After engaging in a complete evaluation, including a history and physical examination, your chiropractor will start to model a care plan that meets your specific health needs. Your care plan will include chiropractic care focusing on the improvement of the functioning of your spinal column. Your care plan will also include additional recommendations, such as stretches, exercises, and nutritional planning advice. Your chiropractic care plan can, depending on the circumstances, include strategies for reducing stress and obtaining proper rest.
Your chiropractor is an example of a holistic practitioner who has expertise in many areas of health care. Chiropractic care is renowned for its ability to treat musculoskeletal problems such as neck pain, back pain, and headaches. As chiropractic care focuses on the nervous system, your chiropractor can be of benefit in your overall care plan for many other conditions.
A Wide Variety of Problems Can Be Solved By Your Chiropractor
Chiropractic care is the one form of health care that keeps on producing rewards. It certainly helps people to recover from short-term health problems, but not only that, this powerful method of healing can also help people stay well and assists in the prevention of new problems from developing.
Your chiropractor can treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal problems. Neck pain, back pain, pain that travels from the neck to the arm and hand, pain that travels from the back to the leg and foot, headaches, and muscle spasms are all examples of conditions that are commonly treated by chiropractic care. Your chiropractor also treats many types of exercise- and sports-related injuries. Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome can also be treated by chiropractic care. Chiropractic care can be a valuable addition to treatment for sleep disorders or digestive problems. It can also be of great assistance during pregnancy, in helping to relieve neck pain and back pain and to ease the process of delivery.
The Importance of the Nervous System
Chiropractic care can be highly beneficial for many health problems due to the fact that it directly affects the functioning of your nervous system. Your nervous system, consisting of your brain, spinal cord, and nerves that branch out to the rest of your body, is your master physiologic system. Your nervous system, by sending signals to every cell, tissue, and organ in your body, controls all the other systems. Your heart relies on the nervous system so that it can pump blood at the right time and in the right amount. Your small intestine relies on the nervous system so that it can complete the digestion of food and transmit usable nutrients to the bloodstream. Your white blood cells and other immune system agents rely on the nervous system so that they can quickly identify and destroy foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses.
But your nervous system can break down, in a sense, if spinal nerve interference is present. Such nerve interference, caused by irritation and inflammation of spinal nerves, is caused by loss of full mobility of spinal vertebrae. Limited spinal motion irritates the muscles that move the spinal bones and the ligaments that hold those bones together. Inflamed spinal muscles and spinal ligaments cause spinal nerve inflammation. The immediate result is distortion in the quality and flow of information sent from the brain to the rest of the body. Too much or too little information is sent to the cells, tissues, and organs. The messages they receive are the wrong messages, or the messages arrive at the wrong time. The outcome is decreased functioning and/or inappropriate functioning of many other physiologic systems. Thus, spinal nerve interference is one of the primary causes of the many problems that may bring a person to his or her chiropractor’s office.
Chiropractic care helps reduce and remove nerve interference by restoring increased functioning of your spinal column. The direct result is improved overall functioning of the rest of your body. By directly focusing on your spine and nervous system, your chiropractor can help restore quality of life and overall health and well-being.
For Your Health,
Dr. Scott Van Dam