Chiropractic 101

Millions of people enjoy Chiropractic – the most natural, drug-free health care system in the world. We hope that you too become inspired to care for your body through chiropractic and live your life with optimal health. The Big Idea Chiropractic is based on two known facts. Firstly, we know that the nervous system controls all the functions of the body – every cell, tissue, organ and body system. Secondly, the body contains it’s own inborn recuperative power; given a chance it will heal! Putting it very simply, by ensuring the nervous system is working without restriction, we ensure the body has the best chance to be healthy. Why is the spine so important? Well, because one of the spine’s main job is protect the spinal cord, a vital part of the Central Nervous System, an extension of the brain. To have healthy nerves you simply must have a healthy spine. Unfortunately, few people truly understand the importance of a healthy spine, many find out too late. This illustration shows that the spine protects the spinal cord which is an integral part of the central nervous system. This transmits vital life force to every organ and tissue of the body. Because of the intimate relationship between the spine and the vital nerves, we should really consider our spine as an organ in itself, one that needs to be cared for. It is our body’s central supporting structure and all the messages from the brain must pass through it without interference. Chiropractic recognises that only the power that created the body can heal the body – provided there is no interference. Caring for your spine and nervous system should absolutely be central to your efforts in living a healthy life. Chiropractic helps people function closer to their physical and emotional best, recover from sickness, disease and disability faster and minimise the use of drugs and surgery in their lives. Because helping the body heal itself involves many facets, Chiropractors also provide lifestyle advice to help prevent illness and injury, diet & nutrition, fitness, ergonomics, reducing stress, sleep etc. We call these our ‘Pillars of Health’. By making the right choices, one really can live a life full of wellness and vitality. Chiropractic is a way of living, understanding that true health comes from within when the body can properly comprehend, interpret and respond to its environment; this is the job of the nervous system. Almost all chiropractic patients report less stress, more vitality, better posture and more enjoyment in life. Minimising Nerve Interference The chiropractor is highly trained to detect areas of dysfunction in the spine. This may be due to misaligned vertebrae (back bones) or areas of stiffness where healthy movement has been lost. These are called spinal ‘subluxations’ and form the principle focus for chiropractic. The chiropractor will want to correct the alignment and the function of the joints before they degenerate and age prematurely or cause nerve pressure and loss of function. Here we see a ‘Subluxated’ vertebrae causing nerve interference Subluxations may initially be painless but they can lead to: Pain and tightness Abnormal movement Tingling and Numbness Headaches Inflamed joints Disc problems Nerve problems (arm or leg pain) Fatigue Poor posture What causes these subluxations? Poor posture – computers, mobile phones etc Slips and falls, sporting injuries, car accidents etc Birth trauma Leg length inequality Emotional and mental stress (work, relationships etc) Chemical stress (toxicity) At Total Health Chiropractic, we correct these subluxations with very specific spinal adjustments together with the application of necessary traction and exercise to stabilise the underlying cause. This improves or restores the communication between mind and body and health, which IS OUR NATURAL STATE. The Chiropractic Adjustment This is when the chiropractor, using his hand, applies a very specific and gentle force into the subluxated joint to improve function and alignment and relieve any pressure on the nervous system. The adjustments are usually completely painless, and are consistently associated with an immediate feeling of relief and enhanced health. Only qualified chiropractors are trained to detect subluxations and deliver the correct spinal adjustment. A Healthy (Chiropractic) Lifestyle Looking after your spine and nervous system should be a big part of your health maintenance. If you do not have periodic chiropractic adjustments then we suggest strongly it is time for change. For people who really understand chiropractic and have been enjoying its benefits for some time, it has changed their world. Periodic adjustments become part of life, like brushing ones teeth. It simply makes more sense than neglect. If you look after the important things in your life they will last longer, and when it’s your spine and your nervous system there surely isn’t anything more important.

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