Lets start with some basic information about the brain's communication with your body. The brain controls everything that your body does both conscious and unconscious. It communicates with all your body’s organs and tissues through the nervous system. This communication begins with the brain sending and receiving information through the spinal cord. Your spinal cord is housed by 24 moveable vertebrae. These vertebrae function to protect the spinal cord while allowing for movement at the same time. At each vertebral level, nerves exit the spinal cord and branch out to every organ and tissue in your body. Misalignments of the vertebrae and imbalances of the musculature attaching to and around the spine can cause interference in these nerves causing pain and decreased function of the tissues served by these nerves. These misalignments and imbalances can be caused by numerous factors like repetitive stress, injury from a trauma (i.e. sports injury, frequent falls, car accident), age related postural distortion or even the birthing process.
The premise behind chiropractic care is to remove nerve interference therefore reducing pain and increasing the body's function. Your body has an innate ability to heal itself. For example, if you cut your finger, you do not have to tell your body to heal it, your body does it on its own. Chiropractic adjustments allow your body to heal naturally by removing the interference to the nervous system.
Many people have come in for chiropractic care because of back or neck pain. In addition to pain relief, they noticed improvements in other areas like a decrease in headaches, less heart burn and a better functioning digestive tract. The same nerves that affect muscles in the back and neck have branches that communicate to the organs and other tissues in the body. Adjustments promote better overall health by improving the function of your nervous system.
Each adjustment is tailored to the specific needs of each patient. After a thorough examination Dr. Jacqi will determine which levels of the spine to treat and what treatment should be utilized. Age, previous injuries/surgery, osteoporosis and patient comfort, among other factors are also taken into consideration when determining technique and treatment for each patient.