What Is Chiropractic

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Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It's based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.

In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.

While it's often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches and many more.

Adjustments, or manipulation as they're sometimes referred to, are the minor movement of vertebrae in the spine. The objective of this movement is to realign vertebrae that have moved out of place for a number of reasons ranging from normal daily activity , mental and emotional stress, chemical toxicity or physical trauma such as a car accident.

When these vertebrae are out of place, it has an overall systemic effect from muscular to the central nervous system. Without proper alignment and flow of all nerves and systems in the body from the brain, we can't function at our peak.

In addition to the more traditional types of manual adjustments, Dr. Kettering has taken advanced training in the use of the ArthroStim. The ArthroStim is a hand held instrument that is an extension of the doctors hand and allows for a more controlled and specific force to correct spinal misalignments.

The Arthrostim introduces a gentle force into the body at 12-14 cycles per second. This allows the doctor to deliver a highly effective and specific adjustment while reducing the peak force. This speed is scientifically referred to as the somato-motor rhythm that is associated with a balanced and relaxed nervous system.

Benefits of the ArthroStim

. Adjustments hold longer
. Allows greater spinal correction in less time
. No cracking or twisting
. Ideal for children and older patients
. More balanced nervous system
. Good for herniated disc and sciatic patients

Dr. Kettering will determine which type of adjustment will produce the greatest affect in the least amount of time.

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