What is Chiropractic?

Ultimately Chiropractic is about health and wellness.  Chiropractic adjustments of the spine and extremities help with pain and decreased range of motion.   Many patients find that after a Chiropractic Adjustment they have improvements in symptoms such as sciatica, shoulder problems, low back pain, neck pain, muscle spasms, and pregnancy aches.   Chiropractic adjustments are safe for the whole family from your newborn to the elderly.

What does that mean?

To Chiropractors it usually means allowing the body to heal itself by removing interference along the nerve brain pathway.   Simply put, this means aligning the spine and joints in the body to allow all of the nerve messages to travel to where they need to go in order to heal the body.   This could be to a low back pain, a knee joint that isn’t working well, or to heartburn.   Chiropractors are not as concerned with the illness or the symptoms as much they are with assuring that the body has all the tools to heal itself quickly and to the best of its ability.   That is not to say we don’t want to know how you are doing, or where something is bothering you, because we most definitely do.   We hear where you are hurting and examine it, but often the pain is coming from somewhere else because the body is all interconnected.   Sometimes low back pain can come from a neck issue, or wrist pain can come from the shoulder.   That is why we examine and test you before we adjust.

Chiropractors are looking for misalignments in the spine, or subluxations.   Subluxations are those misalignments of the spine or other joints that impact the transmission of a nerve message.   They occur from trauma, stress, or chemicals.   This problems shows itself in several important ways.   Chiropractors are looking for the five main components of a Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).

Five main components of a VSC:

The 1st component is the Bone Component:  This is when the vertebra or other joint is either out of position,  not moving freely, or has some sort of wear and tear showing.   This can narrow spaces that nerves and blood vessels travel through.

The 2nd component is the Nerve Component:  This is when the normal nerve transmission is affected; either it is hyper, under active, or sporadic.  This change in the nerve transmission can lead to other conditions, such as pain and organ dysfunction.

The 3rd component is the Muscular Component:  This component can be the most obvious, and also can perpetuate the problem.  For instance, since nerves control muscles, a hyperactive signal will cause a muscle to spasm thus causing that muscle to pull harder on the bone it’s attached to, which pulls it further out of alignment causing more nerve transmission issues. This cycle will then continue on and on until something overrides it (like the adjustment).

The 4th component is the Soft Tissue Component: This can be changes in tendons, ligaments, your vertebral discs, blood, and lymph.  Basically these can swell, tear, shrink, bulge, loosen, tighten, etc, and that puts more stress on the body.

The 5th component is the Pathology Component:  This is when the bones alter or degenerate to stabilize the misalignment.  This process can take years to actually show up on a x-ray, but that does not mean it’s not occurring.

So, what is an adjustment?

For this office, it is the gentle, low-force thrust that helps with the alignment of your spine and extremities.  We use a drop table, the activator, and our hands to accomplish this.

Scheduling your Chiropractic adjustment:

Chiropractic appointments are available on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

On Fridays, Chiropractic appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.