WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
What truly differentiates doctors of chiropractic from other healthcare professionals
is that chiropractors are the only professionals who are trained to diagnose and
treat what are called spinal subluxations. Vertebral Subluxation literally means,
a slight dislocation or misalignment of the bones in the spine. There are actually
five components that contribute to the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).
1. BONE Component:
where the vertebra is either out of position, not moving
properly, or is undergoing degeneration resulting in irritation or impingement
of the nerve itself.
2. NERVOUS Component:
is the disruption of the normal flow of energy along the
nerve fibers, causing the messages travelling along the nerves to become
distorted. Over time, this can lead to a whole host of conditions, such as peptic
ulcers, constipation and other organ system dysfunction.
3. MUSCULAR Component:
since nerves control the muscles that help hold the
vertebrae in place, muscles have to be considered to be an integral part of the
vertebral subluxation complex. A subluxation can irritate a nerve, the irritated
nerve can cause the muscle to spasm.
4. SOFT TISSUE Component:
the VSC will also affect the surrounding tendons,
ligaments, blood supply and other tissues as the misaligned vertebrae tug and
squeeze the connective tissue with tremendous force.
5. CHEMICAL Component:
is the change in the chemistry of the body due to VSC.
Most often, these vertebral subluxations cause the release of chemicals called
kinins that increase inflammation in the affected area. These changes become
progressively worse over time if they are not treated correctly. This leads to
chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, muscle trigger points, the formation of
bone spurs, loss of movement, as well as muscle weakness and spasm.
In order to be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free
of interference from subluxations. Chiropractors are the only health professionals
trained in the detection, location and correction of the vertebral subluxation
complex through chiropractic care. Both infants and adults can benefit from
Wellness vs. Standard Medical Care
Wellness care seeks to turn on the body's natural healing ability, not by adding
something to the system, but by removing anything that might interfere with normal
function, trusting that the body knows what to do if nothing is interfering with it.
Standard Medical Care on the other hand, seeks to treat the symptoms by adding
something from the outside - a medication, surgery or procedure.
When the body heals and maintains itself well, there is another level of health that
which reveals an opportunity for vitality.