This treatment works by making chiropractic adjustments, or corrections, to the nervous system. The nervous system has three components:
- Central nervous system includes the brain and spine
- Peripheral nervous system connects the nervous system to the rest of the body
- Autonomic nervous system controls the functions that we don’t consciously control
The nervous system can be positively affected by physically, chemically, thermally or emotionally altering the vertebrae of the spinal column and the surrounding musculature of the musculoskeletal system.
How Does Chiropractic Treatment Work?
Nerves attached to various organs and tissues exit from the spinal cord at varying points along the vertebral column. If impingements or stresses exist in the spinal column and/or connecting muscles, nerve function is impeded and the corresponding organs and tissues are adversely affected. At our chiropractic care center, practitioners treat these vertebral and muscular impingements by manipulating or altering the structure. Once these impingements are eliminated, the body’s inherent ability to heal itself is re-established.
Although the basic focus of chiropractic care is treating impingements (subluxations) upon the nerves, many chiropractors integrate other areas of therapy to help promote and maintain the results of their chiropractic adjustments. These may include nutritional therapies, stress management, detoxification and other manual therapies, such as therapeutic massage.
Why Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic is a holistic approach to overall health that allows the body to heal itself of illness, injury and environmental and emotional stresses. Dr. Daniel Palmer formally introduced chiropractic in 1895; however, this practice took some time to catch on. Over time, as the advantages have come to light and become increasingly indisputable, chiropractic care has gained full acceptance within the mainstream medical community. This is why most health insurance companies now provide coverage for chiropractic treatment.
Several highly regarded chiropractic research projects, including an exhaustive British study in 1990, have documented myriad instances of resolving acute back pain more effectively and with greater duration than attempts by mainstream medical interventions.
In addition to successful treatment of back and neck pain, chiropractic has resolved many illnesses that have been treated unsuccessfully by traditional medical interventions. These include pain, numbness of the limbs, and numerous digestive issues. A recent study also shows that chiropractic care has increased retention rates (up to ten times) in substance abuse programs.
Although many people seek chiropractic care only when they are suffering from pain and/or illness, chiropractic care is a highly effective means of preventing pain and illness as well as maintaining overall health.
Who Benefits from Chiropractic Therapy?
Chiropractic care is appropriate for people of all ages (infant to geriatric) and all levels of health. People suffering from chronic back and/or neck pain, or who are experiencing high levels of physical and/or emotional stress in their lives are prime candidates.