Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions that may help you discover how Chiropractics may benefit you. If you are still unsure about how Chiropractics can benefit your health please do not hesitate to contact us for any other questions or queries.
What is chiropractic?
Traditional health care looks at germs and disease as the cause of health problems. Chiropractic is different. It looks to strengthen your body by restoring optimal nervous system function so that your body can function better and ultimately fight off germs and diseases.
Chiropractic focuses on the most vulnerable part of your nervous system; your spine.
Your brain, spinal cord and the rest of the nerves control every aspect of your body. When you have a subluxation (spinal misalignment), optimal nerve function decreases and your body weakens, thus allowing it to be more susceptible to dis-ease and malfunction.
The spine acts very much like a fusebox in a house. When the fuse flips, electricity stops. In order to restore power the switch must be turned on. A spinal misalignment in the spine works the same way. In order to restore vital nerve communication, a chiropractor corrects the misalignment of the spine and restores function.
What does the nervous system do?
Your nervous system is made up of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The nerves are linked to all the organs, glands, tissues and cells in your whole body. This allows for communication between your brain and the rest of your body.
As a result, your nervous system really has two jobs.
First, it senses pain. When you have pain, it’s your body’s way of telling you something is wrong.
Your car has warning lights to tell you when something is wrong. Our body’s main way to communicate a problem is through pain. However, many people fail to take action and ignore it assuming it’s normal. Symptoms such as headaches, migraines, neck pain back pain, etc are not normal, unfortunately they are common. Taking medication for the pain only covers up the warning. Thus, never finding out what was actually causing the pain.
Secondly, “The purpose of the brain and nervous system is to control and coordinate the function of all the organs and tissues in the body and to adapt the organism to its environment.”
Examples of functional problems would be diabetes, breathing, heart beating, secretion of hormones, movement and circulation.
Your nervous system controls every aspect of your body. Any interference with your nervous system can result in a variety of symptoms not just pain.
What is a Subluxation
Whenever two bones come together to form a moveable joint, problems can arise such as too much, too little or no movement. Spinal bones (vertebrae) are next to the spinal cord and have nerve roots running between them. This lack of or too much movement can effect the nerve roots distorting the communication between your brain and body. This in turn effects how your nervous system controls and regulates your body and can
cause a myriad of health problems.
Vertebral Subluxation the simple explanation
Gray’s Anatomy, the premier anatomy textbook studied by all the health fields, states that,
“The nervous system is the most complicated and highly organized of the various systems which make up the human body. It is the mechanism concerned with the correlation and integration of various bodily processes and the reactions and adjustments of the organism to its environment.”
Your nervous system controls every aspect of your body.
Nerves transmit messages from the brain cells to tissue cells throughout the whole body. Vertebral subluxations are misalignments of the spinal bones and impinge and interfere with those nerve transmissions. The result is malfunction, disorder and disease.
The life line of the body is the spine. If there is trouble in the spine (subluxation), the entire body may be affected.
Vertebral Subluxation the in-depth explanation
A subluxation in it’s final stages is made up of all five parts.
1 Kinesiopathology: This is the abnormal position or motion of the spinal bone. Little to no movement(hypo mobility) is most common, resulting in decreased ability to such as bending and turning.
- Neuropatholophysiology: This is abnormal nerve function with resulting physiological effects. Eg. Include numbness, pins & needles and sciatic pain down the leg.
However, only 1/8 of all the nerves sense pain so you may not have any pain at all.
Because the nerves communicate with all the organs of your body, you can have dysfunction with the different systems of the body such as the digestive system, respiratory system, reproductive system and immune system.
- Myopathology: abnormal muscle function where a muscle is either
Hyperactive, meaning it is too tight such as a spasm or
Hypoactive, meaning it is too loose or weak
Muscle atrophy and weaken or tighten up and go into spasm
- Histopathology: Abnormal soft tissue function resulting in inflammation and edema. If severe enough can result in disc bulges or herniations.
- Pathophysiology: disc changes thinning bulges, ca deposit on bone
This in short is spinal decay, very similar to tooth decay. When a tooth undergoes decay, it takes time. The same occurs with the spine. The big difference is you cannot replace your spine.
Subluxation is very real. We have documented it to the extent no one can dispute it’s existence. Vertebral Subluxation changes the entire health of the body by causing structural dysfunction of the spine and nerve interference. The weight of a quarter on a spinal nerve will reduce nerve impulse transmission by as much as 60%
Chang H. Suh, Ph.D
Spinal Biomechanics Specialist,
University of Colorado
How important is a proper functioning spine?
“90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine. This is analogous to a windmill generating electricity”
Dr. Roger Sperry, M.D. Winner of the Nobel prize for brain research
“loss of the cervical curve (I.e. Loss of normal spinal posture), stretches the spinal cord 5-7 centimeters, and causes disease.”
Dr. A. Breig, Neuro-Surgeon, Winner of the Nobel prize
“forward head posture leads to long term muscle strain, disc herniations, arthritis, and pinched nerves”
Mayo clinic November 3 2000
Important enough to have your friends, family, and co-workers take a serious look at proper spinal function , and chiropractic care.
Can I get subluxations in other areas besides the spine?
Yes, every joint such as shoulders, elbows, wrists and knees can become misaligned.
Can subluxations clear up on their own?
Sometimes the body has the ability to correct subluxations, however, when it does not, you may need chiropractic care.
How much do you charge for a consultation?
Our consultation is FREE and can take up to 30 minutes. It can be done over the phone, but if you live close by it is better to make an appointment to see the doctor.
What if I’m scared to get a treatment?
Many people have a fear of professions such as dentists or medical doctors. Chiropractic is no different. The most common is a fear of neck adjustments involving the “popping and cracking”. Consequently, besides being very capable of those techniques, Dr Nuet has become proficient in techniques that do not require the “popping and cracking” and are extremely gentle, gentle enough to allow him to treat newborns.
At what age can you receive a chiropractic treatment?
People of all ages can receive chiropractic treatments. Dr Nuet has treated newborns as young as 3 days old and adults well into their eighties.
Why would a newborn need a chiropractic treatment?
The whole birth process can be very traumatic. In some cases it places as much as 90 lbs of axial pressure on the baby’s neck. As a result, the newborn may have a subluxation in the neck which may result in some common symptoms such as colic and ear infections.
What if I am pregnant?
No problem, we’ve treated many pregnant patients.
In 2007 a study of 50,276 chiropractic manipulations of the cervical spine turned up no reports of serious adverse effects. The authors concluded that the risk of serious adverse effects was, at worst, 6 per 100,000 manipulations. The most common minor side effect was fainting, dizziness, and/or light-headedness, which occurred after, at worst, 16 in 1,000 treatments.
(Thiel HW, Bolton JE, Docherty S, Portlock
JC (2007). “Safety of chiropractic
manipulation of the cervical spine: a
prospective national survey”. Spine 32 (21): 2375–8.)
Is chiropractic safe?
When done correctly it is safe
According to the World Health Organization “employed skillfully and appropriately, chiropractic care is safe and effective for the prevention and management of a number of health problems.”
One objective measurement of risk level in health care is malpractice insurance premiums. Chiropractors pay much less for malpractice insurance than any type of medical doctor. In other words, there is very little risk.
In fact, tens of millions of Americans routinely opt for chiropractic services and this number is rapidly growing. In 1993, more than 30 million consumers made chiropractic a regular part of their health care program.