Chiropractic: what is it?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chiropractic: what is it?

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Chiropractors lead the way in an approach to healthcare that focuses on helping each individual express their optimum well being. Fundamental to the chiropractic approach is the belief that good health depends upon having your spine and nervous system working at their best. 

Although people start chiropractic care for many different reasons, the primary goal of chiropractic care is not simply to alleviate the pain that is often experienced in and around the back. Instead, your  chiropractor strives to ensure that your nervous system, which can be likened to a “communication superhighway” is able to relay information back and forth between your body and brain. This is of vital importance because your  nervous system, which is housed within the spine, controls and regulates all of your body.

In focusing on working with the body’s own natural recuperative powers, chiropractor’s choose not only to 

treat disease, or use drugs and surgery. Chiropractor’s detect and correct subtle misalignments of the spinal bones, which are called subluxations. Chiropractic focuses on subluxations because they are the most common cause of interference to the flow of information across your nervous system. 

Chiropractor’s will use a series of adjustments in order to reduce spinal subluxations. An adjustment, which involves the gentle and specific application of a force to the spine, allows the body to restore normal spinal and nervous system function. The sooner a subluxation is detected, the more readily it’s effects can be minimized, so that the proper development, recover y and adaptation of the body can proceed. Of particular concern to chiropractors is the observation that negative patterns, if  established early in life, may limit a child’s potential throughout life. For this reason it is especially important that children are subluxation free. 

By having your spine and nervous system functioning properly your body can fully express it’s ability to self-regulate. Your body then has the best chance of healing itself, as nature intended, and you have the best opportunity to experience life to it’s fullest. In summary, chiropractic is based on the premise that good health depends upon having a fully functioning spine and nervous system. Chiropractors achieves this end, by reducing subluxations with a series of gentle adjustments across an affordable program of care. Whether your passion is for sports, family, or your profession, having your spine checked and adjusted regularly by your chiropractor will give you safe and natural advantages towards being your best. 

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Since its discovery in 1895 the fundamental principles upon which chiropractic is based have changed little. However, what have changed are the levels of skill and knowledge that today’s chiropractors possess.

The training of chiropractors, although still grounded in the philosophy of their founding fathers, has evolved to the highest of standards. Chiropractors now lead the way in an approach to health care that focuses on facilitating full expression of each individual’s inborn potential.

Your chiropractor achieves this end with natural, safe and gentle techniques which are applied across an affordable program of care. These techniques are delivered with the intention of restoring, maintaining and then optimizing nervous system function so that you and your family have the greatest opportunity to be at your best.

Chiropractors ascribe to the ideas that prevention is better than a cure, and that being your best is the key to achieving balance, wellness, and the highest quality of life.

Our primary goal is not simply to alleviate the pain that is often experienced in and around the back, although that is often one of the beneficial side-effects of chiropractic care.

Instead, your chiropractor will strive to ensure that the complex “communication superhighway” within the spinal column, called the nervous system, is able to accurately relay information back and forth between all parts of the body and the brain. This is achieved by restoring, maintaining and then optimizing the function of your back and neck, which together are referred to as the spinal column.

Facts & Myths

What is a Doctor of Chiropractic Exactly?

What is a chiropractor? At the end of the doctor’s name, you will see the initials DC, which stands for Chiropractors are best known for their holistic, drug-free therapies that treat the entire body, not just the symptoms. Similar to conventional doctors, a chiropractor will take your full medical history, do a physical exam, order imaging tests, and make a diagnosis. The diagnosis will determine the type of treatment plan the doctor will create, which can range from adjustments, stretching, sustained pressure on certain joints, as well as a variety of modalities, depending on the patient. Modalities your chiropractor might use include massage therapy, cold laser, ultrasound, traction, electrical stimulation, and/or heat/ice therapy.  Chiropractors are also qualified to offer nutritional and lifestyle advice, offer ergonomic advice and suggest exercise programs, as well as other informational discussions such as gait training and proper posture/lifting techniques for a variety of every day situations.

What is Spinal Manipulation? Is it the Same as Adjustments?

In a nutshell, yes. Spinal manipulation, sometimes called spinal manipulative therapy or adjustments, is practiced by not only chiropractors, but osteopathic doctors, physical therapists, naturopathic physicians and even some M.D.s. The amount of force and the exact manner used depends on where the subluxation is and the overall condition of the patient. The focus behind spinal manipulation is to relieve pain and improve the physical function of the body, increasing range of motion and flexibility.

Who is Chiropractic Best Suited For?

Chiropractic is an effective treatment for nearly everyone! While no one would claim that chiropractic can cure everything or is a good replacement for dental care, immunizations, or other preventative and health problems, for the majority of neuromusculoskeletal issues and health problems stemming from them, chiropractic care can certainly be of tremendous help!

Persons Who Should Avoid Chiropractic Care

That being said, there are some people with certain health condition or problems that make them unsuitable for this hands-on type of therapy. If you suffer from any of the following, you should avoid seeking chiropractic treatment.

1) Chiropractors aren’t trusted by other healthcare professionals.

 It might have been true about 80 years ago, but today, with tons of scientific evidence showing the effectiveness of chiropractic treatment, updated their guidelines, stating that doctors should send patients to chiropractors before resorting to back or neck surgery or addicting pharmaceutical drugs.

2) Chiropractors aren’t REAL doctors.

This is perhaps the biggest myth that won’t die. No one would dream of telling a dentist that he wasn’t a real dentist because he didn’t perform surgery or a travel nurse that she wasn’t a real nurse because she wasn’t an LPN. Chiropractors are real doctors who are specialists in the neuromusculoskeletal aspect of the body. Is your primary care doctor less of a doctor because he’s not a brain surgeon?  

3) Chiropractic adjustments are dangerous.

The facts are that, even the so-called “dangerous” neck adjustments are statistically safer than driving your car or even taking ibuprofen. Chiropractic adjustments are far less invasive and safer than many other types of medicine or medical procedures.

4) Chiropractors are only good for treating back pain.

This is also an old rumour that just won’t die. Of course, chiropractors tend to work more with those who have back pain, but that is hardly the only disorder they treat. Chiropractic therapy can help with a variety of problems, from pregnancy to whiplash, fibromyalgia to tendonitis.

5) Children should not have adjustments.

While some people believe this, the truth is that children have been successfully treated by chiropractors since at least 1910. One look at online testimonials from parents will tell you that chiropractic is effective for children of all ages.  

6) Chiropractors can’t help with sciatica.

This is another old myth that needs to hit the road. Sciatica pain is caused by a compression of the sciatic nerve. The reasons as to why the sciatic nerve is feeling this compression are multiple. What works for one person’s sciatica does not work for another person. While some patients feel almost immediate relief after one chiropractic treatment, other people take several weeks and treatments. It will all depend on the root cause. However, chiropractic care is extremely effective in this area.

7) Adjustments are painful.

This is absolute nonsense. Anyone who has ever had an adjustment knows how good they feel! There is an instant sense of relief and a release of pressure!  Occasionally, people feel a bit sore the next day, but it certainly isn’t painful.

8) Chiropractors just crack backs, something you can do yourself.

This is another myth. Chiropractors don’t actually “crack” anything. That description comes from the noise joints make when a build up of gas escapes from them. Similar to the pop sound you hear when opening a bottle of soda. While it’s true that you can probably “crack” your own back, it’s certainly not the same as finding the proper subluxation and having the chiropractor put the joint back into proper alignment. If you notice, most people who crack their backs or necks continually need to do so– often several times each day- to find relief. This isn’t even close to what a chiropractor does and shouldn’t even be a comparison!

9) Once you start with a chiropractor, you have to continue going for years or the rest of your life.

This myth is often stated in one of two ways; either it’s years or the rest of your life. The reality is that, for some conditions, it’s true that chiropractic will be a long-term engagement if there is no cure and the patient will need long term care and/or pain management. For nearly everyone else, once your body has healed, you won’t need to return to the chiropractor unless you wish to. Some patients love the way regular chiropractic adjustments and massages make them feel so they go on a regular basis. There is no “requirement” or addictive substance involved in chiropractic treatment, so, no, you won’t have to go “for the rest of your life.”

10) Chiropractic is expensive.

Depending on where you live, prices will vary considerably, but generally speaking, chiropractic is much more affordable than conventional care. This type of therapy is often covered by insurance and when you consider that many people discover that they can avoid surgery and lengthy amounts of time off from work, it’s easy to see why chiropractic is the affordable choice.

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