Chiropractic treatments, also called spinal adjustments, are a safe, comfortable, non-invasive form of therapy. People of all ages, from infants to the elderly, find spinal adjustments to be a highly effective method for getting healthy and staying healthy.
Chiropractic care is a natural form of medicine that focuses primarily on locating and removing what are called “interferences” to the nervous system. The philosophy behind chiropractic is to focus primarily on treating the cause of a health issue rather than only its symptoms. This leads to significant long-term health benefits.
In order to understand what exactly chiropractic is and how it can help relieve more than just back and neck pain, you need to know the basics:
The nervous system is the body’s control system, meaning it directly effects the body’s ability to self-regulate and heal itself. In order for the nervous system to function properly, it must remain free of interferences.
The spine protects the spinal cord, which makes up the nervous system along with the brain and spinal nerves.
What exactly causes interferences to the nervous system?
Nervous system interferences can be caused by a number of things. Slip and falls, poor sleeping habits, car accidents, sports injuries, stress from improper posture, childhood falls, substance or medication abuse, strenuous exercise, and even childbirth can all cause interferences. Sometimes a stress or minor issue that seems small can actually lead to a spinal imbalance that shows up later in life. Other times, bigger issues such as an accident or trauma can create immediate issues in the spine. When a spinal imbalance occurs, chiropractors call this a vertebral subluxation.
A subluxation occurs when even one of the twenty-four moveable bones in the spinal column becomes misaligned, causing an interference with the extremely delicate nerves that are between the spinal bones. The interference causes irritation to the nerves and interrupts its ability to communicate vital nerve messages from the body.
A common misconception about chiropractic care is that it is limited to treating neck and back pain. Chiropractic is a natural form of treatment that has shown great success for many ailments including allergies, headaches, asthma, digestive disorders, and many other organic health conditions. When the spine is healthy and well-aligned, it allows for the nervous system to function as it should, and is perhaps one of the most widely overlooked treatments in worldwide health.
The chiropractors at Stiles Chiropractic have years of education, training, and experience that allow for the analysis, detection, and removal process of subluxations in the spine. We would love to see you for a consultation to see how chiropractic can benefit you and your family!