What Is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a philosophy of health care that concentrates on
helping the body function the way it was designed. What is meant
by that? Consider how many times in your life you had to REMIND
your body to breathe, pump blood, or digest food. These
functions of life happen automatically. Quite frankly, when the
body works well, it works VERY well!
However, the realities of life give us certain circumstances
that interfere with the normal functioning of our bodies. Since
the brain and nervous system control body functions,
Chiropractic focuses on maintaining the health of your nerves,
organs, and connective tissue (muscles, tendons, and ligaments)
so that the body can continue to operate normally. Emphasis is
given to the body's ability to heal itself.
From the Chiropractic perspective, a poorly functioning spinal
column is the cause of many different ailments. Any type of
situation, whether it is a traumatic injury, wear and tear over
many years, or any other stress, can cause the nervous system to
stop working at its ultimate capacity. That can breed pain or
discomfort and can affect how the organs of your body function.
You can see how this would affect your overall health and
lifestyle. Treatment in a Chiropractic office consists of gently
adjusting or manipulating the spine, as well as exercise
recommendations, physical therapy, and rehabilitative
activities. Chiropractic physicians will answer your questions
on nutrition and any other health-related question.
Chiropractors refer to other health care providers when the
condition warrants additional medical intervention.
While many patients visit Chiropractors when they are in pain,
there is great benefit in addressing your overall health from a
preventative point of view. For example, to use an old analogy,
what would be easier and more beneficial? To attempt to
straighten a curved Oak tree, or make sure the sapling grows
straight to begin with? While this may not do justice to the
human condition, in reality this analogy is very accurate.
Prevention is ALWAYS easier than helping an injury or health
issue. Another benefit of prevention is to allow the person to
have an optimal health level. This helps the patient enjoy the
lifestyle they choose rather than their health conditions
determining that choice for them!