- Chiropractor serving Stamford, Darien, Norwalk & New Canaan
- Back Pain
Understanding how chiropractic care works is helpful when you are choosing which form of treatment is best for you. The brain controls every function in your body. It relies on the nerves outside of the brain to coordinate every function in the body. As chiropractors we stress the importance of keeping the nerves free from interference. The bones that protect the brain and spinal cord are subject to stress. These days everyone has some stress it seems. When a physical stress is placed in the nerves or brain there is an interruption of the flow between the brain and body. We chiropractors call this a subluxation, you may call this a pinched nerve but basically it is the same thing. The subluxation can occur from poor posture, a car accident, any number of ways something can go wrong physically. The bone that moves out of place is a real physical stress but more importantly it can prevent the brain from communicating with the body. This is a painful and stressful event.
Chiropractors identify the bones that are subluxated by using xrays, mri’s, examination and palpation. If you are not familiar with the term palpation, it means we use our hands to feel where the subluxations are. The muscles surrounding a subluxation are usually tight and may even be in spasm. The reason the muscle will go into spasm is because when the vertebra subluxates it no longer functions correctly. The relationship between structure and function is altered and can be quite painful when a bone is subluxated. To remove the subluxation we chiropractors adjust the spine.By adjusting the spine we place the vertebra back into it’s correct position. With the subluxation removed the brain can properly communicate with the body, the muscle spasm and accompanying pain will go away. This is an effective way to deal with physical pain and to keep the body running smoothly allowing the brain to run the show.
Chiropractic care is not a replacement for medical care. It is a natural form of healing that allows the body to freely express itself by removing nerve interference caused by the subluxation. Many people who experience back pain will choose a chiropractor to treat their pain because it is safe and effective. Medication will only mask the pain not addressing the underlying subluxation. You may be surprised to learn that chiropractors also treat headaches by removing subluxations in the neck and upper back. People often ask if chiropractors are doctors, well yes would be my answer however we are not medical doctors. Chiropractors do not prescribe medications. We rely on natural methods to allow free expression of the bodies own innate intelligence to heal.