Chiropractic 101


Chiropractic is a natural health care profession that focuses on the spine and nervous system.  We do this because the nerves that come out of your spine control your whole body. Our nervous system controls everything we do for example: for our eyes to blink, for our lungs to breath and for our stomach to digest.

Your brain (part of your nervous system) is protected by your skull.  Your spinal cord is an extension of your brain and is protected by your spine.  These nerves come off of your spinal cord and go to different parts of your body.

All of your bones should be in a certain place.  If any of the bones are out of place, even a little bit, it can put pressure on nerves. And whatever those nerves are going to aren’t going to work properly.

Have you ever had a pebble in your shoe? The pebble was irritating a nerve in your foot, sending a pain message to your brain. How did you fix it? You took the pebble out of your shoe. This is what Chiropractors do. We find where there is nerve interference and correct it. This nerve interference can be any pulling, displacement, stretching or pinching of the nerve.

What do some doctors do to help your pain? Give you muscle relaxers, pain killers, anti-inflammatories and even perform surgery. Do these things fix the problem or just cover up the symptoms?

Chiropractors find the cause of the problem.  That’s why we meet with the patient, perform a comprehensive exam and take any needed x-rays. We will use this information to figure out which nerves are being irritated and which bones are causing the nerve to be irritated.

Then we use natural techniques, called chiropractic adjustments, to gently put motion back into the joints to take the pressure off of the nerves.  We spend eight years learning how the body works and practicing specific adjustments that take pressure off of nerves so that the body can function at its best.

Have you ever broken a bone and had to wear a cast?  What did your arm look like when it came out of the cast?  It was skinnier. Your body is insanely efficient and it is not going to waste it’s time maintaining muscles you aren’t using.  Its busy, it has things to do. What about the joint?  Were you able to move the joint like before the accident? No! It was stiff and achy. Your body isn’t going waste time maintaining a joint you aren’t using either.

The bone wasn’t broken anymore… but you still couldn’t move the joint very well.  Chiropractic adjustments allow nerves to send the proper signal to your brain that says “Hey, I am using these joints now so send nutrients and keep me healthy.”  

People most commonly come to us for headaches, neck pain and back pain.  However; adjustments that take pressure off of pinched nerves can help all the organs and systems of your body (i.e., ear infections, sinuses, carpal tunnel syndrome and sciatica to name a few.)

We adjust and help people of all ages with a wide range of symptoms (babies, children, adults, seniors, pregnant women, people who have been in car accidents, athletes and people who have just had surgery can get adjusted). Healthy people get adjusted to stay healthy, taking care of small things before they become big things.  We figure out the cause of the problem and how we might help. Our approach will choose natural first, drugs second and surgery as a last resort.  

We only use safe and gentle techniques.

I adjusted 3 of my babies 30 minutes after they were born.

Chiropractic is a natural health care profession in which doctors use their hands to gently adjust the spine to take pressure off of pinched nerves. This allows the body to heal and function optimally.

Chiropractic works and “When it comes to your health, we’ve got your back!”

Give our office a call at 423-238-2999 and see if we might be able to help you too.