Chiropractor in Chesapeake
Are you looking for chiropractor in Chesapeake, VA? Choosing a health care provider is a big decision. At Planet Chiropractic we believe that education is a big part of our patients success. This article about chiropractic will give you some of the basic knowledge you need to understand what we can do for you, but this entire website is dedicated to helping you understand the full scope of what our team can do. We hope you find this information helpful and as always please feel free to contact us with any questions that you have.
The vast majority of the public equates chiropractic with back pain, but the circumstances under which the science was discovered actually had nothing to do with back pain whatsoever. The first chiropractic adjustment was performed on a deaf man resulting in the restoration of his hearing. DD Palmer believed that many conditions could be addressed by removing pressure from the nerve that was involved with the affected area, and he proceeded to make it his life’s work turning this belief into the science of chiropractic. A science that devoted chiropractors continue to practice to the benefit of millions whom have regained control of their health.
What is Chiropractic in General?
Chiropractic is a profession within the health care field that deals with the neuro-musculoskeletal system of the human body. A doctor of chiropractic will diagnose, treat and prevent injuries and disorders of the nerves, muscles and bones. While a chiropractor will diagnose and treat these resultant injuries and disorders, the main objective of the chiropractor is removal of nerve interference allowing the body to heal itself without invasive procedures and/or drugs. As would be the case with any other field of care, patients that seek the care of a chiropractor will get a thorough consultation including history and examination of their major complaint. After considering possible causes of the patients’ condition a diagnosis is established and a treatment plan is created. Should a patient require treatment outside the scope of chiropractic care they are referred to the appropriate medical specialist.
As the science of chiropractic has evolved so have the techniques used within its practice. Common treatment methods have grown to include nutritional counseling, orthotics, lifestyle modification / exercise programs and physical rehabilitation programs. While these adjunctive treatments are certainly beneficial, spinal and joint manipulation remains the primary and most effective mode of treatment by the doctor of chiropractic.
Statistics reflect that nearly 95% of patients that seek chiropractic care in Chesapeake as well as around the U.S. do so as a result of musculoskeletal pain (e.g. neck pain, headaches, back pain, extremity pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, strain/sprain injuries of practically any joint or muscle group). Conditions caused by spinal dysfunction accounts for the remaining 5% of chiropractic patients. These conditions are those manifesting through the nervous system, such as asthma, allergies, colic, constipation and other digestive dysfunctions, etc …
Chiropractic care is not a guaranteed miracle treatment, so do not take away from this article a claim that chiropractic care is a cure for asthma or any other such condition. However, it is not uncommon for patients to report an improvement in these conditions after receiving chiropractic treatment to an area of the spine that affects nerves leading to the organ or system struggling with this type of condition.
Almost everyone understands that chiropractic treatment is beneficial for back and neck pain, headaches and sprain/strain injuries. However, very few people including the medical community, truly understand the affect adjustments have on the central nervous system. In particular, the affect adjustments have on the autonomic nervous system and its sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
Chiropractic – Scientifically Explained
If you are looking for a scientific explanation of how chiropractor works this paragraph is for you. A concise scientific explanation of chiropractic is that adjustments directly affect musculoskeletal structures, by reducing pain and increasing joint motion. Musculoskeletal structures include ligaments, muscles, joints, joint capsules and surrounding myofascial tissues. Aside from this direct benefit, the autonomic nervous system is indirectly effected by the down regulation of the sympathetic nervous system (fight or flight system) and promotion of the para-sympathetic nervous system (rest and repair system). This is done through the effects the chiropractic adjustments have on the joint capsules and the body’s proprioception mechanism (sense of where one is space) through the mechanoreceptors (provide information regarding mechanical changes within the body) in the joints and periarticular tissues (tissue surrounding the joint). Thus is the explanation as to why some chiropractic patients report improvement in organic function, not only musculoskeletal benefits. To reiterate, this is not a claim that chiropractic adjustments treat systemic pathology, but does suggest that some who have systemic symptoms may see results from chiropractic care even without the presence of pain. Keep reading for supporting information.
Health Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Those that have been dealing with chronic pain or have been injured are not the only individuals who should seek chiropractic care in Chesapeake. The benefits of chiropractic care can be realized for many people with any variety of health conditions. Even those relatively “healthy” individuals with few, if any, health conditions can see the advantage of chiropractic maintenance care. The impact of life’s daily grind adds up stressing the human body in far greater ways than anyone might realize. Regular chiropractic adjustments can restore and maintain balance within, allowing the innately intelligent human body to heal itself, leaving the patient better prepared to live life to its fullest.
Regardless of one’s walk in life, anyone can benefit a great deal from regular chiropractic care. Routine chiropractic treatments will help maintain the body at the high level of activity life calls for allowing the body to self-heal through proper alignment. From a preventative care perspective, should someone suffer an injury after having been under chiropractic care, chances are it will not be as severe and the healing process will prove much faster, especially when combined with a healthy, active lifestyle.
The spinal column serves as a conduit through which the human brain sends messages through and out to the body's nervous system. It is simple to see how protecting the integrity of this important structure, through regular visits to Planet Chiropractic is vital to the body’s optimal function and overall health.
Are you curious to know if chiropractic is the right treatment for you? Please do not hesitate to call our team of dedicated professionals at Planet Chiropractic in Chesapeake. We have helped hundreds of patients with conditions they have been plagued with for years. Chiropractic care coupled with our outstanding, caring team will produce incredible results. Take advantage of our services today and take control of your health. Our team is here for you. Call us today.
By Chad Jenkins