According to The Association of Chiropractic Colleges, “chiropractic is a health care discipline which emphasizes the inherent recuperative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the spine) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health.” You’ll notice that it doesn’t say “chiropractic is cracking and popping bones in your back to make the pain go away.” This seems to be the biggest misconception in the public. But there is much more to it. In fact, the first chiropractic adjustment was not meant to relieve pain but restore function which in turn enabled a man to regain his hearing.
Our bodies are full of nerves which originate from our brain stem down the spine and out through openings between the joints of vertebrae. When one of these joints becomes fixated or “stuck” in the wrong position, it loses its normal biomechanical function or its normal way of moving. This can cause irritation of the nerve that branches off and exits the spine at that area, we call this a subluxation. This may cause pain and can also cause dysfunction of the organs, muscles and tissues that the particular nerve goes to. Chiropractors make corrections to these vertebra using specific and precise adjustments. For instance, most people are familiar with the term sciatica. This is pain from the sciatic nerve that runs down the back of your leg. Many times this can be caused by a subluxation in the lower spine irritating the nerves that make up the larger sciatic nerve. Chiropractic adjustments to correct the specific vertebra that is “stuck” will often relieve the irritation of the nerves addressing the cause of the pain associated with it. This will also improve the nerve flow to the tissue and organ(s), allowing them to function properly as well.
So simply put, chiropractic makes corrections to joints that aren’t moving like they are supposed to thus relieving nerve irritation and allowing your body to function to its fullest potential. There is so much more that could be said but I wanted to briefly explain what chiropractors do at its most basic and simplest level. I will go into more detail the more I write.
Dr. Jason Schluter is a Chiropractor in Tulsa, OK at Schluter Chiropractic.
Schluter Chiropractic is conveniently located off Memorial Drive in Tulsa, Oklahoma and provides quality chiropractic care to Tulsa and the surrounding areas.
To schedule an appointment, call (918) 664-3571 or visit www.DrSchluter.com.