Chiropractors term an issue with spinal alignment and dysfunction, a subluxation. In addition to causing pain, a subluxation may actually create interference to the vital communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Uncorrected, these can lead to degenerative changes in the spine, nerve pain and disorders, and general deterioration of your overall health and well being.
There are many types and styles of chiropractic adjusting however the intent is always the same, to use a specific force directed through the vertebrae to restore proper alignment and function and ultimately restore healthy function to the nervous system. The desired effect is to repair the dysfunction locally thus re-establishing full communication between the brain, spinal cord and the rest of the body, a return to homeostasis.
Most chiropractors have extrapolated their treatment of the spine to include treatment of related issues in the extremities as well. We treat a vast number of conditions from chronic headaches and migraines, to back and neck pain, injury recovery to sports performance enhancement. Chiropractic is a holistic practice and often utilizes the practical application of advanced nutritional recommendations, healthy lifestyle prescriptions and the use of ancillary holistic practices such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi, acupuncture, etc.
Our procedures and techniques are safe for most all patients including pregnant women, infants and children through retirees and those with significant health challenges. Olympic and professional athletes also favor this type of care because it enhances performance, prevents illness and provides a safer, faster way to recover from injuries and imbalances.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to optimize function of the nervous system, which controls the function of every cell, tissue and organ in the body. Chiropractic emphasizes the idea that the cause of many disease processes and painful maladies begins with the body’s inability to adapt to the physical, chemical and emotional stressors of its environment. It looks to address these effects not by the use of drugs and surgeries, but by locating and adjusting a musculoskeletal area of the body which is functioning improperly.
Chiropractic’s goal is to promote your body’s ability to balance itself and all of its functions. This process is known as homeostasis. Every part of the body is coordinated through the nervous system and the nervous system is constantly receiving messages from every cell, organ and system. It coordinates every single function in our body from breathing and heart rate to digestion, immune function, healing and repair. The nervous system is so important that it is housed in protective bony structures, the skull and spine. These bones also provide motion, however due to various stresses; the vertebrae in the spine can become misaligned or develop dysfunctional movement patterns.