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Historically, there has always been some form of treatment directed toward the spine; in today society its chiropractic care. Thousands of years ago both the Egyptians as well as Chinese were known for “walking on backs.” In the pre-pharmaceutical world, many civilizations have found these treatments to be beneficial.
Chiropractic is the largest non-medical healing art in the world. Its name is derived from two Greek words, Chiros (hand) and prakticos (to do/be efficient), meaning “one who is efficient with their hands.” Chiropractors work without drugs or surgery and mainly by removing spinal subluxations.
“What’s a subluxation,” you may ask? Subluxations are misalignments of the spine that end up resulting in some type of nerve interference. Subluxations often result in painful conditions later if left uncorrected. Poor posture, sports injuries, car accidents, sleeping funny, all cause subluxations.
Many people have never been to a chiropractor and they haven’t the faintest idea of what chiropractors do, who should go to one, or how chiropractors help people. In fact, to some people chiropractic is strange and mysterious. These attitudes contribute to one of the greatest health tragedies of our time; the millions who are sick, living on painkillers or perhaps facing surgery that has never considered trying chiropractic care.
What Do Chiropractors Do?
Chiropractic care is centered on the removal of nerve interference by adjusting the vertebrae. Since the spinal cord and spinal nerves travel down, inside and thru the spine, it’s logical to assume that if the spine does not flex or bend properly, the path that the nerves travel will also be affected.
Chiropractors assess the motion of the spine and help restore the proper nerve flow by reintroducing motion to the spine thru spinal adjustments. One of the closest associations of the nervous system is to the maintenance of your immune system. There has certainly been enough literature over the past 30 years drawing comparisons between the immune system and nervous system. Given this association, a fully functioning nervous system gives you the best ability to fight off infections and sickness simply because your immune system is prioritized and working at it’s top efficiency.
The thirty-three pairs of spinal nerves don’t just control immune function, innervate the arms and legs and cause pain if they experience pressure. They control everything you do, consciously or not. Those same nerves that control strength in the legs also control bowel and bladder function, intestinal motility and reproductive sensation. Those same nerves that control muscles that cause extension in your mid-back also innervate your lungs and heart. Therefore, its possible that a pinched nerve in the mid-back can also be interfering with stomach, adrenal, heart or lung function.
Why Go to a Chiropractor?
I’ve had many people come in with many different symptoms and experience relief… migraines, back pain, sciatica, menstrual cramps, asthma, eczema, allergies, sprained ankles, rotator cuff syndrome, fallen arches, etc. I also have patients who have no symptoms at all come in to get checked and adjusted regularly. It’s been said in the past that every chiropractic success story was a medical failure. I’ve treated people for a number of different spinal problems and have had other conditions resolve themselves. Cause and effect will tell you that when the spine and nervous system function properly the human state of balance, harmony and health can be restored.
Our body is the best doctor, and if we remove the interference to our natural function we will feel better, heal better and live longer. The human body has an inborn or innate natural healing ability that needs to be reawakened and unleashed. Periodic chiropractic examinations and adjustments and unlock your hidden healing ability.
Dr. Russell D. Caram’s office is located on 182 Grassy Plain Street, Bethel, on Route 53. Office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and Thursdays and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.
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