Doctors of Chiropractic practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractors work with the spine, not only because it’s often the source of neck and back pain, but because it houses and protects the central nervous system. This system monitors, controls and regulates all body function, and allows the body to adapt to internal and external influences. The ability to adapt to internal and external influences is imperative to the body’s ability to maintain its health and sustain life. Virtually every vital life-sustaining process, whether it’s digesting our dinner or responding to potential infection, depends on the integrity of this communication network between the brain and the body.
Since the central nervous system is so vital, the body has a built in system of protection. Around the brain and spinal cord is a system of protection, the skull and 24 moveable vertebrae which have the dual role of protecting the central nervous system and providing the center for the entire musculoskeletal system. Each vertebra has a unique set of nerves that pass through it to the other systems of the body through individual holes called foramen. Ironically, the spine which is designed to protect the spinal cord, can actually interfere with its function due to misalignment of the spinal vertebrae. These subluxations can interfere with the nerves that come out of the foramen which can have disastrous effects on your health.
The most common therapeutic procedure performed by chiropractors is the “chiropractic adjustment.” The purpose of the adjustment, or spinal manipulation, is to restore joint mobility by manually applying a controlled force into joints that have become restricted in their movement. Chiropractors call this restriction of movement a “subluxation”. These subluxations can be caused by things such as: Physical stress, the result of a car accident or slipping on an icy sidewalk, improper posture, occupational trauma, or birth trauma. Repetitive stresses, such as sitting in an awkward position with poor spinal posture for an extended period of time. Emotional stress which can be the result of significant emotional trauma or the inability to adapt to a stressful situation. Chemical trauma which can result from the misuse of prescription or illicit drugs, inadequate nutrition, or environmental toxins. By interfering with the nervous system, these misalignments can cause inflammation and/or pain which can interfere with normal bodily function, therefore reducing your body’s ability to self-regulate, adapt, and heal. The chiropractic adjustment of the affected joint and tissues, restores mobility, thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.