What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a system of health care that focuses on the fact that the body has an ability to heal itself providing that proper homeostasis (balance) and alignment within the body is maintained. Proper balance is maintained though alignment of the spine, optimal health and nutrition, exercise, stress control and reduction, and the removal of toxins within the body. Health and the prevention of disease must be tackled from a comprehensive approach.
What are Chiropractors looking for when they examine the spine?
As chiropractors, our objective is to analyze the spine and locate and correct subluxations. When a misalingnment is found, an adjustment is given, reducing the misalignment and helping the body put the bone back to it’s correct position. This results in improved segmental functioning, improved circulation, and increased stimulation to the nervous system. The correction to these misalignment occurs over time allowing the natural healing abilities of the body to work at maximum efficiency.
How do Chiropractors approach health?
Chiropractors work to strengthen the body’s systems and prevent injuries and disease. Disease is a process that occurs over time; very rarely does sickness suddenly emerge out of the blue, it has it’s origins in subtle imbalances that develop in the body. Sickness may be related to being out of balance physically, emotionally, or chemically. If any any of these area dominate the other the result can be dis-ease or the break form optimum health and performance. Chiropractors focus on health and wellness by looking at all aspects that are important for maintaining optimum health. One of these components is realizing that misalignment in the vertebral column can produce mechanical problems that can create a state of less than optimal functioning. Misalignment in the spine are called vertebral subluxations, vertebral subluxations can lead to mechanical disorders can affect the functioning of the body: spinal misalignment can affect:
1. Proper movement of the spine, which can decrease the ability of the the spine to function optimally,
2. Affect the bodies ability to maintain proper circulation.
3. Affect the nervous system by pinching nerves and/or decrease the amount of neurological propagation of information decreasing the activation of receptors in the joints and muscles of the spine. Thus having a neurological consequence.
The diagnoses of misalignment and the early detection of mechanical problems within the spine are important preventive steps that can be taken in order to take care of the vertebrae of the spine, the spinal nerves that exist the spine and the spinal cord itself. When misalignment or fixations are not treated they will become more severe over time and have a greater negative result on your spinal column, the nervous system and the individuals overall ability to enjoy life and maximize there human potential.
Chiropractic Care for Workers’ Compensation Injuries
Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that replaces lost wages and pays for medical and chiropractic care for people injured on the job. It typically covers a number of injuries that can happen to nearly any worker. These injuries may occur as a result of a slip and fall accident, tripping over a hazard or on an unsafe surface, or falling off a ladder. For some workers, workers’ compensation will cover injuries that happen while the worker is driving or traveling as part of his or her work duties.
Many neck and back problems associated with workers’ compensation are the result of spinal misalignment, which means that the bones of the spine have moved out of position. Other work-related neck and back problems are the result of soft tissue injuries, such as whiplash, affect the muscles, nerves and connective tissue of the neck and back.
Musculoskeletal disorders affect a person’s muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments.
A number of musculoskeletal disorders can keep a worker off the job, including:
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries
- Headaches and migraines
Chiropractic care focuses on the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and other illnesses and injuries, making it an effective long-term solution for many workers injured on the job. Both chiropractic care and acupuncture are effective treatments for musculoskeletal disorders and other problems associated with on-the-job injuries. Chiropractic care and acupuncture support natural healing.
Chiropractic care for worker’s compensation may include advanced spinal correction using state-of-the-art chiropractic techniques and spinal adjustments, acupuncture, corrective exercises, lifestyle advice, nutritional counseling, custom orthotics, and physiotherapy. Spinal adjustments can free trapped nerves and alleviate pressure on the rubbery discs cushioning the bones of the neck and spine. Acupuncture stimulates the production of the body’s own painkillers and anti-inflammatory; it also supports the body’s immune system in ways that positively affect heart rate, brain activity, and blood pressure for patients struggling with workplace injuries covered under workers’ compensation.