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Your First Chiropractic Visit

At Whole Health Chiropractic, Dr. Anthony Oberti and the staff have seen many first-time chiropractic patients.  Often the patient has tried other treatment methods but is still frustrated with pain or discomfort.  What surprises most new patients is that chiropractic does not encourage drugs as part of treatment.  Chiropractic focuses on treating the root cause of any pain, unlike drugs that act as a ‘bandaid’ for symptoms but don’t correct the issue.  Chiropractic is based on healing the body as a whole.  The human body is resilient, and chiropractors use their knowledge of the spine and central nervous system not only to guide the body to self-heal, but improve musculoskeletal health and function. 
Your initial assessment with a chiropractor is very important.  We will work to understand your goals for treatment, and take a very detailed record of your current condition using a physical exam and sometimes x-rays.  Chiropractors not only treat damage to hard and soft tissue, but help…

Spinal Decompression

Dr. Anthony Oberti and the staff of Whole Health Chiropractic are passionate about non-surgical treatment methods.  Spinal decompression is a safe, innovative treatment performed with FDA-approved equipment to treat bulging or herniated discs. Herniated discs often have a direct impact on the central nervous system, causing more pain to the extremities. Spinal decompression is a unique treatment developed to target certain issues, and you should always consult your chiropractor to determine if this treatment is appropriate for your issue.
The equipment used for spinal decompression resembles a table but has moving parts. Depending on the location of the issue patients lie on their back or stomach, and are secured to the equipment with padded straps.  The treatment alternates between applying distraction forces to the vertebrae and periods of partial relaxation.  The result is the vertebrae slowly and gently separating from each other.  This creates a vacuum effect that helps discs retu…

Screening for Scoliosis

Scoliosis screenings are a regular part of pediatric care at Whole Health Chiropractic in Nampa. A curvature of the spine which results in uneven shoulders and gait, scoliosis is sometimes associated with breathing difficulties and muscle strain. It occurs most often in preteen girls, but any child or adolescent can develop it.
If scoliosis is not already suspected, screening for it begins with the patient bending down so Dr. Oberti can observe any abnormalities in the angle of the torso. He will also be able to check for unevenness in the pelvis and the levels of the shoulders. The observation isn’t just done by eyeballing; a tool called a scoliometer is placed on the back to provide an objective measurement of curvature.
If there is a reason to suspect scoliosis, x-rays are taken to provide the doctor with a better means of detection. Dr. Oberti will also try to find the cause of the patient’s scoliosis. Some problems can be ameliorated through electrical stimulation therapies and adj…

Lifting Safety

One of the most common causes of acute back injuries we treat at Whole Health Chiropractic in Nampa is improper lifting. Physical laborers are trained to lift objects in as safe a manner as possible, but people doing yard work or whose jobs don’t regularly require them to do move things often do not know how to do so properly, so we wanted to provide some guidance.
Don’t carry anything you don’t have to; you’re never wrong to request use of a dolly. Before picking something up, feel it to get a sense of its weight and whether it’s heavier on one side than another. Keep the path between you and the destination clear and plan exactly where you will put the object down before picking it up. Crouch down as close to the object as possible and propel yourself upward with your leg muscles. Keep your head up and the object in front of you against your ribs.
Walk slowly. Don’t twist your torso in a different direction from your pelvis and don’t make sudden, jerky movements. Be able to see where …

Adjustments and Subluxations

We use many treatments for a range of health issues at Whole Health Chiropractic, but the defining aspect of chiropractic is the spinal adjustment. As a non-invasive, non-addictive means of relieving back pain, headaches, and compressed nerves, the spinal adjustment is gaining popularity among the public and is commonly inquired about.
All the nerves in the body, called peripheral nerves, branch out from the spinal column. When there is pressure on the spinal column, nerves in other parts of the body may also be disrupted (cervical headaches and sciatica are among the ailments caused by compressed spinal nerves). In chiropractic, we call a misalignment of the spine a subluxation. We detect subluxations with x-rays and tactile exams and determine a course of treatment based on the patient’s health history.
An adjustment is the sudden but controlled use of force to push a subluxated vertebra back into place. It sometimes creates a popping sound which can alarm patients, but this sound is …