The art of chiropractic was
founded in 1890 by DD Palmer as a method of spinal
correction to help restore the body’s natural ability to
heal itself and is practiced today, throughout the world,
helping people feel younger, stronger, and healthier.
Chiropractic has been used to successfully relieve patients
from the discomforts of low back pain, neck pain, headaches,
and various body system problems, but that’s not all.
Chiropractic care helps your body function at it’s fullest
potential. If you’ve ever wondered if chiropractic may be
right for you, now is the time to find out. Contact Hahn
Family Chiropractic today to schedule an appointment, or
attend one of our weekly health talks. Today is the day to
make the most of your life.
Health exists when every part
of your body is functioning properly. True health can only
occur if your brain can communicate, uninterrupted, with the
rest of your body, tell it what to do, and when to do it.
Maintenance of good health and a high quality life depends
upon the body's natural ability to continually adapt to
changes in its environment. Ensuring this capability is one
of nature's most remarkable and complicated communication
networks, the Central Nerve System.
How does the brain control
Every function of the
body is controlled and coordinated by the brain. The
brain sends impulses along the nerves to the body's
cells, glands, and organs. Every cell in your body uses
the nerve system to communicate with your brain, and
vice-versa. All of these nerves run through your spine,
where small misalignments of spinal bones can interfere
with the transmission of nerve impulses. These blockages
are called vertebral subluxations, and often occur
without any immediate sign. When subluxations are
removed through a chiropractic adjustment, the nerve
impulse can once again be transmitted freely to every
cell in your body. Chiropractors detect and correct
these areas of interference, to bring about a healthier
state in the body, and increase the quantity and quality
What is a subluxation?
A subluxation is a vertebra
or region of your spine which has lost the proper alignment
with the bones above or bones below, sufficient enough to
produce nerve pressure and interfere with the function of
the central nerve system.
The word "subluxation" comes
from the Latin words meaning "to dislocate" (luxate) and
"somewhat or slightly" (sub). A subluxation refers to a
slight dislocation (misalignment) or biomechanical
malfunction of the vertebrae (bones of the spine). These
disturbances may irritate nerve roots and blood vessels
which branch off from the spinal cord between each of the
vertebrae. This irritation may cause pain and dysfunction in
muscle, lymphatic and organ tissue as well as imbalance in
the normal body processes.
What causes Subluxation?
There are obvious causes of
subluxations, such as sports injuries, motor vehicle
accidents, slips and falls, etc. However, less obvious and
far more common causes of subluxations relate to the
cumulative effects of our bad habits, including poor
posture, unhealthy sleeping positions, and positions in the
work place. Research is showing that the most common first
spinal trauma, and therefore the first cause of subluxation,
is the birth process and delivery, particularly when any
form of medical intervention is necessary.
Why do I need more than one
In cases of corrective care,
normalizing the problem subluxation requires a series of
specific, gentle adjustments to the spine in order to train
the nerve system and structures back toward a healthier
position and function. The body's tissues have a memory.
Because subluxations typically develop and worsen over time,
this unhealthy soft-tissue memory must be reprogrammed in
order to get lasting positive results.
How long do I have to get
As long as you want to
experience benefits! Just as with working-out, regardless of
an individual's fitness level, they must continue to put in
the time and effort to achieve and maintain fitness goals.
When an individual quits working-out, results gained are
easily lost! The same is true with chiropractic care, and,
for that matter, anything in our lives of value. The
benefits of chiropractic care are yours as long as it is
part of your life.
Does an adjustment have to
make a noise to be effective?
No, it is a common
misconception that your joints must make a noise to be
properly adjusted. However, more often than not, when your
vertebrae are adjusted, the smooth joint surfaces become
separated, creating and then releasing a small vacuum,
making a noise. This is the sound made when you crack your
knuckles. It’s much like opening a bottle of champagne or
removing a suction cup.
The sound is interesting, but
it isn’t a guide to the quality or value of the adjustment.
Your chiropractor is concerned with the position of your
vertebrae, not with the noise that may or may not occur.
Once you get used to the
noises -- if there are any -- you may associate them with
"good" adjustments. However, be aware that in time, these
noises may lessen or disappear completely. When this
happens, it doesn't mean the adjustment has stopped
"working." It only means that normal flexibility is
returning to the affected vertebrae.
How should I feel after an
We find that 80% of
symptomatic patients feel much better after an adjustment.
10% feel nothing at all.
10% feel worse.
What if I experienced some
discomfort or unusual symptoms after an adjustment?
A small minority of people
may experience discomfort, pain, or awkward symptoms after
an adjustment. These responses are typically short-lived,
occur primarily when the vertebra was significantly
subluxated (out of place) prior to being adjusted. There are
a few possible causes of such responses:
experience a detoxification of the body after an
adjustment. When poisons leave the system, there may
be discomfort such as headache, sniffles, a slight
fever, drowsiness, or lethargy.
Muscles will realign
in coordination with the spine after an adjustment.
Often, these are muscles that haven’t worked
properly for years, and may have been weakened. This
condition is temporary and will disappear after the
muscles have strengthened themselves.
that were impinged for years are now “coming back to
life,” and becoming more sensitive again. Unlike the
majority of drugs, chiropractic adjustments aren’t
designed just to “make you feel good,” but to “make
and awareness are necessary and desirable! Old
injury pains may be reawakened in order for the
healing to occur.
When should I take my child
to a chiropractor?
When you want to give your
child a head start in good health, and all the benefits of a
conservative, drugless approach to health care, you should
take your child to a chiropractor. It is important to have a
chiropractic exam during the first year of a child’s life,
as spinal trauma can occur during birth, as well as from
tumbles while learning to sit up or walk.
Your child’s spine grows
almost 50% in length during the first year. This is
equivalent to a six-footer growing to nine feet in just 12
months! It’s this kind of tremendous growth and
developmental changes which make a complete chiropractic
examination so important in the early stages of a child’s
If a problem is ever
detected, the earlier it is corrected, the less likelihood
there is of it becoming a chronic or more serious problem
later in life. We believe it’s much more important to
prevent disease and dysfunction than wait until symptoms
How old, or how young do you
have to actually benefit from chiropractic care?
Amazingly, the extreme
populations seem to get the greatest benefit from
chiropractic! The very young respond so well because their
issues are typically not chronic. The elderly love
chiropractic care, as so many are thrilled to be healthier
without taking more pills.
How can chiropractic care
help an older child who is not ‘sick’?
Chiropractors do not treat
diseases – they help to correct spinal misalignments that
can interfere with normal health processes in the body.
Through regular adjustments, counseling on proper nutrition,
exercise, and posture, a chiropractor can help you raise a
child who is structurally and functionally sound.
Is it bad to “crack” your
neck or back a lot?
This question is often asked
of chiropractors because people associate the cracking or
popping of one’s neck with a chiropractic adjustment. The
two are not the same thing! If a person has a desire to pop
his neck or back, it is usually because part of the spine is
fixated or jammed causing another part to move too much and
pop a lot, sometimes by itself. It’s the jammed or fixated
part that must be properly adjusted by a chiropractor so
that the rest of the spinal column will stop being so
movable and noisy.
When you crack or pop your
neck, you are relieving tension for a little while, but not
giving yourself an adjustment. After a while, the urge to
pop or crack reappears because the cause of the spinal
tension has NOT been corrected. If tension keeps building up
in the joints because of spinal imbalance, it may not be the
popping or cracking that’s so bad for you, but the spinal
stress and imbalance causing it.
Is Chiropractic Addictive?
No! What we often see is that
people who are subluxation-free are more aware of how their
bodies should think and feel, and what their bodies need to
be healthy. When subluxated, they feel different, experience
a lesser quality of life and perception, and this becomes
unacceptable to them. Just as daily habits of brushing your
teeth, choosing to eat well, and exercising regularly would
not be considered addictive, chiropractic care is part of a
healthy lifestyle and is a proactive health care choice.