What is Chiropractic?
Each year more than 15 million Americans choose chiropractic for safe, natural and effective relief from back pain, neck pain, headaches, extremity pain, poor overall health, low energy levels and much more.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
The Goal of Chiropractic
Because chiropractic treatments are primarily applied to the spinal region, many incorrectly assume that chiropractors treat only back and neck ailments. While we do quickly and effectively eliminate back and neck pain, it's not the only goal. The objective is to restore and optimize human health. In fact, according to a statement from The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "The purpose of chiropractic is to optimize health."
How Chiropractic Works
You may be wondering... how can the same chiropractic treatment which effectively treats my back pain also optimize my health? The answer can be found by looking into the relationship between the spine and the nervous system. As you may already know, the nervous system is the master controller of all living cells, tissues and organs; orchestrating and coordinating all cellular functions. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection. Because of this intimate relationship, biomechanical and structural problems in the spinal column can irritate parts
of the enclosed nervous system. This irritation can result from noxious inflammatory biochemicals released during tissue injury or may result from direct mechanical pressure. In either case, the functioning of the nervous system is negatively influenced as is the functioning of the cells, tissues and organs which are supplied by the affected nerve(s). The resulting ailment(s) depends on the cells, tissues and organs affected as well as the extent of nervous system compromise. In short, because the body's innate recuperative powers are affected by and integrated through the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results in patients suffering from various, seemingly non-spinal health conditions.
What Chiropractors Do
Practically speaking, chiropractors are primarily concerned with locating and treating vertebral subluxations (nerve
impingement syndromes). A vertebral subluxation is a complex of functional and/or structural and/or pathological articular (joint) changes that compromise neural integrity and may influence organ system function and general health. Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, the chiropractor checks the patient's spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If subluxations or other abnormalities are detected, the chiropractor will generally apply a gentle force in a corrective manner to the affected spinal area. Chiropractors use many specialized techniques to identify and treat these spinal abnormalities and optimize overall health. In addition to spinal adjustive techniques, soft tissue techniques such as massage, dietary and nutritional counseling, and lifestyle modification programs are commonly employed.
How Chiropractic Differs
There is a significant and very important difference between the way chiropractors and medical doctors approach health ailments. When evaluating and treating patients, chiropractors take a holistic approach which includes identifying and correcting the cause(s) of the patient's health ailment. Correcting the cause of the problem provides significant long-term benefits over only treating the symptoms.
The Benefits of Chiropractic
Short-term and regular chiropractic care have a number of benefits including:
- spinal and extremity pain relief
- headache relief
- increased mobility and range of motion
- decreased stiffness and muscular spasms
- arthritic joint pain relief
- increased joint health
- increased performance and energy
- increased sense of well being and relaxation
- increased balance and coordination
- reduced degeneration and risk of injury
- enhanced tissue healing
- decreased tissue inflammation
Congratulations! This is the experience that will bring you closer to good health!!! When you enter the office, you will be greeted by a friendly, courteous staff that will take your important medical information and will guide you through our office.
Please bring any pertinent information such as MRI reports or X-rays. A thorough chiropractic, orthopedic and neurological examination will be performed to help diagnose your condition. X-rays may be taken to help rule out aggravating factors. If needed, other diagnostic tests may be ordered.
Once your doctor has reviewed the radiographs and their exam findings, you will be given a full report of what can be done to ensure the improvement of your condition.
If your doctor feels chiropractic will help you, then a treatment plan will be given. Treatment is tailored to your specific needs.
Your first visit usually takes anywhere from 30 to 45 mins. Arriving fifteen minutes early for paperwork will help to ensure a low wait time to meet your doctor.
Same Day Appointments available! We look forward to serving you.
We are In-Network Providers with the following carriers:
Dr. Anthony Bartolo
Dr. Anthony Bartolo is a graduate of Life Chiropractic College in March 1997. Anthony grew up in Massapequa, NY. He attended Nassau Community College and then later transferred to both Kennesaw and Life University, where he finished his undergraduate studies. After graduating from Life Chiropractic, Anthony went back to Massapequa to practice with his brother Raymond at Bartolo Family Chiropractic Center.
In 1999, Dr. Bartolo moved to Marietta, GA where he opened Cobb Pain & Rehabilitation. Since that time Dr. Bartolo has opened multiple clinics in the Atlanta area. Dr. Bartolo is National Board Certified in Parts I, II, III, IV as well as PT and is licensed in both NY and GA.
Dr. Jason Weeks
Jason was born in Philadelphia in 1970 where his father was in the Philadelphia Philharmonic Orchestra. In 1976, he moved to Toronto, Canada where he grew up playing hockey and rugby. Jason left Canada in 1989 to return to the U.S. to join the US Marines, with whom he served from 1989 to 1993.
While attending Life University from 1993 until 1997, Jason was a varsity rugby player and team captain. Due to his experience with his own injuries, he became a coach in his last year at Life. After graduation, he stayed on to study Sports Injury Management and Rehabilitation in Life's highly accredited Master's program.
Dr. Weeks has been on the USA Rugby Women's National Team staff as both a coach and team physician. He has also served as a Youth Development Officer, having been charged with the introduction and development of rugby at the grass roots level in the Cobb area. Dr. Weeks is a Level III USA Rugby coach, and Level I instructor, specializing in fitness, and front row forward play.
Dr. Weeks is also a Level III USA Hockey coach, and coaches his son Connor out of the Ice Forum in Marietta. He is currently the team physician for the Atlanta Knights Junior Hockey team out of the Marietta Ice Center.
Information coming soon.