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Lesson by Dan Kwartler, animation by Sharon Colman.
The art and science of the practice of Chiropractic has been
around for over 100 years and can be a valuable tool for the person
seeking improvement in health and wellness. Chiro- is derived from the
Greek word for hand and praktikos - meaning the practice of or
practical. Generally speaking Chiropractic focuses on finding small
misalignments in the spine or vertebral column termed subluxations
(luxation is a complete dislocation) and aligning the relationship of
one vertebrae to the next one. These subluxations or misalignments in
the spine are commonplace and can happen due to posture or chronic
repetitive movements as well as acute pathology, injury and even
Chiropractic has over the last hundred years become
mainstream moving from Eastern philosophy to becoming a part of Western
medicine. Fundamentally, traditional Western medicine had treated the
disease or pathology or symptom from the outside in with computer
diagnostic equipment, medications and surgery. In contrast, Chiropractic
is based on diagnosing the underlying cause of the disease or symptom
with the premise that the central nervous system and related sympathetic
and parasympathic system controls all body functions and operates like a
computer program. The nervous system is comprised of nerve pairings
which are split to perform their respective functions. Each pairing is
split into a sympathetic branch to the muscles for fight or flight
instincts as well as a parasympathetic branch for rest and digestion
With a general understanding of the history and
philosophy of Chiropractic let us now look at how this discipline can be
used to assist in the achievement of improving and maintaining health
and wellness. Few if any of us are fortunate enough to get through this
life without experiencing spine or extremity misalignments. These
misalignments can come as early as the birthing process! Then from
toddlers through school age adolescence it is rare to not be involved in
accidents such as falls, sports accidents, car accidents, poor sleep
and sitting postures. As we get old enough to work there becomes more
opportunity for postural imbalances and work and auto accidents. Then as
we age into hopefully better health habits we face new obstacles in the
form of arthritis and generally decreased activity. The list of who can
benefit from Chiropractic is a simple answer...everyone can to some
extent. How much one can benefit and how often treatment is required
depends on many factors including age and acuteness or age of condition.
is by nature not a treatment of conditions but rather an alignment of
the body to heal itself by being able to function as efficiently as
possible. With that being stated however, patients have increasingly
chosen Chiropractic to improve and at times alleviate symptoms such as
headaches, back pain, shoulder pain, knee pain as well as helping with
arm and leg pain and numbness, disc problems and much more.
importantly Chiropractic should be considered as a resource in achieving
and maintaining an optimal state of health and wellness. Chiropractic
has become a leader in alternative medicine and natural healing. With
much criticism by Western medicine and western model insurance
companies, Chiropractic has had to prove its necessity through word of
mouth for much of the past hundred years.
Starting with the
champion San Francisco 49er's of the 1980's Chiropractic became
introduced into the NFL with documented positive outcomes for the star
players of the team. Many of the players were in fact documented
attributing Chiropractic to helping prolong their careers. Today it is
commonplace for all sporting teams from high school to professionals to
have Chiropractic be a part of the healthcare team.
wellness therefore requires a combination of considerations to achieving
optimal function. Chiropractic can be used effectively to achieve and
maintain efficiency as well as assist following any occupational or
environmental stressors that create injury, postural or nerve
imbalances. Remember, do all you can to achieve health and
wellness...the quantity and quality of your life depends on it. Best
We are all suffering from different kinds of body pains and back
pain is probably one of the most popular types of pain experienced by
any person whether they are working or just staying at home.
you want to know some of the important facts about the benefits of
chiropractic treatment to back pains and how this condition affects the
greater population, here are some of the things that you need to know.
Surgeries and No Surgeries
is a very important fact that you need to know because based on a
recent statistics, 42.7 percent of the people who consulted a surgeon
first had surgeries while only 1.5 percent of people had surgeries when
they consulted a chiropractor first. With this statistic, we can already
find out how chiropractors really work.
Just like the aim of this
medical procedure, they are aiming for zero surgeries and they only
allow the body to heal itself by improving this capability. This is the
main reason why a lot of people are consulting chiropractors first
before they go to a surgeon. Besides, if your condition really needs
surgery, they will recommend you to go to a doctor right away for
Surgeries Depend on The Professional that you Consult
it comes to popularity, back injuries are probably on the top of the
list when it comes to body pains. It is also said that the surgeries of
people for different back injuries will depend on the professional that
you will consider first. This is directly linked on the first fact. It
means that if you consulted a chiropractor first, there is a chance that
you do not have to consider a surgery.
You have to remember that
surgeons are supposed to conduct surgeries so when they see a problem on
your back, this is the only solution that they have. On the other hand,
chiropractors are professionals and experts when it comes to these
kinds of problems so they have several treatments that they can use to
prevent any surgeries.
Back Surgery is Not Always Needed
is said that back surgery is not always a solution since this is
probably your last resort when it comes to treatments. It means that if
you visit a chiropractor right away, the chances of needing a back
surgery will be lessened. You have to remember that most of the back
injuries can be taken care off even without any kind of surgery.
Dr. Pazdel explains how headaches can be alleviated with chiropractic care. Every part of the body affects another part, so headaches are often a result of another part of the body, and especially the spine being out of alignment. Tired of taking pain medications? Perhaps Pazdel Chiropractic can help with that goal and get rid of the headaches too.
When individuals feel something unusual in their body, may it be a
simple pain in the back, the neck or perhaps the lower body, they
usually opt for over-the-counter drugs to treat the pain.
Over-the-counter drugs can certainly relieve pains individuals feel.
Unfortunately, these drugs can only get rid of pain for a certain period
of time. Not to mention, taking too much of the dosage can also affect
your health. With this said, some individuals seek for medical help from
Surely, visiting a doctor for a check-up is ideal in
order to properly address your health concerns, but there are instances
when visiting a doctor may be very stressful most especially when it
comes to your budget. Luckily, there are medical alternatives these days
that can help you deal with health conditions effectively and
cost-efficiently such as chiropractic therapies. Listed below are some
health conditions chiropractors can address.
is a chronic condition where the airways are narrower than usual.
Therefore, individuals with asthma experience shortness in breath,
coughing and wheezing. Chiropractors can help you address asthma since
they can help adjust your spine in order for you to improve your posture
which can help you breathe more easily.
stress and lack of sleep are only some of the factors that trigger
migraine. Individuals with migraine experience this condition anytime,
which can affect their performance. In order to reduce or prevent
migraine, chiropractors can also adjust the spine depending on muscle
the tenderness, tightness and weakness.
Tarsal tunnel syndrome
is condition experienced on the foot due to increased pressure on the
nerve within the tunnel. This can be aided by chiropractors by examining
the foot and adjusting the foot to ensure that pressure on the nerve
can be reduced.
Sclerosis is a disease where your immune system attacks the protective
sheath also known as Myelin, which covers the nerves. With the help of
chiropractors, multiple sclerosis can be prevented since chiropractors
can reduce intense pain and help you improve pain management.
than physical health conditions, chiropractors can also aid menstrual
disorders. Menstrual disorders are frequently triggered by unbalanced
diet, obesity and abnormal functions in the reproductive organ.
Fortunately, chiropractors can help women deal with this issue since
experts can provide you with the right strategic physical manipulation
to restore balance within the reproductive system.
By opting for
chiropractic therapies, individuals can aid health conditions properly,
safely and naturally without disrupting their daily lives and their
Chiropractic care focus on the connection between the
musculoskeletal structure and the body functions with special regards to
the spinal area. Our nervous system is responsible for controlling the
functions of other organs, muscles, and body systems. The nerves and the
nerve roots are connected from the brain into a vast muscular bundle
widely known as the spinal nerve. It travels along the spine and branch
out in the spinal vertebrae. These vertebrae connect the various body
parts and organs towards the spine. Any condition that pinch the nerves,
such as trauma, pressure, or spinal misalignments, can cause disruption
of the function of the nervous system.
It is not surprising that
as we get older, our body functions begin to deteriorate. Our muscles
respond slower and shrink. Our body has less than the body requirement
for fluids. Our bones lose density and become more brittle. The elderly
are much more prone to musculoskeletal injuries. When they get injured,
they take a longer recovery period. If they seek medical treatment,
their age can mean they become more sensitive to the side effects of
medications and surgery puts them at far more risk.
Given this set
of conditions, medication-free and noninvasive chiropractic treatment
is preferably suited to older people. In working with the elderly, DCs
make use of gentle techniques appropriate to the aging body. Ongoing
wellness and preventive care are essential elements of treatment. This
may include recommendations on exercise, nutrition and lifestyle
At present, chiropractic care is the third largest
health care system that provides a safe and effective treatment for pain
due to spinal misalignments. Since many health problems are linked with
irregularities in the spine, chiropractic is very efficient in dealing
with these various conditions. Chiropractors are specially trained to
identify and treat subluxations. According to them, these subluxations
cause unfavorable disturbances with your nervous system.
Anti-inflammatory medication regimen and other pain relievers only mask
the symptoms, may cause unwanted side effects, and do not deal with the
real cause of the problem. Chiropractic care provides a drug-free,
pain-free, and safe treatment that takes care of the root of the
Do you know that musculoskeletal injuries due to falling
are very common among our elderly? According to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are responsible for about 90% of the
850,000 bone fractures which happen every year among Americans past the
age of 65. DCs can reduce the incidence of falling by using
chiropractic adjustments to stabilize the mechanoreceptors located on
the cervical spine. Additionally, they will provide instructions on how
to do stretching and exercise to increase overall flexibility, mobility,
balance, coordination, and strength.
Chiropractic adjustments for
the elderly can enhance the range of motion of the spine and
extremities. For the elderly, this would allow them to bend and lift up
their young grandchildren. They can also do much more activities without
experiencing any pain. It can absolutely enhance their daily functions.
Oftentimes, increased range of motion is immediately observed after a
few sessions of chiropractic rehabilitation.
Our bodies are
designed to function and move. It allows us to do various activities and
go to different places. As we get older, all those movable body parts
eventually wear down. For this reason, it is important for the elderly
to have their spine aligned properly. Chiropractors, such as
professionals from Chiropractic Colorado Springs, normalize the
alignment of the spine and reduce any strain on it to decrease spinal
deterioration and other aches and pains.
Chiropractic therapy can
help lessen pain, improve joint function, enhance mobility, increase
balance and coordination, and decrease stiffness. Although it's not
truly a fountain of youth, chiropractic can do wonders in improving your
comfort and quality of life.
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Lesson by Noa Kageyama and Pen-Pen Chen, animation by Olesya Shchukina.