How does Chiropractic work?
Your Chiropractor’s main concern is your spine and the nervous system. There are 24 individual mobile vertebrae that start at the base of your skull and end between the hips. Furthermore, there are 7 neck (cervical), 12 mid-back (thoracic), and 5 lower back (lumbar) vertebrae. In between all these vertebrae are a cartilaginous disc that functions as a shock absorber.
A pair of spinal nerves exit between each vertebrae. Each one of the 31 pairs of nerves comes from the spinal cord, which runs the length of the spine and extends outward to form a complex network that ultimately supplies and influences every organ, tissue, and cell in the body.
As a Chiropractor, we evaluate the biomechanical structure of the spine to ensure each vertebra are moving freely and are not displaced or fixed in any way. Any such displacement or jammed vertebra can cause the spinal nerve that exits from intervertebral foramen (opening), to become irritated either through direct pressure or through indirect irritation.
It is a Chiropractor’s task to evaluate and identify any problem that might exist within the spine and to correct any dysfunction that might be present.
When should I see my Chiropractor?
Chiropractic care has been known to treat and help almost any condition that is nerve, muscle, or joint-related. Conditions can range from neck pain, headaches, whiplash, shoulder pain, arm, and elbow pain, tingling in arms and hands, all the way to back, hip, leg, knee, even foot pain. Therefore any joint condition can be potentially be helped through chiropractic care
What do you need to know after your treatment?
Spinal Manipulation, also known as chiropractic adjustments promote healing and repair within your body. It also aids in improving mobility. Your body initially tries to adapt to the changes from the chiropractic treatment sessions and sometimes can cause some of the following:
- Muscle stiffness
- Feeling of tiredness
- A “bruised” feeling over the area that was worked on
- Headaches and short-term flair of inflammation (Usually for the first 24-48 hours after the treatment)
- Apply ICE to any painful area because ICE is the best anti-inflammatory medication.
- Do not have your hair washed at the hair salon with your head bend over the basing for at least two hours after your treatment.
- Drink a glass of water to help the body to flush away the body toxins.
- Do not vacuum, sweep, garden, sew, or do any overhead work for one hour after the treatment.
Improve healthy habits:
- For men: do NOT sit with your wallet placed in your back pocket as this will alter your pelvic and lower back posture creating an uneven alignment.
- Avoid holding the telephone receiver between your ear and shoulder.
- Use a proper lifting technique: plant your feet solidly in front of you, lift with the big muscles of your legs and arms, and keep your back straight.
- Avoid holding any bag on one side for a prolonged period of time.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of clean water every day
The Benefits of Chiropractic care
There has been substantial evidence supporting the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic treatment for patients with the following conditions:
Other benefits include:
- Improved range of motion
- Relief from joint pain
- Relief from Sports injury
- Improved posture
- Relief from Arthritis
- Relief from Hip Pain using pregnancy
- Faster recovery after labour and delivery
- Relief from Colic in infants
- Relief from constipation in infants and children
- Improvement in latching of infants