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Question: What is Chiropractic?
Answer: The concepts which provide a foundation for chiropractic are really very simple. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism and that the nervous system is essential to all bodily processes, even stimulating your immune system. The nervous system is the driving force behind all life’s activities. Some examples of activities which the nervous system controls are walking, food digestion and disease defense.
The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and a network of nerves. The spinal cord is encased within 24 movable bones called vertebrae that protect the spinal cord. A network of nerves branch out from the spinal cord, then travel through spaces between the adjacent vertebrae to control and communicate with all muscles, blood vessels, organs and other tissues of the body. When two adjacent vertebrae become misaligned, the space between the vertebrae becomes constricted. Just as less after would flow through a hose which is partially kinked, fewer electrical impulses flow through the nerve due to the vertebral misalignment. If the nervous system is impaired, it can cause malfunction of the tissues and organs throughout the body, which decreases the ability to fend off diseases, digest foods or engage in any other activity that requires normal nerve flow. Doctors call this the Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral, meaning the bones of the spine. Subluxation, meaning less than a total dislocation. And Complex, meaning consisting of more than one part.
The nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and a network of nerves. The spinal cord is encased within 24 movable bones called vertebrae that protect the spinal cord. A network of nerves branch out from the spinal cord, then travel through spaces between the adjacent vertebrae to control and communicate with all muscles, blood vessels, organs and other tissues of the body. When two adjacent vertebrae become misaligned, the space between the vertebrae becomes constricted. Just as less water would flow through a hose which is partially kinked, fewer electrical impulses flow through the nerve due to the vertebral misalignment. This decreases the ability to fend off diseases, digest foods or engage in any other activity that requires normal nerve flow.
Chiropractors use spinal adjustments to re-align the vertebrae. Realignment allows the flow of these electrical impulses to return to normal. Chiropractic care, therefore, directly addresses the problem at its point of origin rather than just treating the resultant symptoms.
Misalignment of the vertebrae often occur very early in the disease process, well before the onset of pain or other symptoms. Chiropractors work to prevent disease and maximize health through regular spinal evaluations and adjustments. "Chiropractic is the science of locating offending spinal structures, the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system, and the philosophy of all things natural."
Question: What Do Chiropractic Doctors Do?
Answer: Helping to restore proper spinal biomechanics and improved nervous system function begins with a case history. This gives the doctor a background about your health, such as surgeries, accidents, the onset of your condition, and other details affecting your current health. After reviewing your history and discussing your specific problem, a thorough orthopedic, neurological, and chiropractic examination is performed. X-rays may be taken to uncover structural and functional problems associated with the spinal column. These examinations help identify areas of spinal malfunction and resulting nervous system deficit. The findings of these examinations are explained and a plan of chiropractic adjustments may be recommended. Progress is monitored with periodic examinations and follow-up reports.
What Type of Education Do Chiropractic Doctors Get?
Answer: The science of chiropractic requires a special emphasis on anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, biomechanics, X-ray, spinal adjusting techniques, and related subjects. This demanding curriculum prepares chiropractic doctors to locate the Vertebral Subluxation Complex and help correct the resulting nervous system dysfunction. To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, each candidate passes the demanding National Board Examination. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice.
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How Long Will I Need Chiropractic Care?
Answer: Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care of optimum spinal function. These long standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage, and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. While this style of “crisis management” is usually more costly and time-consuming, our office stands ready to help all patients, regardless of their health goals. How long you decide to benefit from chiropractic care is always up to you.
Can I Speed Up The Heating Process?
Answer: While there aren’t any shortcuts to speed your body’s natural healing process, there’s a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance of a quick recovery.
Learn proper sitting and lifting methods. Specific exercises may be suggested to help re-train the muscles that support your spine.
Proper rest is an important aspect of the healing process, too. Get the appropriate amount of rest your body needs and avoid sleeping on your stomach.
During the healing process, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Make sure you eat balanced meals, and if you’re overweight, now would be a good time to slim down and reduce unnecessary stresses to your spine.
Perhaps most important of all, keep your appointments and follow your chiropractic doctor’s recommendations for optimum results.
Am I Too Old For Chiropractic Care?
Answer: More and more people are consulting chiropractic doctors, especially in their later years. With growing concerns about over-medication and the side effects of combining various prescription drugs, safe, natural chiropractic are is growing in popularity.
Restoring better spinal function can help improve mobility, vitality, endurance, and appetite. Many patients report improvement with arthritic symptoms and other chronic ailments often associated with the aging process.
The adjusting technique used by your doctor will be modified for maximum comfort and results.
As we get older and wiser, the simplicity and effectiveness of chiropractic care becomes more and more obvious.