I recently posted an article about Adrenal Fatigue which is a problem I believe I am currently suffering from. After doing some research about Dr Wilson’s homeopathic products I found a local practitioner that prescribes the practitioner only products. She is also a chiropractor and holistic health practitioner. I saw a chiropractor 5 years ago and found the treatment very beneficial so I thought I would write a post about the benefits of chiropractic medicine and I will report back on how my upcoming treatment goes.
Chiropractic treatment was accidentally discovered in 1895 when Daniel Palmer of Iowa, USA performed the first chiropractic treatment on a deaf janitor. Palmer noticed that the janitor had a vertebrae out of alignment and he ‘adjusted’ it back to normal position. A few days later the janitor told Palmer that he could hear better. Palmer realised the incredible discovery he had made and soon after opened a chiropractic school.
What is Chiropratic treatment?
Chiropractic treatment offers a drug free and surgery free approach to healthcare and focuses on gradual adjustments to the spinal column. Chiropractors understand that many things affect your health, such as nutrition, sleep, exercise and the environment. Chiropractic treatment helps you with maintaining your health naturally so that your body can use its natural healing ability to resist disease and ailments rather than other branches of medicines that only treat the symptoms of disease. I’m a firm believer in prevention rather than waiting to treat symptoms. I’m skeptical of MD’s/GP’s because they are so quick to dispense medication for a problem which is often only masking the symptoms rather than treating the problem.
A major part of chiropractic treatments are spinal adjustments. The spine has 24 independent vertebrae that enable you to move your body. The spine also protects the nerve tissue that communicates with your brain and other parts of the body. A healthy spine is an important part of your health that should not be ignored. I have a desk job and admit that I’m not very good at maintaining excellent posture even though I understand the benefits of good posture. From time to time the little naggy voice appears in my head telling me to sit or stand tall but too often I find myself slouching and back to bad habits. A good chiropractor will keep you on the straight and narrow – literally. And that’s no tall story. OK, OK enough of the puns already 🙂
The illustration below shows how the different vertebrae groups are linked to different body parts – this will help you understand the essential role the spine plays in being the ‘conductor’ of our nervous system.
Chiropractors treat subluxations which are misalignments of the vertebrae. Chiropractic theory believes that many health problems can occur when the verterbrae are out of alignment. If subluxation negatively affects the nervous system you could experience issues such as joint pain, headaches, back and neck pain, bursitis, arthritis and stress and tension disorders.
Subluxations are treated by the chiropractor through body adjustments. Your chiropractor may want to take an xray of your spine to determine the degree of subluxation and plan your treatment path accordingly. Visits to the chiropractor can be very quick – usually between 5 and 15 minutes. With each treatment your spine will start becoming aligned and the vertebrae will move into their natural position. The body will then be in a state to start its natural healing process.
22 million Americans visit a chiropractor every year – some people are being more proactive about their health rather than waiting for symptoms to appear. That’s an awesome way to be!
Chiropractic care has been shown to improve:
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Ear infections
- Joint pain
- Blood pressure
- Organ function
- Athletic performance
- Mental Clarify
After writing this post I find myself looking forward to my treatment next week! If you have any experience with chiropractic treatment (good or bad), please comment below – I’d love to hear what you think.