How Does Chiropractic Work?

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body. The spinal cord is covered by 24 moving vertebrae. When these bones lose their normal position or motion, they can irritate the nervous system. This disrupts the function of the tissues and organs that the nerves control and is what chiropractors call a subluxation.

Chiropractic is the science and art of locating and correcting the areas of spinal joint dysfunction and restoring them to normal. This allows the body to work at 100% capacity and leads to a total expression of the body’s innate ability to heal itself. The doctor doesn’t heal the patient, but simply removes the interference to the patient’s nervous system and the body heals itself!

The Fix believes in providing affordable, convenient chiropractic care for the entire family. It shouldn’t cost a fortune to receive superb care that will improve the quality of life for everyone in your family. We have removed all barriers to receiving care: Low-cost, no appointments ever, no contracts, no insurance companies dictating your care, and no gimmicks!

Can Chiropractic Help with Headaches?

Some estimates suggest 25% of the population has a headache right now!

A frequent and overlooked cause of headaches is the malfunction of spinal bones in the upper neck and back. When bones of the spine lose their normal position and motion, sensitive nerves and blood vessels to the head can be affected. Aspirin may cover up these warning signs, but does not correct the underlying cause of the headache.  Remember, headaches are not due to a lack of Aspirin in our bodies!

Specific chiropractic adjustments will correct any misalignment or lack of movement that may be triggering the headaches. This will fix the dysfunction that results from chemical, emotional, and physical stresses we encounter every day.

 

Can Ribs be Adjusted?

Ribs can be adjusted like any other bone in the body.  The ribs articulate with the vertebra of the spine and can often misalign by over twisting your torso.  One of the most painful experiences is when a rib misaligns.  The most common symptom is a stabbing pain and an inability to take a deep breath.  This pain can often be felt in the back or the front near the sternum.  These symptoms often send people to the ER because it can mimic a heart attack when on the left side.  The adjustment is simple and the relief is immediate.  Unfortunately many spend time and money at the ER first, trying to figure out what is wrong.  Next time you have stabbing pain that makes it difficult to take a deep breath, stop by for a quick adjustment to make sure it isn’t simply a rib out of place.  It will save you time, aggravation, and lots of money at the ER!

Can Chiropractic Help Vertigo?

Chiropractic is very effective at correcting structurally generated vertigo.  Vertigo is mostly caused by two possible mechanisms.  One is a misalignment of the upper neck, which will interfere with the function of the 7th and 8th cranial nerves.  This by itself can cause vertigo and is easily corrected with the chiropractic adjustment to the atlas, or top vertebrae.  The second most common cause of vertigo is fluid in the inner ear which causes the canaliths or ear crystals, to move out of their normal position.  This is commonly diagnosed as benign positional vertigo.  This can usually be cleared by doing a canalith repositioning maneuver.  We provide both of these procedures at The Fix on a regular basis.

Does Chiropractic Help with Sciatica?

Chiropractic is highly effective for treating sciatica.  Sciatica is an impingement of the sciatic nerve, which causes pain most often in the back of the leg and can make it all the way down to the foot.  It is commonly caused by misalignment of the lower back vertebrae and can also be cause by an issue with the discs in the lower back.  At The Fix, we take pressure off the nerve by adjusting the misaligned vertebra, which will relax the muscles in the area that are compressing the nerve.  We then stretch the associated muscles, which will further relax the area and remove more pressure off the sciatic nerve.   Over time, with specific adjustments and stretches, the symptoms will resolve.

Should You Get Adjusted When Pregnant?

One of the most important times to be under chiropractic care is during pregnancy. This period of rapid development, hormonal changes, the laxity of connective ligaments, and shifting of weight-bearing structures, causes most pregnant women to experience aches and pains they never experienced before. Besides helping to relieve this discomfort, chiropractic helps to normalize nervous system function, leading to an easier pregnancy.

Regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy make for an easier delivery at the time of birth. Research has shown a reduction of delivery time and amount of back labor pains during delivery for women who received chiropractic care during pregnancy. This is because the adjustments will ensure perfect pelvic alignment when it is time for delivery.

Can I Adjust Myself?

A chiropractic adjustment is a specific force, applied in a specific direction, to a specific spinal joint. It is virtually impossible to adjust oneself with the precision needed to make an accurate spinal correction.

It is possible to turn or bend or twist in certain ways to create “popping” sounds, like the sound that sometimes accompanies a chiropractic adjustment. Unfortunately, this type of joint manipulation is usually counterproductive, often making an already unstable area of the spine even more unstable. Adjusting the spine is for professionals, so don’t try this at home kids!

Can My Feet be Adjusted?

Is it true that hands, feet, elbows, knees, shoulders, and the jaw can be adjusted?

This is absolutely true! Every bone in the body can be adjusted. We pride ourselves on our sub-specialty of extremity adjustments at The Fix. If you ever have issues with any joints outside the spine, please be sure to tell the doctor at The Fix and the issue will be addressed during your next visit.

Are you Stressed Out?

We all have chemical, emotional, and physical stressors coming at us every day.  For some, it manifests as an upset stomach.  For others, recurring headaches, back pain, or muscle stiffness.  Still others respond with nervous twitches, allergic reactions, or sensitivities to chemicals.

The chiropractic approach to stress is to help normalize the function of your nervous system by removing interferences caused by stressors to your body.  The adjustment will correct the “weak links” in your spine and help restore better function overall.  This is a superior way to fight the effects of stress in our life.

Do I Have a Slipped Disc?

Can  a disc truly “slip?”  Because of the way each disc is attached to the vertebra above and below it, a disc cannot “slip” as commonly thought.  However, trauma or injury to the spine can cause discs to bulge, herniate, or worse, rupture.  This can be quite painful, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots, often interfering with their function.

The chiropractic approach to disc problems is to help restore better motion and position to the spinal joints.  This will allow optimum movement and function to the affected disc and the body can then heal itself.

The best way to treat a disc problem is to get regular maintenance adjustments to prevent ever having a disc problem in the first place!  It’s all about prevention!

Got Optimal Health?

Pain is only a symptom that may be present when spinal misalignments are present.  Oftentimes, pain is the last thing to show up when the misalignments have been there for a while.  Regular check-ups will address these misalignments before they start to cause discomfort.  Getting adjusted before you start feeling pain will insure that the nervous system is working the way it should be all the time.  Waiting until you are in pain is only treating the symptom and is not a way to maintain optimum health.  Getting adjusted when you are in pain only is like popping an aspirin.  This approach to health will not keep your body working optimally as it was meant to work.

Get regular adjustments for optimum health!

Do You Have Neck Pain?

A popular response to neck pain is taking drugs to cover up the problem.  But neck pain isn’t caused by a lack of aspirin!  The chiropractic approach to neck pain is to locate its underlying cause.  Chiropractic will help restore a more normal motion and position to affected spinal bones.  This is fixing the cause instead of treating the symptom!

Best of all, in conjunction with restoring proper movement to the neck, the adjustment will also restore normal nerve flow through all nerves that exit the spine within the neck.  So if you’re having trouble looking over your shoulder to back out of the driveway, you know what to do.  Pop in for a quick fix!

What is a Subluxation?

A subluxation is what chiropractic doctors are exclusively licensed and educated in fixing.  A subluxation is a term used to describe a bone of the spine that has lost its normal motion and position.  This restricts your ability to move normally, causes muscle spasms, and interferes with your nervous system function.  The primary goal of the adjustment is to correct the subluxation and restore normal nerve function to the body, thus restoring your body’s function to 100%.

Your nervous system controls every cell, tissue, organ, and system of your body.  Correcting vertebral subluxations leads to a total expression of the body’s innate ability to heal itself.  Remember, the doctor doesn’t heal the patient, but simply removes the interference to the patient’s nervous system and the body heals itself!  It’s a beautiful thing!

Can Chiropractic help Optimize Sports Peformance?

Did you know chiropractic care can increase your overall performance in sporting activities?  Spinal misalignments can restrict range of motion, reduce muscle strength, slow reflexes, diminish endurance, and decrease performance.  Professional sports teams, Olympic trainers, and competitive athletes regularly utilize chiropractic to stay on top of their game.

If you want to take your performance to another level, utilize chiropractic to get 100% function from your body and nervous system.

Can Chiropractic help Muscle Pain?

Many people think that chiropractic is just for bones, but a primary effect of the adjustment is to restore normal function and tone to the muscles.  This is done by making sure the joints are moving properly and that the nerves that feed the muscles are not being effected by misaligned bones.  The function of the nerves, bones, and muscles are all interrelated and inseparable.

Chiropractic adjustments address all of these structures all at once with the power of the adjustment!

Does Chiropractic Treat Colds?

Chiropractic does not “treat” the cold, but rather improves the function of the immune system.  The immune system is controlled by the nervous system.  By removing any interference to the nervous system caused by misaligned bones, your body’s immune system will work better.  When your body’s immune system works the way it is meant to, you will have less colds and if you do get sick, your body will be able to get well faster.

Regular chiropractic adjustments will help keep your immune system working better so you can be healthier.  The chiropractor doesn’t heal you, but removes physical stressors from your body so you can heal yourself naturally!

Does Chiropractic Help Ear Infections?

Chiropractic is very effective for ear infections.  The direct effect is to open the Eustachian tube from the inside so it can drain out relieving the pressure caused by the infection.  This is done by adjusting the upper neck and sometimes the jaw.  Another effect is to improve the overall function of the immune system so that the body can better fight off the infection.  This is done by removing any subluxations of the spine, a specialty performed exclusively by doctors of chiropractic.

Is Chiropractic Addictive?

Have you ever heard this one?  “I hear that once you start going to a chiropractor, you always have to go!”  My favorite answer to this is, “I hear that once you start eating right, you always have to eat right,” or “I hear that once you start working out, you always have to work out.”  Chiropractic adjustments will allow your body to work better than if you didn’t get adjusted.  Just like your car, your spine needs alignment and maintenance, or it won’t work as well as it can.  With your spine, structure leads to function.  The better you are aligned and the better your spine is moving, the better your nervous system will work and the better you will feel.  But the choice to get adjusted is always up to you.  Chiropractic is not addictive, but being healthy definitely is!

How Important is Good Posture?

Your posture is a reflection of the integrity of your spine and the health of your nervous system.  Have you ever looked at an older person who has nice straight posture versus an older person who is hunched over with a hump on their back?  You will notice that the one with the good posture will be moving around faster and will have better energy overall.  The person that is hunched over  will be moving along slower and show less balance and energy overall.  If you ask them how they feel, they will likely tell you their back hurts all the time.  Getting adjusted will help correct postural distortions and will help you to live a more energetic and pain free life.