What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is about health, vitality, and adding more life to the body, instead of just subtracting symptoms. Chiropractic is not just about neck pain, back pain, or any other type of symptom, pain-related or not. Chiropractic is about bringing full balance to the nervous system, brain, and body so you can not only feel well but also, more importantly, function well.  The health benefits go far beyond simple pain relief, and can help to improve not only physical function but emotions and mental health as well.

Who does chiropractic care help?

Everyone!  Chiropractic is safe for all ages, and provides a gentle and effective way to improve the mental and physical state of well being.

How does a chiropractor help my overall health?

Chiropractors are the only doctors in the world that are specifically trained to detect and correct a vertebral subluxation. This process of adjusting the spine and removing subluxations helps your entire brain and body function more efficiently.

What exactly is a vertebral subluxation?

The brain is the most vital organ in your body, and it has the best armor to protect it--your skull. Other internal organs are protected by ribs and bones, but nothing compares to the protection provided by the skull and subsequently, the spine. As nerves travel out of the skull they are protected by the spine, a bony structure made of 7 neck bones, 12 midback bones, 5 lumbar bones and a sacrum/tailbone at the end. Each one of these individual bones are called vertebrae, and when an area of the spine, nerve bundle, or a small joint between these two bones becomes misaligned, rotated, stressed, or carries high muscle tension, that is called a subluxation. So, a subluxation is a little less than a dislocation, but a vertebral subluxation occurs at the spinal joints and affects the surrounding nerves that it protects, whether it slows down the function of the nerves, or simply irritates the surrounding area. It creates a weaker signal between the body and the brain. 

What can cause vertebral subluxation?

Often, subluxations are caused by one or all of three things: stressful or negative thoughts, trauma, or toxins. Due to the small joints on these bones as well as the thousands of receptors coupled with tiny muscles to hold them in place, subluxations can occur more often than you may think. However, the good news is that given a strong structural musculosketal system and regular care of your nervous system, these subluxations happen less frequently.

But isn't it all about your spine and vertebrae?

Chiropractic does treat the area of the spine, but it is much more! It is also about your brain and nervous system.  It is about your ability to be able to adapt to your environment and its stressors, which depends on how well your brain and nervous system are functioning properly. With chiropractic care, the body's ability to adapt is enhanced with the nervous system becoming more efficient. 

How does the brain affect the nervous system and body function?

The brain and nervous system cannot be separate entities because one cannot survive without the other--they work together. The nervous system is more or less a label for the direct extension of the brain to the rest of the body. Science and anatomy has greatly helped out advancement in human health, but it is easy to get lost in a sea of medical terminology and, taken out of context, can be quite detrimental. To simplify what science and anatomy often complicate--there is one body, one “soul/mind," and you cannot extract one from the other. The two affect each other, and emotions always incite a physiologic response from the body. For example, you experience an increase in heart rate in response to fear, stress, excitement, etc.

How does chiropractic care help the brain/body connection?

Chiropractors look at the big picture, and the big picture starts with what keeps everything working together--the brain: the one organ you cannot live without, cannot transplant, cannot remove or replace.  It is the fusion of spirit and physical reality. Every sensation you feel, see, and experience is first interpreted by the brain and then the brain responds accordingly with physical action, whether notice or unnoticed.


Here is an example: There is a hot pan on a stove; your arm accidentally brushes the pan and immediately you jump back, removing your arm from the sizzling object your brain has just interpreted as harmful. The brain signals are powerful and will always kick into survival mode at any trigger of danger.  A second example: You walk into a comedy show and laugh for 45 minutes. You leave feeling happy and less stressed.  What has happened? Your brain sensed no immediate dangers, and the emotional joy of laughing released deep physiological endorphins that left you feeling euphoric as well as lowering your blood pressure and cortisol level (stress hormones).  This is stress reduction at is finest. These examples described the two parts of the nervous system--one that alerts your inner survivalist, getting you out of harm's way and back to safety, and one that calms you, allows you to rest and digest.  Chiropractic focuses on keeping these brain/body connections balanced and functioning in harmony for optimal health.

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"I don't like to be 'cracked'!"

Neither do I! Eggs get cracked, people get adjusted. Chiropractors are specifically trained to accurately detect and locate subluxations within the spine and correct them using specific techniques which, at this office, are very light and gentle.

"I don’t feel any pain and I feel healthy, so why do I still need a chiropractor?"

Pain or symptoms are often the end stage of an actual physical problem. Do you ever feel random aches and pains that seem to just come and go? Those are clear signs that there is an underlying physical or structural issue, and after enough wear and tear on the body the inflammation will eventually build up or things will start breaking down. Chiropractors aim to prevent this inflammation and breakdown in the body. Chiropractic care is essentially a "check up" for your brain and nervous system, We need to keep everything functional so the body can respond and adapt appropriately. In my practice, I aim to keep you not just at a pain-free level but instead encourage to expand your potential for health and vitality. There is a great article on judo athletes that improved in their grip strength simply from chiropractic care. No pain but instead a higher potential to function was achieved. This is the goal for all my patients: to allow an easy, affordable, and convenient way for you to feel empowered about your health and wellbeing, and be able to handle life stresses quickly, calmly, and efficiently, without it derailing your own life goals. Chiropractors are here to support your brain and body's ability to enhance your life, for the rest of your life!

"Why do I need to go to a chiropractor for the rest of my life?"

Going to a chiropractor should be a weekly or biweekly part of your own health and self-care. In order to live our lives, the body requires nutritious food, water, movement, and growth. Just as a dentist helps you maintain oral health , a chiropractor is here to maintain spinal health and nervous system health. Because the brain and nerves are always constantly working, changing and adapting, it is important we take time to take care of this often overlooked and neglected system. An adjustment can help restore oxygen to the brain and blood flow within the spine, delivering nutrients to the brain and helping us maintain a healthy nervous system.

"I still have some more questions!"

That's great! I'm glad you're giving some thought to how chiropractic care can positively impact your life. Please reach out to me, and I am happy to answer your questions and address your concerns.

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