Chiropractic is a form of natural health care that focuses on caring for an individual without the use of drugs or medicines. Doctors of Chiropractic, more commonly known as chiropractors, are primary health care providers licensed in all 50 states, and are recognized by governmental health care programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, Workers’ Compensation programs, and more. Every year, more than 30 million Americans see chiropractors as part of the regular health care programs and with over 84,000 licensed chiropractors nationwide and more than 10,000 students currently enrolled in chiropractic school, it is the fastest growing health care profession.
The body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism, controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. The vertebrae protect the nervous system, and when they are misaligned or dysfunctional, can cause malfunction or disease throughout the body. Chiropractors seek to correct these misalignments so that the body can express its optimum health.
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Think of your vital organs – like your heart, kidneys, liver, stomach, and lungs – as light bulbs. With so many crucially important light bulbs in your body, don’t you want to be sure that they’re getting their proper flow of energy? Well, that’s the basic function of a chiropractor – to adjust your “dimmer switch” and help ensure your bulbs are getting their full wattage.
Chiropractors call the free, unimpeded flow of vital nerve impulses “100% Life Energy.” It is this life energy that miraculously created your body out of two microscopic cells, and it’s the very same innate intelligence that can also heal your body!
When your vertebrae exerts pressure on your nerves (a phenomenon called subluxation), it interferes with the nerve energy flow to whatever organs those nerves supply. This can lead to decreased functionality throughout your body. Through a series of chiropractic adjustments, spinal irregularities are corrected and the conditions caused by subluxation can be relieved and even eliminated.
Chiropractic is there simply to give your own innate healing power a helping hand by removing the interferences. This is the primary principle that has guided the art and science of chiropractic for an entire century, and has helped millions of people attain better health and well-being, overcome pain, avoid surgery, and reduce or eliminate the need for drugs or medication.
So don’t wait for a backache to bring you to a chiropractor. Call today to schedule an introductory consultation, and let us show you how chiropractic can light up your life!
Your spinal column holds the key to many of your health problems (as well as many of your health solutions). For it is through your spinal column that your nerves pass as they branch out to all your cells, tissues, organs, glands, and other parts of your body.
The spinal column supports these nerves in an ingenious way—with a series of connected bones, called vertebrae, that protect the nerves while allowing your body the full freedom of movement. However, when these vertebrae move out of their normal position, or lose their normal range of motion, health problems can occur.
Subtle spinal malfunctions that occur in the normal course of daily living are called vertebral subluxations. A subluxation is where the vertebra exerts a pressure that slowly interferes with your nerves’ normal energy flow. While subluxations can result in pain, quite often they do not, and if left uncorrected over a period of time, they can disrupt your nervous system’s normal function of relaying vital nerve impulses to essential parts of the body.
To use an analogy, it’s like a dimmer switch on a light fixture. When the switch is turned it interrupts the electrical cycle and causes the voltage to be reduced—making a 100 watt bulb act like a 60 watt bulb.
The history of the chiropractor dates back as far as 17,500 BC. Hippocrates believed that a misaligned spine contributed to the health of an individual. Modern day chiropractic goes back over 100 years, when the first adjustment was given by Dr. Daniel Palmer on September 18, 1895.
From early in his career, Dr. Palmer took interest in finding the cause and effect of sickness. The first chiropractic adjustment he gave in 1895 was performed on a man who had lost his hearing 17 years before. The man reported to Dr. Palmer that at the time he lost his hearing, he had strained his back and heard a noise in his back as it occurred. Suspecting that there could be a spinal misalignment, Dr. Palmer examined the man and sure enough found a vertebra out of line. Dr. Palmer adjusted the vertebra back into position and the man’s hearing improved.
Dr. Palmer had long maintained that spinal alignment was the key to health, and his experience with the man reinforced his thinking. Dr. Palmer went on to flesh out his theory more completely, positing that if the spine is aligned correctly, nerve flow to all parts of the body will work correctly and, thus, the body will be healthy and free of disease.
Criticism of this new healing technique came from many, especially the medical community, as it did not involve the traditional medical theory of health. For years, chiropractic was discredited, made fun of and even referred to as quackery. In the 1970s the chiropractic theory of health began to get the credit it deserved, with insurance companies recognizing it as a legitimate health care option and allowing claims to be paid for chiropractic care.
The chiropractic profession has shown dramatic growth since Dr. Palmer pioneered the practice over 100 years ago. Today there are 18 accredited chiropractic schools in the United States with a total enrollment of over 10,000 students. As natural, drugless forms of health care are becoming more of a priority for Americans, we expect more and more people to be introduced to the chiropractic approach to health and wellness.
Many patients imagine that they have tried everything. True, they have used many remedies, but they have never had the cause of their infirmity adjusted.
-Dr. Daniel Palmer
Pressure on nerves causes irriatation and tension with deranged functions as a result. Why not release the pressure? Why not adjust the cause instead of treating the effects? Why not?
-Dr. Daniel Palmer
Chiropractic Care Can Never Start Too Early
Whether from an awkward position in the womb, a traumatic trip through the birth canal, or the birthing process itself, an infant even minutes old can suffer from jammed or out of place spinal bones. For this reason, Hart Family Chiropractic recommends having your child checked for subluxation as soon as possible after birth. Chiropractors are the only medical professionals trained to detect and remove these subluxations, and doing so will help to ensure a healthy infancy.
As your child learns to crawl, scoot, walk, and play, his or her spine is constantly exposed to forces that may lead to a sublaxation. After all, the amount of trips and falls a child has in a day would probably put an adult in the hospital! Spinal misalignment can be easily detected and removed by a chiropractor, and your child’s health will benefit. Chiropractic care is all about releasing energy so that the body can function at full potential. It’s a great idea to start chiropractic with your child at an early age so that he or she can grow and function at 100%.
Another essential part of our approach to your child’s wellbeing is providing parents with all the information they need concerning health and wellness. From child nutrition, exercise, ADHD, diabetes prevention, stress reduction or anything else, the Hart Family Chiropractic staff is committed to providing you a complete wellness education.
As a new chiropractic patient, you may wonder how you’ll feel after a spinal adjustment. “What will happen when I’m adjusted? Will I feel better right away? Will it hurt afterwards?”
These are all normal questions. But because each patient is a complex and unique individual, it’s impossible to predict exactly how any one body will react. That said, there are some common experiences among patients.
Most patients feel some effect of the adjustment immediately. After all, for many, it is the first time in years that normal nerve energy has been able to reach some areas of the body without interference.
Many people say that they feel more limber and relaxed. Some describe the effect as a surge of energy and vitality. Still others report an almost immediate decrease in the symptoms they’ve been experiencing. Headaches may suddenly disappear and people who had trouble walking into the office because of back pain may feel good enough to run out the door.
At this point, we like to remind patients that chiropractic didn’t “cure” or “treat” their headaches or backaches. Rather, a chiropractor located and corrected the subluxations that had made it difficult for the body to take care of itself.
Patients who receive immediate relief also have to be reminded that severe subluxations may have existed for a long time. Several adjustments may be needed before the vertebrae can be restored to correct alignment. The temporary disappearance of a symptom doesn’t mean that optimum health has been achieved.
Although many of the changes patients experience during or after an adjustment feel great, there are some which can cause minor discomfort or concern.
For instance, some people report slight soreness in the area of the subluxation. This is not uncommon. After all, the muscles around the area have been “trained” to pull in certain directions. Now, they are being asked to pull in a different direction. Some soreness may be expected, although it is normally quite mild and usually temporary.
Another effect is a light-headed feeling. Many patients actually enjoy this temporary “high,” but others find it disconcerting. In any case, it is a normal reaction to restored nerve energy flow.
Because of subluxations, there may be parts of the body which haven’t received normal nerve flow for years. Suddenly, the impulses are rushing to these cells, sending and receiving new messages from the brain, filling the patient with a burst of energy that can literally leave him or her dizzy. This feeling– generally lasting just a few minutes — should be recognized as physical evidence of the body’s healing power at work.
The release of this healing power can also stimulate nerves which have long since been “anesthetized” by lack of normal energy flow. When these nerves are reactivated after an adjustment, they may actually be more sensitive than before. This phenomena — known as “retracing” — is part of the healing process and should decrease as the healing continues.
Degeneration Stage 1
First your spine loses its normal balance. There may be a loss of normal spinal curves. Your nerves may be affected and the vital life energy that flows over them is interfered with. Also your joints, discs, nerves and posture and stressed and age more quickly. Surprisingly, there may be no pain other than occasional minor discomfort. Also present may be a slight lessening of energy and slight height loss. Response to spinal care is generally good.
Degeneration Stage 2
Here there is a much greater degree of decay, disc narrowing and bone spurs (deformations); postural changes are much worse. This condition is very common (by age 40, 80% of males and 76% of females exhibit moderate disc degeneration). Spinal canal narrowing or stenosis may occur. This phase is characterized by more common aches and pains, fatigue and a diminished ability to cope with stress. Height continues to decrease. With chiropractic care significant improvement is possible.
Degeneration Stage 3
Here there are more postural imbalances, increased nerve damage, permanent scar tissue and advanced bone deformation. Physical and/or mental weakness or disability begin. Also found in this phase are permanent loss of height and loss of energy. With care some reversal is possible.
Degeneration Stage 4
This is the most advanced stage of subluxation degeneration. The postural imbalance is severe and motion is limited. There is severe nerve damage, permanent scar tissue is formed, and the bones may begin to fuse. In this phase we find pain, various degrees of physical or mental disability, and continued loss of energy and height. By now the condition is considered irreversible, although chiropractic may give some symptomatic relief.