The purpose of chiropractic is to remove interferences to the natural healing power running through the body. The bones of the spine, the vertebrae, house and protect the spinal cord which is an extension of the brain. The spinal cord carries information from the brain to the rest of the body and back to the brain again. Misalignments of the spine interfere with the nerve’s ability to transmit this vital information.
Chiropractic is for all ages. Significant trauma occurs at birth, and many parents will have their child checked by their chiropractor right away. As a child grows, there are many activities that can affect their spinal alignment such as learning to hold their head up, sit, crawl, and walk. If improper progression of movement or habits are formed at this age, they can be transitioned into improper techniques as adults causing aches and pains that are not normal.
The chiropractic adjustment is a very safe and effective means of releasing pressure off a pinched nerve and to restore proper mobility of the spine. If your spine is not reaching full range of motion, excessive pressure is being placed on the nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascial connections of the body. The adjustment speeds up the healing process and helps to relieve pain of the following:
- Sprains & Strains
- TMJ Disorders
- Neck & Low Back Pain
- Hip, Knee, & Ankle Pain
- Shoulder, Elbow, & Wrist Pain
At Tallmadge Chiropractic, we use other methods to help the adjustment last longer including instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation, myofascial taping, pin & stretch techniques, and rehabilitation
It is important to understand the difference between relief of symptoms and correction of the injury. Pain is the last thing we feel in an injury and the first thing to go away, just as the pain of a bruise dissipates before the coloring of our skin restores to normal.
Factors that can prevent the spine from responding to an adjustment:
- lifestyle (lack of exercise, diet…)
- not sticking to schedule/appointments
- doing too much too fast
- stopping care as soon as the pain is gone
Even though you may not currently have any aches or pains, it is important to have periodic spinal checkups just as we do for our teeth, eyes, and ears. Prevention of an injury is much more cost effective than treating for an injury.