How Does Chiropractic Work?
The nervous system controls and coordinates every organ and cell in the human body. Our spine and nervous system must function at its best all the time to achieve maximum potential. If our body cannot be at its peak potential, it will affect our health.
Chiropractic care focuses on keeping the spine, spinal cord and nervous system healthy and functioning properly. Many symptoms such as numbness, weakness, pain or the under-performance of organs and tissues, occur when the bones in the spine (vertebrae) get out of line which cause subluxations.
Subluxations can occur in a variety of ways including: birth, injuries, traumas, falls, poor posture, repetitive stress, toxins, and emotional stress.
It is our goal to bring balance to the body through specific adjustment techniques to correct subluxations. This will restore bodily functions and your body’s ability to heal itself. This is possible without drugs and surgery. You can enjoy increased immunity, better nutrition, proper posture to achieve a better quality of life.
Conditions We Treat
You may have heard the term “slipped disc” used to describe a low back injury. Discs do not actually “slip”. Rather, they may herniate or bulge out from between the bones. A herniation is a displaced fragment of the center part or nucleus of the disc that is pushed through a tear in the outer layer or annulus of the disc.
Pain results when irritating substances are released from this tear and also if the fragment touches or compresses a nearby nerve. Disc herniation has some similarities to degenerative disc disease and discs that herniate are often in an early stage of degeneration. Herniated discs are common in the low back or lumbar spine.
Chiropractic care is a safe and effective way to treat herniated and bulging disc problems.
Scoliosis is a progressive curvature of the spine. While some are born with this spinal deviation (congenital), some got it from assuming a distorted head or hip position (habitual).
Early detection is crucial. Severe cases may involve surgery that attaches metal implants through incisions made along the back of the spine to force it to straighten.
Chiropractic care provides an alternative and simple solution without the need for invasive spinal surgery.
Headaches & Migraines
A variety of over-the-counter medicine may control your headache, but they only mask the pain without addressing the cause.
By focusing on your nervous system and spinal structure, chiropractic doctors detect and get to the root of your condition by correcting the vertebral subluxation (an injured misaligned spine) and consequently relieving the nerve interferences that were causing your headaches.
The most common cause of neck pain is functional distortions in the spine resulting from vertebral subluxations. These subluxations are seen in cases of reverse cervical curve, whiplash and joint instability. The body responds by tightening muscles in the neck, “splinting” the joint to protect it from further insult.
Most of the pain-sensing nerves in the neck are in the pairs of facet joints on the back side of each vertebra. These smooth, interlocking surfaces allows rotating and bending of your head. If these joints become locked or fixated, neck pain can result. Chiropractic care can help restore proper joint motion.
Lower Back Pain
The nerve-rich facet joints on the back side of each spinal bone are a common cause of backpain. The pain can be a sign these interlocking “fingers” aren’t moving right.
The discs, which are shock absorbers between the spinal bones can be a source of back pain. The rings of fibrous tissues act as spacers, connectors and shock absorbers for the spine. Trauma can cause the soft, pulpy material in the middle to bulge or herniate, putting pressure on delicate nearby nerves.
Chiropractic care uses specific adjustments and can help improve spinal function. You may also check our decompression therapy.
Numbness & Tingling
Spinal subluxations interfere with your nervous systems ability to normally communicate with the tissues of your body—resulting in pain, abnormal function or in many cases, numbness of the extremities.
Some conditions such as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, slipped or herniated disc can also cause numbness and tingling.
By correcting the subluxation, your problems of numbness related to the spine and nervous system may be reduced or eliminated.
What Position Does Chiropractic Play in Sports?
The brain communicates to all parts of the body through a central nervous system. It communicates through nerves that are housed and encased in your spine, and the communication through those nerves determines how quickly and accurately your body moves and reacts.
Traumas causes the misalignments of the spine, which then causes nerve interference so that your brain cannot communicate properly to the rest of the body. The result–decreased performance. Nerve interference can also disrupt cardiovascular and respiratory function because of poor nerve communication. It means less wind and more fatigue.
Chiropractic adjustments correct nerve interference by re-aligning the vertebrae to take pressure off the nerves.
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