"Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art of things natural; a system of adjusting the segments of the spinal column by hand only, for the correction of the cause of disease" - bj palmer
Chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the way in which your body moves, feels and functions.
The nervous system is made up of 15 billion cells that make the brain, spinal cord and the nerves that branch out through your entire body. It is this intelligent system that controls every muscle, organ and tissue in your body while coordinating every movement and allowing us to think and feel, plus adapt to our world. It also controls functions in our body that are less obvious, such as our breathing, heart rate, digestion, hormonal balance and the general ‘housekeeping’ of our bodies.
The nervous system is very delicate and is housed and protected by strong, moveable vertebrae that make up the spine, sacrum and coccyx. Chiropractic is based on the premise that misalignment or incorrect function of the spine creates interference to the flow of information through the nervous system. This is what Chiropractors call a “subluxation”. It is these subluxations that reduce the body’s ability to coordinate its functions at the optimal level leading to significant effects on our spinal function, muscular tension and pain levels.
Everyday occurrences such as slips, falls, poor posture, lack of exercise and repetitive movements can lead to a subluxation.
The most common symptoms of subluxation that we see at Cracknell Chiropractic are back pain, neck stiffness, poor posture, headaches, sciatica and pain or tingling in arms or legs. Subluxations can be present for a long period of time before they cause symptoms or pain, but when the body can no longer compensate for the misalignments, it creates a pain signal to motivate you to seek some assistance. Much like tooth decay, a minor problem under the surface can build over time to create a seemingly acute painful episode.
The good news is that Chiropractors can help! We use specific, gentle, hands-on adjustments to correct the subluxations and improve the spinal and nervous system function allowing your body to feel and move better. In addition, Deanne and Helen can advise you on how to manage the three types of stressors to reduce the chance of causing the same subluxations again and again.