Chiropractic is a natural approach to health care, and works together with you to restore function without the need for drugs or surgery. Chiropractic’s philosophy on health is that pressure on the nervous system, specifically in the joints of the spine, prevents your body from functioning at its best. All functions of your body are controlled and regulated by the brain and nervous system, which sends messages through the spinal cord. Due to our modern lifestyle stresses, these messages can become interfered with when they exit the spine, resulting in poor communication between your brain and your body. If these stresses aren't addressed they can lead to poor health and function and often pain as the body is unable to effectively heal. Pain is your body’s way of calling for help. It is a signal that something must change. Or put simply, something is out of balance and needs to be corrected.
Chiropractors are thoroughly trained to find and detect the areas of stress in the spine and to remove the interference on the nervous system. This is achieved with the "adjustment", a gentle but firm force applied to the spine using the hands to ease the body back into balance and ultimately improve function. Removing this stress results in optimal nerve flow to the brain and restored function to the body.
The adjustment by the chiropractor is painless, however at times you may feel or hear a "crack" as gas is released into the lubricating fluid between the joints. Similar to when you crack a knuckle on your finger. Understandably this can take a bit of time to become familiar with for some people, so your chiropractor will work with you to find the most appropriate technique for your age, condition and preferences.
Chiropractic is an extremely safe form of health care due to its approach where no invasive drugs or surgery are used. Research has shown that chiropractic care is more than 200 times safer than administering anti-inflammatory medications.
There are an estimated 220,000 - 400,000 deaths in America alone due to preventable harm in hospitals, the most scientifically advanced health care system in the world. Therefore it always makes sense to trial conservative care such as chiropractic before other potentially more dangerous options.