About Chiropractic

What Is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is considered to be a philosophy, art and science. It is an approach to health that focuses on the nervous system, its protection (the spinal column) and its effect on how the body performs. Many people first experience chiropractic as a means to relieve back pain, headaches or other symptoms. They then learn that chiropractic is much more than simply relieving symptoms.

The first chiropractic adjustment occurred in 1895 when D.D. Palmer, a natural healer, had a theory that a man’s hearing loss was directly related to a misaligned bone in that man’s neck caused by a severe fall. When that misaligned bone was “adjusted” (put back in place by pressing on it), that man’s hearing was restored. Shortly thereafter, the name chiropractic was coined from the Greek words “cheir” and “practikos” meaning “done by hand”.

Nowadays, we know from research that when a spinal vertebra is out of alignment, it compresses a spinal nerve. These nerves travel from the brain through the spinal column to the entire body so that the brain can provide instruction to all the muscles, organs, glands and tissues. In the same way that electrical impulses move from a power plant across power lines into our homes and light our lamps, the brain sends impulses across the nervous system that cause our bodies to move and our organs to function. Any interference along the power lines causes blackouts. Any interference along the nervous system can cause the improper function of the muscle, organ, gland or tissue receiving the impulses. A “subluxation” is a misaligned vertebra. It is the locating and correcting of these misalignments (“vertebral subluxations”) that is chiropractic.

A chiropractor is specially trained to locate, identify and correct subluxations (spinal misalignments). When these corrections (or adjustments) are made, the body will begin to restore itself to health.

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What Is a Subluxation?

Before you learn what a subluxation is, you must first know how the body works.

According to “Gray’s Anatomy” (renowned medical text), the purpose of the brain and nervous system is to control and coordinate the function of all organs, glands, and tissues in the body.

See chart above to see the importance of the brain and nerves to your entire body’s health!

The brain directs and controls all organ function, muscles, and joint movement by sending messages along the nerves to the various parts, then back again. Any interference in this communication results in reduced organ function, movement, and health.


A SUBLUXATION is a condition that causes interference with the nerve communication system.

1. A SUBLUXATION is a structural misalignment of bones (vertebrae) of the spine.

2. Subluxations (bone misalignments) can cause the opening from which the nerves exit to become narrowed.

3. A narrow opening may compress (impinge, choke) the nerve.

4. The nerve may become damaged, and affect body function and your health.


If there is interference with the messages being sent from the brain, along the nerves to all parts of the body, your body cannot function properly.

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How Do I Know If I Have a Subluxation?

(You Don’t)

If you have the “pinched nerve” type of subluxation, it is evident because this type is typically painful. However, the more common type of subluxation is silent, with NO SYMPTOMS. Just like a cavity before it becomes painful, YOU DON’T know it is there. The SILENT SUBLUXATION can still put pressure on the nerves which may affect the function of any of your organs, glands, muscles and joints. This SILENT SUBLUXATION may eventually adversely affect your health.

What Causes a Subluxation?

There are 3 general causes of SUBLUXATION:

1. PHYSICAL – This is the most obvious; however, most people may think it takes something as severe as a car accident to cause a subluxation. This is not true. What might seem to be insignificant traumas, like childbirth, childhood falls, repetitive motion, childhood posture, sleep positions,occupational posture (hours of sitting doing paper work or computer work), occupation lifting (improper lifting, bending, awkward positioning), may all cause SUBLUXATION.

2. EMOTIONAL – This is best explained by a common situation called STRESS. StRess affects tension in muscles. Spinal muscles are responsible for the proper alignment and movement of spinal bones (vertebrae).

3. CHEMICAL – Outside the body chemicals like poisons, food additives, allergic agents can affect your body. Inside the body, chemicals like adrenalin, histamines, stomach acid, insulin are all good except if they are over or under produced (like the overproduction of histamines when pollen is present). If chemicals, whether inside or outside the body, adversely affect the muscles, joints, or nerves, they can be a factor in causing Subluxations.

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What Does This Mean for You and Your Health?

Think about your health problem right now. Whatever it is, the brain and nervous system play an important part in how that part of your body is working (or not working). Do you agree that having no interference on the nerves would be important for you to be healthy? (Go to “What is health” button). Why not have your spine checked for subluxation by a Chiropractor.

Health Is . . .

The definition for health can be obtained from several sources.

Dorland’s Medical Dictionary provides the following definition:  Health is “A state of optimal physical, mental and social well being, and not merely the absence of disease and infirmity.” Note that there is no mention of symptoms or of how you FEEL.  True health is not based on how you feel!  Feelings or symptoms may give a clue, but even if you feel perfectly fine, there may be hidden causes for concern.

Webster’s Dictionary states that health is:  “a condition of wholeness in which all of the organs are functioning 100%all of the time.”   


Gray’s Anatomy tells us that “The purpose of the brain and nervous system is to control and coordinate the function of all the tissues, glands and systems in the body and to adapt the organism to its environment.”

Putting these definitions together, we see that health is the proper functioning of all the body’s internal organs and systems under the direction of the brain and nervous system.  For health to be present, the nervous system must correctly deliver the brain’s messages to the body (as well as messages from the body back to the brain).  Any interference in this communication will result in a lack of health.

A vertebral subluxation is a spinal bone that is out of proper position causing interference in the delivery of messages along the nervous system resulting in a lack of health.

Chiropractic is the SCIENCE of locating vertebral subluxations, the ART of eliminating vertebral subluxations allowing a return of function and better health, and a PHILOSOPHY of life and health concerned with the relationship of the human species with its environment and its position of natural .

Why Should I Go to a Chiropractor?

Do you have a spine?

When was the last time you had it checked?

Chiropractic is the largest natural healing art in the world. It makes sense to have a healthy spinal column. Spinal health is as important as nutrition, exercise, or any thing that contributes to your overall health. Chiropractic care maintains the nervous system free from vertebral subluxations (spinal bones out of place thus causing nerve interference) allowing the body to function properly so that you can be in a true state of health.

No matter what disease or condition you may have, you can benefit from a healthy spine. The nervous system is adversely affected when spinal bones are out of place. Since the nervous system controls all the functions of your body (muscles, bones, organs, glands, tissues, etc.), it is vitally important to make sure your nervous system is operating at 100%.

Only a chiropractor is uniquely qualified to identify and correct any subluxations (spinal misalignments). Subluxations are like cavities: you may never know that you have a subluxation or a cavity until they get bad enough to cause you pain. Chiropractic checkups are just as important as dental checkups for a sound spine and nerve supply. A professional chiropractic examination is the only way to be sure your body is getting a full nerve supply so that you maintain a state of true health.

Kids and Chiropractic

Parents may ask, “Why chiropractic care for my child? His/her back doesn’t hurt.”

Subluxations (spinal misalignments) in early stages do not trigger pain. Much like a cavity before it hits the nerve, the slow process of decay takes a long time to show up as pain. Why not check the spine before it becomes a problem?

“How could a child have a subluxation (spinal misalignment) at such an early age?”

Since the birth process itself can have a significant effect on the infant spine, many parents have their newborns checked for subluxations (spinal misalignments). Later, as children begin to sit up, crawl, walk and run, the spine is introduced to new stresses. Ordinary childhood falls and mishaps often cause subluxations (spinal misalignments). Left unchecked, these misalignments will remain and cause problems in adulthood, if not before.

A spinal checkup could be one of the most important checkups of a child’s life. Because the spine is the housing for the spinal cord, the nervous system is affected by even one spinal bone being out of proper alignment. The nervous system controls the functions of all the organs, glands, muscles and tissues in the body. With a healthy spinal column, a body can better defend itself from ear infections, fevers, sore throats, childhood diseases of all kinds. .

WARNING SIGNS of an Unhealthy Spine

Symptoms such as headache, neck or back pain, numbness, tingling or other health problems can often be caused by spinal misalignments (called “subluxations”). These misalignments can be caused by ordinary movements or by intense trauma to the spine (such as a car accident or other injury). Because these misaligned vertebrae can affect the function of the spinal cord and nervous system, it is vital that the spine be checked for misalignments.

Symptoms of spinal misalignment include:

___ Your heels wear out unevenly.

___ You have headaches, back aches, neck pain, stiffness or soreness in muscles or joints.

___ Your foot flares out when walking.

___ You are often fatigued, have poor concentration, low resistance to disease or infection.

___ You can’t turn your head or hips equally to either side.

___ You feel stiff getting out of bed each morning.


Many spinal misalignments give NO warning signs, like a cavity before it become painful. Even though you can’t feel them, they can adversly affect your health. Below are some checks that may reveal spinal misalignments BEFORE they become painful.

Here are some simple tests you can do at home to see if your spine has any misalignments:


Stand on a hard surface with eyes closed and “march in place” 2 or 3 steps, then stop. With eyes still closed, slowly “nod” head 2 or 3 times, as if looking at the floor and then the ceiling. (Stop if uncomfortable.) With eyes still closed, stand upright with your weight evenly distributed on both feet. Have someone check that the following points are directly lined up vertically: between your eyes, your nose, your chin, between your collarbones, your bellybutton.

Now turn sideways, and check that the following points are directly lined up vertically: ear, shoulder, hip bone, ankle.

Other indications that there is spinal malfunction include: low shoulder on one side, uneven skirt hemline, unequal pant leg length, uneven wearing down of shoe heels.


Have the person being tested wear hard-soled shoes and lie face down on a bed with the feet hanging over the edge. Arms should be resting at each side, and face should be centered. Grasp both feet equally, and check to see if one leg appears shorter. Test further by bending both legs at the knees and compare again. A short leg is an indication of many types of spinal problems.


Even if you do not have the signs listed above, your spine may still have “hidden” misalignments (subluxations). A chiropractic exam (including range of motion and other orthopedic, neurological and chiropractic tests) will reveal if you have any spinal misalignments.

What Our Patients Say

The problem began at 7 months old. The baby had 2 hospital stays and daily nebulizer treatments 4 times per day. Because I was under chiropractic care, I brought my baby to my chiropractor. The asthma attacks subsided completely in a few months' time. He hasn't had an attack in 7 years. He has been able to resume all activities because of regained health. He can live freely again without carrying the machine around and his medicine. I am recommending chiropractic care to others.

E.B. – Ear Infections

My son had chronic ear infections since he was a baby. At four years old, the doctors wanted to do surgery to put tubes in his ears. My husband, who was skeptical, finally agreed to let us try chiropractic instead of surgery. My son stopped having ear infections right away. We had one adjustment each week for 8 weeks. My husband is now a believer. We continue with regular chiropractic care for prevention.

C.P. – Ear Infections

I was under chiropractic care during my pregnancy, and it helped me so much. I had a fairly easy natural childbirth experience. I brought my baby daughter to the chiropractor at 2 days old, and my chiropractor found that her 2nd neck bone was out of alignment, probably due to the natural trauma of birth. She has been under chiropractic care since then, and so has my son. They are now 12 and 10 years old, and have never had an ear infection ever. I can't even remember when they were sick. They don't even get colds, have never had strep throat, don't get digestive ailments, or any other "ordinary" childhood illnesses. If their subluxations had not been found and corrected at their early age, who knows what they might have suffered. They will also probably avoid a lot of the structural problems that I have had in my back over the years. Chiropractic is our family's way of life.

S.P. – Ear Infections

I have had neck pain with migraines for 10 years and lower back pain radiating into the legs (hamstrings) for 3 weeks. When the pain became unbearable, I decided to try chiropractic. Since then (2 weeks), the pain has lessened extremely and I have not had a migraine for a week! I am less tired, have more energy, more mobility. I sleep better. I can now walk for 2 miles instead of not walking at all. I plan to continue chiropractic care, and am recommending it to others.

L.A. – Back & Leg Pain

I had pain and discomfort in lower back (for 20 years) and ringing in my left ear (for 3-4 months). An orthopedist recommended muscle relaxers and bed rest. But after I tried chiropractic, the lower back problems improved significantly and had immediate cessation of the ringing in the ear. I have a general feeling of improved health and well being. I am able to perform my job and leisure activities without constantly worrying about a disabling spasm in my lower back.

R.S – Back & Leg Pain

I have always had low back and shoulder pain, and for the last 2 years, leg pain all the way down my right leg. I tried pain pills, ice pack, heating pad and mineral ice. Someone suggested trying chiropractic instead of all these pills and remedies that weren't helping. I went and heard the doctor speak about the bones, nerves and cells in the office. I am now less tired, have less pain in my leg and back, and am able to function better. I have improved tremendously. I'm able to walk further distances without tiredness or pain. I have a better attitude and better resistance. Even things like ear aches and swollen glands disappeared. I'm glad I learned what chiropractic is really about.


E.B. – Back & Leg Pain – Google

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G.K – Back and Leg Pain