What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts, and as a science is based on the premise that good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system. When body structures such as cells and organs are functioning normally, a state of health or normal physiology is said to exist. However, when a body’s physiology is abnormal, a disease state begins. Thus, we begin to understand that abnormal physiology leads to abnormal function, predisposing the body to disease processes.
The spinal cord has 31 pairs of spinal nerves which exit from the spinal column. The most delicate and important organs of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord) are encased in a hard bony covering composed of the skull and spinal vertebrae. The spine has undergone marvelous adaptation in providing protection, mobility, and weight bearing support for our upright position. The spine, in particular, offers protection to the delicate spinal cord and spinal nerves which exit from the spinal column. Irritation to the nervous system can occur when spinal biomechanics are compromised and thus not functioning properly.
Chiropractic teaches that within the body there are well-established “survival mechanisms” designed to maintain a state of good health. This innate intelligence is working in your body all the time, even when you are not aware of it. Think about what you had for supper. Did you have to tell your body to digest it? Did you tell your heart how many times to beat? Did you tell your lungs when to breathe? Did you have to direct you body to heal and repair a cut finger? You see, the body has the ability to function and keep you well, provided it is not interfered with. Doctors of chiropractic do not elect to utilize drugs or surgery in their practice. However, there are times when they will recommend that you consult another practitioner is other methods of treatment are indicated.[/accor_block][accor_block title=”What is chiropractic care?”]
Chiropractic care is based upon the understanding that overall good health depends, in part, upon a normally functioning nervous system, which controls all functions through your body. Rather than just treating the symptoms, this natural method of health care focuses on correcting the causes of physical problems.[/accor_block]
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Yes. All chiropractic treatments have a good safety record and never require any drugs or invasive health care procedures. The only side effect you may experience is slight soreness which can be easily relieved by applying ice to the sore area.
Should I Have My Child Get Checked for Chiropractic Care?
Many parents are overjoyed when they learn the many benefits of chiropractic care for infants and children. The birth process can be more traumatic to the spine and central nervous system than even an auto accident. There is a ton of research available now that demonstrates the benefits with certain problems like colic, bedwetting, ear infections, and many more. Unexplained crying from an infant and “growing pain” complaints from a child often clears up after chiropractic care.
A major concern that some parents have is that chiropractic adjustments will be too powerful. They misguidedly think that their child or infant will receive adjustments like ones they receive. Be reminded that adjusting techniques are modified for each person’s size and unique spinal issue. This makes a child’s chiropractic adjustments gentle. Newborns and infants are adjusted with no more pressure than the amount used to test the ripeness of a tomato.
What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the most common way to correct spinal subluxations. It involves the application of pressure to specific misaligned bones in an effort to “unlock” the vertebrae and relieve the pressure placed on the nerves that branch from the spine. Once the adjustment is made, the bones are free to align correctly.
Dr. Sarah has knowledge of several different adjustment methods and is able to select the best technique for you based upon your condition.
What is Subluxation?
Subluxation is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves.This pressure or irritation causes the nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves to your brain and body. Chiropractors correct subluxation by performing chiropractic adjustments which relieves bone pressure on the spinal nerves.
How Do Subluxations Happen?
Subluxations are the result of our stresses and strains of everyday activities, habits and events. Daily sitting, lifting, bending, standing and sleeping positions strain our spine, causing misalignment. Subluxations also occur due to accidents, including falls, car wrecks, sports injuries and more.
What are Warning Signs of Subluxations?
Subluxations are difficult to detect, that is why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Typical symptoms of subluxations include headaches, back pain, neck stiffness, pain in your shoulders, arms or legs, numbness in your hands or feet, fatigue or nervousness.
What Type of Education do Chiropractors Receive?
Chiropractors have a minimum of seven years post high school education which includes three years in an undergraduate program and four or five years at an accredited chiropractic college. Most chiropractors have a Bachelors’ degree in addition to their Doctor of Chiropractic degree; although currently it is not required.
Do Chiropractors Care for Conditions Other Than Back Pain?
Chiropractors provide chiropractic adjustments and manual therapy that are effective for several different types of soft tissue disorders including neck, back and other bodily extremity pain. Chiropractic care has also been known to treat several other conditions including ADHD, allergies, asthma, ear infections, fibromyalgia, headaches, PMS, Sciatica, Scoliosis, stress and more.
Is Chiropractic Scientific?
Chiropractic’s sole purpose is to assess and adjust the spine; in turn, affecting the spinal cord and connecting nerves, relieving any interference or irritation. And because chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls and regulates virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body, then chiropractic is, in fact, considered scientific.
Why Do I Need to Keep Coming in for Adjustments When I Feel Better?
Health is not based or measured on how you feel like some people think. To illustrate this point, if you have a cancerous tumor but feel fine, you’re still not healthy. Health is all about optimal function. Certain responses are used so the body can adapt to outside threats, representing being well. An example is vomiting to expel toxic food- that is a normal, healthy bodily response. Coughing and fevers are another example of being healthy too!
Traditional medicinal treatment is based on symptoms and therefore should be called “sick care”. Chiropractic care is different because our goal is to identify the cause of ill function and restore it. The only way to accomplish this is to allow the nervous system to flow freely by adjusting the spine and help to heal the surrounding cells, tissues, and organs.