There’s more to chiropractic and chiropractors than the relief of headaches and back pain! Our patients choose our office because they want a natural approach to better health. Chiropractors help improve the function and structure of your spine and body, reducing nervous system irritation and muscular inflammation. All without drugs or surgery, regardless of age. We are proud to be part of the revitalization of downtown Gulfport, Mississippi. We are one of the only chiropractors, or chiropractic clinics near the downtown Gulfport area. Our office hours are from 9am to 6pm weekdays. Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives. Chiropractors focus on the nervous system and painlessly, manually adjust the vertebral column to affect the nervous system. The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of a tissue injury. Tissue injury can be caused by a single traumatic event, such as improper lifting of a heavy object, or through repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. In either case, injured tissues undergo physical and chemical changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for the sufferer. Manipulation, or adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.Dr. Heidingsfelder began learning adjusting techniques in the first semester of his education at Logan Chiropractic. His curriculum was ten semesters, sometimes ten semester hours of adjusting technique alone. The major technique he uses is called Diversified. This is probably what you imagine a chiropractor doing, because it is the most common technique. It consists of light thrusts to the back and neck in order to realign the vertebra. Logan Basic technique was also a core technique he learned, and it is very gentle, and is great for children. Thompson technique utilizes the adjusting table that drops about half an inch to facilitate the doctor's adjustment thrust. Activator technique uses an instrument like the one in the picture to contact the vertebra and give it a specified amount of thrust. Dr. Heidingsfelder also uses the Flexion/Distraction (Cox) technique, which utilizes a specific table movement to treat low back pain, especially from disc problems. We also utilize therapies like traction, intersegmental traction (roller table), interferrential (electric muscle stimulation) and ultrasound at the clinic. In many cases, such as lower back pain, chiropractic care may be the primary method of treatment. When other medical conditions exist, chiropractic care may complement or support medical treatment by relieving the musculoskeletal aspects associated with the condition.