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Chiropractic Care for the Young and the Young at Heart

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Children and adults are the same but different. Most kids want to play all the time, but they also are required to go to school. Most adults would prefer to play all the time – relax, go to the gym, read a book, watch TV, or get together with friends – but most adults need to go to work at least 5 days a week. Interestingly, what most young people don't know about adults, especially older adults, is that they think of themselves as much younger than they actually are chronologically. For example, long ago, when a reporter asked the great golfing champion Arnold Palmer how he felt about turning 60, he famously replied that "it doesn't matter to me, I think of myself as 27." Thus, speaking broadly, kids and adults share similar primary goals. Regular chiropractic care can enhance the quality of life for both young and older people by helping make possible the attainment of high levels of overall health.

Young people and adults share identical physiological systems that are distinguished by age and experience. For example, a child's nervous system and immune system grow and develop over time, acquiring training and additional features as the young person proceeds through childhood, preteen years, and the teenage period. The cardiorespiratory system has full capability at birth and achieves strength, resiliency, and adaptability as the child grows. Similarly, the gastrointestinal system is fully capable at birth, but must be trained to digest and otherwise process a wide variety of foods over the first several years of the newborn's life. The skeletal system of young men and women achieves maturity in the late teens and early twenties.

The commonality among all physiological systems, at any age and at any stage of development, is the requirement for optimal control by the nerve system, the body's master system. The nerve system establishes a highly sophisticated feedback system between its components, that is, the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves, and peripheral nerves, and the numerous other physiological systems. The brain sends instructions via the nervous system to other cells functioning in other systems, and the cells report back to the brain via the nervous system, providing information on their current status and metabolic requirements. In this feedback system, the spinal nerves are the central intermediary between the brain and spinal cord and the rest of the body. The presence of nerve interference can disrupt the flow of information between the brain and all the other physiological systems, resulting in system malfunctions that are apparent in the form of pain, symptoms, and disease.

Nerve interference is the result of spinal vertebral dysfunction, that is, suboptimal biomechanical functioning of the spine and its segmental components, the spinal vertebras. Spinal dysfunction causes painful limited motion of the neck and/or lower back, headaches, tight muscles, and possible radiating pain and/or numbness and tingling in the arms and/or legs. As importantly, spinal dysfunction irritates local spinal nerves and causes nerve interference that creates a host of other problems. Regular chiropractic care detects and corrects causes of nerve interference, enabling your body to function at peak effectiveness, as it was designed to function. In this way, regular chiropractic care helps people of all ages, young and old, obtain high levels of health and well-being.

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Testimonials

Reviews From our Satisfied Patients

  • "Dr. Potts is amazing! He is patient and kind. He fixed my upper back pain in one session! He is one of the best!"
    Cindy D.
  • "Dr. Potts works his magic to save me from my back pain. I would recommend him to anyone needing pain relief."
    Todd S.
  • "Dr. Potts is great, he took my husband in on a new patient unscheduled Saturday afternoon visit. As fast as I could make the call Dr Potts answered the call and was just about to leave for the day, Dr Potts dropped everything to see that my husband received the care he needed. My husband has been in pain for months and now with the care from Dr Potts he is on his way to feeling better and truly understanding what is causing his pain. Thank you again Dr Potts."
    Jeri F.
  • "What a patient and kind man. I went in as a walk-in after attempting to do a summersault and really hurting my neck. He got me in quickly and was very nice and helpful. He works very quickly and I was shocked by how many people he could get through in the matter of a couple minutes while still giving everyone a personalized experience and answering everyone's questions with a caring and very professional demeanor. He is very respectful of other chiropractors you have gone too and very welcoming of a team approach to healing. He is very well educated...He fixed an injury I have suffered with for four years in seconds because of some post doctoral training he had taken that all the other chiropractors and doctors I had been to for it had no knowledge of. He is also very gentle and explains everything he is going to do before he does it. If you want a personalized experience from a very knowledgeable doctor with an impeccable bed side manner, this is the place for you!"
    Mandee G.
  • "Dr Potts is truly amazing! I was scared because I have never been to a chiropractor. My upper back was in intense pain I couldn't sleep. I made my appointment Sunday and came in on Monday. It is now Wednesday and I feel almost no pain! He was very kind and took care of my upper back. I am now going to be a loyal patient from now on! Thank you so much Dr. Potts!"
    Cindy L.
  • "Dr. Potts is a great guy. I was totally comfortable with him and the way he treated me from the first time I visited him. Amazing how much better I feel after an occasional visit with him.

    He's not the first chiropractor that I've been to in Reno, but I do get the sense from him that he wouldn't 'over treat' you as some chiropractors try to do. So, I go back to him as needed."
    JR F.
  • "Went in for serious pain and extreme difficulty breathing he immediately could tell I had a rib that had popped out, he popped it right back in with no pain and I could finally breath again. His prices are affordable and he is very descriptive with what he is doing to fix the issue which I completely appreciate, I believe it I have walked out of plenty of doctors offices not realizing what they did to fix the problem. Thank you!"
    Michelle C.
  • "I had one of those irritating, painful pinched nerves that just wasn't going away. Decided to go to a chiro for help. Got referred to Dr Potts by a friend and frankly, liked the 'deal' he offered for first time customers. Happy in my selection! Not only did he take care of making me feel better quickly...he was professional, highly courteous and no bs (you know..how some chiro's tell you you need to come back 4 times a wk for months to fix your 'serious' problem? (My past experience anyway!) I did go back a couple of times to get back to 'normal' mobility...and will go back again next time I need a good back crack! Felt 100% comfortable w/Dr Potts skills and expertise!"
    Sierra K.
  • "Went in for an on the job injury to my shoulder. He's extremely knowledgeable and easy to work with. My shoulder is already better and he showed me the right way to sleep etc. so it can heal correctly."
    Hawkins C.