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Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. With proper nerve function, your body is designed to resist disease and ill health. A common interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses throughout your body. A Chiropractor can help remove interferences that may be impairing your health by gently “adjusting” these “subluxated” vertebrae along the spinal column. This can have a positive effect on many conditions not normally thought of as “back” problems.

The first visit usually begins with a health history to determine your current health status. If you have a specific health problem that brought you to the office, the chiropractor will address your concern (please bear in mind many people visit the Chiropractor when they have no symptoms). The second part of your first visit will be a detailed physical, orthopaedic, neurological, and Chiropractic examination. X-rays may be necessary to uncover structural and functional problems in the spine or other joints. The findings of these examinations are explained on the second visit and a plan of Chiropractic adjustments may be recommended. Patients who are in severe pain or were injured may also receive some physical therapy during the initial part of their care. Chiropractors have a strong commitment to patient education and expect patients to learn how to protect their spine and nerve system – to live Optimal Life, naturally! We also teach patients how to tell the “Chiropractic Story” to others.

After the adjustments, many patients report a sense of well-being or a feeling of calmness. Others feel improved mobility. Inflammation or muscle spasms may delay these positive effects. Chiropractors excel at making adjustments comfortable and effective.

A fall, injury, sudden jar, trauma, or sometimes an inherited spinal weakness can displace a vertebra. Other causes include improper sleeping conditions or habits, poor posture, occupational hazards, incorrect lifting practices, obesity, lack of rest and exercise, and stress. How is a subluxation corrected? Chiropractors are specialists in Neuro musculoskeletal conditions. They are trained to restore the misaligned vertebrae to their proper position in the spinal column. They do this manually, utilizing the Chiropractic procedure known as “spinal adjustment”. Your chiropractor, in most cases, will use his or her hands in applying corrective pressure to the spine in a specific direction and location. The manual force or thrust helps restore the alignment and mobility of the vertebrae. In some cases, the chiropractor may use instrumentation to detect subluxations and adjust the spine.

No, but you can manipulate yourself. It is possible to bend or twist to create a “popping” sound, which sometimes accompanies a spinal adjustment. Unfortunately, this is usually counterproductive, making unstable areas of the spine even more unstable. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs. In fact, if a medical practitioner, physical or massage therapist or a friend tries to “manipulate” or “crack” your neck or back, tell them to “back off”. They are poorly trained and can injure you. Chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint. Even a chiropractor must be adjusted by another chiropractor.

Yes. A New Zealand government study concluded that Chiropractic adjustments are “remarkably safe.” Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever is about 100 times more risky. In fact, adverse effects of medical treatment is the principal cause of death in people under 45 years of age, as well as being the leading cause of morbidity and permanent disability. Costing Australians $401 million dollars per year and consumed 16% of Australia’s total annual health system expenditure for injury. 17% of hospital admission results in adverse events, 5% results in death, and 50,000 people per year are permanently disabled as a result of their medical treatment (from The report, Health System Costs of Injury, Poisoning and Musculoskeletal Disorders in Australia 1993-1994).

Chiropractors, scientists and experts agree that in order to be healthy you must understand four points: There is a greater dimension to health than just feeling good. “Health is a state of optimal physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” – Dorland’s Medical Dictionary Experts agree the key to health is function. You and I can’t replace missing body parts; therefore, the key to health is function. Since the nerve system controls the function of all the parts of the body, we must keep it free of interference to be healthy. If you interfere with the nerve system you will lose optimum function and health. The major interference to the nerve system is the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC) causing malfunction and ill-health. There are 3 steps to correcting the VSC and regaining health. Initial Intensive Care…Chiropractic can generally help you during the Initial Intensive relief phase of care by reducing the pain and symptoms without drugs and surgery. Since the nerve system controls every part of your body, studies show that 90% of patients not only get relief, but other health problems clear up also. Reconstructive Care…After Initial Intensive Care, you’ll begin Reconstructive Care. You’ll feel a return of vitality and peak of performance as the spine and nerve system continue through the correction process. More than feeling good, you’ll begin to regain your health: Optimum physical, mental and social well-being. Wellness Care…Long-term prevention and Wellness Care provide a sensible, cost-effective approach to real health. During Wellness Care, scientists have found the immune system works better and children who undergo Chiropractic care from birth are healthier.

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