Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a health care profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders or the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on general health.  The main chiropractic treatment technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues; treatment also includes exercises and health and lifestyle counseling.  The first chiropractic adjustment was given in 1897.  Since then, chiropractic has developed into the largest drugless healing profession in the world.

Today’s hectic pace and the mishaps of life can result in an abused and neglected spine and associated joints, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Hammond-Beyer Health Center offers gentle, specific spinal manipulative therapy as well as extremity adjusting. Aiken chiropractors, Dr. Kim Hammond-Beyer and Dr. Laurie Cedeno, offer a full range of chiropractic services and will devise an individualized treatment plan for each patient.  If you have been thinking about trying chiropractic, we encourage you to make the call.  Our Aiken chiropractors will go over your history, all previous interventions including surgeries, etc, to make sure she has a good understanding of your unique situation.  They have successfully helped individuals who have had as many as four surgeries on their back, so back surgery doesn’t keep you from being a chiropractic patient.  Dr. Kim and and Dr. Laurie use very gentle treatments and helps you learn how to best take care of your body.  Specific exercises are prescribed to help you recover and then to get your spinal and other joint support as strong as it can be.  You are an active partner in your health when you work with our chiropractic team.

More about Chiropractic

Chiropractic is a science and healing art that is based on the premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. The doctor of chiropractic views the individual as an integrated being, focusing on spinal health as the key to overall health and wellness. Chiropractic employs a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just the symptoms. It does so in a non-surgical, non-invasive and drug-free method.

In 1995, the chiropractic profession celebrated its 100th anniversary. Despite the profession’s growth and its increased visibility over the years, in the minds of many, chiropractic remains and enigma.

The term “chiropractic” was derived from Greek roots which means “done by hand.” Today chiropractic refers to a profession of some 50,000 strong, who treat spinal joint dysfunction by manual adjustments.

To many, it is still unclear as to what a chiropractor actually treats with a spinal adjustment. It should first be understood that there are many types of diseases which afflict the spine, such as a variety of infections, benign and malignant tumors, and osteoporosis. The chiropractic adjustment does not treat these diseases. The spinal lesion that chiropractors treat is called the vertebral subluxation complex.

The subluxation complex develops after spinal tissues are injured. The injury can be frankly traumatic, such as a lifting injury, or the injury can occur in the form of a repetitive micro traumatic injury, such as working at a desk with poor spinal posture.

All pathology books explain that inflammation occurs after tissue injury. It is known that the chemical changes within injured tissue cause both inflammation and pain. Texts devoted to joint function explain that pain and inflammation lead to the immobilization of the injured joint(s).

Under normal circumstances, injured joints heal and normal mobility is restored. However, if the injured joints do not heal properly, mobility will not be restored and this can initiate a series of pathological changes in a variety of spinal tissues. Joint immobilization causes spinal muscle atrophy and the degeneration of important connective tissue structures including the joint capsule, synovium, ligaments, cartilage and bone.

In summary, spinal tissue injury can result in the development of neuropathophysiology (pain), kinesiopathology (joint immobility/hypomobility), myopathology (loss of strength and muscle spasms), and a host of histopathological changes in connective tissue structures, such as inflammation and scar tissue formation. The chiropractic profession refers to these pathological changes as vertebral subluxation complex.

The purpose of the chiropractic adjustment is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints which have become hypomobile. Restoring mobility is the key because joint immobility is the primary factor which allows for the development of the spinal tissue degeneration and de-conditioning which was described in the previous paragraph. At the present time, it appears that no form of treatment other than the chiropractic adjustment, can effectively and thoroughly restore mobility to injured joints.

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Dr. Kimberly Lyn Hammond-Beyer, D.C. License No. 1097

Aiken Chiropractor, Dr. Kim Hammond-Beyer

Dr. Kim Hammond-Beyer is a 1985 magna cum laude graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, I.A.  Dr. Kim did her undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in zoology and in psychology. Dr. Kim completed a certificate program in sports chiropractic in 1994.  She then entered a four-year Rubenfeld Synergy training program, and graduated with a certificate in this mind-body therapy work in 2000.  She has a special interest in complex or difficult cases, sports injury, women and children,  and healthy aging through chiropractic, but welcomes all patients to her chiropractic practice.

Dr, Kim uses a variety of techniques including activator, diversified, drop table work, and others.  Just call or email if you are interested in finding out she does a particular technique.  Dr. Kim chooses the techniques used on an individual basis, as patients each have different histories, body types, etc.


Related Links:

Palmer College of Chiropractic

FAQ Chiropractic