What Is Chiropractic?
If you open the dictionary to find out the definition of Chiropractic, you may find something like this: “A system of therapy in which disease is considered the result of abnormal function of the nervous system. The method of treatment usually involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures.
How Does Chiropractic Work?
Chiropractic works by restoring your own inborn ability to be healthy. When under the proper control of the nervous system all the cells, tissues, and organs of your body are designed to resist disease and ill health. The chiropractic approach to better health is to locate and help remove interference to your natural state of health. A common interference to the nervous system is the 24 moving bones of the spinal column. A loss of normal motion or position of these bones can irritate or impair the function of the nervous system. This can disrupt the transmission of controlling nerve impulses. With improved spinal function there is often improved nervous system function. The doctors at CA Clinic can help remove interference that may be impairing normal health. Chiropractic can have a positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as “back” problems.
I Am Fearful Of My Neck Or Back To Be “Cracked”
Have you ever wondered what the ‘cracking’ noise is when your chiropractor performs an adjustment? You might have heard it called an “adjustment” or a “cavitation”. Whilst you may understand these terms, you may not completely understand what actually causes the sound. Put simply, the sound is created by gas forming between the joint surfaces.
To understand the cavitation process, it is helpful to have some background knowledge on joints. The most common joints are diarthrodial joints, which have two joint surfaces and are covered in smooth cartilage. These joint surfaces are surrounded by a joint capsule, which contains a lubricating fluid called synovial fluid. This fluid contains nutrients for the joints including oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide, which helps keep the joint healthy and maintains a normal and smooth range of motion. Each joint is surrounded by a different number of ligaments and muscles, which give the joint its stability and flexibility. An adjustment is a controlled stretch of the joint capsule causing the joint surfaces to separate (within normal ranges) and the gases are quickly released from the synovial fluid into the joint creating the popping sound. These gases create a momentary vacuum within the joint, which will slowly dissolve back into the synovial fluid. This also explains why a joint, your knuckle for example, cannot be cracked repeatedly; the gases need to dissolve back into the joint before it can be ‘cracked’ again. This refractory period usually takes about twenty minutes.
What Creates The “Cracking or Popping’”Sound?
The sound created when receiving a chiropractic adjustment is made when gas is formed between the joint surfaces. A healthy joint moves in its normal, full range of motion, while a restricted or tight joint will have a smaller range of motion. One aim of an adjustment is to increase the joints range of motion. The way in which this is done is by taking the restricted joint to the end of its range and performing the adjustment.
If you prefer not to have a manual adjustment. We also have available an Arthrostim device which can perform alignments without any cracking or popping of the joints.
Is Chiropractic Care Safe?
Chiropractic care is “remarkably safe”, according to the new Zealand government’s inquiry. It is the result of a conservative approach to health that avoids invasive procedures or addictive drugs. The doctors at CA Clinic combine Chiropractic and Acupuncture knowledge and techniques together to offer you a natural approach to better health that safe and effective.
How Long is the Healing Process?
While there aren’t any shortcuts to speed your body’s natural healing process, there’s a lot you can do to give yourself the best chance of a quicker recovery. Proper sitting and lifting methods and specific exercises may be suggested to help retrain the muscles that support your spine. Proper rest is an important aspect of the healing process, too. Didn’t we hear “Don’t work too hard” often? Get the appropriate amount of rest your body needs and avoid sleeping on your stomach. During the healing process, proper nutrition is more important than ever. Our doctors may give you herbal supplements after your treatments which will greatly help your body to be well balanced with nutrition but the most important of all, please keep your appointments and follow our doctors’ recommendations for an optimum result.
How Long Will I Need Care For?
Spinal problems, neglected since early childhood, may require ongoing supportive care for optimum spinal function. These long-standing problems are often associated with muscle weakness, soft tissue damage and degenerative changes to the spine.
Most patients find that periodic chiropractic checkups help keep them in tip-top shape. Those who are active, have stressful jobs, or want to be their very best, find that a schedule of preventive visits are helpful in the maintenance of good health.
Some patients seek chiropractic care only when their ache or pain becomes unbearable. “Relief” care is available and patients usually notice a decrease in pain after a small series of visits. There is no “magic pill” which will heal all pain after the first visit, though some patients have experienced a positive reduction in symptoms. We are happy to discuss expectations and possible solutions and encourage patients to carefully follow the doctor’s treatment plan.