You can find technical information about chiropractic all over the internet and in bookstores and libraries. But let's talk about what's important to you.
What is chiropractic?
- Chiropractic is a safe and natural treatment for many conditions of the nerves, bones, joints, and muscles.
- It is a drug-free healthcare system. By our own choice, chiropractors do not and will not prescribe drugs or medicines. We prefer to help restore health without burdening your system with pharmaceutically manufactured drugs. We often do, however, discuss nutrition, vitamins, herbs, and minerals.
- It is a non-invasive form of treatment. We do not puncture or cut into the body, draw blood or disturb the skin that covers your body in any way.
- We believe that spinal adjustments are important in maintaining good health and posture. We believe that exercise is likewise important for a vital and vibrant lifestyle. Without good health, life is a struggle.
- Chiropractic was once seen as an "alternative" therapy when it wasn't well understood. Today, millions of people in the U.S. choose chiropractic as their primary treatment choice for many conditions. Often, chiropractic adjustments produce better result than drugs and medications without any side effects. Today, chiropractic is mainstream medicine.
- Chiropractic is a healthcare profession that began over 100 years ago in the U.S. At first, it was greatly misunderstood, but over the years, it has gained in prestige and popularity. There are 18 fully accredited chiropractic colleges in the U.S. alone. This profession originated in the U.S. and has now spread all over the world, especially in Canada, Asia, Europe, Australia, and South America.
What do chiropractic adjustments do?
- Chiropractic adjustments help to restore normal joint alignment. Joints lose their alignments in many ways: accidents, traumatic injuries, repetitive motions at work, play, and activities of daily living. Stressing joints by overworking them or requiring action beyond their means (like carrying heavy weights) can also derange your joints (called a subluxation). Chiropractic manipulations, done by hand or instruments, correct joint alignments, allowing for better movement and less pain.
- Adjustments also restore normal joint functions. Just like a gate with a broken hinge wobbles and creaks, dysfunctional joints can be stiff and painful. Full and normal motions and actions are impaired, causing difficult movements and joint pain and inflammation. Chiropractic adjustments improve joint integrity, leading to free and painless movements.
- Adjustments can remove nerve interference and impingement. Who doesn't know that pinched or stressed nerves can cause pain, tingling or numbness. Pressure to nerves or traction of nerves will aggravate and inflame them. If prolonged, we can lose some or all of our nerve functions. Chiropractic manipulative therapy uses certain adjustive techniques to free the nerves and calm them down.
- Chiropractic can increase overall functional capacity. If you feel stiff and achy, if you can't do what you could do just a year ago, if you have been in an accident, if you have been doing too much and not getting enough rest, you are one of the millions of people who suffer functional disability. Maybe it's hard just to stand straight, or run across the street, or pick up your child, or get in and out of bed or the car. Maybe there's a sharp pain when you raise your arm, or you suffer headaches every week. Maybe you can't get to sleep because your back pain or neck tightness keeps you awake. You have functional disability. Chiropractic adjustment locate and correct dysfunctional joints, muscle spasms, and nerve impingements. We want you to live a healthy, active, and pain-free life.
How does a chiropractor make adjustments?
Chiropractors spend many years in school learning to make manual adjustments by hand. The chiropractor can detect areas of problems by palpation (discover by feeling) using the fingertips. Once the problem is located, the chiropractor applies a firm thrust with the hand to adjust, correct, or realign the dysfunctional joint. You first adjustment may seem strange to you because medical doctors cannot and do not perform this procedure.
Chiropractic is part of the field called physical medicine. We believe that many problems can be resolved by manual treatment, rather that masking the symptoms with drugs and medicines. Sometimes chiropractors use hand-held instruments and specialized tables to help them achieve the best results.
Chiropractors are also trained and licensed to provide physiotherapy such as ice, heat, electrical stimulation, low voltage therapy, and manual and mechanical traction. Your chiropractor will choose the best combination of therapies for your condition.
Most chiropractic patients find the treatments comfortable and effective, and look forward to following through with their doctor's treatment recommendations.
Is "chiropractic medicine" a correct term?
Yes. Most dictionaries, including medical dictionaries, define medicine as "the science and art of affecting well-being by preventing or alleviating disease and concerned with non-surgical treatments." Unfortunately, people today have come to think of "medicine" as the pills and drugs they get from their doctors. Doctors today are performing hands-on medicine less and less and relying on prescription drugs more and more. Good medicine is supposed to make you feel well. Unfortunately, many drugs make people feel worse because of side effects.
"Disease" isn't just germs and viruses that attack you. The word can be written "dis-ease" meaning anything that makes you feel less healthy, less energetic, and not at ease. It doesn't have to be because of a bug. Many drugs, then, while trying to help one condition, cause considerable dis-ease in the process, such as drowsiness, upset stomach, lightheadedness, nausea, and loss of energy. Chiropractic often helps the problems that drugs cannot. There isn't a pill on the market that can achieve a spinal adjustment or joint correction. Doing the right treatment can make the difference between "dis-ease" and quality of life. Choose quality of life.