About Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT)

Chiropractic is a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling. – From the ACA

Chiropractors have been called “bone doctors” since the very beginning of the profession. This is most likely due to the perceived notion that they are actually doing something with the bones. A Doctor of Chiropractic is better described as a “nerve doctor”, because the most powerful effect of joint manipulation involves the body’s brain and nervous system.

A chiropractic treatment, known as a manipulation or adjustment, does not involve “cracking bones”. Instead, Doctors of Chiropractic sometimes “set” bones which have either partially or completely dislocated; in general however, Doctors of Chiropractic manipulate joints.

A joint is an articulation between bones that allows us to move. These articulations consist of the ends of two or more bones which are held together by various tissues, ligaments, and a joint capsule; and, each articulation has a specific way that it moves and functions in order to maintain proper joint stability and motion dynamics.

Why do Doctors of Chiropractic focus so much on joints? It’s not necessarily the joint itself that we’re interested in, but joint stability. If your joints are not working like they should, you won’t be able to move properly. In addition, there are important body parts (such as blood vessels and nerves) in, and around, each joint, which are affected by improper joint movement or placement.

Blood vessels: There are little tubes of oxygen-rich blood called arteries, which bring necessary nutrients to all of the muscles, tissues, glands, organs, and cells surrounding a joint. There are also little tubes of oxygen-depleted blood called veins, which take away waste products from the area.

Lymphatic or “Lymph” vessels: Along with blood vessels, lymph vessels are a different set of little tubes, which act as the body’s sewer system, taking waste products away from the area.

Mechanoreceptors: Every muscle in your body has little sensors that send signals to your brain telling it where you are in space. They let your brain know if you’re sitting, standing, running, falling, etc. Your joints, especially, have a large concentration of these, and other, types of sensors in and around them.

Nerves: Nerves carry signals and information from all over your body into your brain; your brain then compiles all of the data it receives, and sends signals back out to the rest of your body telling everything what to do, and how to do it.

Most people associate nerves with pain. However, pain accounts for only 10% of the information a nerve carries. The remaining 90% of nerve information tells your muscles, organs, and glands how to do their jobs. Nerves use electrical impulses (information) to control every cell of your body. Nerves tell your muscles when, and how to contract so you can hold your tooth brush, raise it to your face, put it into your mouth (without spilling), and brush back and forth. Nerves also carry neurotransmitters such as Dopamine, Serotonin, and GABA, which allow your brain and nervous system to function. Needless to say, nerves are sort of important, and this is what chiropractic is really all about: influencing nerve and brain function.

When a joint slips out of alignment, either through traumatic insult or injury, or through day-to-day stressors (physical, chemical, and emotional), it becomes unstable. The new, incorrect position of the joint can weaken the function of everything around it; which causes further problems.

When a Doctor of Chiropractic delivers a manipulation or adjustment, he or she is not simply putting a bone back where it belongs so you can move properly. At the same time, the doctor is also affecting the health and integrity of the body’s brain and nervous system by sending a barrage of signals through the nervous system straight into the brain. This means the blood vessels, lymph vessels, muscles, organs, and glands can all begin to do their jobs again.

What makes our chiropractic special?

Everything. Every part of Dr. Sweeney’s office visits, from evaluation to treatment, is done with the primary goal of restoring function.

In addition to his basic chiropractic education, Dr. Sweeney has had several years of additional training in Functional Neurology, Functional Medicine, and Applied Kinesiology. Dr. Sweeney integrates all of his extensive training into every aspect of patient care. His job is to look beyond seemingly simple aches, pains, and movement issues and ask “why?”, what mechanical or functional pathology or other abnormality might be causing a particular problem, and what would be the best approach to fixing it.

Each regular adjusting visit lasts about 30 minutes. Dr. Sweeney utilizes a specific protocol to treat every patient. He incorporates basic Applied Kinesiology principles and techniques, along with his training and experience in Neurology, to test various muscle groups in order to assess proper brain/neurological, and biomechanical function. This will establish the actual underlying cause of a particular problem, along with the proper course of care. No two treatments are ever exactly the same, as each patient is a different person with a unique situation, with different influences and stresses each day, and the dynamics of each person’s unique situation will change with continued care.

Manipulation is only the tip of the iceberg. One of the major reasons that our office asks all new patients to fill out such detailed paperwork is that our doctors look at the whole person, and not just the symptoms that walk through our door. Not only are we looking at biomechanical function as it directly relates to musculoskeletal system, we are also looking at neurological function as it directly relates to endocrine, and immune system functions as well. These three facets of your health govern the rest of everything that happens in your body; if they get ignored, something important is very likely to get missed. Yes, we did say that the nervous system is what controls everything in your body, especially the system of muscles and tendons and ligaments and bones and joints and associated tissues and nerves that move the body and maintain its form; but, no system is an island, and without the support of the other systems, the nervous system would not function. Everything is connected, and that is what really sets us apart; we understand those relationships, look for them, and address them in order to give our patients the very best care possible.

We Offer the Following Services

Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.

Here is a brief overview of the array of specialized services offered by our clinic. Please take some time, and explore what we have to offer.

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Dr. Lara Sweeney, DC
Dr. J. Lara Sweeney, DC IFMCP

Dr. Lara Sweeney has an impressive array of training, education, and certification. More ...

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Dr. Jay Sweeney, DC DABCA

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Michelle Anderson, LMT

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Our building “The Pavilions at Castle Hills”, is located at the corner of NW Military Hwy. and Sunflower in Castle Hills. It’s a two-story brown brick building; “First Serve Tennis”, “Bicycle Heaven”, and “Hearing Aid Labs” occupy the front. Our office is located on the second floor, on the back side of the building. Plenty of parking is available in both the front and rear lots. There are stairways located at either end of the building; and for your convenience, there is an elevator located on the back side of the building, at the end of the south tunnel.