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What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a holistic practice with the goal of helping the body function at its best without the need for addictive medication or intrusive surgeries. Chiropractors use hands-on spinal adjustments to restore proper motion and alignment of the spine which helps your entire musculoskeletal system. Chiropractic is commonly used as relief for back pain, muscle pain, joint pain, and much more. At times Chiropractic care can be used together with other medical or alternative treatments in order to achieve the best possible results. As always, a Chiropractor will ask about your medical history before proceeding with care.
What to expect on my first visit?
When you arrive to our clinic you will be warmly welcomed by our amazing front staff and given a tour of our facility. The doctors will begin with a detailed history of your condition and perform special testing which may include diagnostic imaging, static electromyography and thermography, as well as a physical examination, in order to locate the root cause of your problem. Your recommendation plan may include one or more manual adjustments along with in-office exercises and rehabilitation in order to get you better, faster.
What are the causes of spinal misalignments/stress?
In the chiropractic world, keeping the problem fixed and preventing its re-occurrence is just as important as the initial remedy. There are actually five components that contribute to the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC).
1. Bone Component- where the vertebra is either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing degeneration. This frequently leads to a narrowing of the spaces between the bones through which the nerves pass; often resulting in irritation or impingement of the nerve itself.
2. Nervous Component-is the disruption of the normal flow of energy along the nerve fibers, causing the messages traveling along the nerves to become distorted. The result is that all of the tissues that are fed by those nerves receive distorted signals from the brain and, consequently, are not able to function normally. Over time, this can lead to a whole host of conditions, such as peptic ulcers, constipation and other organ system dysfunction.
3. Muscular Component-since nerves control the muscles that help hold the vertebrae in place, muscles have to be considered to be an integral part of the vertebral subluxation complex. In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. A subluxation can irritate a nerve; the irritated nerve can cause a muscle to spasm. The spasmed muscle pulls the attached vertebrae further out of place, which then further irritates the nerve and you have a vicious cycle. It is no wonder that very few subluxations just go away by themselves.
4. Soft Tissue Component-the VSC will also affect the surrounding tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues as the misaligned vertebrae tug and squeeze the connective tissue with tremendous force. Over time, the soft tissues can become stretched out or scarred, leaving the spine with either a permanent instability or restriction.
5. Chemical Component-is the change in the chemistry of the body due to the VSC. Most often, the chemical changes, such as the release of a class of chemicals called “kinins,” are pro-inflammatory; meaning that they increase inflammation in the affected area.
These changes get progressively worse over time if they are not treated correctly, leading to chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, muscle trigger points, the formation of bone spurs, loss of movement, as well as muscle weakness and spasm. Chiropractors have known the dangers of the vertebral subluxation complex ever since the birth of the profession. More and more scientific research is demonstrating the tremendous detrimental impact that subluxation have on the tissue of the body. In order to be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations.
Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex through chiropractic care.
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