What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a profession which understands and appreciates that a body is designed to be healthy and function at an optimal level.  The control and coordination of health is dependent on healthy and properly functioning nervous system.  When functioning as intended, the nervous system will send messages to each system of the body directing its action and each cell/tissue/organ will respond in appropriate presentation of health.

Think of it this way…The brain in the head coach, he listens to the message/comments being relayed to him/her by the assistant coaches (the nerves throughout the body) via the messaging center (spinal cord).  The assistant coaches are getting their info from the players (cells/muscles/tissue/glands/organs).  So when the messages are clear and there is harmony in the locker room (body) as a whole, the team plays well.  No mental or physical mistakes.  So the heart responds to any exertion by properly beating stronger and faster; blood pressure rises to meet these demands.  The cells produce more energy to meet the demands.  The hormones produce appropriate amounts to cause the chemical reactions to occur.  The end result is we can meet the demands placed on our body perfectly, as always intended.

To thrive and work properly the nervous system requires that all 3 dimensions of health are supplied in appropriate and sufficient manner.

The 3 Dimensions are:

  1. Chemical:  meeting our dietary needs sufficiently
  2. Physical:  meeting our exercise/movement/postural needs sufficiently
  3. Emotional:  meeting our emotions needs sufficiently

If we are deficient in any or all of these dimensions, we will start to show dysfunction in how nervous system works and performs daily.

If we choose not to eat well (eating more fast food or processed foods for ex) we will not meet our dietary sufficiency which will lead to a breakdown (adaptive function) in how we:

  1. Create and use energy supply
  2. How well our muscles function
  3. How well our CV system functions
  4. How well our immune system functions
  5. How well our hormonal system functions

Basically how well all systems in our body function because they each require the appropriate nutrients.

If we have poor posture from sitting too much, don’t move or exercise as we should, we rob the brain of critical “nutrients” (signals).  Let me explain it like this:  we all know fruits and vegetables are critical for our body; movement and exercise is critical and probably the most important nutrient for the brain to function properly.

Again this will lead to dysfunction of nervous system resulting in poor performance with:

  1. Less strength, tone and endurance of muscle tissue
  2. Decreased endurance of CV system
  3. Decreased digestive efficiency
  4. Decreased immune function

You start to get the picture that basically all systems of the body will suffer and the end result will be not being to perform at optimal level.

If we have prolonged, ongoing and elevated emotional stress levels we again will suffer with how the nervous system functions.  If we are dealing with ongoing stress at work, with family, school, relationships, kids, finances, etc we will create dramatic changes in:

  1. Hormonal system:  impacting our feel good hormones, our ability to sleep, elevated fatigue, bouts of depression and anxiety, and low energy overall
  2. Increased stress on CV system with elevated BP, cholesterol
  3. Irritate our GI system – ulcers, IBS, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis
  4. Reduce immune system function.

A deficiency in any or all of the dimensions creates a change in demand and function of the nervous system which leads to a decline in health and performance and a weakening of structure of the body.

This is important to understand because the nervous system is so important, it’s main components (brain and spinal cord) and completely encased in bone (skull and spine) to protect this vital pipeline of information.  When the structure of the body is weakened by these types of deficiencies of the 3 dimensions of our health, we create what is known as a subluxation in the spine.

A subluxation creates abnormal signaling by the nervous system which will alter its ability to communicate in a healthy manner.  Over the course of time when left uncorrected these bones will begin to process of premature degeneration, leading to further disruption of the designed normal function of the nervous system, leading to additional development of symptoms.  The symptoms, whether it is pain, an ulcer, or elevated blood pressure for example, are all warning signals that your body is not functioning normally.

What you choose to do at that time becomes critical.  Unfortunately, our society has been trained to believe that by eliminating the symptoms with a medication or procedure, it will fix the problem.  However, the underlying cause, more often than not, remains.  You may have been spared some discomfort, but it will be temporary and will lead to continued distress on the nervous system and create additional dysfunction.

For example, a person is prescribed a medication for blood pressure, but over the course of time the amount of the medication is increased or an additional medication is prescribed/added because you are no longer getting the same relief/benefit/reduction of symptoms you were previously.  Or even, developing new symptoms related to same cause (from high BP to a heart attack).  All because the cause was never addressed and we choose to just ease the symptoms and not fix the problem.

(see our section on delegation and accountability for your health on our website)

Now back to our head coach/assistant coach/player analogy.  When these three groups are not on the same page, not communicating properly, you start to see a decline in performance on the field.  There are mental errors; base running mistakes, penalties, not running correct routes or recognizing a certain defense, poor defensive positioning and physical errors (dropped passes and fly balls, falter in the fourth quarter/second half/third period because energy level is drained, missed tackles or back checks).  The end result is an unsuccessful season and if the causes are not addressed and corrected, each season will repeat itself, likely with worse results.  You can fire a coach(es) or trade/cut players, but if you communication system is not fixed, the result is not likely to change.

The role of the chiropractor is to identify the causes of the distress and in which dimension.  To detect the areas in the spine that have been impacted and causing increased nervous system distress/dysfunction.  Once this is completed the chiropractor’s role is to provide appropriate spinal adjustments to correct the subluxations, thus normalizing nervous system signaling, and to provide guidance/Game plan on how to address causes of these subluxations (the weak links in the 3 dimensions of health).

When this is accomplished, a person has the best opportunity to restore normal nervous system function and ultimately their health.


What does a Chiropractor Treat?

Common Symptoms presenting to our office:

  1. Lower back pain                      6. Hip pain                                                                       11. Post surgical pain (fusion, c-section )
  2. Neck pain                                  7. Upper extremity pain/numbness/tingling           12. Pregnancy (due to back pain, nausea)
  3. Headaches                                8. Whiplash injuries from sports or car accident
  4. Sciatic pain                               9. Cancer patients – looking to regain their health
  5. Shoulder pain                          10. Sports injuries

What is an Adjustment?

Adjustment:  specific procedure provided by a chiropractor to correct the subluxations (misaligned segments) of the spine which are causing abnormal nerve signaling.

There are multiple types of techniques to perform an adjustment.  Our office utilizes both high and low force type adjustments depending on the patient and the current health of their spine.