Natural & Integrative Medicine for the Whole Family
Chiropractic is based on the theory that the human body is self-sustaining and self-healing, and our chiropractor therefore looks at the body as a whole. The brain controls the body— it is the command center of everything that you do. There are signals sent from your brain to the rest of your body through your spinal cord and nerves that branch off from the spinal cord. The brain, spinal cord, and nerves all work together and are a part of the nervous system. The nervous system works to make sure your body is functioning at the best of its ability. When your joints are misaligned, especially in the spinal column, the rest of your body suffers because it affects the nerves, muscles, and organs. Chiropractic works to realign your joints and get your body back to optimum function.
Our chiropractor uses a more natural approach to healing your body. Prescription drugs and other medicine are seen as a quick fix to a problem going on inside of your body instead of going directly to the source to treat the problem. Therefore, drugs and medicine are not utilized to treat patients. When your joints are misaligned, the signals the brain sends to the body are not able to get to their destination, thus causing problems in the body. However, once the joints are realigned, your brain is able to successfully send the important signals to all of the nerves, muscles, and organs in your body.
What Can I Expect?
Going to the Chiropractor is a new experience for many of us. Maybe we've heard through a friend or have done some research online. It's possible that you are just fed up with living in pain and it's time to do something about it. In either case, your first visit to the chiropractor will really be about getting to know the chiropractor and discussing your history, current condition and goals.
As with any doctor's visit, you'll start by finishing some new patient paperwork. Upon meeting with the doctor, you'll discuss your concerns and expectations as well as have the chance to ask any questions you may have. We will perform a physical examination and most likely take a few x-rays to see what your current state is. Once this is complete, we'll take a look at the overall results of our conversation and the exams. Together, we'll come up with a plan of action which will begin when you are completely satisfied and ready to move forward.
How Does It Work?
Chiropractic is based on the idea of removing imbalances both structural and postural in an effort to allow our body to heal itself. For this to happen the network of nerves and signals from your brain, down your spinal cord, to the network of nerves must be allowed to flow freely without any interruption. Chiropractors have the ability and skill to remove these interruptions or misalignments and allow the body to perform as it was meant to.
If you've ever been in a car accident, played a sport, fell down or just bumped into something too hard, it's very possible that you are not functioning at your best due to a misalignment. While there are many potential mechanical or structural causes for misalignment, there are also chemical reasons. For instance, if you smoke or drink excessively or even just have a poor diet, the chemical issues in your body can eventually cause underlying conditions and disease to appear.
Allowing a chiropractor to get you back on track both chemically and structurally will bring your body back to the proper state it should be in to perform at its peak.
What Is Subluxation?
When a vertebra becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, this is referred to in the chiropractic profession as a subluxation. Subluxations can be caused by a wide range of issues ranging from a minor slip or bump to a car accident or any sudden trauma. When a vertebra is subluxated, it begins to put pressure on nerves, blood vessels and everything around it. This pressure comes with a price. The subluxation interrupts the natural pathways that the messages sent from the brain need to be clear in order to be completed properly.
As time goes by and a subluxation remains untreated, the spine and surrounding features such as discs can begin to degenerate. This degeneration becomes more difficult to reverse as time goes by as the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. The body is an amazing machine. It will start to accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is and the longer it takes to get back to near perfect position.
These simple movements or daily routines can end up hurting you if you're not careful. Make sure to do these simple activities the right way as outlined below:
-Standing - Posture. Posture. Posture. Make sure that you keep your chin up and don't slouch. If you know that you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure that you wear comfortable shoes.
-Working at a Desk- Make sure that you are getting up every 20 minutes to stretch. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet are on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. Try to avoid looking down at your computer screen. It should be at eye level.
-Sitting -Make sure you have a chair that is supportive. When you are forced to sit for a long period of time, for instance at a desk job, make sure to get up and stretch every 20 minutes. Sit with your back against the chair, feet firmly on the floor. Do not cross your legs.
-Lifting - Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Even if it is a light object, twisting or pulling in the wrong direction when you're not stretched out can have a damaging effect on muscles and the spine. You always want to bend at the knees and avoid lifting anything you know is too heavy.
-Overall Physical Activity - If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately stretched out and warmed up. Even if it's something light like gardening or just pushing your child on a bike, it's easy to pull something if you're not warmed up.
-Talking On The Telephone - If you're forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. By all means try to avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area.
-Resting or Sleeping- Straining your neck or back while you're sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in strange positions where we are not supported properly or our necks are at an odd angle. Make sure that if you are going to nap or watch TV in bed, that you are in a supportive position. Chiropractic is available on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm and Fridays 9am to 12pm.
Chiropractors most often use spinal manipulation, or spinal adjustment, as the treatment in chiropractic care. A chiropractor uses their hands to influence and maneuver the tissues around the joints for realignment. The chiropractor uses a very special technique that moves the joint past the normal range of movement, but does not dislocate or damage this joint. It is a skill that chiropractors practice and have specialized in to provide you with the best care.
It is a common misconception that a person visits the chiropractor solely when they have back or neck pain. While these are very valid reasons for a visit, and very common, these barely scratch the surface of what chiropractors are able to help heal. Chiropractors often help treat more significant issues, like headaches, insomnia, fibromyalgia, and many others.
The chiropractic profession goes so much deeper than what meets the eye. Whether you have back pain, a cold, or insomnia, a trip to the chiropractor can help relieve your symptoms. Please visit our contact page to set up your chiropractic appointment in Orlando, Florida.
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