Personal fitness continues to play an important role in most of our lives, thanks to the numerous workout options, technological innovations, high-tech sports gear, and, let’s be truthful, social media. All this spinning, running, lifting, climbing and stretching takes a toll on the body with symptoms ranging from aching joints to limited ranges of motion, back pain, hip issues and other ailments often resulting from a spine’s structural displacement.
Meet Dr. Jeremy Sedlock, the chiropractor and founder of Revolution Chiropractic—a science-based practice in John’s Creek—who addresses these concerns and stresses the importance of a healthy spine in a candid interview so that athletes, joggers, weightlifters, mothers of toddlers, travelers and anyone else who is physically active can live a healthier, less painful lifestyle.
JOHNS CREEK LIFESTYLE: What are the major reasons particularly athletes and the physically active can benefit from chiropractic treatment?
DR, SEDLOCK: Structural abnormalities in the spine cause excessive wear and tear on the body the same way poor alignment affects a car. If the alignment is off in an automobile you would expect to see things like uneven tire wear, the car pulling to one side, and rattling or squeaking sounds. In the same way, when there are structural shifts in the spine it causes the spinal bones, spinal discs and nerves to break down at an accelerated rate. By correcting the underlying structure and not merely applying a quick patch, the athlete can stay healthy throughout the entire season.
The nervous system is essentially the electrical wiring of the body. Structural shifts in the spine can cause an obstruction in this wiring and prevent the electrical impulses from traveling the way they were designed. Electrical problems in a home would show up as outlets not working or lights flickering. Problems with the internal electrical system of the body usually show up as muscle weakness, balance problems, fatigue, headaches and chronic pain.
As an office that focuses on structural correction, we perform an in-depth analysis of the patient or athlete using multiple objective measures. This allows us to locate any structural issues and develop a customized solution for the patient, and after a bit of work, we then teach them how to keep their spine healthy.
JCL: How does chiropractic care fit into overall health goals for winter?
JS: A goal for most people especially going into the new year is to stay healthy. Staying healthy starts with a strong immune system. We know that the immune system, like every system in the body, is controlled by the nervous system. Structural shifts in the spine, particularly where the skull meets the bones in the upper neck, can cause pressure on the bottom of the brainstem. The brainstem is the automatic operating system in the body. It controls everything you don’t have to think about like breathing, heart rate, blood pressure and digestion. Obstructions in this area, as well as other parts of the spine, can lead to impaired immune function. That’s the last thing any of us want as we’re oftentimes already dealing with stress from holiday shopping and traveling. Keeping the spine clear of any obstructions and keeping the immune system functioning properly should be a top priority for everybody.
JCL: What can a person new to a chiropractor’s care expect in the first consulting appointment?
JS: Most chiropractors are of the traditional variety, which people associate with “popping” or “cracking” of the spine to temporarily relieve things like pain and muscle spasm. As a science-based structural corrective office, we take an engineering approach to the spine. The process in our office begins with a complimentary consultation where we get a chance to know our patients and determine if we’re a good fit for their needs. We perform a thorough health history, discuss what they can expect in the way of care, and review anticipated costs for care. If we believe we can help, we perform a complete structural examination of the spine. The doctor stays with the patient throughout the entire exam process, explaining the results along the way so that the patient can see and understand the underlying issues.