What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic care has been around for well over 100 years and millions of people have accessed a chiropractor for some type of health issue. Chiropractors perform what is called an adjustment to one of the vertebrae in the spine. People often wonder or ask why is this necessary? It is sometime difficult to explain to people the benefit of chiropractic care because we are not taught about the importance of the spine in our daily lives.
Instead we are bombarded everyday with ads for pills, powders and potions to fix our aches and pains. This is why there is an epidemic today in the United States of prescription drug addictions and deaths. Today the number is in the 10s of thousands and it continues to grow.
When the average person has a pain in their back or neck they go to their primary care physician and ask for help. The great percentages of time they are given some type of pill to relieve the pain. It can be an anti inflammatory, muscle relaxer, or something stronger. If the medications do not work the patient may be sent for X-Rays and then transferred to an orthopedic surgeon. From there they may have surgery.
Because of the lack of education in this field many people will follow this protocol in the hopes they will find relief. Unfortunately, many people only end up worse. If the surgery doesn’t work they will find themselves on powerful opioid medications like OxyContin®, Percocet®, Vicodin®, Percodan®, Tylox® and Demerol® to name a few. This is how trouble begins as patients can become “hooked” on heroine based medications.
Millions of people prefer to try other health care professionals to see if they can get help without all the dangerous drugs, side effects, surgery and dangerous procedures. The best known care is chiropractic.
Chiropractic deals specifically, but not only, with the spine. The spine is made up of movable vertebrae that house the spinal cord. It is because the spine is movable that allows us to bend, twist and freely move in many directions. The spine is very well designed to perform these functions due to its joint placement. Also between each vertebrae is a disc that keep each vertebrae apart from the next one. The disc also acts as a shock absorber and are strong ligaments that hold the vertebrae in place.
Spinal vertebrae can misalign causing the joints to lock up. By become misaligned they can put pressure on one or more of the nerves coming from the spinal cord. This is sometimes called a pinched nerve and can be very painful.
Chiropractors analyze the spinal column and look for these misaligned bones and apply a very gentle light force that can “unlock” the vertebrae allowing the are to return to proper mobility and taking pressure of the nerve.
This is a very safe and effective method of restoring your spine’s health. Considering your spine is the house one of the most important systems in your body, the nervous system, it is extremely important to keep it mobile and healthy. The great news is that there are no dangerous side effects.
It is important to understand that when you are restoring your health through less dangerous and deadly means it can sometimes take a little longer. The reason is whenever a vertebrae is restored to its normal position there are ligaments, muscles, tendons and more that must also return to their normal position. This can take a little time. Your symptoms, headache, back pain, neck pain, may clear up very quickly but it still may take a few more visits to stabilize the area.
Chiropractic is not just limited to painful areas, it is used by many as part of a health program. You will find chiropractic very helpful for many reasons including motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, slips or falls, arthritis problems and many more.
If you are suffering from pain or are interested in how chiropractic can help you restore or keep your health please feel free to contact us. We will be happy to answer any questions you have and even offer a free consultation so you can find out if chiropractic will help.