What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a science, an art, and a philosophy; it is a separate and distinct health profession. The purpose of chiropractic is to detect, correct, and prevent subluxation (misalignment) of the joints and restore the nervous system. The nervous system controls everything!
How do Chiropractors detect subluxation?
Chiropractors are trained in various diagnostic procedures that they use to assess patients. They look for signs and symptoms of subluxation such as hypermobility, hypomobility, pain, muscle spasm, inflammation, nerve pain/signal disturbance, etc.… They may also use x-ray and other imaging techniques to get a better look at the bones and the surrounding tissues.
How are subluxations corrected?
A chiropractic adjustment, or joint manipulation, is the use of specific, controlled force into a joint. Chiropractors are trained in how to properly apply this force to perform adjustments correctly, including the amount of force to apply as well as the correct angle or direction depending on the joint. Chiropractors are the only medical professionals who are qualified to perform joint manipulations. You should be cautious of any other professional who offers adjustments.
How do chiropractors prevent subluxation?
The doctor doesn’t necessarily prevent subluxation, YOU do (well, your body anyway)! In addition to adjustments, patients receive self-care information such as stretches and exercises, nutritional advice, and lifestyle changes necessary to help reach their healthcare goals. As normal joint function is restored, so is the muscle memory. Your body will eventually “hold” adjustments longer, allowing you to visit the chiropractor less frequently over time.
What conditions can be helped by Chiropractic?
Nerves control everything your body does as they send and receive signals from every system of the body. Your nervous system has two parts: your Central Nervous System consists of your brain and spinal cord, and your Peripheral Nervous System consists of the nerves where they come out of the spinal cord and go to the rest of the body. So when your spine is out of alignment and your vertebrae (bones of your spine) can inhibit your nerve signals, your body doesn’t function to the best of its ability.
Your spine is not the only part of you that can benefit from chiropractic care. Subluxations in the rest of the body cause musculoskeletal imbalances, which in turn cause the body to compensate and develop poor patterns of muscle memory. The longer the body compensates, the harder it is to retrain the muscle memory for proper motion and balance. It takes time, repetition, and commitment.
There are certain conditions and symptoms which the doctor may refer you to your primary care physician or another specialist. Chiropractic is not a substitute for traditional medicine. In fact, it works best in conjunction with medical care and other alternative modalities.