Demystifying Chiropractic

chiropractic scrabble boardI am often asked about chiropractic medicine as an alternative approach to traditional health care.  It seems that many people are realizing that preventive medicine, as well as proper diet, exercise, and healthy habits are not only good ideas, but vital to their quality of life.

People often want to know how chiropractic works.  We all know that the brain is the powerhouse. It runs everything!  The brain needs to freely send and receive information to and from the different areas of your body.  The spinal cord and the nerves exiting the spinal column are the highways to those regions.  When the spine is not able to move freely, it causes the underlying nerves to become irritated and negatively impacts every function of the body.  Two major symptoms that can occur as a result are inflammation and muscle spasms, causing a change in the nerve flow to and from the brain.  Over time, additional symptoms can occur, ranging from more severe muscle spasms, to eventual chronic headaches, or even disease.   All of this varies depending on the level of the spine that is being effected and the severity and length of time it’s been affected.  My approach is to work on the body through many avenues, the core being the spinal adjustment, which induces the proper movement to the joint that is “stuck” (i.e subluxation), thereby opening and relieving congestion on those highways discussed above.

Most people associate chiropractic only with back and neck pain and headaches. But did you know that chiropractic care also extends to your general health? This is because our body structure affects our overall function.  As a chiropractor, I see many conditions, such as fibromyalgia, digestive issues, and poor sleep habits, just to name a few.  Though I don’t treat these conditions directly, I work with the musculoskeletal system to help it function better and therefore allow for the organs and/or tissue to function optimally, allowing the body to heal itself.  Here is a testimony from one of our patients:

This morning I am reminded of God’s grace in my life. From late May of 2015 through September 2016, I had constant, painful sinus pressure due to mold. Sometimes it only hurt, frequently it caused ear infections and then started migraines. In October I saw a chiropractor and my sinuses drained and the ear infections & migraines stopped. Since then, this pain has been infrequent and short and I am SO thankful. My face and head hurts already today because oak pollen is peaking, but I am so thankful to know that soon I will feel better and I don’t feel anywhere close to what I felt for those awful 16 months.   R.W.