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What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and nervous system. Just as the skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain, the spinal cord (24 moveable bones) protects the vulnerable communication pathways of the nervous system. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body. In Chiropractic this is called the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC). Vertebral, meaning bones of the spine, Subluxation, meaning less than a total dislocation, and Complex, meaning consisting of more than one part. Chiropractic is the science of locating vertebral subluxations, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural. Chiropractors perform “adjustments” in order to release pressure upon the nerve system. Adjustments are normally done with a specifically directed force, with the hands, to the area or areas of interference. This in turn allows the nerves to flow uninterrupted to the affected area, and the self-healing process can begin.

How does chiropractic work?

Chiropractic works by restoring your inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues and organs of your body are designed to resist disease. When there is interference, or disruption to the nervous system from physical, emotional or chemical stresses, the body cannot heal itself. The common interference to the nervous system is the 24 movable vertebrae that make up the spinal column. When one or more of these vertebrae become misaligned they can impinge or pinch on the nerves that flow through them. This in turn blocks the communication from the brain to that part of the body. This then can cause pain, inflammation, tension and restricted range of motion.

Chiropractic treatments re-align and/or move these vertebrae into a more natural position, releasing the pressure on the nerve(s), and therefore allowing the brain to regain communication with that area of the body. The body then uses its own innate intelligence to decrease the swelling, regain for a normal range of motion, relax the muscles and get rid of pain and disease.

What do chiropractic physicians do?

Helping to restore the proper biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a comprehensive case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as allergies, surgeries, accidents, and the onset of your current condition as well as other details affecting your health.

After reviewing your history, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, physical and chiropractic examination is performed. X-ray may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with your spinal column. These examinations help to identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit.

The findings of these exams are explained in a detailed and personalized report of Findings. The doctor will then prescribe a plan of treatment based on your age, spinal health and severity of your condition. Progress is monitored with periodic re-examinations and x-rays if warranted. Your Chiropractor may also prescribe physiotherapies in conjunction with your Chiropractic adjustment. These therapies help to speed the healing process.

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