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The doctor of chiropractic analyzes your body for vertebral subluxation, a severe form of spine and nerve stress, using her hands and other analysis tools, she then corrects or removes any spinal nerve stress using spinal adjustment techniques.
Subluxations come from stress. It may occur in infancy from a difficult birth or from childhood falls. Later in life, emotional tension or stress can gradually damage your spine or violent injuries from automobile accidents or sports can suddenly put you “out of whack”. A subluxation is “a bone out of place in your spine putting pressure on a nerve(s)”.
Nearly everyone eventually gets spinal nerve stress and is affected by subluxations. It is a “hidden epidemic” and it is for that reason that we all need to have our spines checked for this condition by a doctor of chiropractic, just as we get our eyes, teeth and blood pressure checked. When there is pressure on a nerve that nerve has decreased transmission and that leads to decreased function of organs, muscles and tissues of the body.
The first chiropractic patient was treated in 1895. Dr. D.D. Palmer, he performed the first chiropractic “spinal adjustment” on his deaf janitor, Harvey Lilard. Lilard’s hearing returned and Plamer thought he had discovered a cure for deafness. But as patients with digestive troubles, sciatica, menstrual trouble, migraine headaches, epilepsy, heart problems, back pain and may other conditions responded to spinal care, Palmer realized that he had discovered something more far-reaching indeed.
Chiropractors perform treatments by working with the bones to relieve nerves of the spinal column and spinal cord respectively. Chiropractors spend years of highly specialized training in order to locate where misplaced spinal vertebrae are impinging the nerves which travel through the spinal cord and out to the muscles, organs and glands of the body. After locating the vertebrae, impinging the nerves (subluxations) the chiropractor, using highly specialized techniques, is able to replace the misplaced vertebrae and release pressure on the nerves. That is called a spinal adjustment. It also translates to extremities and adjusting nerves impinged all throughout the body.
You can receive chiropractic treatments even if under medical care. Having your spinal nerve stress corrected is important no matter what other type of care you’re receiving. You can have your spinal column checked for vertebral subluxations by a doctor of chiropractic and still visit a doctor of homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy or medicine. M.D.’s and other healers cannot tell if your suffering from spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxations) and are not trained in correcting it, only a qualified chiropractor can, and often adjustments can relieve many symptoms and help avoid extra medical visits. That is why we are considered a portal of entry physician to help determine the best direction of care for you.
In Chiropractic there are other significant factors besides vertebral adjusting, including five laws to obey for those who desire health and longevity: 1) Proper nutrition; 2) Adequate rest; 3) Moderate exercise; 4) A positive mental attitude; 5) Proper nerve supply (most importantly).
All kinds of conditions are treated with chiropractic care, such as colds, ear infections, PMS, spinal and disc problems, arthritis, insomnia, stress, vision problems, headaches, allergies, bedwetting, colic, high blood pressure, – the list is long!
The goal of chiropractic treatment is not the treatment of disease but rather the enhancement of health through the reduction of spinal nerve stress (vertebral subluxation complex).
The above list may seem long as though chiropractic were a Panacea (a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases). The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred diseases. Please be mindful of the fact that chiropractic care is not like one drug used for one condition, but is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health problems within those systems.
No matter what disease or condition you have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. Spinal health is more important for your overall healing than even proper nutrition. Proper transmission of nerve flow from the brain and spinal cord to every functioning organ and tissue of the body is elemental in fighting disease and ultimate function of every cell of the body. A healthy spine is absolutely essential. In some people, it is a major factor and can make the difference between a life of health, strength and vitality or a life of disease, weakness and disability.
What is Acupuncture?
Where does the interruption of energy flow occur?
(1) In the channels of energy flow, which are located throughout the body, just beneath the skin surface – channels of energy are associated and connected to all of the vital internal organs. If one is out of balance it throw all out of balance and disease is able to take over.
(2) In the spinal column where vertebrae may become misaligned, thereby compressing vital nerves as they exit the spinal cord and feed over 200,000 nerve fibers that then become decreased and deficient in nerve flow leading to decreased function.
What are other causes of disease besides those associated with the interface of the transmission of energy flow?
How we detect the disturbance in energy flow within a patient?
How are acupuncture treatments performed?
- Long needle insertion (especially done in acupuncture anesthesia for surgery)
- Short needle penetration
- Non-piercing needles (most commonly used in our office)
- Finger tip pressure (called shishin or “finger needles”)
- Metallic balls taped to the points (to help you restimulate points of importance to your condition)
- Electrical stimulation (Most Commonly used in our office w/o any pain or needle insertion)
- Moxibustion (the burning of herbs over the points) – Very potent and used only on severe case needs
Note: The non-piercing needle (teishin) that we use is very popular because the technique is practically painless, there is no blood, no danger of infection, and results are equal to, if not better than other techniques. the Teishin is a spring supported hand held instrument to treat acupressure points for stimulation of the energy flow to equalize the body systems.
What are conditions commonly treated by acupuncture?
The above list may seem long as though acupuncture were a Panacea (a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases). The truth is that most textbooks list over two hundred diseases. Please be mindful of the fact that acupuncture is not like one drug used for one condition. On the contrary, it is a complete healing art within itself, concerned with the systems of the body such as nervous, circulatory, digestive, respiratory, eliminatory, reproductive, hormonal, musculoskeletal, etc., and seeks to correct health.
Out of 10 patients accepted for acupuncture health care, how many usually respond favorably?
Are spinal adjusting treatments necessary with acupuncture?
Does acupuncture have another name?
To what kind of doctor should one go for "portal or entry" health care?
Any doctor who has not had the proper training is pretending to know something he/she does not, may have attended a weekend seminar and by that definition is a quack. Just because a doctor happens to have a chiropractic, medical, physical therapy or osteopathic degree does not mean he/she is qualified to do acupuncture. If he/she engages in practice, he/she is guilty of acupuncture malpractice. He/she must receive qualified training and pass exams to certify competence. This protects the public.
In Acupuncture (Meridian Therapy) are there other significant factors besides skin point stimulation and vertebral adjusting?
- Proper nutrition;
- Adequate rest;
- Moderate exercise’
- A positive mental attitude.
Has any research, other than empirical, been conducted?
The Russians have already done it many times over.
We should welcome new knowledge as it is found… that’s what science is all about = advancements in treatments and technology.