Know Your Spine

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Science, Art and Philosophy

The Science Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system, your brain and spinal cord, controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system of your body. Your body is much like the Internet: your brain is your computer, your spinal cord is the information highway, your spinal vertebrae which house nerves, arteries and veins are the links to your organs, such as heart, lungs, intestines, reproductive organs. The disruption of the function of these tissues or organs and the nerve control is called VSC or Vertebral Subluxation Complex. Chiropractic is the science of finding these areas of spinal malfunction, the art of correcting them and the philosophy of all things natural as we have been created.

The Art Our doctor masters the adjusting "art" of chiropractic which includes a comprehensive evaluation, a review of health history, and arrival at a clear diagnosis and a recommended specific treatment plan customized for each patient. This includes specific spinal adjustments. Adjustment describes many hundreds of ways and techniques of directed and controlled pressure to restore spinal segments to a more normal position and range of motion, aiding in increased flexibility, increased immunological function and increased life energy. Chiropracic is truly an art.

The Philosophy Chiropractic philosophy recognizes that the power that created the body can heal the body - as long as there is no interference. The doctor does not heal you, he is a co-facilitator with you for your body to be put in the correct environment to heal itself. The main purpose of the chiropractor is to reduce interference to your inborn, innate healing ability.

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Why Chiropractic

The benefits of chiropractic go far beyond relieving back and neck pain and can help people of all ages from infants to the elderly. 

Chiropractic is proven effective in the treatment of many common ailments including...
  • Headaches
  • Low Back Pain
  • Mid and Upper Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder and Arm Pain
  • Leg Pain (Sciatica)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dizziness
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Muscle Spasms
  • Numbness and Tingling
  • Low Energy
  • Stress
  • Scoliosis
  • And many other common health issues

Chiropractic X-raysA vertebral misalignment is called a subluxation. If it is left untreated, the body will lock the joint in place and the function controlled by the nerve involved is permenantly disrupted. Over a long period of time, spinal degeneration occurs, setting the stage for severe disability and illness. Chiropractic care aligns and frees the joint so the body can heal naturally and full health can be restored. With good habits and regular Chiropractic care, good health can be retained throughout life!

Virtually all your body functions are controlled through your nervous system. The brain and spinal cord are so important that they are completely protected by bone - the only organs so protected. When the spinal vertebrae become misaligned, body functions are disrupted by pressure on the nerves that control them. This causes many symptoms that are seemingly unrelated to back pain.

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Healthy Back Tips

  1. Exercise Regularly. This does not have to be anything overly strenuous. Something as simple as a daily walk can make a huge difference.
  2. Eat A Healthy Diet. Proper nutrients allow the body to repair itself easier
  3. Maintain Good Posture. Are you sitting up straight as you read this?
  4. Stretch Your Spine Before And After Sports. This will also help to loosen up the surrounding muscles.
  5. Don't Overload Your Backpack Or Purse? Remember to carry it over both shoulders to balance the load (if possible).
  6. Stretch Your Legs And Back After Each Hour Of Sitting. Whether in a car or at a desk, stretching regularly will help to keep you from tightening up or injuring yourself further.
  7. Never Cradle The Phone Between Your Neck And Shoulder.
  8. Sleep On Your back Or Side, Not On Your Stomach. This helps to keep your spine in line and reduces the risk of hurting your neck while you sleep.
  9. Invest In A Good Chair, Pillow And Mattress. When you think about the amount of time you use these things each day, it's worth it.
  10. Have Regular Spinal Check-Ups. It's much easier to prevent a problem than to correct one.

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Degeneration

Proper spinal alignment is essential for healthy and pain-free living. When there is a trauma to a joint, one of the ways your body responds is the stabilization of the area by formation of new bone. With time, calcium deposits build up, eventually as abnormal bony growth. This arthritic 'splinting' of bones is nature's attempt to stabilize the injured joint. If left untreated, subluxation takes the form of ongoing degeneration known as 'subluxation degeneration' and can lead to chronic health related problems.

As these x-rays show, there is a progressive degeneration that can be halted, or slowed, with proper chiropractic care.

 

 

NORMAL
Proper spinal curves permit normal turning and bending. Openings between joints allow nerve roots to exit the spine without interference. The edges of the bones are smooth and well defined. Equal disc spacing is a sign of healthy spinal function.
PHASE ONE
Loss or normal curves and misalignment restrict or exaggerate normal ranges of motion. ligament and muscle strength is reduced. Even with nerve irritation and soft tissue inflammation, pain or other obvious symptoms may not be present.
PHASE TWO
Years of accumulated calcium deposition are now visible. Bone spurs attempt to fuse malfunctioning joints. Adjacent surfaces are rough and uneven. Joint instability is accompanied by continued nerve irritation and disc degeneration.
PHASE THREE
After years of neglect, complete fusion has immobilized the joint. Obstructed nerve openings cause permanent nerve irritation as soft tissue degeneration continues. This irreversible condition is usually associated with other chronic health problems.

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Subluxation

The term subluxation means minor misalignment however the affects on the human body as a result of a subluxation on the upper cervical spine can be far from minor. In the simplest of terms, a subluxation is when one or more vertebrae (bones in your spine) move out of line and create pressure on spinal nerves. Spinal nerves are the nerves that come out from the vertebrae in your spine. Pressure on the nerves can cause interference with the signals traveling through them - leading to numerous health related problem.

Chiropractors commonly recognize five categories of components present in the Vertebral Subluxation Complex (VSC).

  • Spinal Kinesiopathology is where the bones of the spine become stuck, don't move enough, or move too much.
  • Neuropathophysiology (abnormal nervous system function) - nerves can become overexcited and hyperactive. Due to the way the spine is engineered, abnormal spinal function can irritate, pinch, rub or choke the delicate tissue of the spinal cord and nerve roots.
  • Myopathology (Abnormal Muscle Function) - is when over-developed muscles on one side of the spine cause individual vertebrae to rotate and lose proper function. When muscle function declines muscles that support the spine respond in different ways, the spine can weaken or even atrophy.
  • Histiopathology (Abnormal soft tissue function) - inflammation and swelling due to injured disc accompany the accumulation of blood and lymph - causing a rise in temperature.
  • Pathophysiology when there is a trauma to a joint, one of the ways your body responds is the stabilization of the area by forming new bone! With time, calcium deposits build up, eventually as abnormal bony growth. This arthritic 'splinting' of bones is nature's attempt to stabilize the injured joint.

Due to the intricacies of the nervous system, more research is being conducted in the areas of hormonal involvement, aging, immune system response, even genetic consequences. The Vertebral Subluxation Complex may be one of the most regular yet overlooked source of health problems.

Chiropractor are trained in identifying and treating vertebral subluxations.This is done through a series of chiropractic adjustments specifically designed to correct the vertebral subluxations in your spine. Chiropractors are the only professionals who undergo years of training to be the experts at correcting subluxations.

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Spine Chart

  • Upper Neck, Upper Cervical Spine (C1 - C2) 
    • C1 - Brain, Nasal and Palette Glands, Lungs, Heart, Spleen, Kidney, Stomach, Liver, Large Intestines
    • C2 - Eye, Sinuses, Brain, Nasal and Palette Glands
  • Mid/Lower Neck, Cervical Spine (C3 - C7)
    • C3 - Eye, Sinuses, Nasal and Palette Glands, 
    • C4 - Eye, Sinuses, Nasal and Palette Glands, Sublingual Glands, Submaxilary Glands 
    • C5 - Parotid Gland, Sublingual Glands, Submaxilary Glands 
    • C6 - Parotid Gland, Thyroid
    • C7 - Thyroid, Lungs
  • Mid Back, Thoracic Spine (T1 - T12)
    • T1 - Lungs, Heart, Parotid Gland, Carotid Artery, Pulmonary Artery 
    • T2 - Lungs, Heart, Parotid Gland, Carotid Artery
    • T3 - Lungs, Heart, Stomach, Pulmonary Artery, Carotid Artery
    • T4 - Liver
    • T5 - Stomach 
    • T6 - Pancreas 
    • T7 - Spleen 
    • T8 - Liver
    • T9 - Adrenal 
    • T10 - Small Intestines 
    • T11 - Kidney
    • T12 - Kidney
  • Lower Back, Lumbar Spine (L1 - L5)
    • L1 - Large Intestines
    • L2 - Large Intestines 
    • L3 - Large Intestines, Spleen, Bladder 
    • L4 - Large Intestines, Bladder
    • L5 - Large Intestines, Spleen, Bladder
  • Basebone or Tailbone, Sacrum and Coccyx
    • SACR - Large Intestines, Spleen, Bladder

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Chiropractic Care for Active Children

BOOM! You watch as your child falls down while learning to walk. You put a Band-Aid on a skinned knee when bicycle lessons go awry. You wipe away your child's tears, but there's more...

Children running

At first, no injury may be apparent. Young bodies are amazingly resilient, but once a spinal bone is displaced, however slightly, compensation begins to happen throughout the spinal column, causing further misalignment. In addition to these problems, small congenital defects can grow into big problems if not detected and treated early.

The old saying, "As the twig is bent, so grows the tree" is completely valid for early life. Children should receive regular Chiropractic care as part of their normal health care. Most problems in life are easier and less costly to address in their early stages, and spinal alignment is no exception.

Mother and infantJumping off the fencepost
There is no minimum age for Chiropractic care.
Infants and children subject their spines to a variety of insults, which are all a normal part of growing up:
  • The traumatic birth process
  • Falling down dozens of times while learning to walk
  • Playground roughhousing
  • Sports or P.E. class
  • Poor posture, badly designed classroom furniture
  • Skateboards, roller skates, bicycles
  • Walking on snow and ice
  • Stairs, automobile accidents
  • Other sources of childhood injury

Chiropractors receive special training in pediatric and infant care, along with advanced knowledge in nutrition and exercise management. This is to give children the opportunity to grow with optimum Chiropractic health in the formative years.

Full health is a result of every organ, bone, and muscle working together, which is coordinated by the nervous system. It's essential to maintain the proper nerve function and flow that controls every organ in the body during growth and maturation. The immune system also is directly controlled by the nervous system.

 "An Ounce Of Prevention..."

Chiropractors urge you to investigate regular Chiropractic checkups for YOUR children. With consistent care, you will be satisfied knowing that their "life-flowing" energy channel is open, that cellular growth is normal, and that their growing body will not fall subject unaware, to disharmony and dis-ease. It is important to note that the immune system (defense system), which produces white blood cells (anti-bodies) and fights disease, is directly dependent on the condition of the Nervous System for its proper functioning.

Chronic illnesses in childhood and the teens will barely exist as good health is maintained through regular Chiropractic care.

During puberty, as the body prepares for adulthood and the child bearing years, glandular secretions, which are directly dependent on the nerve network, are flowing at their optimum, creating the right hormone balances in your child's body. These balances affect your child's attitude and disposition as he or she struggles through the active and stressful teen years.*

Regular Chiropractic checkups are an important part in preventative health care and maintenance!

*(Quoted from "Children and Chiropractic," an educational handout published by G.T. publications in the interest of Chiropractic health education.)

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