Chiropractic spinal care is based on a principle that there is a relationship between the body’s structure and its function that can affect affects health. Chiropractic care definitely is not the only thing we can do to promote a healthier life There are so many very important things that we can do in our daily life to promote a healthier and fuller life like exercise, stretching, good diet, sleeping well, and reducing stress. All of these healthy behaviors promote a better function in the body and reduce the chance of illness and disease, but chiropractic also has a role in maintaining that healthy body. Chiropractic adjustments promote healthy alignment and function in the spine, which helps to promote healthy function of the neuromusculoskeletal system (the system of the interaction of the nerves, muscles and bones).
Dysfunction in the spine can occur when the vertebrae become slightly misaligned and the movement of those vertebrae become impaired. Many chiropractors will call this type of dysfunction a subluxation or somatic dysfunction. This type of dysfunction is very common, in fact everybody experiences spinal dysfunction at some point in their life. This spinal dysfunction can manifest as a result of stress, trauma, poor lifestyle, and the aging process. Initially, when experiencing this type of dysfunction you may not notice any pain, you might just note stiffness to just tenderness with touch over the vertebrae. Eventually, over time, and the dysfunction can progress to become painful along with a reduced range of motion, muscle spasm, numbness, tingling, weakness, and other symptoms. The importance of chiropractic is that your doctor can carefully apply a series of chiropractic adjustments to the spine and other joints of the body that can over time improve the function of the body.
Chiropractic care can be applied when your dysfunction has become so significant as to affect your quality of life, such as when you are in significant pain and spasm or have numbness in your arm or leg. Chiropractic care can also be effective with dysfunction that causes headaches, rib pain, and a variety of other neuromusculoskeletal manifestations of dysfunction. However, chiropractic care can also be applied to areas of dysfunction that haven’t caused pain and are not yet effecting quality of life.
Many people who develop low back pain as a result of being inactive and deconditioned (sedentary), and it is well known that good nutrition and exercise can help resolve that low back pain and improve the function of that body. Good nutrition and exercise can be both therapeutic and preventative. Chiropractic care can also be therapeutic and preventative in the same manner. By helping to restore good spinal motion and alignment, chiropractic adjustments help to restore good spinal function, improve quality of life, and reduce the chances of having problems down the road. Long-term care helps to avoid aches and pains, and helps to make those episodes of neck or back pain easier to manage.
Chiropractic adjustments are a valuable tool to maintain good function and health of the body and the neuromusculoskeletal system, but it is just one of many tools. The key to good health is complex and involves many things including good healthy nutrition, regular exercise, adequate sleep, stress reduction, regular doctor checkups, healthy weight, good dental hygiene, and routine spinal care. Chiropractors are trained spinal experts that can readily identify spinal dysfunction as well as spinal disease. At Vivify Health & Wellness, Dr. Karl Robinson is a nurse practitioner who provides many medical services, but he has also been a chiropractor since 2007 with extensive experience in dysfunction and diseases of the neuromusculoskeletal system. If you have never been evaluated by a chiropractor, or if it has been a while, contact us today to schedule your chiropractic evaluation at Vivity Health & Wellness.