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The Objective

Chiropractic is used to correct vertebral subluxations, also referred to as nerve interference, in a safe and effective manner. It is not considered a specific cure for any particular symptom or disease, but it can be used for any patient with nerve interference regardless of symptoms or disease.

Vertebral Subluxation or Nerve Interference

At every moment our brains send instructions to cells in our bodies. These messages travel on a complex system of nerves. If they run into interference, they may slow down, get lost, or take detours. Much interference occurs along the spine since all nerves from the brain travel down this column of interlocking bones, called vertebrae. The nerves branch off though openings along the spine to get to destinations throughout the body. Nerve interference occurs when one or more of the vertebrae shift out of alignment. Another name for this is vertebral subluxation, or simply subluxation. The spinal opening narrows where misalignments occur, distorting the flow of energy throughout the body. The body cannot perform efficiently when there is nerve interference because it does not get the proper messages from the brain. It follows that correction of nerve interference will help the body return to normal functioning.

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Adjustment

Spinal adjustment is a specific application of forces to facilitate the body's correction of nerve interference. The forces need to be applied with the right amount of pressure in the proper direction at the proper time. Usually this is done with the doctor's hands but it can also be done with adjusting instruments. Different kinds of adjustment techniques are used but they all have the same goal and are not ailment specific. The adjustment is to correct or reduce nerve interference. Often symptoms are relieved as a result because a symptom is your body's warning signal that something is wrong. If you have no symptoms but visit a chiropractor for a wellness checkup you will not have an adjustment unless nerve interference is detected. Likewise, the presence of a symptom without nerve interference will not warrant an adjustment.

Many patients report a feeling of peace and relaxation after an adjustment. It often leads to increased energy and improved sleep. Sometimes symptoms begin to improve after the first adjustment. Often patients are unaware of these initial internal improvements, however.

Some patients experience discomfort such as soreness, headache, or fatigue after the first adjustment. This usually goes away within the next few adjustments. Often this discomfort is due to detoxification of the body after adjustments. As poisons exit the system they could cause headache, slight head cold, or even mild fever and lethargy.

Muscles may be sore, comparable to the soreness experienced after a hard workout at the gym. This is a temporary condition that goes away as the muscles gain strength and flexibility.

Spinal nerves that have been impinged and stressed are suddenly revived after adjustments. As these nerves heal they are sensitive and old injury pains may return during the process of retracing. Retracing causes the healing process to repeat as if the injury was fresh.

If you don't feel much change after an adjustment it may be that your general health is very good and the nerve interference was corrected at an early stage.

Everyone is different and will have a unique reaction to adjustment but everyone benefits from the correction of nerve interference.

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