Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.
Chiropractic is a natural, drug-free treatment method that focuses on restoring optimal function to the nervous and musculoskeletal systems. While most commonly known for treating neck pain and back pain, chiropractic provides numerous benefits to all regions of the body. Misalignment in the spine and restrictions between vertebrae can have profound effects on the nerves entering or exiting at that level. This inhibits the ability of the brain and central nervous system to communicate with the rest of the body, resulting in dysfunction and eventually disease. With every cell, gland and organ being under direct control of the nervous system, maintaining spinal health is a necessity.
The Chiropractic Adjustment
One of the main methods used in chiropractic care is Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy (CMT), also known as an “adjustment”. This involves a manually delivered, quick and shallow thrust to specific joint complexes that have been determined through physical examination to be restricted or misaligned in a certain position. In the spine, chiropractors refer to these vertebral restrictions as “subluxations”. Some of the physiologic effects of chronic restrictions include local inflammation, nerve root irritation, pain, muscle spasms, altered nerve function, decreased blood flow to the joint and decreased range of motion. Freeing the joint of restriction not only increases range of motion while decreasing pain, it also restores optimal transmission of nerve signals.
Benefits of Chiropractic
Research has demonstrated numerous beneficial effects of chiropractic manipulation. Some of the conditions chiropractic is known to improve include:
- Arthritis and Joint Pain
- Back Pain and Neck Pain
- Headaches and Migraines
- Ear Infections
- Frozen Shoulder
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Surgery Prevention
- Numerous other Musculoskeletal Conditions
Additionally, studies have shown chiropractic adjustments to have an immediate effect on boosting the immune response. This is why we encourage patients to keep their appointments even when they’re sick; chiropractic will reduce their recovery time!