Have questions about what our Garland chiropractor can do for you? We’ve addressed a few of the most common questions about chiropractic below.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is an art, a science and a philosophy. The ‘art’ refers to the ability of a Chiropractor to use his or her hands to move the spinal bones (vertebrae) back to their proper position. This can take years of practice. The ‘science’ is based on the fact that the nervous system is the system that controls the entire body. The third ‘philosophy’, relates to the belief that the human body is a self-healing organism. These three tenets combine to form what we know of as Chiropractic.
What is a chiropractic adjustment?
A Chiropractic adjustment is a term used to describe a treatment performed by a Chiropractor to gently “adjust” a vertebra back in its proper position. This allows the body to begin to heal itself.
What is a spinal subluxation?
A subluxation occurs when two bones that form a joint are not connected properly, but are not disjointed completely. It is a medical term that has been around for some time. In chiropractic it refers to 2 (or more) vertebra of the spine that are out of alignment. A subluxation of the spinal vertebra can cause pain and disease due to the pressure that it can put on the fragile spinal nerves.
Do Chiropractic adjustments hurt?
Dr. Mixon’s treatments are very gentle and are designed to minimize any discomfort—even for people who come to our office as a result of an injury or accident. Generally, adjustments are quite painless and most patients begin to improve almost immediately.
Do Chiropractors undergo extensive training?
Yes. Chiropractors, like medical doctors, must study for many years in order to get their license to practice. State and Federal exams need to be passed also and continuing education classes must be taken every year to keep up with new developments.
Why is the spine so important?
The nervous system is composed of the brain, the spinal cord and spinal nerves. The brain is protected by the skull and the nerves are protected by the spinal bones. These nerves, and the spinal cord that is directly in the middle of the spine, are the ‘cables’ that connect the brain to the entire body. If these cables are compressed in any way, the flow of information to the brain is interrupted and the normal healing process is hindered. This can first cause pain and spasms but, with time, may lead to disease and degeneration in the body.
A healthy, properly aligned spine is one of the most important factors to good health.
Is Chiropractic okay for older folks?
Yes. Unless someone is suffering from severe osteoporosis, chiropractic is very safe, even for the elderly. In our practice people who are seventy, eighty and even ninety years routinely receive chiropractic care.
Do children need Chiropractic care?
Yes, definitely. As children are very active, they often have spills and falls. This can harm the spine if not corrected right away. Even babies sometimes need Chiropractic since the trauma of childbirth can occasionally cause spinal problems. Taking care of the spine is something that, like taking care of the eyes and teeth, should be done throughout a person’s life.
Has Chiropractic been researched by scientists?
Yes, extensively. All over the world there have been scientific studies and tests related to Chiropractic. Many of these studies have been published in major medical journals and can easily be found online. The vast majority of the findings have been very positive, demonstrating that Chiropractic is safe, effective, and helpful for problems of the spine.
Does Chiropractic cure disease?
No. Your body is designed to be a self-healing organism. Under normal circumstances if you get sick or have an accident, you will heal. This is called an ‘innate’ healing ability, and all creatures have it. If the spine is misaligned, or subluxated, the nerves of the nervous system cannot function correctly and you can become sick.
A person whose spine is in perfect working order will generally be better able to heal than a person whose spine is out of adjustment. Doctors of chiropractic believe that if spinal misalignments are corrected, the body will heal itself, exactly as it was designed to do.