Myron Brown, D.C. | Article

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic...it's not about pain...it's not about a person’s back...it's about a better life!
Simply stated, chiropractic is a way to improve a person's whole life, not just their health. It does this without taking anything out of the body or putting anything in. That makes chiropractic much safer than most things done in health care.

Good for all kinds of people…
Chiropractors correct a common, but nasty problem in a person's spine called, subluxation. A subluxated spinal bone is misaligned, insulting (instead of protecting) the nerve system. Chiropractic is a science, the study of subluxation. Locating and correcting subluxations is an art requiring precision and skill. This contemporary health science is based on the inborn ability of the body to self-regulate. As a philosophy, its purpose is to assist people to express more of their innate potentials.

Why Subluxations are Bad (or said in other words, what makes chiropractic so good?)
The movable bones of our spine, called vertebrae support the body. Motion is important, but the key function of the spinal column is to protect our nerve system, which links the brain and body.
The brain and system of nerves that connects it to the rest of the body is essential to our well-being because every function of the body is controlled and coordinated by the brain. A vertebra can get slightly misaligned, insulting the nerves it is designed to protect. The result is interference with the transmission of essential mental impulses (messages from the brain to the body). Every day thousands of these impulses travel from the brain to regulate function, without our even having to think about it! Subluxations in the spine interfere with this critically important communication and that is why this common problem is so bad. It is also what makes chiropractic so good because when your chiropractor adjusts a subluxation, he or she is putting the brain back in touch with the body.

Is Chiropractic Safe?
The public demands safe and effective care. Every year millions of people take advantage of chiropractic care. Chiropractic is gentle, safe and effective when done with precision by a qualified doctor of chiropractic.

What are the Benefits?
There are many benefits to chiropractic care. People often think about using chiropractic to feel better, and in countless cases this is the result. But feeling better is just the tip of the iceberg. Many families choosing to include regular chiropractic care as part of their healthy lifestyle report having a more productive, vital and enjoyable life. They tell us that their family health care costs drop dramatically when they are under chiropractic care and that their lives improve physically and emotionally. Eliminating vertebral subluxations allows the brain to more freely coordinate function. This permits natural regulation of body chemistry, essential for good function. We also know that when body chemistry is out of balance all kinds of problems can result. Since balanced chemistry is essential to performance, improving the communication network within the body naturally enhances performance. Many superstar athletes have discovered this and seek chiropractic regularly to improve their performance. Wow, better performance without the harmful effects of drugs and surgery! People in all walks of life can enjoy the same benefits and this is why we find writers, movie stars, teachers, television personalities, neighbors, prominent people and everyday folks all using chiropractic to improve their health, performance and life.

What about Children and Elderly Folks?
For many people chiropractic is a regular family event. Chiropractic checkups are simply a part of good hygiene and children should grow up having their spines checked regularly and adjusted when necessary as a preventive measure. There are a lot of good reasons to be sure your kids get chiropractic checkups, but one of the best is clarity of thought. School children need a good nerve supply to get the most out of their education – and teachers need a good nerve supply to effectively support kids' learning efforts. All this is true because correcting vertebral subluxations allows the body to do what it is already trying to do, better. Family chiropractic care is affordable and its one of the great loving things we can do for our children.
Just like with children and young adults, adjustments in the elderly reduce nerve interference allowing natural health and healing to be better expressed. Adjusting techniques are customized for the individual. A chiropractor may use a different approach to adjust an infant than an adult or elderly person. The chiropractor is trained to adapt the specific adjustment needed for an elderly person, child, adult, pregnant woman, infant, etc. Chiropractic is a family event and adjustments are specifically designed to meet the needs of each family member.