Chiropractic Services

What is chiropractic care all about?

Chiropractic care is about helping the body to heal itself.  We are a holistic approach to full body health.  Your body is an intelligent and powerful being.  It takes your everyday stresses and miniature traumas and constantly adapts.  You feed it toxic food, carry emotional stress and physically challenge your body. 

Even if you don’t notice it at first, these behaviors cause subluxations. “Subluxation” simply means that a vertebra and the corresponding motor unit (the soft tissue that surrounds it and the adjacent vertebra) are not moving correctly.  Basically it means that a vertebra is either out of place with respect to the bone below it, or it cannot move through its normal range of motion.  Early on, subluxations can exist without symptoms.  However, left unattended they will eventually become symptomatic. 

It is important to remember that subluxations, not symptoms, are the reason to have regular chiropractic checkups.  Subluxations are the problem.  Symptoms are the advanced signs that the subluxation exists.

Why focus on the spine?

The tissues that cause the biggest problems after injury are the vertebrae of the spine.  Because the spine constantly adjusts to minute changes in body position and ground surface, the spine is continuously bombarded with proprioceptive information.  (Proprioception is the ability to know where any body part is in space at a given moment). 

Imagine putting your hand out and closing your eyes.  You still have a sense of where your hand is because of receptors in your joints that feed back to your brain.  The spinal joints are packed more densely with these receptors than, for example, the extremities.  This illustrates how important the spine is. 

You also know that nerves that leave the spine go to every tissue of the body.  This explains why chiropractic care can have dramatic effects with non-mechanical problems.  Digestive, cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and other such problems have been helped by chiropractic care through this connection with the nervous system.

How do you correct subluxation?

After an initial examination, your Doctor of Chiropractic will use an adjustment to correct subluxations.  A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific, high velocity, low force, controlled thrust by a hand, which is directed in a specific direction on a specific joint.  The aim is to restore normal motion and position to the affected joint.  This is where your own healing powers step in.

The power that made the body will heal the body.  Chiropractors call that “innate intelligence.”  Essentially it means that a subluxation was causing interference in your body.  Your nervous system was being impeded by inflammation around the affected joint.  Muscles and tendons were pulled tight and unable to relax.  However, after the adjustment, your nervous system is restored and your musculoskeletal system is back to normal.  Once the body is no longer being interfered with, you can perform optimally.

Is that all?

Since chiropractic is aimed at making you a fully healthy individual, your Doctor of Chiropractic may offer other services.  This includes, but is not limited to nutritional and exercise counseling.