What is a Vertebral Subluxation Complex?
In simplest terms, a Vertebral Subluxation Complex is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of normal position and create pressure on the spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are between each of the bones in your spine and this pressure or irritation can cause the nerves to malfunction. As well, this pressure can interfere with the signals traveling along these nerves.
How does Vertebral Subluxation Complex affect me?
Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper messages and will not function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some parts of your body will not be working properly.
It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations and to correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the subluxations in your nervous system.
What is chiropractic care?
There’s nothing mysterious about chiropractic. It’s a natural method of health care that focuses on treating the causes of physical problems, rather than just treating the symptoms. Chiropractic is based on a simple but powerful premise. With a normally functioning spine and healthy nerve system, your body is better able to heal itself. That’s because your spine is the lifeline of your nervous system. It controls feeling, movement, and all function through your body.
What is Wellness Care?
Wellness care is the care necessary not only to relieve or reduce a person’s pain or symptoms, but also to remove the actual cause of the problem. Our offices are dedicated to finding the cause of the problems, removing those subluxations, and stabilizing the spine to prevent the reoccurrence of that nerve interference. For example, a person might have a headache due to misaligned vertebrae in the neck (subluxation). Commonly societal tendencies are to search the medicine cabinet for a pill that will relieve the trouble. This is relief care. Once the pain goes away, is the real trouble gone? No. The body is not in a position to allow itself to heal and the same or more intense headache will return. Relief care only focuses on the pain. Wellness care seeks to determine why that nerve pressure exists, allowing that headache. Once the headache is settled from the results of the chiropractic adjustment, the patient will be guided to the next step of the healing process by stabilizing and strengthening the spine and muscles protecting the fragile nervous system. This is accomplished by posture and motion evaluation specific to each patient. Also, concentration is placed on making sure the foods that fuel that body are proper to speed the healing process. Most of all, a positive mental outlook is necessary for proper health and our office is determined to help you and your family smile and laugh as much as possible as we guide your body toward its fullest innate function.
How long does it take?
Each program of wellness is specific to the patient. Not everyone can reach complete stabilization or correction through wellness care. Sometimes a patient’s problem has deteriorated to a point that complete correction is impossible. If complete correction is not possible, then a program will be designed to help bring that patient’s health to its greatest potential.
What is a Subluxation?
In simplest terms, a subluxation (a.k.a. Vertebral Subluxation) is when one or more of the bones of your spine (vertebrae) move out of position and create pressure on, or irritate spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from between each of the bones in your spine. This pressure or irritation on the nerves then causes those nerves to malfunction and interfere with the signals traveling over those nerves.
How does this affect you? Your nervous system controls and coordinates all the functions of your body. If you interfere with the signals traveling over nerves, parts of your body will not get the proper nerve messages and will not be able to function at 100% of their innate abilities. In other words, some part of your body will not be working properly.
It is the responsibility of the Doctor of Chiropractic to locate subluxations, and reduce or correct them. This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.
How do Subluxations Occur?
When the body is exposed to stressors that overcome the body’s internal resistance a subluxation occurs. The body must then alter its function in a way that will best handle this situation. This creates a state of “dis-ease” in the Nervous System, thus affecting the vitality of the entire body. These stressors fall into three different categories: Thoughts, Traumas, or Toxins.
Although each of these categories can cause subluxations by themselves, most subluxations are caused by some combination of all three. For example: A slight physical trauma, which would not ordinarily cause a subluxation, does so due to muscle tension from emotional factors. The stress and strain from daily life can prompt muscles that are full of toxins from the foods we eat or the medications we take to allow subluxations to occur. With all these stresses, physical traumas, and emotional tension, as well as the poisons that the body is subjected to everyday, it is not difficult to see how the Nervous System can become subluxated causing “dis-ease” in the body that creates disease when not removed.
Can I tell if I have a subluxation?
Not always. A subluxation is like a dental cavity–you may have it for a long time before symptoms appear. That’s why periodic spinal checkups are so important. Although it may be possible to know you have a subluxation, it is rarely possible to be sure you don’t. Regular spinal checkups are always a good idea, and they promote good health from the inside out.
How does chiropractic work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your body’s inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of your nervous system, all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and remove interferences (subluxations, misaligned vertebrae) to your nervous system. With improved spinal function, there is improved nervous system function. The goal of the chiropractor is to remove interference that may be impairing normal health through specific chiropractic adjustments, allowing your body to heal itself. A healthy spine and a healthy lifestyle are your keys to optimal health!
What type of education do chiropractic doctors receive?
Doctors of Chiropractic are well educated. Chiropractic education and medical education are similar in many respects and different in others because chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or perform surgery, and medical doctors do not correct vertebral subluxations. After graduating with a Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) Degree, each candidate passes the demanding four part National Board Examinations. Then, doctors apply to a governmental or professional licensing board and pass a still more difficult test before being granted the privilege to practice. A chiropractor’s education, however, never ends. Most doctors complete regular postgraduate instruction for license renewal and to stay current on the latest research and adjustment techniques.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A chiropractic adjustment is the art of using a specific force in a precise direction, applied to a joint that is subluxated, “locked up,” or not moving properly. The purpose of this safe and natural procedure is to eliminate interference to the nervous system, improving spinal function and overall health. “Gentle spinal adjustments boost your body’s immunity.”
Do children need chiropractic care?
Since significant spinal trauma can occur at birth, many parents have their newborns checked for vertebral subluxation. Naturally, chiropractic adjusting procedures are adapted for the child’s spine. Many childhood health complaints that are brushed off can be traced to the spine. Health problems that emerge in adulthood could often be prevented by having your children’s spine checked by a chiropractor early. Most parents report that their children enjoy their chiropractic adjustments and are healthier than their peers.
At what age should chiropractic care begin?
The truth is, any age. There are hospital case studies of infants close to death as a result of difficult or traumatic birth who, after a Chiropractic adjustment, recovered with seemingly “miraculous” results. You are never too young or old to live at your body’s full innate potential.
Are all patients adjusted the same way?
No. The doctor evaluates each patient’s unique spinal problem and develops an individual course of care. Each chiropractic adjustment builds on the one before. The resulting recommendations are based upon years of training and experience. Each patient’s care is uniquely different from every other patient.
Is chiropractic safe?
Yes. Chiropractic has an excellent safety record. It is the result of a conservative and natural approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. As proof, one merely has to compare malpractice rates between chiropractors and other health care professionals. Chiropractors’ malpractice premiums are a small fraction of those for medical doctors.
What causes the sound during an adjustment?
Actually, adjustments do not always produce a sound. Often, however, adjustments do create the sound of a spinal “release,” or “popping” sound. The sound is caused by gas rushing in to fill the partial vacuum created when the joints are slightly separated. This sound is painless and totally harmless.
Can I adjust myself?
No. Since a chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction to a specific joint, it is virtually impossible to adjust oneself correctly and accurately. It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create a “popping” sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable spine even more unstable, and can sometimes be dangerous. Adjusting the spine is not for amateurs!
Is chiropractic care addictive?
No. If only it were, there would be a lot LESS sick people around and chiropractors would not get patients who last saw a chiropractor “a few years ago when their back went out.” It is possible to get used to feeling more balanced, less stressed, and more energetic as a result or regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic is not addictive, however, good health is.
Can a person who had back surgery see a chiropractor?
Yes. It’s an unfortunate fact that up to half of those who had spinal surgery discover a return of their original symptoms months or years later. They then face the prospect of additional surgery. This too common occurrence is know as “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.” Chiropractic may help prevent repeated back surgeries. In fact, if chiropractic care is initially, utilized back surgery can often be avoided in the first place.
Does chiropractic work for all types of health problems?
No, however chiropractic care is successful with a very wide variety of health problems not necessarily considered “back” problems because of improved nerve system function. With a normal nerve supply the body’s natural healing capacity can improve a variety of health problems.
Is it OK to see a chiropractor if I’m pregnant?
Anytime is a good time for a better functioning nerve system. Pregnant mothers find that chiropractic adjustments improve their pregnancy and make delivery easier for themselves and their baby. Adjusting methods are always adapted to a patients size, weight, age, and condition of health.
What is the difference between a chiropractor and an osteopath?
Chiropractors base their care on the detection correction, and prevention of vertebral subluxations (spinal misalignments). We use specific spinal adjustments to correct the spin, to improve nerve system functions and reduce nerve interference. Osteopaths use drugs, surgery, and other traditional medical therapies and only occasionally use manipulative procedures.
Why do chiropractors take x-rays?
Chiropractors take x-rays to reveal the internal structure and alignment of the spine. We are also concerned about underlying disease processes and disorders of the spine such as spinal deterioration, arthritis of the spine, abnormal development, bone spurs, disc disorders, tumors and spinal curvature. X-rays also provide a blueprint for correcting the spine back to optimal health and alignment.
Is a good work-out the same as getting adjusted?
No. Exercise is an important part of good health, yet without normal spinal function a physical workout merely puts additional wear and tear on improperly functioning spinal joints.
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”