About Chiropractic

Q. What is Chiropractic?

A. Chiropractic locates and removes a severe form of spine and nerve stress, a condition that puts pressure on nerves, unbalances your body, lowers your resistance to disease and weakens you: the vertebral subluxation complex.

Q. What does a chiropractor do?

A. A doctor of chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxations using analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using various spinal adjustment techniques.

spine Q. How do we get spinal nerve stress (subluxations)?

A. From stress. It may occur in infancy from a difficult birth or from childhood falls. Later in life, emotional tension or stress can gradually damage your spine or violent injuries from automobile accidents or sports can suddenly “knock you out of whack.”

Q. Who is affected by subluxations?

A. Nearly everyone eventually gets spinal nerve stress. It is a “hidden epidemic” and is the reason that we all need to have our spines checked for this condition by a doctor of chiropractic every once in a while, just as we get our eyes, teeth, and blood pressure checked.

Q. When was the first chiropractic patient treated?

A. Modern chiropractic began in 1895 when Dr. D. D. Palmer performed the first chiropractic “spinal adjustment” on his deaf janitor, Harvey Lillard. Lillard’s hearing returned and Palmer thought he had discovered a cure for deafness. But as patients with digestive troubles, sciatica, menstrual trouble, migraine headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, back pain, and many other conditions responded to spinal care, Palmer realized that he had discovered something more far-reaching indeed.

Q. Assuming I’m going to take chiropractic treatments, how are they performed?

A. Chiropractors work with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. chiropractors have years of highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging the nerves which travel down the spinal cord and out through the spinal column to the muscles, organs, and glands of the body.

After locating the vertebrae impinging the nerves (subluxations), the chiropractor, using various highly specialized techniques, is able to reposition the misplaced vertebrae and thus release pressure on the nerves. That is called a spinal adjustment.

Q. What are some of the conditions commonly treated by chiropractic?

A. All kinds of conditions are treated with chiropractic care, such as colds or ear infections, PMS, spinal or disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision impairment, chronic headaches, allergies, bedwetting, colic, high blood pressure, and more. Please remember that the goal of chiropractic treatment is not the treatment of disease but rather the enhancement of health through the reduction of spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex).

The above list may seem long, as though chiropractic is a cure-all, and chiropractic can help to cure hundreds of ailments. Please be mindful of the fact that chiropractic care is not like one drug used for one condition. On the contrary, it is a whole-body healing art, concerned with all the systems of the body, and seeks to correct health problems and connections between those systems.

Q. In chiropractic, are there other significant factors besides vertebral adjusting?

A. Yes, there are five laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity:

1.Proper nutrition
2.Adequate rest
3.Moderate exercise
4.A positive mental attitude
5.Proper nerve supply

No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health can be as important for your overall healing as proper nutrition. Are you and your family carrying the silent killer, the vertebral subluxations complex, in your spines? Only a chiropractic spinal checkup can tell.

A healthy spine is absolutely essential. For some people it is a major health factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength, and vitality; and a life of disease, weakness, and disability.

Other factors that contribute to our health include: quality of the air, food, and water supply; how you handle emotional stress; your genetic weaknesses and strengths; your use of drugs; exercise; and relaxation.