How Did I Develop This Condition?

Upper Cervical pattern of interference

The term dis-ease simply means lack of ease or harmony within the body. Upper Cervical care can help eliminate dis-ease, improve the communication and restore harmony in your body.

How did I get a spinal misalignment?

Spinal misalignment, or subluxation, is most often caused by an accident or other traumatic event. These events occur in a number of different ways over a lifetime and are often unnoticed when they occur. The following are some examples of events that can cause misalignment of the spine:

  • child birth
  • childhood falls
  • roller coaster rides
  • a blow to the head
  • automobile accident
  • athletic injuries
  • skiing accidents
  • falls on an icy surface

Physical Causes: These are the obvious causes, traumatic experiences to our spine. The first one is birth.  Infants are commonly found with a subluxation due to the birth process. Further trauma to our spine through childhood including falls, car accidents, sport injuries etc also cause subluxation.  Repetitive motions that effect the spine, improper lifting, weakness in the spine, weight distribution can all cause subluxation.

Chemical Causes: Included in this are poor dietary and nutritional practices, drug and alcohol use and abuse and the ingestion of toxins from the foods we eat, the air we breath and the water we drink. Many chemicals decrease the body’s ability to function optimally and reduce the ability to adapt to and withstand external stresses.

Emotional Causes: Stress can be a leading cause in neck and spinal issues.  Excessive stress and the inability to manage stress can lower the bodies ability to function.  A lot of research has concluded that stress will decrease the function of our immune system, not to mention the other systems in our body.

What is health?

According to Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary health is defined as “a state of optimal physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.”

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific evidence that the human body has an innate power to maintain its own health. Chiropractic philosophy focuses on the correction of spinal malfunctions, called subluxations, to remove interference to the spinal cord and the nerves. Science has found that the nervous system controls all organs and tissues of the body.  A nervous system functioning at its best facilitates the body’s ability to cope with disability and disease. This does not mean just a lack of illness, but staying well and performing well for a lifetime.

How does Chiropractic compare with traditional Medicine?

Chiropractic looks at the body as an organism that is in constant flux between disease and ideal functional wellness. Medicine focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of pain and fails to acknowledge the connection between nerve dysfunction, pain and disease. Medicine most often observes and treats people as either sick or not sick. One thing on which Chiropractic and Medicine do agree is that every bodily function is controlled and regulated by the electrical and chemical impulses of the nervous system initiated by the brain. Achieving optimal function of the nervous system is the primary focus of Chiropractic philosophy.

What if I am skeptical about Chiropractic?

You are not alone. With any profession, there are good and bad practitioners and chiropractic has had its share. The best advice we can give is to research the background of your chiropractor. What kind of jobs did he have before he became a chiropractor? Many chiropractors were in the healthcare industry before going to chiropractic school. A well rounded past experience makes your chiropractor a better doctor and more likely to refer you to a medical doctor if needed. Find out what techniques the doctor uses. Be leery if the staff can’t tell you what techniques are used in the clinic without asking the doctor. “Full spine” is not a technique. Request a consultation to meet the doctor and ask questions.

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