What is chiropractic care?
Chiropractic care is often effective in improving health and immune system function, in reducing stress, increasing energy levels, clarifying thought, relieving pain and improving sleep. Chiropractic treatments can be integrated with medicinal herbs, or massage to work synergistically for an even more profound healing.
At the Delmar Wellness Center, we offer the integrated approach using different modalities for the optimum benefit of the patient.
The role of chiropractic is one of the most misunderstood practices in the field of health care. Most individuals associate chiropractors with the relief of back pain. Although chiropractors are successful in relieving many forms of back pain, their role is much more extensive. Chiropractic treatments are also effective in improving overall health. To understand how this works, let’s first discuss a simplified explanation of how the nervous system operates.
The brain is the body’s main control center. The brain and the body communicate with each other by sending messages through the spinal cord and the nerves extending from it.
Covering the spine are small, movable bones called vertebrae that work together in an integrated fashion. When the vertebrae are not properly aligned, nerve interference (static) clogs the lines of communication from position sensors in the spinal joints called proprioceptors. This causes the messages sent from the brain to the body to become distorted. Long term distortion of nervous messages can have a devastating effect on health and contribute to a wide range of health problems.
People often don’t feel pain from nerve interference. Misaligned vertebrae which cause nerve interference are known as subluxations. Subluxations can cause a malfunction of the body’s tissue and organs. This is termed VSC — Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Vertebral subluxations are misaligned vertebrae. Complex refers to the five components of the subluxation:
1. Abnormal motion of the spinal segments
2. Changes in muscle tone
3. Irritability of nerves
5. Degenerative arthritis
The role of the chiropractor is to apply a specific force in a precise direction to release the misaligned vertebrae, known as the line of correction, for the purpose of restoring proper motion back to the spine. This application of pressure and release of vertebrae are called spinal adjustments. Chiropractors obtain a doctorate of chiropractic that requires 2,887 hours of course work including those in anatomy, physiology, pathology, neurology, bio-mechanics and spinal adjustment techniques.
You may be wondering how the vertebrae in your spine can become misaligned. The starting point for this could have been the birth process. Other causes include stress, falls, exercise, sleeping or sitting in a bad position, and chemical toxins.
Benefits of regular chiropractic care
What are the benefits of regular, chiropractic adjustments? The benefits are many including improvement to overall health, immune system function, energy level, ability to handle stress, and reduction of pain.
Although pain may be relieved in one or a few sessions, improving your overall health through chiropractic is a process, not a quick fix. Your body is a miraculous organism, but does need time to go through the healing process. The amount of time will vary based upon the individual.
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