Chiropractic is a branch of the healing arts that is based upon the fact
that good health depends upon a healthy relationship between the nervous
system and the spinal column. The practice of chiropractic deals with
the concept of interference with normal nerve transmission and expression.
It is based on the fact that abnormal functions of the body can be caused
by abnormal pressure or irritation of the nervous system by various body
Gray's Anatomy states that, "the nervous system's function
is to control and coordinate "all" the other organs and structures and to relate the individual to
Yes, the nervous system is vitally important to our health and well being.
In many cases the nervous system should be evaluated first before taking
drugs or surgery, the last alternative.
Treatment (The Adjustment)
An adjustment that the Chiropractor administers to a vertebra of the spine
is call "an adjustment." The adjustment of displaced vertebrae
interfering with normal nerve supply and causing a disturbance to the
nervous system is the major treatment. The adjustment is performed by
hand and in some instances, by a hand-held device as the patient is lying
face down on a specially designed table.
The Chiropractor relates various levels of the spinal column to various
organs and conditions. For example, if tenderness is found at the base
of the skull, it may be related to headaches, sinus problems or to the
jaw. Lower down in your neck may be found misaligned vertebra that relate
to pain, tingling or numbness in your shoulder, arm or hands. Chest and
stomach problems may have a displacement of the bones between the shoulder
blade. Lower back pain can cause tingling down the leg and numbness (sciatica)
as well as abdominal, bladder and prostate problems because of the same
Orthopedic and neurological testing are a part of a chiropractic examination
to arrive at the underlying cause of your problem.
Health Check List
Take just two minutes to check for any symptoms you may have. Following
an accident, always get checked by a Chiropractor to avoid future, possible
serious health problems. If you have any symptoms call immediately for
__Migraine headache __Ache all over
__Numbness in limbs __ Fatigue
__Stiff or painful neck __Bursitis
__Double vision __Loss of neck motion
__Painful back __Blackouts
__Muscle spasm __Muscle swelling
__Nervousness __Night blindness
__Tingling in limbs __Loss of balance
__Insomnia __Loss of hearing
__Pinched nerves __Cold hands or feet
__Ringing in ears __Shortness of breath
__Poor circulation __Poor memory
__Mental dullness __Anxiety
__Tremors __Eye strain
__Rapid heart beat __Period of depression
__Early arthritis __Any change from pre-accident condition.
Mini Exam At Home
A simple visual check may be done to reveal possible spinal misalignments.
In front of a mirror, stand up straight with your arms relaxed, looking
straight ahead. Is your head tilted to one side? We become so accustomed
to our everyday appearance we rarely notice asymmetry.
Look at the level of your shoulders. Is one shoulder higher than the other?
Next, look at your hip level. Compare each side at the top of your hip
bone. Is one side higher than the other? Do you have your clothes altered
because of a "short leg"?
Ask a family member to view you from behind. Turn your head to the right
and left. Are you able to turn further one way than the other? Are your
shoulders symmetrical? Does one shoulder blade protrude? Do the muscles
seem to be bulkier on one side? Is one knee slightly bent when you are standing?
Many times, deviations such as those above can be the source of aches and pain.
All young children should have a spinal examination at least once a year.
If caught early, much can be done for a spinal curvature, avoiding painful
procedures like surgery and braces.
It is possible to have structural deviations without pain, but sooner or
later, they will usually cause pain and are one of the major causes of
osteoarthritis and other degenerative diseases.