What is Chiropractic?

The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.

Chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery.

-California Chiropractic Association

Why Chiropractic?

Since its inception, chiropractic has first and foremost been based on the principle that the body has the innate ability to heal itself. Because of the negative effects of stress in one's environment, the body's natural abilities for wellness and healing can be interrupted. More specifically, when the nervous system is irritated by spinal misalignment (vertebral subluxations), the regulatory capacity of the brain relative to the rest of the body is compromised. Chiropractors seek to restore a more natural state in the body by using specific chiropractic adjustments to correct these imperfections. Chiropractors know that when the nervous system works better, ALL systems in the body have the potential to work better! Chiropractic is the only health care profession that abides by this principle. Chiropractors have been perfecting the art, philosophy, and science of this wonderful profession for over a century!
Many athletes swear by the positive effects of chiropractic when talking about their personal successes. Notable names like Lance Armstrong, Barry Bonds, Dan O'Brien, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few, swear by their chiropractors. Athletic performance is affected by a combination of strength, flexibility, speed, and coordination. When the spine exhibits imperfections in movement and/or alignment, the resulting vertebral subluxations can create focal areas of irritation in the nervous system, which subsequently interfere with the optimum functions of all other systems. As a result, athletic performance suffers. When athletes are adjusted regularly, they will often attribute their success (at least in part) to their chiropractic care.
To Improve POSTURE!
Spinal curves are absolutely paramount to good posture. In the normal spine, there should be a gentle curvature of the spine inward in the neck and lower back, with a balanced outward curve in the mid-upper back. One of the most common postural faults (head forward, shoulders rounded forward) occurs when the lumbar (low back) curve is too flat, or the thoracic (mid-upper back) is too rounded. If this abnormal body position is not corrected, this can place a lot of pressure on the spine where the neck meets the shoulders, causing stress and strain. Your chiropractor works hard to ensure that your spine has every opportunity to assume perfect posture, by optimizing the movement and position of each and every vertebra. As far as your posture is concerned, the rest is up to you - consistent awareness of your posture, plus a commitment to regular postural exercises are the best ways to maintain a healthy upright spine.
To Reduce PAIN!
The spine is an important physical structure that contains many pain-sensitive tissues, most notably, joints, muscles, nerves, discs, and ligaments. If there are any abnormal alignment patterns in the spinal column, this can place an abnormal amount of stress and strain on any one of these tissues. In a recent article reviewing the effectiveness of spinal manipulation, chiropractic adjustments were consistently better than other medical options in reducing the intensity of acute low back pain, plus restoring normal function, both for short-term and long-term effects.