Why you need chiropractic wellness care and I mean everyone!

 Spinal Hygiene why we need chiropractic maintenance in our lives

Spinal hygiene chiropractic care for everyone

A well-referenced paper presented at the 10th Annual Vertebral Subluxation Research Conference in Hayward, California explains why your chiropractor suggests that you continue with chiropractic maintenance care, sometimes called wellness care, after your initial spinal problems have been corrected. Maintenance care is having your spine checked for misalignments called vertebral subluxations even when there are no specific complaints. These visits are used to maintain proper function and improve health. Since we are all on a continuum of health and are healthy at one end and sick are deceased at the other it is important to maintain continued care all through life. this can also be refered to as spinal hygiene. It is similar to oral hygiene but what is more important white teeth or an intact central nervous system.

Everyone young and old needs a chiropractor!

These are two concepts that, if understood, offer a good rationale for chiropractic maintenance care.

The first is the concept of Immobilization Degeneration which is decreased segmental movement over time. One of the primary components of the vertebral subluxation complex is decreased movement of the vertebral joint. Forty years of research tells us that when a joint loses normal movement, Immobilization Degeneration begins to occur at a measurable rate within one week. This is why coming in when it hurts or two or three times a year many not be frequent enough or it may be to late, the damage may already be done.

The second concept that needs to be under stood is how a subluxation can exist in a patient without any symptoms. When a subluxation occurs, the misalignment of the joint oftentimes does not produce pain, for a long enough period of time to get through to the areas of the brain responsible for pain detection. It is also know that the brain filters out pain and only responds to it when the body can no longer adapt. So when you feel the pain it has been months to years before you start to seek treatment in many cases. Again this is often to late for a full recovery.

Two good reasons for lifetime chiropractic maintenance or wellness care are presented here. One, degeneration from a subluxation begins to appear within one week. How long do you want to wait to get it corrected? Two, many times patients do not feel pain immediately when a subluxation occurs much like you don’t feel immediate pain from a cavity in a tooth. Pain may not show up until the degeneration causes a large amount of damage. Again, how long do you want to wait?

This is why I like to introduce the concept of spinal hygiene. It is important to see a chiropractor and visit them at lest once every month if not mor frequent. It is often less costly than you think and just imagine what the deductible could be on that low back surgery. It is also important to note that all of the organ systems are controlled through the central nervous system and if the spine deteriorates it will have adverse effects on the heart, lungs, digestive tract, kidneys and much more. Chiropractic maintenance and spinal hygiene may just save your life. Sure it is not an episodes of ER but if something that is injured 10 years earlier can compromise heart function later in life it is no less life threatening just lest immediate.

Paul R. Mahler Jr. DC
Mahler Family Chiropractic Center
1144 wyoming Ave.
Kingston, PA. 18704
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What does a chiropractor do and how is my brain involved?


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What does a chiropractor do?


This is a question that many people ask. A Chiropractor does not just crack backs. Chiropractors are known for their ability to treat back pain symptoms. This is often the reason that people first contact a chiropractor. As to the crack or pop as some people call it, this is the sound often associated with a chiropractic visit, but this is just one type of many different techniques used by a chiropractor.


What is chiropractic care?


The goal of many chiropractors is restoring the function and stability of the spine. This is achieved by releasing tension in the spine, that way muscles can relax and the pain associated with the dysfunction can improve. T a chiropractor it is more than that. Your spinal cord runs through the spine, this is your central nervous system and your bodies link to the brain. It is your brain that controls every cell of your body. The brain sits at the top of your nervous system runs down your spinal cord, branches off in pairs at each vertebral level to control every muscle, organ and cell of your body. It is easy to see that a chiropractor does more than move bones or straighten your posture and spine. A chiropractor is directly affecting your central nervous system and allowing your brain to communicate with every part of your body.


So is chiropractic safe and why the crack?


The crack or popping sound is achieved in some chiropractic adjustments and it is thought to occur when pressure is released between two vertebrae. Smiler to when you take the lid off a pickle jar for the first time, pressure is released and pop. The aim here is to get the vertebrae to move in the correct motion thereby having an affect on the underlying tissues and nervous system.


What is a spinal adjustment?


There are other techniques in chiropractic that do not a crack or a pop. When chiropractors are adjusting their patients and use they often use different techniques. There are over 100 different chiropractic techniques for a chiropractor to learn. The techniques that do not cause a popping sound are generally called “tonal” techniques. A gentle force – usually the pressure you would use to check a ripe tomato – is used to direct the tissues and vertebrae into correction. What works for one patient often doesn’t work for another so a good chiropractor often uses a combination of both styles. In some techniques a constant pressure or quick flick is used to achieve the same result. Some times a chiropractors will use an instrument instead of their hands.


By helping the spine to function properly, a chiropractor allows the nerve interference at that level to dissipate so that the message from the brain can get to that part of the body.


So what does a chiropractor do?


A chiropractor is trying to restore function and stability not only to your spine, but also to the central nervous system and surrounding organ systems. Chiropractic treatment is focused on trying to get your brain to communicate with every part of your body, to help you reach your maximum potential.