What is Chiropractic?

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a natural 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.  In addition, chiropractors take a holistic approach to health and wellness by identifying and correcting the cause of a patient’s ailment, rather than treating the symptoms. 

Why see a chiropractor?

We brush our teeth every day but what do you do for the other 200+ bones of the body? That body that we tend to demand so much of and use so harshly; sitting in a desk for hours on end, lifting children, minor trips, falls, missteps, bumps, bruises, weekend sports and fun activities, all have an impact. Aligning the spine keeps the nerves from being pinched so the body can function at its maximum potential and return to a more functianal capacity.

How Does Chiropractic Work?

At the heart of chiropractic is the understanding of the spine and nervous system. The spinal column encases the nervous system (spinal cord and nerve roots) and is responsible for its protection. When the spinal column loses its proper motion, alignment and/or functional ability, it can lead not only to back pain and dysfunction but can put additional stress on the nervous system.

In short, because the body’s healing ability is governed by the nervous system, correcting spinal abnormalities which irritate the nervous system can lead to a number of favorable results.

Using a number of unique and highly refined skills, chiropractors checks the patient’s spine for any misalignments, fixations or other abnormalities (vertebral subluxations). If detected, chiropractors use manual (hands-on) techniques or an instrument called and Activator to restore proper alignment and function to the spinal column and other related joints of the body. This is called a ‘chiropractic adjustment’.

What happens during an adjustment?

A manual adjustment is a highly skilled and precise movement usually applied by hand to a joint of the body to loosen the joint to restore proper movement and release pressure from the nerve. When a joint is adjusted, a gas bubble escapes causing the common popping noise you may have heard about. For more delicate cases or sensitive patients, the Activator can be used to to adjust the spine without causing an audible crack noise to be heard from the spine.