Oh, so you’re a Choirpractor? My muscles are really tight, could you rub them for me? Sadly this is all too often what I hear when I tell people what I do for a living. Even my own grandmother still thinks I am a massage therapist and just rub backs all day.
So what exactly is a chiropractor? A chiropractor is a doctor, (yep a real doctor) who specializes in the nervous system (your nerves) and spine (your backbone). Instead of going to medical school they go to chiropractic school. Which is 4 years long and just as intense as medical school. The main difference between the two is instead of learning to prescribe medications; chiropractors learn to adjust the spine.
How does it work? The nervous system is an extension of your brain, travels down your spine, and then out the side to all aspects of your body, including your organs. Your nervous system controls everything. From you eye movement to bowel movements your nervous system at the helm of the boat. So, when it gets blocked, your body cannot function properly and disease results. We call these blockages subluxations. You nerves work very much like a garden hose. Step on the hose and the water is blocked. Same with the nerves, place a bone on them and they do not work. When you lift your foot off of the hose, the water can flow again. Once the subluxations are removed, the nerves can restore their function. The subluxations are removed through a series of adjustments. These adjustment gentle move your spine back into alignment to restore function. A great side effect is that it often eliminates pain.
So why do I have to go more than once? To tell you the truth, it is because your body has accepted your “step” on the nerve as normal. It takes time to retain your spine to relearn to hold your itself in the correct posture. Just like if you were to get braces. They don’t just slap them on, and take them off right away. Then tell you your smile is so pretty. NO. It takes time and many repetitions of tightening the bands to get your smile just right. Chiropractic works in much the same way. It takes time and repetitive adjustments for your body to learn to hold your spine correctly. If you stop once you are out of pain, you never really fix the problem. Once the problem is fixed your chiropractor will recommend a course of mainatnce care that you can think of like oil changes for your spine. I bet you take great care of your teeth. Brush them every day, right? Well almost every day. If your teeth get gross and fall out you can replace them. What about your spine? There is no such thing as a spine transplant. You just have to deal with the pain. So just like our teeth, we must take care of the spine to ensure it is there for us to use as we age.
Who should see a Chiropractor? In short everyone that has a spine. Those tinny little babies, come into this world with the weight of the world on the top of their head. Most babies are born with subluxation. Then these subluxations never get fix and turn into pain as we become adults. Also think of all the times you feel as a kid, learning to walk, ride a bike, trying to fly, lifted wrong, played sports, sat a computer. All of these have lasting effects on your spine.
So in sort, GO SEE A CHIROPRACTOR! But remember no two chiropractors are the same, so it may take some trial l and error to find the right one!