For over 125 years, Chiropractic care has maintained a central focus; the body’s ability to regulate and adapt to it’s environment. The human body’s total nervous system is responsible for such regulation at various levels and connections. Chiropractic Health Care upholds the understanding that many disease processes form as a result of the body’s inability to adapt, rooting from malfunctions in the spinal cord. With these understandings in mind, Chiropractors focus on examining and evaluating the spine to realign or adjust these malfunctions or “subluxations” to help reduce stresses that may influence the nervous system, and therefore, the body’s ability to adapt and function. Accidents, falls, stress, tension, overexertion and many other factors may not allow the spine to move within it’s regular range of motion. This can result in minor displacements of one or more vertebrae, causing irritation to spinal nerve roots, which in turn may cause malfunctions in your body. These disturbances can impact certain bodily functions that, Chiropractic care upholds, can result in an increased susceptibility to disease processes. The spine is simply the Chiropractor’s “avenue of approach” and this avenue is what sets the chiropractic approach apart.
An “adjustment” means the manipulation of a dysfunctional joint (either spinal or extremity). The adjustment consists of applying specific pressure by hand, utilizing specific chiropractic techniques, to realign the the problem area. Manipulation is sometimes accompanied by a “popping” noise or cavitation, not unlike that of “cracking” finger joints. This noise is harmless and is created by nitrogen gas escaping as the joint pressure is released. Chiropractic Manipulation is essential to Chiropractic Care and the most basic form of how a chiropractor can help you take control of your health!