What is Chiropractic
The bones making up your spinal column can become misaligned. Of greater consequence, the displaced segments interfere with the delicate nerve roots that branch from your spinal cord. These nerves contain the vital wire-like tracts that your brain uses to communicate messages of control to all parts of your body: organs, muscles, glands, etc. Most of the messages course to parts of your body which are unable to feel sensations. Think about the last time you slept wrong and woke with an achy pancreas; this never happens because there is no sensory nerve supply to most organs.
With the stealth-like ability, problems without apparent symptoms lead to functional alteration and ensuing diseases that can creep up on even the most unsuspecting so-called “healthy” victims. That’s why chiropractic care, with its eerily reliable early detection, should be used as a preventive action step to a healthier you!
Chiropractors use a variety of methods to determine the exact points and vectors where they apply the gentle force to comfortably realign your spine. Imagine you are a patient ready to be helped, and you visit my office. You have several areas of spinal misalignment, some with symptoms that produce pain and others that exist in silence. As I watch you walk toward me, I notice slight changes in how one side of your body moves compared to the other. We greet each other, exchanging warm smiles, as I visually scan 10 points on your body in order to read your posture. Building on the instant information just gathered I feel your spine gently with my finger pads. I am scanning for slight variations of the bone position that stray from normal, while concurrently feeling for fixated areas of lost flexibility, swelling, and points of excess heat.
How Chiropractic Helps
I employ techniques to read responses in your nervous system that occur when an area of discord is touched. Joints that are misaligned or fixated over stimulate their nerve receptors when compared to those in a normal and healthy state. Pressing on these points with subtlety like that used to depress a doorbell causes an additional barrage of nerve input to the brain. Much like flickering lights during a storm, for a few seconds, while the brain attempts to process this large inflow, all of the muscles within the body weaken. While applying gentle downward pressure on your extended arm, I use my other hand to press on points of concern. When a problem spot is found, your arm weakens with a slight drop. I then push in the direction that a correction would be applied and notice how your strength is regained. Confirmation. This method has proven invaluable as a detailed analysis that uncovers the most complex and hidden problems not only within the spine, pelvis, and bones of the skull but also with the joints and connective tissues of the arms and legs.