Chiropractic Care

...the science of locating subluxations, primarily vertebral subluxations.
...the art of reducing or eliminating subluxations, allowing for natural function and better health.
...the philosophy of health and a way
CHIROPRACTORS ARE "NERVE SPECIALISTS"

The doctor of chiropractic works with the nerves - both directly and indirectly - because every function of your entire body is controlled or affected by the nervous system. Every organ, tissue and cell is affected by nerve impulses traveling from your brain to every part of your body.

NERVES:

X-Ray of right portion of a human skeletonMake possible all physical movement as they transmit nerve stimulation to all muscles, bones and joints.
Transmit all sensations to the brain.
Make possible all sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing.
Maintain your balance and keep your body at a normal 98.6 degrees.
Make it possible to swallow.
Make your bowels move.
Control your liver, lungs, heart, spleen, pancreas, gall bladder and kidneys.
Control the circulation of blood.
In fact, as you can see, your nervous system is the master control of all other body systems -

glandular • reproductive • digestive • eliminative • respiratory • circulatory

Complete, perfect, natural health comes only when you have a complete, perfect, natural, normally functioning nervous system.

THE SPINE IS THE CHIROPRACTOR'S "AVENUE OF APPROACH"

Every science of healing has what is known as an "avenue of approach". In medicine, the physician injects drugs via a hypodermic needle through the skin. He prescribes a pill to be swallowed, which goes into the stomach. Yet there need not be anything wrong with the skin or stomach. These are but "avenues" through which the drugs gain access to the body.

Now, for the doctor of chiropractic, the "avenue of approach" is primarily the SPINE because it houses and protects the spinal cord - the "switchboard" of the nervous system through which nerves pass from the brain as they carry nerve impulses to all parts of the body.

The nerves branch off the spinal cord though openings between the movable spinal bones (or vertebrae). These vertebrae can become misaligned or fixed (locked) which can produce interference with the normal activities of the nerves. This interference can disturb normal function which affects the body and cause many health problems.

Today's highly-trained doctor of chiropractic has spent thousands of hours - six years or more of college - earning his or her doctorate. He or she has had extensive clinical experience with the human body and how to take care of it without drugs or surgery.

Most conditions of pain or ill health are the result of some underlying cause within the human body, which first should be found before alleviation can be accomplished, pain relieved and health restored and maintained. Chiropractic has developed special techniques for locating real, fundamental, original causes within the body which prevent natural health, and for reducing or correcting them so that normal, natural body functions my be restored affecting all the organs, tissues and cells of the body.

OBJECTIVE

Our main objective is to stabilize and reduce your condition in an attempt to give you relief from pain or other discomfort you might be having. Sometimes relief is possible with the first chiropractic adjustment, but this is the exception. Chiropractic's clinical experience indicates that many of the patients were able to accept, get relief within the first few visits, while the remaining patients require a longer period of time due to the nature, severity and duration of their conditions.

Some patients mistake temporary relief from pain as an indicator that their condition is corrected, and discontinue chiropractic care when they begin to feel better. Keep in mind that in order to get the maximum benefit from your chiropractic care, you must allow enough time for the most complete stabilization and/or reduction of the causes of your condition possible, and permit the weakened parts of the body to strengthen and adjust. The original condition may return and perhaps be more severe than before, or other conditions my develop, if you don't allow enough time.

YOUR SPINE IS YOUR LIFELINE!

Medical diagram of a human's side and back view

Structure Affects Function

The adult spinal column consists of 24 freely-movable bone segments called vertebrae. Between each segment is a soft cushion called a disc, which serves as a shock absorber and ball bearing. Inside the spine is a tube which contains the spinal cord, the "lifeline" of the nervous system. Emitting from between the vertebrae are the nerves which coordinate, control and regulate bodily functions.

If one or more of these spinal nerves becomes irritated, symptoms of pain and other discomfort can occur, as well as vital organs affected.

The spine is a semi-flexible column consisting of 33 segments, 150 joints and almost 1,000 ligamentary connections. About, adjacent and overlapping the 24 vertebrae are 5 layers of muscles. These muscles (over 240) attach directly to the spinal column like guy wires, with over a million possible pulls.

It is readily evident that any localized imbalance of these muscles can stress the spinal vertebrae and may adversely affect nerve control.

NERVES AFFECT ALL PARTS OF THE BODY

Nerves emit from the spine through openings between vertebrae, called intervertebral foramina. There are 31 pairs and two types of spinal nerves:

Somatic - Consists of nerves that transmit impulses to and from the brain and spinal cord from a variety of receptors, i.e. skin, muscles, joints, etc.

Visceral - Found in the thoracic and lumbar (mid and lower back region) and transmit impulses among the organs, the spinal cord and brain.

NERVES AFFECT ALL ORGANS OF THE BODY

The Autonomic Nervous System is that portion of our nervous system that controls the function of our internal organs (Viseral functions). It operates at a sub-conscious level and controls the functions of the organs pictured in this chart, such as the heart, the gastrointestinal tract, secretion of different glands, etc.

The spinal nerve portions of the autonomic nervous system are mainly located in the spinal cord which are between the first thoracic (T1) and the second lumbar vertebra (L2).
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