Chiropractic – Why it works so well
It’s beauty is in it’s simplicity. The beauty of chiropractic is in its simplicity: it just wants to turn the power on. What power? The one we all have; that power that grew you from conception through childhood into adulthood. If you’ve watched a child grow over the years then you know what I mean. Look into their eyes and you can see it shine. This power that undeniably is inside you is the same power that heals you, the same power that may be dimmed a little by the stresses of life. Chiropractic just wants to turn that power back on. This will undoubtably sound foreign to many, but for those tens of thousands of chiropractic patients in Singapore already enjoying the benefits of chiropractic care, it completely makes sense. There are some very basic reasons why our treatments are so effective. If things are out of alignment they tend to wear out. Chiropractic restores alignment; hips, backs, necks and shoulders. They all feel the pain of early arthritis if alignment is lost. If we restore the alignment, then forces of healing can do their job. If our body is losing its structural alignment, then we are developing postural problems and this always leads to some loss of health. Inside our spine is our central nervous system which controls everything and these delicate nerve fibres must be protected at all times. If we become slouched or tilted then our body loses its ease. Our nerves are gradually pulled, twisted and pinched, as the distortion is passed on. Pain is inevitable and that, of course, is our body telling us that it is unhappy and change is needed. Pain, remember, is not the dis-ease, it is just the symptom. Chiropractic provides the change and for many, it is just what their body was crying out for. We all have stresses in our lives but the most underestimated stressor is gravity. All our body’s functions depend on it. Gravity gives us strong bones and muscles and the very act of moving ourselves through its field, fires receptors causing electro-chemical energy to light up our brain. The less we move, the slower becomes our brain. Whoever saw someone stiff and shuffling, with a razor sharp mind? It just doesn’t happen. If you want to feel young and full of life then keep moving and stay in alignment. So, chiropractic helps us become more efficient in gravity. We improve our posture, move better, and the nervous system works unimpeded. The body is happier and you feel less pain. Such is the simplicity of chiropractic. Everyone can benefit from it and the more distorted you are, the greater the potential for healing. How is the correction made? Chiropractors are highly trained doctors that specialize in the spine. They make precise spinal adjustments to correct misalignments and postural distortions. The body regains its balance and moves away from degeneration and pain and back towards healing and repair. Those who have mastered chiropractic have spent thousands of hours developing their skills and it is the chiropractic ‘adjustment’ that makes these practitioners unique in comparison with any other type of health care professional. The term “adjustment” refers to the specific force chiropractors apply to vertebrae that have abnormal movement patterns or fail to function normally. So why do these ‘adjustments work so well? They improve range of motion, reduce nerve irritability, reduce muscle spasm and inflammation, decrease pain and improve function – everything the joints need to heal. Ultimately, the goal of receiving adjustments should be to restore the body to its natural state of optimal health. In order to accomplish this, chiropractors can use and recommend a variety of natural healing methods, including adjustments, massage, traction, nutrition, exercise rehabilitation, and counseling on lifestyle issues that impact your health. The primary focus, however, is simply to remove those things which interfere with the body’s natural normal healing ability. In Singapore, postural distortion is everywhere. If you work at a computer you know what I mean; that’s what is going on with your neck and shoulders. Forward Head Posture is a major health concern in this country and its correction has become one of Total Health Chiropractic’s main focuses. Also inactivity e.g. sitting too many hours, inevitably leads to low back issues. If you sit long enough, your discs WILL degenerate. Who has a tight back and weak abs? If that’s you, then be on guard. There is a postural problem occurring and proactivity would be advised. Don’t lose your balance or with it will go your health. Who can benefit? Because healing tends to occur when function is improved, chiropractic is hugely effective with back and neck pain. Shoulder pain nearly always improves when the neck tension is removed, and headaches likewise. The greatest cause of the majority of headaches is indeed dysfunction in the cervical spine or neck. Chiropractic takes pressure off the nerves so sciatica (leg pain) and arm pain is naturally relieved. As the nerves can now work without irritation it follows that many other health conditions can now improve. We see our clients sleeping better, breathing better and moving better. This can improve our circulation and therefore we have better oxygen and nerve supply to all our cells, tissues and organs. Obviously, then, chiropractic can have far reaching benefits and this is why our clients very often feel that their power is being turned back on.