WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?

Chiropractors locate Subluxations (misalignments) which cause interference to the nervous system. They then correct the interference through gentle movements of the spine. This is usually done with the hands or an instrument, which relieves the pressure to the nerves therefore assisting in correction and improving the health of the nerves. Better nerve health improves the communication between the brain and the rest of your body and thus, improved function. The best part is that people of all ages and stages can benefit from chiropractic care, including pregnant women, newborn babies, and the most wise individuals amongst us!

What is a Subluxation?

Often described in practice as a partial dislocation, or misalignment, a subluxation is when the vertebrae move slightly out of alignment causing pressure or irritation to the nerves. The spine loses normal motion and/or position and can have an affect on the nerves involved and vertebrae around the subluxated area. As the vertebrae are not functioning properly this can cause wear and tear on the discs and associated ligaments, muscles and other spinal tissue. This nerve interference results in the body operating at a reduced rate. Pain, inflammation and tenderness often follow. Once the nervous system has been impaired via a subluxation, the overall health and well-being of the person is reduced.

What Causes Subluxation?

Subluxations are caused through varying ways. They can be responses to physical, emotional, chemical or genetic factors.

Physical
Birth process, slips, falls, car accident, poor sleeping habits, repetitive motions, sports injuries, bad postural habits, etc.

Emotional
Stressful conditions such as family problems, divorce, death in family, work stresses, life problems and not being able to manage stressful situations.

Chemical
External pollutants in the environment, smoking, drugs, car fumes, alcohol, poor diet, etc.

Genetics
Many health problems can run in families.

Muscle weakness or imbalance from stress, obesity or lack of exercise are all contributing factors to Subluxations.

Symptoms Associated with a Subluxation

Most patients actually wait until they have a symptom such as pain until they seek chiropractic help. They may have a range of symptoms including:

 

  • Inflammation & swelling

  • Neck pain

  • Back pain

  • Low energy

  • Tenderness

  • Reduction or loss of mobility

  • Muscle spasms

  • Tingling sensations

  • Loss of sensation

  • Weakness, dizziness

  • Stiffness

  • Loss of control over muscles or organs

  • Poor overall state of health

  • Headaches

  • Dizziness

  • Colic

  • Asthma

  • Depression

  • Poor weight control

  • Constipation

  • Diarrhea

  • Arm and leg pain

  • And the list goes on….


It must also be noted, that people who are not experiencing any symptoms are not necessarily ‘subluxation free’. It is common for pain to be the last symptom to occur and the first symptom to disappear. Just like tooth decay, we may not be aware that we have it until it has been decaying for months or possibly years before we feel a ‘toothache’. Noticeable symptoms, such as pain or decreased organ function, usually arise after a problem has been present for a period of time.

 

Over 80% of nerve function includes jobs we are unaware that our body is performing, such as digesting food or producing hormones,  while ONLY around 20% includes functions that are noticeable, including pain perception.