Who Should Go to a Chiropractor?
The short answer is “everyone with a spine.” You may not know this, but chiropractic is THE LARGEST non-medical healing practice in the world. From professional athletes to homemakers, movie stars to office workers, infants and children to the elderly, business people to manual laborers or anyone needing healthcare in general; chiropractic can benefit EVERYONE! Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) are highly trained in diagnosing and adjusting the spine, helping millions find pain relief. Yet, millions more live dependent on drugs or face unnecessary surgery not knowing chiropractic care is their answer.
Roughly, 80% of the general population experiences back pain of some sort at some point in their lives! Often, that back pain comes and goes without complication. Sometimes, injuries offset the alignment of the spine that compromises the overall mechanics of the body. Dysfunction, lack of motion and a decreased quality of life gradually settle in and accumulate. Unfortunately, these misalignments can linger for months, years or decades until they're properly addressed and corrected.
Most people understand the basics of chiropractic but many may have specific issues they're unaware chiropractic can help with. Asthma, allergies, ear infections, digestive problems, colds, flu, heart conditions, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, hyperactivity, lethargy, fatigue... All these conditions (and literally hundreds more!) can be corrected with chiropractic manipulation! Truly, everyone should have their spine professionally examined by a licensed chiropractic physician.
Why Should I Go to a Chiropractor?
A chiropractor works to keep the nerves, bones and muscles of the body working properly and in sync. Nerves control every single organ, muscle, type of tissue and part of the body. Every single one of those nerves originate from the spine. This is why chiropractic medicine focuses on the spine above everything else. Chiropractors work to correct the cause of conditions, not merely the resulting symptoms. If all the lights in your house suddenly go out at once, you don’t run around in the dark replacing every bulb. You go to the fuse box. You go to the source of the problem; the cause of the conduction.
Almost everyone has small distortions in their bodies that effect energy levels and overall health. Chiropractors call these little distortions 'subluxations' and they disrupt your body’s normal function and natural healing ability. A Chiropractor’s job is to evaluate the body, find these disruptions and correct them, thus unlocking your body’s full potential.
What is a Subluxation?
A subluxation is a small misalignment or fixation in the skeletal system that irritates the surrounding soft tissues and disrupts the natural communication of your nervous system. When your nervous system becomes disrupted, a variety of symptoms can occur depending on the location and severity of the disruption. Symptoms may be general or localized weakness, malfunction or dysregulation of organs and body parts. A number of different structures can become affected by a subluxation including bones, joints, discs, ligaments, tendons, nerves, arteries, veins and lymphatics. Patients can experience a variety of different symptoms depending on which structures become affected.
What Does a Chiropractor Do?
Chiropractors are highly educated and specially trained to specifically evaluate your body. Chiropractors detect any hidden and obvious subluxations your body may be carrying. Once found, the chiropractor corrects the subluxations using a chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment gives your body an aligning nudge back into place allowing your body to heal naturally. Picture your friend gets their car stuck in the snow. The tires are spinning and going nowhere. You decide to help by getting behind the car and push. Then for some reason, this time it moves and the car pulls itself from the snow. Did you, alone, move the 4,000-pound vehicle yourself? Possibly, but doubtful. Your extra nudge in the right direction gave the car the edge it needed to free itself.
The body wants to heal itself and constantly undergoes repair 24/7. Sometimes the tires spin. Sometimes your body needs a nudge in the right direction with just the right force. Thus is the purpose of the chiropractic adjustment. The adjustment restores lost mobility to a 'stuck' joint and removes any associated disruption of nerve signaling. With proper alignment restored to the joint, cell signaling allows for optimal function and natural healing to get you moving again.
Doctors of Chiropractic have on average 8 years of education in science and healthcare, some have up to 12 years or even more. It is a common misconception that DCs have less clinical training than MDs. When in fact, students of chiropractic are required to complete more hours of anatomy, physiology, neurology, radiology, clinical diagnosis and orthopedics of the musculoskeletal system than their MD colleagues. With so much training, chiropractic adjustments can easily vary in technique from school to school and from doctor to doctor. Nevertheless, the overall goal remains the same; to free-up communication throughout the Central Nervous System and restore vitality to the body.