What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on teh scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. The important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body.

The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the vulnerable communication pathways fo the spinal cord and nerve roots. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. Doctors of Chiropractic call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex.

The Chiropractic adjustment has been proven to increase motion, increase ciruclation, reduce swellings nad pain, and remove nervous irritation. Once this nervous irritation is removed, your body is able to do what it is designed to do – heal itself.

Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the restoration of good health by restoring and maintaining a properly functioning nervous system, without the use of drugs or surgery.

What do Doctors of Chiropractic do?

Chiropractors restore proper motion to joints that are not moving properly. Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous function begins with a case history. Your case history is vital as it reveals the background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details which brought you into the office.

What is an adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is fixated, “locked up”, or not moving properly. An adjustment adds motion to the joint and motion. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.

Are all patients adjusted the same way?

No, each patient is adjusted according to their unique requirements. Your chiropractor will determine the best way to adjust your spine after completing a detailed examination. Many chiropractors will adjust your entire spine, even though you don’t have pain in that area. Pain is a poor indicator of problems, as many problems refer pain into other areas. Some patients who complain of headaches may actually have a lower back problem that is causing a compensation reaction at the base of the skull. Other patients may be experiencing numbness and tingling in their fingers when the actual problem is in the neck.

While veins may seem similar, each visit builds on the one before. Chiropractic care is customized to each patient’s age, condition, and spinal problem.

Can I adjust myself?

Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is impossible to adjust oneself; and also dangerous. Turning and twisting your back and neck may create a popping sound, however this usually causes an unstable area of the spine to become even more unsteady. Remember the goal of the adjustment is to get joints moving that are not moving normally. Twisting your back will cause unstable joints to become more unstable. The best way to enjoy the healthful benefits of chiropractic is ot receive adjustments from a Doctor of Chiropractic.

Is chiropractic care safe?

There are literally thousands of published scientific studies proving chiropractic’s safety and effectiveness. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. In fact, chiropractic adjustments are safer than back surgery, muscle relaxers and even aspirin!

How long will I need chiropractic care?

Spinal problems neglected since early childhood may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. these long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine. Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits is helpful in the maintenance of good health.

Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. Unfortunately this style of crisis management is usually more costly and time-consuming in the long run. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you. Periodic chiropractic checkups, like brushing and flossing your teeth, getting regular exercise, and eating wholesome foods is part of a healthy lifestyle.