What is it?
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self-healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord, and all the nerves of the body. Chiropractic care focuses on properly aligning the body’s structures—primarily the spine—to allow for natural, surgery-free healing. A chiropractor’s goal is not to give patients drugs so they don’t feel pain, but to discover the source of the pain and correct the problem.
The nervous system controls all of the body’s functions, and depends on the vertebrae in your spine to protect it. When your vertebrae are out of line, they can prohibit optimal operation of the nervous system, which can lead to various physical problems. Since the primary focus of chiropractic care is improved nervous system function, it can have a positive effect on many health conditions not normally thought of as “back” problems.
Is it safe?
Chiropractic treatments are incredibly safe—actually, they’re one of the safest kinds of medical care available. And your chiropractor has studied extensively to fully understand the body’s systems. The chiropractic-training program is comparable to the program of study for medical doctors. According to the American Chiropractic Association, more than 30 million people visited doctors of chiropractic last year for a variety of conditions, and more and more medical doctors are referring their patients to doctors of chiropractic. As we move beyond the new millennium more and more people are choosing chiropractic care as a first option to medicine and surgery. In most cases the non-medical alternative is far more cost-effective and safer than standard allopathic care. Regardless of age, newborns to the elderly, everyone can improve their health through chiropractic care.
What does nutrition have to do with Chiropractic?
In addition to preventative and wellness care, chiropractic can be used to treat allergies, headaches, lower back pain, fibromyalgia, neck and shoulder pain, numbness, leg pain, scoliosis, and other health issues. In many patients, a spinal misalignment is causing imbalance in the body. The way to bring the body to balance in those cases is to incorporate adjustments into the Nutrition Response Testing protocol. It is Dr. Porter's philosophy that spinal adjustment, proper nutrition, attitude, and exercise are the key ingredients to a healthy life. .
Five Wellness Tips:
In between your visits to our office, there are lots of things you can do to keep your body - especially your back - healthy. If this sounds familiar-well, we've been talking to your mother. Just so happens she was right:
1. Sit up straight.
Develop the habit of good posture. It makes a world of difference in the way your back feels.
2. Eat your vegetables … DRINK WATER.
A good diet is important to your overall health-all those nutrients help your body repair itself. And, you want to keep your weight down. Carrying extra weight puts extra strain on the back.
3. Turn off the TV.
Get up and move. Go for a walk. Add exercise to your regular routine. And when you have to sit for long periods, stretch regularly.
4. Put that down.
Don't lift things that are too heavy for you. (And if you have to, you know what they say-lift with your legs, not your back.) Don't carry around a backpack stuffed full of books (especially not on one shoulder) or a heavy bag if you can avoid it. The key is to minimize. Only take what you really need.
5. Go to sleep.
Sleep is essential for your well-being. Just don't sleep on your stomach, which can strain the muscles in your neck and back. Practice sleeping on your side or back.
"Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease."
Visit these Natural & Organic Health Food Stores in our area:
GREEN THYME located on Route 11 in Adams Center
THE MUSTARD SEED located on Arsenal Street in Watertown www.mustardseednaturalmarket.com