Chiropractic is part of an integrated, holistic approach to health. It is a natural way to optimize health and biomechanical function of the spine. Chiropractic care works to improve the relationship of the spinal column and the nerves that come from it, which control function and movement of the entire body. Chiropractic adjustments allow your body to function better, which helps you to heal faster, resist infection, and recover more quickly when injury or illness happens.
Chiropractic is the philosophy, art, and science of how the body functions. It is concerned with the relationship between the spine and nervous system, and how that relationship affects your health. Chiropractic care is unlike any other because it does not involve the use of medication or surgery. Instead, it is a form of health care which focuses on the cause and correction of problems rather than covering up symptoms.
Symptoms are your body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. When a person experiences pain, numbness, tingling, headaches, or decreased function, it is a sign that your body has a problem. Rather than mask the problem with pills or injections, chiropractic seeks to correct the root cause of the problem and improve overall health and function.
Your nervous system controls EVERY function in your body, from breathing to walking to digestion. It controls all of your muscles, tissues and internal organs. Minor interference to the nervous system causes malfunction. Major interference to the nervous system causes paralysis and death. Since all of your nerves originate from the spinal cord, vertebral subluxations are a common cause of nerve interference. Correction of vertebral subluxations restores nerve function and allows the body to function at 100%.
A vertebral subluxation occurs when improper movement of the spinal bones results in decreased function of the nervous system. The subluxation is a biomechanical problem that cannot be corrected with medication.
When performed correctly, chiropractic adjustments should not hurt at all. In fact, people often report that they feel quite good! Many first time chiropractic patients are afraid of the “cracking” sound that comes with an adjustment, but the sound you hear is simply gases being released from the joint; it is no different than the sound you hear when cracking your knuckles. However, if the sound is disturbing or uncomfortable, there are alternative, low force techniques that can be used.