What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic care is manipulations and adjustments of the body's structures in order to repair normal nerve function. Your nervous system is responsible for sending messages from your brain that go through your spinal cord to various parts of your body . When there is a misalignment in your structure, your nervous system can't function properly. This can result in 100's of different unpleasant and life inhabiting diseases and symptoms. The chiropractor's main goal is to free your body of misalignments to help restore your health. Chiropractic care is a natural and safe way to help your body do the healing for you.
What Conditions Can Chiropractic Care Treat
When the sciatic nerve is irritated it can cause weakness, pain, and numbness. This condition can be caused by issues such as misaligned vertebra, bulging discs, or muscle spasms.
Neck and Back Pain
When spinal bones get "stuck" or a joint moves too much this can cause irritation to your spinal nerves. This results in subluxation. This can cause discs, ligaments, and other connective tissue to become inflamed. Muscles can also become too tight or too weak. Subluxations also effect your nervous system and distorts the information your brain is sending to your body.
A good amount of headaches stem from the neck. This can be caused by spinal bones not supporting your head properly which can affect nerves, muscles, and even blood supply to your head. Other causes of headaches are stress, physical trauma, nutritional deficiencies, or chemical toxins.
Allergies, Colds, and Decreased Immune Function
Vertebral subluxations put stress on your immune system. When your immune system is compromised, your more susceptible to having bacteria and pathogens disrupt your body. A free nervous system can neutralize allergy causing chemicals in your environment.
When your joints aren't moving properly pain, stiffness, muscle tightness, cartilage breakdown/degeneration, and movement compensation can occur.
There are several structural issues the chiropractic care can improve such as scoliosis and short leg discrepancy. Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of your spine. Short leg discrepancy is when one leg is shorter than the other.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
This is caused when your carpal tunnel has shrunk due inflammation and is putting pressure on your median nerve which runs through your carpal tunnel.
The nerves in your thoracic spinal region are linked to digestion. Thoracic disc herniation and out of aligned thoracic vertebrae can lead to symptoms such as IBS, heartburn, bloating, and gas.
Your atlas vertebra holds up your head. When the atlas is misaligned it can put pressure on your brain stem. You brain stem is responsible for many functions, with one important one being the control of your cardiovascular system.
Common Questions about Chiropractic Care
Absolutely. Chiropractors spend years in school learning about human anatomy and how to properly manipulate the body. Chiropractic care is widely recognized as one of the safest drug-free therapies out there. We take your full medical history and x-rays before we even touch you. We tailor your treatment based on your condition and what would be safest for your body.
Yes. Chiropractic adjustments are backed by decades of scientific studies and literature showing evidence of how effective adjustments are for the treatment of neck pain, back pain, headaches, and other issues related to the spine.
A chiropractic adjustment is a specialized, controlled and safe pressure applied to your spine to restore the proper motion and position of your vertebrae. This is a very precised technique that the chiropractor has spent many years in school and continuing education learning and perfecting.
Yes. Chiropractic care is about the whole body. The belief is that the spinal column holds the answers to most of your health issues, however the Dr. will tailor your treatment towards your specific needs. If you are having issues with your extremities, the Dr. will exam you and will determine what other parts of your body need adjustments.
YES! The Dr. tailors his treatments based on the patients. It is safe for people in all stages of life.
Please do not be afraid of chiropractors or the stories of hearing cracking sounds when being adjusted. The "cracking sound" that people often describe when being adjusted is the sound of a spinal release. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless!
It is important for the Dr. to be able to see your internal structures and alignment of the spine. A lot of issues such a bone spurs, tumors, disc disorders, abnormal growths and developments, and deterioration are only found with x-rays. X-rays provide useful information for the Dr. so he can safely and more accurately tailor your treatments towards your body's specific needs.