Chiropractic Care- We focus on the brain-body connection through the nervous system. So what does that mean?
We know how important our brains are, as the master control system for our entire body. From our brains, a complex series of signals are sent throughout the body via the nervous system, dictating the functioning of the body. Just like the air traffic controller at your nearest airport, the brain looks out for incoming and departing planes, guiding them safely to land and avoiding any potential chaos from missed signals.
In just the same way, it’s vital to ensure the communication between brain and body is functioning optimally, in order to avoid any disruptions. If your brain-body connection isn’t communicating effectively, the rest of your body will experience problems.
HOW DO WE KNOW ABOUT THE BRAIN-BODY CONNECTION?
Dr Henry Windsor was a physician who was particularly interested in patients who become effortlessly healthy after experiencing disease, as a result of chiropractic or osteopathic care. He wanted to know more about how people were getting better, without the need for drugs or surgery.
He set about developing a study, looking for a relationship between the health of the spine and diseased organs in the body. In a series of studies, he dissected 75 human cadavers, and 22 cat cadavers. This investigation showed that of 97 subjects, 221 diseased organs were present.
Of the 221 diseased organs, 212 were seen to belong to the same nerve segments as the vertebrae in curvature. In other words, he found a 95.9% correlation between a minor misalignment in the spine and a diseased organ.
What is the significance of the brain-body connection in chiropractic?
Understanding that the brain controls every organ through nerves that leave the spine at various levels, the brain-body connection becomes essential to chiropractic care. The success of the brain-body connection is clearly linked to the health and functionality of the spinal column, housing the nervous system.
We can experience an ineffective brain-body connection through damage, misalignment (known as subluxation), altered curves and imbalance of the spine. Essentially, when vertebrae are out of alignment (or subluxated), pressure can be applied on the nerves in the area, affecting the path of communication to the body. Regardless of symptoms you may be experiencing, your brain must effectively communicate with the body, and it’s therefore essential to care for your spine.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A GOOD BRAIN-BODY CONNECTION?
It’s often hard for us to know how healthy our organs are; we don’t tend to have a strong sense of the relationship between our nerves and organs, and whether or not this energy is reduced for some reason. As a result, chiropractors and osteopaths have been able to assist people in recovering from their problems through vertebral subluxation, or the correction of vertebral misalignments.
Alongside chiropractic care, consider the role of exercise and your posture in the care of your spine. Exercise your core to strengthen the abs and back muscles, to ensure that these are strong and supple in supporting your spine and reliving lower back pressure. This often requires an effort, as we don’t tend to use our bodies enough in the right ways during modern life.
Any time you are sitting or standing, your posture becomes important. Long periods of awkward positions can create undue pressure, and therefore problems. Support any wider health efforts you are making by ensuring your working and living arrangements are as ergonomic as possible. Avoid slouching, leaning forward, or creating any other concerns that may stress the spine. Do your best to ensure that you don’t sit for too long in your day as well, getting up to stretch and walk once an hour. Movement is very important to the spine.
Ensure that when it does come time to rest, you are really offering your spine the opportunity to be fully relaxed, and to heal. Support your spine with a good quality mattress and maintain good sleep alignment – you can always seek personal advice on this, as part of your chiropractic care. It always helps to receive a full evaluation to begin with, in order to really discover what issues might be in play in the performance of your brain-body connection.
WHAT ELSE DOES CHIROPRACTIC AIM TO DO?
Chiropractic is so much more than simply a means of relieving any pain. With a holistic approach to your wellbeing, chiropractic techniques look to uncover deeper reasons for your problems, evaluating your condition in a more complete manner in order to discover any other techniques that may assist you on your journey towards wellbeing.
Ultimately, the goal of chiropractic treatment is to restore the body to a natural state of optimal health through a clear brain-body connection. Much like rewiring your home, chiropractic care aims to ensure your system is all properly connected in order to function at its most optimal, and to ensure that damage to these circuits don’t have knock on effects (or create new, unforeseen problems) in the body.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can reduce the need for pain meds by half. Aches and pains associated with pregnancy respond well to chiropractic adjustments and prenatal massages. Studies have also shown labor time is significantly reduced when the pelvis is in proper alignment.
Whether you are in your first trimester or a few weeks away from welcoming your new baby into the world, getting adjusted helps to ease discomfort during pregnancy, supports quicker, less painful deliveries, and improved postpartum healing. Pregnancy causes your body to experience physical and hormonal changes, as your baby grows and develops. Typically, mamas come to our clinic struggling with hip and low back pain that makes it difficult to sit, walk, and sleep comfortably. Prenatal chiropractic care helps to ease their discomfort and allows them to have a more relaxed pregnancy.
How does prenatal chiropractic help? Dr Pray is specially trained to care for the pregnant spine and body. We focus on decreasing stress at the tailbone and hips. By removing the tension in these areas and balancing the pelvis it allows our mamas to be more comfortable throughout their pregnancy and allows baby more space in the pelvis to get into position for birth. Also, we check the neck and upper back to remove any extra stress that maybe causing tension headaches or back pain. Our goal is to keep your spine and nervous system healthy and comfortable throughout your pregnancy, so you have a safe delivery and speedy recovery postpartum.
Infant to geriatric adjustments
Misalignments or subluxations often begin during the birth process. Dr. Pray has a adjusted babies only minutes old. When performed by a certified practitioner it is safe and effective.
Adult adjustments are performed using diversified technique with drops and some activator. When necessary, we adjust from extremities to TMJ.
ACUPUNCTURE & Dry Needling
Dr. Janette Kurban, D.C. DABCA performs acupuncture and dry needling on Tuesdays. You can schedule with her on our book now button on our home page.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of very thin needles through the skin at strategic points on your body. A key component of traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used to treat over 3000 conditions including pain.
Dry Needling- when dry needling is applied to muscles and tissues, it can decrease tightness, increase blood flow and reduce local and referred pain. Providers use solid needles that don’t contain any kind of medication. This is why the technique is called “dry.” Nothing is injected into your body.