It’s All About Function
More and more people are starting to bring themselves and their children to Doctor’s of Chiropractic each year, but why? Chiropractic is not just for pain relief, it is so much more.
Chiropractic is part of a vitalistic approach to health. What is vitalism? Practitioner ‘s who practice in this type of model focus and are concerned with the whole person and discovering the underlying cause of dis-ease in the body. By identifying these causes, the practitioner can choose different supportive modes of care that will enhance natural and normal function of the body. By identifying causes of dis-ease it allows each person to become advocates of their own health and be able to make lifestyle choices that are conductive to their overall body function and wellness. This is different than the mechanistic approach to health care that focuses on symptoms and conditions that can be overcome using drugs and surgery.
The purpose of chiropractic care is to remove nerve interference to the body to restore the body’s natural healing ability. When interference can be removed the healing that results can be amazing.
What is important to realize when choosing chiropractic care for you or your family is that chiropractic care is not designed to treat any disease or any condition. Its sole purpose is to reduce nervous system stress, which for many individuals and children is often a painless condition in their bodies. When we have poor nervous system stress it can lead to poor overall functioning of our nervous system which may set the stage for weakened organ systems, as well as lower immune resistance which can reduce overall healing potential and set the stage for sickness and different kinds of disorders.
When the nervous system can be freed from spinal stress the body’s natural healing power begins. We will have greater immune response, which can help you from becoming sick, and our body overall will function better. When we are faced with internal and external stressors our body is better able to handle them more efficiently. So often then when people come to a chiropractor dealing with a certain health concern, we as chiropractors are not treating the disease, but instead we are reducing the nerve system stress and permitting the body’s natural ability to heal and function better.
You may be wondering then, what is Nervous System Stress and What Causes It?
Nervous system stress is caused by vertebral subluxations. Essentially what this means is that these are misalignments or distortions of the spinal bones, skull, hips and related tissue. These misalignments can stretch, irritate, impinge or interfere with the normal function of the nervous system which is our brain, spinal cord and associated nerves which can have a dramatic effect on the overall function of the body.
Nervous system stress is caused by physical, chemical and emotional stress. These stressors can start from the birth process, to a hard fall, medications, to increased stress and anxiety. For our bodies to function optimally we must minimize the number of stressors placed in it and make sure that from the top down our nervous system is functioning with the least amount of interference as possible.
Chiropractors are experts at evaluating and analyzing the spinal column and its related structures. It is our jobs to check for proper balance and proper function. When the spinal column is found to be functioning improperly the chiropractor can perform a very precise and corrective procedure called a chiropractic spinal adjustment. Typically, this is done with the doctor’s hands or a special instrument to gently and specifically correct the abnormal function. Chiropractors assist the spine and related structures to help bring them back to a state of balance and free the nervous system from stress.
Today individuals and families are more informed than ever and are choosing their health care choices accordingly. Many individuals are becoming more concerned with the adverse effect’s drugs may have on them and their children and are hesitant to just mask their symptoms. As individuals we all want to achieve an optimal state of health and because of this people are seeking health care options that support their body’s natural ability to heal and perform. Chiropractic care is one of those options. We all function better when we have our entire nervous system functioning at its best. Chiropractic is a safe and effective way to enhance our potential for optimal wellness.’
Another great resource for more information on kids and chiropractic is to visit ICPA4kids.org.
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