Frequently Asked Questions

The Basis of Chiropractic

Chiropractic is based upon the simple principle that the body naturally strives toward health.  This is the normal expression of the body’s innate intelligence.  The nerve system’s primary responsibility is to coordinate this process.  If one of the bones of the spine becomes misaligned (subluxated), the nerve system is interfered with and this striving toward health and harmonious function is lessened.  Simply put, the body, whatever its state or level of health, is better off with a good nerve supply.


What are Symptoms?

Fever, aches, vomiting, headaches, runny nose.

Any of the above symptoms send most Americans running for the medicine cabinet.  As a society, we are obsessed with symptoms.  I think it would be appropriate to discuss exactly what symptoms are.

Symptoms are your body’s attempt at adaptation.  Muscle splinting after an ankle sprain is an example of your body telling you that that particular joint needs to be immobilized until healing can occur.  Living things are able to adapt.  If you are exposed to changes in temperature, your body will adapt by shivering or sweating in an effort to keep your core body temperature at about 98.6 degrees.  Non-living things do not adapt.  Changes in temperature govern the core temperature of non-living things.  A rock exposed to the elements will grow hotter or colder as the temperature changes.  Health is the ability to adapt to a greater degree while a lack of health is the ability to adapt to a lesser degree.  Symptoms indicate that the body is reaching it’s outer limits of adaptation.

If you eat something that disagrees with you, your body will attempt to adapt and neutralize the substance.  If it is not able to adapt in this way, it will expel it from your body by vomiting.  This is an example of health, not sickness.  There are, of course, times when our bodies are so overcome with an assault that adaptation is impossible and in these cases, emergency medical care would be called upon to intervene.  That is the sphere of medicine.  To make a diagnosis and institute a treatment when our body is near the outer limits of adaptation.  This requires a talent and knowledge of diagnosis and is quite naturally a decision of life and death matters.

The chiropractic objective is different.  The chiropractor recognizes that symptoms are a very poor indicator of health.  No matter whether the symptoms are mild or overwhelming, the body is trying to adapt as best it can.  Subluxations interfere with your body’s ability to adapt and that is the objective of the chiropractor.  His job is to locate, analyze and correct subluxations so that your body is better able to adapt to whatever life requires of it.  Correction of subluxations improves your body’s ability to do what it is meant to do.


What is a Subluxation?

A vertebral subluxation is when a spinal bone is moved out of its proper position and is putting pressure on, stretching or irritating the nerve tissue, and causing interference to the proper running of your body.

Messages are passed along nerve tissue from the brain to the organs, glands and tissues of your body and back again.  This communication is constant, every second of every day.  Every function of every system in your body is governed by these messages.

When a subluxation occurs, this decreases the efficiency with which your body adapts to its internal and external environment.  It prohibits your body from operating, regulating and healing as well as it should.  It is for this reason that chiropractors make as their sole objective, the correction of vertebral subluxations.  It is why a visit to your chiropractor can bring about improvement in any and all areas of your life.  Get yourself and your children checked for vertebral subluxation today!



“"I had adjustments regularly while I was pregnant and I felt great throughout my whole pregnancy. My back felt good and never hurt - even with working on my feet for 12 hour shifts as a nurse! I could tell chiropractic helped me feel great!" -Sarah K.”

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