Why should I see a Chiropractor?
Neck pain and back pain are not the only reasons you should see a Chiropractor. Chiropractic care is a great way to keep your body functioning at its peak and healthy. This is accomplished through nutrition, exercise, and the chiropractic adjustment. Because chiropractic treats the underlying causes of problems rather than relieving symptoms, your body's natural healing processes work for you. Chiropractors today are highly trained to identify and evaluate functional problems with biomechanics of your body and spine. They are skilled in restoring proper spinal and body motion to improve nerve function and your body's overall health. With regular chiropractic adjustments many patients recover a degree of health and vigor greater than before their problem occurred. Chiropractic care has been shown to help a range of conditions from arthritis to childhood ear infections.
Is Chiropractic Effective?
Chiropractic removes postural imbalances and structural misalignments that can accumulate overtime. Chiropractic works by removing stress and pressure on the nervous system to restore your ability to be healthy. Your nervous system must function well for you to be healthy. Removing interferences to the nervous system with the chiropractic adjustment restores spinal function and allows optimal nervous system function for improved health.
What is an adjustment and how does it work?
When performing an adjustment your chiropractor applies precisely directed force to a joint that is fixated or not moving properly. Restoring normal motion to joints can allow vertebrae to gradually return to a proper position and your body to function as it should. This safe, natural approach to removing interferences with spinal and nervous system function can improve your overall health and resolve many physical problems or musculoskeletal problems.
To illustrate this principle, imagine a garden hose as a nerve and the water flowing through the hose as nerve impulses. When the hose is laid out straight without any kinks, water flows freely. If on the other hand the hose gets compressed or kinked, water flow is reduced or even stops. If this condition persists, eventually, the hose becomes damaged.
Like removing the kink from the hose, a spinal adjustment can ease pressure on a nerve, allowing nerve impulses to flow and protect the nerve from further damage.
Cavitation, a pop or click sound, is often heard or felt by the patient during the adjustment. Much like the opening of a carbonated soda can, cavitation is caused by rapid release of gases that have been under pressure within the joint. Cavitation occurs more often than not during an adjustment, but it does not have to occur for the adjustment to be effective.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. While it's not unusual to hear of injuries from mis-prescribed drugs, drug overdoses, drug combinations and erroneous treatments in the medical profession, it is extremely rare to hear of a problem resulting from chiropractic care.
Chiropractic doctors are trained to practice and perform hundreds to thousands of manipulations before delivering them to a patient.
Guided by a thorough case history and examination, your chiropractor will evaluate your individual needs and determine a course of treatment. This conservative, natural approach to better health avoids the dangers associated with invasive procedures and additive drugs.