Chiropractic as a profession came into existence in the 1890′s in the USA when Daniel Palmer successfully restored the hearing of the cleaner (Harvey Lillard) where he worked, by pushing on a spinal vertebra which appeared to be out of place. Quite amazing that the first chiropractic adjustment was for deafness and had nothing to do with relieving back pain.
Chiropractic is based on 2 facts:
1. The the body is a self healing organism. It is always trying to move towards a state of health. If you cut yourself the body immediately starts the healing process. You don’t have to ask it to heal. You don’t need to give it permission to heal, it does it automatically.
2. That the nervous system is the master system that controls and regulates virtually every cell, tissue, organ and system of the body.
If the body is always trying to move towards health then why is it that you still have that pain/illness? There are a number of things that can interfere with the healing process but the main one that concerns chiropractors is nerve interference. If a nerve is being pinched/irritated then the signals coming from the brain to control the healing process can’t get through properly.
A chiropractors job is really simple – find and remove that interference. Here at Alstonville Chiropractic and Natural Therapies my aim is to: Find the source of nerve interference. Remove it in the most gentle way possible in the shortest amount of time possible and teach you how to reduce the possibility of re-occurance.
The chiropractic technique I use is called Sacro Occipital Technique or SOT for short. It was developed in the 1940’s by a chiropractor called Major Bertram DeJarnette. I see SOT as a system for creating balance in the body. From head to toe the aim is to restore balance. For more information on SOT please have a look at the Australian SOT association website.
The application of the SOT technique is with special wooden blocks and an electric activator. There is no cracking or crunching of the spine.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a health care discipline based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. “Chiropractic” comes from the Greek word Chiropraktikos, meaning “done by hand.”
The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.
The skull protects the delicate tissues of the brain. The moving bones of the spine protect the intricate communication pathways of the spinal cord and nerve roots. If these nervous system pathways are impaired, malfunction of the tissue and organ function throughout the body can result.
Chiropractic also places an emphasis on nutrition, exercise, wellness and healthy lifestyle modifications.
What are the education requirements to be a Chiropractor?
Do I need a referral from a GP to see a Chiropractor?
What is this thing that chiropractors call a “Subluxation”?
What causes a subluxation?
1. Stress – This is the biggest cause of spinal problems!!! What happens when you get stressed? You feel uptight. Your muscles contract and you become stiff and sore. Now remember, muscles are connected to bones. If a muscle is in spasm it’s going to pull on the bones that are attached to it. Pull on a bone long enough and it will pull it out of place and/or cause it to lose it normal mobility.
2. Chemical – Anything you put into your body that it cannot use for sustaining life is treated as a toxin. Just look at the food you eat and if there is anything that the body cannot turn into something useful it has to be removed. Any toxin in the body creates a stress response and as mentioned previously stress creates muscle tightness, resulting in bones and joint becoming misaligned and/or stiff.
3. Physical – The vast majority of physically induced subluxations are due to a LACK of physical activity. Most people lead a much sedentary lifestyle when compared to their ancestors. Our bodies are designed for the physical activity of hunter gatherers. Our whole body is made for over 2000 calories of physical activity every day. Our muscles, ligaments, joints and bones are designed for lots of daily stretching and physical load. When our muscles, ligaments, joints and bones don’t get the use they should they start to become stiff. The ligaments and muscles become weak and short. They are more easily damaged when you do exert yourself.
How is a subluxation corrected?
Does the adjustment hurt?
Is regular chiropractic care necessary? And I have heard that once I start chiropractic care, I’ll have to continue with it for the rest of my life. Is this true? Two main factors will determine if there is a need for onging care.
2. Are you living a lifestyle that is going to lead to ongoing problems in your back? Are you in a job that is hard on your back? This could be through heavy manual work or sitting in a chair 6 hours of the day. Both of these will lead to an increased chance of spinal problems. Are you getting enough physical exercise? Exercise that not only tones and stretches the muscles of the back but also moves all the joints through their full range of movement. Are you getting enough sleep? Spines, as well as the rest of the body needs sleep to recover and heal. Healing can only take place during sleep. It’s one of the common reasons why people often feel sleepy after a chiropractic adjustment.
These are just some of the reasons why there is an need for ongoing chiropractic care. You get you teeth checked regularly, you put your car in for a service regularly, why wouldn’t you have your spine checked on a regular basis?
Is Chiropractic Care Expensive?
Does an adjustment have to make a noise to be effective?
How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?