How does chiropractic work?
Our body is made up of trillions of cells that form our tissues and organs. Those cells are connected to our brains by way of a vast network of nerve pathways, known as our nervous system. Your brain directs and controls all body function by sending messages down your spinal cord to reach every tissue and organ in your body.
Every cell of your body is in constant contact with your brain, controlling your heart beat, blood pressure, digestion, immune system, liver and kidney function, blood cell production, body movement, etc. But when a misalignment of the spine occurs, some of your body’s nerve pathways get blocked, inhibiting brain to cell communication. This blockage interferes with the body’s ability to heal itself and work properly. The scary part is that many people have a spinal misalignment and they don’t even know it. They do not feel discomfort in their back, but the misalignment may be secretly causing problems elsewhere in their body. That’s why receiving chiropractic adjustment on a regular basis is so important to good health.
Chiropractors are rigorously trained for eight years to evaluate the health and alignment of the spine, and its impact on the rest of the body. The treatment delivered by chiropractors is a very safe and painless procedure—so safe that it won’t even harm the spine of a tiny infant.
Chiropractic adjustment restores the normal nerve flow from the brain to the body, and back again. In order for your energy to be strong and for your to feel and function at your best, it is imperative that your spine be checked and adjusted to remove misalignments on a regular basis.
[Source: Setting Things Straight, John H. Madeira, D.C. available at www.settingthingsstraight.com]
What type of education do Doctors of Chiropractic receive?
Chiropractors must receive a minimum of 6-7 years of college education. The basic science and clinical coursework includes anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, biomechanics, and spinal manipulation techniques. Chiropractic education is similar to medical education except the focus is on the diagnosis and treatment of muscular-skeletal and nervous system disorders rather than drugs or surgery. Licensed Chiropractorshave legally earned the right to be called doctor and use Dr. or D.C. with their name.
What is an adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of applying a precise force in a specific direction to a joint that is fixated and not moving properly, which may be irritating your nervous system. This restores motion to the joint, helping it gradually return to a more normal position and motion. The result of this safe and natural procedure is improved spinal function, improved nervous system function, and improved health.
Can I adjust myself?
Definitely not. Chiropractic adjustments are applied to a specific spinal segment with a specific force in a specific direction. “Self-adjusting” yourself can be detrimental, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable or hyper mobile. Chiropractic training takes many years to complete; adjusting the spine is not for the inexperienced.
Is chiropractic care safe?
Chiropractic manipulation may cause some soreness or stiffness which will subside in a few days. An aggravation of your condition is always possible but rare. Dr. Anthony will always be sympathetic to your pain and suffering.
How old do I have to be to see a chiropractor?
Chiropractic is safe for all ages. Many childhood activities have a significant impact on the spine. Learning to walk or ride a bicycle, playing sports and even the birth process can cause spinal problems. Regular spinal check ups can help identify these problems and help avoid any more problems seen later in adults. As we age and reach the later years of life the spine can go through degenerative changes. The benefits of chiropractic care can also be seen as many patients have reported relief of arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process. The adjusting techniques are modified depending on the age of the patient in order to give maximum comfort and results.
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