Chiropractor

What is Chiropractic?

The practice of chiropractic is the assessment of conditions related to the spine, nervous system and joints and the diagnosis, prevention and treatment, primarily by adjustment of:

  • dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the spine and the effects of those dysfunctions or disorders on the nervous system; and
  • dysfunctions or disorders arising from the structures or functions of the joints.

Why is a healthy spine so important?

Our body is controlled and coordinated by the central nervous system which is made up of our brain and spinal cord. The brain acts as the control center for all of the functions of our body. The spinal cord relays messages from the brain to all our muscles, organs and tissues through tiny nerves passing out of small holes (joints) in our spine. The spinal cord and all of the exiting nerves are protected by our spine, which is made up of 24 moveable vertebrae. These vertebrae help us bend, twist, flex and move freely without compromising our nerves.

If our spine is not moving freely then we have what is called a “spinal subluxation“. A spinal subluxation is when 2 or more vertebrae have lost normal motion and/or position. When this happens there can be interruption to normal nerve flow causing the messages going from the brain to all of the cells in our body to become compromised. Less than 10% of our nervous system perceives pain; therefore someone can have a subluxation without any pain or symptoms. Often pain may not be felt in the neck or back, but in the area where the nerve exiting is sending messages to, such as our muscles, joints or organs. Chiropractors aim to assist the body’s natural healing process by re-establishing nerve flow to its optimum level. This is done by restoring movement and proper alignment back into to spine with a chiropractic adjustment.

What is a Chiropractic adjustment?

A chiropractic adjustment is a low amplitude, high velocity spinal adjustment used to restore proper motion into a joint. A spinal adjustment is a gentle, low pressure and specific method for removing a subluxation that may be causing nerve interference in the body. Some patients may experience a “cracking” or “popping” noise during an adjustment. This noise is the sound we hear when the gas bubbles within the joint are escaping. This is the same noise you hear when someone cracks there knuckles. This is not painful and should not be a cause for worry. Patients often experience relief immediately after an adjustment; some may feel relief after a few visits. Chiropractic adjustment techniques have been researched extensively. Therefore, complications are rare and side-effects, such as temporary soreness, are minor.

Who can Chiropractic help?

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care that include:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Whiplash
  • Strains and sprains
  • Repetitive strain injury (RSI)
  • Work and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Limited range of motion in the back, shoulder, neck or limbs
  • Pregnancy related back pain
  • General health and well-being

Benefits of Chiropractic care

There are many reasons to seek chiropractic care that include:

  • Improved movement on your neck, shoulders, back and torso
  • Relief from headaches/migraines, neck and back pain
  • Prevention of work-related muscles and joint injuries
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Improved flexibility
  • Relief of pregnancy-related back pain
  • Improved posture
  • Increased energy levels and sleep habits
  • Increased general health and well-being

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