Chiropractic’s founding principle is that the health of the Nervous System determines the health of the body. Physical and Biochemical Stresses on the Nervous System have a negative impact on the body’s health.
DOCTORS OF CHIROPRACTIC
Doctors of Chiropractic are Board-certified Physicians that have passed a rigorous academic and clinical training standards. They are trained to assess the body for a wide number of conditions and to deliver effective treatments aimed a promoting health and healing. Their focus begins with the health of the nervous system and expands outward.
THE AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM
Our bodies perform trillions of tasks each second to keep us alive. These tasks range from tiny biochemical reactions lasting split seconds, to a complex series of events like food digestion, respiration, and wound-healing. Nearly all of these “health events” occur without us even being aware that they are happening. The part of the body that monitors and coordinates the immense amount activity needed to keep us alive and healthy is the Autonomic Nervous System.
The Autonomic Nervous System controls everything in our body down to the tiniest detail. It does this through a complex network of connections between the Brain, the Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves, and Nerves. That means the connections to-and-from your Brain are vitally important to your health and well-being! If they suffer, your health will inevitably suffer as well.
Spinal Subluxations are misaligned, poorly-moving vertebrae of the spine. These restricted vertebrae decrease the amount of space available to Spinal Nerves coming off the Spinal Cord. With decreased space, it becomes increasingly likely that the bones of the spine will chafe, irritate, or pinch the nerves leaving the Spinal Cord. When Spinal Nerves are pinched or irritated the vital communication between your brain and body can be disrupted. This can cause organ or tissue malfunction and can disrupt your overall health. As the condition progresses the dysfunction becomes more noticeable in the form of symptoms. Pain is the most recognized symptom of Subluxation, but anything the body does can be affected. That means a wide variety of symptoms can be produced from a single subluxation.
Neurological impairments by poorly-moving or misaligned segments of the spine can be a contributing cause for a great many conditions. Everything from Asthma to IBS to OB-GYN issues have been relieved by Chiropractic Treatment.
A Chiropractic Examination is combination of Orthopedic, Neurologic, and Functional Exams designed to identify Spinal Misalignments (Subluxations), Damaged Spinal Nerve Roots, Damaged Discs, Degenerative Changes to the Spine, as well as identify Muscle, Ligament, and Tendon Problems that may be contributing to a patient’s poor health.
THE CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT
Subluxations are a physical problem similar to a dislocation or fracture. That means pill or shot can’t fix them because they need to be physically put back into place. That’s what an adjustment does.
The Chiropractic Adjustment is a specific force delivered into vertebrae or bone to restore it’s normal motion, and return it to its “normal anatomical position.” By getting adjusted you are helping injured nerves and discs heal by taking pressure off of them and changing the biomechanics of the spine. As communication with the brain is fully restored, the health and balance of your body is restored. In addition to helping with pain and other symptoms, Chiropractic Care helps protect and enhance your body’s ability to maintain itself.
Extremity Joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, wrists, fingers, hips, knees, ankles, and tarsal and metatarsal bones of the feet can also become misaligned. As such, each of these joints can be adjusted. The Chiropractic Extremity Adjustment can have a powerful healing effect on problem extremity joints.
If a joint is improperly lined up within the joint space it can change the line of pull for muscles, stress tendons and ligaments as the joint moves improperly through its range of motion, and cause injury, pain, and inflammation.
Extremity adjustments can drastically improve an joint problem treatment option for nearly any extremity issue. Adjustments of the extremities are as specific as those for the spine. Typically the joint needs to be moved in a very specific direction to free it up again. There is a noticable difference in the strength of a joint that is subluxated and one that isn’t and this can be shown with Functional Testing.
This, in conjunction with a Muscle Rehabilitation Program and Lifestyle and Ergonomic Assessment is often the only thing needed for a person to recover from any number of Extremity Conditions.
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