What is Chiropractic?

You have most likely been taught to think that chiropractic is some kind of treatment for back and neck pain, etc. It’s true, we do see a number of patients suffering with a variety of such problems. More importantly though, is the recognition that chiropractic is much more than the simple relief of pain. You may be amazed to learn that most problems that surface in the adult years actually start much earlier, in childhood, or even from the birthing process.

That is the reason we see so many families in our practice. Your body’s spine is your lifeline. Running through it is the spinal cord carrying billions of messages to every cell in the body in order to function correctly. It is vital to make certain that this “information highway” has no obstacles so that all messages sent by the brain get where they are going. If there is an obstruction in this highway, then the body starts to malfunction. This can be a serious threat to life and health.

Chiropractors call these obstructions “Vertebral Subluxations” – misalignments of some of the spinal vertebrae (spinal bones). Correction of these subluxations leads to improved nerve flow, better function, and better health.

Chiropractic is a form of spinal manipulation, which is one of the oldest healing practices. Spinal manipulation was even described by Hippocrates in ancient Greece. The word “chiropractic” comes from the Greek language and means “done by hand.” Chiropractic takes a different approach from conventional medicine in diagnosing, classifying, and treating medical problems.

Who should see a chiropractor?

Babies and Infants

The birth process can be very traumatic on the newborn’s spine. Drugs given during labor, unnatural birthing positions, pulling and twisting of the baby, and invasive procedures like forceps, vacuum extraction, and C-section can result in interference with normal nerve transmission between the brain and body. Immediate pain and health problems can result, or problems may lie dormant, only to show up years later as a chronic health concern. Learn more at www.icpa4kids.org

Children and Teens

During these important growth years, youngsters encounter many opportunities to incur spinal injuries (subluxations). While learning to walk, it is common for a toddler to fall on their bottom and as the child grows, the normal playfulness, experimentation, and testing of the limits can lead to potentially damaging effects on the spine. Good physical and mental health is crucial as the child experiences both physical growth and hormonal change. Keeping their nervous system healthy and subluxation-free is essential to wellness now and in the future.

Adults

It is not unusual for adults to face increased challenges and emotional stress in family life, work life, and personal relationships that can diminish their health. Regular chiropractic care can help us thrive through this and every other phase of life by helping to maintain health and wellness. Learn more at www.acatoday.org

Seniors

The choices we make before our retirement years will play a large part in assuring an active, healthy, and enjoyable life during our golden years. Healthy spines lead to the healthy muscles, organs, and systems that are critical for good health and longevity. Regardless of age, millions of people have discovered the lifelong benefits of chiropractic care.