Chiropractic is about helping people live healthier, fuller lives naturally. While typically thought of as treatment for the spine, chiropractic care actually focus more on the nervous system, the "master control" system of the body. Simply stated, chiropractic care centers on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
The nervous system is a communication pathway made up of the brain, spinal cord, and all the body's nerves. The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain, and the moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots.
When the nervous system is operating properly, our bodies are designed to be self-regulating, self-healing organisms. Every cell, tissue, and organ is in constant communication with the brain, conveying its current status. If an organ is in distress, the brain communicates back to the body how to react to that distress in order to return the body to normal.
All of this communication between the brain and the body occurs through the sets of nerves which exit between each vertebrae. If the lines of communication on any of these nerves is interfered with or cut off, problems arise--including chronic pain, premature joint degeneration, and overall decreased health and quality of life.
Injuries, over-exertion, improper sleep positions, poor posture, lack of exercise, stress or tension, toxins, or inherited spinal weakness can cause misalignment of the vertebrae that places pressure on the delicate nerve roots. These displacements of the spinal bones, known as vertebral subluxations, cause stress to the nerves of the spinal cord and can result in malfunctions in tissues and organs throughout the body. Even slight misalignments in the spine may alter the regular transmission of nerve impulses, preventing the afflicted portion of the body from responding with its full inherent capacity. (For more information on subluxations, click here.)
The science of chiropractic care uses painless, manual ad- justments to the vertebral column to correct alignment problems and remove pressure and irritation on the spinal nerve roots. Once the spine and nervous system's integrity has been restored, the body's own natural healing power can then return the individual to health. Chiropractic is the largest natural healthcare discipline in the world and emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.
What to expect at a Chiropractic Exam
A Doctor of Chiropractic (DC) begins his or her examination by taking the patient's history, including family history, diet, work and lifestyle-related factors. A physical exam uses palpations of the spinal column to find possible subluxations and evaluate muscle strength and possible postural and structural problems. Chiropractors often use x-rays to locate subluxations and to rule out any conditions that would preclude treatment. Once treatment commences, adjustments are done with the patient lying or sitting on a specially constructed table that conforms to body contours.
Neck or shoulder pain
Headaches brought on with tension or stress
Auto accident injury
Knee or ankle pain
Any Sports or Work injuries
Carpal Tunnel symptoms from repetitive motions
Pain between shoulder blades
Difficulty sitting, bending and lifting
Problems sleeping due to neck or back pain
Inability to perform daily activities due to muscle or joint pain
Recurring joint pain, stiffness or swelling
Stress management and relaxation