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What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a science based on the fact that good health is dependent upon a nervous system which functions properly. A major portion of the nervous system, the spinal cord, is housed within the spinal column (backbone). These spinal nerves branch out directly or indirectly to control and coordinate many body functions, such as the digestive, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, endocrine (glandular), lymphatic and reproductive systems. The most delicate parts of the nervous system, the brain and spinal cord, are enclosed in a hard bony covering, the skull and the spinal vertebrae. Normal flow of energy through these nerves keeps the body functioning normally, but when there is an interruption of this energy, parts of the body cannot function normally and the state of ill-health or disease begins.   Good Health is dependent on a nervous system that functions properly
The vertebra (or spinal bone) has become "fixed" or "locked" beyond its normal state. This condition of one or more vertebrae being "locked" or "fixated" causes pressure on spinal nerve roots. This nerve pressure may cause a malfunction in your body and can lower your body's resistance to disease, allowing you to become more susceptible to the disease processes. Chiropractic adjustments (the method a Doctor of Chiropractic uses to restore a bone, but usually the vertebra [or spinal bone] to its normal state of motion) relieves the pressure on spinal nerve roots and restores proper nerve supply, which is an extremely important factor in maintaining your good health.

Muscle testing, also known as applied Kinesiology, uses the body's muscles (usually the arm muscles) to determine certain body weaknesses. In a carefully controlled testing situation, the strong muscle response is compared with any weak muscle response. This is an example of how the body can be used as a gauge of its inner functioning. Simply put, we utilize your own body to determine where dysfunction or problems are occurring.

Activator, the light-force Chiropractic adjustment, named the Activator Method by its founders, is an extremely accurate, modern, painless way for the Doctor of Chiropractic to remove the "locks" or "fixations" from your spine. This modern method may also be used to correct problems in other joints of your body. The Doctor performs the adjustment by using a small, hand-held instrument which is designed to deliver a controlled, fast, light thrust without strain or force to you, the patient.


For a great list of FAQs about Chiropractic, we recommend the American Chiropractic Association's website.