What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is safe, gentle and unbelievably effective and the 3rd largest health-care system in the world. It is the art of healing which unleashes the innate ability of the body to heal itself by realigning the spine. This opens the nerve channels and allows the healing power of your body to be turned on. The nervous system is the "master controller" of your body. Through a nervous system free of interference the brain sends and receives all the vital correct messages your body needs to function with.
How do I know whether I need to see a Chiropractor?
Everyone should get their spine checked. Only 10% of your nervous system perceives pain, the other 90% is what is making your body function, it is possible to have nerve interference and feel no pain. How you feel is a poor judge of your health. By the time a symptom appears, many spinal problems are advanced. Chiropractic focuses on the damaging importance of subluxation (a loss of normal spinal and nervous system function), essential to all body systems such as the immune system.
What is a subluxation?
Shifts in your spine are commonly called Vertebral Subluxations. Subluxations are the silent destroyers of health. The word "subluxation" comes from the Latin words meaning, "to dislocate" (luxare) and "somewhat or slightly" (sub). A subluxation means a slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical malfunctioning of the vertebrae (bones of the spine) and it is these disturbances that may irritate nerve roots, tension the spinal cord, and also irritate blood vessels, which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the normal body processes.
Should my children have their spine checked?
Absolutely. Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spine. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves, which control the youngster's muscles and organs. In some cases, an uncorrected subluxation may lead to a deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable
How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?
Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices.
Is Chiropractic safe?
Yes! Chiropractors care for their patients using safe, gentle and scientifically validated techniques. We aim to educate all our patients to inform them how and why Chiropractic is safe and appropriate for people of all ages, especially babies and children.
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What causes a subluxation?
A fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, repetitive strain via computer use or TV watching, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress.
How is a subluxation corrected?
Doctors of Chiropractic focus on the nervous system and its association with the spine. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually, utilizing the chiropractic procedure known as "spinal adjustment." In our office we use a combination of our hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location, and also with specific tables. These techniques and tools help to restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae, and as a result the functioning of the entire body.
Does the adjustment hurt?
Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.
Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?
No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, more often than not when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth articular (joint) surfaces become separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum, making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your knuckles. Your chiropractor is concerned with the position of your vertebrae, not with the noise that may occur.
Can't I do it myself?
No. Your chiropractor has their own chiropractor for regular tune ups. Each adjustment is specific and localized. Your spine should not be ‘cracked’ by any one that has not had the proper training as you can end up doing long term damage.
How is my chiropractor educated?
Chiropractors (DC’s) must complete a five year university degree and as such are primary health care providers. This means that like your general practitioner (GP) they have comprehensive knowledge of all systems of the body and diagnostic procedures. This enables the chiropractor to thoroughly evaluate a patient, address disorders relating to the spine, take and analyse from x rays and determine the need for referral to another health care provider. They have received extensive demanding and ongoing professional education on par with a medical doctor, focusing more on the nervous system than the effects on pharmaceutical drugs on the body.
Do chiropractors prescribe drugs?
NO. Chiropractic is non-invasive and therefore drug and surgery free. Chiropractors maintain that the body has a built-in capacity to restore health within certain limits, and base their care on this principle. The first response in most illnesses and injuries should be conservative care. Chiropractic's principles make it possibly the safest and most appealing of the healing arts.
Once I go don’t I have to keep going back forever?
No. As with any other heath service the choice of how long you choose to benefit from chiropractic care is ALWAYS up to you. We find once patients understand the relationship between their spine and overall health many choose to have regular chiropractic check ups, in the same way they get their teeth checked or their car serviced.