WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a natural form of health care that uses spinal adjustments to correct misalignments in the spine and restore proper function to the nervous system. Chiropractors focus on disorders of the musculoskeletal system, the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health.
Joints become hypomobile – or restricted in their movement – as a result of chemical, emotional, and physical stress.
- Chemical stress can happen as a result of environmental toxins. Some of these stresses may include alcohol, tobacco, sugar, artificial sweeteners, food coloring, caffeine, and heavy metals.
- Emotional stress comes from feeling emotions such as grief, anxiety, stress, depression, or anger.
- Physical stress happens as a consequence of tissue injury from a single traumatic event or through repetitive stresses. In either case, injured tissues undergo changes that can cause inflammation, pain, and diminished function for an individual. Adjustments are aimed at these hypomobile joints to improve movement, decrease muscle tension, and improve pain.
The purpose of a spinal adjustment is to restore proper movement in the affected joints which allows the nervous system to efficiently communicate with the rest of the body. These hypomobile joints are termed subluxations and can have a big impact on your health.
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Will My Subluxations Come Back After They’ve Been Corrected?
- Unfortunately, spinal dysfunction has become a common consequence of our modern lifestyle habits and left unchecked it is likely that subluxations will reappear.
- The good news is that regular checkups with your doctor of chiropractic will allow your spine to function at its best, correcting subluxations before the damage is irreversible.
What Happens When I Have a Subluxation?
1. Spinal Misalignment
The normal joint alignment, movement, and function are altered, although contact still remains between joint surfaces.
2. Nerve Dysfunction
Since your nervous system passes directly through your spine, subluxations will cause nerve irritation, sometimes resulting in obvious nerve pain and symptoms, but often times placing silent stress on your nerves, affecting the proper communication between your brain and the rest of your body.
3. Soft Tissue Dysfunction
Swelling and inflammation can occur. Surrounding soft tissue such as discs, ligaments, and tendons can be damaged.
4. Muscle Dysfunction
Surrounding muscles can become tight, out of balance, sensitive or may even spasm.
5. Other General Health Issues
Left unattended, subluxations can lead to long term changes such as spinal degeneration, general lack of energy, compromised immune system function, compromised respiratory function, and compromised organ function.