Unfortunately, that is not an easy question to answer. Some practitioners believe that chiropractic should involve only the correction of “vertebral subluxations” in the spine. These are areas of the spine that do not function or do not move properly that can be identified by a careful and detailed examination of the spine. An adjustment is then given to these areas in an attempt to reduce or eliminate these “subluxations”.
The actual details of what happens is very complex and detailed, but it does involve the activation of certain “receptors” surrounding the joint itself. These receptors get turned on and send a signal to the spinal cord. This signal then can have effects both at the same level where it met up with the spinal cord, and also moves on to other areas of the nervous system–all the way up to the brain itself.
Here at Lifecare Chiropractic, we believe that chiropractic is an attitude toward healthcare. It is taking a step back to look at the whole picture, and then giving the body what it needs to heal itself; whether that would be exercise, vitamins, herbs, attention to diet or a chiropractic adjustment. The human body is an amazing, incredible, wonderful and beautiful thing, and can recover from just about anything if it is given what it needs.
Prescription drugs and surgery are definitely NOT a part a chiropractic, although we recognize the need for them when necessary and can refer to another physician who can provide those services.