|What is Chiropractic?
We wish to help you understand what chiropractic is and it’s amazing ability to help the body heal itself and then maintain your health! Chiropractic is the largest natural health care profession in the world. Chiropractic care is safe, natural and effective for treating back pain, neck pain, headaches, extremity pain, poor overall health, low energy levels and much more. Millions of patients young and old see a doctor of chiropractic every year.
Chiropractic, what is it?
According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, "Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs and surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health."
The Goal of Chiropractic.
The goal of chiropractic care is to reduce the cause of your pain or ailment. Many think that because chiropractors examine and treat the spine that the care is for spinal pain. In truth, the care is given to restore spinal function and this is what reduces the spinal subluxations that are the true cause of the body’s distress thus optimizing your health. The objective is to allow the body to return to optimum function and then it will regulate and heal itself.
How Chiropractic Works.
The body's own ability to heal itself can be interfered with by spinal misalignments called vertebral subluxations. These subluations cause the body to not express the innate recuperative power through a healthy nervous system causing pain and illness. Spinal misalignment are due to many causes; child birth, falls as a child, falls as an adult, auto accidents, work related accidents, poor posture, sleeping on your stomach, repeated improper lifting, repetitive motion, and so on. These actions will eventually cause irritation to the tissues around the spine causing soreness in that area, maybe even muscle spasm as the body tries to naturally splint the spine to keep you from aggravating it further. This irritation to the spine and the spinal tissues will cause a irritation to the spinal nervous system causing a spinal subluxation. Chiropractors locate and correct the subluxations thus allowing the body to begin to heal. If care is discontinued before the correction to the body is made, the problem more than likely will return. Your body requires balance, structurally or biomechanically and neurologically. By correcting these problems in your spine the body can regulate itself neurologically and the balance you need for proper biomechanics of the body reduces the chance that the spine will be chronically pulled out of place. The nervous system, the brain, spinal cord, spinal nerves are the boss of the body. The nerves relay all messages from the brain to the whole body, regulating all those things we take for granted, breathing, digesting food, hormone production, the blood flow to all the body, including moving the muscles, all the senses, the health and function of all the organs. The nervous system is so important that it has the bony protection of the skull and the spine. If the line that brings the cable TV to your house is interfered with, you might get a fuzzy picture on your TV or no picture at all. This is a simple example of what is going on in your body. Your body is a living and moving organism, not a wire that can be simply repaired. The spine protects the spinal cord but also is the main weight bearing and shock absorber of your body. You use it all the time along with the muscle, tendons and ligaments that are attached it. Healing takes time, if you sprain your ankle or wrist you need 4-6 weeks for it to heal. Correcting a lifetime of living and moving may require that much time or more. Sure your spine hurts and when the hurt is gone, we hope that we are healed. For some that works but there is a big BUT here. Our life is generally what causes or aggravates the spine and usually we must change some things in our lives to assist the chiropractic adjustments to work and the spine to be corrected. Things like, not popping your own spine, sitting cross legged, using 2 (or more) pillows at night, sitting on a wallet, hanging your handbag on the same shoulder, carrying the baby on the same hip or side, a workstation that is not conducive to good posture, etc., are preventable situations which can cause misalignment of the spine. We want you to work with us to make some of these changes and assist us in your road to optimum spinal health and regain overall optimum health. ‘Correcting your subluxations will bring your body in to balance, reduce the irritation to your nervous system and many times cause improvement in conditions that seem non-spinally related.
What Chiropractors Do.
At our office we want to find and correct your spinal subluxations. We want to assist you back to optimum health. A doctor of chiropractic goes to Chiropractic College for 4 years after they meet the requirements in a undergraduate college to be qualified to enter chiropractic college. In Chiropractic College we learn anatomy, physiology, (how the body works) diagnosis, x-ray analysis, different chiropractic techniques to treat you. There is more to it then that but that is a quick overview. We see patients in the school clinic under the supervision of clinic doctors learning from their experience. A chiropractor primarily uses his hands to feel your spine and locate your subluxations. Special techniques and devices may also be utilized to assist in this task. The adjustment will be tailored to your condition and usually is a gentle quick force to reduce the spinal misalignment and correct the subluxation. Your particular case may require therapies to assist Dr Lee in your spinal correction such as traction, electro therapies, stretching, adjusting your extremities, nutritional counseling along with modifications in your everyday routine.
How Chiropractic Differs.
We want to fix what causes your condition, not treat the symptoms. If the oil light comes on in your car, you stop and find out what causes that light to come on and fix that. You do not put a piece of black tape over the light so you cannot see it. Most drugs mask the symptoms you have and do nothing to correct the cause or allow the body to heal itself. Chiropractic wants you to get well and stay well not go from one illness to another.
The Benefits of Chiropractic.
Once you begin regular chiropractic care, you may notice a number of benefits including:• Relief of your initial spinal and extremity pain
• Decreased joint pain
• Improved joint health
• Enhanced mobility and range of motion
• Stiffness and muscular spasms go away
• Relief of headaches
• Decrease of degeneration and risk of injury
• Improved performance and energy
• Improved sense of well being and relaxation
• Improved balance and coordination
• Improved tissue healing
• Decreased tissue inflammation