Although chiropractic is effective in providing patch-up or pain relief treatment, as neurologically-based chiropractors we have found specifically correcting the spine offers long term benefits. This is why our office specializes in Principled Chiropractic care.
Thanks to technological advances and new understanding of the spine and nervous system, we are now able to correct the spine and use pre and post x-rays to document this change. These changes are achieved through a series of specialized gentle adjustments. If we are able to accept your case, a care plan will be recommended based on the pre-existing levels of degeneration in your spine, your age, levels of activity, and your response to an adjustment. Not every spine is correctable for us so we always start with a checkup to evaluate your potential for success in our office.
When a person seeks chiropractic care at Inspire Chiropractic and we accept them as a practice member, it is essential that we are both working toward the same goal. Traditionally, the focus of health care is centered around a persons symptoms and the treatment or relief of their symptoms. This is the entire basis for relief care. Today Chiropractic care is very well known for it’s ability to provide relief care and is often referred to as miraculous in it’s ability to provide relief where all other forms of health care have failed. However, although many chiropractors specialize in and are extremely successful with providing relief care, this was never the intended purpose for Chiropractic. Chiropractic from it’s inception over 110 years ago was designed to be a Principled form of health care. The goal or objective of Inspire Chiropractic is to identify the underlying cause of a person health challenge and to correct it. A condition of the spine known as Vertebral Subluxation interferes with the bodies natural ability to heal itself. At Inspire Chiropractic we locate Vertebral Subluxations, thoroughly analyze all of its components, design a specific program of adjustments and exercises to correct Vertebral Subluxations, and most importantly we help you and your family learn how to achieve a state of optimal health and how to maintain a healthy spine into the future.
To fully appreciate and understand this difference and the importance of Principled care let’s start by looking at the difference between “symptoms” and “warning signs”. The difference is best understood through a simple comparison. If a person sprains their ankle and they experience pain in their ankle – this is a direct relationship. The location of pain and the location of the injury are the same. This is a classic example of a symptom. However, if a person is suffering from heart disease and is experiencing pain into their left arm – there is likely nothing wrong with the left arm! This is a classic warning sign of a problem with the heart. It would seem quite silly – even foolish – to spend a tremendous amount of energy and resources treating a persons arm pain when the cause of this pain is coming from the heart.
Very similarly with the spine – if vertebral subluxation is affecting the spine and causes pressure on the nerve going to your leg, over time you may begin to experience leg pain (commonly called sciatica). However, we could examine and treat the leg and we would be doing so in vain as this was a warning sign telling us of the problem in the spine. Depending on which nerve(s) in the spine is being affected will depend on what type of warning sign we may experience. (Be sure to see the Vertebral Subluxation Nerve Chart). Fortunately or unfortunately their is often a significant time delay between the onset of subluxation and the first warning signs. This is because of our bodies amazing ability to adapt to both it’s internal and external environment. For example, if you have a pebble in your shoe – you don’t lean on it – you lean off of it and your body behaves very similarly in relation to Vertebral Subluxation.
Very commonly one of the first Vertebral Subluxations to occur in the spine is in the neck. This is for a variety of reasons including the fact that the vertebra, ligaments, and muscles in the neck are the smallest and the head (in particular in children) is disproportionately heavy in comparison to our body. Small slips and falls as a child or even the birth process itself can result in the small vertebra of the neck becoming displaced or subluxated. The body behaving very intelligently will change our posture, often shifting the head well in front of the shoulders and leaning the head to one side or the other to reduce the pressure this subluxation places on the spinal cord. As a result of the change in head posture our rib cage may bend or shift to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves and similarly the big muscles of the lumbar spine and pelvis will compensate to further reduce the unwanted pressure on the spinal nerves. This for the body is a much better state than suffering the immediate and devastating affects of spinal cord and spinal nerve pressure. However, this leaves the pressure on the vertebral discs imbalanced and causes them to begin wearing out at a progressive rate.
What Causes Subluxations?
Subluxations are caused through varying ways. They can be responses to physical, emotional, chemical or genetic factors. Muscle weakness or imbalance from stress, obesity or lack of exercise are all contributing factors to subluxations.
Physical: Birth process, slips, falls, car accident, poor sleeping habits, repetitive motions, sports injuries, bad postural habits etc.
Emotional: Stressful conditions such as family problems, divorce, death in family, work stresses, life problems and not being able to manage stressful situations.
Chemical: External pollutants in the environment, smoking, drugs, car fumes, alcohol, poor diet.
Genetics: Many health problems can run in families.
What are the Symptoms Associated With Subluxations?
Most patients actually wait until they have a symptom such as pain until they seek chiropractic help. They can have a range of symptoms including:
- Inflammation & swelling
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Low energy
- Reduction or loss of mobility
- Muscle spasms
- Tingling sensations
- Loss of sensation
- Weakness, dizziness
- Loss of control over muscles or organs
- Poor overall state of health
- Poor weight control
- Arm and leg pain
- And the list goes on…