Most people think of seeing a Chiropractor when afflicted by headaches, back or neck pain. The scope of Chiropractic is far more extensive than just the treatment of spinal pain.
A wide variety of health complaints may be treated with Chiropractic.
Spinal adjustments are designed to improve the function of the spine and remove irritation to the delicate spinal nerves and adjacent soft tissues.
Through your nervous system you perceive the world, adapt to stress and co-ordinate how your body functions. Any irritation to your nervous system can interfere with these functions.
Your body has an innate desire to be well. By removing irritation to the musculoskeletal and nervous system, your body can function at its very best. Allowing you to enjoy greater wellbeing and get the best out of life.
The spine is designed to allow movement and protect the spinal cord and delicate spinal nerves. It is constantly placed under stress by physical, chemical and mental trauma.
Stress chemicals released in our body change the tone of muscles attached to the spine and affect the way we breathe. Physical trauma can be in the form of macro-trauma which often involves one specific event such as an accident.
On the other hand, micro-trauma is the culmination of small amounts of trauma experienced in daily life. This usually goes unnoticed for many years.
The body has an innate desire to be well and will adapt to stress until it gets to a point where it can no longer do so. RSI is a good example of micro-trauma – and yes, the spine can experience “RSI”.
When the spine can no longer adapt to the underlying stress, individual vertebra no longer move in unison with each other.
When a vertebra loses its proper relationship with the one above or below, it may set in motion a cascade of effects.
- Reduced joint motion
- Nerve irritation
- Muscle spasm
- Disc bulging
- Joint degeneration
- Numbness in the hands or feet
- “Pins and needles” sensations
Our job as a Chiropractor is to identify areas of dysfunction and restore the normal biomechanical function of your spine and integrity of your nervous system.
We do this by adjusting the spine to improve normal vertebral motion and reduce irritation to adjacent soft tissues*and spinal nerves.
*Soft tissues include joint capsules, discs, muscles, tendons and ligaments