I have spent the 19 years in practice trying my best to educate my patients, and the general public, about the many different physical problems that I see in my office. When doing this, I often use a chiropractic term called a “subluxation”. Although other health care practitioners may have a slightly different definition for the word, chiropractors have been using this word to describe a very specific problem for over 100 years. There are volumes of quality scientific information and studies demonstrating what a subluxation is and how chiropractors successfully treat it. In this article, I will attempt to answer the question “what does a chiropractor do?”
In order to keep this interesting, I will simplify the definition harshly. As we go through our daily lives, we expose ourselves to all kinds of stress. They may be physical (such as an accident) or emotional (such as job or family stress). Either way, they have a negative effect on your physical health, particularly in the muscles, nerves and joints of your spine. In my practice, I see people every day who are or have been under some form of stress. These people are often seeing a chiropractor to correct the lack of mobility or restricted areas in their spine. When these problem areas are present, they can cause irritation of the nerves as they exit the spine. These nerves control the neighbouring muscles, pain sensation, and other internal organs and glands. If left untreated, the muscles can go into spasm, mild to severe pain can occur, and other seemingly unrelated problems can occur at different areas where the nerve travels to. By doing a series of “chiropractic adjustments”, the movement or “alignment” (as my patients like to call it) of a problematic area can be restored. This allows the joints and nerves of the spine to function normally and the person feels much healthier because of it.
Once a person has achieved a healthy spine and the associated nerves are functioning normally, it is at this point that he or she must incorporate some form of consistent mild to moderate exercise into their life. This can be done with the guidance of a chiropractor as well.
By combining a healthy spine and nerves with consistent mild to moderate exercise, your body will be able to reach its maximum physical potential. This will allow one to accomplish more and do the things that are important to him or her in life. This should not be taken for granted. One only has to ask someone who no longer has the physical ability to do the things he or she wants to do to find out how depressing it can be.