Why am I Sick? Why am I hurting?
In 1895, Dr. Daniel David Palmer, the founder of chiropractic,
made a startling discovery: the vertebrae (spinal bones) can
misalign and pinch the spinal nerves that carry messages between
the brain and the cells of the body. This nerve interference tends
to lower the body’s natural resistance to stress and disease and
can produce a variety of symptoms, including pain, numbness,
tingling, and abnormal functions in the body.
What are “subluxations”?
Subluxations (sub-lucks-a-shuns) are spinal misalignments that
produce pain and “dis-ease” by impinging the spinal nerves and
interfering with the nerve impulses that travel between the Brain
Centers and the tissues of the six major Health Zones or Systems.
This nerve interference also produces tight and tender ligaments
at the Zone points along the base of the head.
What causes spinal subluxations?
According to Dr. D. D. Palmer, there are three general causes:
POISONS (including unhealthy food and drink), TRAUMA (including
accidents, falls, sprains, and strains), and AUTOSUGGESTION
(meaning “negative thinking” or “emotional stress”). These things
may cause spinal subluxations and a wide variety of symptoms.
Can chiropractic help me?
Chiropractic can usually help any condition or symptom produced by
spinal subluxations and pinched nerves. Naturally, duration and
severity are important factors. By adjusting the vertebrae back
into proper alignment, chiropractic relieves nerve pressure so
that the living body is free to heal itself.
Which of my Health Zones are affected?
Your chiropractor can determine which Zones are involved in your
case by feeling the Zone points along the base of your skull. The
tight or tender ligaments indicate which o the Health Zones are
under stress and which vertebrae need to be adjusted. If a Zone
Point is right or tender, this indicates that the associated
Health Zone is still in the process of healing—even though the
more severe symptoms may have diminished.
How does chiropractic work?
Your chiropractor works to restore your Health Zones to normal by
locating and adjusting your spinal misalignments, thus reducing
nerve pressure, restoring nerve flow, and reestablishing normal
function and natural resistance to disease. As the cause of your
condition is corrected, this allows the living body to heal itself
naturally—without drugs or surgery.
How long will it take?
Each visit, your chiropractor will check your Zone points to
determine your progress. It takes time to realign your spine and
to reduce your nerve pressure, time to gently stretch the muscles,
tendons, and ligaments back into position. As the Zone Points
become less tender, you will usually notice that your Health Zones
are beginning to heal.
Can chiropractic improve my health?
By eliminating spinal subluxations, chiropractic improves the
health of your spine and nervous system. This restores your body’s
natural resistance to stress and diseased. Many patients claim
that they have more energy and less illness as a result of regular
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is the practice of maintaining the musculoskeletal
and nervous systems as a means to provide for better health.
Chiropractic care can be the key to detecting the cause of your
problem. If detected early enough, Chiropractic adjustments can
often restore joint fucntion, and release pressure on the nerve,
and eliminate the Nerve Impingement Syndrome.
Your Chiropractor’s job is to relieve as much Nerve Impingement
Syndrome as possible. By allowing the nervous system freely to
transport the nerve impulses throughout your body, you will begin
to feel like new again, free to enjoy life to the fullest!
Chiropractors work to achieve the highest level of function for
your body, relieving the pain, eliminating the symptoms and
correcting the cause of those symptoms. With the help of modern
technology, the job of making you feel better just got easier.
What education is required to practice chiropractic?
The education required to practice chiropractic is a minimum of
six or seven years of college education, including studies in
anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, physical and laboratory
diagnostics, radiology, physiology, pathology, nutrition, and
What is an adjustment?
An adjustment, sometimes called a manipulation, is a precise
procedure where the Doctor of Chiropractic places pressure at
specific places on the spine or other joints. When joints are not
aligned, adjustments are used to correct joint alignment and/or
mobility, relieve the related muscle and nerve tension, improve
balance, and help in the overall healing.
What can I expect from treatment?
There may not be an adjustment every visit, but the treatment
given is based on the individual’s symptoms and examination
findings. Aside from the adjustment, physiotherapies may be used.
These include electric muscle stimulation, ultrasound, moist heat,
ice, massage, etc. The Doctor of Chiropractic will also provide
counseling for the patient concerning the prevention of disease
and the methods for living a healthy lifestyle.