What is Chiropractic?

If you have ventured on to our website and into our blog, I am guessing that you are either familiar with chiropractic or are looking to see what we do. Chiropractors are health care providers that focus on the neuromusculoskeletal system. That is a fancy way of saying that we specialize in conditions focusing on joints, muscles, and the nervous system. Chiropractic is able to help many different issues, including common neck and back pain, nerve pain including sciatica and carpal tunnel, and many common sports injuries like sprained ankles or a torn hamstring. A decrease in the aforementioned symptoms is one positive effect of enhancing your body’s overall function and health through addressing misalignments in the spine and other joints. Naturally, after finding what is causing the malfunction, there needs to be a plan to correct it.

Chiropractors have different tools to treat the different areas of the body. The main tool that we use is an adjustment. Adjustments can be performed on any joint from the head down to the big toe. They are all slightly different depending on the area of the body that we are working on, as well as the size and age of the individual. Chiropractors decide where to adjust based on their findings after performing a detailed history and examination focused on reaching the individual’s health goals. One big thing chiropractors look at in their exam is joint function and movement. Joint dysfunction is found when the joint doesn’t move properly or have the ability to move through its full range of motion. Misalignment can be a cause of joint dysfunction because when a vertebrae in your spine is not in the right spot it is hard for it to move correctly and fully. Another cause of joint dysfunction could be damaged tissue in the area, including the musculature. Traumatic events or chronic over use can cause tissue damage, which may limit the joint’s ability to function properly.

Once areas of dysfunction are identified, the chiropractor will perform the necessary adjustment(s) in the spine or other joint. The main purpose of the adjustment is to help restore proper motion to the joint and allow the nervous system to function properly. Proper nervous system functioning can help the muscles in the area loosen up and allow all of your organs to function fully. Having your nervous system functioning at its highest capacity is very important to overall body health because every cell in your body has nerve input. It’s important to not let warning signs, such as pain, linger too long or be covered up without the cause getting looked into.

Beyond our primary focus on the adjustment, here at Eldora Family Chiropractic we will also work the musculature and surrounding tissues to get you back to doing what you love quicker. This can be done through a variety of different tools that are at the chiropractors’ disposal. These tools include different physiotherapy modalities such as ultrasound or electronic muscle stimulation that help stimulate healing in the injured tissue. They also may use techniques that help break up scarring that may have developed in the tissue due to traumatic or overuse injuries.

Serving our patients with chiropractic care is fun for Dr. Emily and I because we get to see a variety of different conditions and we get to help people feel and function at their best in a natural way. Come in to see how we can help you reach your health goals.

 

Are you surviving or thriving?

Your alarm clock goes off in the wee hours of the morning and you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed, hoping you can stay on your feet long enough to get to the coffeemaker so you can be perked up by a caffeine rush. Many Americans feel themselves dragging through their day to day routine, with little extra energy or excitement to spare in the midst of burdensome jobs, raising quickly growing children, trying to keep up with the housework at home, and attempting to maintain personal relationships. Sound familiar?

While busy schedules filled with work, personal endeavors, and caring for the family are inevitable, you do have some control over how you age and progress through your life. In fact, we have more control over our health than we have been brought up to think. A common misconception nowadays is that any time we have a problem, it is up to our doctors to fix it. While they certainly are very well-qualified to help us in times of need, it is unfair (and unreasonable) to expect them to give us all of the tools we need to flourish in life. We often forget the large role that our own lifestyle choices play into our health. (And the great value in seeking out preventative and wellness care.)

There are two ways to approach the way you care (and seek care) for yourself. Rather than it being about one group being healthier than the other outwardly, it is more about how they approach caring for themselves, in times of adversity or not. The first group is very common, and often times individuals don’t realize it is what they are seeking: being non-sick. These are the “survivors”.  Rather than bettering themselves daily and nourishing their bodies through regular healthy choices, this group does what they can to stay afloat. They chase after their symptoms, putting out small fires along the way. They get distracted and don’t realize that their foundation is weakening with each small fire, needing some extra attention to be strengthened. They attribute any setbacks as extrinsic, or things outside their control that they cannot change anyways. This is not necessarily because they are lazy or don’t care, but rather because they haven’t been empowered to take control of their health. This needs to be addressed, as in 2012 half of American adults had one or more chronic health conditions, and a quarter had 2 or more.* The second group is one who is seeking health, rather than being “non-sick”.  These are the “thrivers”. They are consistently looking at where they can add healthy choices proactively into their lives, whether it be in their shopping cart or walking to a meeting or work when they have the time rather than driving. Someone or something, whether it be a personal event or observation, inspired them at some point in their life to take control of their personal well-being. Sure, they still experience occasional setbacks, but they are able to bounce back quicker and end up where they were at or better than before. They attribute their health to their intrinsic choices-things they are able to control. They see mental and emotional health benefits as well in having a greater sense of control over their lives.

So, are you surviving or thriving?

No matter what category you would put yourself into at this current point of your life, you can always start or continue working towards your own personal path of “thriving”. Find someone who can help encourage you and even work with you on their own health goals. It’s never too late to start, as in the words of Karen Lamb…..

“A year from now, you’ll wish you had started today.”

Yours in health,

Dr. Emily

 

*http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/overview/