Dr. Thomas G. Rachie heads the Chiropractic department at Deer Lodge Medical
Center. Dr. Rachie has 20 yrs. of clinical experience.
Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline that is centered on the role of
the spine and central nervous system in maintaining good health, and leveraging
the recuperative power of the body to heal itself naturally and efficiently.
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure
(of the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and
how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
Chiropractors identify and correct the cause of health challenges which
arise when misalignments of the vertebrae (the small bones that make up
the spine) disrupt neurological communications between your brain and
the cells, tissues, and organs of the body.
Chiropractors correct these misalignments by gently adjusting the position
of the vertebrae of the spine, reducing or eliminating neuropathy (changes
in the pathology of the nerves) thus allowing your body to properly self-regulate,
adapt and heal.
Here you will find information on some of the more common ailments which
can initially make one aware that there is a problem with their spine
and/or nervous system. Learn more about these conditions and how they
can be better managed and prevented with appropriate chiropractic care.
Additional conditions are described in the health glossary.
Chronic illness is a disease or condition that lasts for a long period
of time (often for the rest of a person’s life) and/or is marked
by frequent recurrence. One out of every two people live with a chronic
condition, the most common of which include: allergies and asthma, arthritis,
heart disease, diabetes, cancer, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia,
multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and even obesity. Many of these conditions
are debilitating; in fact, arthritis, back and spine problems account
for more than 30 percent of cases of disability in the United States,
according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. And even for
those who are not disabled, their conditions affect their quality of life.
An often overlooked factor in all of these conditions is the health of
the spine. When faced with a serious or chronic health challenge, medication
is often the first choice. But medications can have negative side effects,
often masking the symptoms and not treating the disease at its core.
A component of nearly all chronic conditions is spinal nerve stress. Spinal
nerve stress (also referred to as vertebral subluxations, the subluxation
complex, or "pinched nerves") is a misalignment or distortion
of the spinal column, skull, hips, and related tissues (the structural
system) that irritate, stretch, impinge or otherwise interfere with the
proper function of the nerve system (brain stem, spinal cord, spinal nerves
and outlying or peripheral nerves). Since the nerve system controls the
function of the body, any interference to it can have wide-ranging effects.
We look forward to serving your health needs.