How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic recognizes that humans are self-healing, self-regulating organisms controlled by their nervous systems. Picture an unending flow of instructions from your brain, traveling down your spinal cord and out to every organ and tissue in your body. Messages are then sent back to your brain along the same pathways confirming whether or not your body is functioning properly.
A subluxation - improper position or motion of the moving bones of your spine - can interfere with this information exchange by irritating nerves and compromising affected organs and tissues.
Chiropractic adjustments address these underlying problem, restoring healthy mind/body communications. Dr. Tom isn't happy unless your mind/body superhighway is functioning properly!
What's An Adjustment And Is It Safe?
Chiropractic adjustments usually involve a quick thrust to restore position or add motion to spinal joints that aren't functioning properly. And, yes, adjustments are remarkably safe.
In fact, chiropractic care often provides an extra layer of protection by avoiding drugs that may only mask the problem or risky surgery that may not be necessary. Dr. Tom is also thoroughly trained to identify the rare patient for whom chiropractic care might be unsuited.
How Do You get Subluxations?
There are three basic causes of subluxations: physical, emotional and chemical.
Common physical causes are slips and falls, accidents, repetitive motions and improper lifting.
Emotional causes can include grief, anger or fear.
Common chemical causes include alcohol, drugs, poor diet or even pollution.
How Do I Know If I Have A Subluxation?
Remember that mind/body superhighway? This unique message system will usually tell you if you should seek chiropractic care.
However, some subluxations can be present before the warning signs appear, much like tooth decay or cancer. If you have dealt with one or more of the basic causes of subluxation - physical, emotional or chemical - a chiropractic evaluation might be in order, even if your current pain is minimal. A thorough examination can show the location and severity of any subluxations you may have.