When discussing what conditions chiropractic treats, it must be emphasized that doctors of chiropractic most often treat subluxations, not specific conditions. Subluxations are misalignments and/or fixations of vertebrae producing nerve pressure, irritation and interference to the nervous system and ultimately can affect any part of the body.
A subluxation in the spine can cause many varied ailments and conditions. In order to relieve a specific condition, the doctor of chiropractic must first remove the subluxation responsible for the problem. The doctor of chiropractic accomplishes this by delivering a specific spinal adjustment to realign the vertebrae and restore normal function to the area. With the use of the adjustment, your doctor of chiropractic can relieve a variety of illnesses.
Most chiropractic patients are seeking relief for musculoskeletal pain. Some have headaches and migraines, and the remaining patients have a wide variety of disorders caused fully or in part by spinal subluxations. It must be understood that spinal subluxations are perfectly capable of stimulating, accentuating or making a major contribution to organic diseases. There can be no doubt that the state of the spinal column does have a bearing on the functional states of the internal organs.
Even though doctors of chiropractic treat a wide variety of conditions other than the ones listed below, the following conditions are typical of the kinds of conditions that respond favorably to conservative chiropractic care.
- PAIN AND STIFFNESS IN THE NECK
- PAIN BETWEEN THE SHOULDER BLADES
- PAIN IN THE HIPS AND LEGS
- PAIN AND NUMBNESS IN HANDS AND FEET
- PAIN IN SHOULDERS AND ARMS
- ARTHRITIS PAIN
- ATHLETIC AND SPORTS INJURIES
- SPINAL DISC INJURIES
- PRE-MENSTRUAL SYNDROME
- STRESS RELATED CONDITIONS
- TEMPORO-MANDIBULAR JOINT (JAW) PROBLEMS
- SCIATIC PAIN
- MANY OTHER SYMPTOMS
In short, it is no exaggeration to say that every function in the entire body is under the control of the nervous system, and influenced by the health of our spinal column. Subluxations can and do interfere with the normal transmission of nerve impulses, leading to dysfunction and ultimately disease.
Subluxations are epidemic in our society and responsible for a wide variety of illnesses. With proper chiropractic care, the role subluxations play in illness and disease can be greatly reduced resulting in a healthier society.