Chiropractic and the Spine Effects of Disease and Wellness
October 10, 2012
By Chiro One Wellness Centers
The hidden realities of your spine are that it effects everything regarding sickness and disease or health and wellness. Learn why it’s critical that you are educated on the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy spine.
Shonda Harrison was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). It is a disease that has no known cause or cure. At its worst, she had tingling in her neck and numbness in her hands; her knees buckled and she had to use a cane and wheelchair to get around which was particularly challenging on snowy days.
She also suffered with depression and in spite of all kinds of painful therapies she tried including aqua therapy and physical therapy; she still couldn’t run or take long walks and her outlook was dismal.
Shonda also had problems with the nerves in her back and although her symptoms subsided when she got pregnant (which is typical for Multiple Sclerosis patients), a few months after delivering her baby, her knees gave out and she fell down a flight of stairs…with her newborn baby in her arms. That was the last straw; Shonda knew she had reached her breaking point and that she needed help. That’s when she turned to chiropractic.
Even though her insurance didn’t cover chiropractic care, Shonda started a treatment plan at Chiro One Wellness Center of Flossmoor and within a short time of starting care, her symptoms lessened and she no longer needed her cane or wheelchair. This was life-changing for Shonda. Her kids noticed the change in her and although there is no cure for MS, Shonda is optimistic. Her spine looks a lot better and she’s feeling better.
“A healthy spine is an often overlooked and essential part of a healthy lifestyle,” says Dr. Jeremy Hayes, D.C. Chiropractic Director of Chiro One Wellness Center of Flossmoor. “Every day, millions of Americans suffer from misalignments in their spine that if left untreated, can lead to pain, health challenges and disease. These misalignments, commonly referred to as subluxations, are misaligned vertebrae that put pressure on the nervous system and they can have devastating effects,” says Hayes. “They can also be a precursor to many symptoms such as migraines, headaches, numbness, tingling, pain, and as in Shonda’s case, Multiple Sclerosis.”
To understand the importance of the devastating impact subluxations can create and how your spine effects disease and wellness, you first have to understand what constitutes a healthy spine and how it effects your health.
Nervous System Simplified
Not only is the body self-healing and self-regulating, but as human beings, we’re designed to be and stay healthy. In the absence of any interference, your body self-regulates through the brain and nervous system, which is the master control center for all bodily functions. As a matter of fact, the nervous system is so important that it is the only organ that is completely protected by armor (the skull and spinal vertebrae). When interference is introduced to the body which can be in the form of physical, chemical or mental stressors, it causes subluxation of the spinal vertebrae which then decreases the brains ability to transfer the information through the “superhighway” of nerves that leads to every organ, cell and tissue in your body. And when there is more stress than the body can handle, it responds by allowing “dis-ease” to form and grow. These are your spine effects: the results of subluxations of the spine that manifest as headaches, sciatica, heart disease and even cancer. Every symptom that you experience can be traced to this interference or disconnect in your body that prevents it from self-healing and self-regulating.
Doctors of Chiropractic are trained and licensed to diagnose and treat misalignments of the spine and chiropractic in itself is the only medical discipline that assists the body’s natural ability to heal by removing these interferences on the nervous system by re-aligning spinal vertebrae. Chiro One Wellness Centers recommend a spinal health exam twice a year.
History of Chiropractic. The healing art of chiropractic was discovered in 1895 by D. D. Palmer and since that time has become the largest non-drug natural healing art in the United States. On average, each year, over two hundred and eighty million visits are made to the ninety thousand plus practicing chiropractors.
In its 117-year history, chiropractic has come a long way in its development and practice. Initially, skeptics considered chiropractic to be quackery. However, as chiropractic science and practice evolved, chiropractic itself has become one of the most accepted and widely used forms of health care.
Who sees a Chiropractor? For many people, when they think of chiropractic, a vision of a bad back, neck or injury comes to mind. Although many people first go to see a chiropractor because of back pain or a neck problem, patients often find many other aspects of their health improving for the better.
Common Questions about Chiropractic. One common question most people have regarding chiropractic care is, “What conditions do chiropractors treat?” This is a misleading question since chiropractic is not a specific treatment for any condition. Instead, rather than treating a specific disease or condition, chiropractic focuses on the inherent ability of the human body to heal itself.
Many people are surprised to learn that their bodies have the ability to heal themselves. In fact, your miraculous human body is constantly changing and adapting. Throughout your life, virtually all the cells of the body are in a continual state of growth. When old cells are worn away, they die and are replaced by brand new ones.
Chiropractors respect the factual knowledge that it is the body that does the healing and that the job of the doctor is to help the patient by removing barriers to healing. The specific focus of the chiropractor is on the spine and nervous system. The nervous system is the control, communication, and coordination system of your body. The job of the brain is to monitor, run, and control the functions in your body, and it uses the spinal cord and nerves of the body as its communication lines.
As long as the brain and nervous system are able to communicate with the body without any interference, then the body can function at a higher level.
What constitutes a healthy spine? Many people are taught that if they do not have a symptom, they are healthy. The majority of the time, the body can be malfunctioning without any signs or symptoms. Perhaps one of the most common symptoms or effects associated with a subluxation is pain. Pain, however, is only one of many different signs that can show up. Some of the other common problems people have are headaches, allergies, asthma, fatigue, loss of sleep, poor immune function, muscle aches, digestive issues, infertility, and weight problems. Children who have spinal subluxations often have frequent illnesses and are more likely to have ear, nose, and throat infections.
Spinal subluxations not only have the potential to cause dysfunction in the nervous system and body, but also have a degenerative effect on spine itself. Because of the vertebrae being out of position, an abnormal stress is placed on the bones. The spinal joints, the spinal discs, muscles, and ligaments are overloaded. As the force of gravity works on the vertebrae that are misaligned, it creates a wear-and-tear effect on the spine. Areas where there are subluxations frequently have an accelerated rate of arthritis, bone spurs, and disc degeneration. The good news is that spinal degeneration can be halted and, in some cases, reversed, depending on how severe it is.
Chiropractic can be an excellent way to improve the health and well-being of you and your family. In the age of preventative care, the spine is unfortunately often most overlooked but is one of the most important parts of the body to take care of. The doctor of chiropractic is extensively trained to be able to detect and help correct spinal problems.
If you are concerned about the health and well-being of your spine and the impact the spine can have on your overall health and well-being – your spine effects, visit a Doctor of Chiropractic. Today’s chiropractic has advanced considerably—as millions of people find each year, chiropractic can make a tremendous difference in your life.
“Our Vision at Chiro One Wellness Centers is, “that every human being discovers their full potential,” says Hayes. “Getting your spine checked for spinal subluxations and knowing your spine effects is the first step to being healthy. If you do suffer from misalignments of the spine, getting treated by a Doctor of Chiropractic can set you on a path to a healthier, happier life.”