The Nuts and Bolts
Chiropractic is a healing discipline firmly grounded in science. Although its main focus is the relationship between the skeleton (particularly the spine) and the nervous system that runs through it, chiropractic is concerned with the care of the entire body. Chiropractic focuses on addressing the source of your problem, not simply with treating symptoms.
In our bodies, the brain is the master control and everything that we do is regulated by nerve impulses that are sent from the brain out to the body through our nerves. The vertebrae protect the spine and allow our bodies to move, but they can become fixed (the chiropractic term is subluxated) and these subluxated vertebrae can put pressure on the nerves as they exit the spine. This added pressure on the nerves can restrict the impulses that are sent from the brain to the body, which in turn can reduce the body’s ability to function as it should. Chiropractic adjustments improve the movement of the vertebrae and help to take the pressure off the nerves as they exit from the spine. With the release in pressure on the nervous system, the brain is able to communicate with the body more efficiently and the body functions with more precision.
Our Philosophy about What We Do
To us, chiropractic care encompasses more than back pain, sore muscles and inflamed joints. The type of chiropractic care that we prefer to provide is what we call whole body chiropractic care.
What is whole body chiropractic care? Well, over the years, We've realized that we help our patients get better faster if we treat their areas of chief complaint AND assess their overall body alignment at the same time. We’ve found that at times, patients experience pain because of an underlying posture or muscle imbalance and when that is corrected, the pain simply stops being a concern.
Our examination takes the following into consideration:
- the joints of the spine - the range of motion and ease of movement of the neck, midback and lowback
- the rib cage and how freely it moves
- the shoulder girdle and how it sits upon the ribs
- the pelvis and whether it is level at the front and the back
- the movement and balance of the knees and feet
- any muscle imbalances of the shoulder girdle, pelvis and legs as these tend to cause the most problems for patients
With all of that information, and a thorough posture and neurological assessment, your treatment will be focussed on your area(s) of chief complaint AND correction of any underlying muscle and posture imbalances to help you move better and feel better.
As prospective patients, you are certainly welcome to schedule a complementary consultation appointment with us to ask any questions that you may have. We find that our patients enjoy being part of our health clinic and we look forward to meeting you.
Good Posture Can Make Such a Difference!
Here are before and after pictures taken of two of our patients. The grid behind them helps us to really see the difference in their posture during chiropractic treatment. Take a look at how forward the head is in front of the shoulders and if the person is leaning in a forward direction in the BEFORE picture and then see how much has changed in the AFTER. These kinds of posture imbalances can be corrected easily through chiropractic adjustments and posture exercises.
Good posture is important because it helps people move better and feel better... and actually think better because good posture improves communication between the brain and the body, which helps to improve how the brain functions.