Chiropractic is the medical practice that diagnoses, treats, and prevents mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. This conservative management of the spine is noninvasive and done without medications or surgery. Chiropractic is well-established in the United States, being the third largest health profession behind medicine and dentistry. Approximately 50,000 chiropractic physicians are in practice.
Many chiropractic patients seek treatment because of low back pain, and the source of this pain is most often a subluxation. A subluxation is a misalignment of the bones of the spine or vertebrae. This misalignment can cause pain and interfere with the function of the spinal cord, which carries messages from the brain to the rest of the body. This interference in the nervous system can be the source of a variety of ailments, including:
Migraine and tension headaches
Numbness or pain in the arms or legs
Heartburn and indigestion
A chiropractor treats a subluxation by delivering an adjustment, which involves a gentle and controlled directional force that shifts a misplaced vertebra back into alignment. This can be done manually (by hand) or with the use of a computerized therapy tool, like the ProAdjuster.
An adjustment normally results in immediate relief from the pain caused by the subluxation. Also, the adjustment can clear up interference in the nervous system, addressing any associated ailments. After a series of visits, the vertebrae can be “retrained” to stay in alignment.
To be licensed with the state board, a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) is required to first complete a 4-year program at an accredited chiropractic college. This program requires a minimum of 4,200 hours of combined classroom, lab, and clinical experience. The D.C. must then pass a national board exam. To maintain licensure, the D.C. completes a specified number of hours of continuing education each year.
Dr. Deborah Hudson is a licensed chiropractor in Gainesville, FL. She has been licensed with the Florida Board of Chiropractic Medicine since 1999.
Gator Family Chiropractic provides innovative and skilled care in a comfortable setting. A Gainesville chiropractor with over 19 years of experience, Dr. Deborah Hudson employs the latest technology for precise and effective chiropractic treatment.
We treat a variety of medical issues, including back pain, neck pain, headaches, and injuries from slip-and-falls and auto accidents. Other conditions, such as allergies and asthma, may be related to a spinal condition as well. Our patients include all ages, from children to college students to the elderly.
Our friendly staff will happily guide you from the initial phone call to your therapy time with Dr. Hudson. We have invested in creating a modern clinic environment that feels like home to help you relax as soon as you arrive.
As a Gainesville chiropractor, we are one of the few in town to offer treatment with the ProAdjuster, a revolutionary computerized therapy tool that delivers chiropractic adjustments with precision and comfort.
The patient sits in a chiropractic chair in the ProAdjuster exam room.
Dr. Hudson uses the ProAdjuster tool (pictured above) to measure the alignment of the bones of the spine, or vertebrae, with the tool’s electronic sensor. Each vertebra is measured with just a soft click. She is looking for places where vertebrae are misaligned, causing pain and interference with the nervous system. These misalignments are called subluxations.
On the computer screen, Dr. Hudson identifies any subluxations. She then uses the ProAdjuster to restore the vertebrae to their normal position. The ProAdjuster does this by precisely shifting each vertebra with a gentle oscillating motion. The patient feels only a slight tapping.
A ProAdjuster session lasts about 10 minutes. The result is a fast, effective realignment of the spine and comfortable experience for the patient.
Depending on patient preference or medical reason, Dr. Hudson may deliver a traditional manual adjustment in place of using the ProAdjuster.