Introduction to Chiropractic Care and Your Health
Too often people do not fully understand chiropractic care and relegate it to strictly dealing with pain in the back and neck. Chiropractors are highly educated doctors, and they have to be because treating the spine means chiropractors are dealing with the central nervous system which controls all the functions throughout your body including your internal organs and muscles. Their education includes courses on anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, neurology, orthopedics, diagnosis, X-rays, obstetrics, pediatrics, spinal rehabilitation, and more (see minimum curriculum of a chiropractor).
There is a fundamental difference between the way a medical doctor (M.D.) and a doctor of chiropractic (D.C.) approaches your health.
It is common for a medical doctor to prescribe a medication to help a patient feel better. While the patient may feel better for a while, the medicine was used to treat the symptom — not the cause of the problem. The trouble with treating the symptom instead of the cause is the source of the problem has not been corrected. If a problem is left uncorrected, it can become worse and worse, and may eventually get to the point where you cannot correct it. If the problem is in the spine, or in any joint in the body (shoulder, knee, ankle, wrist, hips), and is left uncorrected it will lead to degeneration of the joint, which is known as osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis if not managed properly will progressively advance and will interfere with the nervous system which will effect how your body functions and creates pain. Once degeneration begins in the spine and joints, you will not be able to recover 100%.
As doctors of chiropractic, our approach to your healthcare and wellness is different from that of a medical doctor. It is our practice to focus on detecting the underlying cause of your symptom, and correct the cause of the problem. As chiropractors we realize that your symptoms are an indicator of the real problem and your body's way of communicating with your brain that there is something wrong. If someone is experiencing any symptoms, the ultimate goal is to find the underlying cause to that symptom and correct the cause. In determining the root cause of your problem, we have a wide range examinations available to identify the source of your problem including: chiropractic, neurological, orthopedic, x-ray, physical exams and computerized nervous system tests. Our non-invasive computer technology enables us to detect how the different types of nerves in your nervous system are functioning, and even measure your body’s ability to adapt to internal stress. Once we have determined the source of your problem, we will design and implement the best possible treatment plan to not only alleviate your symptoms, but to correct the underlying cause as well
As chiropractors, we are interested in helping our patients obtain their optimum health and wellness. Therefore is it also important for us to discover the reason you had your problem to begin with. During your comprehensive consultation, in addition to your health history, we will check to see if anything in your lifestyle may be contributing to your problem. Various facets of your life such as your work environment, nutrition, exercise, rest and how you manage stress will have an impact on your health. At Kempsville Chiropractic, our doctors will provide guidance in these areas to improve your health and well-being.
Your Body’s Innate Ability to Heal
Chiropractors believe in the body’s innate ability to heal itself. Chiropractic care uses gentle adjustments that remove subluxations (misalignments) of the spine, which restores proper nerve supply to your muscles and organs allowing your body to function properly.
Let me give you a simple illustration of the body’s innate ability to heal itself.
Everyone has gotten a cut at one time or another — a small paper cut or even a large gash — and relied on his or her body to heal itself. What can a doctor do about a cut? The doctor can clean the wound, apply a Band-Aid, maybe even use stitches or medical glue if needed, but the actual healing is done by the body itself. The central nervous system notifies the brain of the cut, the brain in turn sends out T-cells to fight infection, the blood starts to coagulate, the bleeding is stopped and the cut heals. It was not the Band-Aid or the stitches that healed the wound, it was your body taking care of itself.
The central nervous system is key to every function of your body. When nerves are irritated or pinched, communication to the brain is suppressed or even cut off. This means parts of your body are no longer functioning properly and optimally. Without a proper functioning central nervous system allowing your body to take care of itself (its innate ability), even the best modern science and medicine have to offer will not enable you to function the way you are designed to function and heal.
Correct, Restore, and Maintain
Chiropractic care is unique in the healthcare industry in that it strives to allow your central nervous system to function optimally, thereby allowing the organs and muscles in your body to properly function to keep you healthy.
To do this, a chiropractor must accurately diagnose your problem(s) and then design a plan to correct it. As the nerve supply in your body is restored, you will find your symptoms going away and your body healing. Chiropractic care is about restoring your body to it’s natural health, wellness, and function. When you understand how chiropractic care and your health are intertwined, you know that if your spine is maintained properly — allowing your body to function optimally — you will avoid a lot of future problems, illnesses, and pain. Everyone’s healthcare should include properly maintaining a healthy spine and nervous system so they can enjoy a healthy life.
To arrange an appointment at Kempsville Chiropractic call us at 757.467.5258 or use the convenient appointment form. If you have friends or family that would like to gain a better understanding of chiropractic care, please recommend this article to them.
- Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health: Part 1: The Cervical Spine (Neck)
- Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health: Part 2: The Thoracic Spine (Mid to Upper Back)
- Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health: Part 3: The Lumbar & Sacral Spine (Lower Back)
- Chiropractic Wellness Care
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