What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic care differs from traditional medical care in many ways. Not only is chiropractic care less invasive, but it is also generally safer. Chiropractic care allows your body to work at its optimum level for peak performance. Essentially, chiropractors work WITH your body instead of fighting against it.

Chiropractic is the removal of interference in the nervous system by way of locating, analyzing, and correcting vertebral subluxations. Subluxations occur when a spinal bone (vertebra) misaligns from its normal position. This misalignment causes pressure on the nerves that branch off of the spinal cord or sometimes pressure on the spinal cord itself. It allows electrical impulses to travel from the brain, down the spinal cord, and out to nerve fibers that communicate with the body. These nerves control the ENTIRE body- from proper organ function, hormonal balance, vision/hearing, intricate muscle coordination, to sensations like pain, pressure, touch, and temperature. So, obviously, you don’t want anything obstructing the function of these nerves! Every single person ideally wants all the nerves in their body functioning at their maximum potential. That’s why correcting subluxations is so important!

Picture of the human nervous system

The nervous system is comparative to a busy highway. When things are operating as they should, all the cars are traveling quickly and are able to get to their destinations. However, when there is a traffic jam (accident, construction) the cars get backed up and the normal flow is disrupted. Chiropractors want to maintain a free and clear highway (nervous system) so that all the cars (electrical impulses) can travel quickly and reach their destination on time (organ, muscle, etc.). This allows the patient to enjoy a better quality of life overall! Don’t you want to feel better AND function better?

What do Chiropractors do?

Chiropractors are the only medical professionals that directly address nervous system interference by correcting subluxations. Chiropractors adjust the spine in order to move a specific vertebra back to its correct position, thus restoring proper function to the body. An adjustment is performed either by hand or by instrument, depending on the patient’s needs and the chiropractor’s preference. A quick, gentle force is applied. Sometimes, a popping or cracking noise can be heard. This noise is NOT needed in order to have an effective adjustment and move the spinal bone.

Who Needs Chiropractic Care?

Do you have a spine? Then YOU are a great candidate for chiropractic care! People of all ages, occupations, genders, and lifestyles should receive regular chiropractic care; from an elite athlete to a 76 year-old- grandmother. Chiropractic care is all about providing the population with a better quality of life.

You are not obligated or forced to continue care once you start. However, you continue frequent checkups with your medical doctor, eye doctor, and dentist. Chiropractic falls under that same category. Many times, you may come to the chiropractor experiencing NO PAIN. Getting your spine checked is like a tune up. It allows your body to function at its maximum capacity and can also help prevent future issues/conditions from arising.

So if you have a spine, you should be checked by a chiropractor! Yes, that means YOU!

Chiropractic is NOT a cure for any specific condition/disease. Instead, the focus is on restoring and maintaining proper nervous system function, which- in turn- can affect any area of the body and/or how it functions. Patients under chiropractic care may see an improvement in many conditions including:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle pain/spasms
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Ear aches
  • Digestive disorders (acid reflux, IBS, constipation, etc.)
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Fatigue/decreased energy
  • Diminished appetite
  • Depression/Anxiety/Bipolar disorder
  • Mood swings/irritability
  • Inability to focus/concentrate
  • Arthritis
  • Infertility/hormonal imbalance issues
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Vertigo
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Paresthesia (numbness/tingling sensations)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Immunity (inability to fight common cold, flu, etc.)
  • Allergies/Asthma
  • Sciatica
  • Pregnancy related conditions/discomforts
  • Whiplash
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