One of the primary techniques used by Doctors of Chiropractic (DC) is "spinal adjustment,” also known as a "chiropractic adjustment.” In fact, chiropractors are renowned in performing spinal adjustments. The term "adjustment" refers to the physical adjustment of the spinal vertebrae. The goal of such spinal adjustment is to reduce vertebral subluxation and return the spine to a more natural state of health. The word subluxation is derived from the Latin term sub (less than or slight) and luxate (to dislocate or be misaligned). Accordingly, vertebral subluxation means the slight dislocation or misalignment of the spinal vertebrae.
When a patient has subluxation, depending on the level of subluxation, a chiropractor adjusts the misalignment in the spine to enhance joint mobility and reduce pain, muscle spasms, and nerve irritation and impingement.
Chiropractic adjustments are a highly refined skill acquired over years of intensive training. The technique involves the manual application of a controlled force into the spinal vertebrae that have become misaligned and hypo-mobile (limited in their range of motion). This procedure has been proven to correct vertebral misalignment, and this treatment is often accompanied by a clicking sound. While this sound might surprise first time chiropractic patients, it is merely the audible release of gas from within the spinal joints.
WHY CHIROPRACTIC WORKS
Depending on your condition, discomfort from a spinal adjustment is seldom felt. In fact, many patients have reported a sense of relief as a result of the chiropractic adjustment, which we see as a positive improvement to their symptoms shortly after receiving care. If discomfort arises, they pressure typically resolves within a matter of days under most circumstances. Optimal results are reliant on the patients’ conditions and number of adjustments received over multiple chiropractic visits. In addition to chiropractic adjustments, the care plan may also include massage and functional restoration exercises.
If your pain has a musculoskeletal origin, our chiropractors have the experience necessary to distinguish the root cause of discomfort and treat it through a series of adjustments to help you find relief under normal conditions. At Atlas Health Center, our experience is in finding the cause of this pain. Our focused, hands-on approach is intended on providing pain relief for most spinal subluxation conditions.
At Atlas Health Center, our thorough and efficient chiropractic care offers a personalized plan for your health. Although every human body has similar equipment, none are identical, and not all bodies feel the same type of pain relief. Nonetheless, our top priority is to help our patients experience pain relief for many of the conditions from which they are feeling pain.
Tension builds to pain and your body may hold stress patterns that carry tension. The resulting pain complex is frequently caused by auto accidents (major trauma). Additionally, the pain causation spectrum for repetitive (minor) trauma is frequently caused by computer work.
Chiropractic care is designed to target this pain and allow the body to heal through accurate adjustments to the central nervous system. In fact, most people feel good when pain is removed. At Atlas Health Center, we are skilled in identifying spinal misalignments, the source of pain, and addressing it through a series of spinal adjustments with one goal in mind: pain relief.
When stress is held in your body, it causes tension, and tension creates pain. Many are surprised to learn that this tension in the muscles and other areas of the musculoskeletal system is one cause of pushing the vertebrae out of alignment. Because the same body position or action that is causing the pain is being continually performed, the muscles learn this and continue even when a person is no longer performing this action. Our job at Atlas Health Center is help your body “unlearn" these type of stress and tension patterns that have caused pain for so long.
HOW DOES SUBLUXATION ADVERSELY AFFECT YOU?
Think of the flickering light example. When a wire that is powering that light is running smoothly, unkinked, then the light is bright. If the wire is bent or contorted in anyway, the light may flicker. This is exactly what happened when the nerves are blocked or contorted. Just as the light likely flickers from the wire, pain is likely experience from blocked the nerves. At Atlas Health Center, our all-natural approach to spinal adjustments offers a focused treatment plan for each person, and depending on your condition, our treatments have the potential of helping you stay away from surgery.
Our safe methods give ideal benefits aimed at increasing physical and emotional health. When you feel better, you think more clearly because your pain is relieved. A vertebral subluxation complex (subluxation) is when the vertebrae are out of alignment. You may be able to feel this, just by placing your hand on the middle and/or lower back. A person may even feel a vertebra out of alignment in the back of your neck.
Your spine is composed of vertebrae that are connected to nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. What do you think happens when those vertebrae are out of place? The structures that are connected to the nerves, or in close proximity, are also affected. Many times these areas are adversely affected which causes pain in unusual areas and ultimately causes a snowball effect that has the potential of traveling throughout the entire body.
ARE MY ORGANS AFFECTED BY SUBLUXATION?
The spine houses the body’s nerves. When trauma occurs, either by daily stressors or from larger accidents, impeded nerve flow may result. An impinged nerve could be blocking the function of the organs, and this can cause several other sever health conditions.
Are you experiencing a problem with your internal systems? It could be related to vertebrae being misaligned. The nervous system controls basic functions such as digestion and respiration, and it also governs higher cognitive functions like memory and intelligence. Doesn’t it make sense that your nerves need to physically flow with ease, throughout your entire body?
If nerves are blocked or damaged, long-term harm may be the result. If you’ve suffered from major trauma or from repetitive stress, rest assured that treatment is available to give your nerves the best chances to return to health and function as they should.
A Chiropractor offers an intelligent and immediate assistance for what’s going on inside the body through a thorough examination, x-rays, and physical assessment. A good chiropractor will understand the underlying condition, treat the condition at the root, and educate the patient so they also understand what could be causing the pain. When nerves are functioning optimally, the organs and muscles in the body are getting what they need.
A SILENT THREAT
Many times subluxations are unnoticeable, but this does not mean that they are not causing damage to the body. Subluxation has been referred to as a silent threat. At Atlas Health Center, we are skilled in identifying the subluxation—whether it is causing pain or not—and treating it potentially increase health conditions and energy transmissions.
Chiropractic care aims its attention at using a focused adjustment. Most of our patients at Atlas Health Center feel immediate relief after an adjustment. As the body holds its tension in certain ways, it may even guard itself from minor and major adjustments because that’s how it is comfortable even though it is misaligned.
In fact, this guarding mechanism may create a build-up of fibrous tissue around the subluxation, and these impacts are experienced through daily living. However, when this fibrous tissue is relieved by a skilled chiropractor who understands the underlying cause of the issue, minor discomfort may be experienced, which is why we schedule a series of adjustments to retrain the body and create an environment for optimal healing.
In reality, blood vessels, nerves, and lymphatic can potentially increase circulation. This will give the organs what they need to thrive. The chiropractic adjustment creates a positive and powerful ripple effect throughout the entire body, and depending on your condition, increased health and vitality are the results!