Examination and carefully explain everything we plan to do for you in our office. After your examination, you will be scheduled for a conference where we will explain our findings, present a customized Initial Phase of Care, and an explanation of how our office works if you should decide to become a practice member.

After your Patient Recommendation Conference, you will receive your first Neuro-structural Correction. You will be briefed on office and financial procedure and given any post-correction recommendations. Someone from our office will call within 24 hours after your first correction just to be sure all your questions have been answered. No pressure, the decision is all yours.

What will not happen:

  • Hard sales
  • Gimmicks or tactics to get you to commit to our care
  • A 2 for 1 deal on care packages

A free set of steak knives

Treatment Options

Just like there is more than one way to cook an egg, there are many ways to treat almost any condition. It is NOT our intent to provide you with an opinion of all the various options you have available. We simply want to make you aware that we are not your only option.

A common first step for many people who are in pain is over-the-counter medications followed by prescription medications. From there, if that doesn’t work out, they will typically seek the help of a physical therapist. Most PTs will give you a series of exercises to perform in their office or at home and then send you on your way. The next step may be injections at the site of pain or nerve blocks to help deaden the nerves and control inflammation. Finally, many people find their way to surgical interventions.

Our solution at Spoelstra Family Chiropractic is to focus on Neuro-structural Shifts of the spine and pelvis. We do this by utilizing multiple specific adjusting techniques and instruments combined with specific neuro-structural rehabilitation. We will correct structural shifts of the spine that create pressure and stress on the tendons, muscles, and ligaments of the spine. This allows nerve pressure to be relieved. As a result, many Secondary Conditions will improve.

How Spoelstra Family Chiropractic Can Help

As mentioned, Spoelstra Family Chiropractic focuses on Neuro-Structural Correction of the spine and pelvis. We do this by utilizing specific spinal adjusting techniques, including instruments. This is supported by specific neuro-structural rehabilitation.

Going back to the garden hose analogy, the flow of water from the end of the hose is greatly affected by removing even just one or two kinks or areas of pressure on the hose. Similarly, removing neuro-structural shifts of the spine can allow pressure and stress to be removed from tendons, muscles, and ligaments. This, in turn, allows pressure to be removed from the nerves themselves, while also restoring proper function and position of each segment that is affected. This allows the patient’s Secondary Conditions to improve and function to be restored.

Most of our patients are referred by their other patients, their doctor, or their family and friends. The reason that our practice was built on referrals is not only because of results but also because of our transparency and simplicity.

Here’s The Process:

Step 1: Schedule your complimentary consultation

Step 2: If we’re a good fit for you, schedule your Neuro-structural Examination

Step 3: After your examination, we’ll schedule you for a conference (on a subsequent visit) where we review what we have found and how we can help you.

Immediately following your conference, if you choose to begin correction, you will receive your first Structural Adjustment. We do this so that you are, as they say, an informed consumer.

You will not be solicited in any way, shape or form. If and when you are ready to begin improving your health and structure under our care, we will be ready to receive you!


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214 W Sunset Ave

Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815


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