What is Chiropractic?
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.
What does a Chiropractor do?
The doctor of chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxation using his/her hands and other analysis tools, and then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using various spinal adjustment techniques.
How do we get spinal nerve stress (subluxations)?
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”.
Who is affected by subluxations?
Nearly everyone eventually gets spinal nerve stress. It is a “hidden epidemic” and it is for that 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!
Assuming I'm going to take chiropractic treatments, how are they performed?
Chiropractors work with the bones and nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. Chiropractors spend 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 replace the misplaced vertebrae and thus release pressure on the nerves. That is called a spinal adjustment.
What is acupuncture?
The science of acupuncture is an important component of traditional Chinese medicine used in the prevention and treatment of disease. Acupuncture involves stimulation of specific points on the body to bring about a physiological response. The points are often stimulated using extremely thin needles but finger pressure, massage and other techniques can also be applied.
What are some of the conditions commonly treated by chiropractic and acupuncture?
All kinds of conditions are treated with chiropractic and acupuncture care, such as ear infections, vertigo, PMS, morning sickness, spinal or disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, headaches, allergies, bedwetting, colic, high blood pressure — the list is long! And yet, please remember, the goal of chiropractic and acupuncture care is not the treatment of specific disease but rather the enhancement of health through the reduction of spinal nerve stress and other stressors that get in the way of the body’s natural healing process.
The above list may seem long as though chiropractic were a Panacea. The truth is that the World Health Organization and National Institutes of Health list dozens of diseases as indications for chiropractic and acupuncture treatment. Please be mindful of the fact that chiropractic and acupuncture are not like one drug used for one condition, but on the contrary, they are complete healing arts, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc. and seek to correct health problems with those systems.
Can I receive chiropractic treatments if I'm under medical care?
Absolutely. Having your spinal nerve stress corrected is important no matter what other type of care you’re receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy or medicine. M.D.’s and other healers cannot tell if you’re suffering from spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations) and are not trained in correcting it.