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What is Chiropractic?
The word chiropractic is derived from Greek and means “ To Perform With The Hands”. Paintings from ancient Egypt and Greece have shown chiropractic was used thousand of years ago. However, David Palmer in the U.S did not find modern chiropractic until 1895.
Treatment is usually painless and contrary to popular beliefs seems completely normal and un-dramatic. Combining several factors including the patient’s examination history and/or x-rays, the doctor can make the decision on how to treat your problem.
Chiropractic today has educational values and technology to treat many conditions, not just back and neck pain. Also, chiropractic can help you learn how to take care of your body everyday. Education on exercising and eating healthy are two examples of patient education chiropractors can offer.
Chiropractic is a detailed examination of the joints of the body to determine if and where a functional misalignment exists. If misalignment exists and is isolated the chiropractor can physically restore the joint to its optimal position and range of motion. This may take one, or more than likely, a series of treatments to stabilize the condition. Once the problem has been relieved, the chiropractor can help with prevention of similar problems by identifying certain strains that your body is exposed to everyday.
Chiropractic is a health care discipline, which emphasizes the inherent recuperation power of the body to heal itself without drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and nervous system and how it affects the preservation and restoration of health.
The chiropractic belief on healing and health differs on the traditional medical view. We know the body can maintain and heal itself, in most cases, without drugs or surgery. We believe health is something that comes from within.
The chiropractor and staff also understand that with certain circumstances medical intervention is necessary. However, it is the body that controls and manages the healing process and not the doctor or externally applies forces.
Once the chiropractor corrects spinal abnormalities and can eliminate spine and nerve irritation, pain is relieved and the body's own healing capabilities are set into motion.
Many people go to a chiropractor because they are in pain. In this phase of care, the main goal is to reduce your symptoms only.
Most people are under the assumption that if they don’t feel any pain there is nothing wrong with them – that they are healthy. Unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator of health. In fact pain and other symptoms frequently only appear after a disease or other condition has become advanced.
Why not take care of these problems before your body is in crisis mode?
During the correction / restorative phase of your care, you will not have to receive adjustments as often as you did during the first phase of care , you may receive stretches and exercises to help the healing process. Mild flare ups may occur during this stage, but remember, your body is still healing. How long the healing process takes, depends on how long the issue was there. Healing takes time. If you have had a problem in the spine for many years, how can you expect to be 100% in just a few visits. Have you ever tried to lose 10 pounds by going to the gym one time when you haven't gotten off the couch in 10 years? It's not going to happen. We need to reverse the damage.
After your body is healed, routine check ups help ensure that your body is functioning optimally. Taking care of your spine, eating well, and exercising are all keys to a healthy life!
Back Pain (most common)
Neck Pain (most common)
Chiropractic is also effective for:
Headaches and Migraines
Shoulder and Arm Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Leg Pain (Sciatica)
Arthritis Pain (Joint Stiffness)
Work or Sports Injury
Arm/Leg Numbness and Tingling
You may be surprised to learn that Chiropractic care is not the treatment of any particular condition. The purpose of Chiropractic is to make certain the body functions without interference. In order to understand what this means you must first understand the following four principles:
The body is a self-healing organism, designed to heal itself.
This mechanism is controlled by the nervous system and as long as nothing interferes with that function, we experience optimal health.
If something interferes with the nervous system, our ability to heal ourselves is interrupted.
The mission of Chiropractic is to remove that interference and restore health.
Chiropractic care is commonly associated with back and neck pain but there is so much more to better health! Before considering invasive alternatives, always look for gentle, natural treatments. Below is a list of things that have been treated in our office.