If you’re considering visiting a chiropractor for the first time, you’re probably
wondering what you can expect.
During the initial visit, chiropractors typically take a health history and perform a
physical examination, with a special emphasis on the spine. Other examinations
or tests such as x-rays may also be performed. If chiropractic treatment is
considered appropriate, a treatment plan will be developed.
During follow up visits, practitioners may perform one or more of the many
different types of adjustments used in chiropractic care. The goal is to increase
the range and quality of motion in the area being treated and to aid in restoring
Don’t mistake chiropractic care for medical treatment. Chiropractors are not
intended to replace medical physicians.
Medicine treats sickness. Chiropractic promotes health.
The medical objective is: “We don’t want you to be sick.”
The Chiropractic objective is: “We want you to be healthy.”
Chiropractors work with the spine, not just because it's often the source of neck
and back pain, but because it contains and protects the central nervous system
which monitors, controls and regulates all body function, and allows the body to
adapt to internal and external influences. The ability to adapt to internal and
external influences is central to the body's ability to maintain its health and
sustain life. Virtually every vital life-sustaining process, whether it's digesting our
dinner or responding to potential infection, depends on the integrity of this
communication network between the brain and the body.
Since the central nervous system is so vital, the body has built in a system of
protection. Around the spinal cord is a system of protection for the spine - 24
moveable segments which have the roles of protecting the central nervous system
and providing the axis for the entire musculoskeletal system. Each vertebra has a
unique set of nerves that pass through it to the other systems of the body.
Ironically, the very thing that is designed to protect the spinal cord can actually
interfere with it, due to misalignment of the spinal vertebrae.
Chiropractors maintain the proper position of these delicate joints and the
precious cargo they protect. Pressure on the nerves that leave the spine or on the
brain stem can affect millions of nerve fibers. Interfering with these nerve fibers
can have disastrous affects on your health.
Spinal misalignments are typically caused by stress that overwhelms the body's
resilience and coping ability. Physical stress can occur as the result of a car
accident or slipping on an icy sidewalk, improper posture, occupational trauma,
or birth trauma. Emotional stress can be the result of significant emotional trauma
or the inability to adapt to a stressful situation. Chemical trauma can result from
the misuse of prescription or illicit drugs, inadequate nutrition, or environmental
toxins. By interfering with the nervous system, these misalignments interfere with
normal function, reducing your body's ability to self-regulate, adapt, and heal.
Chiropractors detect and correct the cause of this interference, allowing your body
to properly self-regulate, adapt and heal. The care and maintenance of the spine
and nervous system is a necessary component of any natural approach to