Matthew R. Cecchetti, D.C., C.C.E.P.
7031 Crider Road, Suite 102
Mars, PA 16046


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What exactly is Chiropractic?

Volumes upon volumes could be written about what chiropractic is and how it can help you live a healthier life. A very simple explanation of chiropractic is that is the science of removing subluxations from your spine. A subluxation is a spinal abnormality that prevents your nervous system from functioning properly. A chiropractic adjustment helps correct the subluxation so your nervous system can once again function correctly and efficiently. You can realize the significance of this because our nervous system controls everything that we do!

How does someone become a Chiropractor?

A person who is interested in becoming a chiropractor would need to complete the necessary undergraduate degree, taking classes such as biology and chemistry, to name a few. After you achieve your bachelors degree the next step is choosing a chiropractic school. There are several around the country, and Palmer, the founding chiropractic school (where Dr. Matt earned his degree) is located in Davenport, Iowa. The chiropractic program is a 4 academic year program completed in three and a half years. Chiropractic students take a rigorous variety of courses that parallel their medical peers such as anatomy and physiology. The final year focuses on adjusting technique classes. Once a person becomes a Chiropractor (or D.C.--Doctor of Chiropractic), they are required to continue their education with a requirement of 50 hours every 2 years.

What are some of the different Chiropractic Techniques?

There are over 400 different adjusting techniques! Chiropractors are taught a wide variety of techniques, and they are given the choice to pick the ones that work best for them and their patients. However, all adjusting techniques share the same goal of helping to remove vertebral subluxations. See the back of this sheet for more info on the types of techniques that Dr. Matt uses and how they can help you!

How can Chiropractic help me?

Chiropractic can do wonderful things for your health. By helping your nervous system function at its best, chiropractic can help with more than back pain. Many patients enjoy improvement with migraine headaches, whiplash, sinus problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and many more. Did you know that chiropractic is beneficial to your overall health even if you don't have any symptoms? We would all like to function at our best and feel as good as possible. Chiropractic helps make this possible by removing subluxations that make our body work less efficiently. Ask Dr. Matt how chiropractic can improve your life!

Chiropractic for Kids?

Did you know that babies as young as newborns can benefit from Chiropractic adjustments? Read the "Kid's Corner" section for more information on how Chiropractic can benefit your children.

Kid's Corner

"His back doesn't bother him." Many parents appreciate the importance of regular checkups for their child's teeth, eyes and ears but draw a blank when it comes to a spinal checkup. In fact, a spinal checkup could be one of the most important checkups your child will ever have.

How can a child's spine lose its natural alignment? Subluxations in children can have many possible causes. A difficult delivery, a breech fetal presentation, or simply too much stress on the child's body. As children grow, the amount of physical activity their bodies endure increases. Throughout childhood there can be many tumbles and falls that can add stress to the child's spine causing subluxations. If your child is suffering from a common condition such as fever, pain, numbness, colic, sinus problems, ear infections, bed-wetting, asthma, etc. it is essential to get his/her spine checked for vertebral subluxations. All children need chiropractic care to ensure their spines are healthy. More and more families are finding that periodic chiropractic spinal checkups for their children make a big difference in their health. Why not include periodic chiropractic spinal checkups for you and your family? Ask Dr. Matt today how chiropractic can improve your child's health.

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