What is Chiropractic?

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What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a healing science, philosophy and art. Utilized by millions of people around the world as a natural, drugless, non-surgical option for optimizing function and health. Licensed chiropractors undergo rigorous training and education to learn how to best apply chiropractic care to any patient's presentation. As each individual's genetic makeup is unique, their condition will be as well. A Chiropractor's major premise is 'function determines health'. If you have dysfunction within your nervous system, also known as the master control of the body, there will be dysfunction somewhere else within the body. In approximately 10% of the nervous system that perceives pain, this could manifest as back, neck, and/or other aches and pains in the body. In the other regions of the nervous system that cannot perceive pain, this could manifest as improper digestion, bloating, allergies, asthma and poor concentration.

Another fundamental premise chiropractors practice under, is that the body has within it (in everyone) the ability to self-regulate and self-heal. What does that mean to you? It means that the body will turn food into energy, mend broken bones, and heal paper cuts. There is a powerful healing potential in your body - housed in your nervous system. If there is any interruption in the signal from your body to your brain or your brain to your body, you won’t heal or self-regulate as well as you could.

When the chiropractor sees the patient, we look beyond the symptoms to the function of the nervous system (the cause of the problem). If we find there is dysfunction (called vertebral subluxation), we know that we have the ability to correct it, and give the body its best chance to heal and function optimally. In this office we go beyond just assessing the spine and nervous system of the patient, but also look to the outside circumstances that could help or hinder your expression of health; nutrition, stress management, detoxification, and physical activity. This is the essence of holistic health care; looking at the whole person, in their environment.


Who Benefits

You may be experiencing lower back pain or sciatica, neck pain or headaches, we can help you. You don't have to be experiencing pain to see a Chiropractor. Our bodies compensate when our body's not functioning properly. These compensations can take form in many different ways like neck or back pain but also they can manifest as for, example, headaches, stomach pain, irritability, fatigue, and even sleep deprivation. Everyone can benefit from chiropractic care as Chiropractors recognize that many factors affect your health, including exercise, nutrition, sleep, environment and heredity. Chiropractors treat you as a whole person focusing on maintaining your health naturally to help your body resist disease, rather than simply treating the symptoms of disease.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for the Whole Family

Chiropractic care is safe and effective for the whole family, from infants to elderly. Chiropractors use a multitude of techniques that are soft and gentle to relieve you from your pain and get you back moving and functioning optimally. The lack of movement of a joint, not limited to the spine; causes improper function and nerve inference within the human body and compensations are made to try and correct the dysfunction. With Chiropractic adjustments, the normal motion and function can be restored to the joints allowing the nervous system to work properly increasing overall health.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help Children?

Chiropractic care for children offers your family a solid foundation for wellness. Throughout pregnancy, birth, and childhood, the chiropractic lifestyle offers choices and benefits for your greater health and well-being. The following article will help you understand the importance of the chiropractic family wellness lifestyle.

Chiropractic care has been reported by parents to improve1:

1) sleeping

2) behaviour and attitude

3) immune function

4) concentration

Sources:

1. Ohm J. Why Should Children Have Chiropractic Care? | Childhood Wellness Articles. Icpa4kidsorg. 2016. Available at: http://icpa4kids.org/Wellness-Articles/why-should-children-have-chiropractic-care.html. Accessed February 24, 2016.