What does my spine have to do with my health?
Your spine surrounds and protects your spinal cord and nerves, which control your organs, muscles, immune system and your body’s natural ability to heal itself. It’s a big deal!
Your ability to prevent disease relies on the condition of your spine and nervous system. A well aligned spine is a major factor in determining whether your body is producing health (optimum physical, mental and social well-being) or disease. Our doctor’s top priority is to correct your spine to optimize your nerve function. That way every healthy choice you make has a lasting impact.
What causes the misalignment of my spine?
Spinal misalignment—known as subluxation—can develop from everyday activities. A pinched nerve or an abnormal curvature of the spine can result from any of the following: falls, slips, car accidents, sports injuries, poor posture (sleep, sitting, driving, position at work, etc.)
A problem can also arise from more complex issues like: a challenging birth process (particularly with intervention such as C-section or vacuum extraction), lifestyle induced disease, such as obesity, that produces further physical strain. Any physical, mental, or chemical stress (chemical stress is caused primarily by processed foods, medications, and environmental toxins). Not all of these root causes are avoidable, which is why the best way to care for your spine is with a disciplined and proactive approach. A healthy spine and nervous system can diminish serious injury, quicken recovery and promote healing.
How can I tell if I should visit a chiropractor?
Schedule a visit if you currently have or have had chronic or acute neck, back or low back pain. Other key indicators that you need to have your spine checked include: immune system issues like allergies, chronic colds or infections, difficulty sleeping, fatigue, blood pressure issues, etc. As a part of your overall plan to fight illness, a chiropractor can evaluate and adjust your spine to restore proper spinal alignment. An adjustment aims to remove the cause of your symptoms by removing pressure or damage on the nerves that are transmitting the pain or disrupting organ function. Most conditions and symptoms indicate some level of nerve involvement.
Though it is an integral part of patient care, removing pain is not a chiropractor’s chief purpose. We are a chiropractor’s primary goals. The best approach to achieving that goal is to take an active role in preventing and reversing serious risk factors that contribute to the production of disease. That process begins with proper spinal adjustment.