What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based of the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system in your body.

Your nervous system consists of your brain, spinal cord, and millions of nerves. Your brain is protected by the skull and your spinal cord by the 24 movable bones (vertebra) of the spine. Many everyday activities can cause these spinal bones to lose their normal position or motion resulting is what is known as a “subluxation”. This can result in nervous system dysfunction and diminish quality of life.

What is a Subluxation?

The word subluxation comes from the latin words meaning to dislocate(luxare) and somewhat or slightly (sub).

A subluxation means a slight dislocation( misalignment) of the vertebrae

These disturbances may irritate the nerve roots and blood vessels which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the vertebrae.This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in muscle, lymphatic, and organ tissue as well as imbalance in the normal bodily processes.

Does the adjustment hurt?

Under normal circumstances, chiropractic adjustments are painless. In cases of recent trauma, such as whiplash, mild discomfort may be experienced due to inflammation. It is also common to feel a brief sensation in the extremities immediately following an adjustment due to the sudden decompression of the affected nerve root.

How old should a person be before he or she begins chiropractic care?

Chiropractic patients range in years from birth to old age. Regardless of age, the vertebrae can become misaligned. For example, the birth process may cause trauma to the neck and spinal cord. Left uncorrected, the vertebral subluxation may disturb the delicate spinal cord and nerves which control the youngster’s muscles and organs. In some cases, an uncorrected subluxation, may lead to deformity of the spinal column. An early chiropractic checkup may detect many spinal problems while they are still easily correctable.

What causes a subluxation?

A fall, 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, poor core muscle tone, and stress.

How is a subluxation corrected?

Doctors of Chiropractic are specialists in removing spinal nerve stress via the adjustment. The speed of the thrust which is mild, is the key to correcting the subluxation as the brain is aware of the joint and will restore the bone to its appropriate position by resetting the muscles surrounding the joint.

Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?

No, it is a common misconception that your joints must make a noise to be properly adjusted. However, often when your vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth joint surfaces become slightly separated creating a vacuum effect. The fluid inside the joint makes the noise as it converts to a gas inside the joint to fill the vacuum. The result is a noise like the one made when your knuckles crack. Your Chiropractor is more concerned with the position of the joint and the potential stress on the nerve than the noise. Numerous techniques rely on speed of the adjustment rather than the power. Your nervous system is listening keenly to the stretch sensors in the joint, and the adjustment works to change the input to the nerves. Other techniques rely on the subtle movement of fluid around the spinal cord and brain, to provide protection and nutrition to those structures. However your Chiropractor decides to adjust you, the results are what is important.