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What is Chiropractic?

Spine, Organs, Nerves

Everything in your body is controlled by the nervous system.  Every gland, muscle, and organ is controlled by the nerves in our body.  As chiropractors, we relieve pressure from the spinal nerves to help your body to feel better!

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Brief History

Chiropractic, from the Greek words “chiro” meaning hand and “practic” meaning practice, can be traced back to 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. where the Chinese and Greek cultures had written about spinal manipulations and the maneuvering of extremities to relieve low back pain.  Hippocrates wrote, “Get knowledge of the spine, for this is the requisite for many diseases".

Chiropractic care was not founded in the United States until 1895 with Daniel David (D.D.) Palmer, in Davenport, Iowa.  The first chiropractic adjustment was performed on Harvey Lillard, a partial deaf janitor, who claimed that his hearing had improved after one chiropractic adjustment. Since then, chiropractors have been legally recognized as primary health care physicians in all states.  Since the start of chiropractic care many incredible results have been reached triggering a variety of studies to be preformed. Chiropractic in New Zealand, published in 1979, strongly supported the efficacy of chiropractic care and elicited medical cooperation in conjunction with chiropractic care. The 1993 Manga study published in Canada investigated the cost effectiveness of chiropractic care. Both of these studies conclude the cost-efficiency of chiropractic care in comparison to traditional medicine.

Chiropractic Education

To graduate with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, one is required to complete 3-4 years of undergraduate education (standard pre-med requirements) and 4 years of chiropractic education, including over 4,500 classroom hours of health-specific sciences (more than the average medical school curriculum).

Chiropractors are the most educated general physicians in the areas of Anatomy, Nutrition, and Neurology.  Upon graduation they, like other doctors, must pass rigorous National Board Examinations and demanding states testing before being granted the privilege to practice.  In addition, chiropractic doctors attend postgraduate seminars to stay current on the latest scientific research.

Chiropractors Treat the Whole Body

Chiropractors provide effective treatment for all types of soft tissue disorders, not just back and neck ailments.

What you may not be aware of is chiropractic’s success in treating a number of non-soft tissue conditions like dysmenorrheal (painful menses), ulcers, migraine headaches, and ear infections in children.  While we cannot claim to cure these conditions, we believe that many of these problems can be mimicked, aggravated and sometimes caused by disruptions in the nervous system as a result of spinal abnormalities.  By correcting these spinal abnormalities like the vertebral subluxation, chiropractic has helped thousands of individuals overcome these conditions and regain control of their lives.

♦ Arthritis ♦ Ankle Injuries ♦ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ♦ Hip Pain ♦ Sciatica
♦ TMJ ♦ Planter Facscitis ♦ Whiplash Injuries ♦ Foot Pain ♦ Knee Pain
♦ Knee Pain ♦ Scar Tissue Formation ♦ Muscle Weekness ♦ Ankle Injuries ♦ Ilio Tibal Band Syndrome
♦ Headaches ♦ Rotator Cuff Syndrome ♦ Nerve Entrapment Syndrome ♦ Muscle Strains or Pulls  

Chiropractic is Safe and Gentle

Most patients report that their chiropractic adjustments feel good!

Most patients feel instant relief immediately after their adjustments.  In fact, most look forward to their chiropractic treatments.  The techniques used are safe, gentle and effective.  Chiropractic is one of the safest and most gentle healing arts in the world.  Although we utilize the most gentle, modern techniques available, any time there is inflammation there may also be slight tenderness.  Be reassured that we do everything possible to minimize any patient discomfort.  In patients suffering from severe bouts of back or neck pain, some discomfort may be experienced for obvious reasons, however, for most patients this is not the case.

“Popping” and “Cracking”

You may be familiar with the concept of, “cracking a back” or “popping” a bone back into place.

In our office the adjustment may be a slight movement of a bone followed by soft tissue manipulation and extremity correction, electrical stimulation or ultrasound procedures.  Or it could be all pressure stimulation.  At Kinni Valley Chiropractic, we want to truly “fine tune” your body, to make very sure that the nervous system is able to function at 100% optimum capacity, to let your body’s natural innate healing ability do its job.  We honor your nervous system.

Children and Chiropractic

Children have back pain and suffer from a wide array of injuries just as adults do.  Your child’s spine is more susceptible to injury and nerve stress than ours, their spine is still growing.  When one considers all the trauma a child’s spine goes through growing up, with the falls, bumps and jars from such things as learning to walk, then run, then ride a bicycle, it is easy to see how their bodies can be injured.

If there is a problem developing, or the concerned parent wants to insure a proper growing subluxation free child, spinal care is imperative.  Look for a child’s warning signs: chronic fatigue, one hip or shoulder higher, uneven skirt hem, uneven sleeve length, foot turned in or out, neck tilt, can’t sit or stand still, shoulder blades uneven or sticking out or “My kid’s just not right”.

Doctors of Chiropractic are licensed and trained to treat children and utilize a gentler type of treatment that is appropriate to a child’s size, needs and diagnosis.  Children usually respond quickly to Chiropractic treatments and will feel little or no discomfort.

Ongoing Care

It is true, Chiropractic helps you feel and stay healthier.

Just as regular maintenance visits are recommended for your car, regular dental cleanings and check-ups are recommended for your teeth, regular chiropractic check-ups can help detect and prevent spinal stress or joint disorders.

Even if you have no symptoms at all, chiropractic can help you maintain your desired level of health and fitness.  You may currently have spinal irregularities that exhibit no symptoms whatsoever.  However, problems may arise in the future.

In short, chiropractic health care is a smart choice for most everyone, at any time-you’ll stay healthier longer, and the time and energy (and money!) saved due to your preventive efforts can be spent on things that are fun to do.  A better quality of life awaits you!

Chiropractors and Your Spine

Your spine is the circuit board for your nervous system.  The nerves that exit at the level of each vertebra of your spine travel to and innervate every gland, organ, muscle and indeed, every part of your body.  These nerves integrate, organize and regulate all living processes.  Every vertebra that makes up your spine is like the circuit breaker at your house and your spine, as a whole, makes up the circuit breaker box.

You can fool with a light bulb in your house when the switch won’t make the light work, but if the circuit breaker is tripped that light won’t work.  Your body is just like that – to get any part of your body to work it has to at least get nerve supply from the nerves exiting the spine.

These tripped circuit breakers in your body are called subluxations.  Chiropractic care resolves subluxations through an adjustment to the spine and other joints in your body thereby eliminating nerve interference.  Without nerve interference, your body’s innate intelligence is fully expressed and the inherent ability of your body to be self-healing is present.