"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 improving the function of the spinal column thereby removing interference to the nervous system allowing your body to function optimally and heal itself.
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 health and well being. Everyday occurrences can lead to a subluxation and these causes can be grouped into three main categories:
Physical: Falls, car accidents, slips, poor posture, prolonged sitting, birth process, abnormal movements, repetitive movements, lifting or poor sleeping posture.
Mental/Emotional: Stress, arguments, personal trauma, work pressure or upsets.
Chemical: Poor nutrition, toxins, additives, cigarettes, medications, drugs or pollutants.
It is easy to see how the stressors of modern daily life can create subluxations and greatly affect our well being. 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 thesubluxations and improve the spinal and nervous system function allowing your body to perform at its peak. In addition, Deanne and Scott can teach you how to manage the three types of stressors to prevent you from causing the same subluxations again and again. Our priority is your long term spinal health and overall well being.