Let's use the term 'subluxation.' Subluxations occur when vertebrae in the spine become misaligned or move out of place. When an individual vertebra moves out of its proper position, it can press on the nerves that pass from the spinal column out through the space either above or below it. Because nerves carry messages between your brain and your body at lightning speed (think about how fast you move your hand when you touch something hot), nerve interference caused by a spinal misalignment can cause the body to malfunction.Simply put, subluxations interrupt normal nerve function, causing a breakdown in the body's communication center, the central nervous system. How do subluxations occur? There are three main causes:o Physical causes, such as a car accident, a slip or fall, a sports injury, repetitive movements, such as lifting all day on a job, improper sleeping positions, inadequate sleep and bad posture.o Emotional causes, such as grief over the death of a loved one, anger and other negative emotions that cause too much stress in your body and result in damage to your body's immune system.o Chemical causes, that result from improper nutrition (fast food), smoking, alcohol and substance abuse and toxins in your external environment, food and water.Chiropractors receive special training to adjust the spine, which moves the misplaced vertebrae back into their proper position. It may take time for your body to "hold" an adjustment and for the vertebrae and the surrounding muscles, ligaments and tissue to [recognize] the new position as being "normal." However, once the subluxation is corrected, the nervous system becomes fully functional again, allowing your body to heal. The biggest problem with subluxations is the fact that you often don't even know that you have one until you experience symptoms, such as pain or a breakdown in the functioning of a major organ, and then it might be too late.Receiving regular chiropractic adjustments keeps your nervous system in prime working order, much the same as receiving regular dental care keeps your teeth and gums healthy. If you have any questions about subluxations or the effects that they can have on your health, please be sure to ask us at your next visit. Chiropractic Leadership Alliance
Chiropractors - Healing Methodologies
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance The spine is one of the most important parts of the body for without it, you could not keep yourself upright or even stand up. The spine gives your body structure and support and allows you to move and bend. The nervous system controls and regulates all functions of the body. It is the spine that supports the nervous system as nerves branch out like an ultra sophisticated computer system from the spine. The spine has three major components:o The spinal column is composed of bones and discs, o Neural elements are the spinal cord and nerve roots, o Supporting structures are the muscles and ligaments.Your chiropractor in Colorado Springs, CO as well as across the U.S. provides services to keep your spine in alignment in order to stay healthy. When the spine is misaligned, a number of aches and pains begin to affect your quality of life. Low back pain is one of the most widely experienced health problems in the world. Eight out of ten people will have back pain at some point in their lives. Next to the common cold, back pain is the reason for missed days from work and visit to clinicians. It is estimated that low back pain costs between $30 billion and $70 billion every year. It is estimated that 4.6 million Americans will need spine surgery at some point in their lives and ultimately treated by your chiropractor in Colorado Springs, CO as well as other American cities. Spine surgery is on the top five list of surgeries you don't want to get. Spine surgery has high risks and poor outcomes and many surgeons will recommend safe treatment from a physical therapy or chiropractic help.Your first visit to the chiropractor will entail an examination similar to a medical doctor. You will be asked the normal questions regarding your general medical history and will be asked to answer questions about the type and location of pain that you are having. The chiropractor will perform a hands-on examination and will test your reflexes and muscle strength and may also check your pulse, temperature and blood pressure. The chiropractor will check your range of motion and vertebral subluxations in order to check your spine and joints. Finally, your chiropractor may order x-rays or use other techniques to complete or confirm a diagnosis. For the final phase of the exam, the chiropractor from Colorado Springs, CO will use his hands to adjust the joints of the spine and extremities where signs of restriction in movement are found, improving mobility and relieving pain. By manipulating the joints, chiropractors stimulate the joint movement receptors. Receptors are sensors that provide feedback to the brain on the joint's movement and wellness. Some chiropractors also use electrical therapies as part of their treatment.Chiropractic is the science of locating spinal structures that are causing pain and the art of reducing their impact to the nervous system. Chiropractic care is a much better alternative to going under the knife.What truly differentiates doctors of chiropractic from any other healthcare professionals is the fact that chiropractors are the only professionals who are trained to diagnose and treat what are called spinal subluxations. The word "subluxation" comes from the Latin words meaning "somewhat or slight" (sub) and "to dislocate" (luxate). So the term 'vertebral subluxation' literally means a slight dislocation or misalignment of the bones in the spine.When a subluxation occurs, a chiropractor can correct the misaligned bone and allow it to return to its proper position. This procedure is appropriately called an adjustment, and the adjustment enables the body to heal. The chiropractic adjustment is a quick thrust applied to a vertebra for the purpose of correcting its position, movement or both. Adjustments are often accompanied by an audible release of gas that sounds like a "crack." The sound sometimes shocks people a little bit the first couple times they get adjusted, but the sensation is usually relieving. Occasionally, minor discomfort is experienced, especially if the surrounding muscles are in spasm or the patient tenses up during the chiropractic procedure. There are times when the audible "cracking" does not occur. This is often due to either significant muscle tightness or that the patient may be having a hard time relaxing during their adjustments. However, the chiropractic adjustment is still important. The leak is fixed. The wiring is fixed. Information is flowing again. To keep the wiring fixed and the information flowing, several adjustments over a course of time may be necessary, in addition to massage, physical therapy, stretching exercises, or strengthening exercises. In the chiropractic world, keeping the problem fixed and preventing its reoccurence is just as important as the initial remedy.There are actually five components that contribute to the vertebral subluxation complex (VSC).Bone Component-where the vertebra is either out of position, not moving properly, or are undergoing degeneration. This frequently leads to a narrowin of the spaces between the bones through which the nerves pass; often resulting in irritation or impingement of the nerve itself. Nervous Component-is the disruption of the normal flow of energy along the nerve fibers, causing the messages traveling along the nerves to become distorted. The result is that all of the tissues that are fed by those nerves receive distorted signals from the brain and, consequently, are not able to function normally. Over time, this can lead to a whole host of conditions, such as peptic ulcers, constipation and other organ system dysfunction.Muscular Component-since nerves control the muscles that help hold the vertebrae in place, muscles have to be considered to be an integral part of the vertebral subluxation complex. In fact, muscles both affect, and are affected by the VSC. A subluxation can irritate a nerve, the irritated nerve can cause a muscle to spasm, the spasmed muscle pulls the attached vertebrae further out of place, which then further irritates the nerve and you have a vicious cycle. It is no wonder that very few subluxations just go away by themselves.Soft Tissue Component-the VSC will also affect the surrounding tendons, ligaments, blood supply, and other tissues as the misaligned vertebrae tug and squeeze the connective tissue with tremendous force. Over time, the soft tissues can become stretched out or scarred, leaving the spine with either a permanent instability or restriction. Chemical Component-is the change in the chemistry of the body due to the VSC. Most often, the chemical changes, such as the release of a class of chemicals called "kinins," are pro-inflammatory; meaning that they increase inflammation in the affected area.These changes get progressively worse over time if they are not treated correctly, leading to chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, muscle trigger points, the formation of bone spurs, loss of movement, as well as muscle weakness and spasm. Chiropractors have known the dangers of the vertebral subluxation complex ever since the birth of the profession. More and more scientific research is demonstrating the tremendous detrimental impact that subluxation have on the tissue of the body. In order to be truly healthy, it is vital that your nervous system be functioning free of interference from subluxations. Chiropractors are the only health professionals trained in the detection, location, and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex through chiropractic care.
Chiropractors - Healing Methodologies
Chiropractic Leadership Alliance We've all heard stories about someone who was crippled or even killed by a Chiropractor. Sometimes we're even warned by our family doctor not to let our Chiropractor adjust us as it may cause a stroke. Even the L.A. Times recently called the safety of manipulation into question. Just how safe is chiropractic treatment? What are the facts?1. Due to the extreme rarity of injuries caused by Chiropractic treatment and its unequaled safety record, chiropractic doctors pay only a fraction (i.e. 1/10 to 1/50) the malpractice rates compared to medical physicians. (1)2. Only 19 deaths have been attributed to Chiropractic treatment worldwide over the latest 65 years studied (1934-1999). In fact, the risk of "serious injury" from anti-inflammatory medication including Aspirin and Advil is 400 times greater than from manipulation. (2)In other words, it's much safer to have a chiropractic treatment for your neck pain or headache then taking medicine (over the counter or prescribed).3. Nearly 10,000 studies have been performed on manipulation (making it the most thoroughly studied form of treatment for back pain) and the great majority have found the following when compared to medical treatment:a. Increased patient satisfaction.b. Shortened time to return to activities or work. c. Less permanent disability.d. Less costly.The governments of several countries, including the United States (A.H.C.P.R.) and Canada (Manga), have found manipulation to be the most effective form of treatment for back pain. In fact, the Canadian report suggested that Chiropractors be the "gate keepers" for back pain saying that it would save Canada hundreds of millions of dollars if their citizens saw Chiropractor's first. After reviewing all published studies, it was determined that there were "no medical procedures that were as safe as Chiropractic treatment."The British Medical Journal and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found similar results. In fact, the U.S. government reported that physical therapy and acupuncture were not "cost effective" and that surgery was useful in only 1% of cases.Further, the report was emphatic that they should be employed only after conservative approaches (like manipulation) were first exhausted.So why are there still news reports of the dangers of Chiropractic? Lets take a look at the last article that was reported by the journal, "Neurology", and reported in the L.A. Times.The study found that seven out of the 51 people questioned who had a stroke were adjusted by a Chiropractor in the previous month. This compared to two of those in the control group. So an association was drawn between manipulation and strokes. The problem with making such an opinion is that headaches and neck pain are the early symptoms of this type of stroke. So of course more people with neck pain and headaches sought chiropractic care versus those who were in the control group who were pain free.This illustrates the problem with association-type studies. They don't show the cause only association. For example, the following is a common example taught in research courses that warn against making conclusions from such studies.Since there are more churches in violent neighborhoods, churches lead to violence. Actually, establishing churches are a reaction to people living in a violent neighborhood, not a cause.In fact, another study published by the same journal, "Neurology," found fewer people having strokes if they were adjusted than the control group that wasn't. Unfortunately, that never made the newspapers nor did most of the other studies which showed chiropractic treatment far safer than all other medical treatments.Why the media prints inflammatory stories while ignoring others that would put your mind at ease is beyond the scope of this paper. But it is unfortunate that people are being scared away from a treatment that is absolutely safer and more effective and by default being directed to one that has significantly greater risks. Personally, between Dr. Murray and myself, we have practiced about 40 years and have never injured anyone (more than some temporary soreness as part of the treatment). The real danger comes from having musculoskeletal problems that are covered-up with drugs and surgery. Since the cause is not addressed this way, the patients often get worse, more discouraged and depressed and there are often side effects.We use only the safest of all procedures and specifically screen for all risk factors that make manipulation unsafe. I'm sure you have already noted how thorough we are. This is the only way that you should be treated by any of your doctors. If you ever have questions about the risks or benefits of any procedure, always feel free to speak to us directly.(1) Malpractice Statistics from the National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company, West Des Moines, Iowa.(2) Terrett, A, Current Concepts in Vertebrobasilar Complications, NCMIC Group, Inc., 2001, p 199.Chiropractors offer to help you lead a pain free life for certain types of pain. So it is possible you may consider visiting a chiropractor only when you are faced with a situation that needs a remedy which you believe a chiropractor can deliver.However chiropractic therapy is not just about helping you get rid of pains. It is a holistic approach that aims to help you lead a healthier life. Therefore if you are not currently suffering from a pain but would still like to explore how you can improve the your overall well being then you should consider visiting a chiropractor. There are simple chiropractic exercises that can take as little as three minutes a day which will give you a straighter spine and generally better health. There is an inherent advantage in practicing prevention as against looking for a cure. Though as an individual we may think we lead a healthy life but there are millions who suffer from problems and we too may suffer a disorder later in our lives. In light of that it is best to have some beneficial routines that prevent problems, as part of our daily lives.The chiropractic exercises strengthen core muscle groups and improve the spinal column. These exercises are for all age groups from children to old adults. The exercises don't just have the direct effect on the part of the body that is exercised such as muscle groups and the spine. They also help relieve stress and improve the general feeling of well being. It has also been reported that chiropractic exercises help reduce obesity amongst children. Undertaking these exercises costs nothing and helps you lead a healthy life. Some of the routine exercises involve massages for which you will need the services of a trained chiropractic masseur. This may cost you some money. But you will likely get benefits that far outweigh the cost.Like all exercises you should consult a professional before starting a chiropractic exercise regimen. You should be easily able to find a chiropractor and set up a consultation. Some chiropractors offer a free initial consultation.