Chiropractic Adjustment, Chiropractic Manipulation, Chiropractic Therapy, many names for what makes Chiropractic unique in the healthcare fields.

As chiropractors we often get asked, “What is Chiropractic?”. Chiropractic is a holistic technique designed to look at the whole body and how it functions by studying movement, loss of motion, strength or coordination, and the nervous system. Most patients start their care at our office because of a pain complaint. Pain is the signal sent to the brain by our body signaling a problem. We look past treating only the pain to finding the cause of pain.

Our chiropractors look at the foundation starting at where the rubber hits the road or ground. Starting at the feet and ending all the way to the top of the head, we evaluate how the body acts against gravity. Some patients require assessment while performing specific movements like running or jumping to identify the problem.

When an area is found to not be responding or performing as it should, chiropractors perform a gentle adjustment. These adjustments help with not only joint health but compliment whole-body health.

So, what is an adjustment? The standard Chiropractic adjustments are gentle, specific, and fast impulses that attempt to introduce motion into the joint and information into the nervous system. Like many of our common items we interact with, our body has sensors that send information back to our brain. That information may be pain, balance, force, vibration or position. When those sensors are not working correctly the brain gets either bad information or most commonly the signal of pain. Our goal is to help our patients get better while also recognizing their comfort level. We have many ways to perform an adjustment to best suit a person’s needs. Alternative to the standard Chiropractic adjustment, there are less forceful methods that look and feel like a gentle massage.

The back is made up of multiple bones called vertebrae that connect via disc, ligaments, muscles and joints. Joints are where two bones move together. The spinal cord and spinal nerves are housed in these vertebral bones called the axial skeleton. These nerves go out to supply the rest of your body with information. An example of this is, the nerves at the base of your back go down and innervate the legs and feet. Here is a chart for you to look at that shows how chiropractic can affect the whole body.

Spinal nerve dysfunction may lead to symptoms along the path of the nerve.  Chiropractic manipulation or adjustment to the joints may improve nervous system communication.
Chiropractors may use symptoms along with proper testing to find the spinal area that needs manipulated or adjusted.

Once proper motion has been restored, the communication to the brain and rest of the body can work in optimal conditions to help the body heal itself. Proper motion within the joint improves the efficiency of the surrounding spinal structures. Nerve signals can once again properly go from the brain down to the body and from the body back up to the brain carrying the correct sensations and information.

Chiropractic is generally accepted as safe and good form of treatment for many conditions. With the proper patient interview, examination and chiropractic technique, your doctor will be able to safely address your complaints. The chiropractic manipulation or adjustment can reduce pain, help balance, improve immunity, and increase the ability to do daily activities. Here are some examples how chiropractic can help different age groups. This is not a complete list.

  • Babies and Toddlers: Torticollis, colic, ear infections, constipation and primitive reflexes
  • School Age Kids: Coordination, posture, concentration, sports performance, headaches
  • Adults: Menstrual regulation and pain, headaches, neck pain, back pain, sciatica, shoulder pain
    • Pregnancy: Help relieve body discomfort, decrease labor times, support appropriate fetal movement and position
  • Elderly: Balance, Erectile Dysfunction, pain relief, arthritis pain relief, help performing daily activities

Chiropractors are welcome in the Veterans Association as well as many other major hospitals. Collaborative care between medical doctors and chiropractors has become very common in today’s health model. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, your insurance plan must offer coverage for Chiropractic care.

Call our front office at 913.276.0508 to ask about chiropractic benefits today!

Published by Kelsey Crow, DC