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The practice of Chiropractic Medicine is a drug-free treatment regimen that focuses on neuromusculoskeletal (or nerves / muscles /skeleton) manipulation. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat these complaints and pains, 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.
The basis for chiropractic is the concept that the human body has an innate ability to heal itself and those misalignments or structural deficiencies in the spine interfere with nervous impulses and contributes to pain. By re-aligning the spine, chiropractors believe that the body’s ability to heal itself is increased. Allowing mobile, pain free movement of the spine contributes to homeostasis, allowing the body to stay healthy once healing is complete.
Chiropractic is gaining wider acceptance. Many more people today visit a Chiropractor to alleviate back pain than would have done so in the past. Due to patient demand for chiropractic services, most major insurance carriers offer coverage for visits to a Chiropractor.
We have over 60 years of combined experience in the chiropractic field. The majority of our patients are referred to us from other satisfied patients. We use State-of-the-Art NASA technology, such as the Pro Adjuster, acupuncture, spinal decompression, cervical and lumbar traction. Carlisle Chiropractic Clinic was nominated by Creative Loafing as “The best of Charlotte 2001”, and “Readers’ Picks Best Chiropractor”.
Dr. William Carlisle received his “Distinguished Service Award” by The North Carolina Chiropractic Association in 1981. He was also awarded the prestigious Sarah Wheaton Award for most outstanding clinician when he attended the most prestigious chiropractic school of its time, Lincoln Chiropractic College, in Indianapolis.
Dr. Michael Carlisle has performed clinical rotations at Montgomery Clinic, Yorkshire Spine Center and Harbor Light Community Clinic in Saint Louis, MO. In addition to general chiropractic medicine, Dr. Michael Carlisle has received additional education in Chiropractic Sports Medicine, Neurology and Chiropractic Orthopedics. He has also earned certificates of proficiency in clinical laboratory diagnosis, physiotherapy and radiographic.
Both Dr. William Carlisle and Dr. Michael Carlisle are active members of the North Carolina Chiropractic Association.
Spinal misalignments are a frequent source of back and neck pain. Chiropractors use spinal manipulation to move the spinal joint beyond where the musculature could take it but within the limits of the ligaments. Spinal manipulation involves high velocity/short amplitude movements to free up fixated joints.
Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) care for patients of all ages, with a variety of health conditions. DCs are especially well known for their expertise in caring for patients with back pain, neck pain and headaches…particularly with their highly skilled manipulations or chiropractic adjustments. They also care for patients with a wide range of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system, involving the muscles, ligaments and joints. These painful conditions often involve or impact the nervous system, which can cause referred pain and dysfunction distant to the region of injury. These conditions are treated most often:
- Sprains/Strains Neck, Mid or Lower Back
- Neck – Shoulder/Arm/Hand Pain
- Lower Back – Hip/Thigh/Leg Pain
- Automobile Injuries
- Athletic Injuries
- Disc Swelling or Injury
The benefits of chiropractic care extend to general health issues, as well, since our body structure affects our overall function. DCs also counsel patients on diet, nutrition, exercise, healthy habits, and occupational and lifestyle modification.
Well obviously so, or we wouldn’t have been in business for over forty years! Seriously though, chiropractic is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free, non-invasive therapies available for the treatment of neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Although chiropractic has an excellent safety record, no health treatment is completely free of potential adverse effects. The risks associated with chiropractic, however, are very small. Many patients feel immediate relief following chiropractic treatment, but some may experience mild soreness, stiffness or aching, just as they do after some forms of exercise. Current research shows that minor discomfort or soreness following spinal manipulation typically fades within 24 hours.
Yes, children can benefit from chiropractic care. Children are very physically active and experience many types of falls and blows from activities of daily living as well as from participating in sports. Injuries such as these may cause many symptoms including back and neck pain, stiffness, soreness or discomfort. Chiropractic care is always adapted to the individual patient. It is a highly skilled treatment, and in the case of children, very gentle.
Yes. Chiropractic care is included in most health insurance plans, including major medical plans, workers’ compensation, Medicare, some Medicaid plans, and Blue Cross Blue Shield plans for federal employees, among others. Chiropractic care is also available to active-duty members of the armed forces at more than 60 military bases and is available to veterans at 36 major veterans medical facilities.
Insurance Providers – Our doctors are credentialed with most insurance companies including the following:
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Carolina
- Blue Cross/Blue Shield of South Carolina
- Cigna Health Care
- Cigna- Medicare
- Central States
- Medicaid (Requires referral from primary care physician)
- United Health Care
- Workers Compensation
If your insurance is not listed above please call our clinic and we will verify if we can accept your insurance.
Chiropractic adjustment or manipulation is a manual procedure that utilizes the highly refined skills developed during the doctor of chiropractic’s intensive years of chiropractic education. The chiropractic physician typically uses his or her hands–or an instrument–to manipulate the joints of the body, particularly the spine, in order to restore or enhance joint function. This often helps resolve joint inflammation and reduces the patient’s pain. Chiropractic manipulation is a highly controlled procedure that rarely causes discomfort. The chiropractor adapts the procedure to meet the specific needs of each patient. Patients often note positive changes in their symptoms immediately following treatment.
The hands-on nature of the chiropractic treatment is essentially what requires patients to visit the chiropractor a number of times. To be treated by a chiropractor, a patient needs to be in his or her office. In contrast, a course of treatment from medical doctors often involves a pre-established plan that is conducted at home (i.e. taking a course of antibiotics once a day for a couple of weeks). A chiropractor may provide acute, chronic, and/or preventive care thus making a certain number of visits sometimes necessary. Your doctor of chiropractic should tell you the extent of treatment recommended and how long you can expect it to last.
Adjustment (or manipulation) of a joint may result in the release of a gas bubble between the joints, which makes a popping sound. The same thing occurs when you “crack” your knuckles. The noise is caused by the change of pressure within the joint, which results in gas bubbles being released. There is usually minimal, if any, discomfort involved.