The American Chiropractic Association defines chiropractic "as a health care profession that focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches.
Doctors of Chiropractic – often referred to as chiropractors or chiropractic physicians – practice a drug-free, hands-on approach to health care that includes patient examination, diagnosis and treatment. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercises, as well as to provide nutritional, dietary and lifestyle counseling."
Chiropractors use their hands to find a bone out of place. In our office, you will hear it called a "subluxation". In other offices it may be called "nerve impingement syndrome" or "NIS". Its all the same thing meaning your spinal bones have come out of place and are pressing on the nerves that come out of your spinal column and communicate with the rest of your body. When this happens, nerve impulses are taking longer to reach their destination and then report back to the brain.
When you lay your hand on something hot, how soon do you realize you need to remove it? If it isn't an immediate reaction or your hands or legs feel like they might be "asleep" you need to give us a call to see if we can help.
Nerve Impingement Syndrome Facts:
• 80% of all childbirths result in Nerve Impingement Syndrome.
• 40% of all children fall on their heads by age 1, according to OSHA; this can result in Nerve Impingement Syndrome.
• Between the ages of 2 and 5 years old, children fall over 200 times; this can be a major cause of Nerve Impingement Syndrome.
• Within 2 years of receiving a drivers license, 70% of all teens are involved in an auto accident. Car accidents often result in Nerve Impingement Syndrome.
• Because there are so many causes of Nerve Impingement Syndrome, everyone at some time or another will suffer from NIS. In many cases, the symptoms do not appear for months or even years.
• When the body detects a problem, over time it compensates for it. This compensation causes PAIN. If left untreated, this condition could lead to the destruction of the joint and irreversible damage to the nerve, causing chronic pain, or worse.That last statistic is important....read part of it again....
You can compare this to the famous "Leaning Tower of Pisa". You realize it did not go from a perfectly vertical structure to the degree at which it currently stands overnight. Right?
Compensating often leads you to hurt in a specific spot but truth be told, that's usually the last place to look for a subluxation. Something above or below the point of pain has set it off. Pain is last symptom to surface; its your body's way of saying "STOP!! I can't take this anymore!!".
While pain shows up last, its the first to go. Patients sometimes feel it best to determine if they need to see a chiropractor based on pain which is false. A doctor of chiropractic must try to reverse the process that brought you to pain, then make sure you're able to maintain that adjustment for a certain period of time. The length of time varies from patient to patient but Dr. Belcher is a great communicator and will gladly tell you when he's helped your body sustain the treatments. It's a victory for him too, you know!