What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic comes from the Greek words chiro- meaning "hand-" and praktikós meaning "concerned with action", coming together to signify that the practice of chiropractic is "action done by hand". Chiropractic is the third largest of the doctored health professions (behind only medicine and dentistry) and so agreeably overlaps with other manual-therapy professions, including massage therapy, osteopathy, and physical therapy, that many of these professionals choose to practice under the same roof.
The keystone of chiropractic is that the spine and a person's health are related in a fundamental way. The spinal cord and the brain comprise that central nervous system, the spinal cord being housed within the bones of the spinal column called vertebrae. The nervous system is the chief body system that controls and coordinates all the functions, sensations, and responses of the body. If the bones that house this fragile and invaluable system are imbalanced, then the nerves that exit between these bones can be affected. This imbalance is referred to by chiropractors as a vertebral subluxation. The symptoms that can manifest from a vertebral subluxation can range from headaches to musculoskeletal pain or dysfunction, to visceral (organ) disturbances. Chiropractors will examine the biomechanics, structure, and function of the spine and extremities, along with its effects on the musculoskeletal and nervous systems, and determine the impact of these factors on a person's health and well-being.
Chiropractors are often asked what causes a vertebral subluxation. The answer to this includes any one or more of the following - traumas (big or small), toxins (the internal and external chemicals that assault our bodies), and toxic thoughts. Whichever might have contributed to the problem and whether these factors started big or small, often times the cause can be traced back to the same origin - imbalances in the joints of our bodies. Our bodies deal with a battery of traumas, toxins, and thoughts every day of our lives. Believe it or not our first subluxation most likely occurred in the womb or during the birth process! So how long might YOU have been walking around with a subluxation? Whether or not you feel pain right now, if you have a spine, you owe it to your health to receive regular spinal evaluations and adjustments. Come see us for a chiropractic evaluation and see how Wellness Within Chiropractic can help you achieve your health and wellness goals!
What is a subluxation?
Subluxation refers to a spinal bone (vertebra) that isn't in its right position or not moving in its normal range of motion. Misaligned vertebra are irritating nerves and blood vessels, which in turn affects the way your body communicates with your spine. Subluxations are the reason for pains and dysfunctions in muscles and organs. The body’s natural ability to heal itself is greatly improved with the subluxation removed.
What are the main causes of subluxations?
Physical Traumas such as slips, falls, whiplash, repetitive motions, bad posture, back packs, and birth traumas (delivery, forceps, suction); 2. Emotional Stress such as grief, anger, fear and depression; 3. Chemical Imbalance such as increased alcohol use, drugs, environmental issues and poor diet can cause subluxations.
Does the adjustment hurt?
At Wellness Within Chiropractic we use the Activator Methods technique. This technique uses a small handheld spring-loaded instrument to deliver a small impulse to the spine. The precision from this specialized instrument is normally gentle and painless, making it an ideal treatment option for many people.
Is there a minimum or maximum age for a person to receive chiropractic care?
There is no age excluded from chiropractic care. Even babies may have subluxations, due to the rigors of birth. In Denmark, for example, Chiropractic Doctors are part of the birthing team. Children's subluxations should be treated early, as they interfere with nerves that control developing muscles and organs. Abnormal stresses on a rapidly developing spine and other bones and joints may cause them to develop abnormally.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Some people may make their joints “pop” and think they've made an adjustment. Wrong! Damage can occur by “self manipulating” a joint with weakened muscles and ligaments. Adjustments are specific and require the skill of a professionally trained doctor of chiropractic to administer. Even your chiropractic doctor must consult a colleague to personally benefit from chiropractic care.
What if I do not respond to chiropractic?
The consultation and examination are necessary to determine if chiropractic can help your condition. If not, you may be referred to another specialist who might be able to help. In any event, your health and happiness are our primary goal.