Chiropractic is the third largest primary health care profession in the western world and works on the principle that a good spinal alignment and function is necessary for a better health and well being. Chiropractors specialize in the detection, correction and prevention of spinal joint dysfunctions, so called subluxations, and their affects on the nervous system and the body.
The reason Chiropractic is so effective for such are variety of conditions is that your brain and nervous system rely on proper movement for much of its information. We call this proprioception. Due to our modern lifestyles where many of us sit too much and exercise too little our spine absorbs much of this repetitive stress day in day out. As a consequence it becomes less mobile and more susceptible to symptoms (such as pain) developing. The chiropractic adjustment gently restores normal (specific) movement and neurological/brain function as well as facilitating healing around areas of stress. Other strengthening and proprioceptive (global) exercises are often used to compliment your progress.
Chiropractic is a natural, safe and effective treatment for all kinds of health problems ranging from those experienced by the newborn baby to the elderly. There are many different chiropractic techniques, some which involve adjustments by hand or other tools. Most adjustments actually feel good and will rarely cause any pain. Contrary to common belief you do not need a referral to visit a chiropractor.
Essentially, a straight chiropractor will attribute pain and even disease to what is referred to vertebral subluxation or poorly aligned joints of the spine. For example, when a chiropractor manipulates the spine it is to open the flow of energy to the parts connected by the corresponding nerves.
The Palmers taught that spinal manipulations would correct the magnetic vibrations of the nervous system. They even attributed their manipulations to an almost religious experience – allowing the presence of God to flow properly. And it is perhaps due to this rather esoteric theory that chiropractic was shunned by the conventions of traditional medicine.
The Palmers instituted Palmer College of Chiropractic which exists to this day. The College still teaches the original straight theory and techniques of spinal manipulation but it has expanded to add other holistic treatments. While they no longer teach chiropractic as a metaphysical/religious practice per se, they still promote spinal manipulation as a means to open the flow of energy and thus healing, throughout the body.
Unfortunately, many people are brought up believing that if they do not experience any symptoms then they are well and healthy and hence, no need to consult any health practitioners. As the old saying goes “if it is not broken, why fix it?!!!” unfortunately, pain is a very poor indicator to your health. Quite simply, pain is a warning that some part of your body is not working as well as it should, however many health issues take a long time to manifest themselves with pain. The problem is “pain is the last thing to come, the first thing to go”!!! so do not wait until the pain comes, rather have a check up to make sure potentially harmful events to your health are removed in due time. As Chiropractor’s, we look to treat the cause and not just the symptom.