Below are some enquiries you may have about Chiropractic care. If your question is not answered here, please contact us at Courtyard Chiropractic directly and we will be happy to answer it.
Q. What is chiropractic health care?
A. The word “chiropractic” comes from ancient Greek and means “done by hand”. Adjustment of the joints of the body has been used in healing for many centuries and is at the heart of modern chiropractic care. Chiropractors are specialists in diagnosis of spinal dysfunction and the manual adjustments of the vertebrae (bones and joints) of the spine and other joints of the body. Adjustments help to relieve pain and restore normal function to the spine and supporting structures so you can enjoy your everyday activities at a higher level of health.
These adjustments are offered in conjunction with other modalities that are appropriate to examination findings, patient tolerances, informed consent, and short and long-term health expectations. Chiropractors are also well trained to prescribe therapeutic exercise, provide nutritional advice and counselling, and recommend rehab and injury prevention strategies.
Q. How does Chiropractic work?
A. Chiropractic treatment works because it treats the cause of your back and joint pain, not just the symptoms. The spine has two vital functions in your health and wellness. Ligaments, muscles and cartilage connect the bones or vertebrae and they support your body weight and allow you to move. Your spine also protects your spinal cord and nerves that bring information to and from the brain allowing you to move and feel sensations from the skin and body. A healthy spine and nervous system is what chiropractic care is all about.
When your spine and limbs are all working and moving, as they should, you are balanced, aligned and flexible. Activities of daily life, repetitive movements, emotional and physical stress, accidents and poor posture can cause these bones to shift in varying degrees out of their normal alignment and function. Normal range of motion, movement patterns, and nerve firing is affected and these changes put pressure on joints, muscles and nerves creating a sub-optimal state of health.
Chiropractors are experts in finding these “subluxations” or “functional deficits”. They make “adjustments” to the spine and give advice that will allow your joints and nervous system to work properly again. This is accomplished by performing a thorough health history and exam, investigation into ergonomics or environmental factors, and by delivering appropriate care that may include chiropractic adjustments.
Q. What is a Subluxation?
A. Causes of subluxations can be physical, emotional or chemical. You may have subluxations and not even know it. Like early tooth decay, subluxations are often present before symptoms occur. Your chiropractor will perform a thorough examination and describe to you the location and severity of subluxations. New chiropractic patients are often amazed that Dr. Gerber points out subluxations, before they even indicate they feel tenderness at that spinal segment. They say, “how did you know that I hurt there, can you feel that?” – the answer is YES, your chiropractor can detect, by hand, spinal subluxations, tight muscles and adhesions in tissue that interfere with your optimal health.
Q. What is a spinal check-up?
A. Just as dental check-ups can help detect the early signs of decay before symptoms, and optometrist exams are performed proactively, regular chiropractic check-ups can help identify and correct small problems before they become serious. Patients that commit to good spinal hygiene tend to have fewer setbacks and when injured through accidents, they seem to “bounce back” faster. It only takes a few minutes to have your spine checked - you’re worth it! Remember, your spine is every bit as susceptible to wear and tear as your teeth and your eyes – the difference is, there is no such thing as “spinal dentures”.