What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a hands-on approach to health and wellness. Working predominantly with the bones of the spine, chiropractors are experts in optimizing nervous system communication and balance as well as managing musculoskeletal complaints.
Many people are looking for a more natural approach to their healthcare. Chiropractic uses no drugs or surgery and is extremely safe. Published research is now validating the results that chiropractic patients have experienced over the last 100 years. Chiropractic is a highly cost-effective health strategy for both patients and third-party payers.
Today's chiropractors are highly-qualified professionals who are committed to helping individuals of all ages achieve improved health and function. Chiropractic care is aimed at the detection and correction of abnormal joint movement and position. Although chiropractic care is often focused on the spine , care frequently involves treatment of other areas of the neuromusculoskeletal system. After thorough examination and analysis, chiropractors use carefully controlled and directed pressure (adjustments) to restore proper spinal and other joint function and thereby reducing interference to the nervous system. Chiropractors also recognise the importance of nutrition, exercise and other lifestyle factors on overall health and will often give patients advice on these topics.
To stay healthy and perform at its best, the body requires clear communication between the brain and the various cells, tissues and organs. Physical, emotional or chemical stress can contribute to spinal problems that interfere with that communication and imbalance the nervous system. Consequently, the body can fall out of homeostasis and end up run down, sore and sick.
These mechanical malfunctions occur because the vertebrae of the spine lose their normal alignment or they don’t move properly. When that happens, the transmission of the information through the nerves that come out of the spine gets affected. We call this problem a vertebral subluxation complex. It limits the body’s function and health.
A chiropractor’s job is to find, eliminate and prevent the formation of vertebral subluxations.
The bones of your spine have an intimate relationship with the nervous system. By restoring optimal spine function, chiropractors help to relieve the nervous system of stress and interference. This allows your body to heal and thrive as it was designed to.
Chiropractic doesn’t treat any disease in particular, neither is it limited to patients with specific conditions. Instead, it is suitable for everyone, regardless of the symptoms you may have.
Doctors of Chiropractic undergo a minimum 4-year full-time university education with an emphasis on neurology, diagnostic imaging, physiology, and spinal adjusting. In many cases the actual course is five years to Masters level.
Most major health insurers cover chiropractic care, but please check with your provider for any terms associated with your particular policy.
What is an adjustment?
A Chiropractic Adjustment is a gentle and specific procedure that restores motion to a spinal joint. This resets unbalanced neurological patterns and allows the body to relax, regulate and heal itself. A chiropractor can use a variety of different techniques to achieve this; it depends on the needs of the patient. In some cases a small instrument is used to pop bones gently into place. There is little or no pain involved. The frequent little noise (“crack”) that the patients hear during the adjustment is due to the movement of gas and liquid inside the joints. It can vary on intensity but it’s not fundamental and it changes with every patient.
Afterwards a person will see a noticeable difference from their spine being properly aligned again.
What is the relationship between the Spine and the Nervous System?
The nervous system is made by the brain, the spinal cord and the nerves. The first two control all the functions of the body (every movement you do, every stimulus that you receive, your heart beat, your organs function etc.) through its network which is made by the nerves that reach every single cell of your body.
The nervous system is protected by the cranial bones and the spine, the musculoskeletal system axis. As soon as they get out of the spine, the nerves develop countless connections creating a huge network which reaches all the parts of your body, to let express the innate intelligence in its totality and keep you alive and healthy. Resuming, an anatomic relation exists between vertebrae of the spine and the nerves that come out of it.
Is it Chiropractic for everyone?
As you’ll see, living with your nervous system free of interferences and your body in balance allows you to empower the innate ability of your body to strengthen your health.
An organism without interferences means an organism with a stronger immune system, a better ability to adapt to stress and with a bigger auto-regenerative power.
There is no perfect age to go to see a chiropractor; any time is great to take responsibility of our health. We need to make the change: taking care of ourselves and working to improve our capacity to face the environment instead of waiting the symptoms and diseases to start taking care of ourselves.