What is chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a science, art and philosophy that concerns itself with the relationship between the nervous system (nerves) and the function (health) of the human body.
What does this mean?
The chiropractic approach to better health is to detect, reduce and prevent vertebral subluxations (nervous system dysfunction). A vertebral subluxation occurs when a segment of the spine (vertebra) is misaligned with the next segment that followsand puts pressure on a nerve. The end result is a dysfunction of the nervous system, which can cause health problems. Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ and system in your body.
What is a spinal adjustment?
A Chiropractor corrects vertebral subluxations by delivering a spinal adjustment, which is a high velocity low amplitude thrust to the spinal column. A chiropractor does so with his hands and hands only. At no time is something added to (prescribed drugs), or removed from (surgery) the human body.
What is to be expected on the first visit?
As doctors of chiropractic, we believe in taking a complete approach in order to diagnose and treat our patients. Here is what you can expect on an initial visit. First step is a complete case history. Secondly are more exams that may include a thorough physical exam, orthopaedic testing and/or neurological tests. After these procedures, x-rays of the entire spine and pelvis are taken. Also, a computerized scan of your feet will be taken. This is to analyse your gait as well as the arches of your feet. Since improper alignment of the feet can be the source of many ailments, orthotics may prove helpful in addition to chiropractic care.