What is a Chiropractic Adjustment?
Chiropractic adjustments, also known as spinal manipulations, are the art of removing spinal misalignments throughout the spine. This process has many benefits, such as restoring motion within the joint, reducing pressure on the spinal nerves, decreasing muscle spasms and increasing range of motion throughout the spine.
Chiropractic Adjustments Can Help With
- Back Pain and Neck Pain
- Headache / Migraines
- Forward Head Posture
- Shoulder Pain
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sleep Disorders
- Slow Metabolism
- High Blood Pressure
- Acid Reflux / GERD
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Frozen Shoulder
- Disc Herniation
There Are Different Types of Chiropractic Care
Our patients has come to realize that the care we deliver is different on every level compared to most chiropractic and medical offices. We are not better than other offices but we are unique when it comes to approach, results and most importantly relationships.
Simply put, we are not here to just crack your back; in fact most of our corrective chiropractic adjustments have nothing to do with “cracking” or “popping”. We are here to help you feel your best and we use simple principles that offer 100% reproducible results.
To understand the importance of a corrective chiropractic adjustment, you have to understand what health is and where it comes from.
How Does the Body Get Healthy?
Most people do not understand where health truly comes from, don’t have an idea what they should do to obtain it. Health is described as a state of “normal function.” So ultimately, if you wish to achieve health, you must understand what causes you to function normally (or optimally).
Americans today spend more money on healthcare than any other country. We spend the most on medications, vitamins, supplements, diet books, trainers, fitness centers and home gym equipment. No doubt, an interest in personal health has reached monumental high. The main reason why nutrition and fitness industries have reached their peak is because we have all realized that health can only be achieved by taking an active role. Changing your diet, exercising properly, rest and relaxation can help to:
- Enhance the overall well-being of your body
- Overcome and prevent illness
- Give you energy
- Improve your appearance
- Lengthen or extend your life
- But, none of these are the source and center of all human bodily function.
So the all important question becomes: What causes the body to “Function” or “Build Health” every single day?
The Brain and Spinal Cord
The CNS is composed of the brain, spinal cord and spinal nerves. Your brain, spinal cord and nerves control 100% of bodily functions including its ability to heal and stay well. Since it needs maximum protection, the CNS is located inside the armor-like bones of the spinal column and skull.
To have “normal function”, or good health, the Central Nervous System must work without damage or interference. The most common, and in fact very likely way, to interfere or cause damage to the Central Nervous System is with the spine. Abnormal position of the head and spine and subluxation (misalignment of individual vertebrae) will interfere with the CNS. This interference will cause the organs of the body not to function or heal normally. By definition, the result is abnormal or less than optimal health.
VITAL INFORMATION TRAVELS FROM THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD TO ALL OF THE PARTS OF THE BODY. BUT, NOT ONLY DOES INFORMATION TRAVEL DOWN THE NERVE, BUT AT THE SAME TIME INFORMATION FROM THE PERIPHERAL PARTS OF THE BODY IS BEING SENT BACK TO THE BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD. WHEN THIS INFORMATION IS INTERFERED WITH, A PROBLEM ARISES IN THE BODY.
–DANIEL J. MURPHY, DC; SPINAL BIOMECHANICS, HARRISON, 1992, P.366
Before any body part or any body function can be described as “normal” or “abnormal,” healthy or unhealthy, we must first have a clear definition of what “normal” is. Normal spinal alignment is clearly defined and the research has been published in the world’s most prestigious medical journals and presented at the leading spinal symposiums around the world.
Normal vs Abnormal Spine Alignment
There are two proven ways to evaluate normal or abnormal spinal alignment:
- Postural examination (Posture is the window to the spine)
When looking at a person from the front, the spine must be straight. The head, shoulders, hips and feet should be lined up. When looking at a person from the side, the ears should be back over the shoulders and the shoulders should be back over the pelvis.
Correct Posture is at the core of Point Chiropractic Center’s corrective care method of treatment. The curves in your spine act as levers, shock absorbers, and provide for resistance to gravity; they also protect and reduce stressful forces acting on the spinal cord and nerve tissues. But, gravity, age, poor Posture, improper physical activity, injury, and disease can all play a role in the misalignment of your spinal curves and, as a result, your entire body.
We are here to help restore that balance.
How to Correct Abnormal Spine Alignment
Following a scientific analysis of your posture and the curvature of your spine, a treatment plan is developed, based on your deficits, to restore proper alignment, relieve pain, and improve function.
POSTURE AFFECTS AND MODERATES EVERY PHYSIOLOGIC FUNCTION FROM BREATHING TO HORMONAL PRODUCTION.
–C. NORMAN SHEALY, MD, ROGER K. CADY, MD, ET AL; APJM, 1994, VOL.4P. 36
If your CNS is unhealthy, you will struggle to become truly healthy by exercising or eating right alone. An abnormal position of the spine, misalignment of the bones, or any changes in these curves indicate a serious problem. These changes could interfere with and eventually damage the Central Nerve System. Interference and damage to the Central Nerve System will result in abnormal function of the body, improper healing and poor health.