What is Chiropractic

For over 100 years, Chiropractic has been a safe and natural approach to health care. In fact, Chiropractic is a specialized type of health care, which consists of small, precise manual adjustments. It involves no drugs or surgery.

Chiropractic literally means, to practice with your hands. Throughout your daily life, your spine is supposed to be able to move around freely without any pain. However the bones in your back, called vertebrae, can become misaligned. This misalignment is called a subluxation.

Normal Vertebrae

Let’s first look at a normal vertebra and then a subluxated vertebra.

Normally, your vertebrae are in a straight line.

Normally, your vertebrae are in a straight line.

  • Normally, your vertebrae are in a straight line.
  • This allows pain free motion in your spine.
  • This also allows the tissues (muscles and ligaments) which surround the spine to work correctly.

Misaligned Vertebrae

Now, let’s see sublaxation.

This misaligned vertebrae is a sublaxation

This misaligned vertebrae is a sublaxation

  • This misalignment is a subluxation.
  • This causes abnormal stress on pain sensitive joints in the spine.
  • It also causes unnatural stress in the muscles, ligaments, and nerves around the spine.

Should we care about sublaxations?

Absolutely! Since every single cell in our body is under the control of the nerves, they must be kept free of abnormal stress. When no subluxation is present, proper nerve flow occurs and your body functions normally.

However if the nerve is irritated, the nervous system does not work properly.

Notice the irritated nerve in the image below.

Subluxation causes decreased nerve flow

Subluxation causes decreased nerve flow

  • Subluxation causes decreased nerve flow.
  • This may cause pain, general fatigue, or even disease!
  • Many other things are affected by subluxation
  • Along with nerves being effected, many muscles are attached throughout the spine.
  • They can become spastic and knotted up causing pain and discomfort.

How do you tell if you have a subluxation?

If you have pain, achy soreness, and tight muscles in your neck and back, you may have subluxations. A chiropractor can tell you if you have any subluxations. The chiropractor will perform a comprehensive exam. This exam will help the doctor locate any subluxations, weak or injured muscles, and any other problems.

Subluxations can be like early cavities, painless and you may not even know you have one, until your doctor explores the area and finds one. Also like early cavities, subluxations left unfixed can progress to cause inflammation, pain, and possible serious degeneration problems in the future.

One would like to have a cavity fixed in it’s earliest stages, before it causes any pain or problems. You should feel the same about subluxations in your spine. Have them looked at and fixed before you begin noticing them as pain and headaches.

Won’t medicine fix the subluxation, like it fixes the pain?

Chances are no. Medicine is a chemical that covers up pain in the body. However pain is a crucial warning sign that something is wrong. Any pain is very important to have checked out.

  • Even headaches, shoulder pain, knee pains, in fact all pains!
  • A chiropractor can evaluate all those pains

Pain is a sensation created by your body to protect itself from further injury. It is your body’s way of telling you something is wrong. Most pain is caused by swelling or inflammation, which can be caused by subluxation. The inflammation can be reduced with several things.

First, the pain may be reduced with Over-the-Counter Anti-inflammatory medications. Please consult your physician for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Secondly, we can use therapies in the clinic to help decrease the pain.

Electric modalities are therapies that can help decrease pain

Electric modalities are therapies that can help decrease pain

  • Ice
  • Heat
  • Muscle massage
  • Electric modalities
    • Ultrasound
    • EMS (Electro Muscle Stimulation)

These are all great, they may decrease the pain, however the pain usually comes back after the swelling increases. This is because none of them actually fix the problem which is causing the pain! The culprit is usually a subluxation!

So how do we fix the problem?

We adjust it! Adjustments can be given many different ways, on backs, stomachs, or even sitting. But they all do the same thing, they remove the problem so proper natural healing can take place.

What does an adjustment look like?

Learn more about Napoli Chiropractic Center’s Adjustments and Therapies, Individualized Care and Specialized Traction.