- $29 for a chiropractic package with consultation, exam, x-rays, and two adjustments ($355 value)
This package is intended to be a first step towards a complete wellness lifestyle, allowing individuals to obtain an initial exam and prognosis for the next steps necessary for healing or improved health.
Intervertebral Disks: The Spine’s Suspension
Chiropractic treatments can help restore proper alignment to vertebrae, but they can also take painful pressure off the disks between them. Gain insight into these spinal pillows with this Groupon guide.
Intervertebral disks are the shock absorbers of the spine. These oval-shaped sacs sit between each pair of vertebrae, cushioning them from the impact of everyday movements. Each disk is made up of two parts: a fibrous shell known as the annulus fibrosus and a gel-like substance called the nucleus pulposus. Much like a waterbed shifting under the weight of a misplaced bowling ball, the disk changes shape whenever the spine rotates or flexes, fluidly adjusting to absorb the motion and protect the vertebrae.
Unfortunately, just as waterbeds eventually mature into box springs, intervertebral disks don’t last forever. Over time, the disks begin to lose elasticity and flexibility—a condition called degenerative disk disease (DDD) that affects 60% of people over the age of 40, according to Medscape. This can lead to problems such as neck or lower-back pain or more serious conditions such as herniation, which occurs when the disk’s inner fluids leak through the annulus fibrosus. Although DDD can be the source of chronic pain, treatment does not always require surgery. Often, DDD can be managed with physical therapy, over-the-counter medications, and chiropractic treatments, such as spinal adjustments.
Shepherd Chiropractic Family Wellness Center
At Shepherd Chiropractic Family Wellness Center, patient well being and comfort is the highest priority. Skilled doctors treat clients not only to improve their health, but to help prevent illness and pain in the first place. At Shepherd Chiropractic Family Wellness Center, Dr. Dean Shepherd focuses on implementing the purest form of true chiropractic methods to assist the body in rebalancing and healing from within. As a native Dallasite, Dr. Shephard not only focuses on chiropractic care, but also on nutrition to help assist the body in healing. The center also specializes in corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, and massage therapy.